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Adele tops global chart

Adele is officially the most popular music artist in the world Credit: Ian West/PA

Adele has topped a chart of the most popular acts in the world according to an international music trade body; the IFPI.

The London born singer has been named as the most popular recording artist in the world for 2015 for sales, downloads and streams. That's despite her album 25 only being released in November but still managing to sell more than 15 million copies.

The lead single from the album, Hello, was number one in more than thirty countries globally, including the UK, US, Germany and Australia.

The top ten artists are:

1 - Adele 2 - Ed Sheeran 3 - Taylor Swift 4 - Justin Bieber 5 - One Direction 6 - Coldplay 7 - Maroon 5 8 - Sam Smith 9 - Drake 10 - The Weeknd