The Official New Zealand Music Chart is the weekly New Zealand top 40 singles and albums charts, issued weekly by Recorded Music NZ (formerly Recording Industry Association of New Zealand). The Music Chart also includes the top-20 New Zealand artist singles and albums and top 10 compilation albums. All charts are compiled from data of both physical and digital sales from music retailers in New Zealand.
New Zealand is a sovereign island country in the southwestern Pacific Ocean. The country geographically comprises two main landmasses—the North Island, and the South Island —and around 600 smaller islands. New Zealand is situated some 1,500 kilometres (900 mi) east of Australia across the Tasman Sea and roughly 1,000 kilometres (600 mi) south of the Pacific island areas of New Caledonia, Fiji, and Tonga. Because of its remoteness, it was one of the last lands to be settled by humans. During its long period of isolation, New Zealand developed a distinct biodiversity of animal, fungal, and plant life. The country's varied topography and its sharp mountain peaks, such as the Southern Alps, owe much to the tectonic uplift of land and volcanic eruptions. New Zealand's capital city is Wellington, while its most populous city is Auckland.
A record chart, also called a music chart, is a ranking of recorded music according to certain criteria during a given period of time. Although in the UK, the official chart has only included physical sales and paid-for streaming, many different criteria are used in worldwide charts, including record sales, the amount of radio airplay, and since the popularity of online consumption of music, the number of downloads and the amount of streaming activity.
Recorded Music NZ is a non-profit trade association of record producers, distributors and recording artists who sell music in New Zealand. Membership of Recorded Music NZ is open to any record label operating in New Zealand, and is dominated by the American and UK owned "Big Three". Recorded Music NZ has approximately 56 affiliate members.
The singles chart is currently sales and streaming data of songs. In June 2014 it was announced that the chart would also include streaming;this took effect for the chart published 7 November 2014 and dated 10 November 2014. Previously airplay was factored into the chart methodology as well.
In radio broadcasting, airplay is how frequently a song is being played on radio stations. A song which is being played several times every day (spins) would have a large amount of airplay. Music which became very popular on jukeboxes, in nightclubs and at discotheques between the 1940s and 1960s would also have airplay.
Prior to 2004, RIANZ also published an annual ranking chart of singles and albums released in New Zealand. Position was awarded by a simple scoring system whereby a number one in one week gets 50 points, a number two gets 49 points and so on, then all weeks are added together. From 2004 onwards, however, the annual charts have songs positioned based on the number of sales for that year.
From April 2007 to October 2011, the charts were displayed and archived at the website radioscope.net.nz which listed 13 different charts, most notably RadioScope100 and NZ40 Airplay Chart.In November 2011, RIANZ launched an updated chart website. The new Chart website also provides the ability to listen to song previews, view music videos, and buy tracks and albums.
In May 2015, Recorded Music NZ celebrated the 40th anniversary of the Official NZ Top 40 Music Charts. An event was held at Vector Arena in Auckland and featured performances from 16 artists from New Zealand and overseas who had previously achieved various chart milestones, including most number ones, most chart entries, most weeks in the chart and most weeks at number one).
As part of the celebrations, a limited edition single pressed on red vinyl was released, with Tiki Taane's song "Always on my Mind" (the New Zealand track to spend the most weeks - 55 - in the singles chart) and Scribe's song "Stand Up" (the New Zealand single to spend the most weeks - 12 - at number one.
The following chart achievements were noted:
From June 2016, the method of determining certifications was changed to a points-based system based on a combination of physical sales, digital sales and online streams. For singles, 175 streams is considered equal to one sale. For albums, the Stream Equivalent Album (SEA) system is used.
