Top 40 Australia
Top 40 Australia music charts are lists that rank the popularity of best-selling songs, albums and digital releases. Like other music charts in other countries, top 40 Australia music charts are also geographically specific. Some top 40 Australia music charts cover nationwide sales and data, while some are specific to certain regions or states. Top 40 Australia music charts are also time bound, and only monitor the popularity of songs and albums for a specific period of time. Two of the most popular chart compilers of hit tracks in Australia are the Australian Recording Industry Association or ARIA and radio program Take 40.
ARIA's top 40 Australia music charts
The Australian Recording Industry Association is a trade group that is recognised as the official publisher of top 40 Australian music charts. Among the top 40 Australia music charts published by ARIA are top 40 highest selling music DVDs, urban releases and digital tracks. These ARIA-compiled top 40 Australia music charts are published weekly on ARIA's website and through printed release. Those who want to check out ARIA's weekly top 40 Australia music charts can log on to the organisation's website where they publish their charts every Sunday night at around six pm.
According to ARIA records, there have only been two artists who reached the number one spot solely through digital downloads: Rihanna's "Don't Stop the Music" and Katy Perry's "I Kissed a Girl". Both tracks were released in early 2008.
Take 40's top 40 Australia music charts
Aside from the Australian Recording Industry Association, Take 40 is also one of the most widely recognised compilers of top 40 Australia music charts. Take 40 releases top 40 Australia music charts through radio broadcast. Take 40's top 40 Australia music chart show was first broadcast in 1984, which was then hosted by radio legend Barry Bissell. Bissell was the host for the top 40 Australia music chart show for 20 years, until Andrew G replaced him in 2004.
Take 40 is one of the longest running top 40 Australia music countdowns both in radio and television. The top 40 Australia music charts released and broadcast by Take 40 are based on data gathered from record sales, radio airplay and sales figures from online music retailers. Take 40's top 40 Australia music countdown is broadcast weekly, and ranks the country's most popular songs. Although the charts released by Take 40 are not considered as official as those released by ARIA, the Take 40 charts are regarded with credibility and have a huge nationwide following.