July 5, 2018 /

Official Hot40 Singles Chart to count down the fast-rising music stars

New music charts will reveal the hottest singles each week

The Official Top40 Singles Chart has provided the best overview of music popularity across New Zealand each week for more than 40 years now. However, as the musical landscape continues to evolve, so do the opportunities for a new interpretation of Kiwi music consumption habits.

As a result, Recorded Music NZ is launching the Official Hot40 Singles Chart today. The current Top40 is not going away and will continue to provide the traditional measure of the total sales and stream volume each week.

Meanwhile the new hot chart will reflect the ‘velocity’ of songs as they gain sales, increase streams and airplay, pick up new fans and show all the signs of being the hottest new tunes of the week, says Recorded Music NZ Chart Manager Paul Kennedy.

“The key question the Hot40 Chart seeks to answer is how many more fans are interested in a track this week compared to last week?

“To stay in this chart, artists will need to keep gaining new fans. A song will need to keep on growing every week, making it very difficult for anything to enjoy long chart runs.”

As a result, the Hot40 will be dynamic, with new releases likely to feature heavily.

The main Hot40 Singles Chart will also be joined by a version exclusive to New Zealand music – the NZ Hot20 – where all the same principles apply but will showcase only the freshest, fastest-moving Kiwi releases.

Winner of the 2017 Vodafone Highest Selling Single Tui Kings said the changes were exactly what was needed to keep people engaged with the charts.

“The new Hot40 and NZ Hot20 Charts will give us local artists another opportunity to be creative in our marketing to keep our tracks popping – and maybe encourage a little bit of friendly competition. I can’t wait to get a track on there!”

The upshot of this new methodology is that the Hot Charts will provide an alternative take on what’s happening on the music scene each week.

The brand new Hot40 Singles Chart will launch Friday 6 July on the Official Chart website www.nztop40.co.nz.

May 11, 2018 /

NZ Music Industry Economic Report 2016

2016 was a mixed year for the music industry in New Zealand. The key success story for the music industry in New Zealand is the growth in online streaming, which facilitated the second consecutive year of growth in total retail revenue. After a bumper year in 2015, live music returned to historical levels. 

In 2016, the music industry in New Zealand directly contributed $252 million to national gross domestic product (GDP) and the equivalent of 2,152 full time equivalent employees (FTEs). After accounting for multiplier effects, the music industry contributed a total of $543 million to national GDP and the equivalent of 4,697 full-time jobs. New Zealand generated content was responsible for approximately 26% to 28% of the direct impacts. 

Strengthening consumer preferences towards online consumption has grown the overall retail sector – but the challenge remains for the industry to accurately and adequately capture earnings from online music consumption. 

Click here to read the full report.

May 9, 2018 /

Recorded Music NZ Annual Report 2017

Recorded Music NZ Annual Report 2013

The Recorded Music New Zealand 2017 annual report is now available and we are pleased to report that we met our 2017 strategic goals across our three core divisions: maximising our collective licensing revenue, delivering world class services to membership and protecting and promoting music via our ProMusic activities.

We managed to grow our collective licensing income again in 2017 and we will pay out a record distribution of $11.5m in royalties to our members this year. Our membership continues to grow and the number of New Zealand recording artists registered in the Direct-to-Artist royalty scheme now comprises of more than 2,850 kiwi artists. The industry is also on a positive trajectory with another year of double digit growth driven by the rapid adoption and use of music streaming services.

We are certainly optimistic about the coming year and the opportunities ahead but a key focus will be to ensure that copyright, as the foundation to the earning of a fair return on creativity for recording artists and record companies, is front and centre with our legislators as we proceed through the review of the New Zealand copyright act.

Click here to view and/or download the full report: RecordedMusicNZ_AnnualReport_2017

April 18, 2018


Streaming revenue grows by 41.6 per cent. Digital now accounts for more than 70 per cent of music consumption locally. For the third year in a row the New Zealand music industry has experienced double digit percentage growth with wholesale revenue growing by 14.6 per cent in 2017 to $98.8m, driven largely by New Zealand’s ever-increasing adoption and use of music streaming s...
February 16, 2018 /


In 2017, during the lead up to the General Election, Recorded Music NZ collaborated with APRA AMCOS and others in the industry to create a document that would give voice to the priorities of music creators in New Zealand and describe a vision for the future.

