Australian Recording Industry Association (ARIA) today announced the creation of the New Music Chart, the first new chart introduced by the peak body of Australian music in three years, as well as the early release of the Australian Single and Album Charts, commencing 10 June.
Created in response to the constantly evolving landscape of music consumption, the New Release Chart will reflect the hottest new local and overseas tracks on a four-month cycle, allowing a greater, more dynamic insight into how Australians are engaging with the freshest new and emerging music. The chart will also be limited to three entries per artist.
As part of ARIA’s ongoing mission to champion local music by creating opportunities for Australian music to be heard in all its forms, it will also introduce the weekly early release of the Australian Single and Album Charts, available at 4.00pm AEST every Friday. The move will provide a new opportunity for Australian releases to be in the spotlight before the main charts are released.
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: “As the musical landscape evolves, so does the way Australians buy, stream, listen and engage with the music they love. When that happens, it’s our role to find new opportunities to celebrate fresh releases and shine a light on our home-grown artists, continuing our proud history of championing the incredible, talented and dedicated industry we are lucky to call our own.
“For nearly 40 years, ARIA has been trusted to paint the most accurate and engaging picture of exactly which tracks and artists have Australia captivated, and we are very proud to introduce the next step in that story.
“The New Music Chart is about spotlighting exactly what new music Australians are seeking out and introducing into their lives each week. We hope this will showcase hot and exciting talent, including our local artists, as well as emerging music trends,” she said.