IFPI: top-selling albums and singles of 2017

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Postby thebigham » Mon Feb 26, 2018 4:08 pm

https://www.billboard.com/articles/busi ... -year-2017

Ed Sheeran Is IFPI's Global Recording Artist of the Year
2/26/2018 by Marc Schneider

Global trade body IFPI has some not-so-shocking news to share: pop music juggernaut Ed Sheeran was, hands down, the world’s best-selling recording artist of 2017, based on the strength of his third studio album, ÷ (Divide), and its parade of hits including the year's top single "Shape of You."

The organization said on Monday that Sheeran is the first IFPI Global Recording Artist of the Year to have had both the best selling album and single of the year. According to the IFPI, ÷ has achieved multi-platinum status in 36 markets, while "Shape" has gone platinum in 32. Other hit tracks off the album include "Castle on the Hill," "Galway Girl" and "Perfect."

In January, Nielsen Music announced that ÷ finished 2017 as the year's most popular album in the U.S., earning 2.764 million equivalent album units, with 1.1 million of that sum coming from traditional album sales.

The Global Recording Artist of the Year honor recognizes the top artist across streaming, downloads and physical, including vinyl. Previous recipients of the relatively new award are Drake (2016), Adele (2015), Taylor Swift (2014) and One Direction (2013).

"Being crowned the biggest star in the world, with the biggest song and biggest album, is the result of years of ambition, creativity, and hard work on a global scale," said Max Lousada, CEO of Recorded Music for Warner Music Group. "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. He’s always had a totally authentic connection with his fans, something he places over everything else."

Last year's artist of the year, Drake, came in second place on the strength of his More Life mix tape, which broke 24-hour streaming records on both Spotify and Apple Music. In third place was Taylor Swift, who released her No. 1 album Reputation late in the year. Rounding out the top five are Kendrick Lamar, whose DAMN album closed out 2017 as the No. 2 most popular album in the U.S., and his fellow rapper Eminem.

Top 10 Global Recording Artists of 2017

1. Ed Sheeran

2. Drake

3. Taylor Swift

4. Kendrick Lamar

5. Eminem

6. Bruno Mars

7. The Weeknd

8. Imagine Dragons

9. Linkin Park

10. The Chainsmokers

"This year’s Global Top 10 really is a 'who's who' of popular music," commented IFPI chief executive Frances Moore. "Each artist has a unique impact on the music industry through the talent and energy they are channelling through their work. I congratulate them all for such a successful year."
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Postby nympho » Mon Feb 26, 2018 4:17 pm

Could you please add "2017" to your topic title, so it will be easier to search this thread in the future?
Thanks.

Eminem's album must have been really overshipped for him to finish 5th in 2017 considering the album performance and sales to date, and considering his downloads and streaming numbers weren't good either to push him there... so I guess we'll see big numbers for Revival on the yearly albums chart once is published in April.

2017 was a terrible year for females...
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Postby thebigham » Mon Feb 26, 2018 4:34 pm

http://www.ifpi.org/news/Ed-Sheeran-off ... st-of-2017

Ed Sheeran officially named the best-selling global recording artist of 2017
26th February 2018

IFPI, the organisation that represents the recorded music industry worldwide, has named Ed Sheeran as the world's best-selling recording artist of 2017, reflecting the unparalleled, record-breaking success of his third studio album ÷ (Divide) and its singles including the global smashes Shape of You, Castle on the Hill, Galway Girl and Perfect.

Released in March 2017, Ed Sheeran's ÷ was the global best-selling album of last year and has been certified as multi-Platinum in 36 markets. Shape of You was the best-selling single globally of 2017 and has been certified as multi-Platinum in 32 markets. 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.

Ed Sheeran is the fifth recipient of the IFPI Global Recording Artist of the Year Award; the unique and authoritative accolade that reflects an artist's worldwide success across digital and physical music formats, from streams to vinyl. Previous recipients of this prestigious award are One Direction (2013), Taylor Swift (2014), Adele (2015) and Drake (2016).

Max Lousada, CEO of Recorded Music for Warner Music Group & Chairman and CEO of Warner Music UK, says: "Being crowned the biggest star in the world, with the biggest song and biggest album, is the result of years of ambition, creativity, and hard work on a global scale. 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. He's always had a totally authentic connection with his fans, something he places over everything else. Congrats also to Stuart Camp, the Atlantic teams in the UK and US, and everyone at Warner who contributed to Ed's amazing success story."

