Ed Sheeran Remains UK's Most Played Artist
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Ed Sheeran Remains UK's Most Played Artist

The British singer topped the chart for the second year in running

Despite not releasing any new music in the year 2018, Ed Sheeran remained the most-played artist in the United Kingdom last year.

The British singer topped the chart for the second year in running. He finished ahead of Calvin Harris – who came in second. Little Max came in third. The music listing was published by music licensing company PPL which tallies up each play an artist receives from broadcasters and in public places.

Sheeran has topped the chart in three of the last four years – 2015, 2017 and 2018. Since his albumn was released in 2011, he has been in the top five most played artists five times.

On the other hand, Little Max has been in the top five for three consecutive years.

The British artists has a strong show in the charts with nine of the top 10 most played artists belonging to the United Kingdom. Rita Ora, Coldplay and Dua Lipa also made it to the list while Pink was the only non-British artist featured in the list.

In 2018, the most played song was Feel It Still by Portugal the Man – originally released in 2017. These Days by Rudimental featuring Jess Glynne, Macklemore and Dan Caplen was a close second.

The top five most played songs included Liam Payne and Rita Ora’s For You (Fifty Shades Freed), One Kiss by Calvin Harris and Dua Lipa, and George Ezra’s Shotgun.

Pink’s What About Us edged in at no 10 – song made the list for the second year in a row. The feat has only ever been achieved once before – in 2011 and 2012 by Maroon 5’s Moves Like Jagger.

“Radio, TV and public performance usage is a significant indicator of the most played music in the country, so PPL is pleased to report a successful 2018 for homegrown UK talent,” said PPL chief executive Peter Leathem.

“Ed Sheeran again keeps his place as most-played artist, but other performers like Calvin Harris and Little Mix have also held their 2017 top five spots, helping UK music come out on top.”

The PPL used data supplied by premises with PPL licences including pubs, clubs and shops, as well as TV channels and radio stations.

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