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Chart Beat - 2 January 2017

The first chart for 2017 still has a strong festive theme. Michael Bublé gains the only new single with a track from his number one album Christmas. It's Beginning To Look A Lot Like Christmas was written in 1951 by Meredith Willson with multiple artists covering it since. In 1951 alone it was sung by Perry Como, The Fontane Sisters and Bing Crosby. It's only the first time Michael Bublé has been in the singles chart though, despite 218 weeks charted with albums.
That's the only new single this week but there are two festive re-entries which have a sad twist. In 1985 Wham! took Last Christmas to #17. Shortly after that, Bob Geldof launched Band Aid to raise money for starving thousands. Both songs appear in this weeks Top 40 and both include vocals from George Michael who sadly passed away on Christmas day. Throughout his career the 53 year old had 10 hit singles with Wham! and 20 as a solo artist. Not surprisingly then, that there are three albums re-entering this weeks chart. Twenty Five and Ladies And Gentlemen appear at #29 and 30 with the big surprise a return of the final Wham! album at #34.
The only new album is the soundtrack to the new Disney movie Moana at #33. The movie is sitting at #6 at Box Office this week.
Chart Beat - 9 January 2017

The first new number one single for the year sees Clean Bandit claim their first chart topper. Rockabye has also gone to the top in Australia, Austria, Finland, Germany, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Latvia... I think you get the point.
All four Christmas hits leave the chart making way for one new entry and three re-entries. Canadian Alessia Cara enters the chart at #37 with How Far I'll Go which comes from the movie Moana. It's her fourth Top 40 single.
Three new albums grace the bottom of the Top 40, two of them soundtracks.
Sydney's Sticky Fingers took their third album (and first here) to #4 in October; now their first finds a place at #37 entry. Caress Your Soul was released in 2013 and reached #39 in the Australian Albums Chart.
Animated movie Sing has a great selection of artists in it's soundtrack from Stevie Wonder to Jennifer Hudson. The movie sits at #3 at Box Office while the soundtrack debuts at #36.
The other movie to debut is La La Land. This flick is a musical romantic comedy starring Ryan Gosling, Emma Stone, John Legend and Rosemarie DeWitt. Most of the music is composed and orchestrated by Justin Hurwitz and manages a #40 entry. The movie is at #4 in Box Office.
Kiwi new single of the week comes from Auckland duo Chores. Its a great track called Gravitate, currently sitting at #3 on the NZ Singles Heatseeker chart.
Speaking of kiwi music, a surprise couple of entries in the NZ Heatseeker albums chart is the return of Mi Sex. Popular from 1979 to 1983, they disbanded after singer Steve Gilpin was killed in a major car accident. Fast forward to 2011, they reformed for a charity concert in aid of the Christchurch earthquake with former Noiseworks bass player Steve Balbi on lead vocals. They began writing again and have just released a new album. That album, Not From Here, and a 2007 compilation take out the Top 2 in the Heatseeker chart.
When was the last time Adele 25 get the Platinum x7 certification? It seems to take forever for 25 to get the Platinum x8 certification even after the holiday season. lol
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Your right, it has taken ages for Adele to take 25 to 8 times platinum. She went to 7 times on 28 December 2015. Sales of albums are well down and the bar was lifted during the year so its harder to receive certifications now. Can't be far away though.
Don't ask me what happened there 911130 but Adele is now 9 times platinum. That's up two. Surely she didn't sell over 15,000 units in the past week. Gees
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Surprise to see the sudden spike on the 25 certification from 7 to 9 times platinum which it suggest 25 was sold around 30,000 units in 2016. I expect she get 8 times platinum sales at any point before or during the Oceania tour announcement but RMNZ didn't update the certification at that time.
Chart Beat - 16 January, 2017

I got an email during the week. "Since it’s been a little while I thought I’d drop two singles rather than one." The promotion worked as Ed Sheeran takes them both into the Top 2 this week. Shape Of You (also #1 in Wales) and Castle On The Hill are from his third album ÷ due out on March 2. He now has four chart topping singles. Incidentally it's the first time the top 2 singles have been new in the chart, never mind by the same artist. We came close in 2013 when One Direction debuted with the #2 and #3 singles. For the record, those songs were Diana and Midnight Memories, and both of them only achieved two weeks in the chart.
American hip hop group Migos enter at #31 with Bad And Boujee. It's their first time in the chart here.
American rapper Sage The Gemini featured on Flo Rida's hit G.D.F.R. in 2014 but has never had a hit of his own. He changes that this week with Now And Later at #38.
American electro house musician Steve Aoki teams up with One Direction member Louis Tomlinson with Just Hold On at #40. That's now three One Direction members to chart solo hits.
The album chart hasn't woken up from the holiday period yet and sees only one new album.
American rockers Halestorm took Into The Wildlife to #28 in 2015, now they are back, just one knotch down with an EP. ReAniMate 3.0: The CoVeRs eP is just that, five tracks covering artists from Sophie B Hawkins to Metallica. It follows on from ReAniMate 2.0: The CoVeRs which came out in 2013 and ReAniMate: The CoVeRs from 2011.
For the kiwi single of the week I want to revisit Mitch James. His single Move On re-enters the NZ Singles chart at #7 taking him to a new high. If you like Ed Sheeran you will love Mitch James too. He is definatly an artist to watch this year.
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Chart Beat - 23 January, 2017

