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Madonna beats The Beatles into second place on "most-played" chart broadcast on Radio 2

Madonna was today revealed as the artist whose recordings have been played in public in the UK more than any other over the past 10 years, in a chart broadcast exclusively on BBC Radio 2.

The People's Artist Chart, which aired on Radio 2 today, Monday 5 April between 1.00-4.00pm, and was presented by comic Patrick Kielty, counted down the Top 50 most-played acts from 2000 to the end of 2009, as compiled by recorded music licensing body PPL.

As the countdown reached its conclusion, Kielty announced that Madonna had won, beating The Beatles into second place, with Robbie Williams at No. 3, Queen at No. 4 and Take That at No. 5.

The PPL data logged licensed play of recorded music during the decade across the UK, not only on radio and television but in public places, from pubs and clubs to shops and restaurants.

Lewis Carnie, Head of Programmes Radio 2 and 6 Music, says: "This chart reflects Madonna's continuing popularity and the enduring appeal of The Beatles, and offers Radio 2 listeners three hours of music from a broad mix of artists from across the decades."

Fran Nevrkla, Chairman & CEO, PPL, said: "The latest People's Chart show is an accurate and democratic reflection of the most popular artists of the last decade, based both on what radio and TV programmes have chosen to broadcast in that time, as well as what people have been hearing in public venues.

"The series of People's Chart shows provides a real insight into current tastes and I pay tribute to all the artists who are featured, because it is their creativity and music talent which gives pleasure to millions."

The People's Artist Chart featured a wide selection of famous musicians talking about their favourite acts in the chart, including Sharleen Spiteri on the Bee Gees, Katie Melua on The Beatles, Otis Williams of the Temptations on Michael Jackson, Carly Simon on Fleetwood Mac and Kiss on the Rolling Stones.

Also discussing their place among the hallowed Top 50 during the three-hour broadcast were Simply Red's Mick Hucknall and Duke Fakir, the last surviving original member of Motown legends the Four Tops, who commented: "When you think of all the wonderful artists throughout the world and throughout the years that have been played, it's absolutely an honour. I'm thrilled."

The show was the latest in a series based on PPL research, written and produced for Radio 2 at Wise Buddah by journalist and broadcaster Paul Sexton.

Last Easter, in the first People's Chart, Procol Harum's A Whiter Shade Of Pale was named as the most-played pop recording of the last 75 years, then at Christmas, in The People's Classical Chart, Carl Orff's O Fortuna was given the equivalent accolade among classical recordings.

The People's Artist Chart Top 20 is:

1 Madonna
2 The Beatles
3 Robbie Williams
4 Queen
5 Take That
6 Sugababes
7 Elton John
8 Elvis Presley
10 Coldplay
11 Pink
12 U2
13 Kylie Minogue
14 Stevie Wonder
15 Oasis
16 Scissor Sisters
17 Rod Stewart
18 Girls Aloud
19 The Rolling Stones
20 The Stereophonics.

Notes to Editors

PPL is the London-based music licensing company which, on behalf of 42,00 performers and 5,000 record companies in the UK, licenses recorded music. This enables TV and radio stations, online streaming services and hundreds of thousands of shops, pubs and others using music in their business to obtain a single licence comprising millions of recordings.

As a music industry service, the company does not retain any profit for itself. The costs of collecting, processing and distributing the licence fees are taken from the gross revenues that the company collects.

All these revenues are distributed and paid to all PPL's record company and performer members. These include featured artists as well as session musicians, ranging from orchestral players to percussionists and to singers. There is no joining fee or administration charge and the company actively seeks members.

PPL's role and remit increases year on year given the increasing amount of data. For example, the company receives details electronically on a weekly basis for, on average, 6,500 new recordings. Once this data has been fed into its own databases, that data is then passed on to PRS for Music for it to administer the relevant copying rights on behalf of the songwriters, composers and publishers.

PPL also provides that data on to the Official Charts Company for the purpose of the charts, and also to the BPI (British Phonographic Industry) and IFPI (International Federation of Phonographic Industry) for anti-piracy purposes.

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