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‘It is an astounding achievement’ - Suffolk’s Ed Sheeran tops two most played charts

PUBLISHED: 16:13 07 June 2018

Ed Sheeran was the most played artist on UK radio, TV and in public in 2017 Picture: BEN BIRCHALL/PA WIRE

Ed Sheeran was the most played artist on UK radio, TV and in public in 2017 Picture: BEN BIRCHALL/PA WIRE

Suffolk superstar Ed Sheeran was the most played artist by UK broadcasters in 2017, official figures show.

The singer, who grew up in Framlingham, dominated music licensing company PPL’s annual chart, which rates artists on the number of plays on UK radio, television and at public events.

His track Shape of You was the most played, while Castle on the Hill came in at number three. In January last year, the two singles debuted at numbers one and two respectively, making Ed the first artist in UK chart history to achieve that feat.

The chart was compiled from data supplied by almost 400,000 premises with PPL licences including pubs, clubs and shops, as well as 580 TV channels and radio stations.

PPL chief executive Peter Leathem congratulated Ed for the double top spot. “It is an astounding achievement to take both accolades - last repeated back in 2011 by Adele - and highlights the extent of Ed’s sustained popularity,” he added.

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