Mark Ronson, Adele Lead Australia's 2015 Year-End Charts
Mark Ronson’s blockbuster retro hit "Uptown Funk" (Columbia/Sony) and the force-of-nature that is Adele’s 25 (XL/Remote Control) were the runaway best-sellers in Australia last year, according to trade figures published Thursday (Jan. 6) by ARIA.
Adele’s third set is No. 1 on the ARIA 2015 End Of Year Albums Chart, having notched seven-times platinum sales (490,000 units) in just six weeks. The album, which has already been declared the biggest-seller for the year in the U.S. and U.K, hasn’t left the top spot on Australia’s weekly albums chart since its release Nov. 20.
The British singer songwriter’s success Down Under runs deep. "Hello," the lead single from 25, finished the year as the fifth-best-selling single and her sophomore album, 21, came in at No. 32 on the 2015 year-end list.
The No. 2 ranked album for the year was Ed Sheeran's X (Warner Music), which led the 2014 year-end chart and was in the lead for the 2015 list until Adele's latest stormed home in the final weeks of the year. The top five of the year’s best-sellers is rounded out by Taylor Swift 1989 (Big Machine/Universal), Justin Bieber’s Purpose (Def Jam/Universal) and Meghan Trainor’s Title (Epic/Sony).
Adele and Bieber (his single "What Do You Mean?" finished at No. 9 on the singles survey) are the only artists to feature in the top 10 of both the singles and albums year-end charts.
Meanwhile, Ronson’s "Uptown Funk", featuring Bruno Mars, was the year’s best-seller in the U.S. and U.K. and it’s been crowned the most popular single in Australia for 2015 with nine times platinum certification (630,000 units). "Uptown Funk" spent two weeks at No. 1 on the ARIA Singles Chart, 15 weeks in the top 10, and stayed inside the top 100 for the full year.
The second-best seller for 2015 was OMI’s "Cheerleader (Felix Jaehn Remix)" (Ultra/Sony), followed by Wiz Khalifa featuring Charlie Puth's "See You Again" (Atlantic/Warner) at No. 3 and Hozier’s "Take Me To Church" (Columbia/Sony) at No. 4.
Australian artists accounted for 14 singles in the top 100, down four on 2014 and ahead of the results of 2013 and 2012, while 35 homegrown albums cracked the top 100, led by former Australian of the Year recipient Lee Kernaghan, whose country set Spirit Of The Anzacs (ABC/Universal) came in at No. 8 overall.
“It’s been a fantastic year on the ARIA Charts, where we’ve been introduced to a crop of new artists, both local and international,” ARIA CEO Dan Rosen commented in a statement. "It is very exciting to see 35 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.”
ARIA Top 10 Singles of 2015:
1. Mark Ronson Featuring Bruno Mars, “Uptown Funk”
2. OMI, “Cheerleader (Felix Jaehn Remix)”
3. Wiz Khalifa featuring Charlie Puth, “See You Again”
4. Hozier, “Take Me To Church”
5. Adele, “Hello”
6. Major Lazer featuring MØ & DJ Snake, “Lean On”
7. Ellie Goulding, “Love Me Like You Do”
8. Walk The Moon, “Shut Up & Dance”
9. Justin Bieber, “What Do You Mean?”
10. Rihanna, Paul McCartney & Kanye West, “FourFiveSeconds”
ARIA Top 10 Albums of 2015:
1. Adele, “25”
2. Ed Sheeran, “X”
3. Taylor Swift, “1989”
4. Justin Bieber, “Purpose”
5. Meghan Trainor, “Title”
6. Sam Smith, “In The Lonely Hour”
7. Michael Buble, “Christmas”
8. Lee Kernaghan, “Spirit Of The Anzacs”
9. One Direction, “Made In The A.M.”
10. Florence + The Machine, “How Big, How Blue, How Beautiful