My, oh my we have been feeling festive this week. Leading up to Christmas I would understand but the week after Christmas? Must be all the Boxing Day sales. Anyway, two new singles and three re-entries this week and they are all of a Christmas nature. Whilst Mariah Carey regains her 1994 peak for All I Want For Christmas Is You at #4 and Wham! shoot up 20 knotches to #11 with Last Christmas, Michael Bublé gains a new peak with the re-entry of It's Beginning To Look A Lot Like Christmas and Band Aid return with their 1985 number one Do They Know It's Christmas? at 15. The Pogues also return, for a sixth time, with their 1988 hit Fairytale Of New York at #22. It's the new entries that make you sit up and think. 73-year old Brenda Lee had nine hit singles in the Lever Hit Parade between 1960 and 1963, her biggest I'm Sorry and Dum Dum both spending a week each at the top. Her festive Rockin' Around The Christmas Tree from 1958 failed to chart; that is until now. That gives the track 59 years, 3 months to hit the charts. Surely that must be an all time record. She enters the chart at #25. The other comes from John Lennon, Yoko Ono And The Harlem Community Choir. Happy Xmas (War Is Over) peaked at #14 in 1973 on the NZ Listener chart but has never charted on the current RIANZ Top 40. That makes it a first. Had Lennon been still alive he would have been 4 years older than Brenda Lee. Whilst its Christmas that holds the theme on the singles chart, it's two soundtracks and a duet with the new entries on the album chart. American rappers Travis Scott and Quavo team up for Huncho Jack And Jack Huncho at #22. The pair claimed in September they "have have over 20 records ready". Thirteen of them appear on this disc. The soundtrack to The Greatest Showman debuts at #36. The American period musical stars Hugh Jackman and Zac Efron and is the ninth biggest movie in New Zealand this week. The other soundtrack is Bright. Starring Will Smith, the American urban fantasy action crime flick places the soundtrack new at #40. Last edited:
The chart corrects itself this week after last weeks flood of Christmas entries. With all the artists on this weeks new singles, including the collaborators, there are a total of 52 different artists in the Top 40 singles. Seems the day of one artist doing it solo are very limited with the current trend to link up with multiple artists to complete a hit single. The second single from an album still to be announced gives David Guetta his 23rd Top 40 single. On this one he teams up with Dutchman Afrojack for Dirty Sexy Money, new at #34. Machine Gun Kelly, X Ambassadors and Bebe Rexha have the other new single. Home debuts at #38. And that's it. There are no new albums this week, but that's typical for this time of the year. The biggest mover in the chart is the soundtrack to The Greatest Showman which jumps 30 knotches to #6. Ed Sheeran, who achieved all three of his albums (+, x and ÷) inside the annual UK Top 20 last year remains at the top in Godzone with ÷ going onto it's 27th week. And there are 6 re-entries. Here endeth the lesson!!!
Ahead of his NZ shows, Bruno Mars teams up with Cardi B for a remix of Finesse at #9 from his 24K Magic album. It's the fouth hit from the album and 16th overall. He will be in New Zealand next month. A$AP Ferg may be new to the singles chart but he has charted two albums. Born Darold Ferguson, Jr. he is a a member of A$AP Mob and makes his debut at #38 with Plain Jane. Cheat Codes have the third and final new single at #40. Feels Great is the trio's third hit single. Canadian Bryan Adams was on tour in Godzone this week however the Mt Maunganui gig was pushed back two days due to bad weather. That didn't stop his compile Ultimate from debuting at #21. The rocker has released 13 studio albums since 1980 with 18 hit singles in New Zealand. One more new album enters the Top 40 and its the third soundtrack of the year. Pitch Perfect 3 is currently the fourth biggest movie in the land and takes the soundtrack to a #22 debut. For the record the previous two soundtracks saw Pitch Perfect 1 peak at #14 and Pitch Perfect 2 at #8.
Cuban-American Camila Cabello has the highest new single and album this week. Camila, debuts at #3, whilst second single Never Be The Same follows the success of Havana which peaked at #2 and is new at #15. Next comes South African born Troye Sivan. He says My, My My! is a song of liberation, freedom, and love. It enters the chart at #25. One knotch down is a duet from Kendrick Lamar and SZA. All The Stars comes from the soundtrack Black Panther. Speaking of soundtracks, the first hit single from The Greatest Showman makes it to the singles chart. This Is Me from Keala Settle and the Greatest Showman Ensemble is the American actresses first time in the chart. It debuts at #34. Dua Lipa rounds up a busy singles chart with this weeks fifth new entry. IDGAF , new at #38, stands for I Don't Give A ...erm...well I think you guessed it. Originally from Christchurch, Salmonella Dub have been quiet since 2010 with no albums in the charts since 2009. Now with Tiki Taane back in the line-up, the lads are back on tour and with a new album. Commercial Grates is a compilation celebrating 25 years together with a generous 30 tracks. It enters the chart at #37. We have already lost two more prolifoc artists this year. Englishman Ray Thomas was a founding member of The Moody Blues from 1965 until his death. As writer, vocalist and a multi-instrumentalist he made a huge contribution with songs In Search of the Lost Chord and Lazy Day and played a bit part on flute for the bands most well known hit Nights In White Satin. He even contributed backing vocals to the song "I Am the Walrus" by The Beatles He passed away on 4 January aged 76. This past week saw Dolores O'Riordan from The Cranberries die too. As lead singer, the band enjoyed three NZ Top 10 singles in Zombie, Linger and Ode To My Family. She was only 46. A compile from 2002 is back in the charts at #13.
