They inhabit opposite ends of the douche chills spectrum (also, the “likelihood of wearing zebra print spandex” spectrum) but Britain’s Adele and U.S. blergh pop dudes LMFAO share equal billing as Australia’s highest selling acts of 2011. Adele’s “21” blitzed all-comers selling eleven times platinum and spending a record 23 weeks in pole position to become the highest selling album in Australia this last year. Michael Buble’s “Christmas” came in second despite its highly specific seasonal appeal, followed by Bruno Mars’ “Doo-Wops & Hooligans”, Gotye’s “Making Mirrors”, the highest placed Aussie and one of only nine in the top fifty, and LMFAO’s “Sorry For Party Rocking”.

LMFAO claimed the highest selling single of the year with ten times platinum hit “Party Rock Anthem”, followed by Gotye and Kimbra’s “Somebody That I Used To Know”, Maroon 5 and Christina Aguilera’s “Moves Like Jagger” and a pair of Adele entries, “Someone Like You”, and “Rolling In Deep”, rounding out the top five.

Peer into the perplexing world of Australian record sales below…

Adele – “Someone Like You”

LMFAO – “Party Rock Anthem”

ARIA 2011 TOP 100 SINGLES CHART
(Bold denotes Australian artist)
1 PARTY ROCK ANTHEM LMFAO Feat. Lauren Bennet & GoonRock
2 SOMEBODY THAT I USED TO KNOW Gotye Feat. Kimbra
3 MOVES LIKE JAGGER Maroon 5 Feat. Christina Aguilera
4 SOMEONE LIKE YOU Adele
5 ROLLING IN THE DEEP Adele
6 SEXY AND I KNOW IT LMFAO
7 GIVE ME EVERYTHING Pitbull Feat. Ne-Yo, Afrojack & Nayer
8 BORN THIS WAY Lady Gaga
9 PRICE TAG Jessie J Feat. B.o.B
10 ON THE FLOOR Jennifer Lopez Feat. Pitbull
11 S&M Rihanna
12 WE FOUND LOVE Rihanna Feat. Calvin Harris
13 SWEAT (DAVID GUETTA REMIX) Snoop Dogg Vs. David Guetta
14 THE LAZY SONG Bruno Mars
15 E.T. Katy Perry Feat. Kanye West
16 JAR OF HEARTS Christina Perri
17 SUPER BASS Nicki Minaj
18 TITANIUM David Guetta Feat. Sia
19 DIRTY TALK Wynter Gordon
20 GOOD FEELING Flo Rida
21 GRENADE Bruno Mars
22 JUST CAN’T GET ENOUGH The Black Eyed Peas
23 PUMPED UP KICKS Foster The People
24 THE A TEAM Ed Sheeran
25 IT GIRL Jason Derulo
26 HAPPINESS Alexis Jordan
27 GOOD NIGHT Reece Mastin
28 FIREWORK Katy Perry
29 STEREO HEARTS Gym Class Heroes Feat. Adam Levine
30 YEAH 3X Chris Brown
31 LAST FRIDAY NIGHT (TGIF) Katy Perry
32 MARRY YOU Bruno Mars
33 TONIGHT (I’M LOVIN’ YOU) Enrique Iglesias Feat. Ludacris & DJ Frank E
34 DON’T WANNA GO HOME Jason Derulo
35 CHAMPAGNE SHOWERS LMFAO Feat. Natalia Kills
36 YOU MAKE ME FEEL Cobra Starship Feat. Sabi
37 COMING HOME Diddy – Dirty Money Feat. Skylar Grey
38 BOUNCE Calvin Harris Feat. Kelis
39 THE EDGE OF GLORY Lady Gaga
40 WE RUN THE NIGHT Havana Brown
41 CHEERS (DRINK TO THAT) Rihanna
42 WITHOUT YOU David Guetta Feat. Usher
43 FEEL SO CLOSE Calvin Harris
44 TONIGHT TONIGHT Hot Chelle Rae
45 OWN THIS CLUB Marvin Priest
46 MR. KNOW IT ALL Kelly Clarkson
47 WHO’S THAT GIRL Guy Sebastian Feat. Eve
48 WHAT THE HELL Avril Lavigne
49 SET FIRE TO THE RAIN Adele
50 BEAUTIFUL PEOPLE Chris Brown Feat. Benny Benassi

ARIA 2011 TOP 100 ALBUMS CHART
(Bold denotes Australian artist)
1 21 Adele
2 CHRISTMAS Michael Buble
3 DOO-WOPS & HOOLIGANS Bruno Mars
4 MAKING MIRRORS Gotye
5 SORRY FOR PARTY ROCKING LMFAO
6 BORN THIS WAY Lady Gaga
7 SOMEONE TO WATCH OVER ME Susan Boyle
8 WASTING LIGHT Foo Fighters
9 DUETS II Tony Bennett
10 MYLO XYLOTO Coldplay
11 19 Adele
12 GREATEST HITS…SO FAR!!! P!nk
13 LOUD Rihanna
14 NOTHING BUT THE BEAT David Guetta
15 REECE MASTIN Reece Mastin
16 CEREMONIALS Florence + The Machine
17 THE BEST OF COLD CHISEL – ALL FOR YOU Cold Chisel
18 TEENAGE DREAM Katy Perry
19 HERE AND NOW Nickelback
20 BON JOVI GREATEST HITS Bon Jovi
21 ROY Damien Leith
22 MY WORLDS Justin Bieber
23 MOONFIRE Boy & Bear
24 TRIPLE J’S LIKE A VERSION 7 Various
25 WHO YOU ARE Jessie J
26 4 Beyonce
27 I’M WITH YOU Red Hot Chili Peppers
28 NEED YOU NOW Lady Antebellum
29 CRAZY LOVE Michael Buble
30 RRAKALA Geoffrey Gurrumul Yunupingu
31 UNDER THE MISTLETOE Justin Bieber
32 DOWN THE WAY Angus & Julia Stone
33 BETWEEN TWO LUNGS Florence + The Machine
34 HELL: THE SEQUEL Bad Meets Evil
35 TORCHES Foster The People
36 THE WOMBATS PROUDLY PRESENT… THIS MODERN GLITCH The Wombats
37 STRONGER Kelly Clarkson
38 SEEKER LOVER KEEPER Seeker Lover Keeper
39 VOWS Kimbra
40 BEYOND THE SUN Chris Isaak
41 GLEE: THE MUSIC – VOLUME 5 Glee Cast
42 THE LIFE OF RILEY Drapht
43 PLANET PIT Pitbull
44 BURLESQUE Soundtrack
45 RECOVERY Eminem
46 TALK THAT TALK Rihanna
47 UP ALL NIGHT One Direction
48 WATCH THE THRONE Jay-Z & Kanye West
49 MY BEAUTIFUL DARK TWISTED FANTASY Kanye West
50 GREATEST HITS Foo Fighters

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