The Top 4 singles remains static this week with Ed Sheeran holding fast to the top two positions. There are two newbies though.
The Chainsmokers had an incredible year last year clocking up 94 weeks over four entries in the singles chart, more than any other artist. They continue that success with their sixth hit Paris at #17. This one features uncredited vocals from Emily Warren (who co-wrote the duo's hit single Don't Let Me Down) and Andrew Taggart.
Rag'n'Bone Man has the other newbie. Born Rory Graham, the British singer took Human to #2 a few weeks ago with the double shot from Ed Sheeran keeping him off the top. Over here he debuts at #38.
It's a similar situation in the albums chart with two new albums.
It's been four and a half years since The XX had an album in the chart, but this week they are back with the highest new entry of the week. I See You is the Brits third album; the original release date set for October last year. After a bit more recording, the album is finally out and in our charts at #3.
Los Angeles based DJ Bonobo scores his first NZ hit with his sixth album Migration is new at #27.
Chart Beat - 30 January 2017

British duo Snakehips join forced with Danish singer MØ for this weeks highest new single. Don't Leave , new at #32, has already peaked at #11 in Denmark.
German DJ Robin Schulz and French DJ David Guetta also collaborate with the other new single, Shed A Light at #37. To date the track has peaked at #7 in Austria, #6 in Germany and #8 in Poland.
No new albums in a very quiet chart this week, but Six60 reach anothere milestone with their second album Six60 (2) reaching 100 weeks in the chart. That's the 32nd album to make it to 100. Incidentally, their first long player charted 96 weeks. Over on the NZ Singles Chart, if the lads can stay one more week in the chart with Only To Be they will match the most weeks statistic, which surprise surprise, one of theirs. Don't Forget Your Roots (at 174 weeks) spent two weeks at the top whilst Only To Be (173 weeks) spent 8.
Icehouse joined Bonnie Tyler, and the Alan Parsons Project for three concerts in New Zealand resulting in their 2011 compilation White Heat re-entering the chart at #27. They played last weekend at the 2017 Gibbston Valley Winery Summer Concert.
Finally, kiwi track of the week is Invincible by 3-piece band Kinetic. You may recognise the name Laughton Kora. He is a former member of the band KORA. It's a very catchy track that will sit well on any AC radio station. Give it a spin. You can find it on You Tube.
Chart Beat - 6 February, 2017

British girl group Little Mix make it to 8 hit singles with their latest Touch at #23. It's the second single to chart from their fourth album Glory Days.
The fifth from Major Lazer slots in at #25. Run Up features Canadian musician PartyNextDoor, and Trinidadian-born American rapper Nicki Minaj.
Julia Michaels opens her account with Issues at #38. Her claim to fame so far is performing with Kygo at the closing ceremony of the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro Brazil.
The Album Chart comes alive with five new entries.
American singer Kehlani has just released her debut album SweetSexySavage and makes an inpact at #18. Her blend of R&B and pop made her a finalist on America's Got Talent. She has confirmed she will play one show here in New Zealand, however there are no details yet.
Migos have taken Bad And Boujee to the top in America and have this weeks #17 single. Their debut album was out two years ago but their second, Culture becomes their first here with a #20 entry.
Brian and Jenn Johnson also score their first hit album. Senior Worship Pastors at Bethel Church in Redding, California, their blend of worship music is new at #29 in the form of the album After All These Years.
In the same genre come Link from Auckland. Kia Kaha is new at #36.
Finally, Dunedin/Christchurch band The Bats are back with their first album in six years. Keeping the same lineout since they formed in 1982, The Deep Set, new at #40, is their ninth album, five of which have charted.
As predicted last week, Six60 swap songs at the top of the pile on the longevity list on the NZ Singles chart. Only To Be and Don't Forget Your Roots have now charted 174 apiece but the newer track goes to the top due to having more weeks at #1. There are now six songs in the top 20 over 100 weeks and still no signs of a kiwi in the Singles Top 40.
Which brings me to the new kiwi song of the week. Mr Dominant by Wellingtonians Merrin showcases Charlie Phillips' as one of the countries greatest rock female vocalists. It's well worth a listen.
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Chart Beat - 13 February, 2017

It's an incredibly stable singles chart this week with the entire Top 7 staying put. There are only two new entries across the two major charts.
Dutch DJ Martin Garrix and English singer Dua Lipa join forces for Scared To Be Lonely new at #21. To date the song has topped the charts in Belgium and #5 in Netherlands.
American rapper Big Sean has done plenty of work callobrating with other artists but to date only had one hit of his own. Bounce Back debuts at #33, eight places behind his high tide mark when he peaked at #25 in 2015. It's taken from his fourth album which also enters this weeks chart. I Decided is new at #12.
Sampha Sisay is new to our charts. The British singer, songwriter and record producer has mainly worked with other artists but has found time to release two EP's. His first full length album, Process, is new at #40 and includes the lead single Timmy's Prayer.
Some interesting albums make a comeback this week. The Mockers are back together and on tour so it's only logical their sales will be up. They spent 38 weeks in the chart with six singles in the mid 80's such as One Black Friday and Forever Tuesday Morning. A compile of their hits re-enters the chart at #10. Also, Guns N Roses have been and gone but their NZ concerts pushed three albums back into the Top 40, two of them inside the Top 7.
Kiwi single of the week is the newbie from I Am Giant. The Aucklanders are now based in London but their new single, Dead Flower is well worth a listen. It's currently sitting at #2 on the NZ heatseeker singles chart.
Chart Beat - 20 February, 2017

