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.