British collecting society PPL has announced its figures for 2018, revealing that its collections grew by 13% to £246.8m on behalf of performers and rightsholders. That included 5% growth (to £83.6m) for its ‘broadcasting and online’ category, although the biggest spike came with a 43% rise in international collections to £70.9m.

PPL also paid out royalties to 94,750 performers and 10,442 recorded-music rightsholders in 2018 – 105,192 payees in total, the first time it’s ever gone above the 100,000 mark, and 7.3% up on 2017’s figure. “In 2019 we will continue to invest in our people, our technology and our data, and with further innovation will aim to deliver another year of high quality service to our members,” promised CEO Peter Leatham.

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