The Australian Recording Industry Association (ARIA) has told The Music Network that the association will soon add a music-streaming chart to its weekly charts line-up. You can also expect a Spotify app to launch very soon.
Over the past 12 months, Australia has seen all of the major music-streaming players enter the local market, with Spotify and MOG the most recent arrivals.
Speaking with The Music in May, ARIA CEO Dan Rosen said that the association is working with streaming services to get the data necessary to produce a weekly streaming chart. There was no mention of an expected launch timing; only "as the year progresses".
The UK launched its first official music-streaming chart back in May, with services Spotify, We7, Napster, Deezer and Zune all reporting into the countdown. The first official number one title went to Carly Rae Jepsen's "Call Me Maybe".
ARIA's Rosen has also stated that an official ARIA chart app will be added to Spotify very soon. Speaking to The Music Network at the end of June, Rosen said that the app would arrive "in a few weeks".
It will be very interesting to compare sales charts with streaming charts. Will top songs stay afloat for longer? Will tastes be more fickle? Will classic tracks make surprise appearances around major artists' tours or tragedies? Taking the UK example, Carly Rae Jepsen has dropped to number 12 on the sales charts, but remains at number four on the streaming chart after 10 weeks.
Whatever your music tastes, it might be that streaming reflects what people are really listening to each week, rather than just monitoring what someone purchased in a store.