The Australian Record Industry Association (ARIA) honored 13 chart-topping local acts at its Number One Chart Awards in Sydney yesterday. Altogether, the acts notched up 10 national No. 1 singles and

The Australian Record Industry Association (ARIA) honored 13 chart-topping local acts at its Number One Chart Awards in Sydney yesterday. Altogether, the acts notched up 10 national No. 1 singles and 10 chart-topping albums from August 4, 2003-August 2, 2004.

"This is the greatest number of Australian artists hitting the No. 1 position in any 12-month period in the 21-year history of the ARIA chart," ARIA chairman Denis Handlin told the 200 label, publisher, management and media executives who gathered at Sydney's Luna Park fun fair.

Australian acts have dominated the top slots for all but six weeks this year -- an unprecedented success rate, according to ARIA.

The event also acknowledged a diversity of local talent, from Universal-signed rockers Spiderbait to Sydney's Christian ensemble Hillsong Church, which achieved No. 1 status with its album "For All You've Done" (Hillsong Music).

Seven of the chart-topping records were performed by a trio of winners or finalists of the "Australian Idol" reality TV series -- Guy Sebastian, Shannon Noll and Paulini.

Set up three years ago to draw attention to the achievements of local acts, the No. 1 Chart Awards are regarded as a significant event in the Australian music industry calendar.

With the exception of roots artist John Butler and pop singer Kylie Minogue, all honorees were on hand to accept their awards. Sony Music-signed pop artist Delta Goodrem and EMI's rock act Jet returned from overseas to attend.

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