ARIA Charts

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The ARIA Charts logo, as introduced in November 2018

The ARIA Charts are the main Australian music sales charts, issued weekly by the Australian Recording Industry Association. The charts are a record of the highest selling songs and albums in various genres in Australia. ARIA became the official Australian music chart in June 1988, succeeding the Kent Music Report which had been Australia's national charts since 1974.

History[edit]

The Go-Set charts were Australia's first national singles and albums charts, published from 5 October 1966 until 24 August 1974. Succeeding Go-Set, the Kent Music Report began issuing the national top 100 charts in Australia from May 1974. The compiler, David Kent, also published Australia's national charts from 1940–1974 in a retrospective fashion using state based data. In mid 1983, the Australian Recording Industry Association commenced licensing the Kent Music Report chart.[1] The first printed national top 50 chart available in record stores, branded the Countdown chart, was dated the week ending 10 July 1983.[2]

ARIA began compiling its own charts in-house from the chart survey dated 13 June 1988, corresponding with the printed top 50 chart dated week ending 26 June 1988.[3] Various artists compilation albums were initially included in the albums chart, as they had been on the Kent Report chart, until 2 July 1989, when a separate Compilations chart was created.[4] The ARIA Report, detailing the top 100 singles and albums charts, was first available via subscription in January 1990.[1] The printed top 50 chart ceased publication in June 1998,[5] but resumed publication later in the year. The printed top 50 chart again ceased publication at the end of 2000.[6]

Since 17 February 1997, all physical sales data contributing towards the chart has been recorded electronically at point of sale.[6] In March 1991, "Do the Bartman" by The Simpsons was the first single to reach #1 in Australia that was not available on 7 inch vinyl, but cassingle only.[7]

In April 2006, ARIA began publishing the Digital Tracks Chart, counting download sales data from providers such as iTunes and BigPond Music.[8][9] Starting from 9 October 2006, digital sales data was integrated into the singles chart alongside physical sales, although singles were required to have a physical release to be included.[10][11][12] From 5 November 2007, the eligibility rules were widened so that singles only available digitally could chart, and "Apologize" by Timbaland was the first single to enter the chart purely on digital sales.[13][14] In February 2008, "Don't Stop the Music" by Rihanna became the first single to reach number one on digital sales alone.[15]

In May 2006, it was announced that the Brazin retailing group, comprising HMV, Sanity and Virgin Megastore outlets, would no longer contribute sales data to the ARIA charts.[16][17] However, after a five-month absence, Brazin reportedly re-commenced contributing sales figures on 26 November 2006.[18]

On 10 December 2012, ARIA launched the Streaming Tracks Chart, tracking audio streaming data from services such as Spotify, and later Apple Music.[19][20] ARIA introduced streaming data into the singles chart on 24 November 2014,[21][22] and the albums chart on 15 May 2017.[23] In October 2018, ARIA changed the methodology to give greater emphasis to paid subscription streams over ad-supported streams.[24]

Publication[edit]

The ARIA website publishes the top 50 singles and albums charts (truncated from the top 100), top 40 digital tracks chart (truncated from the top 50), and top 20 dance singles chart (truncated from the top 25). The ARIA Report lists all charts in full and is available via paid e-mail subscription each week. These reports are uploaded to the Pandora Archive periodically.[25]

The top 50 singles and albums charts are also published by online industry magazine The Music Network, along with various other charts.[26]

Chart shows[edit]

On 5 February 2006, the ARIA Chart Show was a radio program launched on the Nova network and broadcast throughout Australia, playing the official ARIA top 50 singles. The live music program was hosted by Jabba each Sunday afternoon at 3:00pm.[27]

From 1 June 2013 to 3 September 2016, the Take 40 Australia radio program broadcast the official ARIA top 40 singles on Saturday afternoons, typically from 2:00 pm to 6:00 pm, on each state's Hit Network-owned radio station.[28] The show was aired before the top 50 chart, dated for the following Monday, is published on the ARIA website at 6:00 pm.[28] The charts were previously published online at 6:00 pm each Sunday.[28]

Charts[edit]

  • ARIA Top 100 Singles Chart
  • ARIA Top 100 Albums Chart
  • ARIA Top 100 Physical Albums Chart (only published in The ARIA Report)
  • ARIA Top 50 Digital Tracks Chart
  • ARIA Top 50 Digital Albums Chart
  • ARIA Top 50 Streaming Tracks Chart
  • ARIA Top 50 Club Tracks Chart
  • ARIA Top 50 Catalogue Albums Chart
  • ARIA Top 40 Urban Singles Chart
  • ARIA Top 40 Urban Albums Chart
  • ARIA Top 40 Country Albums Chart
  • ARIA Top 40 Music DVDs Chart
  • ARIA Top 25 Dance Singles Chart
  • ARIA Top 25 Dance Albums Chart (only published in The ARIA Report)
  • ARIA Top 20 Australian Artist Singles Chart
  • ARIA Top 20 Australian Artist Albums Chart
  • ARIA Top 20 Compilation Albums Chart
  • ARIA Top 20 Jazz & Blues Albums Chart
  • ARIA Top 20 Classical/Crossover Albums Chart
  • ARIA Top 10 Core Classical Albums Chart
  • ARIA Top 20 Hitseekers Singles Chart (only published in The ARIA Report)
  • ARIA Top 20 Hitseekers Albums Chart (only published in The ARIA Report)
  • Yearly Top 100 End of Year charts profiling the year in music
  • End of Decade Top 100 charts profiling the decade in music[29]

