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Adele, The Chainsmokers Rule Australia’s Year-End Charts

With its chart feat Down Under, Adele's "25" achieves a spectacular double-double.

When Adele visits Australia next month to kick off her first tour of these parts, she’ll do so knowing she’s still No. 1. 

The British songstress’ 25 (XL/Inertia) tops Australia’s year-end albums chart for the second successive year, according to newly-published trade data, while The Chainsmokers “Closer” featuring Halsey was the year’s best-selling single in the market. 

Adele’s third album is No. 1 on the ARIA 2016 End Of Year Albums Chart, ahead of Keith Urban’s Ripcord (Capitol/EMI), Beyonce’s Lemonade (Columbia/Sony), the soundtrack to the homegrown Molly TV series (Liberation/Universal) and Michael Buble’s double-diamond certified Christmas (Reprise/Warner).

Adele’s 25 spent two weeks at No. 1 in 2016 and hasn’t dropped outside the top 30 since its release in November 2015, notching eight-times platinum sales along the way (platinum is registered at 70,000 units). The album has clocked 45 weeks in the ARIA top 10 and its joined in the 2016 best-sellers survey with Adele’s previous two albums, 21 at No. 29 and 19 at No. 93. 


With its chart feat Down Under, 25 achieves a spectacular double-double. The album also came in at No. 1 for two successive years in the U.K., the Official Charts Company reported earlier this week. The north Londoner joins Pink as the only artists to top Australia’s year-end sales chart over consecutive years with the same album (Pink managed it with The Truth About Love in 2013-14). It’s not Adele’s first time atop Australia’s year-end chart; her blockbuster sophomore album 21 was No. 1 for 2011. 

Bublé’s seasonal favorite Christmas album has now spent six consecutive years in the end-of-year top 100. It finished No. 2 in 2011, No. 4 in 2012, No. 7 of 2013, No. 8 in 2014 and No. 7 in 2015.  


Meanwhile, American EDM duo The Chainsmokers had the year’s highest-selling single with “Closer” (Columbia/Sony), which managed nine weeks at No. 1, the longest streak for the year.  

“Closer” is seven-times platinum and is one of four Chainsmokers tracks on the ARIA 2016 End Of Year Singles Chart. No other act landed more than three in the top 100, though Ariana Grande, Justin Bieber, Little Mix, Twenty One Pilots, Shawn Mendes and Zara Larsson all hit that mark.

Drake had the year’s second-best selling track with “One Dance” (Republic/Universal) featuring Wizkid & Kyla, while Lukas Graham’s “7 Years” (Warner), Flume featuring Kai’s “Never Be Like You” (Future Classic) and The Chainsmokers featuring Daya’s “Don’t Let Me Down” complete the top 5. 


Domestic acts enjoyed a strong showing across both main charts with 31 homegrown LP releases and 15 singles making the cut. 

ARIA compiles its charts from data supplied by more than 1,200 music retailers, including department stores, chain stores, independent retailers, streaming outlets and digital providers. The trade body does not publish accurate sales figures. 

Top 10 Albums of 2016 in Australia
1. Adele ‘25’
2. Keith Urban ‘Ripcord’
3. Beyonce ‘Lemonade’
4. Soundtrack ‘Molly (Soundtrack From The TV Series)’
5. Michael Bublé ‘Christmas’
6. John Farnham & Olivia Newton John ‘Friends For Christmas’
7. Jessica Mauboy ‘Secret Daughter (Songs From The TV Series)’
8. David Bowie ‘Blackstar’
9. Justin Bieber ‘Purpose’
10. Soundtrack ‘Suicide Squad: The Album’

Top 10 Singles of 2016 in Australia
1. The Chainsmokers featuring Halsey ‘Closer’
2. Drake featuring Wizkid & Kyla ‘One Dance’
3. Lukas Graham ‘7 Years’
4. Flume featuring Kai ‘Never Be Like You’
5. The Chainsmokers featuring Daya ‘Don’t Let Me Down’
6. Calvin Harris featuring Rihanna ‘This Is What You Came For’
7. Justin Timberlake ‘Can’t Stop The Feeling’
8. Sia ‘Cheap Thrills’
9.Twenty One Pilots ‘Stressed Out’
10. Justin Bieber ‘Love Yourself’