As Billie Eilish’s Best Year Ever continues, The IFPI has named ‘Bad Guy’ the Biggest Global Single of 2019. The Grammy Award-winning song was not only the second-highest streamed track on Spotify for 2019 but also the number one most-searched-for song on Shazam.
With 19.5 million global converted track equivalents, ‘Bad Guy’ beat out such popular songs as ‘Old Town Road’ from Lil Nas X, ‘7 rings’ from Ariana Grande and ‘Shallow’ from Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper.
The fifth single off Eilish’s debut, When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go?, ‘Bad Guy’ topped the singles charts in over 15 countries, including the US, Australia and Canada, and peaked in the Top Five in over 20 territories, including France and Germany and the UK. ‘Bad Guy’ also won Record of the Year and Song of the Year at the 2020 Grammy Awards as well as Best Song at the MTV Europe Music Awards.
The IFPI, which stands for International Federation of the Phonographic Industry, represents the global interests of the music industry. According to their website, “The IFPI Global Digital Singles Chart is the only ranking to accurately measure consumption across audio streaming, video streaming and permanent downloads on a global basis. It is weighted based on the relative value of each method of consumption.”
In a statement, Chief Executive of IFPI Frances Moore said, “Billie Eilish has taken the world by storm with her incredible voice and genre-defying sound. She is also an artist who addresses important issues like mental health in her lyrics that clearly resonate with her fans all over the world. We wish her success for what will no doubt be another standout year”.
Eilish has already broken several records to-date. Among them, she is the youngest artist to win a Grammy for Song of the Year and the youngest artist to write the hallowed theme song for a James Bond film. The aforementioned song, ‘No Time To Die’, also became the first Bond theme to go to No.1 on the UK Singles Chart.
Eilish is currently on her Where Do We Go? world tour, which kicked off last night at Miami’s American Airlines Arena.