Biggest-selling album worldwide for a solo artist (current)
Taylor Swift
3,200,000 unit(s) sold
Not Applicable ()

Taylor Swift’s (USA) seventh studio album, Lover, was 2019’s biggest-selling album by a solo artist worldwide, racking up sales of 3.2 million copies according to figures from the International Federation of the Phonographic Industry (IFPI).

Japanese vocal group Arashi’s greatest hits album 5x20 All the BEST!! 1999-2019 sold 3.3 million copies in 2019, as revealed by the IFPI, to narrowly claim the overall title for the world’s biggest-selling album of the year.

Arashi and Swift outsold Map of the Soul: Persona by BTS (2.5 million) and Lady Gaga/Bradley Cooper’s A Star Is Born soundtrack (1.2 million), with When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go? by Billie Eilish (1.2 million) completing the top five.

Lover, released on 23 August 2019, includes the singles “ME!” (feat. Panic! At the Disco’s Brendon Urie), “You Need to Calm Down”, “Lover” and “The Man”. The set shifted 3 million album-equivalent units in its first week of release, topping charts in the USA (with 867,000 first-week album-equivalent units sold), the UK (53,000), Australia, Canada, Mexico, Spain and Sweden, among other countries. In China, Lover was the first-ever international album to reach first-week sales of 1 million units (streams, downloads and physical sales) there, and it now ranks alongside Swift’s 1989 (2014) and Reputation (2017) as the top-selling digital album by a non-Chinese act.