Ed Sheeran has been named the world’s best-selling recording artist of 2017 by the International Federation of the Phonographic Industry, the global music-industry trade organization. Sheeran’s success was driven by his third studio album Divide and its singles, which include “Shape of You,” “Castle on the Hill” and “Perfect.” Drake, who won the honor in 2016, is second on the list while Taylor Swift is third. According to an IFPI press release, Divide, released in March of 2017, was the global best-selling album of last year and has been certified multi-platinum in 36 markets, while “Shape of You” was the best-selling single globally and has been certified as multi-platinum in 32 markets. It marks the first time that the Recording Artist of the Year has had both the best-selling album and single.
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