For the sixth time in eight years, Mr Ed Sheeran was named the most ‘played’ UK artist of the year by the music label Phonographic Performance Limited (PPL).

The 2022 figures reflect the most listened to music in the UK in real terms: in addition to streaming, radio and broadcasting, PPL licenses recorded music in public and public performance venues.

Sheeran’s win in 2022 is most likely due to the popularity of his 2021= album, which has gone triple platinum in the UK, selling more than 900,000.

Sheeran first entered the top five of PPL’s ​​most streamed artists in 2012 when he released the album +. The famous singer said in a statement: “Thanks to everyone who continues to listen and enjoy my music. I never take it for granted».

The Top 10 is dominated by British pop stars, including Dua Lipa. The highest charting foreign artist is French superstar DJ David Guetta. The American Superstar Taylor Swift completes the list at #10.

Coldplay is the only band on the list, which is 70% male. PPL also revealed the most streamed songs of 2022. Harry Styles topped the list with ‘As It Was’.

PPL chief executive Peter Leathem said in a statement: “I’m delighted that this year’s most played charts recognize two of the country’s biggest musical exports, Ed Sheeran and Harry Styles. Their worldwide success reflects the economic and cultural importance of British music.

Ed’s unparalleled run at the top of the charts, our most played artists, is a testament to his enduring popularity, longevity and exceptional talent. Many congratulations to him and his team. Harry’s meteoric success reflects his hard work and ability to write and perform songs that resonate around the world».