The IFPI recently announced the winners of its Global Chart Awards for 2022.
The Global Albums Chart revealed the top 20 albums that generated the most money worldwide last year, combining sales and streaming figures. Bad Bunny’s Un Verano Sin Ti took the top spot, with Taylor Swift’s Midnights in second place, and Harry Styles’ Harry’s House coming in third. The IFPI awards are unique because they take into account all consumption formats, including physical sales, digital downloads, and streaming platforms across a calendar year.
The chart features artists from all over the world, with eight of the 20 albums from South Korean acts, led by BTS’s Proof at number four. Interestingly, the chart also included the first Spanish-language album to be nominated for Album of the Year at the Grammy Awards, Un Verano Sin Ti, which spent 13 weeks atop the Billboard 200 album chart.
The IFPI Global Albums Chart provides a fascinating insight into the worldwide music industry, highlighting the most successful artists and albums of 2022 across all formats. While the chart reflects the industry's financial successes, it also indicates the artists and albums that resonated with audiences worldwide.
It is exciting to see a diverse range of artists from all over the world achieving commercial success and topping the chart. Overall, the chart showcases the importance of music in connecting people globally, and the significant role it plays in shaping popular culture.