LOS ANGELES (REUTERS) – British singer-songwriter Ed Sheeran was named the world’s best-selling artist of 2017 on Monday (Feb 26), due to his album Divide and singles Shape Of You and Perfect.
The International Federation of the Phonographic Industry (IFPI) mentioned that Divide, which was launched in March 2017, went multi-Platinum in 36 nations.
Sheeran’s pop ballad Shape Of You was additionally the best-selling single globally of 2017 and has been licensed as multi-Platinum in 32 nations, the organisation mentioned.
The IFPI mentioned it was the primary time recording artist has had each the best-selling album and single of the 12 months.
Sheeran, 27, first found success in England in 2009 and 2010 by self-releasing his music on-line.
“Ed is truly an incredible songwriter, vocalist and performer, whose ability to tell stories and make people feel is what stands him out from the crowd,” Max Lousada, chief govt of recorded music for Sheeran’s Warner Music Group document label, mentioned in an announcement on Monday.
Sheeran, identified for his ginger hair and shy manner, delighted followers final month by saying his engagement to his childhood buddy Cherry Seaborn, who he has identified since he was 11 years outdated.
Canadian rapper Drake and his album More Life was named the second greatest vendor globally for 2017 and the IFPI mentioned Taylor Swift’s Reputation was third, regardless of being launched solely in November 2017.