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Chart Beat - 4 January 2016

The first two singles of 2016 cross over from the Heatseekers list to the base of the Top 40.
The 7th hit for Selena Gomez is the third hit from her second studio album Revival. Hands To Myself , new at #33. It was inspired to add fresh, female perspective to the album and was influenced by music from Prince.
Newcomer Jake Hagood going by the name Who Is Fancy is new at #34. The name, "Fancy," originated as a nickname given to Hagood by coworkers at Forever 21 during his time at university. On his debut single Boys Like You, he is joined on vocals by Meghan Trainor And Ariana Grande.
And that's it for the two main charts. All the other entries to the chart are re-entries. Across the remaining charts there are only three more new entries, an album in the Compilation chart and two new singles in the Heatseeker Chart. The NZ Singles chart has 11 of the Top 20 over 40 weeks old, possibly the reason no new kiwi hits are entering the Top 40.
Watch out for the first new major album release for 2016: Blackstar by David Bowie; although that's not out until Friday.
Chart Beat - 11 January 2016

DJ Snake topped the Heatseekers list last week with Middle. This week the French DJ has the only new single. To date the track has peaked at #5 in Austria. It's his third outright hit.
It's not very often an artist reaches 30 weeks with two songs in the same week but that is just what The Weeknd has done. The Hills came first on 15 June last year with Can't Feel My Face the following week. The Hills left the chart for a week bringing both songs in line on the same number of weeks. For the record, there have now been 90 singles reach the 30-week threshold in the charts 40-year existence.
Rachel Platten came on the scene in April last year with Fight Song. It reached #8 but she was unable to follow it with a second. Released on 1 January is her third album Wildfire which this week becomes the only new album to grace the Top 40. It's actually her third long player with Trust In Me from 2003 and Be Here from 2011 failing to chart. New Zealand is the first country in the world to award the American with a hit album.
Some things to watch out for in the Album chart over the next few months:
We are only three number one albums away from the 700th number one; and the race is on for only the second album in the history of the chart to reach 200 weeks. Pink Floyd remaim the only artist able to do that with Dark Side Of The Moon totalling 298 weeks. Currently we have Adele at 191 weeks with 21 and Ed Sheeran at 190 weeks with +. Watch this space!!!
Chart Beat - 18 January 2016

What a shock. At only 69 and two days after the release of Blackstar, David Bowie has passed away. The reaction around the world was immediate. On the digital chart the day after he died there were 36 singles in the Top 100. As a result, three back catalogue singles make the Top 40. The highest is Heroes which peaked at #35 in 1977. Interesting to note too that after 28 years 11 months, it peaks one knotch higher than its original peak. Next comes his first hit single Space Oddity. Originally released in 1969, the song spent only one week in the chart peaking at #18 before re-entering the chart in 1973 and reaching #6. It makes it's first entry on the RIANZ chart this week at #39. Finally, Let's Dance which spent five week at the top in 1983 re-enters the chart at #40. No surpises then, that his new studio album Blackstar debuts at the top. His 25th studio album was released just two days before his death and contains lyrics about it, proving that, even in death, he had full conrol over his career. The entire album chart is scattered with his back calalogue as well: compilations Nothing Has Changed (#4); Best Of Bowie (#6); The Best Of Bowie: 1969-1974 (#14), The Best Of Bowie: 1980-1987 (#16); and The Best Of Bowie: 1974-1979 (#38) as well as studio albums The Rise And Fall Of Ziggy Stardust And The Spiders From Mars (#22 from 1972); Let's Dance (#22 from 1983); Hunky Dory (#30 from 1971); The Next Day (#31 from 2013) and Station To Station (#37 from 1976). Lazarus from his new album, is new at #9 on the Heatseekers chart.
21 year old Jonas Blue has this weeks highest new single. The London based producer debuts with Tracy Chapman’s classic song Fast Car which peaked at #21 in 1988. He debut's at #11.
The second hit from Swede Zara Larsson is new at #24. Lush Life is taken from her debut album 1, which so far hasnt charted here but did top the charts in Sweden.
English DJ Duke Dumont also scores his second. Ocean Drive, taken from the Blasé Boys Club Part 1 EP is new at #35.
English DJ Marcus Marr and Australian singer-songwriter Chet Faker score their first hit with The Trouble With Us at #37.
One more new album this week, almost getting lost in the Bowie fever. KSI (Olajide "JJ" Olatunji) which is a shortened version of his YouTube username KSIOlajideBT, is an English comedian, rapper, and occasional actor. His debut EP (Keep Up) is new at #23.
Chart Beat - 25 January 2016

Another shock celebrity death this week sees the loss of 67-year old Glen Frey. One of the founding members of The Eagles, he also enjoyed three hit singles in the mid 80's and one album in 2013. As a result, there are three Eagles re-entries in this weeks Album chart.
David Bowie continues to sell well with another two albums entering the chart. This now matches the record set by The Beatles in 2009 for most albums in the chart in one year. The Beatles did it in one week, Bowie in two. The Sound And Vision three CD box set enters the chart at #10, with the Changesbowie compilation from 1990 re-entering. The latter hasnt charted for 25 years, 5 months, taking it to fourth place in the biggest gap between an artists complation albums statistic.
The fifth disc from American rockers Panic! At The Disco has the honour of this weeks highest new entry. Death Of A Bachelor is the bands highest entry to the chart in their nearly ten year chart history.
Brandon Paak Anderson going by the stage name Anderson .Paak is an American singer, rapper and producer with his first entry to the chart at #39. Malibu is his fourth album.
Daughter is an indie folk band from England. Their first album If You Leave from 2013 failed to chart. Their second, Not To Disappear is new at #40.
The second single from Americans The Chainsmokers has been two years in the making. They surprised everyone with the #12 peak of #SELFIE in 2013; Roses debuts at #22 this week and is taken from their EP, Bouquet which came out last June.
Hit number three from South African-born Australian Troye Sivan released worldwide after midnight worldwide on 13 November 2015. Taken from debut album Blue Neighbourhood, Youth is new at #38.
American hip hop recording artist and record producer G-Eazy first appeared as a collaborating artist for Grace's single You Don't Own Me last year. Me, Myself & I is new at #40. Incidentally, it has no similarities to the Joan Armastrading hit from 1980 with a similar name.
Still no kiwi's in the singles chart. Since 5 October there have been only two minor hits by local acts with only Six60 showing any promise.
Finally, one more week in the chart with Ed Sheeran's single Thinking Out Loud and he will become the third artist in the history of the chart to make it to 60 weeks with a single.
Chart Beat - 1 February 2016

For the first time in 8 weeks Justin Bieber does not hold onto the Top 2. He does still have this weeks number one single as Love Yourself enters it's ninth weeks at the top. Say what you like, it's been an incredible ride as his album Purpose re-writes the record books.
Australian music producer Flume is back for the first time in nearly three years to claim his second hit single. Holdin' On peaked at #22 in 2013 but despite hitting the Aussie charts with some minor singles, a Top 40 single has been elusive on this side of the ditch. Not now, though. Never Be Like You flies into the #11 slot on opening and becomes his biggest hit to date on both sides of the Tasman. It's taken from his next album Skin which is released soon.
One Direction are no strangers to the singles chart. Their 20th hit in four and a half years is History with a #36 debut.
The 15th studio album from American rockers Megadeth is this weeks highest new entry album. Its also the second highest position the band has been in the chart. Dystopia debuts at #6.
Bloom is the title of the second album from Australia's RÜFÜS. Formed in Sydney back in 2010, the alt dance act topped the Aussie charts with Atlas back in 2013. It's their second that breaks the ice here though. Bloom is new at #14.
Elle King is making waves with her first hit single Ex's And Oh's. Now she has an album to compliment it. Released last February it finally makes an appearance in our chart. Love Stuff is new at #33.
Finally comes London-based post-punk revival rock band Savages. They have just released their second album, their first having a lowly peak at #70 in the UK back in 2013. Adore Life debuts at #40.
Chart Beat - 8 February 2016

Justin Bieber remains on top of the singles chart this week bringing the total to 12 consecutive weeks with two singles.
There are five new entries in the chart, three of them newcomers.
The biggest newbie takes on Bieber for top spot with Pillowtalk a #2 entry. For those not familiar with newcomer ZAYN, he is a former member of One Direction. He quit the band last year, citing his desire to live as a "normal 22-year-old who is able to relax and have some private time out of the spotlight". With this weeks highest new entry and his debut solo album due 25 March, one year to the day he left the band, that's not likely.
Danish soul pop band Lukas Graham are the next newcomers with a #11 entry for 7 Years. The quartet use the name of their lead vocalist Lukas Graham Forchhammer who himself is a former child actor. They have been huge in Denmark with five number one singles since 2012. 7 Years marks a break into other countries so far topping charts in Denmark, Austria, Netherlands and Sweden.
American duo Twenty One Pilots are also new to the Top 40. Tyler Joseph and Josh Dun first signed up in 2012 gaining their first US Top 10 hit with Stressed Out last year. Now that song is added to our charts.
Rihanna launched studio album #8 last week. From that comes her 31st hit single Work new at #30. The album is new at #6.
Kygo Gørvell-Dahll finally makes the move to the Top 40 after seven weeks in the Heatseekers chart. It's the Norwegian's second Top 40 single.
Last year Charlie Puth topped the chart with single Marvin Gaye. Now he can add his first album to his CV as Nine Track Mind debuts at #2.
16 months on from Sia's first hit album she scores a second. New at #5, This Is Acting is actually her 7th album since 1997. Now there's perseverance.
Huey Lewis And The News, Melissa Etheridge and REO Speedwagon have just played their the 2016 Summer Concert Tour, playing at Queenstown, Taupo and Whitianga last week. As a result, all three have a compile in the chart.
I love these guys. Prog rockers Dream Theater have 13 albums. Their third NZ hit with The Astonishing is new at #17. This one is a concept album.
Finally comes the second Praise and Worship album from Auckland church Edge Kingsland. They last peaked at #18 in 2013. Now a second hit debuts at #22.
Chart Beat - 15 February 2016

