New Zealand artists top the Recording Industry Association of New Zealand's (RIANZ) end-of-year album and singles charts, released today (Dec. 21).

New Zealand artists top the Recording Industry Association of New Zealand's (RIANZ) end-of-year album and singles charts, released today (Dec. 21).

The biggest-selling album of the year was Brooke Fraser's "What to Do With Daylight" (Sony BMG Entertainment) while Ben Lummis, winner of the TV show "New Zealand Idol," topped the singles sales chart with "They Can't Take That Away" (BMG).

Altogether, NZ artists produced seven of the top 20 singles and eight of the top 20 albums in the compiled chart, covering the period between Jan. 1 and Dec. 5. Specific sales figures were not disclosed.

RIANZ spokesperson Adam Holt, who is also managing director of Universal Music NZ, said that local acts continued to make strong records, which were supported by local consumers.

NZ acts also did well with radio airplay, according to RadioScope, which gathers airplay data through the country. There were five local acts in the top 20 most-played tracks. The most-played song by a domestic act was 19-year-old Fraser's "Arithmetic," at No. 5. Fraser had three tracks in the top 20, with "Saving the World" and "Lifeline." The most-played track overall this year on NZ radio was Alien Ant Farm's "Glow."

A notable development this year was homegrown hip-hop's support from radio, with acts like Adeaze's "Getting Stronger" (Dawn Raid/Universal) at No. 12 and Scribe (FMR) at No. 16 with "Dreaming".

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