Ed Sheeran has the double again this week but his biggest achievement is taking the album ÷ on to 30 weeks at the top. Only one other album in the history of the chart has reached the 30 and she was also a Brit. In 2012 Adele took her second album 21 to 30 weeks at the top ending with a historic and record breaking 38 total weeks at number one. With Sheeran touring here in March, there is a good chance he could take that record from her. With his current success, I'm really surprise his first album + is not charting, especially when second album x is still in the Top 20 and sitting on 188 weeks. For the record the most weeks ever charted by an album is Dark Side Of The Moon by Pink Floyd with 297 weeks. Next comes Adele with 21 sitting on 237 weeks, then it's Sheeran with two albums, + on 194 and x on 188 weeks. Only one new album enters this weeks Top 40. Also playing here in March, Chicago's Fall Out Boy with their fourth Top 10 in abum MANIA at #6. The album was originally due out in September but wasn't ready. It's their seventh album since 2003. Canadian Drake has the highest new single. God's Plan is taken from the new EP Scary Hours which, to date, only has two songs on it. He says the full EP will be out shortly, He enters the chart at #7. Zac Efron and Zendaya join forces for the other new single.. Rewrite The Stars , new at #35, is taken from the soundtrack The Greatest Showman and the second to chart from the movie. It's Efron's first hit single and Zendaya's second.
After a big start last week, Drake jumps seven knotches to push Ed Sheeran off the top with the years first new number one single. It's his second chart topper after One Dance spent 13 weeks there in 2016. Englands drum and bass band Rudimental gain there 7th Top 20 single in These Days at #16. It continues the current trend in multiple collaborating artists with Jess Glynn, Macklemore and Dan Caplen all doing there bit. The Chainsmokers don't need any help, however, as they place their 8th single at #36. Sick Boy is a tease from a rumoured second album. Wellingtonians Tomorrow People surprise with their first number one as fourth hit album BBQ Reggae enters at the top. To date their first album One was their biggest, peaking at #3. Second album Bass And Bassinettes peaked at #7 in 2015 but since then there have been just a handful of hits on the NZ Singles Chart. Sadly to date they have still to list a Top 40 single. American hip hop trio Migos took Culture to #20 last year, now the follow Culture II has a #5 entry. This one has a huge 24 tracks, clocking in at over 106 minutes. - The last three weeks has seen the Top 13 on the NZ Singles chart stay exactly the same. It's tough going if your a kiwi artist right now with the lack of kiwi singles in the Top 40 for the last two years. To my mind it shows something is wrong. There is no lack of talent out there either. I'm not sure what needs to happen but I'm hoping this year we will see the return of local artists making it in our charts. At this stage though that looks highly unlikely. By comparison, there are currently seven locals in the Aussie Top 50. That's seven locals, not singles. Over here we have two artists, and only four for the entire 2017 chart year, (Kings, Lorde, Six60 and DRAX Project). Come on kiwis, fly!
Ed Sheeran now has two hits in the Top 4 longevity list as last years number one moves onto 57 weeks in the chart. In 2014 Thinking Out Loud made it to 59 weeks, and it is highly likely Shape Of You will overtake it. Incidentally, he also has two albums in the top 4 longevity list. In both cases he holds the #3 and #4 slot. Now there's an interesting statistic for a pub quiz. Here is that list: Singles longevity top 4
Blue Monday - New Order
Happy - Pharrell Williams
Thinking Out Loud - Ed Sheeran
Shape Of You - Ed Sheeran
Albums longevity top 4
Dark Side Of The Moon - Pink Floyd
21 - Adele
+ - Ed Sheeran
X - Ed Sheeran
Three new singles enter this weeks Top 40. 20-year old Andrew Bazzi opens his account with Mine at #20. The Detroit resident was only four years old when he first started playing guitar. Staying in America, hip hop trio Migos follows up their #17 hit Bad And Boujee with their second at #35. Stir Fry is taken from last weeks new album Culture II. The third new single comes from Justin Timberlake. Say Something is his 17th NZ Top 40 single. His sixth hit album which contains the song, is this weeks highest new album. Debuting at #3, Man Of The Woods is his first recorded work since the movie Trolls. Before we look at this weeks new albums, a statistic from the past. What is the biggest drop from the number one spot? At the end of 2014 Michael Bublé broke his own record of a 36 knotch drop (which he took from Susan Boyle with her album I Dreamed A Dream) by dropping out altogether with Christmas. This week his record is matched as locals Tomorrow People leave the chart after just one week in the top 40, making it the shortest lived number one in the history of the chart. Three newcomers round off this weeks four new albums. Wellington's Scorn Of Creation are new at #18 with their self-titled disc. The death metal four piece have a special limited edition vinyl textured CD available at their shows to promote the album. Born Brian Imanuel , 18 year old Indonesia hip hopper Rich Brian comes in with Amen at #30. Finally former Aucklander Paul Bosauder debuts at #37 with Tierra y Mar. The flamenco guitarist had the guts to launch his musical style in a pub. He certainly impressed his audience and now has an album to prove it. Last edited:
