Japanese band Arashi beat Taylor Swift for last year’s 10 bestselling albums worldwide, according to the International Federation of the Phonographic Industry (IFPI), which represents the global recorded music industry. Compilation of Arashi’s successes 5×20 All the best !! 1999-2019, released in June, sold 3.3 million units worldwide, up from 3.2 million for Swift’s. Lover publication, reports IFPI.


“Arashi is an iconic Japanese group that has built a huge and very dedicated fan base across Asia throughout its twenty-year musical career,” said Frances Moore, Director-General of IFPI. “We would like to congratulate the artists for winning this award, which testifies to their incredibly solid catalogue and their professional longevity.”

The second, Taylor Swift, released Lover in August and quickly surpassed the charts in the United States, the United Kingdom, Australia, Canada and other markets. The third biggest outing of the year was from South Korea’s BTS, with SOUL MAP: PERSONA. The EP marked the first time that a Korean act has topped the charts in Australia, Canada, New Zealand, the United Kingdom and the United States.


BTS’s “Map of the Soul: Persona” ranks at No. 3 on the list of the best-selling albums worldwide last year from the International Federation of the Phonographic Industry (IFPI).

See the Global Chart The Top 10 Bestselling Albums below:

1. Arashi’s “5×20 All the BEST!! 1999-2019” — 3.3 million global units
2. Taylor Swift’s “Lover” — 3.2 million
3. BTS’s “Map of the Soul: Persona” — 2.5 million
4. Lady Gaga’s “A Star Is Born” OST — 1.2 million
5. Billie Eilish’s “When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go?” — 1.2 million
6. Queen’s “Bohemian Rhapsody” — 1.2 million
7. Ed Sheeran’s “No.6 Collaborations Project” — 1.1 million
8. Ariana Grande’s “thank u, next” — 1 million
9. Rammstein’s “Rammstein” — 0.9 million
10. The Beatles’s “Abbey Road” — 0.8 million

On March 19, the IFPI announce its Global Album Chart for 2019. The IFPI is a non-profit organization that represents the record music industry worldwide. And its Global Album Chart combines international physical and digital album unit sales.

BTS’s April 2019 mini album “Map of the Soul: Persona” takes No. 3 on the chart with 2.5 million global units. Fans have been requesting clarification on this number. And there has yet to be a response from the IFPI.


Last year, BTS rank at No. 2 and No. 3 on the IFPI’s Global Album Chart with “Love Yourself: Answer” and “Love Yourself: Tear,” respectively.

In addition, it recently announces that BTS took No. 7 on the IFPI’s list of best-selling artists worldwide for 2019.

To complete the top five, Lady Gaga’s Soundtrack A star is born and the escape of Billie Eilish When we all fall asleep, where do we go? with 1.2 million units sold, respectively.

The IFPI Global Album Chart combines global sales of physical and digital albums to rank the top 10 bestselling albums of the year. The chart includes sales of physical and digital album units only.

IFPI top 10 Bestselling albums in 2019:
  1. ARASHI // 5×20 All the best !! 1999-2019 // 3.3 million
  2. Taylor Swift // Lover // 3.2 million
  3. BTS // SOUL CARD: PERSONA // 2.5 million
  4. Lady Gaga // A star is born OST // 1.2 million
  5. Billie Eilish // When we all fall asleep, where do we go? // 1.2 million
  6. Queen // Bohemian Rhapsody // 1.2 million
  7. Ed Sheeran // Collaboration project n ° 6 // 1.1 million
  8. Ariana Grande // thank you, next // 1 million
  9. Rammstein // Rammstein // 900,000
  10. The Beatles // Abbey Road // 800,000



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