By FactsWow Team
Posted on: 05 Jan, 2023
A best-selling track by Harry Styles, formerly of One Direction, has been crowned the U.K.'s Top Hits of 2022, defeating Ed Sheeran.
Credits: British GQ
The British Phonographic Industry (BPI) analyzed Official Charts Company data to determine the most-played single of the year in the U.K.
Credits: Us Weekly
Reports state that the song has been streamed 180.9 million times and has topped the Billboard Hot 100 for 15 consecutive weeks, a new record for a British artist.
The Official Charts says Styles topped Tracks that were the most popular in the United Kingdom. A first in 50 years occurred during the year, marking the first time ten of the ten most popular singles in the U.K. were British.
A collaboration with Nigerian artist Fireboy DML, Ed's songs 'Bad Habits' and 'Peru' secured the second and third spots on the list, while 'Shivers' secured the fifth position.
Kate Bush's 1985 classic 'Running Up That Hill' is sixth after it appeared in Netflix's Stranger Things series, while London-born singer Cat Burns' 'Go' is fourth after going viral on TikTok.
'Heat Waves' by Glass Animals was No. 7, and Calum Scott's collaboration with Belgian artist Lost Frequencies was No. 8. Sam Fender's Ivor Novello-winning song 'Seventeen Going Under' is rounded off by Scottish duo L.F. System's 'Afraid to Feel' and L.F. System's sleeper hit.
U.K. debut annual streaming figures broke the 150 billion mark for the first time in 2022 as the U.K. had eight consecutive years of increased recorded music consumption.
It is astounding that in 2022 British artists contributed to all the Top 10 biggest hits in the U.K., despite streaming creating unprecedented competition from every corner of the globe,' said Leon Neville, BPI's director of marketing.
The U.K. record labels' passion, investment, and skills have contributed to this outstanding achievement, yet another testament to the rich talent emerging across our nations and regions.
Credits: The Mirror
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