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Taylor Swift was the best-selling recording artist of 2019, according to IFPI, the organization that represents the recorded music industry worldwide. Swift earns the honor for the second time, her first being in 2014.
The accolade caps off a banner year for Swift: The singer-songwriter released her seventh studio album, Lover, in August (the first under her new label, Republic Records), which debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 with 867,000 equivalent album units in its first week -- spawning hit singles "ME!" featuring Panic! at the Disco's Brendon Urie, "You Need To Calm Down" and the title track.
"Taylor Swift is the epitome of a truly global star," commented IFPI CEO Frances Moore. "She continues to grow as an artist and maintains an incredibly strong connection with her fanbase, whilst continuing to evolve her sound with each album. It is a pleasure to be able to present her with the Global Recording Artist of the Year award for the second time."