This weeks highest new single comes from the soundtrack to the movie Black Panther. The Weeknd and Kendrick Lamar team up for Pray For Me at #16. It's the second collaboration the pair have done; the first was Sidewalks from the album Starboy which peaked at #2 in the Heatseeker Singles Chart in 2016. The soundtrack itself, which is the latest Marvel Comics superhero flick, debuts at #2 making it two sountracks in the Top 2. So, has there ever been two sountracks at the top, and if so, when was the last time. Well, yes, back in 2016. On 26 September the Top 2 consisted of two sountracks: Suicide Squad and Poi E. Russian-German record producer Zedd, American singer Maren Morris and American musical duo Grey team up for the final new single at #28. The Middle is described by Morris as "a little bit country, little pop, little R&B, relatable, emotional and catchy as hell." It's been a big year for soundtracks. Along with this weeks #2 new entry Black Panther, the third installment of thr Fifty Shades trilogy Freed enters the chart at #10. The other two peaked inside the Top 4. It's the sixth new soundtrack to enter the chart in 8 weeks. Onehunga hip hop collective SWIDT place their third album entry in the Top 40 at #31. The Bootleg EP is new at #31. Over on the NZ Singles Chart the top 10 remains static for a sixth week, whilst Six60 hold onto the Top 2 NZ Albums.
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Lyttelton resident Marlon Williams comes in at #1 out of the blocks with his first chart topper. His last appearance in the chart took him to #7 with an 86 week stay in the NZ Albums chart. He well and truly proves this week that was no one-hit wonder. His first appearance in the chart was a duet he did with Dalaney Donald in 2014. American electronics star Marshmello and English singer Anne Marie team up for this weeks highest new single. Friends has been a popular choice for a song title over the years. Justin Bieber and BloodPop® had a hit with it last year, as did Jody Watley in 1989, Elton John in 1971, and Bruce Woodley also in 1971. This one, though, was written by Marshmello, Anne-Marie and Natalie Dunn. It comes in at #27. Continuing the duet theme, Khalid and Normani score a new entry with Love Lies at #29. Taken from the movie Love, Simon, it is Khalid's third hit and Normani's first solo hit. She is best known as a member of girl group Fifth Harmony. Newcomer BlocBoy JB has the third and final new single. The Memphis, Tennessee rapper places Look Alive in at #36. We may have only one new album in the chart this week but a re-entry from Queen proves an album can still be popular. decades after release. On the strength of a documentary during the week, Greatest Hits from 1981 is back at #27 in it's 110th week. The last time it charted was in 2014.
Ed Sheeran continues to achieve milestones. This week his singleShape Of You makes it to 60 weeks. There have only ever been two other songs go that far. Happy by Pharrell Williams stopped at 62 weeks 1in 2015 whilst the top spot goes to New Order with Blue Monday stacking up 74 weeks in 1985. Two new singles and two new albums join the ranks this week. Post Malone attempts to knock Drake off the top with his new single Psycho entering the chart at #2. It's a personal best for the American rapper as his highest debut. Should he go to the top it will be his third number one in four months. Pycho is taken from his yet to ne released second album Beerbongs & Bentleys. In 2015 The Weeknd reached #7 with Earned It; the first single from the Fifty Shades trilogy. In2016 it was Zayn and Taylor Swift's turn reaching #4 with I Don't Wanna Live Forever. Now Liam Payne and Rita Ora give it a go with For You from the third and final movie. The duet is new at #34. Brooklyn native 6ix9ine is the latest rapper to join the New Zealand albums chart. Born Daniel Hernandez, the 21 year old places his debut album Day69 at #15. Watch out for lead single Gummo. Vance Joy could only manage a #40 peak when he first entered our chart in 2014. Now the Australian singer songwriter is back with album number two. Appropriately titled Nation Of Two he enters the chart at #20. Finally, a trip downunder for Bruno Mars last week places him firmly in the Albums chart this week with Doo-Wops And Hooligans and Unorthodox Jukebox making an apearance in the lower half of the chart.
Rapper Xxxtentacion (aka Dwayne Onfroy) is back with his second single Sad! at #19. Scoring the only new single this week, this one comes from his upcoming album ? . His first single Jocelyn Flores peaked at #12 last year. Two newcomers have this weeks two new albums in another lean chart week. South Korean rapper j-hope opens his account at #23 with Hope World. He made his debut as a member of the South Korean boy band BTS who have enjoyed two Top 30 albums here. As one of the main songwriters for the group, he has over 50 songs credited to his name. This is his debut solo mixtape. Canadian rapper Tory Lanez makes his entrance to the NZ charts at #31 with Memories Don't Die. Born Daystar Peterson, this is his sophomore album which follows his 2016 debut which only managed a #4 peak in the Album Heatseeker chart. A compile containing sixteen 80's hits enters the compilation chart this week. Eat Up The 80's is new at #8.
