BTS beat Billie Eilish, The Weeknd and Drake to be named global recording artist of 2020

BTS beat Drake, The Weeknd and Billie Eilish to be named global recording artists of 2020
BTA beat competition from Billie Eilish, The Weeknd and more for the accolade (Picture: Getty/Rex)

BTS have notched up another huge achievement after beating some of the world’s biggest stars to be named global recording artist of 2020. 

The K-pop band beat competition from the likes of Taylor Swift, Billie Eilish and more to the title, which was decided by IFPI, the organisation which represents the recorded music industry worldwide.

BTS – which consists of Jungkook, Jimin, V, RM, J-Hope, Suga and Jin – are also the first winners of the prize to perform primarily in a language other than English. 

The top five also consisted of Taylor, who came in second place and was the winner of last year’s award, Drake as third, The Weeknd in fourth place and Billie Eilish was at number five. 

Frances Moore, chief executive of 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.

BTS on MTV Unplugged
The band have had a hugely successful year (Picture: MTV)

‘We would like to congratulate RM, Jin, Suga, J-hope, Jimin, V and Jungkook and we are excited to see what they have in store next.’

The band have had a hugely successful year, with their album Map Of The Soul: 7 becoming one of the most pre-ordered albums of all time and a number one hit in more than 20 countries.

BTS also released their record Be (Deluxe Edition) in November, which featured the single Life Goes On in response to the coronavirus pandemic. 

They had previously come second on the list in 2018 and seventh in 2019, but their win this year was down to their performance across digital and physical music formats during the year.

The full list of IFPI top 10 global recording artists of 2020:

  1. BTS
  2. Taylor Swift
  3. Drake
  4. The Weeknd
  5. Billie Eilish
  6. Eminem
  7. Post Malone
  8. Ariana Grande
  9. Juice WRLD
  10. Justin Bieber

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