The year 2020 was a big year for global popstars BTS, in terms of music. Not only they had multiple album releases, but, they also broke several records including becoming the first Korean artist to top the Hot 100 chart in the US with a Korean single. Now, adding another feather to their success hat, the South Korean act hasve been announced as the winners of 2020’s IFPI Global Recording Artist of the Year Award.

BTS announced as winners of 2020 IFPI Global Recording Artist of the Year Award

This marks their first-ever top score IPFI win after securing second place in 2018’s IFPI Global Artist Chart and seventh place in 2019. They have become the first Korean act to be awarded this win along with becoming the first non-English act. Frances Moore, Chief Executive, IFPI, said, “BTS are a global phenomenon. They have had another outstanding year, releasing three albums, and continually finding creative and engaging ways to share their story with the world. They truly show the power that music has to bring joy and happiness to people the world over. We would like to congratulate RM, Jin, SUGA, j-hope, Jimin, V and Jung Kook and we are excited to see what they have in store next.”

IFPI, the organisation that represents the recorded music industry worldwide, calculated according to an artist’s or group’s worldwide performance across digital and physical music formats during the year, from streams to vinyl, and covers their entire body of work. The award was announced at the culmination of the IFPI Global Artist Chart, which counted down the top 10 best-selling artists of the year globally.

BTS released their album ‘BE (Deluxe Edition)’ on November 20 which debuted at No. 1 on Billboard 2020 with their title track ‘Life Goes On’ earning No. 1 spot on Hot 100 on Billboard charts. They earned their third No. 1 on the Hot 100 chart (following ‘Dynamite’ and Jawsh 685 and Jason Derulo’s ‘Savage Love – Laxed – Siren Beat’) and first with a Korean song. The title track became the first Korean song to ever top the chart.

As per MRC Data, released in January 2021, that revealed the top records of 2020, BTS was the best selling group and the second-most popular artist overall in the US in 2020 with over 1.5 million pure album sales. Their full-length album ‘Map of the Soul: 7′ was the second-best-selling album of the year, with over 674,009 copies sold. The album, that released on February 21, 2020, was also the US’ top-selling physical album with 646,000 CDS sold.

BTS’ second album release in the same year ‘BE’ is ranked at No. 5 with 252,000 units sold since its release on November 20, 2020. Not only that, BTS’ GRAMMY-nominated track ‘Dynamite’ was the top-selling digital song of 2020 in the US with over 1.26 million downloads.

BTS’ ‘Map of the Soul: 7’ and ‘BE’ were ranked No. 1 and No. 2 best-selling albums on Gaon in 2020. The album ‘Map of the Soul: 7’ also holds the title of the best-selling album in South Korea, as per Guinness World Records. Apart from group albums, BTS members also released multiple solo work throughout the year.

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