IFPI, an organization representing the recorded music industry worldwide, has announced that Taylor Swift has been named IFPI’s 2022 Global Recording Artist of the Year Award. No other artist has won as many awards as Taylor Swift.
This unique award is calculated based on an artist or group’s global performance across digital and physical music formats for the year, from stream to vinyl, and covers the entire body of work.
The IFPI Global Recording Artist of the Year Awards are now in their 10th year, during which time Taylor Swift has dominated the charts more than any other artist (2014, 2019, 2022). In the years leading up to it, Taylor Swift has been a regular on the IFPI Global Artists Chart, and in 2021 she will be No. 2 behind K-pop sensations her BTS, 2015, 2017 and 2017. Ranked in the top 3 in 2020. With the release of her latest album Midnights in October 2022, she has returned to the top of her IFPI Global Artists Chart.
Elsewhere on the Global Artists Chart, BTS came in at No. 2 (three years in the top three in a row following back-to-back wins in 2020 and 2021), and Drake came in at No. 3 for his fifth top three since the chart’s inception. .
IFPI CEO Francis Moore said: Taylor is a truly incredible international star who continues to grow and evolve as an artist while maintaining an incredibly strong connection with fans around the world.
“This year’s Global Recording Artists Chart reflects the increasingly diverse spectrum of music available to music fans today, with superstars from Latin America, Taiwan, South Korea, as well as the US, UK and Canada. We are thrilled to see that record companies continue to work hard in every corner of the globe to find and nurture global stars and build successful, long-term careers.”
The IFPI Global Recording Artists Chart continues to reflect the breadth and diversity of globally successful artists in today’s industry. Puerto Rican superstar Bad Bunny finished his fourth spot on the list. This is Latino’s first American-born artist to reach the top five, and the highest ever achieved by an artist performing primarily in Spanish.
No. 9 Jay Chou is the first Taiwanese artist to enter the charts, thanks to his continued popularity in China and Southeast Asia. It’s also been an impressive year for Korean acts, with more artists appearing in the top 10 than any other nationality for the first time ever. Following BTS, SEVENTEEN and Stray Kids ranked 6th and 7th respectively. Harry Styles (No. 8) and Ed Sheeran (No. 10) were on the British charts, while Canadian megastar The Weeknd was his No. 5.