The Top 7 Singles remain the same for a third week but there are four newbies.
It's been 31 months since we saw a new single from Katy Perry but this week she proves she can still produce a hit. Chained To The Rhythm includes vocals from Bob Marley's grandson Skip Marley. The track debuts at #9
Bruno Mars lists hit #15 at #26. That's What I Like is the third hit single from his current album 24K Magic.
New York singer-songwriter, rapper, and record producer Jon Bellion scores his debut single at #29 with All Time Low. To date he has taken the song to #16 in the US.
Australian duo Pnau took Sambanova to #48 on the albums chart in 2000 but that was their lot. That is until now. Chameleon becomes their first hit single at #37. In 2012 they put out the album Good Morning To The Night which was a mash up of the Elton John catalogue.
The sequal to the Fifty Shades trilogy makes a #4 entry in this weeks album chart. Fifty Shades Darker already includes a hit single from Zayn/Taylor Swift (this week at #4). This soundtrack falls two knotches down from the first one a year ago.
Hot on the heals of his debut single Human, Rag'n'Bone Man (aka Rory Graham) debuts with the album of the same name. Somehow I think we will see alot more from this guy.
Finally, Jess And Gabriel make their first appearance at #39 . Jess and Gabriel Conte score with the EP Under The Covers.
Kiwi single of the week comes from reggae band House Of Shem. Anything You Ask is the number one NZ Kiwi Heatseeker this week.
Next week expect another new Ed Sheeran song. How Would You Feel (Paean) has just been released for his birthday. Currently he has held onto the Top 2 on the singles chart for six weeks. That has never happened before, ever.

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Chart Beat - 27 February, 2017

Bruno Mars is the biggest mover inside the Top 40 singles this week with last weeks new entry That's What I Like moving up 15 knotches to #11. The Top 5 remains the same, again but it's two of the three new singles that steal the show with high entries in the Top 10.
As if holding onto the Top 2 for seven weeks is not enough (and that has never happened before), Ed Sheeran puts a third single into the Top 10. How Would You Feel (Paean), as predicted last week, enters the chart at #6. His third album ÷ is due out on Friday.
Norwegian DJ Kygo and American Selena Gomez join forces for the #7 new entry It Ain't Me. The lyrics are nostalgic and narrate a past relationship ruined by alcoholism and partying too often.
The 8th hit single from Las Vegas quartet Imagine Dragons enters the chart at #36. Believer is the lead single from their upcoming as yet unamed third album.
At the end of February last year there had been 32 new albums in the chart. This year, only 19. This week sees just two.
American Ryan Adams has been consistant with now ten albums in the charts in 15 years. His latest disc, Prisoner , is this weeks highest new entry with a #4 debut. Believe it or not its his 16th studio album.
American rapper Future (born Nayvadius DeMun Wilburn) has only been in the albums chart once. That was when he teamed up with Drake in 2015. Now his fifth self-titled disc becomes his first solo hit. But wait, there's more. One week after the release of FUTURE comes HNDRXX. Expect that one to chart next week.
After a couple of well attended Bruce Springsteen concerts this week, The Boss's back catalogue gets a surge in sales with four re-entries in the Top 40.
The New Kiwi single of the week is the new one from the second series of New Zealand's Got Talent singer MAALA. In My Head debuts at #8 on the NZ Singles chart.
Next week watch out for Something Like That, the new single from The Chainsmokers & Coldplay.
Chart Beat - 6 March. 2017

The Chainsmokers and Coldplay join forces for the hottest new single this week.
Something Just Like This, new at #5, serves as the second single off The Chainsmokers debut album Memories...Do Not Open due April 7.
Despite not having an album out since 2014, Calvin Harris continues the success with Slide at #21. It's his 17th hit.
Have you noticed the new trend? Instead of collaborating artists (using the word featuring) there are a lot more duets (using the word and). The second new one this week is from Zedd and Alessia Cara. Stay is new at #32
Last but not least is Cold, the second single from Maroon 5's upcoming sixth studio album. They debut at #35.
The 12th hit album from Irish crooner Daniel O'Donnell is this weeks highest new album. Back Home Again is his 6th Top 10 album and coincides with his current NZ tour.
Next comes English grime and hip hopper Stormzy. Born Michael Omari, he was named as an artist to look out for in the BBC's influential Sound of 2015 list. To date his biggest hit is the recent single Big For Your Boots which has, so far, peaked at #8 on the UK charts. His debut album, Gang Signs And Prayer, is new at #14. Incidentally he visiting our shores this week with Ed Sheeran.
The soundtrack to the #3 movie this week comes in at #33. T2 Trainspotting is the long awaited sequal to the original movie from 1996.
Future, as predicted last week, lists his second new album in two weeks. HNDRXX is new at #39 as FUTURE drops off the chart.
New kiwi single of the week is Messages from Stan Walker. It comes in this week at #5 on the NZ Singles Top 20.
Next week expect a big challenge for the top on both Top 40's. Ed Sheeran's third album ÷ and the long awaited new single from Lorde (Green Light) both got released on Friday. Sales of the Lorde track are going off the scale globally just hours after release. It will be the first kiwi number one single since Inside Out by Avalanche City in July 2015.
Chart Beat - 13 March, 2017