For the first time since mid November Justin Bieber is not at the top of the Singles Top 40. Newcomer and former One Direction member ZAYN has literally stormed the World Charts with 11 (last count) countries awarding Pillowtalk top honour.
Two new singles grace this weeks list.
Adele topped the Heatseeker chart with When We Were Young on 30 November but then promply dropped off the chart. This week the songs is back with a #33 debut ion the Top 40.
Grace Tandon (aka Daya) has the other new hit. The American released Hide Away back in September on her self titled EP. To date, the highest global position for the song is #22 in Canada. She debuts here at #38.
In the UK David Bowie has just taken his 2002 compile Best Of Bowie to the top of the charts, taking a total of 301 chart weeks to reach number one. Over here his 2014 compile Nothing Has Changed goes to the top. That's now two number ones in a month; before that we have to go back 32 years, 2 months (1612 charts) to his 1983 album Let's Dance which topped the chart for 8 weeks.. He still has five albums in the Top 40.
The pulling power of aging rockers continues giving Elton John the highest new entry of the week. Wonderful Crazy Night, new at #11, is his 32nd studio album and the 36th hit album in New Zealand. It's the first album since 2006's The Captain & the Kid to feature the Elton John Band, and includes original percussionist, Ray Cooper with his first appearance on any of John's albums since Made in England in 1995.
American Lucinda Williams has also been releasing albums for a while, since 1979. The Ghosts Of Highway 20 is her 12th, being her 8th NZ hit album. It debuts at #17.
American's Elevation Worship score the latest Praise and Worship album. They come from Elevation Church in Charlotte, North Carolina. Here As In Heaven is new at #32.
Hi Tempest,
If you're talking about David Bowie's previous number-one album before 'Blackstar', you're forgetting that his last record before it, 2013's 'The Next Day', debuted and spent a week at the top, and THEN thirty years prior 'Let's Dance' preceeded it at the top in 1983.
It did too. Going over my notes I must have missed that one. Thanx.
Chart Beat - 22 February 2016

Trivia question time. What soundtrack album has spent the most weeks in the chart in its 40+ year history? That honour goes to The Phantom Of The Opera which re-enters the chart this week for the first time since it last charted on 19 October 1997. The New Zealand adaptation of the Andrew Lloyd Webber classic is touring the country at the moment, causing the soundtrack to bound back into the #18 slot after 18 years 4 months. The soundtrack is now 104 weeks old.
Irishman Ronan Keating is back after a four year break with his tenth studio album Time Of My Life which is the only new album to chart this week. Talking about the disc he said it was inspired by his wife Storm Uechtritz, who he married in August. Watch out for the single Falling Slowly.
Two newcomers find their way into the Singles Chart this week.
Norwegian producer Alan Walker is new at #28. The song began its life when he didn't have a contract last year. Fade gained attention on You Tube which got him that contract. The instrumental has now got a lyric and a new title. Faded is this weeks highest new entry.
Kiiara is 20-year-old new singer-songwriter from Illinois. Her debut EP Meet Me in the Cornfield is on the way but in the meantime, she can now enjoy her first hit single. Gold is new at #36.
Only one more new number one album to go before we have the magical 700 number ones in the charts history. Any guesses who that might be?
Finally, what has happened to all the kiwis? There has only been two NZ artists in the chart since the beginning of October. In the NZ Singles chart the Top 5 has been the same for three weeks only 4 new singles this year. When the number one NZ single of the land is held by an English duo for 20 straight weeks and eight songs over 40 weeks old are by Six60 (not that they are bad tracks) you start to wonder what is going on. Come on kiwis!!!
Just pointing out, there seems to be an inconsistency with the combination of charting weeks for the "Phantom of the Opera" soundtracks. As you say, the second edition of the soundtrack last charted here on October 19th 1997 and re-entered the chart this week at #18. On the official RMNZ chart the original cast recording and the second edition sales and chart positions seem to have been combined, but on this site the two separate releases have their own chart positions and weeks spent (91 weeks for the original and 13 weeks for the second edition). Seems odd to combine the two on one site and not on the other.
I did some research on the Phantom album and discovered the two albums you refer to are actually the same album. I had a look at the printed versions of the charts. The catalogue numbers were the same despite the 1997 entry saying NEW. I pointed this out to both RIANZ and Steffan on this site which has been noted on the official RIANZ chart. Hope this helps.
Chart Beat - 29 February 2016

Now there's a surprise! The Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo 2015 is this weeks highest new entry. The 66th Tattoo features a cast of acts coming from the United States, China, India and Europe. The album is new this week at #8.
Prince may not have the pulling power he used to but that still doesn't stop his shows selling out. An upcoming show in Oakland sold out within minutes. This week he played in Auckland giving him a #16 entry with a compilation. That's his 20th charting album since 1983.
Italian-English solo acoustic singer Jack Savoretti is new to our charts. His fourth album Written In The Stars is clearly his biggest so far, peaking at #7 in the UK so far. He first released an album in 2007, taking Between The Minds to #70 in the UK. His song Catapult was on the Graham Norton Show last week, causing him to have a #17 entry in this weeks album chart.
Christchurch electronica band Doprah enters the chart at #22 with their debut album Wasting. The album has taken three years and multiple delays to get to its release date and started out as a solo project for Steven Marr. Now a six-piece, they will follow the release with a tour.
Brit Jack Garratt enters the chart with his first album Phase at #37. His first time in the spotlight was as the UK entry for the Junior Eurovision Song Contest held in Belgium where he came last. That hasn't stopped him though. We are the first country in the world to give him a slot in a Top 40.
The latest hit single from Sia was originally intended for Rihanna who rejected it. Taken from her latest album This Is Acting, Cheap Thrills is new at #29.
American Mike Posner peaked at #3 in 2010 with Cooler Than That. Since then there have been two minor singles and nothing since 2011. I Took A Pill In Ibiza is the lead single from his second EP The Truth, which actually came out in July. It debuts at #31.
Finally, if Adele can hang on two more weeks with her album 21 she will become just the second artist in the history of the chart to have an album reach 200 weeks.
Oh, and this is only the second leap year chart we have had. The last being 2004.
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Chart Beat - 7 March 2016

It's #1 with a bullet for The 1975's sophomore album I Like It When You Sleep, For You Are So Beautiful Yet So Unaware Of It. Their last album peaked at #5 in 2013 but despite 7 UK Top 40 singles they are still without a hit single here. The whole album has been speculated with cryptic tweets from frontman Matty Healy. The album also has the honour of being the 700th number one album in the charts 40+ year history.
Macklemore And Ryan Lewis also list their sophomore album in the Top 5. This Unruly Mess I've Made, new at #5, lists 17 collaborative artists over the 13 tracks from Ed Sheeran to Leon Bridges. The list of writers is even bigger. For the record, their first album topped the chart in 2013.
The latest from Sydney's Hillsong church receives a #14 entry. This one comes from the youth band Young And Free and sounds like anything you would hear in the singles chart. It's the 21st Hillsong album in the chart.
The 11th studio album from Simply Red was actually released in May last year. Their NZ concerts this week push Big Love into the chart at #16 for its first week.
American Bonnie Raitt first charted here in 1991 with her #6 album Luck Of The Draw. Now she has 16 studio albums under her belt. Dig In Deep, the latest, becomes her 5th hit album here, debuting at #38.
Two new singles grace the lower reaches of the chart.
Electronic music producer and singer Steven Zhu first came on the scene in 2014 with Moves Like Ms Jackson which was a mashup of several songs by Outkast. His first UK hit was in the same year taking Faded to #3. Now the San Francisco born, Los Angeles resident has a NZ hit. Working For It is new at #39.
Major Lazer are back with the follow up to the huge number one Lean On which goes to one year in the chart this week. Light It Up, new at #40, is a remix and includes Jamaican singer Nyla.
Next week could see the first album since 1 June 1980 where an album reached 200 weeks. If Adele can make it, it will be only the second time in the history of the chart this has happened.
Another record we are sitting on is most albums charted by an artist in a calander year. David Bowie is sitting equal with The Beatles on 13. Now if everyone went out and bought a copy of Diamond Dogs...
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Sorry to correct you once again, ZHU's first notable hit single was called "Faded", not "Wasted"
Oops!!! It was written in a hurry. Thanx
Chart Beat - 14 March 2016

