New York, NY (Top40 Charts)
IFPI, the organisation that represents the recorded music industry worldwide, has named Havana
Cabello (featuring Young Thug) as the best-selling digital single globally of 2018.
Released in 2017, Havana
is the lead track from Cuban-American singer Camila
Cabello's eponymous debut solo album. Drawing on influences from Cabello's Cuban heritage, the track, and the subsequent remix version with Spanish lyrics from Daddy Yankee, reached number one in 95 countries, rocketing Cabello to global solo success. In June 2018, Havana
became Spotify's most-streamed song ever by a solo female artist with 888 million streams. Across all providers, it has now been streamed over 2.6 billion times in total worldwide.
Moore, chief executive of IFPI, said: "Havana truly was the stand-out hit of the year. Momentum behind the track continued to build and build at an extraordinary rate as it consistently topped charts and leading playlists. Camila
Cabello is a perfect example of an artist who has drawn on her musical roots to produce her own unique sound that is capturing the hearts of fans all over the world."
The second best-selling single, God's Plan by Drake, was released in January 2018. The track from his album Scorpion, broke multiple global streaming records upon release, including first-day streaming records on both Spotify and Apple Music. On Apple Music
the track reached over 14 million streams in its first day and more than 60 million within its first week of release.
Shape of You by Ed Sheeran
was the third best-selling single of 2018, maintaining a strong chart position since the track took the number one spot in 2017. It was the lead single from Sheeran's global smash album ÷ and reached number one in multiple countries.
This Global Digital
Single of 2018 is the second award from IFPI's global charts, following the announcement that Drake
was the Global Artist of the Year 2018.
The IFPI Global Digital
Singles Chart is the only ranking to accurately capture engagement with tracks across audio streaming, video streaming and permanent downloads on a global basis.
TOP 10 GLOBAL DIGITAL SINGLES OF 2018:
Rank/Artist and song title/Global total converted track equivalent (millions)
Cabello (feat. Young Thug) - Havana
- God's Plan 15.3
3 Ed Sheeran
- Shape Of You 14.9
4 Ed Sheeran
- Perfect 13.5
5 Maroon 5
(feat. Cardi B) - Girls Like You 11.9
6 Luis Fonsi
(feat. Daddy Yankee) - Despacito 11.8
7 Tia Ray - Be Apart 10.9
8 The Chainsmokers
- Something Just Like This 10.0
- FRIENDS 9.6
10 Post Malone
(feat. Ty Dolla $ign) - Psycho 9.2
The IFPI Global Digital
Singles Chart includes sales of digitally downloaded singles and on-demand video and audio streams across the calendar year; using permanent download equivalent units to combine measurements of digital sales and streams.
The IFPI Global Top 10 Albums of 2018 will be published in the coming weeks. The IFPI Global Recording Artist Chart 2018 is available now at www.ifpi.org and all of IFPI's Global Charts will be published in the IFPI Global Music
Report 2019, released on 2nd April 2019.