Chart FAQs

How is the ARIA chart calculated?

ARIA collects recorded music sales data from the majority of Australia's music retailers, including online retailers. The data from each store or site is matched with the ARIA database and the sales figures are extrapolated to achieve a 'best estimate' of the actual overall sales of each title. Titles are ranked according to their 'weighted' sales figures.

For more information relating to the Chart calculation process, read How are the ARIA Charts prepared each week?

How often is the ARIA chart calculated?

The ARIA charts are calculated once a week on Friday.  They are based on retail recorded music sales within Australia for the week from the preceding Friday to the Thursday prior to calculation.  The new charts are usually uploaded to the website on Saturday night Eastern Australian time.


How many sales does it take to reach . No.100, 50, 40, 10, 1..?

There is no fixed number of sales required to achieve a certain chart position on any given week. A rough guide can be drawn by looking at the average accreditation over a number of weeks. For example, if a title goes Gold in 7 weeks it could be assumed that it has sold an average of 5,000 copies per week (35,000 sales/7 weeks).

Sometimes I see a gold release debuting higher on the charts than a platinum title released in the same week. How does this happen?

The ARIA accreditations are based on sales from the record companies to retailers, while the charts are based on sales from the retailers to the public. Sometimes a title purchased in great quantity by stores in anticipation of massive retail sales may sell more slowly than expected and a less highly anticipated release may exceed expected sales. Please review the Gold and Platinum ARIA Accreditation Awards page of this site for more information.

How are the bullets on the ARIA chart determined?

The bullets attached to both the ARIA Singles and Albums charts are determined by upward chart movement over the previous week. The number of places that a title needs to move to qualify for a bullet is less towards the top of the chart.

It is more difficult to move up five places in the top 10 than it is to move 20 at the lower end of the top 50. Titles do not qualify for bullets below position 70 on the chart.

I'm looking for a chart from the past and can't find it anywhere. Are past ARIA charts available anywhere on the website?

ARIA is in the process of reviewing and redeveloping its web presence to increase the interactivity of the chart and include some access to archival chart information.

Can ARIA provide me with old chart related information, for example a chart history for a specific artist?

The ARIA charts date back to the middle of 1983 but our database only goes back to mid 1988 when we started calculating the charts in-house. Accessing information for ad-hoc chart enquiries can be quite time consuming and may incur a charge. If you would like to know how much your request will cost, email us your requirements.

I've heard a song on the Radio ('s about 'love' and it goes like this...) What is it?

As good as our musical knowledge is, it can be difficult for us to identify songs you've heard on your local radio station. Make a note of the station that played the song and the date and time that you heard it, then contact the station directly. Most stations should be able to give you the information you need.

Are you able to give me song lyrics?

No. We do not have them.

I'd like to buy some of the titles listed on your site. Can you sell them to me?

We do not sell music on our site. If you wish to purchase any of the titles listed on any of our charts, contact a music retailer. A non-exhaustive list of retailers can be found at our ARIA chart stores page.

I'm independently releasing my music. Do I need a barcode?

No, but a barcode can provide a unique way of identifying your product. The ARIA chart is calculated from sales data gathered electronically from computerised stores across Australia.

These stores provide ARIA with sales figures for all of their recorded music sales in any given week. The product is identified to ARIA through either catalogue number or barcode or (preferably) both.

If there is no barcode, accurate identification is impossible. You should at least ensure that the catalogue number you choose is unique to your product.

I'm independently releasing my music. What has to happen for it to chart?

First and foremost, it must be eligible for inclusion in the chart. For more information on the eligibility rules, Data Rules and other rules for the ARIA Charts, please review the ARIA Charts Code of Practice.

The aim of the ARIA Charts is to reflect and inform consumer choice in a dynamic way. All but one of the ARIA charts are based on retail recorded music sales within Australia from a broad sample of music retailers across the country. The exception is the ARIA Club Chart, which is based on reports by working DJs across Australia. None of the ARIA Charts are based on or contain radio airplay information.

ARIA membership is not a prerequisite for the inclusion of specific releases in the ARIA charts, but products must meet the various eligibility rules as set out in our Code of Practice.

When considering including your product in the ARIA Charts, unless your product is being sold through one of our contributing ARIA Chart Stores, then it will not register a chart position.

If you are confident that your product will be selling through one or more of the stores listed on our website, the next step is for you to provide us with a release file (containing details of your product’s release) and a survey request (requesting that your product be included on the chart survey). Both of the following steps MUST be followed for your product to have any chance of charting.

It is also worth noting that if you plan on doing any instore appearances or special promotions that might cause a sales spike in some stores; we need to be notified in writing at least 5 days prior to the event taking place. To do this, an email should be sent to outlining exactly where and when the event or instore is to occur. Immediately after the event we should also be notified of the exact number of units sold.

If we find an unusual number of sales reported for your product and we have not been notified of any such activity we reserve the right to remove those sales from the chart calculation all together.

Please contact the ARIA Chart Department if you have further queries in relation to the eligibility rules or any other requirements.

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