Adele has made it. 200 weeks in the album chart with her second album 21. It's only the second time this has ever been achieved. The first time was when Pink Floyd took Dark Side Of The Moon to 200 weeks on 25 May 1980. It's taken 1789 charts to repeat this. It's not the record the album has achieved since its debut on 31 January 2011. It also holds the record for most total weeks at number one (38), most consecutive weeks in the chart (253) and most separate vistits to number one (13).
Kendrick Lamar has the highest debut of the week. The #5 entry of his compilation untitled unmastered. consists of previously unreleased demos that came from his 2015 album To Pimp a Butterfly which is at #25 this week.
American thrash metallers Anthrax havn't charted since 1993. That hasn't stopped them releasing albums though. After four albums missing the charts they're back. For All kings debuts at #33.
American girl group Fifth Harmony have the highest new single this week. Entering the chart at #21, Work From Home is their 4th and so far biggest hit single.
Last week saw Macklemore And Ryan Lewis dive into the album chart at #5 with their second album. Now This Unruly Mess I've Made delivers a second hit single. Dance Off is new at #37. You could be forgiven for comparing the opening vocal to Michael Jackson's Thriller.
Speaking of which, Michael Jackson is back with his first NZ hit album Off The Wall. Peaking at #2 and spending 53 weeks in the chart, the disc hasnt charted since November 1980. Now reissued and packaged with a new documentary directed by Spike Lee called Michael Jackson's Journey from Motown to Off the Wall, it re-enters the chart at #18.
Finally, the music industry sees two more casualties this week. The Beatles producer George Martin began his career producing The Archers theme in 1951 and was a well-known comedy producer when he met The Beatles. His work with them is nothing short of legendary and he is considered by the band as the fifth Beatle. He also produced Shirley Bassey, America, Cheap Trick, Little River Band, Celine Dion and countless others, including the new version of Elton John's Candle In The Wind used for Lady Diana's funeral.
English- born Australian Jon English also passed away. English had four top 40 albums and four Top 30 singles between 1975 and 1982. He was only 66.
Chart Beat - 21 March 2016

25-year-old Australian singer-songwriter Matt Corby may be new to the NZ chart but he takes his debut album to #4 this week, becoming the highest new entry. He may be new on the scene but he has six EP's dating back to 2009.
Dave Dobbyn is no stranger to the charts. His 12th solo album is just out and slots nicely into #9. Its his first in 9 years.
California worship group Bethel Music are back with their latest. Have It All which debuts at #11, was rated four and a half stars by The Christian Beat.
Jeff Buckley had a tragic death in a boating accident in 1997. Although he had only been on the scene three years, amazingly his music lives on. His most well known song, of course, is Hallelujah. Now there is a new album. Recorded in 1993 the compile represents some of his earliest recordings.
American metallers Killswitch Engage debut with their seventh studio album at #20. Look out for lead single Strength of the Mind which was released before Christmas.
American rappers Flatbush Zombies have the final new album at #27. Formed in 2012, this is their first album.
Canada's Alessia Cara takes Wild Things on to be the highest new single of the week. Its her second hit with Here peaking at #15 last year. Wild Things is taken from her debut album Know-It-All, also new in the chart this week, and debuts at #22.
American/Slovakian duo The Chainsmokers move from the top of the Heatseekers chart to #29 with their third Top 40 hit single. It features vocals from American singer Daya and is their second hit this year.
Meghan Trainor has a new album out on May 13. The lead single from the album, No, comes in at #36 in t's first week.
Chart Beat - 28 March 2016

The annual Womad festival contributes to the Album Chart this week with 9 new albums and 2 re-entries. Canadian folk band The Jerry Cans have the highest of the 9 discs with Aakuluk at #7; Ukrainian folk quartet DakhaBrakha score two new albums in the chart at #10 and 14; Bristol, England instrumental group Spiro come in at #17 with Welcome Joy And Welcome Sorrow; New York blues/folk/jazz group Hazmat Modine with last years Extra-Deluxe-Supreme is new at #19; Mali punk/folk group Songhoy Blues chart with Music In Exile at #20; Israeli actress and singer Ester Rada is new at #24 with her soulful self-titled disc; US folk/rock singer songwriter John Grant is at #27 with Grey Tickles, Black Pressure; and Iranian sisters Mahsa And Marjan Vahdat with Twinklings Of Hope are new at #34. All eight artists are new to our charts.
Country music duo Mae Valley were very popular on NZ X-Factor last year coming seventh. Now they have an album out on 3 April. Their self titled five track EP is this weeks highest new entry, coming in at #6.
The Godfather Of Punk Iggy Pop hasn't charted here since 1993. Now his first new album in four years becomes his biggest. Post Pop Depression is the 68-year-old former Stooges frontman's 17th solo album and features Queens of The Stone Age's Dean Fertita and Arctic Monkey's Matt Helders.
The highly anticipated third album from Gwen Stefani begins its life at #15. This Is What The Truth Feels Like is her first album in ten years.
Grace Vineyard Music from Christchurch have the final new album, the worshipful Seek You: Live at #29.
Over on the singles chart there are three newbies.
Ariana Grande has a new album out in May. The lead single Dangerous Woman debuts at #24 and is her 9th hit single.
Last Friday girl group Little Mix appeared on The Graham Norton show with Jason Derulo performing a song that failed to chart in December. Now that song, Secret Love Song is new at #34.
Finally the second hit from former One Direction member Zayn enters the chart at #40. Like I Would is the second single from his debut album Mind Of Mine out on Friday. That album is bound for the top next week.
Finally, last week there was a new record for most consecutive weeks on top of the Compilation chart. That record is now held by NOW 49 at 20 weeks. Next week it could tie for most total weeks at the top.
Chart Beat - 4 April 2016

The Albums Chart corrects itself this week after multiple new entries out of WOMADland last week. A total of 9 re-entries enter the chart with 6 newbies.
Top of the pile, as predicted is ZAYN. On the back of two successful hit singles, the former One Direction member has been met with praise on his debut album which has been described as an ambitious experimental production. Mind Of Mine is, of course, new at #1 on entry.
New to our shores are English metalcore band Asking Alexandria. Formed in 2008, the quintet has four albums in their collection since 2009. It's their fourth, The Black, that breaks the ice here. New at #13, the album boasts a new lead vocalist in Ukrainian Denis Shaforostov.
In 2013 Jasmine Lucilla Elizabeth Jennifer van den Bogaerde who thankfully goes by the name Birdy had a Top 2 hit with Skinny Love. Now she has a third album in the can with Beautiful Lies new at #15. Watch out for the singles the singles Keeping Your Head Up and Wild Horses.
American bluesman Joe Bonamassa first charted here with Different Shades Of Blue in 2014. Now the 38-year-old is back with a second hit. Blues Of Desperation, his 12th solo disc, is new at #16. As a side, he also did two duet albums with Beth Hart who had a number one single with L.A. Song in 1999.
Kiwi legend Gray Bartlett began his career as far back as 1961 and was resident guitarist on Rolf Harris shows in England and Australia from 1968 to 1973. Now the 63-year-old has a new album out taking his total to 10 hit albums and two singles. Private Conversations, new at #19, is also about to go on tour across the country.
Finally, Wellingtonian band Lontalius. debut with I'll Forget 17, new at #27.
Very quiet singles chart this week with no new entries. Only Charlie Puth re-enters the chart with his #3 hit One Call Away.
With the first quarter over its reflection time. The number of new entries across the six charts with last years comparison in brackets is: Singles 34 (35), Heatseekers 38 (0), NZ Singles 8 (19) , Albums 59 (65), Compilations 13 (13), and NZ Albums 9 (19). The biggest casualty is the kiwi single with 5 hits this time last year in the Top 40 and only 1 this year. In fact, there hasn't been a kiwi Top 10 single since #KiwisCureBatten peaked at #2 in September with Team Ball Player Thing.
Finally, Now 49 ties for most weeks on top of the compilations chart with Now 40.
Chart Beat - 11 April 2016

After 26 weeks we have a new kiwi number one single on the NZ Singles chart and this time it's not a Brit, Disclosure moving to #2
The last time Broods were in the Singles Chart was October 2014. Now the Nelson duo claim a fifth hit single at #30 in Free. Taken from a new album expected later on in the year, its their fifth hit and highest a kiwi has been in the Top 40 since early December.
Nick Jonas is back with a third hit and a new album in June. Close, new at #33, is the first hit from Last Year Was Complicated and features Swedish singer Tove Lo.
Kanye West takes Famous into the #38 spot with a track from his new album (I see a theme here). The rapper credits Rihanna on vocals.
Danish group Lukas Graham remain at the top with 7 Years for an eigth week as their follow up Mama Said enters the chart at #39. They almost got the double with their debut album too. That self titled album make a #2 entry.
The honour for highest new entry, though, goes to Hollie Smith. Her first album in three years sees the kiwi diva at the top of the albums pile for a third time.
Anika Moa has been in and out of the NZ Albums chart 14 times with her disc Songs For Bubbas. Originally peaking at #19, it was her first venture into songs for children. Now a second disc is in the shops with a #4 entry, beating the original album by a country mile. Both albums chart well this week.
Wellingtonians three piece DRAX Project score a first entry with EP T/W/OO at #18. The Alternative Pop/Hip-Hop band began their career busking and were originally a duo.
American rockers Weezer continue the colour theme with their White Album debuting at #28. It's the lads 10th album since 1994.
English rockers The Last Shadow Puppets topped the UK charts in 2008 but its taken another 8 years for their sophomore album. It's that one that breaks the ice here. Everything You've Come To Expect is new at #26.
Japanese metallers Babymetal enter at #31 with their first NZ hit Metal Resistance.
Finally, Sol3 Mio collect another honour this week taking their first self titled disc on to 100 weeks, the 29th time that 100 has been reached in the history of the chart.
Chart Beat - 18 April 2016

