CALENDER: 28. April



Sun 28 Apr 1996

"Fastlove" climbes to the number one of the UK singles charts, and stayed there for 3 weeks

Wed 28 Apr 2004

George accepts the Radio Academy's PPL Award, at the Shaw Theatre on April 28, 2004 in London, England for the most played artist on the radio in the last 20 years. Elton John came second, Robbie Williams third and Kylie Minogue fourth


Wed 28 Apr 2004

  George 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.
1. George Michael
2. Elton John
3. Robbie Williams
4. Kylie Minogue
5. Bryan Adams
6. Madonna
7. Phil Collins
8. Cliff Richard
9. Mick Hucknall
10. Paul McCartney
Source: Radio Academy

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.

The Phonographic 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 period.