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 (2020)
Most awards
  • Drake
  • Taylor Swift (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 Global Recording Artist of 2013.[2] This success was attributed to the band's third studio album, Midnight Memories, which became the best-selling album of the year with sales of 4 million copies worldwide.[3] Taylor Swift was awarded the Global Recording Artist of 2014 after the commercial success of her fifth studio album, 1989.[4] During the year, the album became the second global bestseller with sales of 6 million copies, and 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 became the best-selling album of the year worldwide, selling 17.4 million copies. The album's lead single, "Hello", reached number one in nearly all countries where it charted, and became the seventh biggest digital song of the year with 12.3 million track-equivalent units.[7] The Global Recording Artist of 2016 went to Drake, whose fourth studio album, Views, was the third best-selling album of the year with 2.3 million copies.[8][9] Views was more successful on streaming services, becoming the first album ever to accumulate 1 billion streams on Apple Music.[10] The album's second single, "One Dance", became the biggest digital song of the year, with 12.5 million track-equivalent units worldwide.[9]

Ed Sheeran received the award for the Global Recording Artist of 2017 with the release of his third studio album ÷ (read as "divide") and its singles including "Shape of You", "Castle on the Hill", "Galway Girl", and "Perfect".[11] He became the first IFPI Global Recording Artist of the Year to have both the best-selling album and single of the year.[11] Drake was awarded the Global Recording Artist of 2018, making him the first artist to win the award more than once. While not among the top-ten best-selling albums of the year, his album Scorpion was the first to reach 1 billion streams across all platforms worldwide.[12] Swift matched Drake's achievement when she received the award again for 2019. Her album Lover was the second best-selling album of that year.[13]

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  2. ^ "One Direction are officially the biggest global recording artists of 2013". www.ifpi.org. Retrieved 4 December 2017.
  3. ^ music, Guardian (1 August 2014). "One Direction named the world's No 1 bestselling artists". Retrieved 4 December 2017 – via www.theguardian.com.
  4. ^ "Taylor Swift Named IFPI Global Recording Artist of 2014". billboard.com. Retrieved 4 December 2017.
  5. ^ "Digital music matches physical sales". 15 April 2015. Retrieved 4 December 2017 – via www.bbc.com.
  6. ^ "Adele Named IFPI Global Recording Artist of 2015". billboard.com. Retrieved 4 December 2017.
  7. ^ "Adele's 25 outsells the other top five bestsellers put together". standard.co.uk. Retrieved 4 December 2017.
  8. ^ "Drake Named IFPI Global Recording Artist of 2016". billboard.com. Retrieved 4 December 2017.
  9. ^ a b "Beyonce's 'Lemonade' Highest-Selling Album Globally in 2016; Drake Lands Top Song: IFPI". billboard.com. 25 April 2017. Retrieved 4 December 2017.
  10. ^ Josephs, Brian (September 26, 2016). "Drake's Views Is The First Album To Earn 1 Billion Apple Music Streams | SPIN". Spin. Archived from the original on October 24, 2016. Retrieved October 23, 2016.
  11. ^ a b Schneider, Marc (26 February 2018). "Ed Sheeran Is IFPI's Global Recording Artist of the Year". Bilboard. Archived from the original on 23 April 2018. Retrieved 24 June 2021.
  12. ^ "Drake named IFPI's global recording artist of 2018". www.musicweek.com.
  13. ^ "Best Sellers and Global Artist of the Year — IFPI — Representing the recording industry worldwide". www.ifpi.org. Retrieved 2020-03-19.

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