LONDON: British folk-pop phenomenon Ed Sheeran was named the best-selling artist in the world in 2017 by the global recorded music industry group IFPI.
Sheeran’s “÷ (Divide)” was the best-selling album of last year and “Shape of You” was the best-selling single, London-based IFPI said in its announcement.
Sheeran is the fifth recipient of the Global Recording Artist of the Year Award after One Direction (2013), Taylor Swift (2014), Adele (2015) and Drake (2016).
Drake came second in the ranking, followed by Taylor Swift, Kendrick Lamar, Eminem, Bruno Mars, The Weeknd, Imagine Dragons, Linkin Park and The Chainsmokers.
The ranking includes digital and physical album and single sales, as well as audio streaming.
Max Lousada, chief executive of Warner Music UK, said Sheeran’s “ability to tell stories and make people feel is what stands him out from the crowd”.
Sheeran lost out to grime star Stormzy at the Brit Awards in London last week but earlier this month took Best Pop Solo performance at the Grammies in New York for “Shape of You.”