There is no doubt the battle of the sexes results in a very abnormal chart. Lorde and Ed Sheeran went head to head with new realeases, Lorde with her first new single in three and a half years, and Sheeran with his third album. And the winner is....well; both of them. Lorde, who is now based in the States, takes the top single after a sales frenzy where she was selling twice as many units as her #2 competitor Sheeran. When her second full length album Melodrama is out in June it could become another interesting week. The second single from the album, Liability, is also just out, so expect that song to chart next week. As I write, it is sitting at #2 on the iTunes chart.
Then there is Ed Sheeran. On the deluxe version of his third album ÷ there are 16 tracks. This week he has 13 new entries. Add that to the three already in the Singles Chart, and you see the whole album is not just this weeks number one, but the entire track listing is also in the Top 30 as well. That's a first for any artist, ever. Not even The Beatles or Elvis Presley have done that. Guess that's the result of a ditital music era. For the record, his new singles are: Dive (#4), Galway Girl (#5), Perfect (#6), Happier (#11), New Man (#13), What Do I Know? (#14), Supermarket Flowers (#16), Eraser (#19), Hearts Don't Break Around Here, (#23) Barcelona (#26), Nancy Mulligan (#27), Bibia Be Ye Ye (#29) and Save Myself (#30). That lifts him to 9th in the list of most hit singles statistic. One more thing. He also takes the record off Michael Jackson and Justin Bieber for the most songs charted in a calandar year. That record, until today, was 11. Now it's 16.
Let's try and slow this down a little. With all the hype, the other three new albums get lost in the excitement. All three are from new artists.
Curate Music debut at #8 with These Eyes. From Mt Maunganu, these guys come from the Curate Church
Nadia Reid is also off to a great start with her first disc. Preservation debuts at #13 and even gets a great write up in American Billboard magazine.
Finally comes 19-year old American Khalid Robinson with American Teen at #32. Watch out for lead single Location.
Chart Beat - 20 March 2017

The singles chart tries to correct itself after an influx of Ed Sheeran songs last week, but all 13 of them remain. Only one, Galway Girl, manages a rise. He also reclaims the top spot from Lorde, taking Shape Of You on to it's 9th week at number one. There has been critisism across the globe for the way the charts are compiled as the phenonemon was repeated on various charts around the world. The UK, Australia and America are just some of them with Ireland awarding him the Top 16. It makes me wonder if a certain song was played on repeat on Spotify for a week it would see an entry in the chart. Maybe we should try a little experiment (lol).
Speaking of Lorde, her second new hit in two weeks manages a #8 debut. Liability gives her a 10th hit single and is the only new entry this week. It's also the first time since 3 August 2015 that there have been two kiwi singles in the Top 10.
Original ukelele trio The Nukes have this weeks highest new album. The name may not be familiar but the one of the trio may be familiar. Dave Parker, Snapper Thiele and Ben Collier got together in 2008 and The Nukes were formed. David Parker had four hit singles in the 90's, taking Tears On My Pillow to the top in 1991. III is their third album but first to chart.
Beauty And The Beast was a 1991 American animated Disney film. Now the remake is here with an all new soundtrack. The original saw a #21 peak; the new version enters the chart at #33.
Finally, American bluegrass-country singer Alison Krauss is back with hit number four. Windy City is her fifth studio album.
New kiwi single of the week has to be the long awaited newbie from David Dallas. Fit It debuts this week at #5 on the NZ Singles Top 20
Chart Beat - 27 March 2017

Canadian rapper Drake has launched More Life which he describes as a playlist to bridge the gap between albums and is only available on download. Clocking just over 81 minutes, it looks like an album to me. Anyway from that...erm...playlist...comes seventh single Passionfruit, new at #22. More Life debuts at #3.
American hip hop artist Kyle Harvey makes his debut with iSpy at #32. To date he has two albums but he has been under the radar until now. iSpy is currently #10 in the US.
It's been two years since Pitbull has been in the charts but Mr Woldwide (as he calls himself) is back with a new album. Opinions is the first single from the album, at #35.
Despite four hit singles, Swede Zara Larsson has never been in the album chart; until this week. Her first album 1 went to the top in Sweden but its her second that gains first chart entry outside Scandanavia. So Good is new at #9.
Elevation Worship peaked at #32 last year with Here As In Heaven. Now they imporove on their high tide mark with There Is A Cloud at #24.
Remember Milky Chance? The German folk group had a Top 3 hit in 2014 with Stolen Dance. It's been a long time between drinks but they are back, this time with an album. Blossom is new at #29.
Depeche Mode have been charting consistantly since 1982. Their 14th studio album Spirit continues the success with a #32 entry.
The remaining eight new albums all performed at this years WOMAD festival last weekend and are all first timers on the chart: The East Pointers from Sydney with Secret Victory at #7; Welsh singer-songwriter 9bach with Anian at #20; Sinkane from Sudan with Life And Livin' It at #25; Aziza Brahim from Algeria with Abbar el Hamanda at #26; Jamainan Brushy One String with Destiny at #28; The Swan Sisters from Christchurch with Rivers at #33; Swamp Thing from Rotorua with Primordium and Aucklanders Li'l Chuck the One Man Skiffle Machine with Utility Blues at #38
New kiwi track of the week is the welcome return of Dead Flowers. The song is called Dig.
Finally we lost another legend this week. Chuck Berry was one of the original rockers with hits like Roll Over Beethoven, Johnny B. Goode and Sweet Little Sixteen. He sits at #9 on the Heatseeker Albums charts.
Chart Beat - 3 April, 2017

