Australia's biggest-selling singles and albums of 2006 were both from overseas artists - but local acts were still heavily represented in the overall top 100 charts.

According to local trade body the Australian Recording Industry Assn., Sandi Thom's "I Wish I Was A Punk Rocker (With Flowers In My Hair)" (RCA) took the number one position on the Motorola ARIA Top 100 Singles Chart 2006, spending 10 weeks in the top slot. James Blunt's "Back To Bedlam" (Atlantic) topped the Motorola ARIA Top 100 Album Chart 2006, notching up eight times Platinum sales.

However, homegrown talent more than held its own in 2006. Australian dance act TV Rock took out the No. 2 spot in the top 100 single charts for the hit "Flaunt It" (Sony BMG), while Australian acts Youth Group, Young Divas and Lee Harding also made the top 10. All told, a total of 23 local artists were represented in the end of the year 100.

Locals acts performed even better on the albums front, with three out of the top five originating from Australia. Human Nature's "Reach Out: The Motown Record" (Columbia) was the biggest-selling local album at No. 3, followed by Wolfmother's self-titled Modular debut at No. 4 and Irish-born Australian Idol winner Damien Leith at No. 5 with "The Winners Journey" (Sony BMG). Other top 10 high fliers were Rogue Traders, Eskimo Joe, The 12th Man and The Veronicas, who were placed at 6, 7, 9 and 10 respectively. A total of 33 local releases made it into the Top 100 Album Chart 2006.

John Parker, chairman of the ARIA chart and marketing committee and general manager, marketing and promotions at Sony BMG, says 2006 was a great year for local artists. "To see Australian acts so heavily represented is a nod to quality and appeal of our local talent," he says. "The fact that the album chart is so heavily dominated by Aussies - seven locals within the top 10 and 10 within the top 20 - demonstrates that the industry continues to develop and market music that consumers want to be a part of."

The Motorola ARIA End Of Year Charts 2006 have been compiled using sales data accumulated from each chart between 26/12/05 to 1/1/07.

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