The International Federation of the Phonographic Industry (IFPI) released their Global Music Report 2018 this week, and it reports that global music sales grew for the third consecutive year in 2017. With streaming leading the way, music sales rose to $17.3 billion, an 8.1 percent increase from 2016.
The IFPI also revealed its ten most popular and best-selling artists of 2017 as well. Drake, who led the charts in 2016, slipped to the second position, behind Ed Sheeran. Kendrick Lamar came in at No. 4, with Eminem surprisingly right behind him at the No. 5 position. Bruno Mars and The Weeknd were numbers six and seven, respectively.
While “One Dance” was the biggest song in 2016 Drake actually doesn’t crack the top 10 in neither the Global Top 10 Singles or Top 10 Albums of 2017. However, Bruno (“That’s What I Like” at No. 4; 24K Magic at No. 10), Kendrick (“HUMBLE.” at No. 6; DAMN at No. 7) and Eminem (Revival, No. 7) made the respective lists.
The Global Music Report can be viewed in its entirety here.