June 26, 2022

South Korean and global superstars BTS for the second consecutive time were named the 2021 IFPI Global Recording Artist of the Year on Thursday, thus making them the first act to win so.

The seven-member boy group is known to have led a global K-pop craze since 2013 with their upbeat songs and dances, whilst also building a huge and loyal fan base around the world.

Last year, the group’s singles “Butter”, “Permission to Dance” and “My Universe”, a joint release with Coldplay, all outdid the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 chart.

According to IFPI, the group has continued to enjoy success at home in South Korea and their Japanese-language greatest hits album, “BTS, THE BEST”, topped Japan’s Oricon Year End Album Chart at the close of 2021, the first for a non-domestic act in 37 years.

Frances Moore, chief executive of the IFPI music industry body commented that by performing in three different languages, they demonstrate their extraordinarily unique global appeal. While their dynamic and passionate fan base has helped to make them the first artists in history to top the Global Artist Chart in two consecutive years.

The IFPI award is calculated according to a music act’s performance across digital and physical formats.

American singer Taylor Swift also for the second year in a row came in at no. 2 in the IFPI Global Artist Chart, followed by British star Adele in third place.