It’s no secret that 2018 was huge for Drake — last year, the superstar rapper broke numerous records for his fifth album Scorpion, inspired a viral dance craze with single “In My Feelings,” went on a $1 million giving spree for his “God’s Plan” music video and dethroned himself atop the Billboard Hot 100 (twice).
Now, Drake’s year-long reign is even more official. IFPI, the organization that represents the recorded music industry worldwide, has named him the world’s best-selling recording artist of 2018. He’s the only artist to ever hold the prestigious title multiple times, with his first being in 2016.
“Drake has had an incredible, record-breaking year, one that is more than worthy of the title of Global Recording Artist of the Year,” says Frances Moore, chief executive of IFPI. “That Drake has won this award for the second time is testament to his continued global appeal and his ability to engage and connect with fans.”
Drake is one of the biggest artists to touch the mic over the past two decades and his accolades only keep growing as we progress further in time.
His single ‘God’s Plan‘ was the biggest hit of 2018, spending 11 weeks atop the Billboard Hot 100 chart and countless weeks inside the top 10. The song, which won the GRAMMYfor “Best Rap Song” earlier this month, has now achieved diamond status for moving more than 10 million units in the U.S. Chart Data confirmed the news on Sunday night.
The Cardo, Yung Exclusive & Boi-1da-produced song is still listed as 8x platinum on RIAA’s website but that will soon change (lookout for a photo of Drizzy with the coveted plaque). The news of the song going diamond was first reported last November by a few outlets but the information was inaccurate. This is the first diamond song of the Toronto superstar’s career but we’re sure he has more on the way.
It’s just the latest accolade among many for the star, who also earned a best rap song Grammy for “God’s Plan.” His 10-year-old mixtape So Far Gone made its commercial and streaming debut earlier this month, entering at No. 5 on the Billboard 200 — and marking his 10th top 10
The independently verified IFPI Global Recording Artist of the Year chart is based on sales of albums across digital, CD and vinyl formats; singles, both downloaded and physical; and streams across the calendar year. The chart includes all the music of each artist featured (not just one track or album), and uses album equivalent units to combine measurements of downloads, physical sales and streams.
K-pop boy band sensation BTS take second place on IFPI’s list for 2018, following the global success of albums Love Yourself: Tear and Love Yourself: Answer, both of which debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 last year. See IFPI’s top 10 recording artists of 2018, below.
IFPI’S TOP 10 GLOBAL RECORDING ARTISTS OF 2018:
3. Ed Sheeran
4. Post Malone
7. Imagine Dragons
8. Ariana Grande
9. Lady Gaga
10. Bruno Mars
For interest sake, here is a list of all the diamond certified songs till now:
Black Eyed Peas, “I Gotta Feeling”
Carly Rae Jepsen, “Call Me Maybe”
Ed Sheeran, “Thinking Out Loud”
Elton John, “Something About The Way You Look Tonight/Candle in the Wind”
Eminem, “Love the Way You Lie” (feat. Rihanna)
Eminem, “Not Afraid”
Eminem, “Lose Yourself”
Florida Georgia Line, “Cruise”
Imagine Dragons, “Radioactive”
Justin Bieber, “Baby” (feat. Ludacris)
Katy Perry, “Firework”
Katy Perry, “Roar”
Katy Perry, “Dark Horse” (feat. Juicy J)
Lady Gaga, “Poker Face”
Lady Gaga, “Bad Romance”
LMFAO, “Party Rock Anthem”
Luis Fonsi & Daddy Yankee, “Despacito” (feat. Justin Bieber)
Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, “Thrift Shop” (feat. Wanz)
Mark Ronson, “Uptown Funk” (feat. Bruno Mars)
Meghan Trainor, “All About That Bass”
Robin Thicke, “Blurred Lines” (feat. Pharrell and T.I.)