A new report ranking the top global recording artists in 2015 places Justin Bieber, Drake and The Weeknd in the top 10 achievers.
London-based trade body International Federation of Phonographic Industry released its Global Recording Artist chart Monday. Topping the top 10 list is “Hello” singer Adele. Her 25 album racked up sales of over 15M since its release on November 20. The single itself went on to become a number one hit in 30 countries.
Ed Sheeran took second place, one up from the third spot he occupied on the 2014. No sales data is given for the X singer’s album, but the Brit star is reported to have racked up 59M streams in the year.
In third place this year was Taylor Swift, who was the recipient of the 2014 IFPI Global Recording Artist award. Her 2014 album, 1989, has sold over 5.5M copies in the US alone.
Following hot on their heels were Justin Bieber in fourth spot and One Direction (recipients of the 2013 Global Recording Artist award), who were placed fifth.
Coldplay ranked sixth, Maroon 5 seventh, Sam Smith placed eighth, with Drake and The Weeknd coming in ninth and tenth respectively.
IFPI's Global Recording Artist award and top 10 chart is the only ranking to accurately capture the popularity of artists across streaming channels, alongside digital and physical album and singles sales on a global basis. It uses track and album equivalents to combine measurements of downloads, physical sales and streams.