Below are the 10 biggest hits of 2017 in Australia according to the ARIA year-end chart. Britain’s Ed Sheeran takes the cake with “Shape of You”, and a number of other songs by him populate the Top 10. The top song by an Australian artist in the Top 100 is “Chameleon” by Pnau at #32.
1. Shape of You by Ed Sheeran
2. Despacito by Fonsi & Yankee Ft. Justin Bieber
3. Castle on the Hill by Ed Sheeran
4. Perfect by Ed Sheeran
5. Something Just Like This by The Chainsmokers & Coldplay
6. Thunder by Imagine Dragons
7. Galway Girl by Ed Sheeran
8. Humble by Kendrick Lamar & Skrillex
9. Glorious by Macklemore
10. There’s Nothing Holdin’ Me Back by Shawn Mendes
Sydney, Australia electronic dance music duo PNAU lands its first homeland Top 10 hit with “Chameleon”. Around since 1999, Peter and Nick have been mentored by Elton John who was impressed with their music. Nick also serves as one-half of another duo, Empire of the Sun. The music video for the track is a feast for the eyes with a rich presentation of kaleidoscopic colours.
The land down under seems to have a fondness for bands that promote tar sucking behaviour. The top song in Australia for 2016 was “Closer” by American duo The Chainsmokers. The top Australian song, at 4th of the year on the ARIA chart, was “Never Be Like You” by Flume of Sydney which features Canadian singer Kai. The song has been nominated for a U.S. Grammy award. Have a listen to the song below.
It’s time to focus on the world’s sixth largest music industry (of roughly 200 countries) which recently celebrated the 30th anniversary of its flagship awards ceremony, the ARIA awards. We’re talkin’ Australia. Following the release of a covers album dedicated to The Carpenters earlier this year, Australia’s Dami Im is back with new music: a fresh single called “Fighting for Love”. For those who really want to dance, their is as well a 7th Heaven remix of the song available. The track is exquisitely injected with EDM flourish and at the core of course are Dami’s exquisitely soaring vocals. Have a look and listen at the MV embedded below.
Happy birthday Kylie! Don’t worry, we won’t state the age. Kylie Minogue is considered the best-selling Australian recording artist of all-time, having sold some 80 million records worldwide. She is currently working on her 14th studio album, and her self-titled 1994 work is being re-released as a double disc with a number of previously unreleased bonus tracks.
The entertainment world’s introduction to Kylie was via the Aussie television soap Neighbours. Her first hit single was “Locomotion” in 1987. Her biggest success has been in her native land as well as The United Kingdom where she has scored 7 chart toppers, 34 Top Tens, and 49 Top Forty hits. It is somewhat odd that both Canadian and U.S. broadcasters have not been as keen to air her music, the main exception being her Fever era album. Kylie’s most recent hit was 2013’s excellent “Into the Blue”, the MV of which we have embedded below.
Australia’s Delta Goodrem was off to a good start in 2003 with her debut album Innocent Eyes which spawned 5 number one hits. The album was eventually certified at 15x Platinum. It was also a success in Britain while largely ignored in The United States. This week, Delta’s new single “Dear Life” debuts at #3 down under becoming her 16th Top Ten hit following her #1 smash “Wings”. Those two songs are expected to appear on Goodrem’s fifth studio album. We have embedded the “Dear Life” MV below.
Australian recording artist Sia has been doing well with hit single “Cheap Thrills”. It has topped the charts in Germany and Sweden, peaked at #2 in the UK, Denmark, and France and at #6 in her home country. Sean Paul is pulling a Pitbull by taking on a number of featured artist duties as of late including songs by Jay Sean, Fifth Harmony, and MAGIC! He supports Sia on this track as well. The lyric video for “Cheap Thrills” is close to Vevo certification (an award given to MVs that reach 100 million views). We have embedded this below for your viewing pleasure.
Australia’s Dami Im is taking a break from original compositions as she prepares the release of a covers album dedicated exclusively to songs from U.S. group The Carpenters, one of the most successful adult contemporary outfits of the 1970s, selling over 100 million records worldwide. The band’s career ended in the early 1980s when lead singer Karen Carpenter died from complications of anorexia nervosa. Though tragic, it brought significant attention to the psychosomatic illness. Dami, who won the 5th season of Australia’s X-Factor, will be heading to Sweden to represent the land down under at this year’s Eurovision song contest with the final taking place May 14, 2016. Without a doubt, Dami Im has one of the most beautiful voices in the world. Album Classic Carpenters will be out April 22. Below is the MV for “(They Long to Be) Close to You”.