Beyoncé's 'Lemonade' Named Bestselling Album In The World In 2016
The International Federation of the Phonographic Industry (better known simply as the IFPI) released its annual Global Music Report this week, and in addition to assessing the overall state of the industry, the report detailed the bestselling albums in the world in 2016, and the winner is actually a bit surprising.
Adele’s 25 comes in a close second, ending the calendar year with 2.4 million copies. That sum might seem somewhat small given the British singer’s track record, but remember that 25 was actually released in the fourth quarter of 2015, and it was the bestselling album of that year. It is worth mentioning that 25 shifted more copies in its first week in the United States alone (a history-making 3.38 million copies) than it did in the entire world throughout 2016.
Only two other titles managed to sell at least 2 million copies during 2016, with Drake’s Views settling for third with 2.3 million, followed by Metallica’s Hardwired...To Self-Destruct, which shifted 2.1 million.
Three of the top 10 bestselling albums of 2016 were actually released in 2015, while a few of those that made the list weren’t dropped until later last year, proving that they had immediate support from fans everywhere. When combined, the top 10 albums listed sold a total of 19 million copies in 2016.
This list doesn’t take into account any streaming figures, which would have bolstered the totals and changed the ranking.