American alternative metallers Deftones score their first number one album out of the box this week. Last in the chart in 2012, Gore is their eighth album since they formed in 1988. Only their first two albums, Adrenaline from 1995 and Around The Fur from 1997 failed to chart.
Folk rockers The Lumineers had a number 2 hit single Ho Hey in 2012, but whilst their debut album peaked at #14, there has been nothing since. This week changes that with sophomore album Cleopatra debuting at #10. Watch out for the singles Ophelia and Angela.
Ben Harper is a regular to our charts and that continues with his 13th studio album Call It What It Is. The last disc he did with his mum, this time he is back with The Innocent Crimnals who he recorded with on his 1999 album Burn To Shine. For the record, he now has 15 albums in our charts since 1996.
The movie Hunt For The Wilderpeople is this weeks biggest film at Box Office. The soundtrack is billed to Moniker and debuts at #39.
Newcomer Desiigner comes from New York and was born Sidney Selby III. The rapper heavily sampled Kanye West's Pt. 2 from his current album. Currently at #5 in the US, his debut single is new here at #22.
Patrick Chukwuemeka Okogwu (aka Tinie Tempah) is back with his fifth hit single Girls Like at #31. He has had far more success in his UK homeland with 12 Top 30 hits. Watch out for a new album currently in the pipeline.
Finally, Kanye West's seventh album The Life of Pablo may not have charted here yet, but he scores three new singles in the Heatseekers chart this week with Father Stretch My Hands Pt. 1, Waves and Ultralight Beam taking the bottom three positions on a very busy Heatseekers chart.
Chart Beat - 26 April 2016

The theme for this weeks album chart could well be The Return Of Legends. Four older artists who havn't charted for a while list this weeks new entries.
English singer-songwriter PJ Harvey first charted in 1995 and last charted in 2011. Her ninth studio album The Hope Six Demolition Project is a reference to the HOPE VI projects in the United States, where run-down public housing in areas with high crime rates has been demolished to make room for better housing. Naturally, some politician are not happy about it. Ironically, it is her highest entry in the chart.
Santana were on the very first album chart with Borboletta but the last time they appeared on the chart was in 2007 with a compile. Santana IV is their 23rd studio album and reunites the early 1970s classic lineup for the first time in 45 years. They debut at #8.
American Tracy Chapman first charted in 1988 with Crossroads. Now for the first time since 2002 she is back with a compilation, Greatest Hits at #11. In her prime she had six Top 40 hits with songs like Baby Can I Hold You and Fast Car.
Australian Judith Durham has never had a solo album in the charts but did appear on six albums with The Seekers as early as 1976. Currently on tour, Live In London, new at #18, showcases 26 of her best both solo and with The Seekers.
Thanks to Record Store day, Shihad and The Mint Chicks are back with vinyl only copies of former albums. Shihad's 1996 self titled disc and Mint Chicks Crazy? Yes! Dumb? No! from 2006 both re-enter mid chart.
Sam Smith's debut album In The Lonely Hour is the 30th album to reach 100 weeks on the charts and Anika Moa scores her first number one album since Thinking Room from 2001.
Drake is back with his 4th NZ hit single at a impressive #10 entry. One Dance samples Crazy Cousinz and Kyla's 2008 song Do You Mind? and is taken from his new album Views From The 6 due out on April 29. The lead single has already gone to the top in England and France.
American DJ Gnash scores his debut single I Hate U, I Love U at #27
Finally, we say goodbye to Prince who passed away on Thursday. With 38 singles and 20 albums in the chart from 1980 he was a huge artist for over three decades. On Friday there were 29 songs on the iTunes Top 100 so expect a strong presence in next weeks chart. He will be sadly missed.
Chart Beat - 2 May 2016

No surprises that Prince should have a strong presence in this weeks chart. Two singles (Purple Rain which beats its original #16 peak with a #8 re-entry, and When Doves Cry) and six albums, all charting due to his untimely death a week ago. Amazingly too he scores only his second number one album with The Very Best Of. As you would expect sales of his albums are huge across the planet. Revelations this week too that he has around 2000 recorded but unreleased songs hidden in a vault, so hopefully we will hear alot more from him in the near future. What an incredible legacy.
Another surprise sees the Flashdance soundtrack back. It last charted on 11 December 1983 making it a huge 32 years 4 months to re-enter the chart. The interest, of course, is due to the stage show at The Civic in Auckland.
Beyoncé made big news this week over the surprise release of her sixth studio album. Lemonade (new at #2) has been described as "every woman's journey of self-knowledge and healing."
Wellingtonian metallers Beastwars are back with their third album new at #5. The Death of All Things completes their post-apocalyptic trilogy.
ENZSO was two collaboration albums from The New Zealand Symphony Orchestra and Split Enz from 1996 and 1998. Now, to celebrate 20 years since the first release, Enz keyboardist Eddie Reynor has compiled a disc of the best from both albums. The album is new at #27.
Two new artists round off this weeks new albums: Aucklander Bailey Wiley with her neo-soul debut S.O.M.M at #28 and New York hip hopper ASAP Ferg (Darold Ferguson, Jr.) with his second album Always Strive And Prosper at #35.
Drake makes a dramatic ten knotch jump to claim his first number one with One Dance.
Australian electronic music producer Flume has this weeks highest new single. Say It has vocals from Tove Lo, who wrote the song with him after he was inspired by her song Habits. The song enters the chart at #31.
The new hit single from Pink gives her an amazing 29th hit single. Just Like Fire is taken from the movie Alice Through The Looking Glass which is billed as a sequal to the classic 2010 version of Alice In Wonderland. She enters the chart at #36.
Chart Beat - 9 May 2016

It's taken nearly six years but 29-year old Drake now has a NZ number one. His fourth album clocks in at a staggering 81 minutes over 20 songs. He also claims the double this week with One Dance remaining as the number one single for a second week. The album's title was first announced in Billboard magazine as Views from the 6
Jordan Luck was the front man for the very popular Exponets who enjoyed 19 hit singles between 1982 and 1997. Billed as The Jordan Luck Band the man himself is back with what he describes as an album you want to listen to in one sitting. Not Only... But Also is new at #16.
Josh Groban peaked last year at the top with the very popular album Stages. Now, in time for Mother's Day, comes a live recording of the album new at #18 recorded in Los Angeles.
And from Los Angeles comes newcomers Sixx AM. Prayer For The Damned Vol. 1 is the first in a series of two albums expected this year. The disc is new at #39.
Scottish DJ Calvin Harris is back with a vengeance. His 16th hit single opens it's account at #6, being second only to Sweet Nothing from 2012 for highest single debut. This Is What You Came For features Rihanna which returns the favour for her #1 hit We Found Love from 2011.
Speaking of which, Rihanna herself scores a new single. Needed Me is the second single from her current album ANTI and enters the chart at #33.
It's taken nearly eight years for Disturbed to chart a second single and it's taken a remake to do it with. The Sound Of Silence was first a hit for Simon And Garfunkel way back in 1966, where it peaked at #2. Now it's back 50 years later with a #37 debut.
Swedish duo Galantis enter at #39 with the final new single this week. No Money is their third hit.
Finally Kiwi's continue to be largly absent from our chart. A look at the NZ Top 20 singles chart shows 12 songs that have charted 50 weeks or more. Broods are the most successful act in the Top 40 this year but even they have only managed a #27 peak. This is shaping up to be the worst year in the history of the chart for kiwi singles.
Chart Beat - 16 May 2016

After a five year break, Radiohead are back with their ninth album and a #2 entry. A Moon Shaped Pool was recorded in southern France with long-time producer Nigel Godrich and has the singles Burn The Witch and Daydreaming.
After a #24 peak for their debut LP Fight From The Inside last year, Invercargill alt/country band Into The East are back, this time stepping into the top 20. How To Turn A Blind Eye is new at #19.
Keeping a country theme, New Zealand-born Australian Keith Urban is back with what he describes as his most experimental album to date. Despite being his ninth album, Ripcord, new at #21, is only his third hit.
Englishman James Blake also has three hit albums with the debut of his latest The Colour Of Everything. New at #26, he credits Frank Ocean as a huge inspiration for this record.
Three newcomers round off this weeks seven new albums.
Englishman Skepta (Joseph Junior Adenuga) has been rapping on plastic since his 2007 album Greatest Hits. His 4th, Konnichiwa, becomes his first here in Godzone.
Haitian-Canadian electronic musician, producer and DJ Kaytranada is next. Born Louis Kevin Celestin, he has been recording since 2010 although 99.9% at #31 is his first full length album.
Finally, Andy Black, formerly known as Andy Six and also known as Andy Biersack, may seem to be a newcomer but the former member of Black Veil Brides did chart in 2013 as a member of that band. The Shadow Side is his first solo album, new at #33.
Justin Timberlake makes an incredible move this week with the only new single to venture into the Top 40. Can't Stop The Feeling! is taken from the upcoming movie Trolls where he serves as an executive producer for the film's music. It's his 16th hit single.
Atlanta-based Ghost Town DJ's have gone down in history on the NZ charts as a one-hit wonder. Their 1996 hit My Boo peaked at #3 and spent 16 weeks in the chart. Fast forward 20 years and we see a new dance craze. The Running Man Challenge sees participants filming a short clip of them dancing and posted online. Due to the viral nature of the craze, the song jumps back into the chart at #25.
Chart Beat - 23 May 2016

