World Recording Artist of the Year, according to the IFPI, is Taylor Swift


In the award’s ten-year existence, Taylor Swift has won the prize an unprecedented third time, solidifying her position as the most popular musician.

Taylor Swift has been named the recipient of the IFPI’s 2022 World Recording Artist of the Year Award. This is the third time the singer has taken home the honor from IFPI, the organization that promotes the recorded music business globally. Taylor Swift has received the honor more often than any other musician.

The one-of-a-kind prize is based on an artist’s or group’s overall performance over the course of the year across all physical and digital music media, from vinyl to streams, and it considers their complete body of work.

Taylor Swift has topped the charts more frequently than any other artist over the course of the IFPI Global Recording Artist of the Year Award’s ten-year history than any other artist (having won in 2014, 2019 and 2022). Taylor Swift has been a consistent performer on the IFPI Global Artist Chart since then, finishing second to K-Pop sensation BTS in 2021 and charting in the top three in 2015, 2017 and 2020.

BTS was at #2 on the World Artist Chart (their third straight year in the Top 3 after back-to-back victories in 2020 and 2021), and Drake was at #3, making his sixth Top 3 appearance since the chart’s inception.

Taylor Swift is receiving the IFPI World Recording Artist Award for an unprecedented third time in the chart’s ten-year history, according to Frances Moore, Chief Executive of the IFPI. Taylor is a very amazing international star who has maintained a very close bond with her fans all across the world while she develops and changes as an artist.

“It is exciting to see this year’s Global Recording Artist Chart reflect the increasingly diverse spectrum of music available to music fans today, with superstars from Latin America, Taiwan and South Korea as well as the US, UK and Canada represented. Record companies continue to work diligently in every corner of the globe to find and develop global stars and build their successful careers for the long-term.”

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