Drake Tops IFPI List Of Best-Selling Global Recording Artists For 2016
February 8, 2017 at 12:25 PM (PT)
DRAKE has been named by IFPI as the world’s best-selling recording artist of 2016, highlighting the huge success of his fourth album, "Views." He is the fourth recipient of the IFPI GLOBAL RECORDING ARTIST OF THE YEAR AWARD, which reflects an artist’s worldwide success across physical and digital formats, including downloads and streams.
"Views" became the first album to reach one billion streams on APPLE MUSIC, while "One Dance,"the album’s second single, was the first song to be played one billion times on SPOTIFY. The follow-up singles "Pop Style," "Controlla" and "Too Good," also all found huge success across the globe.
IFPI Chief Executive FRANCES MOORE said: “I’m delighted to be able to honor DRAKE as the IFPI GLOBAL RECORDING ARTIST 2016. His phenomenal success reflects how deeply his unique sound appeals to an enormous global audience. The GLOBAL TOP 10 list features a number of amazing artists, and the variety and vibrancy of their art speaks volumes about the exciting state of music today.”
In conjunction with the GLOBAL RECORDING ARTIST award, IFPI issued its annual GLOBAL TOP 10 list. DAVID BOWIE, who took second place on the global chart, had released his album "Blackstar" two days before his death in JANUARY 2016. The album reached #1 in 24 countries.
In third and fourth place on the chart, respectively, were COLDPLAY and ADELE, whose 2015 albums "A Head Full Of Dreams" and "25," respectively, remained immensely popular throughout the past year.
The IFPI GLOBAL RECORDING ARTIST award and TOP 10 chart is the first and only ranking to accurately capture the global sales of artists’ music across streaming channels, as well as sales of digital and physical albums, and digital and physical singles. The previous recipients of this prestigious award are ONE DIRECTION (2013), TAYLOR SWIFT (2014) and ADELE (2015). The full 2016 list includes:
TOP 10 GLOBAL RECORDING ARTISTS OF 2016
2 DAVID BOWIE
5 JUSTIN BIEBER
6 TWENTY ONE PILOTS
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