Meet Iain Thomas, the 36-year-old South African poet who is famous all over the world except in SA

Trevor Noah has pulled out at the last minute from hosting the MAMAs 2016, due to 'a severe upper respiratory infection'

Statistics reveal that One Direction is the best in the world

2014-01-30 13:33
One Direction

Los Angeles - One Direction have been named Global Recording Artists of 2013.

The Best Song Ever hitmakers - who formed on UK TV show The X Factor in 2010 - were honoured by the International Federation of the Phonographic Industry (IFPI) after analysis of digital downloads, streaming and physical sales found them to be the most popular act around the world.

One Direction hunk Niall Horan hailed the award as "incredible news".

He added: "It's great to have a chart that includes everything from iTunes and record stores, to YouTube and Spotify. Again a huge thank you to all of our fans for such an amazing 2013."

Among their impressive feats in 2013, One Direction - which comprises Niall, Zayn Malik, Liam Payne, Louis Tomlinson and Harry Styles - clocked up almost 200 million views of the Best Song Ever video on YouTube, and their album 'Midnight Memories' topped the Billboard 100, making them the first group to debut at number one in the US with their first three albums.

IFPI chief executive Frances Moore said: "Many congratulations to One Direction who topped a talented field to become the IFPI Global Recording Artists of 2013.

"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."

The group were the only UK act to make the top 10, with US acts Eminem and Justin Timberlake taking second and third place respectively, followed by Bruno Mars and Katy Perry in fifth.

Also appearing in the top 10 was Pink in sixth place, one spot ahead of Same Love hitmakers Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, Rihanna in eighth and Michael Buble in ninth. Get Lucky hitmakers Daft Punk rounded out the top 10.

The IFPI top 10 global recording artists 2013:

1. One Direction
2. Eminem
3. Justin Timberlake
4. Bruno Mars
5. Katy Perry
6. Pink
7. Macklemore and Ryan Lewis
8. Rihanna
9. Michael Buble
10. Daft Punk

Read more on:    one direction  |  celebrities  |  music
NEXT ON CHANNEL24X publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
Comments have been closed for this article.

Recent News

After finally acknowledging his Nobel Prize win in a post on his website, Bob Dylan has now mysteriously removed it again. Read More »

Kanye West has launched a furious rant against his friend and former collaborator Jay Z on stage in Seattle. Read More »

inside channel 24

There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.