One Direction named most popular global recording artists in 2013

The boyband beat Eminem, Daft Punk and Katy Perry in terms of digital downloads, streaming and physical sales

One Direction have been named the most popular global recording artists of 2013 in the first complete analysis of downloads, streams and physical sales.

International music industry body IFPI named the boyband Global Artists of 2013 – a newly-created award which takes into account global sales and streams.

One Direction’s third album ‘Midnight Memories’ went to Number One in the US Billboard chart last year, making them the first group ever to debut at the top spot with their first three albums. It also topped the charts in the UK Official Album Chart.

The X Factor-created band were the only British act in the Top 10 global recording artists, which was dominated by US acts. Eminem came in second fllowing the success of his ‘The Marshall Mathers LP 2’ album, while Justin Timberlake came in third thanks to the commercial success of his ‘The 20/20 Experience’ released in March and it’s follow-up, ‘The 20/20 Experience – 2 of 2’ in September.

IFPI’s top 10 global recording artists, 2013

1. One Direction
2. Eminem
3. Justin Timberlake
4. Bruno Mars
5. Katy Perry
6. P!nk
7. Macklemore & Ryan Lewis
8. Rihanna
9. Michael Bublé
10. Daft Punk