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19 June 2023

Ed Sheeran Named UK’s Most Played Artist Of The Year

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Ed Sheeran has been named the UK’s most played artist of 2022 by the music licensing company Phonographic Performance Limited (PPL). It’s the sixth time in eight years Sheeran has come out on top in the chart.

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The figures for 2022 reflect the most-heard music in the UK in real terms, as well as streaming, radio and broadcast, the PPL licenses the use of recorded music in public places and public performance venues.

Only Dua Lipa’s chart-topping year in 2020 prevented Sheeran from a clean sweep of the past six years. Dua features at No 2 in the 2022 chart, joined by French superstar DJ David Guetta at No 3. The only band on the list is veteran stadium pop act Coldplay, who feature at No 7.

Sheeran said in a statement: “Thanks to everyone who continues to listen to and enjoy my music. I never take it for granted.”

PPL’s chief executive officer, Peter Leathem, said in a statement: Ed’s unparalleled run at the top of our most-played artists charts is a testament to his enduring popularity, longevity and exceptional talent. Many congratulations to him and his team. Harry’s soaraway success reflects his hard work and consistent ability to write and perform songs that resonate the world over.”

The PPL’s Top 10 most-played artists of 2022

1. Ed Sheeran
2. Dua Lipa
3. David Guetta
4. Harry Styles
5. Elton John
6. George Ezra
7. Coldplay
8. Calvin Harris
9. Becky Hill
10. Taylor Swift

The PPL’s Top 10 most-played songs of 2022

1. Harry Styles – As It Was
2. Lizzo – About Damn Time
3. Jax Jones and MNEK – Where Did You Go?
4. Elton John and Dua Lipa – Cold Heart (Pnau remix)
5. George Ezra – Anyone for You (Tiger Lily)
6. Lost Frequencies and Calum Scott – Where Are You Now
7. George Ezra – Green Green Grass
8. Ed Sheeran – Overpass Graffiti
9. Ed Sheeran – Shivers
10. David Guetta, Becky Hill and Ella Henderson – Crazy What Love Can Do

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