The ARIA Charts (stylised as the AR1A CHARTS since November 2018) are the main Australian music sales charts, issued weekly by the Australian Recording Industry Association. The charts are a record of the highest selling songs and albums in various genres in Australia. ARIA became the official Australian music chart in June 1988, succeeding the Kent Music Report, which had been Australia's national music sales charts since 1974.
The Go-Set charts were Australia's first national singles and albums charts, published from 5 October 1966 until 24 August 1974. Succeeding Go-Set, the Kent Music Report began issuing the national top 100 charts in Australia from May 1974. The compiler, David Kent, also published Australia's national charts from 1940 to 1974 in a retrospective fashion using state based data. In mid 1983, the Australian Recording Industry Association commenced licensing the Kent Music Report chart.The first printed national top 50 chart available in record stores, branded the Countdown chart, was dated the week ending 10 July 1983.
ARIA began compiling its own charts in-house from the chart survey dated 13 June 1988, corresponding with the printed top 50 chart dated week ending 26 June 1988.Various artists compilation albums were initially included in the albums chart, as they had been on the Kent Report chart, until 2 July 1989, when a separate Compilations chart was created. The ARIA Report, detailing the top 100 singles and albums charts, was first available via subscription in January 1990. The printed top 50 chart ceased publication in June 1998, but resumed publication later in the year. The printed top 50 chart again ceased publication at the end of 2000.
Since 17 February 1997, all physical sales data contributing towards the chart has been recorded electronically at point of sale.In March 1991, "Do the Bartman" by The Simpsons was the first single to reach No. 1 in Australia that was not available on 7-inch vinyl, but cassingle only.
In April 2006, ARIA began publishing the Digital Tracks Chart, counting download sales data from providers such as iTunes and BigPond Music.Starting from 9 October 2006, digital sales data was integrated into the singles chart alongside physical sales, although singles were required to have a physical release to be included. From 5 November 2007, the eligibility rules were widened so that singles only available digitally could chart, and "Apologize" by Timbaland was the first single to enter the chart purely on digital sales. In February 2008, "Don't Stop the Music" by Rihanna became the first single to reach number one on digital sales alone.
In May 2006, it was announced that the Brazin retailing group, comprising HMV, Sanity and Virgin Megastore outlets, would no longer contribute sales data to the ARIA charts.However, after a five-month absence, Brazin reportedly re-commenced contributing sales figures on 26 November 2006.
On 10 December 2012, ARIA launched the Streaming Tracks Chart, tracking audio streaming data from services such as Spotify, and later Apple Music.ARIA introduced streaming data into the singles chart on 24 November 2014, and the albums chart on 15 May 2017. In October 2018, ARIA changed the methodology to give greater emphasis to paid subscription streams over ad-supported streams.
On 15 March 2021, ARIA announced that as of the following Friday, they would be releasing weekly chart figures at 5pm AEST each Friday, replacing the previous method of releasing them each Saturday evening.
On 1 March 2022, the association announced that chart figures would incorporate YouTube streaming data from logged-in users from 4 March onwards.
The ARIA website publishes the top 50 singles and albums charts (truncated from the top 100), top 40 digital tracks chart (truncated from the top 50), and top 20 dance singles chart (truncated from the top 25). The ARIA Report lists all charts in full and is available via paid e-mail subscription each week. These reports are uploaded to the Pandora Archive periodically.
The top 50 singles and albums charts are also published by online industry magazine The Music Network , along with various other charts.
On 5 February 2006, the ARIA Chart Show was a radio program launched on the Nova network and broadcast throughout Australia, playing the official ARIA top 50 singles. The live music program was hosted by Jabba each Sunday afternoon at 3:00pm.
From 1 June 2013 to 3 September 2016, the Take 40 Australia radio program broadcast the official ARIA top 40 singles on Saturday afternoons, typically from 2:00 pm to 6:00 pm, on each state's Hit Network-owned radio station.The show was aired before the top 50 chart, dated for the following Monday, is published on the ARIA website at 6:00 pm. The charts were previously published online at 6:00 pm each Sunday.
The Australian Recording Industry Association (ARIA) is a trade group representing the Australian recording industry which was established in the 1970s by six major record companies, EMI, Festival, CBS, RCA, WEA and Universal replacing the Association of Australian Record Manufacturers (AARM) which was formed in 1956. It oversees the collection, administration and distribution of music licenses and royalties.
American singer Britney Spears has released nine studio albums, eight compilation albums, nine box sets, three extended plays (EPs), 48 singles, ten promotional singles, two charity singles, and has made three guest appearances. In 1997, Spears signed a recording contract with American record label Jive Records in order to launch her career.
