23 Feb 2017’s Top 10 Selling “Urban” Albums In Australia
The Top 10 selling ‘Urban’ Albums from last year on the ARIA Charts (Australian Record Industry Association, Billboard-equivalent) were split between American, Canadian and Australian and artists as well as significantly four RnB compilation albums. America came out on top with three of the top 10, two from Canada, one local Australian release and the four compilation releases. In Australia, Gold sales are 35,000 units, Platinum is 70,000 and Diamond is 500,000.
Kendrick Lamar’s Damn. was the highest selling ‘Urban’ album of 2017, achieving Gold sales. His previous studio album To Pimp A Butterfly (2015) placed #10 at the end of 2016 with also Gold sales, and is still in the 2017 end of year charts at #29 while Good Kid, M.A.A.D City (2012) is still placed at #22 in 2017 and Lamar’s 2016 Untitled Unmastered. also placed at #97 in last years End of Year Chart for ‘Urban’ Albums.
Eminem again has numerous albums in the Top 100, with late last year’s Revival making an immediate splash and placing him at #3. 2002’s The Eminem Show rose back up the end of year charts to #17 with impressive Diamond sales overall in Australia alone, 2005’s Curtain Call: The Hits sat #23 at 6x Platinum, Recovery (2010) at #32 at 4x Platinum, The Marshall Mathers LP2 at #43 at Double Platinum, Relapse at #68 and Platinum, Encore (2004) at #75 with also 6x Platinum, Slim Shady LP (1999) #88 with Platinum sales. With almost all of his albums since linking up Dr. Dre in the Top 100, he remains the artist with the most ‘Urban’ albums in the End Of Year chart for 2017.
The Weeknd’s late 2016 Starboy album on XO / Republic Records featuring Future, Daft Punk, Kendrick Lamar, Lana Del Ray, Metro Boomin continued to sell well throughout last year, achieving Gold certification and placing at #4. His 2015 Beauty Behind The Madness album is also at #19 with Platinum sales for the 2017 End of Year Chart, retaining strong sales since 2016 when it placed at #8 and Starboy achieved #9. Beauty Behind The Madness peaked at #2 in 2015 while Trilogy also landed at #72 back in 2015.
In fifth place was Sydney’s Bliss N Eso, the only Australian group to crack the Top 15 in 2017 with their eagerly anticipated sixth studio album Off the Grid finishing at #5 in terms of Urban Albums for 2017. It debuted at #1 upon release on the domestic ARIA Album Charts, also charted in Switzerland and featured Mario, Watsky, Dizzy Wright and Lee Fields. They’re closely followed by Hilltop Hoods at #16 with their excellent Platinum selling Drinking From The Sun, Walking Under Stars Restrung 2016 release. Thundamentals’ Everyone We Know at #21, Illy’s Two Degrees (late 2016) at #26, 360’s Vintage Modern at #35, Kerser’s Engraved In The Game at #40 Horrorshow’s Bardo State at #52, Allday’s Speeding at #53, A.B. Original’s award-winning Reclaim Australia (late 2016) at #61, Kerser’s Tradition (late 2016) at #66 completed the various strong domestic showings for locally based Australian artists.
Additionally, Bliss N Eso also have their Platinum selling albums Circus In The Sky (2013) in at #58 and Running On Air (2010) at #74. While the Hilltop Hoods also have their Platinum-selling albums The Hard Road at #81 (2006) and The Calling at #90 (2003), their Double-Platinum albums Drinking From The Sun at #85 (2012) State Of The Art at #89 (2009) also in the Top 100 Urban albums for 2017, highlighting their impressive legacy and converting new fans into old fans through their extensive quality back catalogue.
Drake’s 2017 commercial mixtape More Life landed at #6, with the Gold-selling Views landing at #14 (2016), If You’re Reading This It’s Too Late at #57 (released early 2015), Take Care at #63 (dropped late 2011) making it four entries in the top two-thirds in the 2017 End Of Year ARIA ‘Urban’ Album Chart – only beaten by Eminem with five.
Post Malone rounded out the artists in the Top 10, with his December 2016 debut studio album Stoney landing at #9, which featured Quavo of NE Atlanta’s Migos, Kehlani, DJ Mustard and also 2 Chainz (deluxe edition only). Stoney also sold strongly throughout Austria, Canada, Denmark, Sweden and the UK – achieving Gold sales or better in each of these markets.