American rapper Logic and music producer Marshmello team up for this weeks only new single. Everyday, new at #37, is still on the rise globally with Hungary listing the highest peak for the song at #35. Logic also scores the highest new album. Bobby Tarantino II is his sixth mixtape and fourth album entry in just over three years.. It may be quiet in the singles chart but the album chart is the opposite with 8 new entries. Lil Boat 2 is the second long player from American rapper Lil Yachty. New at #23, the disc is 17 tracks over 45 minutes, most around two minute s in length. Remember Calum Scott? He made it to #5 with the single Dancing On My Own in 2016. Well the Britain's Got Talent winner now has an album. Only Human is new at #26. British a cappella vocal ensemble The King's Singers founded in 1968. Despite a truck load of albums, they have never charted here. Three-CD compile Gold is new at #28 and, along with a New Zealand tour, they are celebrating a 50 year career. English metallers Judas Priest now have a staggering 18 studio albums. Their latest , Firepower, is the fifth in our charts and new at #36. Sydney sextet Ocean Alley are currently on tour to support their second album. The reggae newcomers list Chiaroscuro at #38. Jimi Hendrix may have passed away in 1970 but his albums keep coming. Both Sides Of The Sky boasts 13 studio recordings made between 1968 and 1970; ten of which have never before been released. The disc enters the chart at #39. Finally comes Cecile McLorin Salvant. The winner of the first prize in the Thelonious Monk International Jazz Competition in 2010 lists Dreams And Daggers at #40. It's her fourth album but first to chart here. An album of rock n roll classics from the late 50's and early 60's becomes the first new number one of the year on the compilations chart. Beach Hop Magic knocks Now 55 off the top after 18 straight weeks. - It's been a very lean year for new entries in the two Top 40 charts. The first quarter figures are due next week but so far both charts are down on last year. To date we have 28 new singles in 2018. That compares to 42 last year which was up due to the influx of Ed Sheeran tracks. The album chart this year has received 30 new albums which compares eqlally to last year due to this weeks 8 new entries. I'll have a full rundown next week.
David Burd (aka Lil Dicky) from America has this weeks highest new single. He was discovered through the music video to Ex-Boyfriend, which went viral on You Tube. Freaky Friday ropes in Chris Brown on vocals and debuts at #10. Xxxtentacion has two new singles in this weeks Top 40. Moonlight (new at #30) and Changes (the shortest song to chart this year at 2:02, new at #33) are both taken from his new album ?, which just so happens to be the highest new album, in at #2. On the week before Ed Sheeran tours Godzone, his first album+ re-enters the chart at #37 in it's 195th week whilst X reaches 196 weeks and ÷ turns 55 weeks along with single Shape Of You which makes it the second most weeks ever to chart in the singles chart at 63 weeks. The next few weeks will be interesting. Now based in London, Waitakere band I Am Giant place their third album Life In Captivity in at #26. Lead single Dead Flower peaked at #2 on the NZ Heatseeker singles chart last year. A number of first time acts enter the chart post Womad 2018. Swedish/Icelandic female duo My Bubba open their account at #30 with the album Big Bad Good. They have been recording since 2010 with five albums and an EP to their résumé. The daughter to Ravi Shankar who made a name for himself through promotion from George Harrison is also new to out charts. Anoushka Shankar is a British Indian sitar player and composer. Land Of Gold is her 8th album but first here. Keeping the newbie theme, Mista Savona (born Jake Dominic Savona) from Melbourne places his first hit (and seventh long player) Havana Meets Kingston new at #36. To cap it all off, Womad 2018 debuts at #3 on the compilation chart along with another radio promotion CD. - The first quarter for 2018 has already gone. Here's a look at new entries in the charts this year with last year figues in brackets Singles 31 (45) Albums 35 (43) Compilations 8 (11) NZ Singles 8 (11) NZ Albums 24 (27) Although we've had four kiwi songs in the Top 40 in 2018 there have been no new entry local tracks since mid December. This compares to 3 last year and none in 2016. How we fix that I have no idea.