American singer-songwriter Kelly Clarkson has released nine studio albums, six extended plays, one compilation album, one remix album, and 48 singles. In 2002, she won the inaugural season of the television competition American Idol and was immediately signed to a recording deal with 19 Recordings, S Records, and RCA Records. She made her chart debut in September 2002 with the double A-side single "Before Your Love"/"A Moment Like This", latter of which topped the Billboard Hot 100 chart and eventually became the year's best-selling single in the United States. Her debut album, Thankful, was released in April 2003 and entered the US Billboard 200 chart at number one. Thankful produced the hit lead single "Miss Independent" and was certified double-platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA).
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New Zealand-born country music singer Keith Urban has released 12 studio albums, four compilation albums, and 52 singles. He began his career in 1991 with the release of his self-titled debut album on EMI and Capitol Records in Australia. After an American album in 1997 as a member of The Ranch, he embarked on a solo career there as well, subsequently releasing five more studio albums. His highest-certified album in the US is 2004's Be Here, which is four-times-platinum.
American singer Justin Timberlake has released five studio albums, two compilation albums, three extended plays, and 40 singles. Timberlake initially started his music career in 1995, as a member of boy band NSYNC. Following the group's hiatus in 2002, he released his solo debut studio album, Justified, in November that same year. The album was a commercial success and peaked at number two on the US Billboard 200 chart and additionally topped the charts in Ireland and the United Kingdom. Justified earned multiple multi-platinum certifications, including a triple platinum certification from the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) and a sextuple platinum certification from the British Phonographic Industry (BPI). It produced four singles: "Like I Love You", "Cry Me a River", "Rock Your Body" and "Señorita"; all performed well commercially, with two of them becoming top 5 hits on the US Billboard Hot 100 chart and top two hits on the UK Singles Chart. "Rock Your Body" also reached number one in Australia.
American singer and songwriter Chris Brown has released 9 studio albums, 9 mixtapes, 58 singles and 13 promotional singles.
The Jonas Brothers have released five studio albums, twelve extended plays, three live albums, five soundtrack albums, twenty-eight singles, seven promotional singles, thirty-one music videos and other album appearances. The band released five albums: It's About Time (2006), Jonas Brothers (2007), A Little Bit Longer (2008), Lines, Vines and Trying Times (2009), and Happiness Begins (2019). In 2008, the group was nominated for the Best New Artist award at the 51st Grammy Awards and won the award for Breakthrough Artist at the American Music Awards.
English singer-songwriter Adele has released four studio albums, one video album, two extended plays, 16 singles and nine music videos. Adele signed a record deal with XL in 2006, and released her debut album 19 in 2008. The album reached number one on the UK Albums Chart, and her single, "Chasing Pavements", reached number two on the UK Singles Chart. Another single, "Make You Feel My Love", reached number one in the Netherlands.
The discography of Canadian rapper and singer Drake consists of six studio albums, three compilation albums, two extended plays, seven mixtapes, 139 singles, five promotional singles and 84 music videos. His music has been released on record labels Universal Motown Records and Republic Records, along with subsidiaries Young Money Entertainment, Cash Money Records and OVO Sound. With 170 million records sold worldwide, he is among the best-selling music artists in history. Drake has achieved 10 No. 1 albums on the Billboard 200 and 9 No. 1 hits on the Billboard Hot 100. Billboard hailed him as the "Artist of the 2010s Decade" and the 16th Greatest Artist of all time. RIAA ranks him as the top-selling digital artist of all time with 163.5 million in the United States.
"'Till I Collapse" is a song by American rapper Eminem, released from his fourth studio album, The Eminem Show, in 2002. It is the 18th track on the album, and features American rapper Nate Dogg performing the hook. Despite never being released as a single, the song has managed to chart numerous times worldwide and is one of Eminem's most streamed songs on Spotify, with over 1 billion streams, as of 17 February 2021. The song's chords loosely sample Pink Floyd's "One of the Few".
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American singer Ariana Grande has released six studio albums, one compilation album, one live album, one remix album, two extended plays (EPs), 53 singles, and 17 promotional singles. After signing with Republic Records, she released her debut single "Put Your Hearts Up" in December 2011. Across albums, singles and features, Grande has sold over 85 million records worldwide, making her one of the best-selling music artists of all time. Having amassed 98 billion consumed streams thus far, Grande is the most streamed female artist ever. She is also the most streamed female artist on Spotify and Apple Music. She has amassed 71 chart entries on the Billboard Hot 100—the fourth most entries for a female artist—including six number ones and 19 top-10 hits. Grande was named the '12th Artist of the Decade' of the 2010s, and was ranked among Billboard's Greatest of All Time Hot 100 Artists, at number 78.
American singer-songwriter Taylor Swift has released 54 singles as lead artist, 8 singles as a featured artist, and 31 promotional singles. She had sold over 150 million singles worldwide by December 2016. Her UK singles sales as of August 2019 stood at 17 million. According to the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA), Swift has achieved 134 million certified units based on sales and on-demand streaming as of September 2021. With 166 US Billboard Hot 100 chart entries, including 8 number-one songs and 30 top-ten songs, Swift is the female artist with the most charted songs in the United States.
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