Dua Lipa named UK's most-played artist in 2020

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LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 11: Dua Lipa performs on stage during The BRIT Awards 2021 at The O2 Arena on May 11, 2021 in London, England. (Photo by Dave J Hogan/Getty Images)
Dua Lipa has been named the most-played artist of 2020. (Photo by Dave J Hogan/Getty Images)

Dua Lipa has been named as the most-played artist of 2020 in the UK due to the success of her second album Future Nostalgia

The 25-year-old picked up prizes at the Grammys and Brits this year for her work on the critically acclaimed record, which includes hits like Don't Start Now and Physical

The yearly most-played charts are compiled by music licensing company PPL.

The singer said: “Thank you so much to everyone that listened to and loved my music during 2020.

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“I’m incredibly proud that I was the most played artist on radio, TV and all across the UK. I so wanted Future Nostalgia to bring some happiness during such a difficult time.

“Thanks to everyone who supported it and also to PPL, who do important work in making sure artists and musicians are paid when their music is played.”

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Ed Sheeran had previously been the most-played artist every year since 2017, but hasn't released a new album since his 2019 No.6 Collaborations Project. However, he remains the second most-played artist thanks to his back catalogue. 

Further down the list, Ariana Grande came in third, Sam Smith in fourth and Calvin Harris in fifth

The most-played song of 2020 was The Weeknd's Blinding Lights. He headlined the Super Bowl halftime show and won a Brit Award, but was controversially not nominated at the Grammys

The Weeknd's Blinding Lights has been named as the most-played song. (Photo by Axelle/Bauer-Griffin/FilmMagic)
The Weeknd's Blinding Lights has been named as the most-played song. (Photo by Axelle/Bauer-Griffin/FilmMagic)

Don’t Start Now by Dua Lipa was second, Higher Love by Kygo and Whitney Houston was third, Dance Monkey by Tones and I was fourth and Adore You by Harry Styles was fifth.

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PPL’s annual charts are compiled from music usage and airplay data from radio stations and television channels as well as public performance locations.

With additional reporting by PA.

The most-played artists of 2020

1. Dua Lipa

2. Ed Sheeran

3. Ariana Grande

4. Sam Smith

5. Calvin Harris

6. Little Mix

7. Coldplay

8. Justin Bieber

9. Maroon 5

10. The Weeknd

The most-played tracks of 2020

1. Blinding Lights – The Weeknd

2. Don’t Start Now – Dua Lipa

3. Higher Love – Kygo and Whitney Houston

4. Dance Monkey – Tones and I

5. Adore You – Harry Styles

6. Before You Go – Lewis Capaldi

7. Physical – Dua Lipa

8. Memories – Maroon 5

9. This Is Real – Jax Jones and Ella Henderson

10. Rain On Me – Lady Gaga and Ariana Grande

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