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Ed Sheeran Becomes The World’s MOST Played Artist As He Beats Dua Lipa And The Weeknd

Ed Sheeran was recently confirmed as a performer at the 2022 Brit Awards, which will take place on February 8.

Ed Sheeran has become the world’s most-played artist on the radio, having beat fellow Brit and Warner Music signer Dua Lipa to the top spot. The Shape Of You singer boasts 4.3 million plays per year across the globe, while the Levitating songstress receives just 100,000 less at 4.2 million.

Meanwhile, The Weeknd has crowned third place three million spins with Queen taking fourth at 2.9 and Maroon 5 in at fifth with 2.8 million, according to Viberate. However, the Bohemian Rhapsody hitmakers were also the number-one radio rock act last year. Drummer Roger Taylor told The Sun, “I take great joy in the fact there’s an awful lot of love for us still. It constantly surprises me.”

The music analytics company also reported that rock music has had a resurgence, being ranked as the second biggest genre with 79.9 million plays. Pop music remains the most popular though, with 141 million plays being measured after 24,000 radio stations were analyzed in 150 countries. The annual music awards ceremony will return to London’s The O2 Arena and will also see Doja Cat and Liam Gallagher take to the stage.

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Elsewhere, Justin Bieber dominates the streaming market with the most followers on Spotify at 13.5 million. Despite the eye-popping figures, Olivia Rodrigo beats him as the most-listened artist by 4.6 million, at a staggering 5.1 billion. Ed Sheeran was recently confirmed as a performer at the 2022 Brit Awards, which will take place on February 8.

However, Ed Sheeran teams up with Elton John in November to recreate Love Actually’s famous doorstep scene for the latest Christmas song. The British musicians’ highly anticipated holiday collaboration, titled Merry Christmas, was released in December and become a huge hit.

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