The chart-topping success of 15 Australian acts was celebrated yesterday (Feb. 22) at the Australian Recording Industry Association (ARIA) No. 1 Chart Awards at Doltone House in Sydney.

The Living End (EMI), Something For Kate (Sony BMG), Eskimo Joe (Mushroom/Warner) and Youth Group (Ivy League/Warner) were among the 15 domestic talents who were honored for spending a combined 41 weeks at the top of the weekly Motorola ARIA singles, albums and music DVD charts between December 1, 2005 and December 31, 2006.

John Parker, Sydney based chairman of the ARIA chart and marketing committee and GM of marketing & promotions at Sony BMG Music Entertainment (SMEA) said, "When you assess the achievements of these 15 acts, you get a genuine appreciation of the diversity of our local talent and the fact that so many different styles have the ability to make it to the top of our charts."

Also celebrating were chart veterans Crowded House (EMI), John Farnham (Sony BMG) and Kylie Minogue (Mushroom/Warner) who rated with DVDs. Human Nature's (Sony BMG) two Motown tribute albums, "Reach Out" and "Dancing In The Streets," landed them two chart-toppers in that period, and sold a total of 560,000 (or eight platinum). Comedian The 12th Man (EMI) had his seventh No. 1 album with spoofs of Aussie sports commentators.

SMEA had nine chart toppers, and Warner Music Australia and EMI Music Australia each had thre. The 13-month period also saw 30 singles and 39 albums by Australian artists reach the Motorola ARIA National Top 10. Ten singles were accredited gold (35,000 units) and seven platinum (70,000). A total of 73 Australian albums were accredited gold, platinum or multi-platinum status.