ARIA Charts to give paid subscriptions more weight over free streams

ARIA have announced changes to their streaming policies, which will see more weight given to paid subscriptions in their official charts.

“As the way Australian fans listen to their favourite music continues to evolve, it has always been important that the ARIA Charts reflect what is happening in the marketplace,” ARIA Chief Executive Officer Dan Rosen said.

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The changes will come in by October 27, with the organisation continuing to collect data from Spotify, Google Play Music, Apple Music, Deezer and other streaming platforms.

This data is to contribute to Singles and Albums charts, as well as genre charts. Previous changes in a similar vein have allowed artists like Ed Sheeran and Justin Bieber to break records once held by The Beatles and ABBA.

However, these records were established in a different day and age, using a completely set of data. ARIA’s goal is to fully and accurately create a model that integrates past and present data along a continuum.

“The ARIA Chart is the one place where you can see how music is being consumed in Australia across streaming platforms, download stores and physical retailers,” Rosen said.