BTS Becomes The First Asians To Win The IFPI Global Recording Artist Of The Year 2020

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After placing #2 and #7 in 2018 and 2019, BTS (locally known as Bangtan Sonyeondan or Bangtan Boys) were crowned as the winners of 2020’s IFPI Global Recording Artist of the Year Award. The award comes after BTS (consisting of V, Jin, SUGA, Jimin, Jungkook, RM, and J-hope), the Dynamite South Korean Septet broke records after records with their multiple album releases.

IFPI Global Recording Artist Award is calculated according to an artist’s or group’s worldwide performance across digital and physical music formats during the year, from streams to vinyl, and covers their entire body of work.

MAP OF THE SOUL : 7 (#1 on Billboard 200 with 422,000 album-equivalent units, including 347,000 pure album sales) was released in February 2020 as one of the most pre-ordered albums of all time, and swiftly went to #1 in more than 20 countries.

The Japanese-language MAP OF THE SOUL : 7 ~ THE JOURNEY was released in July 2020, passing 500,000 copies within two days of release and becoming the best-selling album by a male foreign artist ever in the Japanese market.

IFPI TOP 10 GLOBAL RECORDING ARTISTS 2020 –

1. BTS

PC – WSJ BTS

2. Taylor swift

PC: Billboard Taylor Swift

3. Drake

PC: Billboard Drake

4. THE WEEKND

PC: VARIETY The Weeknd

5. BILLIE EILISH

PC: GRAMMY.com Billie Eilish

6. EMINEM

PC: Rolling Stone Eminem

7. POST MALONE

PC: Billboard Post Malone

8. ARIANA GRANDE

PC: Cosmopolitan Ariana Grande

9. JUICE WRLD

PC: The Gaurdian Juice WRLD

10. JUSTIN BIEBER

PC: Vanity Fair Justin Bieber

Previous winners

2019 – Taylor Swift
2018 – Drake
2017 – Ed Sheeran
2016 – Drake
2015 – Adele
2014 – Taylor Swift
2013 – One Direction

In August BTS released single Dynamite, the first track fully in English, which became their first ever US #1 single and broke records for opening day streams on YouTube and Spotify. BTS released their end of the year album BE (Deluxe Edition) in November, a response to the Covid-19 pandemic summed up by the lead single Life Goes On, which debuted #1 on Billboard and secured #1s across three continents.

CREDITS: Big Hit Entertainment, IFPI, Billboard

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