Adele comes top of most popular acts in the world

Adele: Huge success with her single 'Hello'.

Adele has topped another chart — a top 10 of the most popular acts in the world.

The ‘Hello’ singer has been named as the most popular recording singer across the globe in 2015, according to an international music trade body.

British acts make up half of the top 10 artists on the list compiled by the International Federation of the Phonographic Industry.

Adele, 27, is the third recipient of the IFPI Global Recording Artist of the year award — an accolade that reflects a singer’s worldwide popularity across physical formats, downloads and streams.

Her place at the top of the chart was driven by the October release and subsequent global success of lead single ‘Hello’ from the album.

The track was number one in more than 30 countries worldwide, including the US, Germany, France, Italy, Australia and the UK.

Adele’s album 25 followed in November and has notched up worldwide sales of over 15 million.

Other acts in the top 10 include Ed Sheeran, One Direction, Coldplay and Sam Smith.

Sheeran took second place, one up from the third spot he occupied on the 2014 ranking.

The singer, who released his second studio album X in June 2014, sold out Wembley stadium on three consecutive nights last summer.

In third place this year was Taylor Swift, who was the recipient of the 2014 IFPI Global Recording Artist award.


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