Michael dominates airwaves
Pop star George
Michael has been named the most played artist on British radio
over the past 20 years.
Michael picked up his
award at the Radio Academy's annual music radio conference in
London on Wednesday.
"I can't believe it.
I've only made six albums in 22 years so I don't know how this
happened. I'm the luckiest writer on earth," said Michael.
The data was collected
from over 600 radio stations across the country. Sir Elton John
took the second spot.
Kylie Minogue and Madonna
were the only females to feature in the top ten, at numbers four
and six respectively.
TOP 10 MOST PLAYED
ARTISTS ON BRITISH RADIO
2. Elton John
4. Kylie Minogue
5. Bryan Adams
7. Phil Collins
8. Cliff Richard
9. Mick Hucknall
Robbie Williams was third
and Bryan Adams was fifth.
Despite the huge
influence of US music on the UK scene, all but three of the
artists featured are British.
"This chart is an
interesting snapshot of which artists have most shaped popular
culture, as the number of radio stations both competing for our
attention and playing their material has spiralled," said
John Bradford, director of the Radio Academy.
Performance Ltd (PPL) award given to Michael is named after the
company which did the research.
PPL collects royalties
for record companies.
Figures have been
compiled for individual years before but this is the first time
the figures have been aggregated by the PPL to cover a long