Miley Cyrus’ Flowers was the biggest-selling single globally last year, according to the IFPI

Last week, Taylor Swift was named as IFPI‘s Global Recording Artist Of The Year for 2023.

Today (February 26), IFPI, the organization that represents the recorded music industry worldwide, has announced that Flowers by Miley Cyrus is the winner of the IFPI Global Single Award for 2023.

The IFPI Global Single Award is presented to the artist with the world’s best-selling single of the year across all digital formats – including paid subscription streaming, ad-supported platforms, and single-track downloads.

IFPI says that its Global Charts “provide the most complete picture of artist, album and track performance worldwide”.

It adds: “The Charts capture streaming, downloads and physical formats in every country directly from the participating record labels, which is then converted using IFPI’s unique methodology to a single, global chart figure”.

IFPI also says that “the methodology, developed in partnership with IFPI’s member record labels, reflects global commercial success by combining the most exhaustive reporting of unit sales and streams with the country-level economics of each consumption type”.

Miley Cyrus’ Flowers took the No.1 spot in this year’s IFPI Global Single Chart, her first appearance in an IFPI Global Chart Top 10.

The double Grammy Award-winning song, released in January 2023, hit No.1 simultaneously in 29 markets and finished the year at the top of the 2023 charts in markets including the UK, France and Australia.

You can see IFPI’s full Top 20 chart below:

The Top 10 also saw first-ever IFPI Global Chart appearances for artists from Nigeria (with Rema’s Calm Down with Selena Gomez at No.2) and Mexico (with Yng Lvcas and Peso Pluma’s La Bebe at No.6), reflecting the global rise of the Afrobeats and Regional Mexican genres in 2023.

Morgan Wallen’s Last Night, which topped the year-end charts in the US, reached No.8 in the chart, while last year’s IFPI No.1 Global Single, As It Was by Harry Styles, was No.5.

Meanwhile, IFPI Global Recording Artist of the Year, Taylor Swift, featured twice in the Top 10, with Anti-Hero, the lead single from Midnights, reaching No.9 and Cruel Summer, from 2019’s Lover, at No.7 following a resurgence in popularity thanks to her record-breaking Eras tour.

The Weeknd’s Die For You reached No.4, becoming the third track from the artist to reach the IFPI Global Single Chart Top 5, after previous No.1s Blinding Lights and Save Your Tears.

Outside the Top 10, Tom Odell’s Another Love reached No.18 more than 10 years after its release and YOASOBI’s IDOL, the theme song from Anime series Oshi No Ko, reached No.19.

Overall, artists of 10 different nationalities spanning five continents (Canada, Colombia, France, Germany, Japan, Mexico, Nigeria, South Korea, UK, and US) were represented in the Top 20, up from six nationalities in 2022.

“Congratulations to Miley and her team for this incredible achievement.”

Lewis Morrison, IFPI

Lewis Morrison, Director of Global Charts & Certifications at IFPI, said: “We are delighted to present the IFPI Global Single Award to Miley Cyrus, who produced the song of 2023 with Flowers.

“Topping the charts in so many countries simultaneously, the song – along with its message of empowerment – resonated across the world and is the definition of a truly global hit. Congratulations to Miley and her team for this incredible achievement.

“It is also fantastic to see so many nationalities and genres represented in the IFPI Global Single Chart. It is a wonderful reflection of the wide range of extraordinary artists that – working in partnership with their record labels – are finding international success.”Music Business Worldwide

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