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Drake has been named by IFPI as the world’s best-selling recording artist of 2016, highlighting the huge success of his fourth album, ‘Views‘, which was released last year.

The accolade reflects Drake’s worldwide success across physical and digital formats throughout a record-breaking year for the artist’s fourth studio album.  ‘Views‘ became the first album to reach one billion streams on Apple Music, while ‘One Dance’, the album’s second single, was the first song to be played one billion times on Spotify. The follow-up singles ‘Pop Style’, ‘Controlla’ and ‘Too Good’ also all found huge success across the globe.

IFPI chief executive Frances Moore said: “I’m delighted to be able to honour Drake as the IFPI Global Recording Artist 2016. Drake’s phenomenal success reflects how deeply his unique sound appeals to an enormous global audience. The Global Top 10 list features a number of amazing artists, and the variety and vibrancy of their art speaks volumes about the exciting state of music today.”

Huge congratulations also go to fellow Island artist The Weeknd, who has been announced as the tenth best-selling recording artist of 2016. The lead single from his third studio album ‘Starboy‘ broke the record for most streams in a single day on the service.

Top 10 Global Recording Artists of 2016

1 Drake
2 David Bowie
3 Coldplay
4 Adele
5 Justin Bieber
6 Twenty One Pilots
7 Beyoncé
8 Rihanna
9 Prince
10 The Weeknd