Swift(ly) up charts, but Queen, Bea­tles there too

Pretoria News - - WORLD -

LON­DON: Pop princess Tay­lor Swift has been named Global Record­ing Artist of 2019 – but Queen and The Bea­tles are still giv­ing her a run for her money.

The 30-year-old singer se­cured her num­ber one slot thanks to her hugely pop­u­lar sev­enth al­bum, Lover, re­leased in Au­gust.

It topped the charts in many coun­tries and achieved the equiv­a­lent of 3 mil­lion sales world­wide – cov­er­ing both phys­i­cal and dig­i­tal for­mats – by the end of its first week of re­lease.

In the chart col­lated by the In­ter­na­tional Fed­er­a­tion of the Phono­graphic In­dus­try (Ifpi), Swift is closely fol­lowed by Ed Sheeran, Post Malone and mu­si­cian-of-the­mo­ment Bil­lie Eil­ish, but clas­sic Bri­tish rock mu­sic still seems to be alive and well.

Queen was the fifth best-sell­ing act of 2019, while the Bea­tles are at num­ber 10, de­spite split­ting 50 years ago.

“Tay­lor Swift is the epit­ome of a truly global star,” said Ifpi chief Frances Moore.

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