The Kent Music Report
was a weekly record chart
music singles and albums which was compiled by music enthusiast David Kent
from May 1974 through to 1998. After 1988, the Australian Recording Industry Association
, who had been using the report under license for a number of years, chose to produce their own charts as the 'ARIA Charts
Prior to the Kent Report, Go-Set
magazine published weekly Top-40 Singles from 1966 and Album charts from 1970 until the magazine's demise in August 1974.
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.
Kent had spent a number of years previously working in the music industry at both EMI
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... Read More