American superstar, Pink has been named the ‘Most played female artist of the 21st Century’ in the UK, in a chart compiled by music licensing company, PPL.
The ranking was compiled from music usage and airplay data from UK radio stations and television channels.
Pink has been played more than Adele, Beyonce, Rihanna, Lady Gaga, and Katy Perry, according to the figures the chart company gathered.
This doesn’t come as a surprise to many as the US star has built up a strong catalog of enduring radio-friendly hits since 2000.
It can be recalled that Pink’s debut album, ‘Can’t Take Me Home’ was released at the turn of the century, with an R&B flavor and hits such as ‘Most Girls’, ‘You Make Me Sick’, and ‘There You Go’.
The singer, whose real name is Alecia Moore, went in a ‘Rock’ direction with her second album, before embracing a slightly ‘Pop’ sound on many of her records later. Hits such as ‘Just Give Me A Reason’, ‘Try, What About Us’, ‘Sober’ and ‘Walk Me Home’ have remained staples on radio station playlists long after their release.
Madonna came in at number two on the chart following a four-decade career in which she has released hit records including, ‘True Blue’, ‘Ray Of Light’ and ‘Music’.
In third place is Katy Perry, whose third album, ‘Teenage Dream’, was one of the most popular of the 2010s. Rihanna and Lady Gaga are fourth and fifth respectively.
Meanwhile, the UK is represented in the chart by acts including Adele, who is in sixth place, and Little Mix, who claimed the ninth position.
It is worth mentioning that Adele’s second studio album, ’21’ is one of the most successful releases of all time, selling more than five million copies and winning ‘Album of the year’ at the Grammys and the Brits. The singer is set to make her musical comeback with a new single ‘Easy On Me’.
However, while she is one of the best-selling artists in the world, Adele has only released three studio albums to date, whereas Pink has released eight, which, in turn, has provided more possible material for radio play.
PPL’s chart marks the start of celebrations ahead of the fourth edition of ‘National Album Day’ to be celebrated on Saturday 16th October, which this year is celebrating female artists.
Kylie Minogue, who ranked eighth, said it was “such an honor to be one of the UK’s most-played female artists of the 21st century and to be in such great company!”
She further said: “It’s mind-blowing to me and I’m so touched to know my music is continuing to be enjoyed by so many people”.
Peter Leathem, chief executive officer at PPL, said: “This chart brings together an incredible array of talent who have recorded some of the UK’s favorite music, including a number of the biggest and most influential albums of all time”.
Below is the full list of the played female artists of the 21st century in the UK:
3. Katy Perry
5. Lady Gaga
8. Kylie Minogue
9. Little Mix
10. Whitney Houston
11. Taylor Swift
13. Kelly Clarkson
14. Dua Lipa
15. Ellie Goulding
16. Christina Aguilera
17. Diana Ross
18. Jess Glynne
19. Rita Ora
20. Ariana Grande