IFPI Confirms One Direction As Biggest Brit Band Worldwide
February 23, 2015 at 1:49 PM (PT)
ONE DIRECTION have beennamed the biggest U.K. band in the world for 2014 by IFPI, the INTERNATIONAL FEDERATION OF THE PHONOGRAPHIC INDUSTRY. Following another year in which they toured sold-out stadiums worldwide and released their latest SYCO/COLUMBIA RECORDS album "FOUR," ONE DIRECTION have proven to have fans throughout the entire globe. It's the third year in a row the band has received the honor.
The band issued the following statement: “We just want to thank all our amazing fans everywhere. Every time we visit a new country, we feel instantly accepted and it’s mind-blowing to think the five of us have been able to connect with so many people.”
Added SIMON COWELL, who put the band together: “I am absolutely delighted – and immensely proud – that ONE DIRECTION were the biggest U.K. act in the world in 2014. To accomplish this for a third year in a row is a fantastic achievement – and especially pleasing as this latest album also highlighted the band's skills as songwriters.”
The IFPI GLOBAL RECORDING ARTIST CHART is the most wide-ranging and respected global sales chart. The rest of the Top 10 included EMINEM, JUSTIN TIMBERLAKE, BRUNO MARS, KATY PERRY, PINK, MACKLEMORE & RYAN LEWIS, RIHANNA, MICHAEL BUBLE and DAFT PUNK.