Most sold single of 2016 is Faded by Norwegian newcomer Alan Walker. It appeared first on January 15th and reached the top four weeks later where it spent ten weeks. The song sits pretty at #65 in the last issue of the year so it had a 51 weeks chart run so far. With two further top 10 hits (Sing Me To Sleep #10 and Alone #8) Alan Walker is the most succesfull new act in 2016 at all and establishes himself as one of the steadiest act. He is joined by Bonez MC & RAF Camora who also could launch three consecutive top 10 hits at the end of 2016. The triple also was completed by Calvin Harris who added two top 10 songs in 2016 to his account.
Back to Bonez MC. He is the newcomer of the year in some other terms. First of all his collaboration album with RAF Camora Palmen aus Plastik ranks as the best sold rap album of the year (#12 on the official album charts of the year) and at #5 (resp. #20) with partner Gzuz and High & Hungrig II. On the singles charts 35 tracks involving him were listed on the charts. Never before an act had that much tracks charting in one calendar year–even after Michael Jackson's death in 2009 "only" 23 songs charted again. Additionally Bonez MC had three times more than 10 tracks simultanously in the list. He definitely is the most present artist of the year 2016.
The number 1 statistics knows two further winners:
Rag'n'Bone Man delivered with Human the longest running #1 hit of the year. The song spent 12 weeks at the top. Israel "IZ" Kamakawiwo'ole was the last one doing so back in 2010. Singer Rory Graham also is the best performing British act since exactly 20 years. Back than Sarah Brightman had a 13 weeks run at #1 alongside Andrea Bocelli on the song Time To Say Goodbye (Con Te Partiro).
Second name to mention is Sean Paul. The singer appeared on two #1 hits in 2016.