The IFPI named Drake the world’s best-selling artist of 2016, showing off the massive success of Views. A unique and authoritative accolade that reflects an artist’s worldwide success across physical and digital formats, including downloads and streams.
Drake’s album became the first album to reach one billion streams on Apple Music, and that album’s second single “One Dance” was the first song to reach one billion plays on Spotify. The singles “Pop Style”, “Controlla”, and “Too Good” also all found huge success across the globe.
Frances Moore, IFPI chief executive said:
“I’m delighted to be able to honour Drake as the IFPI Global Recording Artist 2016. Drake’s phenomenal success reflects how deeply his unique sound appeals to an enormous global audience. The Global Top 10 list features a number of amazing artists, and the variety and vibrancy of their art speaks volumes about the exciting state of music today”.
The IFPI also announced its annual Global Top 10 list. David Bowie, who released Blackstar two days before his death in January 2016, took second place on the chart. Coldplay and Adele, whose albums released in 2015 remained popular throughout last year, took third and fourth place.
The full top 10 includes:
- David Bowie
- Justin Bieber
- Twenty One Pilots
- The Weeknd