LOS ANGELES •British singer-songwriter Ed Sheeran was named the world's best-selling artist of 2017 on Monday, thanks to his album ÷ and singles Shape Of You and Perfect.
The International Federation of the Phonographic Industry said that ÷, which was released in March last year, went multi-platinum in 36 nations. Sheeran's pop ballad Shape Of You was also the world's best-selling single of 2017 and has been certified as multi-platinum in 32 nations. It was the first time a recording artist had both the best-selling album and single of the year.
Canadian rapper Drake's More Life was named the second-biggest seller globally for 2017 and American singer Taylor Swift's Reputation was third, despite being released only in November.