Auckland church LIFE have a third hit album this week and a surprise entry at #2. Billed as LIFE Worship, By My Spirit gives them a new high tide mark with previous albums also peaking in the Top 10. The Praise and Worship genre is becoming more popular with four churches logging in Top 40 albums so far this year.
The heavily anitcipated second album from American Meghan Trainor comes in at #5 in it's first week. She describes Thank You as "a more grown up, matured, intense Meghan Trainor,”
Onehunga-based producer/hip hopper SmokeyGotBeatz has been spending his time in LA recenty ahead of his debut album. SWIDT vs Everybody is new at #11.
Norwegian Kygo has two Top 40 singles to his credit but as of this week, he can include an album. Cloud Nine (#14) is his first, with New Zealand being the first country in the world to give it an entry in a chart.
American post-hardcore band Pierce The Veil have the fifth and final new album this week. New at #22, Misadventures is their fourth with their last album from 2012 (Collide With The Sky) peaking at #12 in the US.
American musical duo Twenty One Pilots score the only new single this week with Ride new at #33. It's their second hit and taken from their current album Blurryface.
Finally, it's interesting to note that music sales are definatly single based rather than album based. This week there are 11 singles that have gone gold (over 7500 units), 8 platinum (over 15,000 units) and 16 multi platinum entries. Compare that to the album chart and we have two gold, 7 platinum and 7 multi platinum. No wonder the traditional record store is a thing of the past.
Also, it's interesting to compare the number of weeks a single stays in the NZ singles chart to the Australian singles chart. This week there are 12 NZ tracks that have charted 50 or more weeks on our chart. Across the ditch there are none. The most chart weeks over there currently is 34 for You Were Right by Rüfüs. Also they have five new entries in the chart, we have none. I wonder if the lack of kiwis in the chart is due to the lack in new songs being played on radio. Just a thought.
The singles chart takes into account streaming figures as well as sales now whereas the albums chart is solely based on sales. I think because streaming continues to increase in popularity and is catching up to the sales threshold, the music consumer base is at a prime point in its development where songs are purchased as much as they're streamed, so its a lot easier for a single to gain a certification in a shorter number of weeks and/or without reaching the higher positions on the chart. Also, now that entire albums are fully streamable and the albums chart is sales-based, consumers are less likely to purchase an album and more likely to stream an album track-by-track, which is why albums have a harder time gaining a certification and/or keeping consistent in the chart even if they have a top-ten debut, and that's also why we now more commonly have non-single tracks from albums charting in the Top 40 or the Heatseekers chart.
Thanx NxtGenration, that makes total sense. I'd forgotten about steaming.
Chart Beat - 30 May 2016

The third album from Ariana Grande always looked at being big, now that is confirmed as Dangerous Woman becomes her first number one. The American began recording soon after the completion of her sophomore album, My Everything in 2014 and has already produced two top 20 singles.
Two veterans come next.
Eric Clapton can now lay claim to 33 charting albums with the release of his latest I Still Do. The album features a combination of new material written by Clapton as well as cover versions of some classic songs
Clapton may go back to 1964 when he was a member of The Yardbirds; Bob Dylan goes back to 1962 and is 3 years older at 75. Fallen Angels features covers of twelve classic American tunes chosen by Dylan himself.
Four more albums enter the chart, all of them first timers.
American country singer Blake Shelton has ten albums to his credit, so its taken a while to crack the NZ market. His first self titled album came out in 2001. If I'm Honest is new at #21
Aucklander Miller Yule is next with his EP Shoot Me In The Heart at #23. Previously, the 23 year old has been composing music for television & radio advertisements, film and animation.
American country and bluegrass musician Chris Stapleton sees his debut album slot in at #26. Traveller has been described by music critics as an old-school country, Southern rock record
American southern and country rockers Mudcrutch were formed in 1970 by Tom Petty and Tom Leadon, who had been playing together in a band called the Epics. They signed to Shelter Recirds in 1974 and released one single. Nothing else happened, that is until 2007 when, with Petty, they reformed. Now with two studio albums under their belt they make a debut here. 2 is new at #39.
The top 5 singles stays the same this week as we list three new entries.
Adele continues to chart well with her third album. From 25 comes her 3rd hit single Send My Love (To Your New Lover). It has been describes as similar to Taylor Swift's "upbeat, poppy" sound.
This could well be Drake's year with another successful single. Too Good dropped off the Heatseekers chart last week but bounds back up giving the American a #18 debut.
British girl groups Little Mix have the third new single with Hair at #40.
Chart Beat - June 6, 2016

Australian electronic music producer Flume (Harley Streten) has to date only managed a #12 peak in the album chart. Now, one month before his NZ tour, he goes all the way to the top. Skin is his second long player and is receiving great reviews. He has already had two singles from the disc chart here both going Top 6.
Fifth Harmony have also been charting well singles-wise so no suprise their second album goes Top 10 on entry.The album's title refers to July 27, 2012, the date the group was formed on The X Factor. 7/27 is new at #8.
Pacific Heights is the solo electronica project of Wellington-based Devin Abrams aka DJ Reno, best known for his work with Shapeshifter. He peaked at #18 in 2008 with In A Quiet Storm but improves that with the #10 debut of The Stillness.
British metalcore band Architects are next with their first NZ hit. All Our Gods Have Abandoned Us (new at #25) is their seventh album and billed as the heaviest and darkest work they have ever put their name to.
Christchurch band Yumi Zouma open their account this week too with Yoncalla at #31. The threepiece met each other via the Christchurch music scene in pre-quake times and are definatly a new act to watch.
Welch rockers Catfish And The Bottlemen formed in Llandudno in 2007. Their first album The Balcony peaked at #10 on the UK charts but its album #2 that breaks the ice here. The Ride is new at #33.
The Wiggles have been entertaining the littlies since 1991 but never charted here and believe me, there have been heaps of discs. Finally, a compile graces the bottom of the chart at #38.
The 10th hit single from Ariana Grande makes an entrance at #28. Into You is the third hit from her #1 album Dangerous Woman which makes a dive this week.
English lass Dua Lipa is on the verge of her debut album. Her first single has already topped the charts in Belgium with Top 10 entries in Australia and Austria. Be The One is new at #35.
Two DJ acts join forces for the third new single. American's Cheat Codes and Netherlands Kris Kross Amsterdam debut with a saucy little number Sex at #38. For the record, the original Kris Kross were a duo and had 7 Top 30 hits in the early 90's
Chart Beat - June 13, 2016

Very stable singles chart this week with only one new entry and an unchanged Top 4. Drake's One Dance stays at the top for a seventh week. This Is What You Came For from Calvin Harris remains at #2 for a fifth straight week, making it second equal to the record for most weeks at number 2 without hitting the top. That record belongs to David Guetta whose Titanium stayed there for 9 weeks in 2013
The new Charlie Puth song has the same title as a Top 5 hit from 1976 but that's where the comaparisons end. He created the guitar line during a trip in Japan and produced it in the Philippines and Los Angeles. It's his 3rd hit single and debuts at #33. We Don't Talk Anymore was the 42nd hit single in 1976 for Cliff Richard.
Over on the Albums chart there are 6 new entries.
It's been four years since we had a Ladyhawke album in the chart. Now Phillipa "Pip" Brown is back with a Top 5 entry for her third album Wild Things. The album was recorded in Los Angeles with producer Tommy English.
The 13th solo album from Paul Simon also opens well. His first release in over five years, Stranger To Stranger was first conceived in 2011 when he began writing. It debuts at #8.
Ametrican indie rockers The Kills peaked at #32 in 2011 with their fourth album Blood Pressures. This time they achieve a much better opener for their second charter Ash And Ice (new at #11). Watch out for lead single Satellite.
Belgian drum and bass producer Netsky also charts for a second time with his third album. Simply titled 3, it falls short of the last with a #25 entry.
Evita is back in New Zealand with nine shows in Auckland and 2 in Christchurch. A soundtrack of the 1976 musical has been in the chart twice, peaking both times at #6 for it's creator Andrew Lloyd Webber in 1977 and Madonna in 1996. Now The Original London Cast has their turn with a #32 debut.
Finally Australian soft rock group (now a duo) Air Supply consisting of British-born singer-songwriter and guitarist Graham Russell and lead vocalist Russell Hitchcock list a compile at #38. They scored seven hit singles between 1979 and 1985, their biggest being Lost In Love which peaked at #3 in 1979.

