Chart FAQs

How is the ARIA chart calculated?

ARIA collects recorded music sales data from the majority of Australia's music retailers. The data from each store is matched with the ARIA database and the sales figures are extrapolated to achieve a 'best estimate' of the actual overall sales of each title. Titles are ranked according to their 'weighted' sales figures.


How often is the ARIA chart calculated?

The ARIA charts are calculated once a week on Friday. They are based on retail recorded music sales within Australia for the week from the preceding Friday to the Thursday prior to calculation. The new charts are usually uploaded to the website on Saturday night Eastern Australian time.

How many sales does it take to reach No.100, 50, 40, 10, 1..?

There is no fixed number of sales required to achieve a certain chart position on any given week. A rough guide can be drawn by looking at the average accreditation over a number of weeks. For example, if a title goes Gold in 7 weeks it could be assumed that it has sold an average of 5,000 copies per week (35,000 sales/7 weeks).

Sometimes I see a gold release debuting higher on the charts than a platinum title released in the same week. How does this happen?

The ARIA accreditations are based on sales from the record companies to retailers, while the charts are based on sales from the retailers to the public. Sometimes a title purchased in great quantity by stores in anticipation of massive retail sales may sell more slowly than expected and a less highly anticipated release may exceed expected sales.

Every now and then a single or album will rise in most or all state charts, but fall nationally. Is there an error in that week's chart?

While it is not common, this happens every now and again. The ARIA chart is based on recorded music sales across Australia. Titles are ranked according to their sales in each state and the national position is determined by ranking the summed sales totals across the five ARIA state charts. However, titles don't always sell consistently across the country.

Here is a simplified example to illustrate the concept. Assume that there are only four titles competing for positions, titles A, B, C and D.

On the first week, the titles charted and (sold) as follow:

TITLE NSW VIC/TAS QLD SA WA (TOTAL SALES) POSITION
A 1 (10) 3 (4) 3 (4) 1 (6) 1 (6) (30) 1
B 2 (5) 2 (5) 2 (5) 2 (5) 2 (5) (25) 3
C 3 (4) 1 (8) 1 (7) 3 (4) 3 (4) (27) 2
D 4 (1) 4 (1) 4 (1) 4 (1) 4 (1) (5) 4

On the following week, the scenario changes to this:

TITLE NSW VIC/TAS QLD SA WA (TOTAL SALES) POSITION
A 1 (10) 10 (1) 10 (1) 1 (6) 1 (6) (24) 4
B 3 (8) 3 (6) 3 (5) 3 (4) 3 (4) (27) 1
C 10 (2) 1 (8) 2 (6) 2 (5) 2 (5) (26) 2
D 2 (9) 2 (7) 1 (7) 10 (1) 10 (1) (25) 3

From this scenario, it can be seen that title B, despite falling from No.2 to No.3 in every State actually climbs to No.1 nationally, while title A suffers almost the opposite fate. Of course, the order of the weeks could be reversed and title B's national fate would also be reversed.

How are the bullets on the ARIA chart determined?

The bullets attached to both the ARIA Singles and Albums charts are determined by upward chart movement over the previous week. The number of places that a title needs to move to qualify for a bullet is less towards the top of the chart.

It is more difficult to move up five places in the top 10 than it is to move 20 at the lower end of the top 50. Titles do not qualify for bullets below position 70 on the chart.

I'm looking for a chart from the past and can't find it anywhere. Are past ARIA charts available anywhere on the website?

ARIA is in the process of reviewing and redeveloping its web presence to increase the interactivity of the chart and include some access to archival chart information.

Can ARIA provide me with old chart related information, for example a chart history for a specific artist?

The ARIA charts date back to the middle of 1983 but our database only goes back to mid 1988 when we started calculating the charts in-house. Accessing information for ad-hoc chart enquiries can be quite time consuming and may incur a charge. If you would like to know how much your request will cost, email us your requirements.

I've heard a song on the Radio (...it's about 'love' and it goes like this...) What is it?

As good as our musical knowledge is, it can be difficult for us to identify songs you've heard on your local radio station. Make a note of the station that played the song and the date and time that you heard it, then contact the station directly. Most stations should be able to give you the information you need.

Are you able to give me song lyrics?

No. We do not have them.

I'd like to buy some of the titles listed on your site. Can you sell them to me?

We do not sell music on our site. If you wish to purchase any of the titles listed on any of our charts, contact a music retailer. A non-exhaustive list of retailers can be found at our ARIA chart stores page.

I'm independently releasing a CD. Do I need a barcode?

No, but a barcode can provide a unique way of identifying your product. The ARIA chart is calculated from sales data gathered electronically from computerised stores across Australia.

These stores provide ARIA with sales figures for all of their recorded music sales in any given week. The product is identified to ARIA through either catalogue number or barcode or (preferably) both.

If there is no barcode, accurate identification is impossible. You should at least ensure that the catalogue number you choose is unique to your product.

I'm independently releasing a CD. What has to happen for it to chart?

First and foremost, it must be eligible for inclusion in the chart.  In order to ensure that ARIA is able to effectively track all titles, it will also be necessary for you to advise ARIA that you wish to have it tracked and provide ARIA with the necessary information for inclusion in ARIA's chart database. 

Please contact the ARIA Chart Department if you have any queries in relation to the eligibility rules or any other requirements.

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