It's been hard to get away from Ed Sheeran mania this week as he performs six shows in New Zealand. He is clocking up some very interesting statistics too: 30 hit singles. 28 weeks at #1 on the singles chart. 3 singles charting over 40 weeks, two of them inside the Top 4 longevity list. 479 weeks in the singles chart, that puts him in fifth place. 6 weeks away from having the album with the most weeks at #1 48 weeks at #1 on the albums chart; that puts him in second place. 448 weeks in the Albums chart. 2 albums literally weeks away from 200 weeks. There have only been 2 so far to achieve that. I think you get the idea. Anyway, this week he has three single re-entries and holds the Top 2 albums, with a third leaping up 25 knotches to #12. In other news (lol) there are two new singles and six new albums this week. Canadian Shawn Mendes lists single number six at #13. In My Blood is the lead single from his third, as yet unnamed, third album. He claims it is "the closest song to my heart that I've ever written". N.E.R.D. and Rihanna topped the Heatseeker singles chart in November but it takes a remix from Drake to get it into the Top 40. Lemon enters at #37. Englishman George Ezra gains his second hit album at #8. The highest debut for the week follows from the 2014 album Wanted On Voyage which peaked at #4 and spent 61 weeks in the chart. After a brave documentary around Stan Walker's cancer scare, his first new recordings since the operation which removed his stomach puts the EP Stan firmly in for a #17 entry. We havn't seen the last of this man. Jack White is back with album number three post White Stripes. Boarding House Reach, new at #25, was recorded on a reel-to-reel tape recorder which he purchased when he was fourteen. Hi last, Lazaretto, had an interesting vinyl edition which had two hidden tracks which played at 78rpm and 45rpm and oneside played from the centre out. American DJ Diplo places his first solo entry in at #27. The California EP follows from a duet he did with Skrillex in 2015. The music of Andrew Lloyd Webber needs no introduction. To date there have been three compilations of his work, from 1989, 1993 and 1996. A new updated one enters the chart at #36. Finally DRAX Project slot in at #40 with the Covers (Live) EP. After 14 weeks at #2 they go to the top of the NZ Singles chart with Woke Up Late.
Four new singles and three new albums but only three new artists across the two main charts. The week belongs to Abel Tesfaye. Known better as The Weeknd, the Ethiopian-Canadian singer, songwriter, and record producer lists his new EP My Dear Melancholy, at #2 with three of the six tracks (Call Out My Name (#10), Try Me (#35)( and Wasted Times (#36)) entering the Singles chart. That now makes it 12 singles and 3 album entries since November 2014. Rich The Kid has the other new single and a new album. Born Dimitri Roger, the American rapper and singer places his first single, Plug Walk at #32 and his first album, The World Is Yours at #20. Finally, American singer-songwriter, actress, and dancer Hayley Kiyoko lists her debut album Expectations at #25. Watch out for lead single What I Need.
Built on the seccess of God's Plan, Canadian rapper Drake scores the highest new single of the week with Nice For What. The first track from his next album which he has just finished, it debuts at #5. Newcomer Robinson gains the first new kiwi single of the year with Nothing To Regret at #34. The 21 year old whose first name is Sharon was born in Greymouth and attended high school in Nelson. Taylor Swift has the final new single. Delicate is the fifth hit single from her album reputation and debuts at #35. Its a busy album chart with nine newbies. American rapper Cardi B first came on the scene last year with single Bodak Yellow which peaked at #24. Her debut album Invasion Of Privacy enters this weeks chart at #3 to become the highest new entry of the week. Elton John holds the #6 and #7 spots ...well kinda. In 1991 a tribute album called Two Rooms was released. Chart rules were different back then. That's why it peaked at #2 on the compilations chart. This week a second tribute album, Revamp: The Songs Of Elton John And Bernie Taupin comes in at #7 just behind his current Diamonds compilation. The artists included were hand picked by the artist as part of his 50+ years celebrating his career. Revamp is one part of a two album set, the other called Restoration: Reimagining the Songs ...which debuts at #9 on the Heatseeker album chart. Psychedelic rock locals Unknown Mortal Orchestra are back with album #3. Sex And Food is new at #9 and is their highest entry yet. Gin Wigmore is another local with a new album Ivory is the Aucklanders fourth album. Aussie producer and DJ Alison Wonderland is back taking Awake tp #14, two knotches down from the peak of her last album. The 14th studio album from Kylie Minogue enters the chart at #16. Golden saw a large portion of the album recored in Nashville Tennesee and is heavily influenced by country and dance music. Hillsong continue to pump them out with There Is More at #18. It's the churches 24th charting disc of worship songs since 2002. Further down the chart are American Hip Hoppers Flatbush Zombies. Vacation In Hell is their second hit and follow up to 2014's 3001: A Laced Odyssey which peaked at #27. Thirty Seconds To Mars round off a busy week with America at #36. The cover is unique featuring multiple variations with an array of lists of words that reflect the themes of the album allowing the fan to create their own cover.
