BTS crowned IFPI Global Recording Artist for the 2nd year in a row


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K-pop phenom BTS was recognized on Thursday in the UK as the Global Recording Artist of the Year by the International Federation of the Phonographic Industry, an organization representing the global recording industry.

The seven-member group became the first artist to win the honor in back-to-back years, having made history by becoming the first Asian group to win the award last year.

The award is given to the best-selling artist of the year worldwide, based on a number of metrics across digital and physical music formats across all countries during the year, according to the ‘organization.

BTS previously ranked No. 2 in the 2018 ranking compiled by IFPI and No. 7 in 2019.

IFPI recognized BTS’ achievements in the global music industry, noting that “Butter”, released in May last year, was an instant hit that stayed at No. 1 on the US Billboard Hot 100. for seven consecutive weeks.

In July, the group’s single “Permission to Dance” also debuted at No. 1 on the Hot 100, replacing itself at the top spot. Two months later, “My Universe,” a collaboration between BTS and British rock band Coldplay, also took No. 1 in the United States.

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International Federation of the Phonographic Industry Top 10 Global Recording Artists of 2021 (IFPI website)

The septet also released their Japanese-language greatest hits album, “BTS, the Best,” which topped Oricon’s year-end albums chart – marking the first time a non-domestic group has done so. in 37 years of history. The CD release of “Butter” again topped Gaon’s year-end chart here, the group’s sixth consecutive year with separate releases.

“BTS’ phenomenal success over the past year is a testament to their creativity, hard work, and continued commitment to continuing to find ways to bring their music to the world,” said Frances Moore, CEO of BTS. the IFPI, in a press release.

“By performing in three different languages, they demonstrate their extraordinarily unique global appeal, and their vibrant and passionate fan base has helped make them the first artists in history to top the Global Artist Chart for two consecutive years. ”

BTS was joined in the top three of the IFPI World Artist Rankings by two-time winner Taylor Swift, who finished No. 2 for the second year in a row after topping the 2019 ranking, and Adele, who took third. place by re-entering the rankings for the first time since being No. 1 in 2015.

Meanwhile, K-pop group Seventeen made their first appearance on the charts, earning #9, proving the growing popularity of K-pop music around the world.

By Jie Ye-eun (


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