Ed Sheeran breaks record as he is named UK's most played artist again

6/20/2022 9:40:00 AM

It's been quite a time for Ed!

Ed Sheeran was the most played artist of 2021 in the UK - and has also claimed the year’s most played single with Bad Habits.

It's been quite a time for Ed!

Tom Grennan crowned a break-out year by claiming both the second and third most played tracks of 2021 with By Your Side with Calvin Harris and Little Bit Of Love respectively.The Weeknd’s Blinding Lights was the fourth most played track, demonstrating staying power having originally been released in November 2019.

Little Mix, who recently went on hiatus, claimed fourth place after consistently appearing in the top 10 for the past five years.Little Mix, who have now headed on hiatus, were also popular (Picture: Georgie Gibbon/Rex/Shutterstock)Dua Lipa was the third most listened to artist, following the success of her second album Future Nostalgia (Picture: Getty)

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Dua Lipa following the release of her chart-topping second album Future Nostalgia.Monday 20 June 2022 03:55, UK Why you can trust Sky News Ed Sheeran was the most-played artist of 2021 in the UK, and also claimed the year's most played single with Bad Habits.Monday 20 June 2022 03:55, UK Why you can trust Sky News Ed Sheeran was the most-played artist of 2021 in the UK, and also claimed the year's most played single with Bad Habits.Shares Cher congratulated Kate Bush for taking her record (Picture: Getty) Cher has shared her joy at Kate Bush breaking her record as the oldest female artist to get a number one in the UK Official Singles Chart.

The annual charts are compiled by music licensing company Phonographic Performance Limited (PPL) from music usage and airplay data from radio stations and television channels as well as public performance locations. Tom Grennan crowned a break-out year by claiming both the second and third most played tracks of 2021 with By Your Side with Calvin Harris and Little Bit Of Love respectively. Adele is the only other artist to have topped both charts in the same year, with Rolling In The Deep and the popularity of her album 21 in 2011. His song Bad Habits was also the most listened to track of 2021, although it came out halfway through the year in June (Picture: Warner Music) The singer enjoyed similar success in 2017 with his album Divide and hit single Shape Of You (Picture: PA) The Weeknd’s Blinding Lights was the fourth most played track, demonstrating staying power having originally been released in November 2019. It is the fourth time in five years that the 31-year-old pop superstar has been the UK's most-played artist, having been temporarily dethroned in 2020 by Dua Lipa. The fifth most played track of 2021 was Higher Power by Coldplay. The annual charts are compiled by music licensing company Phonographic Performance Limited (PPL) from music usage and airplay data from radio stations and television channels as well as public performance locations. The second most played artist of the year was David Guetta with Dua Lipa in third. Records Are Meant 2 Be Broken.

Little Mix, who recently went on hiatus, claimed fourth place after consistently appearing in the top 10 for the past five years. Bad Habits – Ed Sheeran 2. Bad Habits – Ed Sheeran 2. Coldplay were the fifth most played act. Tom Grennan can celebrate a break-out year too (Picture: Jim Dyson/Redferns) Little Mix, who have now headed on hiatus, were also popular (Picture: Georgie Gibbon/Rex/Shutterstock) Peter Leathem, chief executive of PPL, said: ‘Congratulations to Ed Sheeran for having the UK’s most played track of 2021 and being the UK’s most played artist of 2021. Little Bit Of Love – Tom Grennan 4. ‘His chart-topping success over the last five years is a testament to not only the quality of his output but also the strength of UK music at a time when the global music landscape is more competitive than ever. Blinding Lights – The Weeknd 5.’ Dua Lipa was the third most listened to artist, following the success of her second album Future Nostalgia (Picture: Getty) Mr Leathem added: ‘PPL plays a vital role in the UK music ecosystem, collecting royalties when these recordings and hundreds of thousands more are broadcast on TV, radio and played in public, with total revenue of £252. Higher Power – Coldplay 6.

8m in 2021. ‘Both the performers on a recording and the recording rightsholders benefit from these royalties, providing an important revenue stream for many in the music industry, from household names to those just starting out. Heartbreak Anthem – Galantis, David Guetta and Little Mix 8. Heartbreak Anthem – Galantis, David Guetta and Little Mix 8.’ Most played tracks and artists of 2021 Most played tracks of 2021 1. Bad Habits – Ed Sheeran 2. Midnight Sky – Miley Cyrus 10. By Your Side – Calvin Harris featuring Tom Grennan 3. Bed – Joel Corry, Raye and David Guetta Tom Grennan crowned a breakout year by claiming both the second and third most-played tracks of 2021, with By Your Side with Calvin Harris and Little Bit Of Love respectively.

Little Bit Of Love – Tom Grennan 4. The Weeknd's Blinding Lights was the fourth most-played track, demonstrating staying power having originally been released in November 2019. Blinding Lights – The Weeknd 5. Higher Power – Coldplay 6. All You Ever Wanted – Rag’n’Bone Man 7. Heartbreak Anthem – Galantis, David Guetta and Little Mix 8.

Starstruck – Years & Years 9. Midnight Sky – Miley Cyrus 10. Bed – Joel Corry, Raye and David Guetta Most played artists of 2021 1. Ed Sheeran .