Global Recording Artist of the Year

Global Recording Artist of the Year
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The IFPI trophy
Awarded forMost successful recording artist worldwide based on album-equivalent units
Presented byInternational Federation of the Phonographic Industry
First awardedJanuary 2014
Most recent winnerBTS (2021)
Most awards
  • Drake
  • Taylor Swift
  • BTS (2 each)

The Global Recording Artist of the Year is an award presented by the International Federation of the Phonographic Industry (IFPI) to honor the best-performing recording artist based on a total of album-equivalent units, which include music downloads, streaming and physical format sales.[1] It has been awarded every year since January 2014, with British boy band One Direction becoming the first act to receive the accolade for 2013.[2] This success was attributed to the band's third studio album, Midnight Memories, which became the best-selling album of the year.[3] Taylor Swift was awarded the Global Recording Artist of 2014 following her fifth studio album, 1989.[4] It spawned two international number-one singles, "Shake It Off" and "Blank Space".[5]

Adele received the award for the Global Recording Artist of 2015 with the release of her third studio album, 25.[6] It was the best-selling album of the year, with its lead single, "Hello", reaching number one in nearly every country in which it charted.[7] The Global Recording Artist of 2016 went to Drake, whose fourth studio album, Views, was the third best-selling album of the year.[8][9] The album's second single, "One Dance", became the biggest digital song of the year.[9] Ed Sheeran received the award for 2017 with the release of his third studio album ÷, which included the singles "Shape of You", "Castle on the Hill", "Galway Girl", and "Perfect". He became the first recipient to have both the best-selling album and single of the year.[10] Drake won the award again in 2018, which made him the first artist to win twice.[11] Swift matched Drake's achievement when she received the award again for 2019. Her seventh studio album, Lover, was the second best-selling album of 2019.[12] The award for 2020 went to BTS. The band's fourth and fifth studio albums, Map of the Soul: 7 and Be, were the top two best-selling albums of the year. BTS became the first Asian act to win the award.[13][14] The band repeated the feat for 2021, becoming the third artist—after Drake and Swift—to win the award twice, and the first to do so in consecutive years.[15]

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  2. ^ "One Direction are officially the biggest global recording artists of 2013". www.ifpi.org. Archived from the original on 25 February 2015. Retrieved 4 December 2017.
  3. ^ "One Direction named the world's No 1 bestselling artists". TheGuardian.com. 1 August 2014. Archived from the original on 1 August 2014. Retrieved 26 February 2022.
  4. ^ "Taylor Swift Named IFPI Global Recording Artist of 2014". Billboard. 23 February 2015. Archived from the original on 25 February 2015. Retrieved 26 February 2022.
  5. ^ "Digital music matches physical sales". BBC News Online. 15 April 2015. Archived from the original on 15 April 2015. Retrieved 4 December 2017.
  6. ^ Brandle, Lars (8 February 2016). "Adele Named IFPI Global Recording Artist of 2015". Billboard. Archived from the original on 8 February 2016. Retrieved 26 February 2022.
  7. ^ Dex, Robert (12 April 2016). "Adele's 25 outsells the other top five bestsellers put together". The Evening Standard. Archived from the original on 13 April 2016. Retrieved 26 February 2022.
  8. ^ Brandle, Lars (8 February 2017). "Drake Named IFPI Global Recording Artist of 2016". Billboard. Archived from the original on 8 February 2017. Retrieved 24 February 2022.
  9. ^ a b Rys, Dan (25 April 2017). "Beyonce's 'Lemonade' Highest-Selling Album Globally in 2016; Drake Lands Top Song: IFPI". Billboard. Archived from the original on 25 April 2017. Retrieved 24 February 2022.
  10. ^ Schneider, Marc (26 February 2018). "Ed Sheeran Is IFPI's Global Recording Artist of the Year". Billboard. Archived from the original on 23 April 2018. Retrieved 26 February 2022.
  11. ^ Paine, Andrew (26 February 2019). "Drake named IFPI's global recording artist of 2018". Music Week. Archived from the original on 28 February 2019. Retrieved 24 February 2022.
  12. ^ "Best Sellers and Global Artist of the Year". www.ifpi.org. Archived from the original on 19 March 2020. Retrieved 27 February 2022.
  13. ^ Brandle, Lars (4 March 2021). "BTS Crowned IFPI Global Recording Artist of 2020". Billboard. Archived from the original on 10 March 2021. Retrieved 25 February 2022.
  14. ^ Brandle, Lars (11 March 2021). "BTS Bag 'Unprecedented' 1-2 on IFPI's Global Album Sales Chart For 2020". Billboard. Archived from the original on 11 March 2021. Retrieved 25 February 2022.
  15. ^ "BTS Again Wins Top Recording Artist in World First". Bloomberg. 24 February 2022. Archived from the original on 25 February 2022. Retrieved 26 February 2022.

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