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One Direction named 'most popular global recording artists' of 2013

Chart toppers One Direction have been declared the ‘most popular global recording artists of 2013’ by IFPI.

The IFPI (International Federation of the Phonographic Industry) represents the recording industry worldwide with some 1300 members in 66 countries, named the boyband the ‘Global Recording Artists of 2013’.

The group was honored with the newly created award that pays tribute to the most popular recording artist based on an analysis of music downloads, on-demand streams, music videos and physical format sales.

The chart includes all the music of each artist featured, not just one track or album, and One Direction took the top spot against the likes of Eminem and Justin Timberlake in a list dominated by North American singers.

The group’s third studio album "Midnight Memories", which contained hit singles "Best Song Ever" and "Story of My Life peaked at No. 1 on Billboard’s Top 200, making One Direction the first group in history to ever to debut at the top with their first three albums. It also topped the charts in countries from Australia to the UK.

Niall Horan, Zayn Malik, Liam Payne, Louis Tomlinson and Harry Styles, "Best Song Ever" garnered almost 200 million views on YouTube, while "Story of My Life" grabbed more than 100 million views on the site.

“Many congratulations to One Direction who topped a talented field to become the IFPI Global Recording Artists of 2013,” commented Frances Moore, chief executive of IFPI. “This is a global IFPI award for a new era of music consumption, based on a new metric of global success. Our chart for the first time measures the popularity of artists across the many different ways in which fans choose their music.”

IFPI’s top ten Global Recording Artists Of 2013:

  1. 1. One Direction
  2. 2. Eminem
  3. 3. Justin Timberlake
  4. 4. Bruno Mars
  5. 5. Katy Perry
  6. 6. P!nk
  7. 7. Macklemore & Ryan Lewis
  8. 8. Rihanna
  9. 9. Michael Bublé
  10. 10. Daft Punk

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