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Revenues up for PPL in 2011, plus most played charts of the year

By | Published on Thursday 14 June 2012


The UK’s sound recording royalty collecting agency PPL had its AGM in London yesterday, and revealed some stats about its 2011 financials. The revenue generated by broadcast and online royalties was up 7% to £66.2 million, public performance income was up 10% to £55.0 million, and international monies grew 2% to £32.4 million. Overall £153.5 million was collecting, of which £130.8million was distributed to the society’s label and performer members.

Elsewhere during the proceedings, PPL staffers Tony Clark and Ben Lambert, the body’s former CEO and now Chairman Fran Nevrkla, and Beggars Group boss Martin Mills and EMI’s James Mullan were all re-elected to the organisation’s board. Meanwhile newish CEO Peter Leathem bigged up all that revenue growth, and discussed tariffs, copyright reviews and the ambition for more collaboration with publishing rights collecting society PRS (something also discussed at their AGM last week).

Ahead of the AGM shenanigans, Team PPL also revealed three charts, the most played pop songs of 2011, the most played classical pieces of the same year, and the most played artists overall, based on TV, radio and other public performance data collected by the organisation. And look, here they are…

Most Played Pop Songs Of 2011
1. Adele – Rolling In The Dee
2. Maroon 5 feat Christina Aguilera – Moves Like Jagger
3. Adele – Set Fire To The Rain
4. Jessie J feat BoB – Price Tag
5. Adele – Someone Like You
6. Ed Sheeran – The A Team
7. Lady Gaga – The Edge Of Glory
8. Bruno Mars – Grenade
9. Rihanna – Only Girl In The World
10. Forget You – Cee Lo Green

Most Played Classical Pieces Of 2011
1. Ludovico Einaudi – Primavera
2. Ludovico Einaudi – Nightbook
3. Ludovico Einaudi – The Tower
4. City Of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra with Paul Bateman – On The Beautiful Blue Danube (by Johann Strauss II)
5. Philharmonic Orchestra with Eugene Ormandy – Fanfare For The Common Man (by Aaron Copland)
6. Philip Glass – Metamorphosis One
7. Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra with Ludovico Einaudi – Divenire
8. Cleveland Orchestra with Lorin Maazel – Romeo And Juliet (by Sergei Prokofiev)
9. The Labèques & Philharmonia Orchestra with Semyon Bychkov – Concerto for Two Pianos in E major (by Felix Mendelssohn)
10. Dawn Upshaw & London Sinfonietta with David Zinman – Symphony No 3 (by Henryk Gorecki)

Most Played Artists Of 2011
1. Adele
2. Lady Gaga
3. Rihanna
4. Take That
5. Bruno Mars
6. Coldplay
7. Katy Perry
8. Jessie J
9. Olly Murs
10. David Guetta