MIchael Ball & Alfie Boe Have the Biggest Selling Album in Britain Released in 2016

by VVN Music

Holiday sales can really push an artist over the top, which was the case in 2016 with Michael Ball & Alfie Boe's Together.

Released just in early November, the album has been riding high on the British charts ever since, never leaving the top four, which gave the album enough sales to make it the biggest selling 2016 release in the U.K.; however, it was not the biggest selling album of the year.

Two 2015 albums outsold Together this past year, Adele's 25 and Coldplay's A Head Full of Dreams. This is the second year in a row that Adele's album has been the biggest selling in Britain while the Coldplay set was number 9 for 2015.

Elvis Presley's The Wonder of You was number 5 for the year, the second year in a row that an album of Presley music rearranged and orchestrated by the London Symphony Orchestra, has finished in the top ten.

At 6 is David Bowie's Blackstar while his Best of Bowie finishes at 10, the only artist to place two albums that high. Further down, was his Nothing Has Changed: The Very Best of David Bowie (#40), Legacy (#60), The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust (#82) and Hunky Dory (#83).

The top five for the year plus other veteran artists in the top 50:
  • 01. 25 - Adele
  • 02. A Head Full of Dreams - Coldplay
  • 03. Together - Michael Ball & Alfie Boe
  • 04. Purpose - Justin Bieber
  • 05. The Wonder of You - Elvis Presley
  • 06. Blackstar - David Bowie
  • 10. Best of Bowie - David Bowie
  • 14. The Heavy Entertainment Show - Robbie Williams
  • 17. Blue & Lonesome - Rolling Stones
  • 18. 50 - Rick Astley
  • 21. All Over the World: The Very Best of ELO - ELO
  • 22. If I Can Dream - Elvis Presley
  • 28. A Moon Shaped Pool - Radiohead
  • 29. The Singles - Phil Collins
  • 31. Legend - Bob Marley & the Wailers
  • 40. Nothing Has Changed: The Very Best of David Bowie - David Bowie
  • 42. The Very Best of Prince - Prince
  • 45. Falling in Love - Andre Rieu
  • 49. Just Fabulous Rock 'N' Roll - Cliff Richard
For the first time in awhile, there are a couple of veteran artists in the year-end Top 100 singles including Justin Timberlake, whose Can't Stop the Feeling is number 10 for the year, and Daft Punk who supported The Weeknd on Starboy (#34).

The top five for 2016:
  • 01. One Dance - Drake Featuring Wizkid & Kyla
  • 02. 7 Years - Lukas Grahanm
  • 03. Cheap Thrills - Sia
  • 04. I Took a Pill in Ibiza - Mike Posner
  • 05. This is What You Came For - Calvin Harris Featuring Rihanna

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