The resulting NZ Music Industry Manifesto is a tool for advocacy and a declaration of our shared goals – not only as a united and economically important business community, but also as an indispensable cultural community of individual creators. You can check out and download the full Manifesto here.

February 8, 2018 /


Fed by street culture, church choirs, R ‘n’ B clubs and hip-hop, the story of South Auckland music is an explosive mix of hustle, talent and originality.

Volume South at MIT tells this story in the South Auckland edition of our home-grown exhibition about making music in Aotearoa.

Volume South at MIT champions the artists and scenes that represent Southside pride. Emerging talent is featured alongside the early trailblazers including Urban Pacifika Records, the Fuemana family, Dawn Raid Entertainment and Ōtara Music Arts Centre, which had a key role in cultivating local artists.

This is our second offsite exhibition in partnership with Manukau Institute of Technology at MIT’s Manukau Campus.

Volume South at MIT has been developed with the Volume South Advisory Panel and the New Zealand Music Hall of Fame Trust (APRA AMCOS and Recorded Music NZ).

FRI 2 FEB 2018 – SUN 26 AUG 2018, 9AM – 6PM, FREE


December 11, 2017 /


Vinyl 12” records in the National Library of New Zealand heritage collection

Vinyl 12” records in the National Library of New Zealand heritage collection.

The National Library of New Zealand has a statutory mandate to preserve the creative and documentary heritage of New Zealand. One of the ways the Library does this is through Legal Deposit.

Legal Deposit is the official legislation which requires publishers – such as newspapers, book publishers and record labels – to deposit their publications with the Library. It applies to sound recordings in all formats, analogue and digital.

The National Library’s music collection is a rich taonga preserved in perpetuity for the benefit of all New Zealanders. Depositing copies under Legal Deposit has benefits. You can be sure that the Library will permanently preserve your label’s recordings in their state-of-the-art repositories. Some labels have already used these collections to re-release some of their historic recordings. Your music will become discoverable to music researchers in New Zealand and overseas.

If your recording is released on multiple formats, then copies of each format are required under Legal Deposit to fully preserve its release history. Two copies of physical release formats are required unless fewer than 100 copies are produced. Only one lossless copy needs to be deposited of a digital release.

The Library will not make your digital recordings available online unless you have authorised the Library to do so or have made them freely available for download online. Otherwise they will only be available for researchers to listen to in the Library’s secure reading room in Wellington.

The National Library’s website provides further information about Legal Deposit, the enabling legislation, contact details and instructions about how you can submit your sound recordings. For more information about the National Library’s music collections, see this page.


December 6, 2017 /



In June 2017 the Minister of Commerce and Consumer Affairs released ‘Terms of Reference’ to launch a review of the Copyright Act 1994.

Recorded Music NZ has undertaken some extensive analysis and preparatory work in response, and has presented this comprehensive submission to both Ministers and Ministerial officials ahead of the release of the Issues Paper due in April 2018.

The review of the Copyright Act which is at the core of the Music (and Creative) Economy is one of the key projects and priorities for Recorded Music NZ on an ongoing basis.

The key points in our submission are that:

  • Copyright is a fundamental prerequisite for a well-functioning Music industry and creative economy – the countries that provide robust copyright law outstrip those who do not in terms of both GDP and productivity returns;
  • A major opportunity exists to grow New Zealand’s economic, cultural and social wellbeing through development of our creative economy for the benefit of both our local users and as export content; and
  • A number of priorities for action are identified in relation to copyright – importantly:
    • Reframe the Terms of Reference so that copyright is a seen as a value creator and not merely an input or cost;
    • Seek a fair, balance and functioning marketplace.  In Music’s case this is a fair digital market for all including the artists who create great Music;
    • Eliminate “leakage” (estimated to be 42% of the Recorded Music’s market) – i.e. from piracy and exploitative platforms.  Unfortunately piracy is still a real threat to the creative sector and in Music’s case is due to ongoing stream ripping notwithstanding the extensive legal and cost effective services our industry provides to consumers and users. Click here to view a current list of our legal services.
    • Clarify our safe harbour rules so that they are for passive users and not active ones which was the intent of the legislature when the rules were introduced in 2008.  The DMCA is no longer the gold standard and needs to be recalibrated as is proposed in Europe; and
    • Revise and update the Part III exemptions but do not go to the uncertain world of US Style “fair use”; and
    • Lastly, provide clarity and certainty in the law.

