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