K-pop boy band BTS emerged as the second best-selling recording artist in the world in 2018.
The International Federation of Phonographic Industry (IFPI) has released the list of the Top 10 Global Recording Artists of 2018.
Drake took the No. 1 spot and was named the Global Recording Artist of 2018 followed by BTS, Ed Sheeran, Post Malone, Eminem, Queen, Imagine Dragons, Ariana Grande, Lady Gaga and Bruno Mars.
“Drake has had an incredible, record-breaking year, one that is more than worthy of the title of Global Recording Artist of the Year. That Drake has won this award for the second time is testament to his continued global appeal and his ability to engage and connect with fans,” said Frances Moore, IFPI chief executive.
She added, “This year’s Top Ten artists reflect the global appeal of music. From modern-day superstars like Drake, Ed Sheeran and Ariana Grande, to the rise of genres such as K-Pop, to legacy acts like Queen, fans are exploring and enjoying music of all types and from all corners of the world.”
The IFPI noted that BTS bagged second place because of the success of their two albums in 2018. The boy band released “Love Yourself: Tear” in May 2018 and “Love Yourself: Answer” in August 2018.
“Since their formation in 2013, BTS have established a truly global fanbase – known as the ARMY – and have been instrumental in bringing K-Pop to a global stage,” according to the IFPI statement.
The top 10 list is based on “sales of albums – across digital, CD and vinyl formats; singles, both downloaded and physical; and streams across the calendar year. The chart includes all the music of each artist featured, not just one track or album. It uses album equivalent units to combine measurements of downloads, physical sales and streams.”
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