Saturday 19 January 2019

Stereophonics ‘most popular Welsh artists’ ahead of Sir Tom Jones and Duffy

The Kelly Jones-fronted band are the most listened to on TV, radio and in public places.

Isle of Wight festival 2016
Isle of Wight festival 2016

By Joe Nerssessian, Press Association

Stereophonics have beaten Sir Tom Jones and Dame Shirley Bassey to be named the most played Welsh artists over the past 12 years.

The rockers are the most played Welsh artists on TV, radio and in public places since 2005, according to research by licensing body PPL.

The Kelly Jones-fronted band finished ahead of songstress Duffy in second and stalwarts Manic Street Preachers completing the top three.

V Festival 2012 – Chelmsford

Bonnie Tyler landed ahead of Sir Tom in fourth, while Feeder, Charlotte Church and Shakin’ Stevens also feature in the top 10.

Dame Shirley was eleventh on the list, which was created ahead of the seventh annual Welsh Music Prize on Friday.

Co-founder of the prize John Rostron said: “It really is quite fascinating looking back at this chart of the most played Welsh artists of the past 12 years.

“When many of these artists broke, there was no social media or streaming services and the musical landscape was very different to that of today.

“Having said that, bands like Stereophonics continue to sell out stadiums, and some of the Manics’ most recent work has been some of their strongest creatively to date.”

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