iHeart Radio reveals most popular songs of 2016

iHeartRadio Australia has revealed the Top 10 songs its customers ‘thumbed-up’ most in 2016.

Drake was number one with his single One Dance and he was one of three artists, along with Shawn Mendes and Ariana Grande, to have two singles in the Top 10.
It has been another great year for iHeartRadio Australia with more than 50 new stations added to the platform, more iHeartRadio LIVE events than ever, and more than 18 pop-up stations launched across the year including the award-winning ELF Radio.
 iHeartRadio Australia’s Top 10 most popular songs of 2016:

  1. One Dance, Drake
  2. Stitches, Shawn Mendes
  3. Just Like Fire (From Alice Through The Looking Glass), P!nk
  4. Dangerous Woman, Ariana Grande
  5. Thinking Out Loud, Ed Sheeran
  6. Me Too, Meghan Trainor
  7. Hello, Adele
  8. Controlla, Drake
  9. Treat You Better, Shawn Mendes
  10. Into You, Ariana Grande

iHeartRadio Australia is set for an even bigger year in 2017 with plans to launch a new version of the iHeartRadio Australia app powered by Optus, with new features that will change the way audiences engage with live radio.

The new year will also see a new host for the iHeartRadio Countdown, with Jack Laurence taking over the airwaves. Jack will be counting down the 20 hottest iHeartRadio tracks of the week from 4-6pm every Sunday on the KIIS network or on demand on the iHeartRadio app. Jack will also be the new anchor for Hughesy & Kate’s drive show on the national KIIS network from January 2017.
In 2016 iHeartRadio Australia added more than 50 new live radio stations to the platform from the ABC, SBS, ACE radio and Macquarie Networks, along with dozens of specialised genre stations like iHeartCountry Australia.

In June, iHeartRadio Australia also partnered with children’s charity Red Nose Day and created a Red Nose Disco station, which was streamed to almost 2,000 pre-schools and primary schools all around the country as the soundtrack to their fundraiser disco events.   

The monthly usage of the iHeartRadio Australia platform is up 37% year-on-year, the app download rate is increasing month-on-month and the mobile app version clocked up more than 5,000,000 sessions last month.
iHeartRadio Australia also launched its biggest iHeartRadio LIVE powered by Optus series in its history, bringing audiences closer than ever before to the music they love by delivering unrivalled live events, exclusive artists experiences and content.

In partnership with Optus and record labels, the 2016 iHeartRadio LIVE series has seen more than 10 performances from artists including Adam Lambert, Tove Lo, Shawn Mendes, Mike Posner and DNCE. In partnership with Network TEN, iHeartRadio LIVE events can also be seen exclusively on ELEVEN’s The Loop, Australia’s number one national television music show.

iHeartRadio Australia’s Content Director Brett “Nozz” Nossiter said: “2016 was the most successful year yet for iHeartRadio in Australia, and I’m incredibly excited about our plans already in place for 2017. The iHeartRadio LIVE series will continue to grow, a new app, new shows, new stations, and a new host of the iHeartRadio Countdown. Next year is going to be monumental for iHeartRadio.”
Geraint Davies COO of iHeartRadio Australia said: “iHeartRadio Australia has had another amazing year with our monthly usage, registrations and downloads continuing to grow exponentially. For me, the highlight has been seeing some of the biggest names in music perform as part of our iHeartRadio LIVE series. Our partnership with Optus and great relationships with record labels has enabled us to create 10 incredible live experiences for music lovers that money just can’t buy.

“In January 2017 we will be launching a brand new version of the app, which will have lots of new features. We have big plans next year for iHeartRadio Australia with new services that will revolutionise how audiences interact with live radio and find new music.”

Optus customers can stream all their favourite artists data-free on iHeartRadio, on selected mobile plans. Find out more here

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