Nayvadius DeMun Wilburn (aka Future) lists two new singles in this weeks chart. It's actually also his first two outright hit singles.
Mask Off at #19 comes from his recent album Future whilst Selfish new at #32 comes from Hndrxx which was released a week later.
Jason DeRulo last charted two years ago with the #3 hit Want To Want Me. Now he is back with hit number 16. Swalla debuts at #33.
Drake takes on Ed Sheeran for the number one spot this week as Passionfruit jumps 20 knotches to #2. Meanwhile, Sheeran continues to weave his magic with an 11th week at the top with Shape Of You. Drake also manages another new single with Portland new at #38.
Adele has been big news this week with her Auckland concerts. As a result three singles re-enter the chart along with her three albums inside the Top 5.
After an influx of new albums last week, 11 of them leave after just one week and are replaced with 9 re-entries and three new entries.
James Blunt is top of the pile with a #13 debut on his fifth studio album, The Afterlove. It's been three and a half years since his last album which may be the reason for the lowest peak so far. That may change of course. The first single from the album, Love Me Better, debuted at #93 in the UK.
Twenty One Pilots played live in New Zealand last week and score with three albums in this weeks Top 20. To date Vessel has only charted as a twin pack with Blurryface. Now all three chart separatly with Vessel debuting at #16.
American Trey Songz is back with his second hit album after the #36 peak of Chapter V in 2012. It's actually his seventh album since 2005. Tremaine The Album is new at #39.
New NZ Single for the week comes from the Brit Pop influenced Mount Maunganui band Shakes. Check out Waiting On A Feeling.
The first quarter has already passed so here are the stats on new entries for each of the main charts with last years figure in brackets:
Singles Chart: 45 (34)
Albums Chart: 43 (59)
Compilations Chart: 11 (13)
NZ Singles Chart: 11 (8)
NZ Albums Chart: 27 (9)
Chart Beat - 10 April. 2017

Drake had a go last week, this week Kendrick Lamar tries to knock Ed Sheeran off the top of the singles chart. Despite the American's #2 entry of HUMBLE. , his third hit, Sheeran goes on to a 12th non-consecutive week at the top. HUMBLE. is the lead single to his forthcoming album on April 14.
Clean Bandit continue to chip away at the charts. The Brits fourth hit Symphony, new at #24, is also from a forthcoming album.
Former One Direction member ZAYN continues the theme with Still Got Time at #37. You got it. He too has a new album on the way.
Over on the album chart, it's Mastodon who gain the highest charting NZ album of their career. The Americans peaked at #10 in 2014 with Once More' Round The Sun but it's their 7th album Emperor Of Sand that goes one better. Debuting at #9 it's their 4th hit album.
Cast your mind back to 1992. Wellington rockers Head Like A Hole recorded their first album 13 and took it to #17 in the chart. Six more albums followed. This week the 25th anniversary edition of that album is back with a 13-date tour around New Zealand. After a 14 and a half year absence, 13 re-enters the chart at #24.
Bob Dylan goes back into lead position for most albums to chart in New Zealand and its all thanks to his 38th studio album. Triplicate features covers of classic American songs over three discs, each individually titled and presented in a thematically-arranged 10-song sequence. He debuts at #27.
British funk and acid jazz band Jamiroquai haven't charted here since 2006 but this week they are back with Automaton at #30. Their 8th studio disc, its also their first in 7 years.
New NZ single of the week is from newcomer Sammy Johnson. Do You is a great R&B song that I reacon should become a hit.
Chart Beat - 17 April, 2017

The third member of One Direction launches his solo career with this weeks highest new single. Sign Of The Times from Harry Styles is the lead single from his debut album due out next month. He comes in at #9.
American Khalid also launches his assault on the charts with Location, new at #25. The 19 year old comes from El Paso, Texas.
American rapper Post Malone (aka Austin Post) peaked at #11 in March with his first album Stoney. Now he can lay claim to a hit single. Congratulations is new at #40.
In 1975 Dave Dobbyn joined a band and began a career that made him one of New Zealand's legendary performers. This week the 60-year old narrowly misses out on his second number one album with A Slice Of Heaven: 40 Years Of Hits. The #2 entry is his 13th top 10 solo album.
No surprise that The Chainsmokers debut at #4 with their first full length album; since 2015 they have enjoyed 7 Top 12 singles. Memories...Do Not Open follows the EP Collage into the Top 10.
Rebecca Nelson is a classical singer and member of the Royal New Zealand Navy Band. Her album Poppies And Pohutakawa drops into the top 5 in time for this years ANZAC day and is her first appearance in the chart. She gets her inspiration from Welsh singer Charlotte Church.
American rapper Joey Bada$$ peaked at #11 in 2015 with his first chart entry. This week he matches that high tide mark with All-Amerikkkan Bada$$.
Five-member American a cappella group Pentatonix are back with PTX Vol. 4: Classics at #14. The 25-minute EP covers songs as diverse as Judy Garland's Over The Rainbow and Queen's Bohemian Rhapsody.
Bethel Music are currently touring the country. Their Gore concert a week ago had an estimated 1000 people in attendance. Starlight: Live, new at #25, is the worship groups third entry in the chart.
Father John Misty rounds off seven new albums with Pure Comedy at #37. It's the American's second hit album.
New kiwi song of the week is from Nomad. Check out I Won't Stop. It's a great track and should get lots of airplay.
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Chart Beat - 24 April, 2017

