IFPI’s 2021 Album & Digital Single Chart Charts

IFPI’s 2021 Album & Digital Single Chart Charts

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Adele’s ’30’ Dominates IFPI’s 2021 Album Charts

Adele’s “30” leads the way on IFPI’s global albums charts and does so in record breaking fashion.

Adele didn’t go easy on her music-making rivals in 2021, as her latest album 30 finished the year as the No. 1 title worldwide.

The British pop singer leads the way on IFPI’s global albums charts and does so in record breaking fashion.

Announced Tuesday (March 1), 30 dominates all three of the international trade body’s tallies, as it rolls on to No. 1 on the Global Album All Format Chart, now in its second year; the Global Album Sales Chart; and the first-ever Global Vinyl Album Chart.

Following its release in November 2021, 30 was an immediate hit around the world, hitting No. 1 in over 20 markets, including the U.S. and U.K.

Across her career, Adele has built a reputation as a bighitter on CD sales. She only enhanced that by shifting a whopping 5 million physical units of her latest album in less than two months, IFPI reports.

“It has been wonderful to have Adele back and releasing music over the second half of last year,” comments Frances Moore, CEO of IFPI. “Her dominance of all three IFPI Album Charts speaks to her unique song-writing talent, her iconic voice and unrelenting global popularity.”

 Moore continues, “we are thrilled to award Adele and all of her team the IFPI Global Album All Format chart award and send huge congratulations for a stellar year.”

So far, Adele has cleaned up on the awards circuit with her latest album, including a swag of Brit Awards, where she won for artist of the year, Mastercard album of the year and song of the year for “Easy on Me.”

The Top 10 Global Album All Format Chart 2021 is stacked with international acts, including albums from Sweden’s ABBA, Canadian acts The Weeknd and Justin Bieber, Australian The Kid Laroi, and Britons Adele, Ed Sheeran and Dua Lipa.

In the past week, the IFPI has published year-end global charts celebrating the world’s most popular digital singles (won by The Weeknd’s “Save Your Tears”) and global artist (BTS).

Top 10 Global Album All Format Chart 2021 :


RANK    ARTIST                                 ALBUM

  1. Adele 30
  2. Olivia Rodrigo SOUR
  3. Justin Bieber Justice
  4. Ed Sheeran =
  5. The Weeknd After Hours
  6. Dua Lipa Future Nostalgia
  7. The Kid LAROI F*CK LOVE (Mix Tape)
  8. ABBA Voyage
  9. Morgan Wallen Dangerous: The Double Album
  10. Doja Cat Planet Her

The Global Album All Format Chart takes into account all consumption formats, spanning physical sales, digital downloads, and streaming platforms across a calendar year. It is weighted based on the relative value of each method of consumption.


Top 10 Global Album Sales Chart 2021:


RANK    ARTIST                                 ALBUM

  1. Adele 30
  2. ABBA Voyage
  3. SEVENTEEN Attacca
  5. Ed Sheeran =
  6. Justin Bieber Justice
  7. Taylor Swift Red (Taylor’s Version)
  8. SEVENTEEN Your Choice
  9. Snow Man Snow Mania S1
  10. Taylor Swift Fearless (Taylor’s Version)

The Global Album Sales Chart combines global sales of physical albums and digital album downloads to rank the top albums in a calendar year.

By Lars Brandle


The Weeknd Scores the World’s Biggest Single for the Second Consecutive Year

Mon, February 28, 2022, 5:25 PM·2 min read

The Weeknd has become the first artist to win the Global Digital Single Award two years in a row, with his “Save Your Tears” topping the list for 2021 after his smash “Blinding Lights” was No. 1 for 2020.

The award is presented by the International Federation of the Phonographic Industry, the London-based organization that represents the recorded-music business worldwide, for the world’s best-selling single of the year across all digital formats — including paid subscription streaming, ad-supported platforms, and single-track downloads and streams.

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“Save Your Tears” was boosted by a remix of the song featuring Ariana Grande, which reached No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 in May 2021 and topped charts in multiple countries across the globe. Elsewhere on the chart, “Stay,” the Kid Laroi’s collaboration with Justin Bieber, landed at No. 2, and 2021 breakthrough artist Olivia Rodrigo landed two singles in the Top 10, with “Drivers License” at No. 5 and “Good 4 U” at No. 8.

Frances Moore, Chief Executive of IFPI, said: “It has been another brilliant year for The Weeknd and Save Your Tears has unquestionably been one of the world’s most loved songs. We’d like to send huge congratulations to The Weeknd and all of his team on winning our Global Digital Single of The Year Award for the second year in a row – an incredible achievement.”

The Weeknd’s “Blinding Lights,” No. 1 in the IFPI Global Digital Single Chart 2020, remained in the Top 10 for a second year, at #7.


Top 10 Global Digital Single Chart 2021

Rank      Artist                                                                      Track Name                          Global Subscription Streams

                                                                                                                                                            Equivalents (billions)

1              The Weeknd                                                         Save Your Tears                                                  2.15

2              The Kid LAROI, Justin Bieber                         STAY                                                                     2.07

3              Dua Lipa                                                               Levitating                                                              1.88

4              BTS                                                                        Butter                                                                     1.76

5              Olivia Rodrigo                                                     drivers license                                                       1.73

6              Justin Bieber (ft. Daniel Caesar, Giveon)       Peaches                                                                 1.72

7              The Weeknd                                                         Blinding Lights                                                    1.61

8              Olivia Rodrigo                                                     good 4 u                                                                1.61

9              Lil Nas X                                                               MONTERO (Call Me By Your Name)           1.60

10           Ed Sheeran                                                           Bad Habits                                                            1.57


By Jem Aswad (source: IFPI)


REMEMBER: The most wasted of all days is one without laughter.

– Nicolas Chamfort



“To live is the rarest thing in the world. Most people exist, that is all.” —Oscar Wilde


Happiness is…listening to a playlist of the 2021Top 10 digital singles.


I accidentally rubbed ketchup in my eyes. I now have Heinzsight.


Love is…what helps you take life a little less seriously.



A time to listen to Adele’s “30”…A time to listen to Doja Cat’s “Planet Her”.



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