A single qualifies for gold certification if it exceeds 15,000 points and platinum certification if it exceeds 30,000 points. An album qualifies for gold certification if it exceeds 7500 points and platinum certification if it exceeds 15,000 points. wholesale sales to retailers. For music DVDs (formerly videos), a gold accreditation represents 2,500 copies shipped, with a platinum accreditation representing 5,000 units shipped.
|Format / product||Gold||Platinum|
These totals include singles when the artist is 'featured'—that is, not the main artist.
|Longest run||Total weeks at|
|The Beatles||14 ‡||"Hey Jude" (5 weeks)||31|
|Katy Perry||9||"Roar" (11 weeks)||30|
|Michael Jackson||8||"Beat It", "Black or White" (5 weeks each)||28|
|U2||8||"One Tree Hill" (6 weeks)||23|
|Rihanna||8||"We Found Love" (9 weeks)||33|
|Mariah Carey||8||"I'll Be There", "Endless Love" (5 weeks each)||19|
|Eminem||7||"Without Me" (7 weeks)||29|
|Akon||7||"Moonshine" (7 weeks)||23|
|Bee Gees||7||"Tragedy" (6 weeks)||17|
|Beyoncé||6||“Sweet Dreams (3 weeks)||13|
|Justin Bieber||6||"Despacito (Remix)" (13 weeks)||39|
|Chris Brown||6||"Forever" (8 weeks)||26|
|The Black Eyed Peas||6||"I Gotta Feeling" (9 weeks)||20|
|ABBA||6||"Fernando" (9 weeks)||17|
These totals includes singles when the artist is 'featured'—that is, not the main artist.
|Longest run||Total weeks at|
|Scribe||4||"Stand Up"/"Not Many" (12 weeks) †||20|
|John Rowles||3 ‡||"Tania" (4 weeks)||6|
|Mr. Lee Grant||3 ‡||"Thanks To You" (3 weeks)||6|
|Lorde||3||"Royals" (3 weeks)||5|
|Deep Obsession||3||"Lost in Love", "One & Only" (2 weeks each)||5|
|Savage||3||"Moonshine" (7 weeks)||17|
|Jon Stevens||2||"Jezebel" (5 weeks)||7|
|Mark Williams||2||"It Doesn't Matter Anymore" (4 weeks)||7|
|Stan Walker||2||"Black Box" (6 weeks) †||7|
|P-Money||2||"Stop the Music", "Everything" (3 weeks each) †||6|
|3 The Hard Way||2||"Hip Hop Holiday" (3 weeks)||4|
|Avalanche City||2||"Love Love Love" (3 weeks)||4|
|Ginny Blackmore||2||"Bones", "Holding You" (1 week each) †||2|
|Tex Pistol||2||"Game of Love", "Nobody Else" (1 week each)||2|
|Year||Artist||Song||Total weeks at|
|2014||Pharrell Williams||"Happy" *||15|
|1978||Boney M.||"Rivers of Babylon"||14|
|2016||Drake featuring Wizkid and Kyla||"One Dance"||13|
|2017||Ed Sheeran||"Shape of You" *||13|
|2017||Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee featuring Justin Bieber||"Despacito (Remix)"||13|
|1975||Freddy Fender||"Wasted Days and Wasted Nights" *||12|
|2003|| Scribe ||"Stand Up/Not Many" *||12|
|1992||Whitney Houston||"I Will Always Love You"||11|
|1993||UB40||"Can't Help Falling in Love" *||11|
|2005||Crazy Frog||"Axel F" *||11|
|2009|| Smashproof featuring Gin Wigmore ||"Brother"||11|
|2011||LMFAO feat. Lauren Bennett & GoonRock||"Party Rock Anthem"||11|
|2013||Robin Thicke feat. Pharrell Williams & T.I.||"Blurred Lines" *||11|
|1973||Tony Orlando & Dawn||"Tie a Yellow Ribbon Round the Ole Oak Tree"||10|
|2008||Lady Gaga||"Poker Face"||10|
|2009/2010|| Stan Walker ||"Black Box"||10|
|2015/2016||Justin Bieber||"Love Yourself"||10|
|1976||Elton John and Kiki Dee||"Don't Go Breaking My Heart" *||9|
|1986||All of Us ||"Sailing Away"||9|
|1995||Coolio featuring L.V.||"Gangsta's Paradise" *||9|
|2009||The Black Eyed Peas||"I Gotta Feeling"||9|
|2011||Rihanna featuring Calvin Harris||"We Found Love"||9|
|2012/2013||Macklemore & Ryan Lewis featuring Wanz -||"Thrift Shop"||9|
|2014/2015||Mark Ronson featuring Bruno Mars||"Uptown Funk"||9|
The following is a list of albums that have been certified by the Recorded Music NZ.
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