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ARIA Singles Chart Shows Complete Lack Of Support For Australian Acts In 2015

by Paul Cashmere on January 6, 2016

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The lack of Australian acts in the ARIA end of year Top 100 Singles chart proves Australian support for Australian artists is at an all-time low.

No Australian acts made the end of year Top 10 for 2015 and while 14 made the Top 100, six of those were American made.

Sia, an American based ex-pat with an American conceived and produced song, was the only Aussie act in the Top 20 singles with ‘Elastic Heart’ at no. 14.

At no 22 Brisbane’s Jarryd James ‘Do You Remember’ is the highest ranking all Australian produced and performed song in the Australian Top 100 at no. 22. You have to drop all the way to no. 46 for the second biggest Australian produced song ‘Fire and the Flood’ by Vance Joy.

Songs by Grace featuring G-Easy, Iggy Azalea, Sia and Conrad Sewell were all American productions but qualify as Australia if more than one-third of the song was written by an Australian and that artist is registered with APRA.

While 35 Australian albums made the Top 100 albums, the singles chart tells a story of support (or lack of) from Australian radio for Australian acts. Albums sell to an older demographic and tend to be bought by fans who see the acts live or have a long term connection with the act.

Subsequently, albums by Tame Impala, INXS, The 12th Man, Vance Joy, Chet Faker, Cold Chisel and Kylie Minogue scored a presence in the Top 100 albums as did Australia’s favourite export of 2015, Courtney Barnett but that was more a result of a live presence than airplay. A ticket sale is more likely to lead to an album sale so the pattern is the acts that toured generally did better with album sales.

Here are the 14 “Australian” Acts that made the ARIA Singles Top 100

14. Sia – Elastic
22. Jarryd James – Do You Remember
26. Grace feat. G-Easy – You Don’t Own Me
46. Vance Joy – Fire and the Flood
54. Conrad Sewell – Start Again
66. Hilltop Hoods – Cosby Sweater
72. Vance Joy – Georgia
76. Chet Faker – Talk Is Cheap
84. Iggy Azalea – Trouble
88. Delta Goodrem – Wings
90. Peking Duk feat. SAFIA – Take Me Over
94. Sia – Chandelier
99. Marcus Marr & Chet Faker – The Trouble With Us
100. Hermitude – The Buzz

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’

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’ (Aust)
9. One Direction ‘Made In The A.M.’
10. Florence + The Machine ‘How Big, How Blue, How Beautiful’

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