New direction for Australia’s official music charts

ARIA, Motorola and Nova announce new strategic alliance

Sydney, Australia – 31 January 2006 – The Australian Recording Industry Association (ARIA), Motorola Mobile Devices Australia and New Zealand and dmg Radio Australia, today announced the formation of a strategic alliance that signals a new era for Australia’s official music charts, the ARIA Charts.

Under the agreement, Motorola will become the official sponsor of the ARIA Charts and gain co-naming rights to a range of key ARIA events, including the annual ARIA Awards and the ARIA No.1 Chart Awards. The deal will also see the re-launch of ARIA printed charts available for consumers through retail stores across Australia and the introduction of an array of exciting new Motorola promotions surrounding local and international artists and new releases.

The new agreement will also see the launch of the official Motorola ARIA Chart show throughout Australia on the Nova network. This new live music program, which will be hosted by Jabba each Sunday afternoon, will position the Motorola ARIA Charts at the forefront of music culture in Australia.

Denis Handlin, ARIA Chairman and Chairman & CEO, SONY BMG Music Entertainment Australia and New Zealand, said this exciting new direction for ARIA will cement the ARIA Charts as the one and only authoritative music chart in Australia.

“For over 20 years the ARIA Charts have accurately reflected the music that Australian consumers determine to be the most popular, based on their retail purchases from over 1,100 music retailers across Australia,” Mr Handlin said.

“ARIA is committed to ensuring that the ARIA Charts continue to be the one and only authoritative music chart in the country. This new alliance with both Motorola and Nova will assist us greatly in achieving this objective. We are excited about the opportunities that these new relationships will bring and look forward to hearing the first exclusive Motorola ARIA Chart show this Sunday afternoon,” he continued.

John O’Donnell, ARIA Chart & Marketing Committee Chairman and Managing Director, EMI Music Australia, noted that this significant investment in the local recording industry provided a number of valuable opportunities for artists, retailers, labels and promoters.

“Ensuring the ARIA Charts continue to excite consumers, artists, labels, promoters and retailers is a key focus for the industry. Through this great alliance with Motorola and Nova, we will witness an increase in promotional opportunities for artists, labels and promoters. We can also re-introduce printed charts to provide a boost to our retail partners and provide consumers with an exciting, live and official chart countdown show. All of these exciting initiatives would not be possible without the development of this alliance,” Mr O’Donnell said.
Andrew Volard, Managing Director, Motorola Mobile Devices, Australia and New Zealand, said that the company is passionate about fostering local music talent, so the ARIA alliance is a natural extension of their existing support for the industry.

“Motorola is delighted to announce this agreement with ARIA. Globally, we have worked with top music artists on exciting partnerships including the Black Eyed Peas, Simple Plan and Gwen Stefani,” Mr Volard said.

“Locally, we have a strong relationship with MTV and in 2005 we launched ROKR, the first mobile phone with iTunes. The agreement with ARIA will help us to further realise our goal of bringing the very best in music to people around Australia,” he continued.

Dean Buchanan, Group Program Director for dmg Radio Australia, said Nova is proud to be the broadcast partner for this new initiative with ARIA and Motorola and looks forward to celebrating the amazing success and potential of the Australian music industry.

“Nova has had a dramatic impact on the Australian music scene since its launch in 2001 with more styles, genres and Australian music being exposed and celebrated than ever before. Championing new and hit music is central to Nova’s success, so the Motorola ARIA Chart show is a natural direction for the network,” Mr Buchanan said.

“The weekly Motorola ARIA show, hosted by the much loved and talented Jabba, will be Nova’s first live, national show and the first place for listeners, music buyers and music lovers to hear each week’s top song,” he continued.

The Motorola ARIA Chart show will be broadcast nationally, live at 3pm EDST on the Nova Network each Sunday from 5 February 2006.
Sydney Nova 96.9FM 3pm
Melbourne Nova 100.3FM 3pm
Brisbane Nova106.9FM 2pm (local time)
Perth Nova 93.7FM 12pm (local time)
Adelaide Nova 91.9FM 2.30pm (local time)

The Motorola ARIA Charts will be published on from Monday, 6 February 2006

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