2020 has been a big year for BTS global popstars, in terms of music. Not only did they release multiple albums, but they also broke multiple records, including becoming the first Korean artist to top the Hot 100 charts in the US with a Korean single. Now adding another feather to their success, the South Korean act has been announced as the winner of the IFPI Global Recording Artist of the Year Award 2020.
This is their first-ever IPFI victory with the highest score after securing second place in the IFPI World Artist Ranking in 2018 and seventh place in 2019. They became the first Korean act to achieve this victory and went on to become the first non-English act. Frances Moore, Executive Director of IFPI, said: “BTS is a global phenomenon. They have had another amazing year, releasing three albums and continually finding creative and engaging ways to share their story with the world. They really show the power that music has to bring joy and happiness to people all over the world. We would like to congratulate RM, Jin, SUGA, j-hope, Jimin, V and Jung Kook and we are delighted to see what they have in store. “
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IFPI, the organization that represents the recorded music industry in the world, calculated based on the global performance of an artist or group on digital and physical music formats during the year, streams to vinyl, and covers all of their work. The award was announced at the culmination of the IFPI Global Artist Chart, which listed the top 10 best-selling artists of the year worldwide.
BTS released their album ‘BE (Deluxe Edition)’ on November 20 which debuted at No. 1 on Billboard 2020 with their title track ‘Life goes on’ earning the No. 1 Hot 100 spot on the Billboard charts. They got their third No.1 on the Hot 100 ranking (after ‘Dynamite’ and Jawsh 685 and Jason Derulo’s ‘Savage Love – Laxed – Siren Beat’) and first with a Korean song. The title song became the first Korean song to top the charts.
According to MRC Data, released in January 2021, which revealed the best records of 2020, BTS was the best-selling group and the second most popular artist in the United States in 2020 with more than 1.5 million album sales. pure. Their full album ‘Soul Map: 7 ‘ was the second best-selling album of the year, with over 674,009 copies sold. The album, released on February 21, 2020, was also the best-selling physical album in the United States with 646,000 CDS sold.
BTS second album released the same year ‘BE’ is ranked # 5 with 252,000 units sold since its release on November 20, 2020. Not only that, BTS ‘GRAMMY nominated track ‘Dynamite’ was the best-selling digital song of 2020 in the US with over 1.26 million downloads.
BTS ‘ ‘Soul Map: 7’ and ‘BE’ were ranked # 1 and # 2 best-selling albums on Gaon in 2020. The album ‘Soul Map: 7’ Also holds the title of the best-selling album in South Korea, according to Guinness World Records. Besides the group albums, the members of BTS also released several solo works throughout the year.
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