Top 10 Young Artists with Record-Breaking Album Sales
By Cristine Parungao
The music industry is truly glitz and glamor, with artists earning millions for releasing albums and singles. The most notable names in the scene earn a lot from guest appearances, concerts, events, creating film scores, and more.
Right now, there are bigger names in the music scene that are surprisingly young yet earning big paychecks. From solo artists to bands, there are younger talents that are already on the bricks of success.
If you want to know who are the top 10 young artists with record-breaking album sales, take time to go over this list.
10. AJ Tracey
Net Worth: $2M
AJ Tracey’s debut album in his name is one of the best-selling albums this year. This British rapper sold more than 8,000 copies in its first week of release. Additionally, the album landed number one on UK R&B Chart and number three on the UK Albums Chart.
Tracey also received more than 1 million streams on its first day of release on Spotify and iTunes. The album features 15 tracks, with collaborations with great producers in the music industry. At 25 years old, Tracey has a net worth of $2 million.
9. George Ezra
Net Worth: $3M
Another young English singer and songwriter named George Ezra is making his name carved on Hollywood’s music industry. At 26, Ezra has released his second studio album with famous singles such as Paradise and Shotgun, which landed at the number one and two spots on the UK Singles Chart.
His album, Staying at Tamara’s has combined sales of 691,000 copies worldwide. Aside from releasing new songs, Ezra also does tours around the UK and the US, a couple of concerts, and guesting.
8. Dua Lipa
Net Worth: $3M
Dua Lipa is another young artist that made millions in her career. At age 24, she already received the Grammys Best New Artist for 2019 award with her hit album New Rules. She’s also collaborated with Hollywood’s award-winning artists such as Calvin Harris and Martin Garrix. Her album, which was released in 2017, sold more than 60,000 copies, hitting certified double-platinum.
Given her popularity, Dua Lipa has self-promoted her album by doing two huge concerts and tours in the United States. Her album also surpassed one billion streams on Spotify last year.
7. Billie Eilish
Net Worth: $6M
One of the best-selling albums this year is from singer and songwriter Billie Eilish. The Don’t Smile At Me album has sold more than 200,000 copies in its release. Famous singles like ‘Ocean Eyes’ were also used in scoring films such as The Hate U Give and Everything, Everything.
For a 17-year-old singer, Billie has made a name for herself with a massive impact from listeners around the world. She has over 45 million monthly listeners on Spotify and has collaborated with artists such as Justin Bieber and Khalid.
6. Jess Glynne
Net Worth: $7M
When it comes to pop EDM genre mixed with a soulful voice, the name Jess Glynne is worth a listen. Glynne debuted in 2014 with a full-length album. Now with the Always In Between album, singles such as I’ll Be There and No One have been hitting the UK charts for weeks.
Glynne is a 29-year-old singer and songwriter who has already received a Grammy for two separate categories: Best Dance Recording and Next Breakthrough. At a young age, Glynne has a net worth of $7M.
5. Rita Ora
Net Worth: $14M
British singer Rita Ora is a worldwide phenomenon, with her hit album Phoenix, showcasing the most liberating feelings of love and devotion. The Phoenix came after a seven-year gap from her debut album, Ora.
After the hiatus, Rita was able to create a new album with 12 tracks. She has collaborated with Hollywood’s biggest names such as Avicii, Iggy Azalea, DJ Fresh, and more. Recently, Rita’s been on tour in Australia, UK, United States, Japan, UAE, and Korea.
4. Post Malone
Net Worth: $14M
American rapper Post Malone recently released his third studio album, Hollywood’s Bleeding, which sold more than 200,000 copies worldwide. His single on the same title lands the first spot on the UK’s Billboard 200 for the first three weeks since release.
At 24, the rapper has achieved a lot of awards from MTV, American Music Awards, and International Music Awards such as Juno. He was able to bag Top Rap Song, Music Award Song Of The Year, Favorite Album Of The Year and Favorite Male Artist Of The Year. He has a net worth of $14 million.
3. Ariana Grande
Net Worth: $50M
When it comes to album sales, Ariana Grande sure has been among the top five, with her latest album Thank U, Next. This was released in February this year, featuring 12 tracks. Her single of the same title has broken a string of records such as Spotify’s Most Played Single In a Day.
The album sold more than 360,000 album units and hits 2 billion streams on Spotify. At age 26, Ariana Grande has bagged several awards, including Best International Solo Artist, Top Female Artist, Billboard’s Woman Of The Year, and Choice Pop Song.
2. Ed Sheeran
Net Worth: $110M
One of the best-selling albums for young artists is Divide by a 28-year-old English singer and songwriter named Ed Sheeran. By the end of 2017, the album sold over 2 million copies worldwide. Featuring 15 songs, the album turned heads with its acoustic love songs.
Ed Sheeran is also among the highest-paid artists, with sold-out concerts all over Asia, the UK, the US, and Australia. His debut album Plus (+) has been certified five-times platinum in the United Kingdom. The single The A-Team has earned him the Ivor Novello Award for Best Song Musically.
1. Taylor Swift
Net Worth: $360M
Coming back with a new album after two years is Taylor Swift. The new album, Lover, is her seventh album throughout her career, featuring twenty songs. In the first week of the album release, Taylor Swift has sold more than 2.2 million copies in the United States.
At age 29, Taylor has achieved greater heights in her career, including Grammys, MTV, American Music Awards, and International Awards. In addition to her best-selling albums, her tours are also highest-grossing, with the Reputation tour earning combined sales of $266 million.
Despite the young age, these artists are able to prove their talents and charisma when it comes to the music scene. With record-breaking albums, earning millions on tours, these artists are at the peak of their careers.
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