Global Recording Artist of the Year

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Global Recording Artist of the Year
Awarded forMost successful recording artist worldwide based on album-equivalent units
Presented by International Federation of the Phonographic Industry
First awardedJanuary 2014
Most recent winner Taylor Swift
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 most popular 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 four 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 six million copies and spawned two international number-one singles, "Shake It Off" and "Blank Space". [5]

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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] View was more successful on streaming service, becoming the first album ever to accumulate one-billion streams on Apple Music. [10] The album's second single, "One Dance", which 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. Drake was awarded the Global Recording Artist of 2018, making him the first artist to win the award more than once. Despite not being among the top-ten best-selling albums of the year, his album Scorpion was the first album to reach one billion streams across all platforms worldwide. [12] Swift matched Drake's achievement by receiving the award again for 2019. Her album Lover was the second best-selling album of 2019. [13]

Top 10 Global Recording Artists of the Year

2013

One Direction was awarded the IFPI Global Recording Artist of 2013 One Direction at the Logies Awards 2012.jpg
One Direction was awarded the IFPI Global Recording Artist of 2013
RankArtist [14] IFPI Top 10 Album of the Year [3] IFPI Top 10 Single of the Year [15]
1 One Direction Midnight Memories (first)N/A
2 Eminem The Marshall Mathers LP2 (second)N/A
3 Justin Timberlake The 20/20 Experience (third)N/A
4 Bruno Mars Unorthodox Jukebox (fourth)"When I Was Your Man" (eighth)
5 Katy Perry Prism (sixth)"Roar" (fifth)
6 Pink N/A"Just Give Me a Reason" (fourth)
7 Macklemore & Ryan Lewis N/A"Thrift Shop" (second)
8 Rihanna N/A"Stay" (tenth)
9 Michael Bublé To Be Loved (seventh)N/A
10 Daft Punk Random Access Memories (fifth)"Get Lucky" (sixth)

2014

Taylor Swift was awarded the IFPI Global Recording Artist of 2014 Taylor Swift Red Tour 5, 2013.jpg
Taylor Swift was awarded the IFPI Global Recording Artist of 2014
RankArtist [4] IFPI Top 10 Album of the Year [5] IFPI Top 10 Single of the Year [5]
1 Taylor Swift 1989 (second)N/A
2 One Direction Four (sixth)N/A
3 Ed Sheeran X (third)N/A
4 Coldplay Ghost Stories (fourth)N/A
5 AC/DC Rock or Bust (seventh)N/A
6 Michael Jackson N/AN/A
7 Pink Floyd The Endless River (ninth)N/A
8 Sam Smith In The Lonely Hour (fifth)N/A
9 Katy Perry N/A"Dark Horse" (second)
10 Beyoncé N/AN/A

2015

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Adele was awarded the IFPI Global Recording Artist of 2015
RankArtist [6] IFPI Top 10 Album of the Year [16] IFPI Top 10 Single of the Year [16]
1 Adele 25 (first)"Hello" (seventh)
2 Ed Sheeran X (second)"Thinking Out Loud" (third)
3 Taylor Swift 1989 (third)"Blank Space" (eighth)
4 Justin Bieber Purpose (fourth)N/A
5 One Direction Made in the A.M. (sixth)N/A
6 Coldplay A Head Full Of Dreams (eighth)N/A
7 Maroon 5 N/A"Sugar" (fourth)
8 Sam Smith In The Lonely Hour (fifth)N/A
9 Drake N/AN/A
10 The Weeknd Beauty Behind The Madness (tenth)N/A

2016

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Drake was awarded the IFPI Global Recording Artist of 2016
RankArtist [8] IFPI Top 10 Album of the Year [9] IFPI Top 10 Single of the Year [9]
1 Drake Views (third)"One Dance" (first)
2 David Bowie Blackstar (fifth)N/A
3 Coldplay A Head Full of Dreams (ninth)N/A
4 Adele 25 (second)N/A
5 Justin Bieber N/A"Love Yourself" (second)
"Sorry" (fifth)
6 Twenty One Pilots Blurryface (eighth)"Stressed Out" (tenth)
7 Beyoncé Lemonade (first)N/A
8 Rihanna N/A"Work" (sixth)
9 Prince N/AN/A
10 The Weeknd N/AN/A

2017

Ed Sheeran was awarded the IFPI Global Recording Artist of 2017 and is the first winner to have both the year's best-selling single and album. Ed Sheeran, V Festival 2014, Chelmsford (14788797777).jpg
Ed Sheeran was awarded the IFPI Global Recording Artist of 2017 and is the first winner to have both the year's best-selling single and album.
RankArtist [11] IFPI Top 10 Album of the Year [17] IFPI Top 10 Single of the Year [17]
1 Ed Sheeran ÷ (first)"Shape of You" (first)
"Perfect" (ninth)
2 Drake N/AN/A
3 Taylor Swift Reputation (second)N/A
4 Kendrick Lamar Damn (seventh)"Humble" (sixth)
5 Eminem Revival (eighth)N/A
6 Bruno Mars 24K Magic (tenth)"That's What I Like" (fourth)
7 The Weeknd N/AN/A
8 Imagine Dragons N/A"Believer" (tenth)
9 Linkin Park N/AN/A
10 The Chainsmokers N/A"Something Just like This" (third)
"Closer" (fifth)

2018

Drake was awarded the IFPI Global Recording Artist of 2018. He is the first artist to receive the award twice. Drake Bluesfest.jpg
Drake was awarded the IFPI Global Recording Artist of 2018. He is the first artist to receive the award twice.
RankArtist [12] IFPI Top 10 Album of the Year [18] IFPI Top 10 Single of the Year [19]
1 Drake N/A"God's Plan" (second)
2 BTS Love Yourself: Answer (second)
Love Yourself: Tear (third)
N/A
3 Ed Sheeran ÷ (sixth)"Shape of You" (third)
"Perfect" (fourth)
4 Post Malone N/A"Psycho" (tenth)
5 Eminem Kamikaze (ninth)N/A
6 Queen Bohemian Rhapsody (seventh)N/A
7 Imagine Dragons N/AN/A
8 Ariana Grande N/AN/A
9 Lady Gaga A Star Is Born (fourth)N/A
10 Bruno Mars N/AN/A

2019

Taylor Swift was awarded the IFPI Global Recording Artist of 2019, making her the second artist (first woman) to win the award twice. Taylor Swift 2 - 2019 by Glenn Francis (cropped) 2.jpg
Taylor Swift was awarded the IFPI Global Recording Artist of 2019, making her the second artist (first woman) to win the award twice.
RankArtist [20] IFPI Top 10 Album of the Year [21] IFPI Top 10 Single of the Year [22]
1 Taylor Swift Lover (second)N/A
2 Ed Sheeran No.6 Collaborations Project (seventh)"I Don't Care" (seventh)
3 Post Malone N/A"Sunflower" (fourth)
4 Billie Eilish When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go? (fifth)"Bad Guy" (first)
5 Queen Bohemian Rhapsody: The Original Soundtrack (sixth)N/A
6 Ariana Grande Thank U, Next (eighth)"7 Rings" (fifth)
7 BTS Map of the Soul: Persona (third)N/A
8 Drake N/AN/A
9 Lady Gaga A Star Is Born (fourth)"Shallow" (eight)
10 The Beatles Abbey Road (tenth)N/A

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