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]

Top 10 Global Recording Artists of the Year

2013

One Direction was awarded the IFPI Global Recording Artist of 2013.
One Direction was awarded the IFPI Global Recording Artist of 2013.
Rank Artist[16] IFPI Top 10 Album of the Year[3] IFPI Top 10 Single of the Year[17]
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 and 2019. She is the first woman to win the award twice.
Taylor Swift was awarded the IFPI Global Recording Artist of 2014 and 2019. She is the first woman to win the award twice.
Rank Artist[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/A N/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/A N/A

2015

Adele was awarded the IFPI Global Recording Artist of 2015.
Adele was awarded the IFPI Global Recording Artist of 2015.
Rank Artist[6] IFPI Top 10 Album of the Year[18] IFPI Top 10 Single of the Year[18]
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/A N/A
10 The Weeknd Beauty Behind The Madness (tenth) N/A

2016

Drake was awarded the IFPI Global Recording Artist of 2016 and 2018. He is the first artist to win the award twice.
Drake was awarded the IFPI Global Recording Artist of 2016 and 2018. He is the first artist to win the award twice.
Rank Artist[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/A N/A
10 The Weeknd N/A N/A

2017

Ed Sheeran was awarded the IFPI Global Recording Artist of 2017. He is the first winner to also have the best-selling album and single of the year.
Ed Sheeran was awarded the IFPI Global Recording Artist of 2017. He is the first winner to also have the best-selling album and single of the year.
Rank Artist[19] IFPI Top 10 Album of the Year[20] IFPI Top 10 Single of the Year[20]
1 Ed Sheeran ÷ (first) "Shape of You" (first)
"Perfect" (ninth)
2 Drake N/A N/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/A N/A
8 Imagine Dragons N/A "Believer" (tenth)
9 Linkin Park N/A N/A
10 The Chainsmokers N/A "Something Just like This" (third)
"Closer" (fifth)

2018

Rank Artist[11] IFPI Top 10 Album of the Year[21] IFPI Top 10 Single of the Year[22]
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/A N/A
8 Ariana Grande N/A N/A
9 Lady Gaga A Star Is Born (fourth) N/A
10 Bruno Mars N/A N/A

2019

Rank Artist[23] IFPI Top 10 Album of the Year[24] IFPI Top 10 Single of the Year[25]
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/A N/A
9 Lady Gaga A Star Is Born (fourth) "Shallow" (eight)
10 The Beatles Abbey Road (tenth) N/A

2020

BTS was awarded the IFPI Global Recording Artist of 2020—the first Asian artist to win the award—and 2021. They are the first artist to win in consecutive years.
BTS was awarded the IFPI Global Recording Artist of 2020—the first Asian artist to win the award—and 2021. They are the first artist to win in consecutive years.
Rank Artist[26] IFPI Top 10 Album of the Year[14] IFPI Top 10 Album of the Year (All Formats)[27] IFPI Top 10 Song of the Year[28]
1 BTS Map of the Soul: 7 (first)
Be (second)
Map of the Soul: 7 - The Journey (eighth)
Map of the Soul: 7 (first)
Be (fourth)
"Dynamite" (tenth)
2 Taylor Swift Folklore (fourth) Folklore (ninth) N/A
3 Drake N/A N/A "Life Is Good" (sixth)
4 The Weeknd N/A After Hours (second) "Blinding Lights" (first)
5 Billie Eilish N/A When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go? (third) "Bad Guy" (ninth)
6 Eminem N/A N/A N/A
7 Post Malone N/A Hollywood's Bleeding (sixth) N/A
8 Ariana Grande N/A N/A N/A
9 Juice Wrld N/A N/A N/A
10 Justin Bieber Changes (seventh) Changes (eighth) N/A

2021

Rank Artist[29] IFPI Top 10 Album of the Year[30] IFPI Top 10 Album of the Year (All Formats)[30] IFPI Top 10 Album of the Year (Vinyl)[30] IFPI Top 10 Song of the Year[31]
1 BTS BTS, the Best (fourth) N/A N/A "Butter"(fourth)
2 Taylor Swift Red (Taylor's Version) (seventh)
Fearless (Taylor's Version) (tenth)
N/A Red (Taylor's Version) (sixth)
Evermore (tenth)
N/A
3 Adele 30 (first) 30 (first) 30 (first) N/A
4 Drake N/A N/A N/A N/A
5 Ed Sheeran = (fifth) = (fourth) N/A "Bad Habits" (tenth)
6 The Weeknd N/A After Hours (fifth) N/A "Save Your Tears" (first)
"Blinding Lights" (seventh)
7 Billie Eilish N/A N/A Happier Than Ever (fifth) N/A
8 Justin Bieber Justice (sixth) Justice (third) N/A "Stay" (second)
"Peaches" (sixth)
9 Seventeen Attacca (third)
Your Choice (eighth)
N/A N/A N/A
10 Olivia Rodrigo N/A Sour (second) Sour (fourth) "Drivers License" (fifth)
"Good 4 U" (eighth)

See also

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