Boy band BTS named the world’s best-recording artists of 2020

South Korean boy band, BTS named the best-selling artists of 2020 by the IFPI, the organisation that represents the global recorded music industry.

The pop group released two chart-topping albums in 2020 Map of the Soul: 7 and Be.

The boyband beat Taylor Swift, who took the crown last year, into second place.

They are the first non-Western act to win, and the first whose songs are not predominantly sung in English.

The award is calculated according to an artist or group’s worldwide sales, downloads and streams, covering their whole body of work.

Drake came third, with The Weeknd fourth and Billie Eilish at number five.

BTS, also known as the Bangtan Boys, were formed in 2013 and consists of seven members – Jin, Suga, J-Hope, RM, Jimin, V and Jungkook – who come from all over South Korea.

They’ve subsequently become standard-bearers for the K-pop scene, selling millions of records and concert tickets, while racking up billions of streams.

The group was the brainchild of veteran writer and producer Bang Shi Hyuk, who formerly worked at the K-pop entertainment giant JYP, then formed Big Hit Entertainment and put BTS together around group leader, RM.

IFPI Top 10 Global Recording Artists of 2020

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