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I like your write ups tempest but Titanium only peaked at #3. I know Bright Eyes by Art Garfunkel was #2 for six weeks but not sure if that's the longest. I think a more recent song broke the record
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Also Cliff's We Dont Talk Anymore was a hit in 1979...
Thanx Alley and Fred. You are both right there. That's what happens when you write and are tired. Thanx for your corrections.
For most weeks at #2 without going to #1 I was looking at the wrong statistic. That was most re-entries. The most weeks at #2 without going to #1 is below:

Most weeks at #2 without going to #1
Ridin' - Chamillionaire feat. Krayzie Bone and Tyree72006
Just A Little - Liberty X62002
Dancing In The Streets - David Bowie & Mick Jagger61985
Bright Eyes - Art Garfunkel61979
Lucille - Kenny Rogers61977
Replay - I-Yaz62010
Das Klein Krokodil - Scnappi52005
No Money No Problems - Notorious B.I.G. feat Puff Daddy & Mase51997
Hero - Mariah Carey51993
Oh Carolina - Shaggy51993
You Don't Treat Me No Good - Sonia Dada51992
You Could Be Mine - Guns n Roses51991
Stuck With You - Huey Lewis & The News51986
Ghostbusters - Ray Parker Jnr.51984
Billie Jean - Michael Jackson51983
Do You Really Want To Hurt Me? - Culture Club51982
Woman In Love - Barbra Streisand51982
Good Thing Going - Sugar Minnott51982
How ' Bout Us - Champaigne51981
Green Door - Shakin' Stevens51981
You Take The Words Right Out Of My Mouth - Meatloaf51978
Rhinestone Cowboy - Glen Campbell51975
Lucy In The Sky (With Diamonds) - Elton John51975
Take A Bow - Rihanna52008
This Is What You Came For - Calvin Harris feat. Rihanna52016
These Words - Natasha Beddingfield42004,5
Ain't That Just The Way - Lutricia McNeal41998
Spice Up Your Life - Spice Girls41997
Breathe Again - Toni Braxton41993
Epic - Faith No More41990
Pray - MC Hammer41990
Addicted To Love - Robert Palmer41986
Crazy For You - Madonna41985
Ebony & Ivory - Paul McCartney & Stevie Wonder41982
Video Killed The Radio Star - Buggles41979
I Want To Be Your Everything - Andy Gibb41977
You're In My Heart - Rod Stewart41977
Sundown - Gordon Lightfoot41974
Daniel - Elton John41973
If I Were A Boy - Beyonce42008
Payphone - Maroon 5 feat. Wiz Khalifa42012

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Chart Beat - 20 June 2016

The NZ Chart goes into another phase this week with major changes all round. For a start, on demand streaming has been a part of the singles chart for a while now. This week it gets added to the Top 40 Album Charts. The sad news is after 36 years there is now no Compilations chart. Instead, there are now four Heatseeker charts, one for each of the Top 40's and one for each of the NZ Top 20's. Elegebility for singles to become Gold or Paltinum has also changed. On a personal note, I am very disapointed. I think its time to do away with the Heaseeker chart which failed to excite in 2004-2007 and just introduce a Top 100. The songs/albums that chart on the new NZ Heatseeker charts will be so well down the list they would probably not even show on a Top 100. Also, with no Compilations chart you would think the Top 2 from last week at least would appear in this weeks albums chart, but there is nothing there at all. I feel the Compilation chart should also be reinstated along with a Music DVD chart. Grrrr!
Right; after my rant; to this weeks new entries:
Former Jonas Brothers member Nick Jonas has only managed a #25 peak in the albums chart with his first two albums but this week, for the first time, he breaks into the Top 10. The original title would have been Unhinged but to reflect his past 12 months and under guidance from Jay-Z it became Last Year Was Complicated. It debuts at #8.
With 24 solo albums to his credit, Paul McCartney is well qualified for a compilation. The self titled disc that debut's this week at #16 is just that. He and his team compiled the tracks "with nothing else in mind other than having something fun to listen to" in different settings.
American-Scottish rockers Garbage last charted in 2012. This week their 6th album, Strange Little Birds becomes their highest disc since 2001. It's their second independent album release.
Newcomer Kaleo are an Icelandic band formed in 2012. Their #19 entry A/B debuts at #19 and is the follow up to 2013's self titled album which failed to chart here.
Finally comes Aussie rockers The Temper Trap with their third album. Thick As Thieves is new at #25.
Five-piece Irish alternative rockers Walking On Cars have the highest new single with Speeding Cars at #34. It's taken from the debut album Everything This Way.
Fifth Harmony chart single number five All In My Head (Flex) at #35 and Drake continues his success with new single Controlla at #37
Hi Tempest, I rarely come to your "Chart Beat" section only because I'm more interested in your current work being the charts of "Yesteryear", but like you, I'm going to miss the "Compilation" charts, I don't know if you've had a chance to check out the "ARIA" charts here in Australia (which you can go to via Google) they have the top 50 singles, top 50 albums as well as a "Compilation" chart, and at the end of the year they have a top 100 end of year chart for both singles and albums as well as an end of year "Compilation" chart.

I agree they should do the same with the N.Z. charts.

Regards John.
I regularly look at the Australian, English and American charts as well as some other countries. A couple of great websites can be found by googling Charts All Over The World or Music Weekly Asia.
Not sure if it was noticed, but looking at the Heatseeker chart this week, I think they may have changed it so that instead of having the 10 highest songs that haven't yet reached the top 40, it's just the 10 fastest climbing. Whether that means the 10 highest songs that are climbing, or the 10 biggest climbs of the week I don't know yet, but it is probably how there are 9 debuts there this week.

Of course it also means that they have to dive down considerably lower in the chart to find these songs, so it's possible that a song will be in there while not even being in the overall top 200.
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And the NZ Heatseekers re probably around the 1000 mark. I did notice Hijinx.
That's exactly how the Heatseeker charts run now. I emailed RMNZ about one track in particular, "Heartlines" by Broods, because I found it odd that the track appeared at #3 in Heatseeker Singles, but only had a #5 debut in NZ Artist Singles with three other NZ singles in higher positions that were eligible but didn't appear in Heatseeker Singles. Phil Matcham of RMNZ got back to me this afternoon with this information:

"The Heatseeker Charts are based on ‘high risers’, ie how a track/album has performed this week compared with the previous week.

Though they would be eligible for the Heatseeker Chart, both of the Nomad & Six60 tracks have comparatively the same amount of sales/streams this week compared with last week, so they are not technically high risers.

Because the Broods track (‘Heartlines’) is pretty new, the figure for last week was very low, so it features high in the Heatseeker Chart. Unless it achieves a significant increase in its sales/streams this week, you will likely see ‘Heartlines’ drop out of the Heatseeker Chart. The same for the other tracks in that chart."
Thanx for that. I find it odd too. Once upon a time the chart was a reflection on what sold well. Now it seems to be all about what sells the quickest. Based on that assumption it appears compilations don't sell at all any more as they don't appear anywhere in any chart. It just looks like they make the rules up as they go along. I can't think of any country in the world, besides America, that has more emphasis on Heatseeker charts than we do. Lets just keep it simple and make the singles and albums chart Top 100 and reinstate the Compilations chart, either as a separate chart or included into the album chart.
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Chart Beat - 27 June 2016

Its been five years since Red Hot Chili Peppers put an album out. They put that right this week with The Getaway debuting at the top. Their seventh number one long player, it was preceded by the first single Dark Necessities last month.
Early on this year Mumford And Sons flew to Johannesburg to collaborate with Baaba Maal, The Very Best & Beatenberg on some new music. The result it the five-track Johannesburg (EP) new at #17.
French heavy metallers Gojira formed in 1996 and have six albums to their credit. The latest, Magma, is new at #26.
Three chords and the truth. That's how Harlon Howard (aka Strahan) decribes his music. The kiwi Folk Psalmist lists his first entry to the chart at #30.
Rapper YG has the final new album at #39. Still Brazy is his third album, but our first.
After the fanfare of last weeks new Heatseeker charts, not one of them, as predicted, enters the Albums chart. In fact, nine of the ten entries on that chart leave. All four Heatseeker charts are filled with mainly new entries. There are two singles that cross over to the Top 40, but these charts looks like it will be filled with 99% one week entries.
American rapper Kent Jones experimented with a Mixtape last July, now he has his first hit single. Don't Mind, new at #27, is taken from that tape and contains elements of Practice What You Preach by Barry White from his 1994 album The Icon Is Love.
Twenty One Pilots came on the scene in February, now their third Top 40 single, Heathens debuts at #30. This one is taken from the film Suicide Squad.
The lead single from Shawn Mendes' as yet untitled second album Treat You Better rounds off this weeks new singles at #35.
It's the end of another quarter and stocktake time. New entries in the charts so far this year with last years total in brackets are as follows:
Singles - 63 (72);
Albums - 126 (143);
Compilations - 30 (23);
NZ Singles - 19 (48);
NZ Albums - 42 (56).
That's less new entries in all but the Compilation chart. The most alarming figure is kiwi singles. Only 2 this year compared to 13 last year. A look at this weeks Top 40 singles we see 19 American, 7 Canadian, 5 English, 2 Barbados and one each from Scotland, Sweden, Denmark and Ireland. Not one kiwi. Kiwis are definatly not flying this year.
The half yearly singles chart will follow.
Chart Beat - 4 July 2016

