Topping the chart for the second year running despite not releasing any new music last year, Ed Sheeran was the most-played artist in the UK in 2018.
The singer has held the top spot in three of the past four years – 2015, 2017 and 2018 – and has been in the top five most-played artists five times since his first album was released, in 2011.
Little Mix have been in the top five for three years in a row. The artists contributed to a strong UK showing in the charts. Nine of the top 10 most-played artists were British.
Also making the grade were Rita Ora, Coldplay and Dua Lipa, with Pink the only non-UK artist featured.
Sheeran finished ahead of Calvin Harris, who came in second, and Little Mix in third, according to music licensing company PPL, which tallies up each play an artist receives from broadcasters and in public places.
The most-played song in 2018 was Feel It Still by Portugal the Man – originally released in 2017 – closely followed by These Days by Rudimental, featuring Jess Glynne, Macklemore and Dan Caplen.
Liam Payne and Rita Ora’s For You (Fifty Shades Freed), One Kiss by Calvin Harris and Dua Lipa, and George Ezra’s Shotgun completed the top five.
“Ed Sheeran again keeps his place as most-played artist, but other performers like Calvin Harris and Little Mix have also held their 2017 top five spots, helping UK music come out on top.”
The data used to compile the chart was supplied by premises with PPL licences including pubs, clubs and shops, as well as TV channels and radio stations.