IFPI Chief Executive, Frances Moore, comments: "It's wonderful to be able to announce Ed Sheeran as the IFPI Global Recording Artist 2017. The success Ed has achieved is astonishing and testament to his ability to write and perform songs that connect with a truly global fanbase.

"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 channelling through their work. I congratulate them all for such a successful year."

Drake, recipient of the award in 2016 takes second place after a successful year which saw his More Life mix tape break records for the most streams in 24 hours for an album on Apple Music and best first-day streams for an album on Spotify.

Taylor Swift's sixth studio album, Reputation, which was released in November 2017, has helped the artist take third place. Reputation debuted at No.1 on the Billboard 200 chart and has since topped the charts in Australia, Austria, Belgium, Canada, Ireland, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Switzerland, the UK and US.

The IFPI Global Recording Artist of the Year Award and top 10 chart was the first, and remains the only, ranking to accurately capture the engagement with artists across audio streaming channels, alongside digital and physical album and singles sales on a global basis.

TOP 10 GLOBAL RECORDING ARTISTS OF 2017

1 Ed Sheeran

2 Drake

3 Taylor Swift

4 Kendrick Lamar

5 Eminem

6 Bruno Mars

7 The Weeknd

8 Imagine Dragons

9 Linkin Park

10 The Chainsmokers

(source: IFPI)

PREVIOUS WINNERS

2016 Drake

2015 Adele

2014 Taylor Swift

2013 One Direction

(source: IFPI)

The independently verified IFPI Global Recording Artist of the Year chart includes sales of albums – across digital, CD and vinyl formats; singles, both downloaded and physical; and on-demand audio 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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Postby Wayne » Tue Feb 27, 2018 7:40 am

The only act that immediately jumps out as a surprise in that top 10 list is Eminem.

Be interesting to see what the albums’ list looks like once it’s released - Revival must be overshipped as nympho said.
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Postby xrafaelx » Tue Feb 27, 2018 10:36 pm

10 The Chainsmokers

i love my edm kings!! ♥

excited for their numbers and also to see where is SJLT on singles list!
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Postby stevyy » Wed Feb 28, 2018 1:35 pm

Wayne wrote:The only act that immediately jumps out as a surprise in that top 10 list is Eminem.

Be interesting to see what the albums’ list looks like once it’s released - Revival must be overshipped as nympho said.
albums sales will be abysmal. :oops:
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Postby nympho » Tue Apr 24, 2018 12:12 pm

IFPI’s 2018 report:

http://www.ifpi.org/downloads/GMR2018.pdf

2017’s Top 10 Best Selling Albums and Songs

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Postby BhiveDiva » Tue Apr 24, 2018 1:07 pm

This best selling album list includes equivalent sales or only digital/physical shippments?
Michael Jackson
Janet Jackson
Beyoncé
Whitney Houston
Mariah Carey
Bruno Mars

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Postby Wayne » Tue Apr 24, 2018 1:09 pm

Physical shipments confirmed by label + digital sales.
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Postby Shayonce » Tue Apr 24, 2018 1:23 pm

1 ÷ - Ed Sheeran 6.1m
2. Reputation - Taylor Swift 4.5m
3. Beautiful Trauma - P!NK 1.8m
4. Human - Rag'n'Bone Man 1.6m
5. The Thrill Of It All - Sam Smith 1.4m
6. Songs Of Experience - U2 1.3m
7. DAMN. - Kendrick Lamar 1.3m
8. Revival - Eminem 1.1m
9. Harry Styles - Harry Styles 1.0m
10. 24K Magic - Bruno Mars 1.0m

Bruno total 2.7m (1.7m in 2016)
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Postby Shayonce » Tue Apr 24, 2018 1:24 pm

wow at Tayor's number. 4.5m that's huge overshipment in this days.
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Postby Parkelife » Tue Apr 24, 2018 1:31 pm

For female Albums over the last so many years in sales.

Adele
Taylor
Beyonce
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Postby nympho » Tue Apr 24, 2018 1:39 pm

Eminem was over shipped when his pure sales are 360k in US (his main market) by now, late April.

