So who was the most played artists of 2015?

It’s a chart you may or may not of heard of and it probably bares not much significance, but we’ll discuss it anyway! Music Licensing company PPL last week launched the annual PPL People’s Chart, which reveals the Most Played Artist of the year. Aggregated using PPL’s very exclusive UK music usage and airplay data, this specific chart is the only one of its kind to show popularity of tracks, whether they’re played by your average Joe on Spotify or those idiots on Radio 1!

Ed Sheeran

Ed Sheeran performs at Latitude Festival on July 17, 2015 (Photo by Dave J Hogan/Getty Images)

It’s no shock to who is at the top really. Based on 2015 year-round, Ed Sheeran was the Most Played Artists of the year, jumping from number 3 in the chart in 2014. According to PPL, his success largely comes down to broadcast and public use for the huge hits he had with “Thinking Out Loud”, “Photograph” and “Bloodstream” – who whom he collaborated with Rudimental on.

Pop rules the land it seems, with American Sweetheart Taylor Swift coming in at number two in the chart, closely followed by balls-it-up Olly Murs, for whom it is his 5th successive year in the top 10 of this chart.

The chart also awarded a Most Played Pop Track award to Mark Ronson and Bruno Mars for the infectious “Uptown Funk” which ruled the land in 2015. Previous winners of this award included Pharrell Williams with both “Happy” and “Get Lucky”, who he teamed up with Daft Punk to produce the anthem.

The PPL People’s Charts are released annually around June time at the company’s AGM. They predict next year’s results will be dominated by a lady from London who is taking over the world once again – wonder who that could be?

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