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Taylor Swift Confirmed by IFPI as Biggest-Selling Global Recording Artist of the Year
Makes History as 1st Artist to Top IFPI List for 4th Times

The unique award is calculated according to an artist’s or group’s worldwide sales across streaming, download and physical music formats during the calendar year and covers their entire body of work. The award is presented to the artist finishing #1 in IFPI’s Global Artist Chart, which was also released today.

This year marks the 11th year of the IFPI Global Recording Artist of the Year Award, with Taylor Swift having topped the chart more than any other artist during that time (her 2023 win following successes in 2014, 2019 and 2022). This latest win follows a stellar year in which the artist has seen three albums (Midnights and the Taylor’s Version releases of the Speak Now and 1989 albums) top the charts, and the record-breaking Eras tour lift engagement with her entire catalogue on streaming platforms around the world. This phenomenon was demonstrated by the resurgence of the track Cruel Summer, initially released in 2019 but which topped charts around the world four years later.

IFPI Chart 2024

K-Pop stars SEVENTEEN and Stray Kids placed second and third respectively in the chart in a record year for Korean artists. Four K-Pop acts featured in the Top 10 with TOMORROW X TOGETHER AT #7 and NewJeans at #8, while IVE and NCT Dream also made their first appearances in the IFPI Global Artist Chart Top 20, at #12 and #15 respectively.

US country star Morgan Wallen (#6) also made his first ever appearance in the IFPI Global Artist chart following the huge success of 2023 release One Thing At A Time, and Lana Del Rey (#10) also entered the Top 10 for the first time, beating her previous high of #17 in 2014. Outside the Top 10, Japanese stars King & Prince and US artists SZA and Zach Bryan also made their IFPI Global Artist Chart debuts. All in all, eight of the Top 20 artists in 2023 were making their first appearance in the chart.

Lewis Morrison, Director of Charts and Certifications at IFPI said: “We are immensely proud to award the IFPI Global Recording Artist of the Year Award to Taylor Swift for the fourth time, as she continues to redefine the limits of global success. Taylor is a singular talent and her commitment to her craft and her fans is truly phenomenal.

“It is also fantastic to see so many artists entering the chart for the first time, and the return of established acts years after their last appearance. As the global recorded music landscape shifts and new opportunities emerge, record companies continue their work to build global, long-term careers for their artists.”

Taylor Swift

Feb. 21, 2024 — IFPI, the organisation that represents the recorded music industry worldwide, has announced Taylor Swift as the winner of IFPI’s 2023 Global Recording Artist of the Year Award.

Who IS Taylor Swift?

Taylor Alison Swift (born on Dec. 13, 1989) is an American singer-songwriter. Her versatile artistry, songwriting, and entrepreneurship have influenced the music industry, popular culture, and politics, and her life is a subject of widespread media coverage.

Swift began professional songwriting at 14. She signed with Big Machine Records in 2005 and achieved prominence as a country pop singer with the albums Taylor Swift (2006), Fearless (2008), and Speak Now (2010). The singles "Love Story" and "You Belong with Me" were crossover successes on country and pop radio formats and brought Swift mainstream fame. Her fourth studio album, Red (2012), experimented with electronic elements and featured her first Billboard Hot 100 number-one single, "We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together". Swift recalibrated her image from country to pop with 1989 (2014), a synth-pop album supported by the chart-topping songs "Shake It Off", "Blank Space", and "Bad Blood". Media scrutiny inspired the hip-hop-influenced Reputation (2017) and its number-one single "Look What You Made Me Do."

After signing with Republic Records in 2018, Swift released the eclectic pop album Lover (2019) and the autobiographical documentary Miss Americana (2020). She explored indie folk styles on the 2020 albums Folklore and Evermore, subdued electropop on Midnights (2022), and re-recorded four albums subtitled Taylor's Version[a] after a dispute with Big Machine. These albums spawned the number-one songs "Cruel Summer", "Cardigan", "Willow", "Anti-Hero", "All Too Well", and "Is It Over Now?". Her Eras Tour (2023–2024) and its accompanying concert film became the highest-grossing tour and concert film of all time, respectively. Swift has directed several music videos and films such as Folklore: The Long Pond Studio Sessions (2020) and All Too Well: The Short Film (2021).

One of the world's best-selling musicians, with over 200 million records sold as of 2019, Swift has been named Global Recording Artist of the Year a record four times by the International Federation of the Phonographic Industry, and six of her albums have opened with over one million sales in a week. She is the highest-grossing female touring act, the most-streamed woman on Spotify and Apple Music, and the first billionaire with music as the main source of income. The 2023 Time Person of the Year, Swift has appeared on lists such as Rolling Stone's 100 Greatest Songwriters of All Time, Billboard's Greatest of All Time Artists, and Forbes' World's 100 Most Powerful Women. Her accolades include 14 Grammy Awards (with a record four Album of the Year wins), a Primetime Emmy Award, 40 American Music Awards, 40 Billboard Music Awards, and 23 MTV Video Music Awards. from Wikipedia
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