Harry Styles’ “As It Was” bagged the International Federation of the Phonographic Industry (IFPI) Global Single Award for 2022.
The IFPI Global Single Award is presented to the artist with the world’s best-selling single of the year across all digital formats – including paid subscription streaming, ad-supported platforms, and single-track downloads.
According to IFPI, “As It Was” garnered 2.28 billion global subscription stream equivalents in 2022. This is his first IFPI Global Single Award.
He is joined by fellow British acts Glass Animals, whose “Heat Waves” is No. 2; Elton John and Dua Lipa’s “Cold Heart (PNAU Remix)” at No. 4 and Ed Sheeran’s “Shivers” at No. 7 and “Bad Habits” at No. 10.
“Congratulations to Harry Styles, and all of his team, on winning IFPI’s Global Single of the Year Award. Harry first received an IFPI Award as part of One Direction when we first launched the IFPI Global Recording Artist Chart 10 years ago, so it’s an honor to present him with an award this year for his stellar single As It Was which has soundtracked the year for so many music fans around the world,” said Frances Moore, IFPI chief executive.
She added, “It’s wonderful to see such a diverse mixture of songs in the Global Singles Chart this year – some familiar tracks from the previous year that continued to grow in 2022, amongst plenty of new tracks and some reimagined older tracks – all going to show that record companies are working hard to find new ways to ensure music fans around the world have access to such a wide range of music year on year.”