Official New Zealand Music Chart

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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 (RIANZ)). The 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.[1]

Methodology[edit]

The singles chart is currently sales and streaming data of songs. In June 2014 it was announced that the chart would also include streaming;[2] this took effect for the chart published 7 November 2014 and dated 10 November 2014.[3] Previously airplay was factored into the chart methodology as well.[4][5]

History[edit]

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.[6] 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.[7][8]

Certifications[edit]

A single qualifies for gold certification if it exceeds 7500 and platinum certification if it exceeds 15,000 copies sold as over-the-counter physical single sales or direct digital sales. An album qualifies for gold certification if it exceeds 7500 and platinum certification if it exceeds 15,000 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.[1]

Shipping thresholds for RIANZ accreditations, by format
Format / productGoldPlatinum
Singles7,50015,000
Albums7,50015,000
Music DVDs2,5005,000

Chart records[edit]

Artists with the most number-one hits[edit]

These totals includes singles when the artist is 'featured'—that is, not the main artist.

ArtistNumber-one
singles
Longest runTotal weeks at
number one
The Beatles14"Hey Jude" (5 weeks)31
Katy Perry9"Roar" (11 weeks)30
Michael Jackson8"Beat It", "Black or White" (5 weeks each)28
U28"One Tree Hill" (6 weeks)23
Akon7"Moonshine" (7 weeks)24
Bee Gees7"Tragedy" (6 weeks)17
Eminem7"Without Me" (7 weeks)29
Mariah Carey7"I'll Be There", "Endless Love" (5 weeks each)18
Rihanna7"We Found Love" (9 weeks)32
ABBA6"Fernando" (9 weeks)17
Chris Brown6"Forever" (8 weeks)26
The Black Eyed Peas6"I Gotta Feeling" (9 weeks)20

New Zealand artists with the most number-one hits[edit]

These totals includes singles when the artist is 'featured'—that is, not the main artist.

ArtistNumber-one
singles
Longest runTotal weeks at
number one
Scribe4"Stand Up"/"Not Many" (12 weeks)20
Deep Obsession3"Lost in Love", "One & Only" (2 weeks each)5
John Rowles3"Tania" (4 weeks)6
Mr. Lee Grant3"Thanks To You" (3 weeks)6
3 The Hard Way2"Hip Hop Holiday" (3 weeks)4
Ginny Blackmore2"Bones", "Holding You" (1 week each) †2
Jon Stevens2"Jezebel" (6 weeks)7
Lorde2"Royals" (3 weeks)4
Mark Williams2"It Doesn't Matter Anymore" (4 weeks)7
P-Money2"Stop the Music", "Everything" (3 weeks each)6
Savage2Moonshine (7 weeks)12
Stan Walker2"Black Box" (6 weeks) †7
Tex Pistol2"Game of Love", "Nobody Else" (1 week each)2

Singles with most weeks at number one[edit]

Note: Songs denoted with an asterisk (*) spent non-consecutive weeks at number one

15 weeks
14 weeks
12 weeks
11 weeks
10 weeks
9 weeks

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "ABOUT THE CHART". NZ Music Charts. Retrieved 11 June 2013. 
  2. ^ "Online streaming to feature in NZ music charts". One News (Television New Zealand). 24 June 2014. Retrieved 24 June 2014. 
  3. ^ Jenkin, Lydia (6 November 2014). "Streamed music hits charts". The New Zealand Herald. Retrieved 6 November 2014. 
  4. ^ Scapolo 2007, p. 3.
  5. ^ "Chart Facts". RIANZ. Archived from the original on 11 July 2010. 
  6. ^ "Charts - RadioScope New Zealand". radioscope.net.nz. Retrieved 28 August 2011. 
  7. ^ "NZ Singles". The Official New Zealand Music Chart. RIANZ. Retrieved 11 November 2011. 
  8. ^ "NZ Albums". The Official New Zealand Music Chart. RIANZ. Retrieved 11 November 2011. 


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