News and Charts

06 August 2014

PPL launches new short film about exercise to music

Music licensing company PPL met face-to-face with members of the fitness industry to ask why music by original artists is considered by most, to be an important aspect of any workout.

A selection of responses from trade figureheads, fitness centre operators, instructors, and gym goers, can now be seen in the new educational film below launched by PPL to highlight the value of original artist music to the fitness sector, and emphasises the importance of holding the proper licence(s) for fitness professionals and fitness centre operators.

10 December 2013

Most Played Songs by West Midlands Artists in ‘PPL People’s Chart’ of the 21st Century

The top 20 tracks most played in public since the year 2000 by music artists from the West Midlands have today been revealed for the first time in an exclusive new chart by PPL, the company responsible for the licencing of recorded music played on radio, television and in public places across the UK.

02 December 2013

PPL reveals Top 30 Most Played Christmas Songs

02 December 2013 


Gabrielle Aplin’s rendition of ‘The Power of Love’ features at number one ahead of The Pogues’ ‘Fairytale of New York’.

14 June 2013

From ceremony to therapy: how music could help to heal traumatised troops

Neurologists to look at use of music to aid those suffering from post-conflict trauma.

14 June 2013

Why music makes our brain sing

Music is not tangible. You can’t eat it, drink it or mate with it. It doesn't protect against the rain, wind or cold. It doesn't vanquish predators or mend broken bones. And yet humans have always prized music. 

01 May 2013

Music 'better than drugs' at reducing pre-surgery stress

A recent review of 400 research papers about the neurochemistry of music found that playing and listening to music has clear benefits for both mental and physical health.

22 April 2013

Musician Brian Eno composes soundscapes to treat hospital patients

Brian Eno has designed an ambient “healing environment” for hospitals so that patients can recuperate to a backdrop of soothing light and sound.

12 April 2013

Scientists identify brain's music pleasure centre

Scientists believe they may have identified the part of the brain which registers pleasure after listening to music.

18 March 2013

'Boaby the Barman' visits ScotHot to talk about the value of music

Music licensing company PPL had a stand at ScotHot, held 4-6 March 2013 at SECC Glasgow.

14 February 2013

The UK found love with Calvin and Rihanna

As the day of romance is upon us, PPL reveals the most played love songs of last year in the UK.

We Found Love by Calvin Harris & Rihanna was the most played love song of 2012. The collaboration was a huge success globally reaching number one in 25 countries. Last year's most loved long song, Make You Feel My Love by Adele has remained in the top ten at number six.

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