However, international revenues fell by 6% year-on-year to total £34.4 million ($57.6 million). In a statement, PPL cited "distribution issues in Germany" as having a large impact on 2013 collections, but stressed that international revenues will be a "growing revenue stream for the company going forward."
Total distributable revenues to performers and record companies in 2013 totalled £152.2 million ($254.8 million). PPL'S membership has grown to 79,000 performer memberships (up 22% year-on-year). Record company members also increased in 2013 to total 11,500, the organisation announced.
"Over the years we have seen our revenues grow significantly, as performance rights continue to become a major revenue stream for the music industry. We are delighted that in our 80th year we are now paying out more money, on more recordings, to more performers and record companies than ever before," commented PPL CEO Peter Leathem in a statement.
To coincide with the release of its annual results, the company also announced its annual tally of the most played recordings, compiled from music usage data from PPL's licensees across the UK, including radio stations and television channels as well as public performance locations.
Topping the PPL pop chart was Daft Punk's 'Get Lucky' while U.K. pop star Olly Murs led the artist chart. Ludivico Einaudi's 'Nightbook' was No. 1 on PPL's classical chart.
The full 2013 PPL People's Pop Chart is listed below:
- Get Lucky – Daft Punk, featuring Pharrell Williams, Nile Rogers
- Blurred Lines – Robin Thicke, featuring Pharrell Williams, T.I
- Mirrors – Justin Timberlake
- Locked Out Of Heaven – Bruno Mars
- Just Give Me A Reason – P!NK featuring Nate Ruess
- Let Her Go – Passenger
- Wake Me Up – Avicii
- La La La – Naughty Boy featuring Sam Smith
- Troublemaker – Olly Murs featuring Flo.Rida
- When I Was Your Man – Bruno Mars