New Zealand Top 40
The term NZ top 40 charts refer to the music charts that list the 40 best-selling and most popular songs in New Zealand. Like other music charts, the NZ top 40 charts are also time-specific and sometimes classified according to genre. There are magazines and TV shows that compile NZ top 40 charts for different genres like hiphop, rock and R&B. NZ top 40 charts are usually based on radio airplay, record sales, digital downloads and number of called in requests to radio stations.
NZ top 40 charts are useful for those who want to know which tracks and albums are currently making waves in New Zealand. Both local and international record labels and producers make use of NZ top 40 charts to get an overview of how their albums are doing in the market. NZ top 40 charts are also useful to international organisations that compile their own worldwide music charts. NZ top 40 charts are usually found online and in printed publications, while some are broadcast on TV and radio.
Any magazine, radio station, organisation and publication is free to compile and publish their own top 40 charts for New Zealand. However, the recognized official publisher of top 40 music charts for New Zealand is the Recording Industry Association of New Zealand or RIANZ.
NZ top 40 charts by RIANZ
If the US has the Billboard charts and Australia has the Australian Recording Industry Association, New Zealand has the Recording Industry Association of New Zealand or RIANZ. RIANZ is the official compiler of NZ top 40 singles and NZ top 40 albums charts, both of which they release weekly and annually. The NZ top 40 singles charts released by RIANZ are based on two things which have equal criterion weighting: singles sales figures and radio airplay. Radio data collection agency Radioscope helps RIANZ collate data and compile the NZ top 40 singles chart.
Some publishers release their NZ top 40 charts monthly, while there are some organisations who issue NZ top 40 lists weekly or annually. The RIANZ is one of the organisations that publish NZ top 40 singles and NZ top 40 albums both weekly and annually. For the annually released NZ top 40 charts, RIANZ uses a scoring system based on the ranking of the single or album every week. For example, the number one track is awarded with 50 points, the number two track gets 49 points, and so on and so forth. All these weekly values are added together and form the basis for the annual charts.