Sheeran is world's best-selling artist

British musician Ed Sheeran named world's best-selling artist for 2017.

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.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on February 28, 2018, with the headline 'Sheeran is world's best-selling artist'. Print Edition | Subscribe