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.