Ed Sheeran Was 2017's Biggest Seller

Ed Sheeran Was 2017's Biggest Seller

IFPI (The International Federation of the Phonographic Industry), the trade body for the global recording industry, awarded Sheeran the IFPI Global Recording Artist of the Year Award following the huge international success for Divide (รท), as well as hit singles Shape Of You, Castle On The Hill, Galway Girl and flawless.

Of course, it is only the fifth time the award has been given by the IFPI, with previous winners being One Direction, Taylor Swift, Adele and Drake.

As it turns out he is the first global best selling artist to have both the best selling album for the year (Divide) and best selling single ('Shape Of You').

The Global Recording Artist of the Year honor recognizes the top artist across streaming, downloads and physical, including vinyl.

Coming in behind Sheeran was Drake - he earned the number one title in 2016 - and Taylor Swift ranked third.

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"This year's Global Top 10 really is a "who's who" of popular music", commented IFPI chief executive Frances Moore.

"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", says the boss of Sheeran's record company Warner Music, Max Lousada. He's always had a totally authentic connection with his fans, something he places over everything else.

Shape of You, the lead single from the album, spent 14 non-consecutive weeks at Number 1 here in the United Kingdom, while it also spent 12 weeks at Number 1 in the USA, and topped charts in a further 42 countries.

'Congrats also to Stuart Camp, the Atlantic teams in the United Kingdom and U.S., and everyone at Warner who contributed to Ed's awesome success story'. "Each artist has a unique impact on the music industry through the talent and energy they are channeling through their work".

Another coup came when nine of Divide's songs went top 10, while the rest of the album's tracks were within the top 20 as the record reached the chart summit.