It's week 17 and there are still 12 singles charting in the Top 40 that debuted last year. Six of those hits have charted over 30 weeks. That just shows how stable to Singles Chart is at the mo. American rapper Cardi B, Puerto Rican Bad Bunny and Colombian J Balvin join forces for this weeks highest new single I Like It at #15. As the nations suggest, its a real international effort with Bad Bunny rapping part of the song in English, while Balvin sings Hispanic Caribbean slang. It contains a sample from I Like It Like That, by Pete Rodriguez from 1967. Cardi B also scores a new entry at #39 with Be Careful. The third single from trio Migos is new at #36. Walk It Talk It has peaked at #10 in America and #14 in Canada. Former One Direction member ZAYN has the final of four newbies with Let Me at #40. Ed Sheeran makes it to 200 weeks with his second album. The significance of this is X is only the third album in the 43 year history of the chart, and all three artists are Brits. Adele is in second place with 21 at 237 weeks whilst Pink Floyd top the list with Dark Side Of The Moon on 297 weeks. One more thing. Sheeran does the whole thing conecutively as Adele left the chart after 161 weeks and Floyd after 139 weeks. Its not over yet. He is only seven weeks away from matching the 74 week record set by New Order with their song Blue Monday. He has already overtaken them for most consecutive weeks with Shape Of You now on 67 weeks, four more than New Order did before Blue Monday left the chart. He is also only 2 weeks away from matching the record for most weeks at #1 with an album. Five new albums enter the Top 40 with Foster And Allen coming first. Timeless is the 23rd hit album from the Irish duo of Mick Foster and Tony Allen and comes with another tour of New Zealand. They are new at #11. American male Andrew Bazzi took single Mine to #9 this week but his debut album Cosmic makes an entry at #18. Palmerston North quintet Depths peaked at #24 with The Mortal Compass in 2015; this week their second Endless improves that high tide marks with a #19 debut. American rockers Breaking Benjamin are back with hit album #5. Ember new at #24, climbed to the #1 spot on the American iTunes chart only 12 hours after its release. A Capella group Pentatonix present their sixth studio album PTX Presents: Top Pop Vol. 1 at #30. It is also their first full-length album not to feature any original material, covering recent hits from the likes of Bruno Mars and Dua Lipa. Finally comes an unexpected re-entry. TrinityRoots from Wellington took TRUE to #28 in 2002. Now re-issued and redesigned, the album is back with a new peak at #13. Last edited:
Eight new singles this week with half of them coming from J. Cole. The American has four Top 40 albums but until today, nothing in the singles chart. KOD, (#10) ATM,(#20) Photograph (#26) and Kevin's Heart (#28). No prizes for guessing then that his latest album KOD debuts at #1. The 12th hit single from Ariana Grande dives into the Top 4. No Tears Left To Cry is the lead single from her next album which still has not been announced. It's her first new release since the Manchester bombing and, as she says, hopes will bring "light and Comfort". Newcomer Dennis Lloyd opens his account at #35 with Nevermind. Born Nir Tibori in Tel Aviv, the 23 year old is reportedly a marketing genious with sales to his concerts selling out in an hour. Not bad for a newcomer. Sons Of Zion have spent 6 weeks in the NZ Singles Chart with their latest but despite a truck load of singles, only once before been in the Top 40. Drift Away is new at #39 and the second new single from a local this year to grace the Top 40. Californian Kyle follows his debut single iSpy with a second. PlayinWitMe is new at #40 American rockers A Perfect Circle haven't charted here since 2004 but they are finally back with Eat The Elephant at #3. The album began its life in 2008 but writer and frontman Maynard Keenan and guitarist Billy Howerdel, held the album up due to other projects and disagreements over the albums direction. Kimbra is back with her third long player. Primal Heart, new at #12, was originally scehduled for release in January. Finally, after successful NZ concerts in the past week, Las Vegas locals The Killers return with two albums, Wonderful Wonderful from 2017 at #26 and Hot Fuss from 2005 at #33.
Concerts in Godzone continue to spike sales. This week it was Post Malone, which gives him two new singles, Better Now (#6) and Paranoid (#7) with four other singles inside the Top 30 and his new album Beerbongs And Bentleys diving in at the top. Strangely, though, REM also sold well this week with several songs on the iTunes chart, yet no entries in this weeks Official Top 40. Americans Khalid, Ty Dolla $ign and 6LACK join forces for OTW at #28. OTW stands for On The Way and is a ballad with 90's influences. It's been nearly three years since Aussies 5 Seconds Of Summer were in the charts. Now with a new album out next month, Youngblood, the title track, is new at #35. American Janelle Monáe peaked at #24 in 2013 but she improves on that with Dirty Computer new at #14. It's considered a concept album and, as she puts it, an attempt to "step into a more authentic self". Whanganui resident Darren Watson also improves on his high tide mark with Too Many Millionaires at #20. His previous disc Introducing Darren Watson only made it to #26. He was previosly with Chicago Smoke Shop who peaked at #46 in 1989 with their self titled album. England's Anne-Marie is making big waves in her homeland but to date over here she has only enjoyed success here in a supporting role. This week though she gains her first hit with the album Speak Your Mind at #31. Graffiti U is the new album from New Zealand Australian country music singer Keith Urban. Debuting at #32, its his fourth NZ hit album. Over on the compilation chart there are three new entries, another radio promotion from Coast, the latested offering from Ministry Of Sound and the 56th installment of Now That's What I Call Music. In the UK where the franchize was created in 1983, they have just released volume 99. The 100th is touted to be a big celebration with a book on the history of the successful series also on the way.
