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There are now just three major record labels left on the planet: Universal Music Group, Sony Music Entertainment and Warner Music Group.

These three companies control as much as 80 percent of the music that is commercially available in the world — and not just in terms of sales. They also, in most cases, control the worldwide rights to the music they sell, which means they also control how that music is managed and promoted.

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