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The Kent Music Report
Kent Music Report
was a weekly record chart of Australian music singles and albums which was compiled by music enthusiast David Kent from May 1974 through to 1988. After 1988, the Australian Recording Industry Association, who had been using the report under licence for a number of years, chose to produce their own charts as the 'ARIA Charts'.[1] Before the Kent Report, Go-Set
Go-Set
magazine published weekly Top-40 Singles from 1966 and Album charts from 1970 until the magazine's demise in August 1974.[2] David Kent later publicised the Australian charts from 1940–1973 in a retrospective fashion using state by state chart data obtained from various Australian radio stations.

Contents

1 Background 2 Further chart work published by David Kent 3 References 4 Further reading 5 External links

Background[edit] Kent had spent a number of years previously working in the music industry at both EMI
EMI
and Phonogram records and had developed the report initially as a hobby. The 'Kent Music Report' was first released on a commercial basis in July 1974 and was offered for subscription. The report data was initially based solely on radio station charts from around the country, which were then amalgamated using a points based ranking system that Kent had developed. These radio station charts were compiled primarily using data collected from local record stores and, as such, were based primarily on retail sales (i.e. they were not airplay charts). In 1976, as funding from subscriptions grew, Kent himself started collecting sales data from retail stores to supplement the radio station charts (which were also based on sales data). His operation grew and staff were employed to assist with research. Within a year or so, the major record companies started using the Report for their own marketing programs and it had established itself as the leading national chart publication. From 1982, retail sales data collected by Kent and his staff were used exclusively and radio station charts were dropped from the primary tabulations. Some radio station chart data was used as supplementary information, however. At about the same time, the Australian Recording Industry Association was established by the major record companies, being EMI, Festival Records (later FMR, now known as Warner Music), CBS (now known as Sony Music), RCA (later BMG, now known as Sony Music), WEA (now known as Warner Music) and Polygram
Polygram
(now known as Universal). From 1983 until 1988 ARIA had a licensing arrangement with Kent to use the Report under their own banner. The Kent Report continued however and in 1987 was rebadged as the 'Australian Music Report' (AMR). In 1988 the arrangement with ARIA ended and the ARIA Charts
ARIA Charts
were produced in-house by the Association. In April 1998, the AMR charts ceased publishing, leaving the ARIA charts as the only nationally recognised chart publication. Further chart work published by David Kent[edit] In 1993, David Kent published his Australian Chart Book 1970 - 1992. This was based on his chart data already published as the "Kent Music Report" from May 1974 onwards. He specially "retro-calculated" charts based on state-based Australian radio station charts available to him dated before May 1974, to fill in the missing years (1970-1974). On this basis, he also put together Australian national charts from 1940 - 1969, published as Australian Chart Book 1940 - 1969 in 2005. Before 1949, radio station music charts in Australia
Australia
were only available on a monthly basis, and this is reflected in his published data. Although ARIA published the official Australian National charts from 1988 onwards, Kent continued to calculate charts from this date, data from which were published in a third book in his Australian Chart Book series. References[edit]

^ Daniel Lowe. "Australian Chart History". Archived from the original on 2008-04-04.  ^ "GO-SET Magazine - Australian singles and album charts, 1966-1974". Poparchives.com.au. Retrieved 2016-05-24. 

Further reading[edit]

David Kent (1993). Australian Chart Book 1970 - 1992. Australian Chart Book, St Ives, N.S.W. ISBN 0-646-11917-6.  David Kent (2005). Australian Chart Book 1940 - 1969. Australian Chart Book Pty Ltd, Turramurra, N.S.W. ISBN 0-646-44439-5.  David Kent (2006). Australian Chart Book 1993 - 2005. Australian Chart Book Pty Ltd, Turramurra, N.S.W. ISBN 0-646-45889-2. 

External links[edit]

David Kent's Australian Chart Book website

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ARIA Charts

Official record chart keeping in Australia Go-Set
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Top 40 (1966–1974) Kent Music Report
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(1974–1998; 1940–2007 retrospect) ARIA Charts
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(1988–present)

Albums

Top 50 albums (Number-ones)

By decade

1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s

By year

2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018

Top 25 albums (End-of-year/decade charts)

Year

1965 1966 1967 1968 1969 1970 1971 1972 1973 1974 1975 1976 1977 1978 1979 1980 1981 1982 1983 1984 1985 1986 1987 1988 1989 1990 1991 1992 1993 1994 1995 1996 1997 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017

Decade

1980s 2000s

Genre charts (Number-ones)

Country

2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018

Urban

2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018

Other charts (Number-ones)

Digital

2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018

Artists who have reached number-one Best selling albums

Singles

Top 50 singles (Number-ones)

By decade

1940s 1950s 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s

By year

2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018

Top 25 singles (End-of-year/decade charts)

Year

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Decade

1980s 2000s

Genre charts (Number-ones)

Club

2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018

Dance

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Urban

2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018

Other charts (Number-ones)

Digital

2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018

Streaming

2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018

Artists who have reached number-one Best selling singles

Chart achieveme

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