IFPI Global Top 10 Albums of 2018

IFPI Global Top 10 Albums of 2018 OST The Greatest ShowmanIFPI Global Top 10 Albums of 2018 BTS Love Yourself Answer IFPI Global Top 10 Albums of 2018 BTS Love Yourself Tear

It’s time to welcome the IFPI Global Top 10 Albums of 2018! It’s a good ol’ list, focusing on pure album sales. This atypical methodology leads to the most unique list ever by the IFPI since they debuted them in 2001 with soundtracks and foreign language releases all over the ranking!

The IFPI stands for the International Federation of the Phonographic Industry, which is the only official body representing the music industry at a worldwide level. Please be aware that only albums from labels which do communicate their data to the IFPI are listed. For this reason some local or independant artists can be missing.

At #1 is The Greatest Showman which did wonders in various markets, even more so in the UK with a stunning 28 weeks at the top of the album chart. A Star Is Born at #4, Bohemian Rhapsody at #7, and Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again at #10 contribute greatly into a fantastic year for soundtracks. All but the latter continue selling at a huge pace so expect them to repeat in next year’s list.

Maybe even more impressive is the presence of BTS. The K-Pop boys band manage an inconceivable performance, scoring the 2nd and 3rd top seller of the year. They add for 5 million units shipped. They did so thanks to both history-making sales in South Korea and huge global following.

Also unbelievable is the result of Johnny Hallyday. The first posthumous release of the French rocker became the fastest selling album of all-time in his native country, en route for monumental sales for the year, 1.41 million at retail locally, way ahead of the competition.

Both Ed Sheeran and P!nk chart inside the top 10 after ending #1 and #3 of 2017, respectively. Closing the list is Eminem who continues to sell extremely well in spite of a target audience largely relying on streaming.

IFPI Global Top 10 Albums of 2018

1. Soundtrack / Cast Recording The Greatest Showman3,500,000
2. BTS LOVE YOURSELF 結 ‘Answer’2,700,000
3. BTS LOVE YOURSELF 轉 ‘Tear’2,300,000
4. Soundtrack / Lady Gaga A Star Is Born1,900,000
5. Johnny Hallyday Mon Pays C’est L’Amour1,700,000
6. Ed Sheeran Divide1,300,000
7. Soundtrack / Queen Bohemian Rhapsody1,200,000
8. P!nk Beautiful Trauma1,200,000
9. Eminem Kamikaze1,000,000
10. Soundtrack Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again 900,000

Source: IFPI. Based on shipment . Physical and digital albums included. Streams excluded.

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Hi can u please calculate the total sales of The greatest Showman soundtrack??


Hello! Sales from China (digital) are included in the chart?


Hello, I love the work you guys do, but I have some questions: 1. Does the IFPI release a list of best-selling albums including streamings? Or only pure sales? 2. Could you explain to me if the extrapolation formula that you use to estimate streaming figures from all audio platforms is on par with data from reality? Is there a way to check it? The current formula is: (272/157* Spotify streams/1500), which is based on the number of users of all audio streaming platforms vs number of Spotify users. But this formula assumes that all the streams are evenly distributed… Read more »


Hi I’m asking about what are EXO numbers? If you have calculated them


Exo is irrelevant here, dear.


Hello MJD and the rest of the Chartmasters team, are you planning an update on Lady Gaga or is it still too early for that? I´m anxious to see how successful ASIB was

Jules Giddings

MJD, do you think you’ll update Queens CSPC total soon? Thanks.


I’d give it a few more months. And I’m predicting a big jump, to over 260 mill.


I’d say after 4-5 months… Impact of the movie is still around and rather strong. 03-22 it will be released in China, and DVD&Blu-ray and streaming versions were released just recently

Jules Giddings

That’s a 22 million jump! I’d love to know. I think they’re sales have been effected indefinitely for the long term.

Jules Giddings

That looks like a no!

Jules Giddings

MJD hi, thank you. I was thinking that might be the case. They’re doing incredibly well on iTunes Apple Music, Youtube and Spotify. plus physical sales which I’m especially interested in. You’re right, best to leave it and see where things settle. I’m interested also to see what happens with Elton John and his upcoming movie ‘Rocket man’.