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Dua Lipa UK's most-played artist of 2020

TBP Desk
09 Jun 2021 19:20:38 | Update: 09 Jun 2021 19:21:58
Dua Lipa UK's most-played artist of 2020
Dua Lipa arrives for the Brit Awards at the O2 Arena in London, Britain, February 22, 2017. -Reuters Photo

Singer-songwriter Dua Lipa has been named as the most-played artist of 2020 in the UK following the release of her second studio album Future Nostalgia.

In topping the chart, she has ended the reign of Ed Sheeran, who has been the UK's most-played artist every year since 2017, reports BBC.

Two of her singles, Physical and Don't Start Now, were among the 10 most popular songs on the UK airwaves. The most-played track overall was The Weeknd's Blinding Lights.

The figures were compiled by music licensing company PPL, which monitors the music played on TV and radio and in pubs and clubs.

Photo: Dua Lipa/Instagram

It said Sheeran was the year's second most-played artist, followed by Ariana Grande and Sam Smith.

Future Nostalgia was released just four days into the UK's first lockdown last March, a decision that caused the star a few sleepless nights.

"I've been a little bit conflicted about whether it's the right thing to do during this time because lots of people are suffering," she said at the time.

The album proved to be the soundtrack to many people's quarantine, with its uplifting disco anthems providing the perfect antidote to isolation.

Future Nostalgia went on to become the best-selling release of 2020 in the UK, winning album of the year at the Brit Awards and best pop album at the Grammys.