Most Played Artist 2017
Each year we announce the Most Played artists and tracks at our Annual General Meeting (AGM), alongside our financial results. In 2017, we collected £218.8 million for the use of recorded music on TV, radio and in public. We distributed money to 98,012 performers and recording rightsholders based on data we received from licensees describing the music used across billions of seconds of airplay.
We are able to calculate a most played artist or recording chart by analysing the music usage reported by our radio or TV licensees over a given time period.
You can read the press release here: Ed Sheeran tops PPL’s most played charts of 2017