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Ed Sheeran named 2017’s best-selling global recording artist by IFPI, as Canadians Drake and The Weeknd return to Top 10

IFPI Global Award – Ed Sheeran
Photo Credit: John Marshall – JM Enternational

The IFPI revealed their Top 10 Global Recording Artist Chart today, naming Ed Sheeran as the world’s best-selling artist of 2017. Sheeran is the fifth recipient of the IFPI Global Recording Artist Award, which recognizes an artist’s international success across physical and digital formats.

Sheeran earned the top spot due to his worldwide success of his album ÷ (Divide) and its multiple hit singles including Shape of You, Castle On The Hill, and Galway Girl. The best-selling album topped the charts in 31 countries and was certified multi-Platinum in 34 markets, including Canada, where it was certified Six Times Platinum. Sheeran also had the world’s best-selling single, as Shape of You topped the charts in 25 countries, and was certified multi-Platinum in 24 markets, including Canada, where it reached Diamond status. That marks the first time that the IFPI Global Recording Artist of the Year has had both the best-selling album and single of the year.

“Being crowned the biggest star in the world, with the biggest song and biggest album, is the result of years of ambition, creativity, and hard work on a global scale,” said Max Lousada, CEO of Recorded Music for Warner Music Group & Chairman and CEO of Warner Music UK. “Ed is truly an incredible songwriter, vocalist and performer, whose ability to tell stories and make people feel is what stands him out from the crowd. He’s always had a totally authentic connection with his fans, something he places over everything else. Congrats also to Stuart Camp, the Atlantic teams in the UK and US, and everyone at Warner who contributed to Ed’s amazing success story.”

Ed Sheeran presented with multiple award plaques for the album and its singles by Warner Music Canada.

“It’s wonderful to be able to announce Ed Sheeran as the IFPI Global Recording Artist 2017,” said IFPI chief executive, Frances Moore. “The success Ed has achieved is astonishing and testament to his ability to write and perform songs that connect with a truly global fanbase.”

Drake, who received the Global Artist Award in 2016, placed second on the chart this year. His mix tape More Life broke streaming records, including most first-day streams for an album on Spotify, and most streams in a 24 hour period on Apple Music. Fellow Canadian The Weeknd placed 7th on the chart this year, climbing up from the 10th position on the chart in 2016. Both Drake and The Weeknd have now placed in the Top 10 on this chart for three consecutive years.

“This year’s Global Top 10 really is a ‘who’s who’ of popular music,” continued Moore. “Each artist has a unique impact on the music industry through the talent and energy they are channelling through their work. I congratulate them all for such a successful year.”

The full Top 10 list, which was counted down by the IFPI on Twitter, is now available below.

Top 10 Global Recording Artists 2017

1 Ed Sheeran
2 Drake
3 Taylor Swift
4 Kendrick Lamar
5 Eminem
6 Bruno Mars
7 The Weeknd
8 Imagine Dragons
9 Linkin Park
10 The Chainsmokers

Previous Winners

2016 Drake
2015 Adele
2014 Taylor Swift
2013 One Direction



Ed Sheeran presented with first Canadian Diamond award

Ed Sheeran returned to Toronto’s Air Canada Centre for two sold out shows over the weekend as part of his North American tour in support of his 2017 album, Divide. Prior to the show, Sheeran was presented with multiple award plaques for the album and its singles by Warner Music Canada.

The UK singer-songwriter was first presented with a custom Double Platinum award plaque for Divide, which also showcases his multiple certified tracks from the album including “Castle On The Hill (Triple Platinum),” “Galway Girl (Platinum),” “Perfect (Gold),” and “Happier (Gold).”

Sheeran was then presented with his first Diamond award plaque for his smash single “Shape Of You,” which is the fourth track to be certified Diamond in 2017.

The video for “Shape Of You” can be viewed below.



Three Canadian artists included in IFPI’s Top 10 Global Recording Artists 2015 list


International music trade body IFPI has announced their list of 2015’s top global recording artists, and Canadian artists Justin Bieber, Drake, and The Weeknd make up three of the top 10 positions. The multi-Platinum Canadian artists dominated Billboard’s US Hot 100, and charts worldwide, in 2015 with hits like “What Do You Mean?”, “Hotline Bling”, and “I Can’t Feel My Face”. In Canada, Drake’s album If You’re Reading This It’s Too Late and The Weeknd’s Beauty Behind The Madness were certified Platinum, while Justin Bieber’s Purpose was certified Triple Platinum.

UK singer/songwriter Adele was announced as the recipient of 2015’s Global Recording Artist of the Year award, following the success of her chart-topping third album 25. The album’s lead single, “Hello”, was number 1 in more than 30 countries worldwide and has been certified 6X Platinum in Canada since its release. 25 was officially certified Diamond in Canada, selling over 800,000 copies since its November 2015 release.

Adele is the third recipient of the award, which reflects an artist’s worldwide popularity across physical formats, downloads and on-demand streams. Last year’s winner Taylor Swift lands at #3 in 2015, while 2013 winners One Direction move to #5.

The full top 10 list can be viewed below and visit IFPI’s release for more information about the award.


1 Adele
2 Ed Sheeran
3 Taylor Swift
4 Justin Bieber
5 One Direction
6 Coldplay
7 Maroon 5
8 Sam Smith
9 Drake
10 The Weeknd

Ed Sheeran Presented With Multi-Platinum Canadian Plaques


English singer/songwriter Ed Sheeran, who’s currently touring through the country on the Canadian leg of his 2015/16 world tour, was presented with several plaques in Toronto this weekend by Warner Music Canada prior to his June 6th sold-out show at the Air Canada Centre. Sheeran received a Double Platinum plaque for his 2011 album + and a 5X Platinum digital download plaque for his track “Thinking Out Loud” from the Triple Platinum 2014 album X, which Sheeran was also presented a custom plaque for. The fourth plaque (pictured far right) commemorates his #1 singles at Canadian radio for “Sing” & “Thinking Out Loud”.

Ed Sheeran will co-host the 2015 Much Music Video Awards on June 21, 2015 at 9E/6P. It will be his 4th appearance on the annual award show.


New Canadian Certifications: Week of March 9, 2015

Below you will find Music Canada’s Gold/Platinum certifications for the week of March 9, 2015. For the latest certification news, make sure to follow us on Twitter and like our Facebook page!

Double Platinum Album(s) Ed Sheeran
Warner Uk
Double Platinum Digital Download Lilly Wood & Robin Schulz
Prayer In C
Atlantic – Germany
Six Times Platinum Digital Download Mark Ronson
Uptown Funk (Ft. Bruno Mars)
Columbia Records
Quintuple Platinum Digital Download Mark Ronson
Uptown Funk (Ft. Bruno Mars)
Columbia Records
Quadruple Platinum Digital Download Mark Ronson
Uptown Funk (Ft. Bruno Mars)
Columbia Records
Platinum Digital Download Aronchupa
I’m An Albatraoz
Ultra Music Canada
Gold Digital Download Blake Shelton
Lonely Tonight Ft. Ashley Monroe
Warner Bros.
Gold Digital Download Big Data
Dangerous Ft. Joywave
Warner Bros.

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