IFPI, the organization representing the worldwide music industry, has recently named Ed Sheeran- British singer-songwriter as the world’s best-selling artist of 2017 thanks to the huge success of his third studio album “Divide” as well as bundled singles including the global smashes “Shape of You“, “Castle on the Hill“, “Galway Girl” and most recently “Perfect“.
“Divide” which was released in March 2017 went mulpi-Platinum in 36 nations while Sheeran’s pop ballad “ Shape of you” was the best-selling single globally of 2017 and has been certified as multi-Platinum in 32 nations, the organization said. It is the first time that the IFPI Global Recording Artist of the Year has had both the best-selling album and single of the year.
Max Lousada, chief executive of recorded music for Sheeran’s Warner Music Group record label, said in a statement on Monday that:”Ed is truly an incredible songwriter, vocalist and performer, whose ability to tell stories and make people feel is what stands him out from the crowd“.
Ed Sheeran is the 5th artist to receive this prestigious award from the IFPI Council – a prestigious title that recognizes the artist’s achievements globally in both digital music and album sales. Previous artists who have received the honor of receiving this award include One Direction (2013), Taylor Swift (2014), Adele (2015) and Drake (2016).
Top 10 IFPI Artists of the Year 2017
1. Ed Sheeran
3. Taylor Swift
4. Kendrick Lamar
6. Bruno Mars
7. The Weeknd
8. Imagine Dragons
9. Linkin Park
10. The Chainsmokers