Number-one singles[edit]

Pre-2000:

2000 to present:

Top 10 singles[edit]

2006 to present:

Number-one albums[edit]

Pre-2000:

2000 to present:

Top 10 albums[edit]

2016 to present:

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "The ARIA Chart Process (from The ARIA Report Issue No. 29)". Imgur.com. Retrieved 28 May 2016.
  2. ^ "The first ARIA top 50 singles chart (Countdown, 3rd July 1983)". YouTube. Retrieved 19 December 2015.
  3. ^ Scott, Gavin. "30 Years Ago This Week: June 26, 1988". chartbeats.com.au. Retrieved 24 March 2019.
  4. ^ Scott, Gavin. "30 Years Ago This Week: July 2, 1989". chartbeats.com.au. Retrieved 24 March 2019.
  5. ^ "The ARIA Chart 7 June 1998 (Victoria & Tasmania State Chart)". Imgur. Retrieved 29 December 2015.
  6. ^ a b "The ARIAnet Charts". Australian Recording Industry Association. Archived from the original on 5 April 2001. Retrieved 23 December 2015.
  7. ^ "Chartifacts – Week Ending: 17 March 1991 (from The ARIA Report Issue No. 60)". Imgur.com. Retrieved 2 June 2016.
  8. ^ "ARIA announces launch of Australia's official Digital Track Chart". Australian Recording Industry Association. Retrieved 2 September 2019.
  9. ^ "The ARIA Report: Issue 841 (Week Commencing 17 April 2006)" (PDF). Australian Recording Industry Association. p. 12. Retrieved 2 September 2019.
  10. ^ "ARIA confirms new Singles Chart for 8th October, 2006". Australian Recording Industry Association. 4 October 2006. Retrieved 2 September 2019.
  11. ^ Sams, Christine (8 October 2006). "ARIA charts the clicks of online music fans". Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 2 September 2019.
  12. ^ "The ARIA Report: Issue 866 (Week Commencing 9 October 2006)" (PDF). Australian Recording Industry Association. p. 2. Retrieved 2 September 2019.
  13. ^ "ARIA unveils new format Singles and Album Charts" (PDF). Australian Recording Industry Association. 5 November 2007. Retrieved 2 September 2019.
  14. ^ "The ARIA Report: Issue 922 (Week Commencing 5 November 2007)" (PDF). Australian Recording Industry Association. p. 2. Retrieved 2 September 2019.
  15. ^ "The ARIA Report: Issue 938 (Week Commencing 18 February 2008)" (PDF). Australian Recording Industry Association. p. 2. Retrieved 2 September 2019.
  16. ^ Tijs, Andrew (19 May 2006). "ARIA Charts Suffer Brazin Exit". Undercover. Archived from the original on 4 September 2006. Retrieved 2 September 2019.
  17. ^ Adams, Cameron (19 May 2006). "Split rocks chart". News.com.au. Archived from the original on 21 June 2006. Retrieved 2 September 2019.
  18. ^ Eliezer, Christie (11 December 2006). "Brazin Data Returns To Aus Charts". Billboard. Archived from the original on 13 January 2009. Retrieved 2 September 2019.
  19. ^ "ARIA launches a Streaming Tracks Chart, as Michael Buble returns to the peak of the ARIA Album Chart with 'Christmas'" (PDF). Australian Recording Industry Association. 10 December 2012. Retrieved 2 September 2019.
  20. ^ "The ARIA Report: Issue 1189 (Week Commencing 10 December 2012)" (PDF). Australian Recording Industry Association. p. 11. Retrieved 2 September 2019.
  21. ^ "The Official ARIA Singles Chart to integrate audio streams for first time" (PDF). Australian Recording Industry Association. 5 November 2014. Retrieved 2 September 2019.
  22. ^ White, Dominic (5 November 2014). "ARIA to include streaming in charts". Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 2 September 2019.
  23. ^ "Audio streams to be integrated into ARIA albums chart". Australian Recording Industry Association. 4 May 2017. Retrieved 2 September 2019.
  24. ^ "ARIA enters a new era with a logo refresh and new chart rules". Australian Recording Industry Association. 24 October 2018. Retrieved 2 September 2019.
  25. ^ "ARIA charts". ARIA. Retrieved 26 August 2019.
  26. ^ "TMN charts". The Music Network. Retrieved 26 August 2019.
  27. ^ "Australian Record Industry Association". www.aria.com.au.
  28. ^ a b c "Take 40, Top 40 Countdown Australia, Music Charts". ARIA Charts. 4 April 2016. Archived from the original on 16 April 2016. Retrieved 12 April 2016.
  29. ^ Aria End of Decade Chart Retrieved 28 Mar 2010

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