Competitiveness of Australian musicians

Few Australian artists achieve the success of international stars, but the past fifteen years have seen Australian artists increase in popularity

Over the long term, the proportion of Australian works represented in Australian record sales appears to be increasing, based on indicative estimates compiled from record industry reports to ARIA.[1]

However, the proportion fluctuates markedly from year to year, depending on particular artists’ popularity at a given time.

Analysis of Australia’s ‘most played’ lists suggests that Australian representation peaked in 2008, with 28 tracks in the Top 100 most played tracks, and 19 artists in the Top 50 most played artists.

[1]   Figures are based on reporting by record companies to ARIA, and do not constitute an analysis of total Australian sales. These figures should be viewed as indicative only.