Every day, Australia enjoys the sunrise before most other countries. There’s a new dawn for the country’s official music charts, too, which are moving forward one day for a Friday publication.
Starting from this Friday (March 19), the weekly ARIA charts will be published at 5pm, a full 24 hours earlier than usual.
With the shift, Australia will be the first major market weekly charts available anywhere. “We hope this will provide more opportunities to promote the Australian market and local artists,” says a rep for ARIA, which compiles the charts.
The moves won’t introduce any changes to ARIA’s chart week, which rolls from the start of Friday until the end of Thursday, while the data submission deadline for chart information providers remains in place for 10:30am on Friday.
In a typical chart week, the rankings would be tallied by late Friday and that information would be kept under lock and key until Saturday evening. Now music fans and the industry will have earlier access.
“Local and international artists will be looking to us first to see whether they have secured that coveted No. 1 spot at the top of the charts,” comments Annabelle Herd, CEO of ARIA.
In lockstep with the release date switch, ARIA has teamed up with TikTok. Going forward, the short-video app will break the news first each week on the ARIA No. 1 album.
The trade body published its first survey — then the Countdown Chart — on July 10, 1983. Bonnie Tyler’s “Total Eclipse Of The Heart” led the first singles chart and Michael Jackson’s blockbuster 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.
Today, ARIA’s suite of charts capture sales and consumption from over 600 retailers and digital music services.