But the most shocking case is Taylor Swift’s Reputation with 4.5 million.
The album might be at 3 million pure sales max. right now (2 million in US, 1 million elsewhere).
It probably won’t even reach 4.5 million with streaming in the long term...
The label was clearly expecting much better sales with that huge initial shipment...
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Postby Wayne » Tue Apr 24, 2018 1:44 pm

Historically though, Taylor sells over a long period of time - once her tour launches, I reckon her sales will stabilise (though not sure she'll make up 1.5m :lol:).

Eminem's numbers aren't bad in the context of the market until you realise that 1.1m is an "overshipment" and he's probably a few hundred thousand under that number.
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Postby MrLeonix » Tue Apr 24, 2018 1:45 pm

nympho wrote:Eminem was over shipped when his pure sales are 360k in US (his main market) by now, late April.

But the most shocking case is Taylor Swift’s Reputation with 4.5 million.
The album might be at 3 million pure sales max. right now (2 million in US, 1 million elsewhere).
It probably won’t even reach 4.5 million with streaming in the long term...
The label was clearly expecting much better sales with that huge initial shipment...
IFPI Shipments are the official numbers remember?. You've said it plenty of times before :P
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Postby BhiveDiva » Tue Apr 24, 2018 1:47 pm

IFPI reports official shippments. It's not necessary how many copies the album sold effectively.
Michael Jackson
Janet Jackson
Beyoncé
Whitney Houston
Mariah Carey
Bruno Mars

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Postby Wayne » Tue Apr 24, 2018 1:51 pm

BhiveDiva wrote:IFPI reports official shippments. It's not necessary how many copies the album sold effectively.
I think most of us know that - but it's still important to recognise when an album is over-shipped.
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Postby BhiveDiva » Tue Apr 24, 2018 1:53 pm

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Exactly. It's obvious for example that Reputation was overshipped. It started well but dropped fast due the lack of hits on charts.
Michael Jackson
Janet Jackson
Beyoncé
Whitney Houston
Mariah Carey
Bruno Mars

http://www.lastfm.com.br/user/MarlonSerpa
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Postby nympho » Tue Apr 24, 2018 1:59 pm

MrLeonix wrote:
nympho wrote:Eminem was over shipped when his pure sales are 360k in US (his main market) by now, late April.

But the most shocking case is Taylor Swift’s Reputation with 4.5 million.
The album might be at 3 million pure sales max. right now (2 million in US, 1 million elsewhere).
It probably won’t even reach 4.5 million with streaming in the long term...
The label was clearly expecting much better sales with that huge initial shipment...
IFPI Shipments are the official numbers remember?. You've said it plenty of times before :P
Lol.

Of course they are. Not Mediatraffic’s, not MJ Dangerous’...

But this is a chart analysis forum and thus we can analyze if an album is clearly overshipped, (not by a few k that will probably end up selling eventually, but by a couple millions).
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Postby nympho » Tue Apr 24, 2018 2:13 pm

By the way, where the hell is Namie Amuro’s “Finally”, that sold 1.9 million copies last year (pure sales), so it definitely shipped more than 2 million copies?? :-?

It should be #3 in that list.
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Postby BhiveDiva » Tue Apr 24, 2018 3:11 pm

^

OMG YES... A bad mistake by IFPI or her label didn't report the album's shipments?
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Whitney Houston
Mariah Carey
Bruno Mars

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Postby nympho » Tue Apr 24, 2018 3:56 pm

Besides Namie's case...

According to GAON website, BTS's LOVE YOURSELF 承 `Her`, sold 1,493,443 in South Korea alone in 2017 YEC.

http://gaonchart.co.kr/main/section/cha ... ationGbn=T

Exo's "The War" sold more tan a million worldwide, so it should be in that Top 10 as well.

So there's definitely something fishy with IFPI's numbers. Seems like Asian numbers weren't reported or something... :-? Which is strange, as Asian artists have been included in the past.
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Postby iHypeMusic » Tue Apr 24, 2018 4:11 pm

Why the hell are they still using a shipment sales chart when even they now have stats showing streaming is the biggest revenue sector globally
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Postby Wayne » Tue Apr 24, 2018 4:12 pm

iHypeMusic wrote:Why the hell are they still using a shipment sales chart when even they now have stats showing streaming is the biggest revenue sector globally
Streaming gets it's due in the singles chart.
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Postby spiritboy » Tue Apr 24, 2018 4:24 pm

YAY at Ed Sheeran slaying both Songs and Albums list. Do you think he sold 6 million copies?

Also glad for Attention being one of the biggest hits of last year.
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