Official New Zealand Music Chart

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May 23, 2022

The Official New Zealand Music Chart is a chart of 40 singles and albums published weekly in New Zealand, issued by the Recorded Music NZ (formerly called the Recording Industry Association of New Zealand). The Music Chart also includes the top 20 singles and albums by New Zealand artists and the top 10 compilation albums. All charts are compiled from physical and digital sales data from music retailers in New Zealand.[1]

Methodology

The singles list contains the sales and streaming data of the songs. In June 2014 it was announced that the chart would also include streaming;[2] this became effective from the list published on November 7 and 10, 2014.[3] Previously, airplay was also included in the listing methodology. .[4]​[5]​

Certifications

As of June 2016, the method for determining certifications has changed to a points-based system based on a combination of physical sales, digital sales, and online streamigs. For singles, 175 streams are considered equal to one sale. For albums, the Stream Equivalent Album (SEA) system is used.[6] A single qualifies for gold certification if it exceeds 15,000 points and platinum certification if it exceeds 30,000 points. An album qualifies for gold certification if it exceeds 7,500 points and platinum certification if it exceeds 15,000 points. For music DVDs (formerly videos), a gold accreditation represents 2,500 copies sold, and a platinum accreditation requires 5,000 units sold.[1]

Records in the list

Artists with the most number one hits

These totals include singles when the artist is "guest", i.e. not the main artist. ‡ – The 14 Beatles charts predate the official New Zealand music chart, which began in May 1975. New Zealand artists with the most number one hits. These totals include singles when the artist is "guest", i.e. not the main artist. † – Includes duet or collaboration of two New Zealand artists. ‡ – includes songs whose chart placements predate New Zealand's official music chart which began in May 1975.

Singles with the most weeks at number one

Clue † – Song of New Zealand origin[nb 1] Songs indicated with an asterisk (*) spent non-consecutive weeks at number one

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