Taylor Swift named biggest global recording artist of 2014

One Direction, Ed Sheeran and Coldplay also make Top 10.

Taylor Swift has been confirmed as the biggest recording artist in the world in 2014. 

Compiled by global music industry trade body, the International Federation of the Phonographic Industry (IFPI), the IFPI Global Recording Artists listing honours the most popular acts across the globe based on digital and physical music sales, as well as on-demand audio and video streams from 66 countries around the world, including the UK’s very own Official Charts.

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Swift’s fifth studio album 1989 hit Number 1 upon its release back in October and has sold over 510,000 copies in the UK to date.

The album also entered the Top 5 in Germany, Japan and the US, where it sold over 1.2 million copies in its first week of release.

Click here to see Taylor Swift’s full Official Chart history

Elsewhere, last year’s chart toppers One Direction come in second, followed by fellow Brits Ed Sheeran (3) and Coldplay (4).

See the full list below.

The Top 10 Biggest Global Recording Artists 2014

1 Taylor Swift
2 One Direction
3 Ed Sheeran
4 Coldplay
5 AC/DC
6 Michael Jackson
7 Pink Floyd
8 Sam Smith
9 Katy Perry
10 Beyoncé

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