Harry Styles receives IFPI's Global Single Award for 2022

IFPI is the voice of the recording industry worldwide representing the interests of about 8,000 members around the globe.

The International Federation of the Phonographic Industry (IFPI) announces Harry Styles’ “As It Was” as the winner of the Global Single Award for 2022. This follows Styles’ recent huge wins at the Grammys for album of the year and best pop vocal album for Harry’s House as well as sweeping all four Brit Awards he was nominated for: artist of the year, Mastercard album of the year, song of the year, and pop/R&B act.

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IFPI is the voice of the recording industry worldwide representing the interests of about 8,000 members globally, together with its National Group network. Their mission includes promoting the value of recorded music, campaigning for the rights of record producers, and expanding the commercial uses of recorded music.

Harry Styles ‘As It Was’ was the biggest global music track in 2022.

Meanwhile, the top track of 2020 (which was also the seventh biggest of 2021) was the 16th biggest of 2022. Read all about it in our report on the @IFPI_org‘s latest rankings…https://t.co/Dyhq5pvRwV

— Music Ally (@MusicAlly) February 23, 2023

According to their website: The IFPI Global Single Award is presented to the artist with the world’s best-selling single of the year across all digital formats – including paid subscription streaming, ad-supported platforms, and single-track downloads.

“As It Was” is Harry Styles’ first IFPI Global Single Award–but marks the tenth anniversary of his other IFPI Award wins with previous band One Direction who topped the first ever IFPI Global Recording Artist Chart and also the IFPI Global Album Chart back in 2013. Harry led a strong performance from UK artists in the latest annual chart. He is joined by fellow British acts Glass Animals, whose sleeper-hit single Heat Waves features at #2; Elton John and Dua Lipa whose collaboration Cold Heart (PNAU Remix) is at #4 and further tracks from Ed Sheeran (Shivers #7, Bad Habits #10), Adele (Easy On Me #13) and Dua Lipa’s Levitating (ft. DaBaby) at #12.

In a related story, Billboard reports on Harry Styles’ IFPI recognition by saying that the British pop star’s megahit “As It Was” is crowned with IFPI’s Global Single Award for 2022, an honor that recognizes the top performing single across all platforms, and all markets.

It’s official: Harry Styles had the world’s biggest hit in 2022! https://t.co/07ljYXOmKT

— billboard (@billboard) February 24, 2023

The article elaborates further, “Lifted from Styles’ third solo studio album Harry’s House, “As It Was” racked up 2.28 billion global equivalent streams last year, according to the trade association, an impressive distance ahead of Glass Animals’ “Heat Waves” (1.75 billion streams) and The Kid LAROI and Justin Bieber’s “Stay” (1.74 billion), which respectively complete the podium.

Following its release April 1, 2022, “As It Was” made its home at the top of sales charts on both sides of the Atlantic and across the globe. 

The single led the Billboard Hot 100 chart for an astonishing 15 weeks, helping Styles to win Grammys for album of the year and best pop vocal album, both for Harry’s House.”

IFPI chief executive, Frances Moore congratulates Styles by saying: “Congratulations to Harry Styles, and all of his team, on winning IFPI’s Global Single of the Year Award. Harry first received an IFPI Award as part of One Direction when we first launched the IFPI Global Recording Artist Chart 10 years ago, so it’s an honour to present him with an award this year for his stellar single “As It Was” which has soundtracked the year for so many music fans around the world.

It’s wonderful to see such a diverse mixture of songs in the Global Singles Chart this year–some familiar tracks from the previous year that continued to grow in 2022, amongst plenty of new tracks and some reimagined older tracks – all going to show that record companies are working hard to find new ways to ensure music fans around the world have access to such a wide range of music year on year.” 

Banner photo via Instagram @harrystyles.

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