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The Recording Industry Association of New Zealand (RIANZ) is a non-profit trade association of record producers, distributors and recording artists in New Zealandmarker. Membership of RIANZ is open to any record label operating in New Zealand.


The RIANZ were instrumental in the implementation of Section 92a of the copyright act. The amendment will require ISPs in New Zealand to disconnect users accused but not convicted of downloading copyrighted material - the first law of its type in the world. The amendment and consequently the RIANZ's actions have been widely criticised. ISPs described the law as "a deeply flawed law that undermines the fundamental rights and simply will not work", while thousands of artists have joined the Campaign for Fair Copyright voicing their "disappointment" at the RIANZ stance.


The New Zealand Music Awards are conferred annually by RIANZ for outstanding artistic and technical achievements in the recording field. The awards are one of the biggest awards that a group or artist can receive in music in New Zealandmarker. The awards have been presented every year since 1965 and a precise history of the event can be found here.

Sales charts

RIANZ releases the official New Zealand singles and album charts. The Top 40 Singles Chart consists of data from both singles sales figures and radio play (airplay) information gathered by radio data collection agency Radioscope; sales (including downloads) take up 75%, with airplay taking up the final 25%.

Prior to 2004, RIANZ also published an annual ranking chart of singles and albums released in New Zealand. Position is awarded by a simple scoring system whereby a number one in one week gets 50 points, a number two gets 49 points and so on, then all weeks are added together. From 2004 onwards, however, the annual charts have songs positioned based on the number of sales for that year.

RIANZ certifications

A music single or album qualifies for a platinum certification if it exceeds 15,000 copies shipped to retailers and a gold certification for 7,500 copies shipped.

For music DVDs (formerly videos), a Gold accreditation originally represented 2,500 copies shipped, with a Platinum accreditation representing 5,000 units shipped.

Albums and Singles Music DVDs
Gold Platinum Gold Platinum
7,500 15,000 2,500 5,000

Licensing division

The licensing arm of RIANZ is Phonographic Performances (PPNZ). PPNZ administers the rights of local and international record labels and producers within the New Zealand territory.

PPNZ is responsible for licensing and collecting income from the broadcasting and public performance of sound and video recordings. PPNZ can grant licences to any individual or business playing or using recorded music in the public arena. e.g: bars, cafes, retail shops, salons, telephone ‘on-hold’ systems, sports grounds, broadcasters, gyms, function centres and many other premises where performance of recorded music takes place.

Other activities

RIANZ is the New Zealand International Standard Recording Code (ISRC) national agency, and allocates the Country and First Owner Codes to members for encoding on all audio and audio-visual recordings, as a method of identification.

RIANZ is a member of the International Federation of the Phonographic Industries (IFPI) and is affiliated with, other national recording industry groups like the Australian Record Industry Association Ltd (ARIA) and the British Phonographic Industry Ltd (BPI).

RIANZ works closely with NZ Federation Against Copyright Theft (NZFA©T) which represents film producers. NZFACT is affiliated with the Motion Picture Association (MPA).

Chart trivia

Artists with the most number-one hits

  • The Beatles (15) - Michelle; Paperback Writer; Yellow Submarine; Eleanor Rigby; Penny Lane; All You Need Is Love; Hello, Goodbye; Lady Madonna; Hey Jude; Revolution; Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da; Get Back; The Ballad of John & Yoko; Something; Come Together; Let It Be
  • Michael Jackson (9) - Don't Stop Til You Get Enough; Beat It; We Are the World (with various); Black Or White; Remember the Time; Give In To Me; Scream; You Are Not Alone; Blood on the Dance Floor
  • U2 (8) - Pride (In The Name of Love); Where The Streets Have No Name; One Tree Hill; Desire; Angel of Harlem; Fly; Hold Me, Thrill Me, Kiss Me, Kill Me; Discothéque
  • Bee Gees (7) - Spicks & Specks; Massachusetts; I Started A Joke; Don't Forget to Remember; Stayin' Alive; Too Much Heaven; Tragedy
  • Mariah Carey (7) - Vision of Love; I'll Be There; Without You; Endless Love; Fantasy; One Sweet Day (with Boyz II Men); Heartbreaker (with Jay-Z)
  • Akon (7) - Lonely; Moonshine (with Savage); Smack That (with Eminem; The Sweet Escape (with Gwen Stefani); Don't Matter; Bartender (with T Pain); Sexy Bitch (with David Guetta)
  • ABBA (6) - I Do, I Do, I Do, I Do, I Do; SOS; Fernando; Dancing Queen; Money, Money, Money; Chiquitita
  • Elton John (6) - Crocodile Rock; Goodbye Yellow Brick Road; Philadelphia Freedom; Don't Go Breaking My Heart (with Kiki Dee); Nikita; Candle in the Wind
  • UB40 (5) - Food For Thought; Red Red Wine; I Got You Babe (with Chrissie Hynde); I'll Be Your Baby Tonight; I Can't Help Falling In Love With You
  • Madonna (5) - Into the Groove; Like a Prayer; Vogue; Music; Don't Tell Me
  • Eminem (5) - Without Me; Lose Yourself; Just Lose It; Smack That (with Akon); We Made You
  • Chris Brown (5) - Run It!; Kiss Kiss; With You; No Air (with Jordin Sparks); Forever
  • Black Eyed Peas (5) - Where Is The Love?; Shut Up; Don't Phunk with My Heart; My Humps; I Gotta Feeling

Artists with the Longest Stay at #1



External links


  1. New Zealand First to Adopt 3-Strikes Law for Pirates, Torrent Freak, October 17, 2008
  2. ICT industry moves to address copyright confusion, Internet NZ, September 19, 2008
  3. Thousands of Artists Against Guilt Upon Accusation Laws, Creative Freedom
  4. Chart Facts, RIANZ

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