This is huge news for independent artists who rely on their Bandcamp page. Recently Australian Music Charts (ARIA Charts) have declared that sales on Bandcamp’s page could put an artist on the ARIA Charts for top selling releases. Due to the immense number of artists that depend on this platform to reach their fan base and also due in part to the amount of money fans have spent on releases on the site ($177 million in USD and $4.9 million USD over the last month) ARIA Charts have declared Bandcamp a potential source of album sales to qualify for a spot on the charts.
For those not familiar with Bandcamp, it is one of the most prominent music streaming and distribution sites and is home to numerous independent artists. It pretty much allows the user to create their own website capable of selling music in all formats, both digital and physical, and allows the artist to also sell merchandise, post other music content, and stay connected with fans. Owners of record labels can also make label pages that feature the releases and merchandise for all groups on their record label. There is also an extensive discover tab that allows users to search through endless amounts of subgenres and other criteria to help find your new favorite artist.
Bandcamp is steadily becoming a staple for both independent artists and fans looking to find new music. This recognition by the ARIA Charts is huge since it shows the potential growth Bandcamp still has yet to accomplish. Hopefully one day most music selling charts like ARIA will include Bandcamp sales, but this is a great place to start for now.
For now, go check out Bandcamp’s unfathomable amount of new music you haven’t heard yet and check out the Australian located artists through the link below and help them have a shot at making the ARIA Charts! One of my favorite shoegaze groups of all time, Arbes, is included on this list and other notable acts like Plini and Little Brother are also included in this link! I also included my personal Bandcamp page for those who enjoy EDM! Who knows, you might find your next favorite artist and end up helping them top the ARIA Charts yourself!