Recording Industry Association of New Zealand

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

The RAP Fund

The RAP (Recording Artists & Producers) Fund is an innovative scheme designed to support New Zealand artists and producers by ensuring licence fees collected by PPNZ are identified and passed on to RAP Fund participants. New Zealand recording artists and producers who have released a single, album, or video may be eligible to receive payments from the RAP Fund. The payment is shared 50-50 between the artist and the producer. NB:The “Producer” in this context refers to the owner of the master tape . Registration for the RAP Fund is free and does not require artist to be members of RIANZ.


New Zealand Music Awards, “the Tuis”, are conferred annually by RIANZ for outstanding artistic and technical achievements in the recording field. The awards have been presented since 1965 and a precis 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; both have a 50% weighting.

RIANZ also publishes 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.

For instance a single that is at #1 for two weeks and then spends the following week at number two would receive 149 points (50 + 50 + 49 = 149).

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 continues to enforce the rights of record producers and recording artists against copyright infringers, and 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 (14) - 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, Ballard of John & Yoko, Something, Come Together, Let It Be
  • Michael Jackson (8) - Don't Stop Til You Get Enough, Beat It; 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, Heartbreaker
  • ABBA (6) - 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, Nikita, Candle in the Wind
  • UB40 (5) - Food For Thought, Red Red Wine, I Got You Babe, 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
  • Chris Brown (5) - Run It!, Kiss Kiss, With You, No Air, Forever
  • Akon (5) - Lonely, Smack That, The Sweet Escape, Don't Matter, Bartender
  • Artists Who Reached Number One In RIANZ Chart


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