American pop superstar Pink was the most popular artist on the Australian airwaves in 2009, the third successive year she has achieved the feat, according to "most played" data published by Phonographic Performance Company of Australia.

Pink leads an all-U.S. top four on the PPCA's Top 50 Most Played Artist Report, published Saturday (Jan. 16) in Australia. Kings Of Leon come in at No. 2, followed by Katy Perry and Lady Gaga, while British stadium-fillers Coldplay arrive on the list at No. 5.

Thirteen Australian artists feature in the top 50, down from an all-time high of 19 in the previous year. The Veronicas (at No. 9) and Jessica Mauboy (at No. 10) lead the local contingent, which includes pop singers Sam Sparro and Gabriella Cilmi, veteran rockers the Living End, INXS, Powderfinger and Eskimo Joe, and electronic artists the Presets and Sneaky Sound System.

"To see local artists hold their own on the Most Played Artist report and some of the newer names coming through in the Most Played Recording report is particularly gratifying," commented PPCA CEO Stephen Peach in a statement.

American artist Jason Mraz grabs the No. 1 position on the PPCA's 2009 Top 100 Most Played Recording Report with his hit "I'm Yours" (Atlantic) which peaked at No. 3 on the ARIA singles chart in October 2008. Rounding out the top five on the new survey are Coldplay's "Viva La Vida" (EMI), Kid Rock's "All Summer Long" (Atlantic/Warner Music), Kings of Leon's "Use Somebody" (RCA) and the Fray's "You Found Me" (Epic).

Sydney rockers the Living End lead the Australian charge with "White Noise" at No. 8, one of 22 domestic titles in the top 100, down from 28 in the prior year.

Pink and Kings Of Leon each have four songs in the top 100 report, while Jessica Mauboy, Lady Gaga and Britney Spears score three apiece.

The PPCA's reports were measured by collating titles that appear in its broadcast log for the period July 1, 2008 to June 20, 2009.

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