The Recording Industry Association of New Zealand Inc (RIANZ) is a non-profit organisation representing major and independent record producers, distributors and recording artists throughout New Zealand..
RIANZ works to protect the rights and interests of a broad spectrum of creative people involved in the New Zealand recording industry, and we currently have 60 full and affiliate members.
RIANZ acts as an advocate for the recording industry. One of our principal objectives is to promote and strengthen the legal rights of all member companies and their recording artists, by lobbying government for the introduction and improvement of effective rights legislation. We can provide comprehensive information regarding all aspects of the recording industry. We are a helpful resource to find out about copyright issues, anti-piracy and how they affect you as the creator or producer of sound recordings or as a user of recorded music.
RIANZ is the New Zealand International Standard Recording Code (ISRC) national agency, and allocates the Country and registrant codes to members for encoding on all audio and audio-visual recordings, as a method of identification.
Other activities include:
The promotion and exercise of performance rights so that copyright owners of sound recordings and recording artists are properly paid when their recordings are broadcast or performed in the public arena. RIANZ is also responsible for producing the annual Vodafone New Zealand Music Awards - The Tuis, The weekly New Zealand Top 40 Albums/Singles Chart.
A brief history of the NZ charts follows: The Life Buoy hit parade began in 1946. A name change came, I think, about the late 50's when the name was changed to the Lever Hit Parade. This chart ran until 1965. The chart is largely unreliable and only a few copies survive. They can be found at flavourofnz.co.nz It was put together by Radio NZ staff and I think a collection of what they thought was the top songs of the time. The Playdate Top 20 began in 1960 and ran for three months. It was a monthly sales based chart. These can also be found at the above website. 1966 saw the birth of the NZ Hit Parade. This was based on a poll run by The NZ Listener and was a Top 20. A name change in 1970 saw a change in tabulation, illegibly sales based, and called the Pop-O-Meter chart. Once again, check the above website. Not all charts are there but I have a full set here. In 1973 it was mooted to start a proper Sales Based chart along with an album chart. This began it's life on 2 May 1975. In 1979 a mid-range chart was added listing budget priced albums. This chart became the Compilation chart in 1980. In 1999 radio airplay was added to the Singles chart. In 2004 a Music DVD chart and a Heatseekers chart was added. The Heatseekers chart was a collection of albums just under the Album chart that had not yet charted. This chart died in 2007 and was replaced by the Airplay chart. The Airplay chart began in 1999 along with various other formats and can be found, in full, at Radioscope.co.nz.