It's happened again...one artist taking over the singles chart. A month ago Ed Sheeran debuted the entire track listing of his third album in the top 30. This week American rapper Kendrick Lamar tries to do the same with ten new entries from his new album DAMN which debuts at #2. Lead single HUMBLE. jumps to the top making it 11 of the 14 tracks in the Top 40. In my opinion if this is going to be a regular occurance a change in chart rules is necessary. For the record, then, here is a list of his new singles: DNA. (#9); LOYALTY. (#15); ELEMENT. (#23); LOVE. (#24); YAH. (#30); XXX. (#31); FEEL. (#32); PRIDE.(#34) and LUST. (#36).
American female singer Kehlani and American rapper G-Eazy team up for the single Good Life from the movie The Fate of the Furious new at #40. The soundtrack is new at #17.
Keeping with the American theme is the only other new entry. John Mayer can now boast nine charting albums. His latest, The Search For Everything, was preceded by the release of two EPs each featuring four new songs from the album. He debuts at #10.
Remember the kiwi band Push Push? Well they're back, reformed and with new material. The Aucklanders took their only album A Trillion Shades Of Happy to #3 in 1991 and enjoyed three Top 10 singles including the #1 Trippin'. Their new single is this weeks kiwi song to check out. Talk2Me is sitting at #5 on the NZ Heatseeker singles chart. Incidentally, these kiwi songs I am recommending are all found on You Tube.
Chart Beat - 1 May, 2017

After last weeks 9 new entries Kendrick Lamar vacates the chart with five of them proving he doesn't have the same staying power as rival Ed Sheeran. He does hold onto the top spot though with HUMBLE.
The chart sees three new arrivals.
Puerto Ricans Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee, both new to the chart, took Despacito to the top of the chart in 30 countries last year but it failed to scratch the surface here. Now a remix featuting Justin Bieber becomes this weeks highest newbie at #25.
Canadian Shawn Mendes has charted 4 singles, 2 albums and 1 EP. This week he returns to the chart with There's Nothing Holdin' Me Back at #29. Not bad for an 18 year old.
English DJ Jax Jones has the third new single with You Don't Know Me at #35. The song samples the bassline of M.A.N.D.Y. vs. Booka Shade's 2005 song Body Language.
The fourth album from kiwi David Dallas is this weeks highest entry. Hood Country Club, new at #10, is getting great reviews and he is even being compared to Kendrick Lamar. Watch out for the lead single Fit It.
Guardians Of The Galaxy is back and already at the top of the box office list. The soundtrack from the first movie peaked at #7 and spent 44 weeks in the chart. With a similar track listing of 60's/70's tracks expect this one to do the same. Awesome Mix Vol. 2 debuts at #13.
Finally two newcomers enter at the bottom of the chart. Wellingtons Fazerdaze at #35 with Morningside and American hip hopper Blackbear with Digital Druglord at #40.
New kiwi single of the week is Bravery from Aucklanders These Four Walls. It's another great kiwi rocker.
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Chart Beat - 8 May, 2017

DJ Khaled opens his singles hit account in style with I'm The One skyrocketting into the #2 position. The American record producer, radio personality, DJ, record label executive, and author previously went by the name Arab Attack, but changed it after the 9/11 attacks. This looks set to be his biggest hit globally.
Charlie Puth scores his fourth hit with Attention at #31. Some bits of the song were recorded while he was travelling in a tour bus. It will be included on his forthcoming album.
To date American Halsey has only collaborated on other artists hits but this week she gains her first outright single with Now Or Never. New at #34, it is taken from her from her second studio album, Hopeless Fountain Kingdom.
Lil Uzi Vert (real name Symere Woods) was recently on the Migos hit Bad and Boujee and this week gains his first hit. XO TOUR Llif3, new at #35, is taken from the EP Luv Is Rage 1.5.
Gorillaz are back. The British virtual band were last in our chart in 2011 with a compilation but there has been no studio album since 2010. There were rumours that creators Damon Albarn and Jamie Hewlett had fallen out but whatever happened, they are back and sitting at #3 with fifth studio album Humanz.
Wellingtonian Thomas Oliver takes Floating In The Darkness to #11 this week, the highest of his four albums.
Dunediners Bevan Gardiner and Georgie Daniell slot in at #15 with Here We Go. Gardiner is well known for the Take Me Home tour where he sang songs from John Denver. The duo also supported Charlie Pride back in 2014.
Finally Vera Lynn comes in at #31. She is quite possibly the oldest artist ever to chart at the grand old age of 100. She was huge in the 40's and 50's and widely known as "the Forces' Sweetheart". The aptly name Vera Lynn 100 is her third hit album here.
The new kiwi single for the week is the latest from Aucklanders Sachi. Shelter is new this week at #6 on the NZ Singles Chart.
Chart Beat - 15 May, 2017

