BTS tops the IFPI Global Artist Chart for 2 years in a row

BTS won the Global Recording Artist of the Year award for 2 consecutive years on the Global Artist Chart selected by the International Federation of the Phonographic Industry (IFPI).

On Feb 25th, IFPI announced on its official website and SNS, “BTS took first place on the Global Artist Chart 2021.” By topping the IFPI Global Artist Chart for 2 years in a row, BTS continues to make global chart history. Having become familiar faces in the IFPI Global Artist Chart since 2018 when they entered at #2, BTS ranked No.7 in 2019.


Through a video, BTS expressed their feelings, “We’re truly honored to receive the 2021 Global Recording Artist of the Year award. We heard this is the first time ever any artist received Artist of the Year 2 years in a row so we feel blessed for such a significant title. Thank you everyone and especially our ARMYs who enjoyed our music.”

IFPI announced the news of BTS‘ No.1 on the Global Artist Chart and explained, “2021 saw BTS continue their world dominance. ‘Butter’, which was released in May 2021, was an instant success and charted at #1 in the US Billboard Hot 100 Chart for 7 consecutive weeks. In September, Coldplay and BTS released a new single ‘My Universe’ which also charted at #1 in the US. In Asia, BTS released their Japanese language greatest hits album ‘BTS, THE BEST’ which topped the Oricon Year End Album Chart – the first time a non-domestic act has done so in 37 years.”


IFPI’s Chief Executive Frances Moore said, “BTS’ phenomenal success over the last year is a testament to their creativity, hard work and ongoing commitment to continuing to find ways to bring their music to the world. By performing in 3 different languages, they demonstrate their extraordinarily unique global appeal and their dynamic and passionate fanbase has helped to make them the first artists in history to top the Global Artist Chart for 2 consecutive years.”

The “Global Artist Chart“, which is released annually by IFPI, is calculated according to an artist’s or group’s worldwide performance across digital and physical music formats during the year, from streams to vinyl, and covers their entire body of work.


Meanwhile, BTS will hold face-to-face concerts in Seoul and Las Vegas, USA in March and April, respectively.

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