To find out which musicians were the shining star of their hometown, the cultural programming team at Wembley Park – home to two of Britain’s most iconic live music venues, Wembley Stadium and OVO Arena Wembley – analyzed Wikipedia pageview data for top musicians born in 25 UK cities. .
Snow Patrol member Johnny McDaid is Derry’s most searched musician with 2.2 million views. Johnny is also known for co-writing music with stars such as Ed Sheeran, Robbie Williams and Kelly Clarkson. Additionally, he is currently dating Friends actress Courtney Cox.
Girls Aloud singer Nadine Coyle (878,311 views), who came second, is also in Derry’s top 10 most wanted musicians.
Pop sensation Dua Lipa tops the charts nationally and in the UK’s capital, London, with over 16 million and counting views. The “one kiss” singer beat out Elton John (12 million views), David Bowie (11.9 million views) and Adele (11.2 million views) – who are also all born and bred in London.
Dua Lipa, born in West Hampstead, has received numerous music awards during her career. The star received nominations for 15 Brit Awards, eight Grammy Awards and seven NME Awards – winning six, three and one respectively.
Imagine singer and Beatles legend John Lennon ranks second overall and number one in Liverpool with over 11.4 million views.
Throughout his life, the Beatles star won 25 number one singles, multiple Grammy Awards and an Oscar for ‘Let it Be’.
Despite an untimely death at the age of 40, Lennon continues to be mourned around the world and has been the subject of many memorials and tributes, including his hometown airport renamed Liverpool John Lennon Airport in 2002 , proving that his legacy lives on more than 40 years later.
The other three Beatles members complete the top four most searched artists in Liverpool – Paul McCartney (9.9m views), George Harrison (8.5m views) and Ringo Starr (6.1m views) .
Former 1D star Zayn Malik follows in third place overall, with over 8 million views, giving him the top spot for Bradford.
Ozzie Osbourne (6.8 million views) and Sting (5.1 million views) complete the top five and are number ones in their hometowns of Birmingham and Newcastle.
Amazingly, the infamous Gallagher Brothers have been beaten to the top spot for Manchester by Bee Gee frontman Barry Gibb with over 4.4 million views.
Liam Gallagher ranked fifth with over 2.7 million views and Noel Gallagher fell to seventh place with just under 2.1 million views.
Claudio Giambrone, Head of Marketing at Wembley Park, commented:
“Home to two of the world’s most iconic concert venues, Wembley Park is delighted to welcome live music back to life this summer, after two years of disruption due to the pandemic. Hopefully we can see a few of these iconic names gracing our stage soon.