Pink named UK's most played female artist of the 21st century for National Album Day

The US pop star tops a list populated by legends including Kylie Minogue, Whitney Houston and Madonna.

Pink has been named as the most played artist of the 21st century in the UK, in celebration of this year's National Album Day. 

In the list, accumulated by PPL, the US pop star beats off competition from Madonna, Katy Perry and Rihanna, who chart at Numbers 2, 3 and 4 respectively.

In a career now spanning over two decades, Pink has earned three UK Number 1 singles and three Number 1 albums too. She tops the new list, which is compiled from exclusive music usage and airplay data from UK radio stations and television channels. 

Her best-selling song in the UK, 2013'S Just Give Me A Reason with fun's Nate Reuss, hit Number 2 on the Official Singles Chart and accumulated a mammoth 1.6 million chart sales. View Pink's official Top 20 biggest songs in the UK here.

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More than a third of the Top 20 is made up of British female artists; with Adele and Little Mix taking the two highest positions in the Top 20.

The fourth edition of National Album Day is taking place Saturday October 16, and honours the art of the album. This year, it will spotlight women artists and their huge contribution to music and culture through the format. 

Peter Leatham, Chief Executive Officer of PPL, said: "National Album Day is a fantastic platform to showcase the importance of the album format and PPL is proud to be part of the celebrations this year with our chart of the century’s most played female artists.

"This chart brings together an incredible array of talent who have recorded some of the UK’s favourite music, including a number of the biggest and most influential albums of all time."

The full Top 20 most played female artists of the 21st century

1.     P!nk
2.     Madonna
3.     Katy Perry
4.     Rihanna
5.     Lady Gaga
6.     Adele
7.     Beyoncé
8.     Kylie Minogue
9.     Little Mix
10.  Whitney Houston
11.  Taylor Swift
12.  Sugababes
13.  Kelly Clarkson
14.  Dua Lipa
15.  Ellie Goulding
16.  Christina Aguilera
17.  Diana Ross
18.  Jess Glynne
19.  Rita Ora
20.  Ariana Grande