“BTS were named IFPI’s Global Recording Artist of the Year for the second consecutive year. They are the FIRST Artist to ever achieve this feat in history. BTS edged out Taylor Swift, Adele, Drake, Ed Sheeran, The WEEKND, Billie Eilish, Justin Beiber, Seventeen and Olivid Rodrigo. According to the International Federation of the Phonographic Industry (IFPI), the honor is a culmination of an artist or group’s worldwide performance across digital and physical music formats, including streaming and vinyl, and spans their entire discography.
The IFPI Global Recording Artist of the Year Award and top 10 chart is the only ranking to accurately measure consumption across all formats (including streaming formats, digital and physical album, and singles sales) and all countries. It is weighted based on the relative value of each method of consumption.
“2021 saw BTS continue their world dominance. Butter, which was released in May 2021, was an instant success and charted at #1 in the US Billboard Hot 100 Chart for seven consecutive weeks. In July, the group’s new single Permission to Dance also debuted at #1 on Hot 100, replacing themselves at the top spot. In September, Coldplay and BTS released a new single My Universe which also charted at #1 in the US. In Asia, BTS released their Japanese language greatest hits album BTS, THE BEST which topped the Oricon Year End Album Chart – the first time a non-domestic act has done so in 37 years. The CD release of Butter topped the Gaon year-end charts in South Korea, incredibly the sixth year in succession that BTS have managed this feat, with six separate releases.” IFPI
“BTS’ phenomenal success over the last year is a testament to their creativity, hard work and ongoing commitment to continuing to find ways to bring their music to the world. By performing in three different languages, they demonstrate their extraordinarily unique global appeal and their dynamic and passionate fanbase has helped to make them the first artists in history to top the Global Artist Chart in two consecutive years.” Frances Moore, Chief Executive, IFPI