Norwegian Kygo ropes in English lass Ellie Goulding for the second single from his upcoming second album. First Time, new at #32, has already been to #3 in Norway and looks set to go bigger globally.
The sophomore single from Irishman and former One Direction member Niall Horan is influenced by Don Henley. He added he wanted "a bit more grit, funk and heavier bass" and he got that from late 1970s and early 1980s music. Slow Hands debuts at #35.
Los Angeles trio Cheat Codes follow the #24 hit Sex with second single No Promises at #36. To date it's global peak is #26 in the UK.
Over on the Albums Chart there are 8 new entries.
Kiwi legend Graham Brazier tops the bill with this weeks highest new entry. Sadly he passed away in 2015 but the former Hello Sailor front man still had a surprise in store. For the two years before his passing, he had been laying down tracks with producer Alan Jansson finishing just before he died. The result is his second solo hit and first since 1988. Left Turn At Midnite is new at #3.
Dennis Marsh scors his ninth hit album at #5. I Believe is a collection of spirituals just in time for Mothers Day.
Sir Robert Bryson Hall II (aka Logic) is back with his third. Everybody is the American's biggest album to date with a #14 entry.
Australians Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds continue to sell well. Formed in 1983 they have 11 charting albums with the debut of this weeks compilation. Lovely Creatures is new at #15.
Diana Krall is next, also with her 11th. Turn Up The Quiet is actually the Canadian's 14th studio album.
Dunedin country music singer Kelvin Cummings opens his account at #28 with One Year. He was the winner of the New Zealand Gold Guitar Awards in 2015.
American rapper Russ takes his first full length album There's Really A Wolf to #29. All but four of the songs on the album were brand new releases that he worked on over the last two years.
Finally, American Chris Stapleton lists his second, From A Room: Volume 1, at #32.
New kiwi track of the week is from Stan Walker and Parson James. Tennessee Whiskey was originally recorded by American country music artist David Allan Coe in 1980.
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Chart Beat - 22 May, 2017

Miley Cyrus has put her clothes back on and even sounds like a serious artist with her new single Malibu. The single flies into the chart with a bullet at #5 and is the first single from a new album on the way soon.
American rapper Logic entered the chart last week with his third album. Now he crosses over to the singles chart with his first hit single. 1-800-273-8255 is new at #38.
The highly anticipated first album from Harry Styles doesn't quite sell enough to push Ed Sheeran off the top but nearly. The self titled album produces a new single, Sweet Creature at #40, whilst debuting at #2. He has already gone to the top in Belgium, Ireland, Netherlands and the UK.
Paramore last charted here in 2013. Now the American's are back with their fourth hit album. After Laughter is their fifth studio album and sees the return of drummer Zac Farro. The album is new at #7.
American rapper Machine Gun Kelly (Colson Baker) peaked at #33 in 2015 with General Admission. This week his second, Bloom, does better on entry at #26. In total it's his third album.
Larry Morris hasn't been in the chart since 1983. That's when he took The Animals hit We've Gotta Get Out Of His Place to #29 on the singles chart. Prior to that he had 8 hit singles between 1967 and 1970 both with his band and solo. This week, the kiwi rocker celebrated 5 years in the music business with two albums. Anthology is new at #27 and and 13 at #30.
Chart Beat - 29 May, 2017

America's Linkin Park are back with their seventh studio album and 12th charting album. One More Light began during their 2015 tour with recording soon after. It's this weeks highest new entry at #4.
Our very own Aldous Harding from Lyttelton launches her second and much improved chart peak with Party at #6. Her self-titled debut only managed a #35 peak in 2014. The 27-year old has a famous partner, you may recognise his name: Marlon Williams.
Wednesday was a very difficult day. Not only was the Ariana Grande's Manchester concert marred by some mindless terrorist when he killed 22 people, we also lost another well-known singer. Chris Cornell was in the thick of things in Seattle when grunge was born. He was found dead by his bodyguard after performing at a show with Soundgarden. This week a collection of his albums scatters the chart. There are two by Soundgarden (Superunknown from 1994 and Badmotorfinger from 1992), Audioslave from 2002 and, for the first time, Temple Of The Dog, who had the single Hunger Strike peak at #47 in 1992. His solo album Songbook from 2011 also makes a welcome return. Ariana Grande makes a return to the chart with Dangerous Woman. Feeling for the victims in Manchester, she has offered to pay for their funerals.
Las Vegas band Imagine Dragons have the only new single this week. Thunder, new at #23, is the second single from their third album, due out on 23 June.
Wellington's The Black Seeds have this weeks new kiwi song of the week. Better Days is the first new track from them in three years.
The New Zealand Music Month chart will follow...
Chart Beat - 5 June, 2017

It was 40 years ago today... erm... make that 50. On 1 June 1967 The Beatles released their legendary album Sgt Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band, the first of its kind and paving the way for the concept album. This week special deluxe version of the album is released to celebrate and in doing so, becomes the highest (re)entry in the chart at #3. It's also the highest the album has been on our chart. It peaked at #14 in 1978, #21 in 1987 and #12 in 2009.
American Bryson Tiller makes a first appearance in the chart with True To Self at #12. The R&B rapper began his career in 2011 when he released his first mixtape. Now his second full length album opens his account in NZ.
Lil' Yachty is another American rapper to debut on his weeks album chart. To date he has only managed two collaborations on the singles chart but now his first album Teenage Emotion debuts at #37.
Liam Payne has the highest new single with Strip That Down #25. That now makes four One Direction members to become a successful solo artist. There is only Louis Tomlinson to go. Payne has his first solo album on the way.
Scottish DJ Calvin Harris has been chipping away at the singles charts since 2009 and can now lay claim to 19 hit singles with the entry of Rollin' in this weeks chart at #36. It's the second charting single from his new album Funk Wav Bounces Vol. 1 due out on 30 June.
The third hit single from American actress Hailee Steinfeld sees Most Girls debut at #38.
Written in Wanaka.

