ARIA announces 2016 End Of Year Charts
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ARIA announces 2016 End Of Year Charts

January 6, 2017

Australian artists deliver 15 of the top 100 singles and 31 of the top 100 albums.

Adele has topped the ARIA 2016 End Of Year Albums Charts, taking the honour for the second year running with 25, the album now more than eight times platinum. 25 was a firm fixture in the ARIA Albums Chart right across 2016, taking out #1 for 2 weeks, and has not dropped lower than #28 at any stage of its chart life, with a spectacular 45 weeks in the top 10! Adele also has three albums feature in the top 100, with 21 at #29 and 19 coming in at #93.

American duo The Chainsmokers enjoyed a massive hit in 2016 with their single ‘Closer’ featuring Halsey, the track certified seven times platinum as the year’s highest selling single. At 9 weeks, it was also the year’s longest running Number One single. They’ve also landed a second track in the top 5, with ‘Don’t Let Me Down’ featuring Daya finishing the year at #5. They are the only act to contribute four singles to the Top 100, with ‘Too Good’ at #34 and ‘All We Know’ at #89.

Justin Bieber is the only artist to feature in the top 10 of both the singles and albums charts – his single ‘Love Yourself’ securing #10 spot and the album Purpose winding up at No.9, after finishing at #4 the previous year. Michael Bublé’s much-loved Christmas album has now spent 6 consecutive years in the Top 100 End Of Year Albums Chart – it was the #2 album of 2011, #4 in 2012, #7 of 2013, #8 in 2014, #7 in 2015 and jumping two places to finish at #5 in 2016. His new album Nobody But Me has also fared well, coming in at #28.

Australian artists are profiled strongly across the ARIA End Of Year Singles and Albums Charts, with 31 local album releases and 15 singles finishing in the Top 100.

The best-selling Australian album comes from superstar singer-songwriter, Keith Urban. His album Ripcord finished the year at #2 overall, with sales in excess of Platinum and an unbroken run in the top 20. It has featured in the top 10 for 22 weeks and in the top 20 for 34 weeks and held down the top spot for 2 weeks on release. There are three Australian artists in the top 10, Urban is joined by local legends John Farnham and Olivia Newton John with Friends For Christmas at #6, and Jessica Mauboy with The Secret Daughter (Songs From The TV Series) at #7.

Finishing in the top 20 are Hilltop Hoods at #13 with Drinking From The Sun, Walking Under Stars Restrung, Flume’s Skin at #16 and Sia with This is Acting at #18.

On the singles front, 2016’s ARIA Album Of The Year winner Flume has delivered two singles in the top 20 - the single ‘Never Be Like You’ featuring Kai coming in at #4 and ‘Say It’ featuring Tove Lo finishing the year at #20. Overall there at 4 Australian artists in the top 20, with Sia’s ‘Cheap Thrills’ at #8 and Hilltop Hoods featuring Montaigne and Tom Thumb at #18 with ‘1955’.

ARIA Chief Executive Officer Dan Rosen said today, “2016 was an exciting year on the ARIA Charts, and proved to be an outstanding year for our local artists with 22 Australian Singles and Albums soaring to the top of the charts - seven up from 2015. It is extremely pleasing to see 31 Aussie albums in top 100 this year. This is a great achievement for our local industry and shows how Australian music fans have embraced our local artists.

“Congratulations to all of the artists that featured on the 2016 ARIA Charts, in particular The Chainsmokers who topped the ARIA End of Year Singles Chart with ‘Closer’ featuring Halsey and Adele who topped the ARIA End of Year Albums Chart for a second year running with 25.

“After such a great year, I look forward to what lies ahead on the ARIA Charts in 2017.”

IN SUMMARY:

Top 10 Singles of 2016:

1. The Chainsmokers featuring Halsey ‘Closer’

2. Drake featuring Wizkid & Kyla ‘One Dance’

3. Lukas Graham ‘7 Years’

4. Flume featuring Kai ‘Never Be Like You’

5. The Chainsmokers featuring Daya ‘Don’t Let Me Down’

6. Calvin Harris featuring Rihanna ‘This Is What You Came For’

7. Justin Timberlake ‘Can’t Stop The Feeling’

8. Sia ‘Cheap Thrills’

9. Twenty One Pilots ‘Stressed Out

10. Justin Bieber ‘Love Yourself’

Notes: Whilst The Chainsmokers top the list with 4 singles in the top 100, contributing 3 singles each are Ariana Grande, Justin Bieber, Little Mix, Twenty One Pilots, Shawn Mendes and Zara Larsson.

Top 10 Albums of 2016:

1. Adele ‘25’

2. Keith Urban ‘Ripcord’

3. Beyonce ‘Lemonade’

4. Soundtrack ‘Molly (Soundtrack From The TV Series)'

5. Michael Buble ‘Christmas’

6. John Farnham & Olivia Newton John ‘Friends For Christmas’

7. Jessica Mauboy ‘Secret Daughter (Songs From The TV Series)’

8. David Bowie ‘Blackstar’

9. Justin Bieber ‘Purpose’

10. Soundtrack ‘Suicide Squad: The Album’

Notes: Contributing three albums to the top 100, on par with Adele, is the legendary David Bowie. ‘Blackstar’ is #8, ‘Nothing Has Changed (The Best Of David Bowie)’ lands at #15 and ‘Best Of Bowie’ at #96. Each of the following artists enjoys two albums in the Top 100 – Fleetwood Mac, Little Mix, Hillsong, Red Hot Chili Peppers, The Weeknd, Meghan Trainor, Michael Buble, Triple J Like a Version (11 and 12), and Elvis Presley with The Royal Harmonic Orchestra.

Refers to chart period from 11th January 2016 to 2nd January 2017 inclusive