AceShowbiz - Ed Sheeran, Adele and Little Mix's success has helped British musicians rake in a record $1 billion in royalty payments in 2017. Leading the way is Ed, whose latest album "Divide (division sign)" dominated charts across the world, a feat that led to him being the PRS's most streamed songwriter of the year.
In a press release, PRS officials also claimed his tour, which took in U.K. arenas before he returns for stadium dates in 2018, also boosted the bumper figures, as did Adele's two huge dates at London's Wembley Stadium in June. The soul superstar's contribution would've been even larger had she not been forced to cancel her last two Wembley dates due to vocal cord trouble.
Little Mix were named alongside Take That and their former member Robbie Williams as the highest earning live performers of the year, as the girls played to more than 270,000 fans on a trek that earned them $12 million in ticket sales.
PRS for Music CEO Robert Ashcroft described 2017 as a "record year" for U.K. artists, and highlighted digital revenues, which include Ed's streaming successes, as a major driver behind the increase in royalties. Another star who made a major contribution was former The Beatles, Paul McCartney, who was named as the most played artist internationally.