BTS Announced as the Winner of IFPI Global Recording Artist of the Year Award for the Second Year

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BTS became the winner of the IFPI Global Recording Artist of the Year Award for two years in a row.

IFPI is the organization that represents the recorded music industry worldwide. On the 24th (local time), they revealed the top 10 best-selling artists of the year globally and announced 21st-century pop icon BTS as the winner of 2021’s IFPI Global Recording Artist of the Year Award. With this, they became the first act ever to win the award for two consecutive years.

BTS has made history on the Billboard Hot 100 with their song “Butter” last year, spending 10 weeks atop the chart. “Permission to Dance” and “My Universe,” their collaboration song with Coldplay, have also ranked first on the chart. Moreover, BTS became the first overseas artist to grab the top spot on the year-end chart and total sales rankings.

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The IFPI Global Recording Artist of the Year Award and top 10 chart is the only ranking to accurately measure consumption across all formats (including streaming formats, digital and physical albums, and singles sales) and all countries.

Frances Moore, Chief Executive of IFPI, said, “BTS’ phenomenal success over the last year is a testament to their creativity, hard work and ongoing commitment to continuing to find ways to bring their music to the world. By performing in three different languages, they demonstrate their extraordinarily unique global appeal and their dynamic and passionate fanbase has helped to make them the first artists in history to top the Global Artist Chart in two consecutive years.”

Following BTS on the top 10 rankings are Taylor Swift (second place for the second year), Adele, Drake, Ed Sheeran, The Weekend, Billie Eilish, Justin Biber, Seventeen, and Olivia Rodrigo.


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