Ed Sheeran, the English musician and composer topped the list of most played artist in UK for the year 2018 despite of not releasing any new music throughout the year. The chart is compiled by Phonographic Performance Limited (PPL), a music licensing company which monitors and licenses radio stations, TV broadcasters and certain digital media services to play recorded music in the UK.
After his widely popular album ‘Divide’ in the year 2017, he is going to release his next album ‘No. 6 Collaborations Project’ in July this year. Ed conquered the most played artists chart despite not having releasing any new music in the year 2018. None of his songs feature in the Top 10 most-played of 2018, suggesting several songs across his catalogue is still in heavy rotation on radio.
According to the list, nine of the ten most-played artists were British, while Calvin Harris and Little Mix held the second and third position respectively following the ‘Shape of You’ singer. Pink, being the exception, is only non-British artist to feature in the list.
It’s the third time in four years that Ed Sheeran has been featured the UK’s most-played artist.
“As Radio, TV and public performance usage is a significant indicator of the most played music, PPL is much pleased to report a successful 2018 year for home grown UK talent.”, Peter Leathem, chief executive at PPL said “Ed Sheeran maintains his place as most-played artist, but artists and performers like Calvin Harris and Little Mix have also held strong their 2017 top five spots, helping UK music rise to the top.”
While the most-played song in 2018 was Feel It Still by the American rock band Portugal the Man. The song, though released in the year 2017, still garnered enough plays to become the biggest radio hit of the year. Following that, ‘These Days’ by Rudimental managed to hold the second and ‘For You’ by Liam Payne & Rita Ora managed to hold the third position in the most played tracks of the year.