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Dua Lipa Named the UK’s Most Played Artist of 2020

Dua Lipa Named the UK’s Most Played Artist of 2020

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UK music licensing company PPL has announced its Most Played Charts of 2020, with Dua Lipa ranked the most played artist of the year after a string of hit singles from her BRIT award-winning second album Future Nostalgia.

With an upbeat retro pop and disco sound, the album was released four days after the start of the UK’s first national lockdown in March 2020 and became the soundtrack for many during the pandemic. Two singles from the album – “Don’t Start Now” and “Physical” – made the top 10 most played tracks of the year as The Weeknd took the No. 1 spot with “Blinding Lights” which was also the year’s most-streamed hit. Last month, the Canadian won his first-ever BRIT Award for International Male Solo Artist.

PPL’s annual charts are compiled from exclusive music usage and airplay data from radio stations and television channels as well as public performance locations, showcasing the music that soundtracks our lives.

It is the second time that Dua Lipa has appeared in the top ten of PPL’s most played artist chart, having occupied eighth place in 2018 as a result of the success of “One Kiss,” her collaboration with Calvin Harris. This year’s number one spot further highlights her status as a chart-topping pop superstar.

It also reflects how her music connected with listeners during an incredibly challenging year when the UK spent many months at home under lockdown. This latest success for Dua follows Future Nostalgia winning Best British Album at last month’s BRIT Awards where she was also named British Female Solo Artist.

Dua Lipa’s success knocks Ed Sheeran from the top spot, which he has held every year since 2017. However, he was still the second most played artist of the year, mainly due to his strong back catalog. ‘Afterglow’, his only release of 2020, did not come out until late December. Ariana Grande was the year’s third most played artist, the first time she has appeared in PPL’s top ten artists chart, thanks to hits including her Lady Gaga collaboration ‘Rain On Me’, which was the year’s 10th most played track.

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


  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
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