As the year draws to a close the loss of so many iconic music artists will be an abiding memory of 2016 for many.
From David Bowie's premature death in January to the unexpected loss of George Michael in December the Charts have witnessed more than their usual share of re-entries this year. Both David Bowie and Leonard Cohen's final albums feature prominently in the year-end charts. Cohen's 'You Want It Darker' is the fifth best selling artist album of the year while 'BlackStar' is just a whisper away at No6. It is Adele's '25', however, that takes the top prize ending the year as the highest selling album, followed at No2 by Walking On Cars' 'Everything This Way' and Justin Bieber's 'Purpose' at No3.
Sia & Sean Paul gain the biggest selling single of the year with 'Cheap Thrills' while Drake's 'One Dance' is a respectable No2 having spent the most weeks (eleven) at No1 in the Singles Chart this year. It is also the most streamed single of the year. Mike Posner's 'I Took A Pill In Ibiza' comes in at No3.