It’s a new dawn for the ARIA Charts, which will be revamped from this weekend to place greater emphasis on paid subscription streams.
The charts compiler is moving with the times by applying a new multi-level streaming methodology for all its singles and albums charts calculations. Currently, all streams are treated equally but, from now on, ARIA will reward streams from paid subscriptions more than those from ad-supported services or programmed platforms.
Billboard and Nielsen Music took the plunge with the U.S. charts earlier this year, where plays from paid subscription-based services (such as Spotify, Amazon Music and Apple Music) now have a greater weight than programmed content or plays on ad-supported services (including YouTube) or on the non-paid tiers of hybrid paid/ad-supported platforms (Spotify and SoundCloud).
ARIA will usher in the changes with the publication of the charts for the week ending Saturday, Oct. 27.
It’s unclear just how ARIA will calculate those streams, or just how closely they adopt the U.S. methodology. On the Billboard 200, audio streams will fall into two tiers.
The first, paid subscription audio streams (1,250 streams equals 1 album unit) and, second, ad-supported audio streams (3,750 streams to 1 album unit). That’s a three-to-one ratio.