AIR Charts

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The AIR Charts are the official sales charts for Australian independent music[1] released by Australian owned, independent record labels.[2] Presented by AIR, the Australian Independent Record Labels Association, the charts are calculated according to official sales figures provided by the ARIA Charts, which includes legal MP3 download sales.[3]

The AIR charts are found online at http://ausindies.com.au. They are officially distributed alongside the ARIA Charts through The Music Network, a weekly subscription based Australian music industry trade magazine.[4][5]

Currently sponsored by Jägermeister, The AIR Charts have been set up with the intention of helping Australian indie artists compete with commercial artists represented by Australia's four major multinational record labels, Sony BMG, Warner Music Group, Universal Music Group and EMI.

For some of our independent artists, making a dent on the ARIA charts, against the might of a major label’s marketing and publicity departments as well as their bottomless recording budgets is an impossible task... although the pool of artists eligible for the AIR charts is smaller than the ARIA charts it’s certainly no mean feat to be amongst the highest selling independent artists in Australia.[6]

AIR Charts Categories[edit]

The AIR Charts survey includes:

Weekly Sales Charts Monthly Sales Charts
Top 20 100% Indie Singles Top 10 Indie Label Dance / Electronica Albums
Top 20 100% Indie Albums Top 10 Indie Label Hip Hop / Urban Albums
Top 20 Indie Label Singles Top 10 Indie Label Hard Rock / Punk Albums
Top 20 Indie Label Albums Top 10 Indie Label Blues / Roots Albums
Top 10 Indie Label Country Albums
Top 10 Indie Label Classical Albums

The distinction between the 100% Indie and Indie Label categories is:[7]

  • 100% Indie: Independent releases distributed through an independent distributor
  • Indie Label: Independent releases distributed through any distributor, including a major distributor.

An example of 100% Indie would be John Butler Trio who are released and distributed through independent record label Jarrah Records.

An example of Indie Label would be Silverchair and Missy Higgins who are released through independent record label Eleven: A Music Company but distributed via the distribution arm of major labels Universal Music and Warner Music Group.

ON AIR Radio Airplay Charts[edit]

The AIR Charts include the ON AIR radio airplay charts for Australian independent artists whose songs are played on Australian national, community and commercial radio stations including Triple M, Triple J, ABC Radio and the Nova Network.[8] The ON AIR Charts utilise acoustic fingerprint technology provided by the business to business service D-Star Spins.[9] They only represent Australian indie songs that have been uploaded for fingerprinting with the D-Star Spins service.[8]

On AIR Radio Airplay Charts Categories[edit]

The ON AIR Radio Airplay Charts survey covers:

Weekly Radio Airplay Charts
Top 20 100% Indie Singles
Top 20 Indie Singles

AIR Awards[edit]

The annual AIR Awards are run in conjunction with the AIR Charts and celebrate the year's highest charting independently released Australian singles and albums.[10]

The selection of the 10 finalists for each category is based upon a total score calculated across all 20 AIR independent chart positions over that year. The winner is voted for by a judging panel consisting of approximately 350 members of the retail and media sectors of the Australian independent music industry.[11]

The Awards include categories for Independent Artist Of The Year and Best New Independent Artist . The finalists are selected from the AIR Charts based upon their sales ranking performance across the charts over the year as well as other factors such as their performance success and participation in the wider Australian music industry.[11]

Well-known Australian independent artists who have previously won an AIR Award include Gotye (2006), John Butler Trio (2007), Sneaky Sound System (2007) and most recently Geoffrey Gurrumul Yunupingu (2008).

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.australianmusicoffice.com/Charts/59
  2. ^ "New Australian Music Charts | Australian Indie Music Charts". Australian Independent Record Labels Association Ltd (AIR). 2009. Archived from the original on 21 June 2009. Retrieved 2 July 2009. 
  3. ^ "How the AIR charts work". Australian Independent Record Labels Association Ltd (AIR). 2009. Archived from the original on 22 June 2009. Retrieved 2 July 2009. 
  4. ^ https://themusicnetwork.com.au/Subscribe_to_the_magazine.420.0.html
  5. ^ "Artists and Labels". Australian Independent Record Labels Association Ltd (AIR). 2009. Archived from the original on 22 June 2009. Retrieved 2 July 2009. 
  6. ^ "What are the AIR charts?". Australian Independent Record Labels Association Ltd (AIR). 2009. Archived from the original on 22 June 2009. Retrieved 2 July 2009. 
  7. ^ "AIR CHART Categories". Australian Independent Record Labels Association Ltd (AIR). 2009. Retrieved 2 July 2009. 
  8. ^ a b "D-Star Spins". Australian Independent Record Labels Association Ltd (AIR). 2009. Archived from the original on 22 June 2009. Retrieved 2 July 2009. 
  9. ^ "About D-Star Spins - D-Star Spins". http://www.shootingstar.com.au/. Retrieved 2 July 2009. 
  10. ^ "2008 Jägermeister AIR Awards". Australian Independent Record Labels Association Ltd (AIR). 2009. Retrieved 2 July 2009. 
  11. ^ a b "Awards Guidelines". Australian Independent Record Labels Association Ltd (AIR). 2009. Retrieved 2 July 2009.