Top 10 global recording artists 2018

1 Drake
2 BTS
3 Ed Sheeran
4 Post Malone
5 Eminem
6 Queen
7 Imagine Dragons
8 Ariana Grande
9 Lady Gaga
10 Bruno Mars

To see the full press release for 2018 click here

Global top digital singles of 2018

Artist Title Global total converted track equivalent (m)
1 Camila Cabello (feat. Young Thug) Havana 19.0
2 Drake God's plan 15.3
3 Ed Sheeran Shape Of You 14.9
4 Ed Sheeran Perfect 13.5
5 Maroon 5 (feat. Cardi B) Girls Like You 11.9
6 Luis Fonsi (feat. Daddy Yankee) Despacito 11.8
7 Tia Ray Be Apart 10.9
8 The Chainsmokers & Coldplay Something Just Like This 10.0
9 Marshmello & Anne-Marie FRIENDS 9.6
10 Post Malone (feat. Ty Dolla $ign) Psycho 9.2
(Source: IFPI. The IFPI Global Digital Singles Chart includes sales of digitally downloaded singles and on-demand video and audio streams across the calendar year; using permanent download equivalent units to combine measurements of digital sales and streams.)

Global top albums of 2018

Artist Title Units (m)
1 Cast of ‘The Greatest Showman’ The Greatest Showman (OST) 3.5
2 BTS LOVE YOURSELF結 'Answer' 2.7
3 BTS LOVE YOURSELF轉 'Tear' 2.3
4 Lady Gaga A Star Is Born (OST) 1.9
5 Johnny Hallyday Mon Pays C’est L’amour 1.7
6 Ed Sheeran ÷ 1.3
7 Queen Bohemian Rhapsody 1.2
8 P!nk Beautiful Trauma 1.2
9 Eminem Kamikaze 1.0
10 Cast of ‘Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again’ Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again (OST) 0.9
(Source: IFPI. Physical and digital albums included.)

Explore more in Global Statistics

  • Investment

    Discovering, nurturing, promoting artists

  • Consumer research

    How music fans are engaging

  • Facts & Stats

    An overview of the industry

News

  • The Greatest Showman soundtrack named best-selling album of 2018

    Read more
  • Havana by Camila Cabello (featuring Young Thug) named best-selling single of 2018

    Read more

Pro Music

  • All you need to know about music online

    Read more