YOu’re never more than six minutes awy from Calvin Harris – if you listen to rdio in the UK.
The Dumfries-born chart star has been named as the most played Scottish act of the 21st century by music licensing organisation PPL, who have produced a Top 15 chart of the most-played Scottish artists on UK radio and TV.
The Grammy Award-winning, multi-platinum artist has received the equivalent of five years’ worth of continuous UK radio and TV airplay in the 21st century.
On average, a recording by or featuring Calvin Harris is played every six minutes in the UK, thanks to tunes like his top three most-played songs since 2000 – ‘We Found Love’ (Rihanna featuring Calvin Harris), ‘This is What You Came For’ (featuring Rihanna) and ‘How Deep is Your Love’ (Calvin Harris and Disciples).
Texas are at number two in the chart, their debut single ‘I Don’t Want A Lover’ their most-played track on UK TV and radio in the 21st century. 1997’s ‘Say What You Want’ and 2001’s ‘Inner Smile’ are the band’s second and third most-played tunes. Aberdeen-raised Emeli Sandé is third largely thanks to her most-played song being ‘Next To Me’.
Fourth is Lulu, via cover versions of David Bowie’s ‘The Man Who Sold The World’, The Isley Brothers’ ‘Shout’ and (oddly) Neil Diamond’s ‘The Boat That I Row’. Travis round off the top five, ‘Why Does It Always Rain on Me?’ being their most-played tune.
The top 15 most-played Scottish artists of the 21st century are:
1. Calvin Harris
3. Emeli Sandé
6. Wet Wet Wet
7. Deacon Blue
8. KT Tunstall
9. Paolo Nutini
10. Primal Scream
11. Simple Minds
12. Annie Lennox
13. The Fratellis
14. Franz Ferdinand
15. Biffy Clyro