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Three Lions Proves To Be The Favourite 

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Monday 12th April 2010

England’s On The Ball, But ‘Three Lions’ Proves To Be The Favourite.

Robbie Voted Nation’s Favourite to Release Unofficial World Cup Song


Latest research undertaken by PRS for Music, the organisation that represents the nation’s songwriters, composers and music publishers, today reveals that, Robbie Williams is the musician we’d most like to see release an unofficial World Cup song, whilst Three Lions proves to be the UK public’s favourite World Cup song.

Majority shareholder of Port Vale FC and ex member of Take That, Robbie Williams, claimed top spot with over thirty-six percent over the votes with Kasabian and, Gavin and Stacey star, James Cordon coming in second and third place respectively. The results come after the Football Association’s announcement that there would not be an official song to celebrate the England’s side this year.

The research, which has been released to launch Sing Up England! a competition to find the best unofficial song for the 2010 World Cup, further shows that over sixty-six percent of the public believe it is either important or very important to have a national song for raising the crowd’s emotions. A further seventy-six percent believe that a rousing song helps to boost player morale.


Top Five Most Wanted To Release World Cup Unofficial Song

 Position Musician/Singer  Percent 
Robbie Williams  36 
Kasabian  24 
James Cordon  21 
Girls Aloud  11 
5 Elton John 8

Source: PRS for Music


Top Ten Most Popular World Cup Songs

Position  Musician/Singer  Song 
The Lightning Seeds  Three Lions 
New Order  World In Motion 
Fat Les  Vindaloo 
England World Cup Squad  Back Home 
Embrace  World At Your Feet 
Ant & Dec  We're On The Ball 
Luciano Pavarotti  Nessun Dorma 
Andy Cameron  Ally's Tartan Army 
England World Cup Squad  This Time We'll Get It Right 
10  Dario G  Carnaval de Paris 
The information is based on a survey of over 2,000 UK respondents conducted by PRS for Music.


Ellis Rich, Chairman of PRS for Music, commented; “As the World’s finest football talent assembles for this year’s World Cup in South Africa, there is no doubt that the fans will be preparing their anthems and songs. Music plays such an important part in both the euphoria it creates during a match and the motivation it gives on the pitch”, Sing Up England! is a free to enter competition looking for the best original song about the FIFA World Cup 2010 and runs from today until kick off on June 11th. For full details on how to enter visit www.m-magazine.co.uk/singupengland



For more information, get in touch:

PRS for Music:   
Nicola Formoy    020 7306 4229
Votive Communications:   
Andrew Fyffe      020 7353 9304


PRS for Music:
PRS for Music is the leading copyright and royalty collection society representing 65,000 songwriters, composers and music publishers.  A not-for-profit organisation it ensures music creators are paid whenever their music is played.

PRS for Music provides business and community groups easy access to 10m songs through its music licences.  In an industry worth £3.18bn PRS for Music is uniquely placed to be a voice for music and can provide data for all aspects of the business: live, broadcast, sales, online, touring and music creation and up to date analysis, research and trends about the industry.




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