Global Recording Artist of the Year

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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] The music videos for its singles, "Best Song Ever" and "Story of My Life", had been watched almost 200 million and over 100 million times, respectively, on YouTube up to that point. [4] Taylor Swift was awarded the Global Recording Artist of 2014 after the commercial success of her fifth studio album, 1989 . [5] 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". [6]

The International Federation of the Phonographic Industry (IFPI) is the organisation that represents the interests of the recording industry worldwide. It is a non-profit members' organisation registered in Switzerland and founded in Italy in 1933. It operates a Secretariat based in London, with regional offices in Brussels, Hong Kong, and Miami.

Album-equivalent unit album

The album-equivalent unit is a measurement unit in music industry to define the consumption of music that equals the purchase of one album copy. This consumption includes streaming and song downloads in addition to traditional album sales. The album-equivalent unit was introduced in the mid-2010s as an answer to the drop of album sales in the 21st century. Album sales more than halved from 1999 to 2009, declining from a $14.6 to $6.3 billion industry. For instance, the only albums that went platinum in the United States in 2014 were the Frozen soundtrack and Taylor Swift's 1989, whereas several artists did in 2013.

Streaming media Continuous multimedia operated and presented to users by a provider

Streaming media is multimedia that is constantly received by and presented to an end-user while being delivered by a provider. The verb "to stream" refers to the process of delivering or obtaining media in this manner; the term refers to the delivery method of the medium, rather than the medium itself, and is an alternative to file downloading, a process in which the end-user obtains the entire file for the content before watching or listening to it.


Adele received the award for the Global Recording Artist of 2015 with the release of her third studio album, 25 . [7] 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. [8] 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. [9] [10] View was more successful on streaming service, becoming the first album ever to accumulate one-billion streams on Apple Music. [11] The album's second single, "One Dance", which became the biggest digital song of the year, with 12.5 million track-equivalent units worldwide. [10]

Adele British singer-songwriter

Adele Laurie Blue Adkins is an English singer-songwriter. After graduating from the BRIT School in 2006, Adele signed a recording contract with XL Recordings. In 2007, she received the Brit Awards Critics' Choice award and won the BBC Sound of 2008 poll. Her debut album, 19, was released in 2008 to commercial and critical success. It is certified eight times platinum in the UK, and three times platinum in the US. The album contains her first song, "Hometown Glory", written when she was 16, which is based on her home suburb of West Norwood in London. An appearance she made on Saturday Night Live in late 2008, boosted her career in the US. At the 51st Grammy Awards in 2009, Adele received the awards for Best New Artist and Best Female Pop Vocal Performance.

<i>25</i> (Adele album) 2015 studio album by Adele

25 is the third studio album by English singer-songwriter Adele, released on 20 November 2015 by XL Recordings and Columbia Records. Issued nearly five years after her previous album, the internationally successful 21 (2011), the album is titled as a reflection of her life and frame of mind at 25 years old and is termed a "make-up record". Its lyrical content features themes of Adele "yearning for her old self, her nostalgia", and "melancholia about the passage of time" according to an interview with the singer by Rolling Stone, as well as themes of motherhood and regret. In contrast to Adele's previous works, the production of 25 incorporated the use of electronic elements and creative rhythmic patterns, with elements of 1980s R&B and organs. Like 21, Adele worked with producer and songwriter Paul Epworth and Ryan Tedder, along with new collaborations with Max Martin and Shellback, Greg Kurstin, Danger Mouse, the Smeezingtons, Samuel Dixon, and Tobias Jesso Jr.

Hello (Adele song) original song written and composed by Adele and Greg Kurstin

"Hello" is a song by British singer-songwriter Adele, released on 23 October 2015 by XL Recordings as the lead single from her third studio album, 25 (2015). Adele co-wrote the song with her producer, Greg Kurstin. "Hello" is a piano ballad with soul influences, and lyrics that discuss themes of nostalgia and regret. Upon release, the song was acclaimed by music critics, who compared it favourably to Adele's previous work and praised the song's lyrics and Adele's vocals. It was recorded in London's Metropolis Studios.

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". [12] He became the first IFPI Global Recording Artist of the Year to have both the best-selling album and single of the year.

Ed Sheeran English singer-songwriter, guitarist, record producer, and actor

Edward Christopher Sheeran, is an English singer, songwriter, guitarist, record producer, and actor. He attended the Academy of Contemporary Music in Guildford as an undergraduate from the age of 18 in 2009. In early 2011, Sheeran independently released the extended play, No. 5 Collaborations Project. After signing with Asylum Records, his debut album, +, was released in September 2011. It topped the UK and Australian charts, reached number five in the US, and has since been certified seven-times platinum in the UK. The album contains the single "The A Team", which earned him the Ivor Novello Award for Best Song Musically and Lyrically. In 2012, Sheeran won the Brit Awards for Best British Male Solo Artist and British Breakthrough Act. "The A Team" was nominated for Song of the Year at the 2013 Grammy Awards, where he performed the song with Elton John.

<i>÷</i> (album) 2017 studio album by Ed Sheeran

÷ is the third studio album by English singer-songwriter Ed Sheeran. It was released on 3 March 2017 through Asylum Records and Atlantic Records. "Castle on the Hill" and "Shape of You" were released as the album's lead singles on 6 January 2017.

Shape of You 2017 single by Ed Sheeran

"Shape of You" is a song by English singer-songwriter Ed Sheeran. It was released as a digital download on 6 January 2017 as one of the double lead singles from his third studio album ÷ (2017), along with "Castle on the Hill".

Top 10 Global Recording Artists of the Year


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One Direction was awarded the IFPI Global Recording Artist of 2013
RankArtist [4] IFPI Top 10 Album of the Year [3] IFPI Top 10 Single of the Year [13]
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)


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Taylor Swift was awarded the IFPI Global Recording Artist of 2014
RankArtist [5] IFPI Top 10 Album of the Year [6] IFPI Top 10 Single of the Year [6]
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


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Adele was awarded the IFPI Global Recording Artist of 2015
RankArtist [7] IFPI Top 10 Album of the Year [14] IFPI Top 10 Single of the Year [14]
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


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Drake was awarded the IFPI Global Recording Artist of 2016
RankArtist [9] IFPI Top 10 Album of the Year [10] IFPI Top 10 Single of the Year [10]
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


Ed Sheeran was awarded the IFPI Global Recording Artist of 2017 Ed Sheeran, V Festival 2014, Chelmsford (14788797777).jpg
Ed Sheeran was awarded the IFPI Global Recording Artist of 2017
RankArtist [12] IFPI Top 10 Album of the Year [15] IFPI Top 10 Single of the Year [15]
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)


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Drake was awarded the IFPI Global Recording Artist of 2018
RankArtistIFPI Top 10 Album of the YearIFPI Top 10 Single of the Year
1 Drake N/A"God's Plan" (second)
2 BTS Love Yourself: Answer (second)
Love Yourself: Tear (third)
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

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