LONDON (CelebrityAccess) According to the International Federation of the Phonographic Industry (IFPI) that represents the recording industry worldwide, Ed Sheeran was the world’s best-selling recording artist of 2017.
The IFPI Global Recording Artist of the Year Award follows huge international success for Sheeran’s third album, ÷, which has already been confirmed as the biggest of 2017 in the US and UK, though the singer lost out in last week’s BRIT Awards despite his huge sales.
IFPI revealed that ÷ has been certified as multi-platinum in 36 markets. Shape Of You was the best-selling single globally of 2017 and has been certified as multi-Platinum in 32 markets.
Sheeran is the fifth recipient of the Global Recording Artist of the Year Award, but it’s the first time that the winner has had both the best-selling album and single of the year.
IFPI chief executive, Frances Moore, said: “It’s wonderful to be able to announce Ed Sheeran as the IFPI Global Recording Artist 2017. The success Ed has achieved is astonishing and testament to his ability to write and perform songs that connect with a truly global fanbase.
“This year’s Global Top 10 really is a ‘who’s who’ of popular music. Each artist has a unique impact on the music industry through the talent and energy they are channeling through their work. I congratulate them all for such a successful year.”
Drake takes second place after a year that saw his “More Life” mixtape break records for the most streams in 24 hours for an album on Apple Music and best first-day streams for an album on Spotify.
Top 10 Global Recording Artists of 2017
1. Ed Sheeran
3. Taylor Swift
4. Kendrick Lamar
6. Bruno Mars
7. The Weeknd
8. Imagine Dragons
9. Linkin Park
10. The Chainsmokers