Just five other acts secured a brace of albums in the top 100: Brits Ed Sheeran and One Direction and Aussie recording artists Cold Chisel, Human Nature and Troye Sivan.
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.
U.K. Recording Industry Totals $1.6 Billion in 2015
Taylor Swift is the only artist to contribute five singles, with Sheeran, Bieber, Trainor, Robin Schulz and The Weeknd each scoring three tracks in the Top 100.
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