Drake takes his hit One Dance on to a 10th straight week at the top. In the history of the chart, that's now ten singles that have achieved ten or more consecutive weeks at the top, the most recent being Katy Perry's Roar from 2013.
The 8th hit single from Selena Gomez is this weeks highest new single. The third hit from her album Revival; Kill 'Em With Kindness is new at #31 and conceived after she faced criticism over her weight during a trip to Mexico.
There's no stopping Rihanna,now boasting 33 hit singles. Her latest, Love On The Brain new at #40, is taken from the Star Trek Beyond soundtrack.
Only three new albums this week and they all debut in the Top 10.
Nelson duo Broods take the honours of highest new entry this week as Conscious takes out the top spot. It's their second chart topper but this time around singles are a bit sluggish. They appeared on the The Late Late Show with James Corden in May, and plan to tour Australia, New Zealand, and North America shortly.
Christine And The Queens is French singer Héloïse Letissier. After appearing on the Graham Norton Show last Friday it helped produce a #8 entry for her debut NZ album. It's actually her second studio album, Chaleur Humaine reaching #2 in France back in 2013.
After 50 years, kiwi veteran Peter Posa can still put together a Top 10 album. Now aged 74 he has a new compilation celebrating The Hits Of The British Invasion with a #10 entry.
Finally, the Electric Light Orchestra re-enter the chart at #20 with a compilation that last charted in 2005. That omes from the documentary on Prime last week. Oh the power of television!!!
Next weeks installment will be a few days late as I am off to Sydney. Yay!!!
Hi Tempest. Unfortunately Love On the Brain is from ANTI. Sledgehammer is from the upcoming Start Trek Beyond Soundtrack.
Chart Beat - 11 July 2016

The seventh hit album from California's Blink 182 is this weeks highest newbie. Aptly titled California, it is the first album by the band to feature vocalist/guitarist Matt Skiba, who replaced former member Tom DeLonge after a series of disagreements over his other various projects. The remaining members of the trio decided to part ways with him and recruited a new member of the band. They debut at #4.
Sydney songstress Delta Goodrem is back with her fifth studio album at #8. Wings Of The Wild is her first album since 2012 and included the lead single Wings which debuted at #8 across the ditch.
Arguably one of the best acts at this years Rhythm And Vines festival, three-piece Sachi has won the praises of producer Diplo. The Aucklanders debut EP Lunch With Bianca is new at #18.
English lass Natasha Khan (aka Bat For Lashes) peaked at #32 in 2012 with her third long player The Haunted Man. Now she scores a second hit with The Bride at #32. This one is a concept album that follows the story of a woman, whose fiancé dies in a car crash on the way to their wedding.
Incredibly quiet singles chart this week. Drake remains at the top with One Dance now residing there 11 straight weeks. Also, Calvin Harris ties with Chamillionaire for first place on the most weeks at #2 without going to the top statistic. Their song Ridin' peaked at #2 for 7 weeks without going to the top in 2006. There are no new entries in the top 10 with only one in the entire Top 40.
French deep house DJ and producer Kungs (aka Valentin Brunel) enters the chart at #33 with This Girl. Collaborating with Melborne based trio Cookin' On 3 Burners its the 19 years old's first hit single. Amazingly, he began developing his craft at the age of five.
Chart Beat - July 18, 2016

American hip hopper ScHoolboy Q has this weeks highest new album. Debuting at #5, Blank Face LP lifts his highest charting position two knotches from his 2014 peak when Oxymoron peaked at #7. That album only lasted 3 weeks.
Melbourne electronic group The Avalanches score their first hit with Wildflower at #12. Formed in 1997, it's actually only their second album; Since I Left You from 2000 failing here but achieving an Australian peak at #21.
Kilmarnock rockers Biffy Clyro are back with album number seven. The Scottish trio last charted in 2013 with Opposites peaking at #25. Their second NZ hit Ellipsis surfaces after taking 2015 off. They debut at #33.
Christchurch lad James Milne (stage name Lawrence Arabia) is new at #34 with Absolute Truth. His fourth long player and second hit is his first album on the iconic Flying Nun label. Insteresting note, the label released their first disc on the same year he was born.
A new record is set this week in the most unlucky single to not hit number one file. Calvin Harris has now been at number 2 for 8 non-consecutive weeks with This Is What You Came For, taking the record off Chamillionaire. Drake remains the one barrier he has as One Dance sees a twelfth week at the top.
Auckland based musician and producer Kings has been in the NZ Singles Top 20 ten weeks so it's taken a while for his debut single Don't Worry Bout It to enter the Singles chart. The North Shore resident has been producing for six years. His single is only the third local song to enter the Top 40 this year.
OneRepublic have a new album on the way. From that album comes their 11th hit single. Wherever I Go is new at #37.
Finally, over on the compilations chart, The Now franchize continues the success with a 51st number one. The original compilation series 20 Solid Gold Hits scores a second album in the albums' revival. This one features songs from the original series volumes 7 - 15.
Chart Beat - July 25, 2016

The full Top 7 Singles remain the same this week with Calvin Harris spending a 9th week at #2 and Drake 13 at the top. If Drake can remain at the top next week he will tie with Boney M for most consecutive weeks at #1. He is also only two weeks away from becoming the artist with the biggest number one in the UK and NZ. Also, it's so good to see King in the Top 20. He is only two knotches away from being the first kiwi to enter the top 10 since 21 September last year.
British producer Jonas Blue follows up his #2 remake of Fast Car with this weeks highest new single. Perfect Strangers has peaked at #3 in the UK and debuts here at #25.
It's been nearly two years since a Katy Perry song entered the chart. The drought is over with a song created for the 2016 Olympic games in Rio. Rise is new at #26.
Danish singer Karen Marie Ørsted (or MØ when she is on stage) appeared on the Major Lazer hit Lean On last year. The song peaked at the top. Now the 27-year old has her first outright hit with Final Song at #37.
Very lean Albums chart this week with only five albums leaving the chart. That gave us room for three new albums.
Good Charlotte were last in the chart in 2010. Of course, The Madden Brothers went to #2 with their album Greetings From California in 2014. They always said they would be back with the band. Youth Authority is their sixth studio album and this weeks highest new entry. Watch out for lead single Makeshift Love.
The Cure played at Vector Arena on Thursday, one day before the chart came out. That was enough to push their 2001 compilation Greatest Hits into the chart. Ironically, the #25 entry is the first time the album has charted here. It's their 22nd hit album in New Zealand.
Peter Garrett continues to expand his CV this week with his first solo album. The Midnight Oil front man and former politician is back doing what he does best with A Version Of Now debuting at #35. Also, he says, don't rule out a Midnight Oil reunion in the near future.
Chart Beat - 1 August 2016

Boney M live to see another day as they fend off the record for most consecutive weeks at number one. Drake falls a knotch this week as he moves over to let in Major Lazer. The American electronica band score a second number one on debut with Cold Water. Taken from the forthcoming album Music Is the Weapon, it has been claimed to have similarities to Justin Bieber's Love Yourself. Good job he appears on guest vocals then.
Australian duo The Veronicas recently took In My Blood to the top across the ditch. This week they drop in at #31. It's their 8th NZ hit single.
Norwegan Astrid S first charted in her homeland with the #4 hit single Shattered. Her latest Hurt So Good has so far peaked at #7 over there. It becomes her first NZ hit at #32. Oh and by the way; it has no similarities to the John Cougar Mellencamp hit with the same name from 1982.
Only three new albums this week but they all fall inside the Top 8.
It's taken ten years but finally kiwi Aaradhna can lay claim to a number one album. She is no stranger to the top of the charts though as her co-starring with Adeaze in 2004 saw Getting Stronger top the singles chart. The Porirua resident now has four hit albums but Brown Girl is by far her biggest thus far. Now wouldn't it be nice for the title track to make it good in the Singles Chart. Currently, it's sitting at #7 on the NZ Singles Chart.
Arise Church continue to improve too. The Wellington based church, which has also got campuses in Christchurch, Hamilton, Kapiti, Whangarei and Dunedin, have this week's #2 album. Their last album peaked at #16.
Continuing the theme is kiwi Rhonda. The last time the Taumaranui born soprano was in our chart was in 1981 with her single We're All Looking For Love (#21) and album Pearls which peaked at #8 in 1984. That's where she debuts with her long awaited compilation. Incidentally she is daughter to All Black Ron Bryers (who played as a lock in 1949) and won NZ Entertainer of the Year Award in 1984.
Chart Beat - 8 August 2016

