Another day, another historical win for Bad Bunny.
The Puerto Rican star’s Un Verano Sin Ti has won the IFPI Global Album Award, becoming the first Latin artist to ever win an IFPI global award, according to the organization.
IFPI, the trade association that represents recorded music industry worldwide, announced Friday (Feb. 24) that UVST — which spent a total of 13 non-consecutive weeks atop the Billboard 200 and became the first Spanish-language album to be nominated for album of the year at the Grammy Awards — topped the Top 20 Global Albums chart in 2022.
“We are incredibly excited to award Bad Bunny, the first Latin American artist to win an IFPI Global Award, with the Album of the Year Award,” Frances Moore, chief executive, IFPI, said in a statement. “His unique sound, encapsulated in his award-winning album Un Verano Sin Ti, has captured the world’s attention on a remarkable scale over the last 12 months.
Elsewhere on the Top 20 Global Albums, which takes into account all consumption formats, spanning physical sales, digital downloads and streaming platforms across a calendar year, Taylor Swift’s Midnights came in second place. Earlier in the week, the IFPI announced Swift was the global recording artist of the year, winning for a third time after already having topped the tally in 2014 and 2019.
Meanwhile, Harrys Styles’ Harry’s House took the third spot on the Top 20 Global Albums chart. His hit song “As It Was” was crowned with IFPI’s Global Single Award for 2022, an honor that recognizes the top performing single across all platforms, and all markets.
“This year’s Global Albums Chart bears testament to the incredible partnerships that exist between artists and record labels,” Moore added. “These partnerships nurture and support artists while they write and record their music before going on to promote albums on a global level, achieving extraordinary amounts of success around the world.”
Rounding out the top five global albums are BTS’ Proof and the the original soundtrack for Encanto came in at No. 5. Also on the list are Olivia Rodrigo’s Sour, Beyoncé’s Renaissance and Drake’s Certified Lover Boy. The full Top 20 list can be seen below.
IFPI Top 20 Global Albums of 2022
1/ Bad Bunny, Un Verano Sin Ti
2/ Taylor Swift, Midnights
3/ Harry Styles, Harry’s House
4/ BTS, Proof
5/ Encanto Cast, Encanto (OST)
6/ Stray Kids, Maxident
7/ Seventeen, Face the Sun
8/ Blackpink, Born Pink
9/ Olivia Rodrigo, Sour
10/ Ed Sheeran, =
11/ Enhypen, Manifesto: Day 1
12/ Morgan Wallen, Dangerous: The Double Album
13/ Doja Cat, Planet Her
14/ Stray Kids, Oddinary
15/ The Weeknd, Dawn FM
16/ Tomorrow x Together, minisode 2: Thursday’s Child
17/ Beyoncé, Renaissance
18/ Seventeen, Sector 17
19/ The Kid Laroi, F*ck Love (Mix Tape)
20/ Drake, Certified Lover Boy
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