Tones And I and Billie Eilish are ARIA Charts Artists of 2019.
Every last sale, download and stream has now been counted. With the doors closed on 2019, ARIA can reveal the official charts for the End of the Decade that was the 2010s, as well as for 2019. The ARIA Charts show what music Australians consumed in the last 10 years across all platforms and formats, from CDs to streaming, downloads to vinyl. They also reveal the artists that dominated both the decade and the year.
The ARIA Chart International Artist of the Decade is Ed Sheeran, who dominates the ARIA End Of Decade Charts. He is #1 on the ARIA End Of Decade Singles Chart with his 2017 hit ‘Shape Of You’. Until this year, it held the record for most weeks spent at #1 on the ARIA Singles Chart, before being toppled by Australia’s very own Tones And I’s ‘Dance Monkey’.
Sheeran has two other songs in the top 10 (#6 – Thinking Out Loud, #8 – Perfect) and two others in the top 50 (#35 – The A Team, #43 – Castle On The Hill). Sheeran’s three albums in the ARIA End Of Decade Albums Chart are x (#4), ÷ (#5) and + (#9). It caps of an incredible decade of Sheeran in the ARIA Charts where he scored five #1 singles and four #1 albums.
Gotye is the ARIA Chart Australian Artist of the Decade. He leads the ARIA End Of Decade Australian Singles Chart with ‘Somebody That I Used To Know’, which sits at 14x platinum and is the #2 single of the decade overall. Gotye’s album Making Mirrors is #3 on the ARIA End Of Decade Australian Albums Chart, the highest position for a new Australian recording from the past decade.
“Sincere thanks to everyone who has listened to and supported my music over the years. In some ways it feels like Somebody That I Used To Know and Making Mirrors came out more than a decade ago. And for anyone who’s wondering – yes, the follow-up album will be released in the next decade. Probably.”
Billie Eilish is the ARIA Chart International Artist of 2019. She sits at the top of the ARIA 2019 Albums Chart with her debut album When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go?. She also appears five times in the ARIA 2019 Singles Chart with Bad Guy (#3), Bury A Friend (#22), when the party’s over (#29), Lovely (#46) and wish you were gay (#79).
Tones And I is the ARIA Chart Australian Artist of 2019. She spent a record-breaking 22 weeks at #1 this year with ‘Dance Monkey’, which is the highest charting Australian track in the ARIA 2019 Singles Chart. She has two other tracks in the ARIA 2019 Singles Chart, with ‘Johnny Run Away’ (#31) and ‘Never Seen The Rain’ (#49). Her debut EP The Kids Are Coming also appears in the ARIA 2019 Albums Chart at #21.
Tones And I said:
“Thank you Australia, 2019 is a year I will never forget. Even being in the ARIA Charts is a huge achievement and the fact that my country has supported me and kept me at number one is very humbling. Now let’s get ready for 2020.”
The #1 album of the decade goes to 21 by Adele, which sits at 17x platinum. Her 10x platinum follow-up 25 also lands at #3 in the chart. She has three entries in the ARIA End Of Decade Single Chart (#10 Someone Like You, #12 Rolling In The Deep, #28 Hello).
For Australian albums of the decade, The Very Best of INXS leads with 6x platinum. It marks an incredible decade for the ARIA Hall Of Fame recipients. INXS called an end to touring in 2012, but remained part of the Australian music conversation, with the hugely successful miniseries INXS: Never Tear Us Apart and a 2019 documentary about late singer Michael Hutchence called Mystify.
“We left Perth as tenacious young men looking to play our music to the world, and we did so with passion, honour, and pride for our country and families. The announcement of being the biggest selling Australian artist of the last decade is overwhelming, and we are truly humbled, thank you.
Our hearts go out to all Australians who rallied around us this last decade, and our hope and prayers are with all Australians presently caught up in these raging and horrific fires."
Dan Rosen, CEO of ARIA, said:
“It has been a decade of momentous change in the Australian music business, as we have shifted from physical CD sales to a streaming dominated market. But through it all Australians kept buying, listening and loving music. The albums and singles in these ARIA Charts will be remembered as the soundtrack to a generation, and I thank and congratulate all the artists involved for shaping our decade.
Ed Sheeran is no stranger to our shores, as he went from playing small bars in Melbourne and Sydney at the beginning of the decade to selling out stadiums around the country by the end. He is an incredible musician and artist who left an indelible mark on this decade.
Gotye set the tone and trend for Australian music this decade, as our industry became increasingly global. Gotye’s music climbed charts all around the world and created a lasting impact and legacy that inspired a new generation of Aussie acts to take on the world.
In a year dominated by new voices, none rang louder than Billie Eilish. Her debut album will be remembered as only the beginning of an artist who is set to continue her success in the next decade.
And there’s been no bigger story in Australian music this year than Tones And I. 2019 is just the start, and she seems set to have an incredible 2020 and well beyond. We are so proud of Tones and what she has achieved both here and around the world.
I also want to congratulate INXS. They still capture our imaginations, four decades into their career. They are proof that great music never dates.”