Japanese band Arashi edged out Taylor Swift for last year's best-selling album across the globe, according to the The International Federation of the Phonographic Industry (IFPI), which represents the worldwide recorded music industry. Arashi’s hits compilation 5x20 All the BEST!! 1999-2019, released in June, sold 3.3 million global units compared to 3.2 million for Swift’s Lover release, the IFPI reports.
"Arashi are an iconic Japanese band that have built a huge and very dedicated fanbase across Asia throughout their twenty-year music career," said Frances Moore, chief executive of IFPI. "We would like to congratulate the artists on winning this award which is testament to their incredibly strong catalogue and career longevity."
The IFPI Global Album Chart combines global sales of physical and digital albums to rank the best-selling albums of the year. The chart includes physical and digital album unit sales only. This is the third award from IFPI’s global charts following the announcements that Swift was the best-selling artist and Billie Eilish's "bad guy" was top digital single for the year.