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01 February 2022

Ed Sheeran Named The Most-Played Artist On The Radio Worldwide

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Ed Sheeran has been named the most-played artist on the radio worldwide. It’s estimated that the 30-year-old singer-songwriter received an impressive 4.3 million plays on the airwaves over the past 12 months.

Ed dominated the radio over the festive period with his and Elton John’s festive hit Merry Christmas, and the LadBaby charity version of the track called Sausage Rolls For Everyone topped the Official UK Chart.

Dua Lipa came second in the global rundown, securing just 100,000 spins less than Sheeran during 2021, while The Weeknd placed third place with three million plays.

The data from Viberate, who analysed 24,000 radio stations from 150 countries, puts Queen in fourth place with 2.9 million, followed by 2.8 million plays of Maroon 5 songs.

Music industry insights platform Viberate said: “We crunched the annual numbers behind every relevant music and social media channel, from Spotify to Beatport and TikTok, and drew conclusions regarding music industry trends and markets in 2022.”

Ed Sheeran is also currently in the news as he has been cast in the upcoming comedy film, Sumotherhood, which is about to start production in London. Ed is part of an ensemble cast that also includes Danny Sapani, Jennifer Saunders, Peter Serafinowicz, Leomie Anderson, London Hughes, Kevin Bishop, Jaime Winstone, Vas Blackwood and Kobna Holdbrook-Smith. The stars join the already announced cast of Adam Deacon, Jazzie Zonzolo, Richie Campbell and the comedian Eddie Kadi. There are also expected to be various additional cameos from the world of acting, comedy and music.

Director Adam Deacon said of Sumotherhood: “Deacon said: “We are so excited that this incredible cast are joining the project bringing these wacky and crazy characters to life. More than ever, we are celebrating the variety of life in East London in 2022. Both darkly authentic, as well as embracing the vibrant and diverse lifestyle of living in an East London council estate. This film is going to be an explosion of fun with action and comedy at every turn, while also hitting some serious subject matters with raw emotion and harsh reality.”

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