Pop star Ed Sheeran has been given another reason to smile weeks after announcing his engagement – he has become the first artist to score the world’s best-selling album and single in the same year.
The singer’s ÷ (Divide), which celebrates its one-year anniversary on Saturday (03Mar18), has officially been named the top album seller of 2017, going multi-platinum in 36 markets, while his Shape of You hit has been certified multi-platinum in 32 territories, according to newly-released figures from officials at the International Federation of the Phonographic Industry (IFPI).
The achievements earn Ed the organization’s Global Recording Artist of the Year title, while it also marks the first time an honouree has boasted both the biggest-selling album and single of the year.
The IFPI’s last top-selling global artist, Drake, places second on the 2017 countdown, with Sheeran’s pal Taylor Swift, who claimed the accolade in 2014, at three.
“It’s wonderful to be able to announce Ed Sheeran as the IFPI Global Recording Artist 2017,” declares Frances Moore, the IFPI chief executive. “The success Ed has achieved is astonishing and testament to his ability to write and perform songs that connect with a truly global fan base.
“This year’s Global Top 10 really is a ‘who’s who’ of popular music. Each artist has a unique impact on the music industry through the talent and energy they are channeling through their work.”
The IFPI accolade takes into account sales in both digital and physical music formats.
Rappers Kendrick Lamar and Eminem claim fourth and fifth place, respectively, on the new list, while Bruno Mars, The Weeknd, Imagine Dragons, Linkin Park, and The Chainsmokers round out the top 10.