ARIA Launches New Award To Recognize Chart-Topping Success

Kylie Minogue shows off her “ARIA #1 Chart Award” for “Kiss Me Once” which topped the albums chart for the week commencing March 24, 2014.

Artists who top the sales charts in Australia will now receive something tangible to commemorate their special achievement. 

Charts compiler ARIA is now presenting a “#1 Chart Award” to those acts whose single or album reaches the peak position Down Under.

ARIA has retrospectively awarded all the Aussie artists that have topped the charts since January 2013; the likes of Kylie Minogue, 5 Seconds of Summer, Flume and Karnivool have received their honors. International artists receive a trophy going forward from this week.

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Since January 2013, Australian acts have spent 34 weeks in the No. 1 spot across the ARIA Singles and Albums charts. Over this same period, 82 singles from domestic artists were awarded gold, platinum or multi-platinum status, while 66 individual Australian albums were accredited.

“A key feature of ARIA’s activities has always been to champion the development and success of recording artists," comments ARIA chairman Denis Handlin in a statement. "The ARIA #1 Chart Awards not only reflect the sales and chart successes achieved but also the great passion of fans right across the country for music.”

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ARIA has posted images of #1 Chart Award recipients posing with their trophies at www.ariacharts.com.au/arianumberones.

The ARIA Charts celebrated its 30th anniversary in 2013. The trade body published its first survey — then the Countdown Chart — on July 10, 1983. Bonnie Tyler’s "Total Eclipse Of The Heart" topped the first singles chart and Michael Jackson’s "Thriller" was the first No. 1 on the albums chart.


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