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A STAR-SPANGLED
HITS LIST
It's now or never. (7/1a)
BST HYDE PARK: BIGGER THAN EVER
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SADDLE UP:
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She's not horsing around. (7/1a)
SONG REVENUE: DRAKE TAKES
THE CAKE
The rich get richer. (7/1a)
UMG ACQUIRES ALL THINGS ZAPPA
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SUPERSTAR RELEASES
Who's next?
MUSIC BIZ SPECIAL
It's Comic-Con for numbers geeks.
THE BIG CHEESE
Theories of evolution from 30,000 feet.
THE NEXT GIANT DEAL
A&R in overdrive.
Blighty Beat
DUA TOPS PPL'S 2020 CHART
6/10/21

Dua Lipa was the most-played artist of 2020 in the U.K. across radio, TV and public performance locations, according to PPL’s annual charts, while The Weeknd scored the year’s most played track, “Blinding Lights” (Island).

Two tracks from Lipa’s #1 album, Future Nostalgia (Warner Records)—“Don’t Start Now” and “Physical”—made PPL's Top 10, #2 and #7, respectively. As well as topping the overall chart, The Weeknd’s “Blinding Lights” was the year’s most-streamed hit.

Lipa knocks Ed Sheeran from the top spot, which he has held every year since 2017. He was still the second most played artist of the year, mainly due to his strong catalog—“Afterglow” (Atlantic), his only release of 2020, didn’t arrive until late December.

Ariana Grande was the year’s third most played artist, and it’s the first time she has appeared in PPL’s Top 10 artists chart; her Lady Gaga collaboration, “Rain On Me” (Polydor), was the year’s 10th most played track.

PPL detailed last year’s financial and operational results in its annual review published Weddnesday. In 2020, the PRO collected £225.7m, which is down 17% on 2019 due to COVID. CEO Peter Leathem said he expects revenues to recover this year to beat 2020 numbers but won’t yet exceed pre-pandemic levels.

PPL’s Most Played Tracks of 2020

  1. “Blinding Lights” (Island) The Weeknd
  2. “Don’t Start Now” (Warner Records) Dua Lipa
  3. “Higher Love” (Columbia) Kygo & Whitney Houston
  4. “Dance Monkey” (Parlophone) Tones & I
  5. “Adore You” (RCA) Harry Styles
  6. “Before You Go” (EMI) Lewis Capaldi
  7. “Physical” (Warner Records) Dua Lipa
  8. “Memories” (Polydor) Maroon 5
  9. “This Is Real” (Polydor) Jax Jones & Ella Henderson
  10. “Rain On Me” (Island) Lady Gaga & Ariana Grande 

PPL’s 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