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Bad Bunny had the most successful album in the world in 2022

By | Published on Monday 27 February 2023

Bad Bunny

The International Federation Of The Phonographic Industry has announced another of its awards for global success in 2022, handing Bad Bunny its Global Album Award for his ‘Un Verano Sin Ti’ record, making him the first Latin artist to receive the prize.

“We are incredibly excited to award Bad Bunny, the first Latin American artist to win an IFPI Global Award, with the Album Of The Year Award”, says IFPI chief exec Frances Moore. “His unique sound, encapsulated in his award-winning album ‘Un Verano Sin Ti’, has captured the world’s attention on a remarkable scale over the last twelve months”.

Bad Bunny’s entirely Spanish language album scored more success across all the digital platforms than some strong contenders, finishing ahead of Taylor Swift’s ‘Midnights’, Harry Styles’ ‘Harry’s House’ and the soundtrack to Disney movie ‘Encanto’.

There was also a strong showing from K-pop artists, with Stray Kids, Seventeen, Blackpink, Enhyphen and Tomorrow X Together all making the IFPI’s global top 20 – Stray Kids and Seventeen in fact both featuring twice.

“This year’s Global Albums Chart bears testament to the incredible partnerships that exist between artists and record labels”, reckons Moore. “These partnerships nurture and support artists while they write and record their music before going on to promote albums on a global level, achieving extraordinary amounts of success around the world”.

The IFPI previously announced ‘As It Was’ by Harry Styles as Global Single Of The Year, and Taylor Swift as its Global Recording Artist Of The Year.

Here’s the full top 20 biggest albums of the year across the planet in 2022:

1. Bad Bunny – Un Verano Sin Ti
2. Taylor Swift – Midnights
3. Harry Styles – Harry Styles
4. BTS – Proof
5. Encanto Cast – Encanto OST
6. Stray Kids – Maxident
7. Seventeen – Face The Sun
8. Black Pink – Born Pink
9. Olivia Rodrigo – Sour
10. Ed Sheeran – =
11. Enhyphen – Manifesto: Day 1
12. Morgan Wallen – Dangerous: The Double Album
13. Doja Cat – Planet Her
14. Stray Kids – Oddinary
15. The Weeknd – Dawn FM
16. Tomorrow X Together – Minisode 2: Thursday’s Child
17. Beyonce – Renaissance
18. Seventeen – Sector 17
19. The Kid Laroi – Fuck Love
20. Drake – Certified Lover Boy