The Recording Industry Association of Malaysia (RIM) announced the return of RIM Charts after more than a decade of absence since 2006. The weekly chart, which focuses on the ‘Top 20 Most Streamed International and Domestic Singles in Malaysia’ is calculated from the data report submitted by major digital music providers such as Apple Music, Spotify, KKBOX and Deezer.
Aggregated by BMAT, a company which provides music monitoring services, RIM Charts will be the only industry-recognised digital charts in Malaysia that tracks the highest streamed tracks each week. In addition, the chart complies with the International Federation of the Phonographic Industry (IFPI) general guidelines such as both paid tier (premium) and free tier (ad-supported) streams are included, whereas purely non-interactive streaming and algorithm based programming, as well as airplay or Internet simulcasting are excluded from the charts.
Darren Choy, Chairman of RIM and Managing Director of Warner Music Malaysia, commented: “The digital music market has now clearly grown to the point where an official chart is needed. Last year, audio streaming summed up to RM 31.1 mil revenue to the Malaysian music industry. Hence, the continuation of RIM Charts in today's digital environment is significant as it will be a great tool to analyse and reflect growing consumer trends in listening to music.”
He also stated that it is imperative that RIM is to be able to educate the listeners on how the charts are being calculated and most importantly, to inform Malaysian music listeners on where the locally produced music stands in comparison to other international artistes with regards to music streaming.
The official RIM Chart, which records the rankings of digital streaming occurring in the week before will be issued every Friday through RIM's website and social media platforms.
Darre Choy, Chairman of RIM and Managing Director of Warner Music Malaysia.