When the Australian charts are published this weekend, the weekly countdowns will have a new look, a new feel and, importantly, a new methodology.
ARIA, the charts compiler, is refreshing its national sales and consumption surveys by applying a fresh multi-level streaming methodology.
Currently, all streams are treated equally but, going forward, ARIA will reward streams from paid subscriptions more than those from ad-supported services or programmed platforms. It’s all part of an international movement to measure streams in a “revenue-reflective and access-based manner,” ARIA explains.
The changes will apply to all its singles and albums charts calculations, and will be reflected for the first time in the charts for the week ending Saturday, Oct. 27.
“As the way Australian fans listen to their favorite music continues to evolve, it has always been important that the ARIA Charts reflect what is happening in the marketplace,” comments ARIA CEO Dan Rosen in a statement. “These changes ensure that the ARIA Charts remain the most comprehensive and trusted Charts in Australia." ARIA didn’t break down the calculations for its new streaming approach.
Earlier this year, Billboard’s charts evolved with a change where plays from paid subscription-based services took on a greater weight than programmed and content played on ad-supported services or on the non-paid tiers of hybrid paid/ad-supported platforms.
To throw a spotlight on the revamped Australian tallies, ARIA has launched a fresh logo that represents “longevity in the marketplace and the past, present and future of the ARIA Charts,” Rosen explains.
ARIA has published Australia’s national charts each week for more than 35 years. The trade body published its first survey — then the Countdown Chart — on July 10, 1983. Bonnie Tyler’s "Total Eclipse Of The Heart" lead the first singles chart and Michael Jackson’s Thriller was the first No. 1 on the albums chart. The singles chart evolved in November 2014 with the inclusion of on-demand streams, and the albums chart followed suit in May 2017.