Childish Gambino (aka Donald Glover Jr.) has this weeks highest new single with a title that was once used by David Bowie. Bowie took This Is Not America to #12 in 1985, however this is not a remake. Slotting in at #11 This Is America improves on his last single by 11 knotches. This is the American's second. Post Malone continues to impress, this week with two more new singles. Stay (#20 and not a remake) and Rich And Sad (#26) take his total to 8 hit singles this week alone. Newcomer Billie Eilish is at #36 with Lovely. The American has been releasing music since 2015 but this is her first successful single anywhere. Norwegian DJ Kygo is back with his fifth hit single. Remind Me To Forget, new at #39, is the third single from his second studio album, Kids in Love. Finally Shawn Mendes slots in his seventh hit with Youth at #40. The Ten Tenors have been hanging around the Heatseekers chart but this week make the leap with Wish You Were Here new at #9. The Australian music ensemble formed in 1997 and are currently on tour of NZ. American gospel and soul singer Leon Bridges took his first long player to #13 with Coming Home in 2015. That's exactly where he lands his second album Good Thing. Aucland's Hopetoun Brown have also been bubbling just under the Top 40 with their third disc. Don't Let Them Lock You Up, new at #29. The band includes founding Supergroove members Nick Atkinson and Tim Stewart in the line up. Parkway Drive are back with a fourth hit. Reverence is the Australian metalcore bands sixth studio album. Finally, another American hip hop collaboration enters the chart at #40. Rae Sremmurd, Swae Lee and Slim Jxmmi are new with new with SR3MM. This album is an exhaustive101 minues across three discs. Last edited:
Following overseas trends, Childish Gambino jumps 11 knotches to take on this weeks number one single with This Is Not America. There is only one new entry this week in the singles pile. Twenty five year old Selena Gomez scores her 13th hit single with Back To You at #35. The track is taken from the TV Series 13 Reasons Why, England's Arctic Monkeys narrowly miss out on their second number one with Tranquility Base Hotel And Casino entering at #2. In 2013 their biggest album AM topped the chart and spent 61 weeks in the chart. Principal writer Alex Turner wrote all the songs but was uninterested in the suggestion he make them into a solo album. The sophomore album from Amercan Charlie Puth is new at #6. Voicenotes was produced by Puth and was originally scehduled for release a few months ago. It was delayed to perfect it including a new album cover. Sons Of Zion are on a roll. This week single Drift Away jumps 15 knotches to #20 whilst album Vantage Point debuts at #18. This is their second album; Universal Love peaking at #3 in 2013. Newcomer Playboi Carti (aka Jordan Carter) comes from Atlanta Georgia. The hip hopper scores his first chart entry globally with Die Lit debuting at #27 this week. He is signed to A$AP Mob's AWGE record label. Finally Julia Deans lists her second at #29. We Light Fire follows from the #12 peak of Modern Fables from 2010. She has also been in the album chart twice as a member of fur Patrol. Finally it is with sadness we mark the loss of Carl Perkins. The former Herbs and House Of Shem artist began as a percussionist and writer then bocoming a guitarist. He even had a stint with The Wailers after Bob Marley died. He was only 59 and passed away on 10 May. Last edited:
The first NZ charting solo single from Brit Anne-Marie breaks the ice at #23. 2002 is her 18th single, five of which have charted in the UK Top 40. South Korean boy band BTS list their first NZ Top 40 single with Fake Love at #35. In their homeland they have had five #1 albums, four #1 EP's and two number one singles since 2013. This track is taken from the album Love Yourself / 'Tear' which debuts at #5. The third offering from Australian Courtney Barnett is new at #10. Tell Me How You Really Feel was recorded in Melbourne and boasts the lead single Nameless, Faceless which was released back in February. The album marks the highest she has been in our charts. American metallers Five Finger Death Punch also raise the bar with And Justice For None at #12. Their last two chart entries, Got Your Six from 2015 and The Wrong Side Of Heaven And The Righteous Side Of Hell from 2013 peaked inside the Top 30. Englishman James Bay is back with Electric Light new at #21. This disc is a mix of different styles and reportedly totally different from his last. Finally Aucklanders Wax Chattels open their account at #37 with their self titled disc. The fourth single in the NZ Singles Top 20 from Mitch James enters at #5 this week. Whilst he has yet to scratch the Singles chart, 21 looks like it could be his first given the high entry. Last edited:
Once upon a time it was common for a song to be written by two people: Jagger / Richards; Bacharach/David; Lennon/McCartney; John/Taupin. In the UK the average number of people to write a song has now risen to 4.84 with the most writers being 15 for Liam Payne's Strip That Down. It's becoming a headache for publishers who have to split royalties. In New Zealand it's pretty much the same. A look at this weeks three new singles sees 9 different writers. A$AP Rocky top the bill with eight of them. The American has just released his third album. Two of the 15 tracks enter this weeks singles chart Praise The Lord (Da Shine), new at #23 and A$AP Forever at #35 take the member of A$AP Mob on to three solo hit singles. The album is also new, at #4. Juice WRLD (aka Jared Higgins) opens his account at #26 with Lucid Dreams (Forget Me). The Chicago rapper released the song back in July but 2.5 million YouTube views has earned him a hit single. His debut album Goodbye And Good Riddance is new at #17. Canadian Shawn Mendes is back with his third full length album at #2 making this the highest new entry of the week. The 19 year old was inspired by Justin Timberlake, Kings of Leon, and Kanye West for this self titled album. Another American rapper, Pusha T, opens his account at #12 with his album Daytona. Born Terrence Thornton way back in 1977 makes him quite possibly the oldest rapper to launch his first album on our charts. For the record he is 44. Finally Scottish synth trio CHVRCHES launch third album Love Is Dead which debuts at #35. The band collaborated with David Stewart from Eurythmics and Matt Berninger from The National during production. Over on the compilations chart comes a kiwi collection of garage rock called Wild Things LP: Social End Products Of The World Unite!. Originally, Wild Things was released in 1992 but failed to chart. This copy, available on vinyl like the original, boasts a different track listing and debuts at #7. Artists include The La De Da's, Sandy Edmonds, The Pleazers and Chants R&B amongst many others.
