of USA Today
It has been a great year for Taylor Swift; even though she dropped out of popular streaming service Spotify, she still managed to be named, the World's Most Popular Artist of 2014
This outstanding achievement is brought to us by the International Federation of The Phonographic Industry, which creates an annual list of the world's most popular artist based on legal digital downloads, physical sales as well as streaming service.
Taylor Swift's first pop album 1989
, debuted at No. 1 in the Billboard charts and sold 1.29 million copies in its first seven days.
2013's no. 1 boy band, One Direction, slipped to number two for 2014. They are followed by British crooner, Ed Sheeran.
2014 was an amazing year for British acts. Aside from One Direction and Ed Sheeran, being major British musicians we get to see that Coldplay, Pink Floyd and Sam Smith (who won four Grammy's this year) round out the top ten. Check out the full list below:
Top Ten Recording Artists Of The World 2014
1. Taylor Swift
2. One Direction
3. Ed Sheeran
6. Michael Jackson
7. Pink Floyd
8. Sam Smith
9. Katy Perry
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