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Taio Cruz's Hit Tops 'British Export' Songs In 2010 

4th July 2011

Latest research from PRS for Music has today revealed that Taio Cruz’s ‘Break Your Heart’, is the most played British-written song on international radio stations.

‘Break Your Heart’, written by Taio Cruz and Fraser T Smith, came out top in eight out of the twenty countries surveyed. The research also found that the 1997 UK chart-topper ‘You’re Not Alone’, written by Tim Kellett and Robin Taylor Firth, is currently enjoying new found popularity in Italy in a version by Danish singer, Mads Langer.


British Songwriter/s


Performing Artist



Taio Cruz
Fraser T Smith

Break Your Heart

Taio Cruz

Bulgaria, Finland, France, Mexico, Spain, Sweden, UK, USA,


Amy Macdonald

Don’t Tell Me that It’s Over

Amy Macdonald

Austria, Belgium,


Hurts and Joseph Cross

Wonderful Life


Germany, Greece


Snow Patrol

Just Say Yes

Snow Patrol



Florence Welch and Isabella Summers

Dog Days Are Over

Florence and the Machine



Scouting for Girls

This Ain’t a Love song

Scouting for Girls



Mima Stilwell and Jim Eliot

All The Lovers

Kylie Minogue



Matthew Bellamy






Viva La Vida




Plan B (Ben Drew)

She Said

Plan B




Tim Kellett and Robin Taylor Firth


You’re Not Alone


Mads Langer




Source: PRS for Music

The results are based on data compiled by PRS for Music, in order to pay accurate royalties to its 80,000 songwriting and composing members whenever their music is broadcast or publicly performed. PRS for Music identified the most played songs on international radio in 2010 that were written by British songwriters.

Fraser T Smith, co-writer of the hit song ‘Break Your Heart’ said: “It’s an incredible feeling – quite surreal, to realise that what Taio and I created in a small studio in Fulham, can be enjoyed by people all over the world. It’s what keeps me writing day in, day out.”

Commenting on the results, Karen Buse, director of international at PRS for Music, said: “This research goes to show the continued strength of British songwriting on the international stage. The music our songwriter members create is played and performed in every country around the world and I’m delighted that such fantastic UK talent can earn from their work overseas.”

PRS for Music has 150 agreements in place in 90 countries around the world, ensuring that whenever its member’s music is used, royalties are collected and paid; in 2010 £169.8m was collected internationally from UK music used.

About PRS for Music

PRS for Music represents the rights of over 125,000 songwriters, composers and music publishers in the UK. As a membership organisation it ensures creators are paid whenever their music is played, performed or reproduced, championing the importance of copyright to protect and support the UK music industry. The UK has a proud tradition of creating wonderful music that is enjoyed the world over and PRS for Music has been supporting the creators of that music since 1914.

PRS for Music provides business and community groups with easy access to over 10m songs through its music licences. In an industry worth over £4.1bn PRS for Music is uniquely placed to be a voice for music and music creators. Collecting £537.4m in 2015, PRS for Music is one of the world’s most efficient combined rights organisations. With over 100 representation agreements in place globally, PRS for Music's network represents over two million music creators.

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