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Chart Beat - 12 June, 2017

We very nearly had a new number one album this week. Roger Waters has the highest new album with Is This The Life We Really Want? at #2. The last time the former Pink Floyd bassist charted a studio album was with Amused To Death in 1992. This new disc also marks the highest he has been in the chart as a solo artist.
Ed Sheeran remains on top with ÷ for a 14th straight week. If he can manage one more week he will tie with The Best Of Abba for most consecutive weeks at number one. For the record, Adele holds the record with 21 for most total weeks at number one. That currently sits at 38 weeks.
American Ashley Frangipane, known professionally as Halsey, lists her sophomore album at #6. Hopeless Fountain Kingdom is described as a concept album based on the story of two lovers in limbo.
American rockers All Time Low also charted their first hit album two years ago. Last Young Renegade matches their peak position with a #7 entry and is their 7th studio album.
Leeds indie rockers Alt J are back after a three year gap in the chart. Their second album This Is All Yours peaked at #5 in 2014. Their third, Relaxer, follows the formula of the previous two and enters the chart at #12.
Brit Dua Lipa took Be The One to #20 on the singles chart last year. This week her self titled first album is new at #21.
Legendary kiwi Howard Morrison needs no introduction but this week his 54-year old son launches his first album. Howie Morrison Jr does his dad proud with an album influenced by old crooners. Howie is new at #34.
The Top 5 singles remains the same with three newbies lower down the chart.
Lorde is about to release her second album. The third single from it, Perfect Places, debuts at #24.
English DJ Jonas Blue debuts with his third single in three years. Mama is new at #29.
Martin Garrix and Troye Sivan join forces for There For You new at #31.
Chart Beat - 19 June, 2017

For a second week Ed Sheeran fends off opposition from a new release album, this week managing to tie for first place alongside The Best Of Abba from 1976 for most consecutive weeks at number one. Next week could prove harder as the new album from Lorde is just out and already showing signs of pushing him off the top.
The fifth studio album from Katy Perry and first in four years (which is a bit of a theme this week with new entries) opens its account with great fanfare. She had over 40 tracks "in process" after the hiatus deciding on 15 for the standard edition. Witness is new at #2.
London Grammar follow suit with their second album. It's been four years since If You Wait peaked at #13, but their Truth Is A Beautiful Thing improves on peak position debuting at #10.
Newcomer SZA makes an impressive entry with her first album. Born Solána Rowe, the American describes her music as neo soul. Ctrl is new at #15.
Hillsong United come in at #19 with Wonder. It's the churches 23rd hit album, with this version of Hillsong being the youth section of the worship team. It's their fifth studio album.
Chicago's Rise Against last charted in 2014. Wolves is their eighth studio album and enters the chart at #20.
Fleetwood Mac vocalists Lindsey Buckingham and Christine McVie went into the studio in 2014 to try and rebuild some chemistry. The eventual decsion they made was to release a duet album. The result is their self titled disc new at #22.
South Korean rapper G-Dragon opens his account at #39 with the EP Kwon Ji Yong.
It's a busy singles chart with six new entries, despite the Top 4 remaining static.
David Guetta has the highest of them with 2U entering the chart at #5. His 23rd hit single is taken from his upcoming album.
The other new singles are from Major Lazer with Know You Better at #32, the trios sixth hit; newcomer Maggie Lindemann from America with Pretty Girl at #34; American actor Childish Gambino with Redbone, his first venture into the charts; Moroccan American hip hopper French Montana with his first real hit Unforgettable at #38 (he featured on the will.i.am hit Feelin' Myself in 2013; and the first hit since 2014 from Brit Rita Ora with Your Song at #39.
Chart Beat - 26 June, 2017

As predicted last week, Lorde takes the crown from Ed Sheeran after 15 straight weeks at the top. Melodrama becomes her second chart topper after an amazing week of sales. The week Pure Heroine topped the chart back in 2013 she had three Top 40 singles. This week she has five but non of them manage to penetrate the Top 10. Homemade Dynamite (#13) and Sober (#18) take her to 13 hit singles. Over on the NZ Singles chart, six Six60 singles leave after dominating the chart since 9 March 2015. They help make room for seven Lorde tracks from the new album. Wonder if they will stay there over 100 weeks each like the Six60 tracks did?
Nickelback also had a great week managing a #4 entry for Feed The Machine. Their first album since 2014 has been bogged down due to legal battles. Lead singer Chad Kroeger had throat surgery causing a tour to be cancelled. This is their fifth Top 4 album.
English rock duo Royal Blood repeat the peak of their last self-titled disc from 2014, dropping in at #6. Watch out for lead single Lights Out.
Fleet Foxes have been away from the charts since 2011 when they first listed an album in the Top 40. The Americans took Helplessness Blues to #12 spending 8 weeks in the chart. Now they return with a #15 debut of their third album, Crack-Up.
West Aucklanders The Miltones' debut album entes at #26. The quintet are currently on tour throughout the country to promote the album. They credit their influences from the likes of Fleetwood Mac, Neil Young and Ryan Adams.
American hip hopper Young Thug trails this weeks new albums with his first long player. Beautiful Thugger Girls is new at #37.
One more new single enters the chart with the follow up to DJ Khaled's recent #1 I'm The One. That track also entered the chart at #2. Wild Thoughts is taken from his current album Grateful.
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The half yearly annual singles chart based on points will follow shortly.
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