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BTS is the World's Top Artist of 2021

Figures released Tuesday in IFPI’s Global Music Report show total revenues for 2021 were $25.9 billion

BTS is the Worlds Top Artist of 2021

Sentinel Digital DeskBy : Sentinel Digital Desk

  |  24 March 2022 4:49 AM GMT

The global recorded music market grew by 18.5 per cent in 2021, driven by growth in paid subscription streaming, according to IFPI (International Federation of the Phonographic Industry), the organisation that represents the recorded music industry worldwide. Figures released Tuesday in IFPI's Global Music Report show total revenues for 2021 were $25.9 billion, reports 'Variety'.

While the free version of the report does not attach numbers to all of the rankings, they're pretty fascinating anyway:

The top 10 global artists, based on "consumption across all formats and all countries, weighted based on the value of each method of consumption", are: BTS, Taylor Swift, Adele, Drake, Ed Sheeran, The Weeknd, Billie Eilish, Justin Bieber, Seventeen, Olivia Rodrigo.

The top 10 global digital singles were: The Weeknd 'Save Your Tears' (2.15 billion streams), The Kid Lario, Justin Bieber 'Stay' (2.07 bn), Dua Lipa 'Levitating' (1.88 bn), BTS 'Butter' (1.76 bn), Olivia Rodrigo 'Drivers License' (1.73 bn), Justin Bieber (ft. Daniel Caesar and Giveon) 'Peaches' (1.72 bn), The Weeknd 'Blinding Lights' (1.61 bn), Olivia Rodrigo 'Good 4 U' (1.61. bn), Lil Nas X 'Montero' (1.6 bn), Ed Sheeran 'Bad Habits' (1.57 bn)

According to 'Variety', the report notes that paid subscription streaming revenues increased by 21.9 per cent to $12.3 billion, with 523 million users of paid subscription accounts at the end of 2021. Opening a press conference in London to announce the report, IFPI CEO Frances Moore expressed concern regarding events in Ukraine and the resulting humanitarian crisis, saying: "IFPI stands with our colleagues across the music community in our support for urgent humanitarian relief for refugees and our call for an end to the violence."

Commenting on the report, Moore continued: "Around the world, record companies are engaging at a very local level, to support music cultures and bring on the development of emerging music ecosystems - championing local music and creating the opportunities for it to reach a global audience. As more markets mature, they join with and contribute to the rich, globally interconnected music world.

"Consequently, today's music market is the most competitive in memory. Fans are enjoying more music than ever and in so many different and new ways. This creates enormous opportunities for artists. Those who choose to partner with a record company, do so to benefit from the support of agile, highly responsive global teams of experts dedicated to helping them achieve creative and commercial success and build their long-term careers. (Agencies)

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