BTS is IFPI’s Global Recording Artist in 2020

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So far, all of the recipients have come from North America (Taylor Swift in 2014 and 2019, Drake in 2016 and 2018) or the UK (One Direction in 2013, Adele in 2015, Ed Sheeran in 2017).

BTS came close to winning the professional body’s top prize in 2018, when it finished second, and again in 2019, when it finished seventh.

Despite the pandemic, the pop septet hit record form last year.

In April 2020, the group lost to first place on the Billboard 200 with Soul Card: 7, their fourth No. 1 in less than two years.

Soul Card: 7 is one of the most pre-ordered albums of all time, notes IFPI, and the album topped the charts in more than 20 countries.

It was just the start of a monster year for BTS. Japanese language Soul Map: 7 ~ The Journey ~ surpassed 500,000 copies within two days of its July 2020 release. Later, RM, Jin, Suga, J-Hope, Jimin, V and Jungkook became the first Korean group to score a Billboard Hot 100 frontman then that “Dynamite” rose to the top, and broke records for opening day streams on YouTube and Spotify. “Dynamite” won a historic Grammy nomination, for Best Performance in Duo / Pop Group.

Before the end of the year, To be stormed the world charts and gave the group their fifth number 1 on the Billboard 200.

“BTS is a global phenomenon,” comments Frances Moore, CEO of IFPI. “They have had another amazing year, releasing three albums and continually finding creative and engaging ways to share their story with the world. They really show the power that music has to bring joy and happiness to people. of the whole world.

BTS tops a Top 10 loaded with American and Canadian acts and, surprisingly, devoid of Brits. The Top Five is completed by Taylor Swift, Drake, The Weeknd, and Billie Eilish, respectively.

IFPI Top 10 Global Recording Artists of 2020

1. BTS
2. Taylor Swift
3. Drake
4. The weekend
5. Billie Eilish
6. Eminem
7. Post Malone
8. Ariana Grande
9. Juice world
10. Justin Bieber


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