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2016; Music's Biggest Year... In Years!?

As Jillian Mapes recently argued in her piece for Pitchfork; 2016 has been a bumper year for the music industry. The album cycles of several big name artists converged, giving music fans fresh LPs from Adele, Radiohead, Drake, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Beyoncé, Flume and Kanye.

Billboard reports that the music industry grew 8.9% stateside to $1.98 billion this year, and we're not done yet. But...  it's not all good news, while streaming services continue to boom, album sales sunk to historic lows. Plus we've had to deal with the passing of several music legends; David Bowie, Maurice White (of Earth, Wind & Fire), Glenn Frey (Eagles), and Prince.

On the bright side Bowie's final album 'Blackstar' has become the highest selling record of the year (I'm talking vinyl). Vinyl sales continue to be one of the industry's bright spots. Meanwhile Drake's 'Views' has sold 1.3 million copies and has dominated streaming plays. Closer to home, our singles chart has been led by Lukas Graham's '7 Years', Flume's 'Never Be Like You' and Justin Bieber's 'Love Yourself'. With Sia, Flume and Conrad Sewell garnering the most local airplay.

So what's next for 2016? There could be more big names joining the party, with rumoured releases from Iggy Azalea, Kings Of Leon, OneRepublic, Christina Aguilera, The Killers and The Rolling Stones. Fingers crossed.