Last week I mentioned the average number of writers per song in the Top 40 has risen. I've also noticed the song length has dropped too. In 1978, 40 years ago, the average length for a new entry single in the chart was 3:39. Ten years later in 1988 that had risen to 4:00 and up to 4:10 in 1998. In 2008 that was similar at 4:02 but so far this year that number is down to 3:28. There's two statistics to show how much the music industry has changed in the past ten years. 5 Seconds Of Summer gain their third number one single with Youngblood which is topping the charts worldwide. Maroon 5 score their 22nd Top 40 single in style, with a #9 debut. Girls Like You is the second hit from their current album Red Pill Blues and took six people to write following on from the current trend. This track features vocals from Cardi B. Newcomer Noah Kahan joins Julia Michaels for Hurt Somebody new at #29. 21-year old Kahan released his first single, Young Blood, in January 2017. His EP of the same name from earlier on this year carries an updated version with Michaels making it a duet. Kanye West enters the penthouse suite this week with his second number one album. His previous, The Life Of Pablo, failed to chart here despite topping the US charts. ye is his eighth studio album and follows controversy surrounding his political views, causing him to redo all the work on the album which he did in just two weeks. The album is more like an EP as the full length is just over 23 minutes. Four of the seven tracks also enter the Singles chart. It's a great week for new kiwi albums. Hailing from Waipu comes three-piece thrash metal band Alien Weaponry with their debut album. In 2016 the band won both the national finals of Smokefreerockquest and Smokefree Pacifica Beats - the only band to have ever won both events. Tū may be the debut album but it follows an EP The Zego Sessions from 2014. Auklander Tami Neilson lists album #3 at #6. Sassafrass! is actually her 6th full length album. Katchafire are next with fifth studio album Legacy at #8, then its Julian Temple Band at #11 with Antarctica. At the bottom of the chart comes Ben Howard. Coming in at #38 with Noonday Dream, this is his second hit album. One small footnote: Hysteria, the #1 album from Def Leppard receives the 30th Anniversary Edition treatment and re-enters the chart at #31. Last edited:
American Micheal Stevenson (billed as Tyga which stands for Thank you God always) has this weeks highest new single, at #20. Releasing albums since 2008, Taste is his first Top 40 single in NZ. The fifth hit single from Brits Clean Bandit is new at #37. Solo has already hit the Top 5 in Czech Republic, Finland, Hungary, Ireland, Norway, Slovakia, and Sweden. It's been a huge year fpr Drake with two number ones totalling 13 weeks at the top. Third single this year, I'm Upset, has been hanging around the Heatseeker charts for a couple of weeks and debuts at #38. American hip hop self-billed supergroup Kids See Ghosts (can you really call two people a supergroup??) rocket to #3 on entry with their self titled long player. Consisting of Kanye West and Kid Cudi it continues a friendship that goes back years when Cudi signed to West's G.O.O.D. label. Like West's new album from last week, this one only lasts 23 minutes. The second EP this year from Wellington quartet DRAX Project comes in at #10. Noon marks the highest they have been in the Albums chart. Brit newcomer Jorja Smith has worked with Drake and Stormzy but now has an album of her own. Lost And Found, new at #16, boasts her first single Blue Lights which originally came out in 2016. Lily Allen launches her first album in four years at #40. No Shame is her fourth studio album. Fifthy years ago the chart was scattered with some of New Zealand's biggest all time hit makers. The then New Zealand hit Parade which was published in the NZ Listener produced 21 kiwi singles in the chart in 1968, three of them topping the charts, and in September / October half of the Top 10 was local. On October 4 Allison Durbin, The Avengers and The Fourmyula held the top 3, a far cry from todays chart. Larry's Rebels, The Simple Image, Mr. Lee Grant, Ray Columbus, and John Rowles were just a few of the artists to make it big. The year is celebrated this week in a new compilation entering the compilation chart. The Kiwi Music Scene 1968 is new at #8 and covers an amazing 58 tracks. It follows on from previous CD's which covered 1966 and 1967.