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Who *actually* ruled 2015?
We may be well into 2016 and living on edge because every surprise drop that's come our way, but it's always nice to know who totally K-I-L-L-E-D it last year. International musical body IFPI have finally revealed which 10 artists ruled 2015, reigning supreme over the world of pop. But who exactly were the biggest and shiniest musicians in 2015? Who sold more records, headed out on tour and accidentally got lost looking for McDonald's? Well, step in this way and find out...
Entering at No. 10 is The Weeknd, who released his second studio album, "Beauty Behind The Madness", last year. The singer managed to claim the title of first male artist to top Billboard's Hot 100, Album Top 200 and Artist 100 all at the same time. And in 2016 it doesn't look like he's slowing down, as he heads out on tour supporting Rihanna on her European stadium tour.
2015 was the year that Drake cemented himself as walking meme. But he also dropped two mixtapes (both of which topped the US album chart) and the year's most viral single, "Hotline Bling". Drake is also set to release his much anticipated album "Views From The Six" this March (let's just hope we don't reach "ANTi" levels of trolling).
Sam Smith continued his chart reign way into 2015, notching 67-consecutive weeks in the UK's album chart Top 10. He also casually released the theme tune to the latest James Bond film and got lost while trying to find a McDonald's in South America.
Maroon 5 continue to sell a bucket load of records, and last year released "Singles", a 'greatest hits' collection.
Before hitting the Super Bowl, Coldplay released their seventh record "A Head Full Of Dreams". Rumoured to be their last, the record contains collaborations with Beyoncé, Tove Lo and Stargate. The band are set to head out on tour this year, which is rumoured to be their last.
We spent most of 2015 crying over Zayn's departure and then crying over 1D's 'hiatus' annoucement. Basically, we cried loads of baby tears over One Direction and we're not sorry for it. However, cry as we might, it didn't stop the boys from releasing a brand new album, one of our fave 1D lead singles EVER and shifting over 1.7 million copies. Excuse us, we're just off to cry over the "History" video again...
2015 will go down in history as the year that The Biebs truly turned it around and became the world's biggest popstar. Yes it seemed that he liked to ask loads of questions (What do you mean? Where are you now? WHAT THE F**K IS GOING ON?). Still, his latest album "Purpose" topped the charts all over the world and we're sure 2016 will still see Bieber reigning supreme.
It wasn't without controversy, but 2015 was still Tay Tay's year. Her 1989 tour was the highest grossing tour of last year, and she still owned radio.
Ed's success is SUPER crazy, especially given his album "X" came out in 2014. With his MASSIVE tour, including three dates at Wembley Stadium, his concert movie, co-hosting the EMAs and launching a record label with Atlantic Records, Ed was pretty busy. He was even named Spotify's most streamed artist of the year with more then 3 billion streams.
Seriously, who else in 2015 could sell 15 million records and STILL be the most down-to-earth person in pop? Only Adele, really. Her third album "25" was the behemoth that we all expected it to be, but she also smashed Vevo's streaming record, sung in a car with James Cordon and is about to head out on her first full worldwide tour. Slé us Adele.