     The link to our full submission is here:

    Should you have any questions about this submission or the Copyright Act review please contact Damian Vaughan – Damian@recordedmusic.co.nz or Kristin Bowman – kristin@recordedmusic.co.nz

November 1, 2017 /


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Auckland is now officially a City of Music, joining the UNESCO Creative Cities Network announced this morning.The cultural arm of the United Nations, UNESCO, launched the Creative Cities Network in 2004 to promote social, economic and cultural development among cities who have identified creativity as a strategic factor and enabler for sustainable urban development. Auckland will join the 180 members from 72 countries around the world covering seven creative fields. It joins Dunedin (City of Literature) as the only other NZ UNESCO Creative City.

Councillor Alf Filipaina, a staunch supporter of the bid made by Auckland Council working with Recorded Music NZ and APRA, is thrilled to share Auckland’s distinctive sound with the world and strengthen music opportunities in the city.“From indie folk and brass bands to waiata aroha, the Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra and Lorde, there’s no doubt music is a part of us. It goes right to Auckland’s roots, with waiata woven into our history and everyday culture,” he says. “Supporting Auckland as a creative city and growing our music industry will enrich city life, the cultural landscape and build community identity and liveability for all Aucklanders.

In 2016, Auckland Council adopted Toi Whῑtiki, an arts and culture strategic action plan designed to promote economic growth in the industry. The city is already home to around half of New Zealand’s creative sector, with more than 18,000 Aucklanders working in the field.

Mark Roach at Recorded Music NZ says he’s excited about the potential the new status will have for Auckland’s future. “Music is a transformative power, not only as a cultural staple but also as an economic driver for the city. We are thrilled to receive this good news; the designation will support the development of a creative eco-system, strengthen the social fabric and position Auckland as the music capital of the Pacific.”

Research reveals seven in 10 Aucklanders have attended a music event in the last three years, making the most of a plethora of concerts and festivals held in the city. Songwriter Moana Maniapoto, Pacific musician Opetaia Foa’i and Gin Wigmore, are among the many who have propelled Auckland music onto the world stage.

Ant Healey at APRA says, “Auckland is fortunate to enjoy one of the most diverse and unique music scenes in the world. We look forward to bringing together all aspects of the music community, leveraging their special skill sets and collective experience to showcase our musical strength internationally. We want Auckland to be a place where music can thrive for the benefit of everyone who lives here.”

The global network will open up opportunities for collaborations between the creative industries, UNESCO member cities and other New Zealand cities, opening the door for international cooperation and knowledge exchange.

Aucklanders can be proud to know their city has been recognised alongside 30 other international cities of music, a “creative city” with music as its vital sign, as its heartbeat.

For further information please contact: Mark Roach, mark@recordedmusic.co.nz


October 19, 2017 /

The New Zealand Producer Series Announce Scholarship Recipients & Featured Artists


The second New Zealand Music Producer Series is being held from the 30th October at Roundhead Studios with workshops and seminars from international record producers David Wrench (The xx, Sampha, FKA Twigs, Goldfrapp, White Lies) and Romesh Dodangoda (Bring Me the Horizon, Motorhead, Funeral For A Friend, Twin Atlantic).

We are pleased to announce this year’s scholarship recipients who will join other participants in attending the series with support from one of our event sponsors, supporters or partner organisations.

Congratulations to:

Estere – Thanks to APRA AMCOS NZ
Villete Dasha – Thanks to Roundhead Studios
Zorran Mendonsa – Thanks to Recorded Music NZ
Maude Morris – Thanks to Big Pop Studios
Tarrant Shepherd – Thanks to Massey University
Margaret Lee – Thanks to The New Zealand Music Producers Series
Buzz Moller – Thanks to Universal Music NZ


With the support of NZ On Air we are pleased to announce the artists taking part will be October for the David Wrench workshop and Villainy for the Romesh Dodangoda workshop.