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Ed Sheeran named most played artist of 2019 – topping the list for fourth time in five years

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ED Sheeran was the most played artist of 2019, topping the list for the fourth time in five years.

The Suffolk singer-songwriter, 29, has had a massive year.

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Ed Sheeran was the most played artist of 2019, topping the list for the fourth time in five years[/caption]

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Sheeran was also the most played artist in 2018 as well despite not releasing any new music that year[/caption]

He released his No.6 Collaborations Project, reaching number one in both the UK and US, and starred in Danny Boyle’s film Yesterday.

The list, compiled by music licensing company PPL, placed Calvin Harris in second, Sam Smith in third, Jess Glynne in fourth and P!nk in fifth.

No other artist has matched Sheeran’s multi-year record, with only a small number of acts – Harris, Coldplay, Glynne and Little Mix – appearing in the top 10 four times.

Sheeran bagged the most played artist in 2018 as well, despite not releasing any new music in the UK that year.

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Sheeran, the wealthiest young musician, owns a sprawling estate in Suffolk[/caption]

Sheeran has also topped the young musicians Sunday Times Rich List for the second year running — estimates put his fortune at more than £200 million.

The most played song of 2019 was Giant by Scottish DJ and producer Harris and singer Rag ‘N’ Bone Man.

Nothing Breaks Like A Heart by Mark Ronson featuring Miley Cyrus came second, Dancing With A Stranger by Sam Smith and Normani came third, and Sheeran’s collaboration with Justin Bieber on I Don’t Care came fourth.


Chief executive of PPL, Peter Leathem, said: “From rising stars to established names, the PPL Most Played Charts for 2019 showcase the songs and artists that soundtracked our year.

“British music was particularly popular, with Ed Sheeran maintaining his popularity while acts such as Tom Walker and Mabel established themselves on the airwaves.

“Congratulations to all those featured in our charts as well as the music businesses that invest in and support their success.”

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