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Walking tall -- now Gaga's a fashion icon

Lady Gaga was walking tall in her skyscraper heels yesterday as she cut a dash on the red carpet at the CFDA Fashion awards at the Lincoln Centre's Alice Tully Hall in New York.

The singer was honoured for her services to the industry, but she was also making records in the music world yesterday.

The star's chart--topping single 'Bad Romance' has been declared the most--played song of the past year.

The track picked up the most radio airplay and public usage according to new figures from royalties body PPL. The singer is also at No 3 in PPL's People's Pop Chart of 2010 with her single 'Alejandro'.

Second place in the figures -- which take account of public plays in shops and as incidental music -- went to Alicia Keys for 'Empire State Of Mind'.

The highest--placed British act was Plan B with 'She Said', which was placed at No 4.

The chart is being unveiled at PPL's annual general meeting today. The most played classical tune was Hans Zimmer's main title theme from HBO TV series 'The Pacific', with Prokofiev's 'Romeo And Juliet', used heavily in BBC1's 'The Apprentice' in second place.

PPL chairman Fran Nevrkla said: "The pop songs are truly modern classics, instantly recognisable and a great representation of the British public's appetite."

The top 10 most--played pop songs of 2010:

1) Lady Gaga -- 'Bad Romance'

2) Alicia Keys -- 'Empire State of Mind' (Part II)

3) Lady Gaga -- 'Alejandro'

4) Plan B -- 'She Said'

5) Kylie Minogue -- 'All The Lovers'

6) Olly Murs -- 'Please Don't Let Me Go'

7) Kesha -- 'Tik Tok'

8) Florence and the Machine -- 'Rabbit Heart' (Raise It Up)

9) Train -- 'Hey, Soul Sister'

10) Kings of Leon -- 'Sex On Fire'

Irish Independent