Dua Lipa revealed as the UK’s most-played artist of 2020


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Songs made by Dua Lipa were played more than anyone else’s on UK radio and television last year. 

She was able to achieve this level through her award-winning album “Future Nostalgia”.

Physical and Don’t Start Now – two of her singles, were among the 10 most popular songs on the UK airwaves.

Overall, The Weeknd’s Blinding Lights became the most played track.

PPL, the music licensing company monitored the music played on TV, radios, pubs and clubs.

The figures compiled by the company said that 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 inspiring disco anthems that helped a lot of people in their isolation.

“It was such a tricky decision but some things are just meant to be,” the 25-year-old told the BBC earlier this year. “I’m just grateful that it served as a form of escapism during this time.

“My whole idea was to create a fun world for people to enjoy even when they’re at home – and I feel lucky that I had the opportunity to do that.”

Her album Future Nostalgia became the best-selling release of 2020 in the UK. 


Dua Lipa’s Future Nostalgia won the award for album of the year at the BRITs Awards and best pop album at the Grammys.

 In a recent interview, her record label boss, Joe Kentish said that “She was talking about album number three when we barely had number two done.”

‘’You’re half-expecting that she might want to take a break or go about things differently but she’s like ‘Right, what’s next?’

“Her interests, her knowledge, her thirst to learn new things and to be in control of what she does just grows and grows.”


This album gained commercial success which was reflected in her pervasive radio and television presence.

Therefore, Dua Lipa became the first woman to top PPL’s most-played charts after Katy Perry.


The singer said – “Thank you so much to everyone that listened to and loved my music during 2020, I’m incredibly proud that I was the most played artist on radio, TV and all across the UK.”

“I so wanted Future Nostalgia to bring some happiness during such a difficult time.”



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