Australian Recording Industry Association

Australian Recording Industry Association

The Australian Recording Industry Association (ARIA) is a trade group representing the Australian recording industry. It oversees the collection, administration and distribution of music licenses and royalties. The association has more than a hundred members, including small labels typically run by one to five people, medium size organisations and very large companies with international affiliates. ARIA is administered by a Board of Directors comprising senior executives from record companies, both large and small.

In 2006 ARIA formed sponsorship deals with Motorola and Nova and changed the appearance and conduct of the charting. Motorola took naming-rights sponsorship seeing the charts referred to in the media as the Motorola ARIA Charts. ARIA, have commented that as part of the same marketing printed charts would be reintroduced into media retailing shops and their website would be redesigned. As part of the deal Nova began broadcasting the charted singles in reverse orders on a Sunday afternoon show before it was released on the ARIA charts website.

Methodology of its charts

ARIA collects recorded music sales data from more than 1100 music retailers across Australia. Sales figures are then extrapolated to achieve a 'best estimate' of the actual overall sales of each title. Titles are ranked according to their 'weighted' sales figures.

The charts are calculated once every week on Sundays. They are based on retail music sales within Australia for the week from the preceding Saturday to the Friday prior to calculation. The new charts are usually uploaded to the official ARIA website on Sunday night Eastern Australian time. The "Club Chart" is compiled from weekly DJ reports across Australia.

According to ARIA, a music single or album that has shipped a minimum of 35,000 copies to music retailers can be certified gold, and shippings of over 70,000 copies can be certified platinum.

In April 2006, ARIA began producing a Digital Track Chart, calculated from sales data submitted by major online music providers such as Apple iTunes, BigPond Music, [ Destra Music] , NineMSN Music and [ Soundbuzz] , as well as retailers such as [ Ripit] , Leading Edge and JB Hi-Fi. [ [ ARIA Chart Stores] , ARIA official site] ARIA says the digital sales market accounted for $8 million revenue to the industry during 2005, or around 1.5 per cent of the overall wholesale market. [ [ ARIA announces launch of Australia’s official Digital Track Chart] , ARIA official site.]


Like most recording industry associations, ARIA has been criticised for fighting copyright infringement matters aggressively, although in Australia this has taken largely the form of aggressive advertising campaigns particularly in cinemas directly preceding movies. This criticism is stauncher in Australia due to the absence of an equivalent Digital Millennium Copyright Act or state crimes acts which clearly establish copyright infringement as a crime.

The ARIA charts have also been criticised as an easily manipulated market tool abused by aggressively marketed pop acts. "Gold" and "Platinum" ARIA awards are based on units shipped to retail outlets, not on how many of those units are sold to customers. A lukewarm album or single release can achieve Gold or Platinum status by flooding the market with copies, and if 99% are returned to the manufacturer that in no way affects the status of the award.

ARIA has been criticised by Australian Idol judge and music producer Ian Dickson for a perceived intolerance of Australian Idol contestants, and a lack of nomination in the ARIA Awards. [cite_web | first=Bernard | last=Zuel | url= | title=Scarlet letters | work=The Sydney Morning Herald | date=2007-09-06 ]

ARIA Charts

:"For more information, see ARIA Charts."


*Top 50 Singles Chart
*Top 20 Dance Chart
*Top 20 Australian Chart
*Top 50 Club Chart
*Top 40 Digital Track Chart
*Top 50 Physical Singles Chart
*Top 40 Urban Singles Chart


*Top 50 Albums Chart
*Top 20 Country Chart
*Top 20 Compilations Chart
*Top 40 Urban Albums Chart

ee also

*ARIA Charts
*ARIA Music Awards


External links

* [ ARIA Home Page]

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