Australian Recording Industry Association (ARIA) today announced two new charts, the Australian Dance Singles Chart and the Australian Dance Albums Chart, which will be available at 4.00pm AEST this Friday with the first chart publication date to be Monday, 5 December.
ARIA will report the top 20 dance singles and top 10 dance albums in the charts, which are the second and third new charts to be introduced in 2022, after the New Music Chart became the first chart to be introduced in three years last June. They join the ranks of other Australia-focussed albums and singles charts including Australian Hip Hop/R&B, Country, and Top 20 Singles and Albums in reporting how Australians consume homegrown music on a weekly basis.
For almost 40 years, the ARIA Charts have been the barometer of Australian listening and buying behaviour. The current Singles and Albums Charts, released 5.00pm AEST every Friday, will continue as the ultimate source of information on how Australians buy and stream music.
ARIA CEO, Annabelle Herd, said: “ARIA is determined to find ways to showcase Australian music from all who create it, this is another step in the right direction as we endeavour to provide a transparent scoreboard for our industry and music fans alike to understand how local music is being streamed, purchased and engaged with.
“It makes total sense to have Australian Dance Charts in addition to our regular Dance Charts, you only have to look at this year’s ARIA Awards featuring RÜFÜS DU SOL, Luude and Flume to see that dance music plays such an important role in Australian music culture. It represents many of our most-loved acts across the globe and countless DJs filling clubs across the country on a nightly basis. We’re determined to work with the dance music community to find ways to ensure established and up-and-coming producers are recognised for their contribution to this culture, and provide a greater spotlight as nightlife across Australia continues to recover.”