Auckland-based singer-songwriter MAALA lists his first full length album at #12 this week, beating his EP from last year by 8 knotches. Composure has had reviewers claim he is the same musical league as Lorde and Broods. Watch out for lead single Kind of Love which is currently #5 on the NZ singles chart.
Newcomer DJ Khaled is an American record producer, radio personality, DJ and record label executive. Major Key is his ninth studio album but it's the first time we have seen him chart here. He makes his debut at #15.
PNC last charted in 2011 with his third album Man On Wire peaking at #39. The Palmerston North rapper debuts this week with his fourth, Luke Vailima new at #36.
Chart trivia question for you. What is the biggest gap in charted week for an artists' compilation album? Give up? That album was The Best Of Manhattan Transfer which has a gap of 30 years, 11 months between 21 March 1982 and 4 March 2013 in chart weeks. So it's close but no cigar for Glen Cambell with this week re-entry. His Twenty Golden Greats last charted on 31 march 1991 and re-enters the chart at #30 this week after a special on Prime TV. For the record, thats 25 years, 4 months in between weeks on the chart.
Americans The Chainsmokers have this weeks highest new single with Closer coming in at #14. Their fourth hit single has vocals from fellow American Halsey.
British electronic duo Snakehips score a second single with Cruel new at #38.
Next week, watch out for the return of Poi E from The Patea Maori Club. It's currently at #11 on the NZ Singles chart.
Chart Beat - 15 August 2016

The #1 movie in the land this week also has the number one album. Suicide Squad opens at the top as two tracks also debut in the Singles list. Lil Wayne, Wiz Khalifa and Imagine Dragons team up for this weeks second new single. Sucker For Pain was released as a single for the motion picture soundtrack for Suicide Squad and debuts at #18. Also, Skrillex and Rick Ross team up for Purple Lamborghini at #40 for another track from soundtrack.
Poi E by Patea Maori Club is legendary in Godzone. Now the incredible story of both the song and Patea is on celluloid. The soundtrack has songs from Dalvanius Prime, Prince Tui Teka, Herbs and, of course, The Patea Maori Club. The movie is at #3, the soundtrack #12.
The big mover this week on the singles chart comes from DJ Snake. His Let Me Love You debut's at #4 and is his second single. It's also the second hit from his new album Encore, which is also new this week, at #13 on the Albums Chart.
New Zealand singer-songwriter and environmental activist Steve Abel has this weeks final new album. He may be a new name on the New Zealand music scene but the Mount Eden singer has been hanging out with quite a few heavyweights. In 2006 he formed a kiwi supergroup with the likes of Geoff Maddock of Goldenhorse , Mike Hall and Milan Borich of Pluto, Gareth Thomas of Goodshirt and guest vocals by Kirsten Morell also of Goldenhorse. His latest album Luck / Hope is his third long player and debuts at #31.
Newcomer Mike Perry is a Swedish DJ who performed The Ocean recently during the Summerburst Festival at Ullevi in Gothenburg. That song is new at #38 on the Singles Chart.
Chart Beat - August 22, 2016

Very lean chart this week with only two new entries on both Top 40 charts.
It's taken 20 months but finally Swedish singer Tove Lo can claim a second hit single. The 28 year old last graced the chart in January 2015 with the #3 hit Stay High. Now the lead single from her second album Lady Wood (out in October) brings her back into the Top 40. Cool Girl is new at #28.
Newcomer Californian Marc E Bassy has the other new single. Marc Griffin (that's his real name) was a member of 2AM Club until they broke up in 2010. His debut solo single You And Me enters the chart at #31.
Canadian PartyNextDoor has this weeks highest new album. Real name Jahron Brathwaite, he is signed to Drake's label Ovo Sound, and released his debut EP in 2013. PartyNextDoor 3 (or P3 for short) is his second full length album and supported by lead single Come and See Me featuring Drake himself. He debuts at #14.
Australian metalcore band The Amity Affliction last graced our charts in 2013 with their fourth album Let The Oceans Take Me. That album peaked at #24 and spent only one week in the chart. Their second NZ hit album and fifth long player, This Could Be Heartbreak is the first album without guitarist and founding member Troy Brady, following his departure in 2014. It debuts at #32.
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I will be away on holiday the next few weeks so will catch up once I'm back

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Chart beat - 29 August 2016.

The Chainsmokers gain their first number one with Closer after only four weeks in the chart. Moving from 14-3-2-1 has been a rapid ascent for the American duo.
Only two new singles venture into the Top 40 with Hailee Steinfeld achieving the highest. Starving, new at #24, is her second hit single after the mid table Love Myself from nearly a year ago. It's the American Pitch Perfect stars' second single from her debut album Haiz.
Its taken Dutch DJ Martin Garrix two and a half years to produce a second hit single but he does that this week with In The Name Of Love at #30. He took instrumental Animals to #10 in 2014; this time he has vocal from collaborating artist Bebe Rexha in a track that has so far peaked at #6 in his homeland.
Very lean week on the Albums front too with only two new entries. Adele continues to do well with 21 re-entering for the twelfth time to enjoy it's 209th week in the chart.
New Orleans singer Frank Ocean surprises everyone with a number one debut. Influenced by The Beach Boys and The Beatles, his second album Blonde is a big improvement on his high tide mark with Chanel Orange peaking at #14 in 2012. Watch out for lead single Nikes currently sitting at #3 on the Heatseeker chart.
Dolly Parton has the other new album with Pure And Simple coming in at #39. At age 70 she is the oldest artist in the chart with Jeff Lynn (68) and, had he still been alive, David Bowie (69). Rhonda (who passed away in 2007) would have been 65. Despite a huge career with 43 albums since 1967 it's only her fifth NZ hit album. The album came about through a series of concerts she did a year ago in Nashville. The shows were so well received she decided to put the new songs down in the studio.
Finally, cast your mind back to 1986. It was the peak of the Dunedin Sound and The Chills were top of their game. Kaleidoscope World was released that year and it enjoyed a #19 peak in the chart. The album was a compilation of early singles, plus all The Chills' tracks which featured on the Dunedin Double EP and The Lost EP. Now a reissued on expanded 2xLP Vinyl & CD set re-enters the chart at #25 after nearly 30 years. That takes it to second place behind Manhattan Transfer for biggest gap in chart weeks, at 29 years, 10 months.

Written with very poor internet in Perth.
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Chart Beat - 5 September 2016

Stability remains this week with no new singles in the Top 40; just one re-entry. The Top 4 stays the same but the week belongs to Martin Garrix who is feeling the love with a jump of 21 notches for his second single In The Name Of Love. Hailee Steinfeld who also debuted last week also sprints ahead as Starving jumps up 13 placed to #11.
The Albums chart on the other hand, has five newbies.
The heavy promotion of Barbra Streisand's new album (new at #5) gives her the highest new entry of the week. The Malibu born singer has a huge 35 studio albums, 15 soundtracks and 7 live albums on her resume, not to mention her acting career. Her 20th hit album here, Encore: Movie Partners Sing Broadway, is a duets disc including singers as varied as Anthony Newley, Hugh Jackman and Jamie Foxx. At the age of 74 she becomes the oldest artist on the chart as last weeks oldest, Dolly Parton, leaves the Top 40.
After a two and a half year absence, Britney Spears is back. She considers her latest is a reinvention, but with the sleaze promoting its launch that's a big call. Reviews are generally favourable though with the exception of track Private Show. With a #8 debut it becomes her 6th Top 10 and 5th equal highest position on the chart.
Kiwis The Veils return with their 5th album. Based in London (frontman Finn Andews was born in the UK but spent his teenage years in Auckland before forming the band) the new album was recorded in London, New York and Los Angeles with Italian artwork on the cover from Nicola Samori and video filmed on Bethells Beach up near Auckland. Total Depravity, their 4th Top 40 album here is new at #17.
Newcomer Phil Doublet lists his second album Endless Highway at #24. His first, Stone And Wood, may have failed to chart but earned him a NZCMA Male Artist of the Year title in 2014. The Christchurch lad blends folk and rock and co-wrote with Geoff Farmar.
The final new album comes from De La Soul. The Americans last listed a studio disc in 1996 with a compile reaching #40 in 2003. And The Anonymous Nobody is their 9th album, and is new at #31.
Finally, it was The Chills that surpised last week with the return of Kaleidoscope World, this week it's Guns N Roses. With the news of an upcoming tour two ablums bound back into the chart: Greatest Hits at #9 and Appetite For Destruction at #28.

Written on holiday in Whangarei.
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Chart Beat - September 12, 2016

Florida resident Ariana Grande returns this weeks highest new entry. She teamed up with Nicki Minaj in 2014 for the number four hit Bang Bang with Jessie J. Side To Side which features Minaj serves as the third hit single from current album Dangerous Woman and debuts at #10.
From the movie Bridget Jones's Baby comes the 11th hit single from Bit Ellie Goulding.
Still Falling For You was written by Tove Lo, (amongst others) and is new at #37.
Over on the Albums chart, American hip hopper Travis Scott lists his follow up to the #22 Rodeo from last year with his sophomore album. Birds In The Trap Sing McKnight drops in at #10. The Texan has already announced album number three. Astroworld is sceduled for some time next year.
Following the hip hop theme is newcomer Isaiah Rashad. The 25 year old began rapping in the tenth grade releasing the EP Cilvia Demo last year. Now his first full length album is out (The Sun's Tirade) and in our charts at #21.
Staying in the States but switching to rock is the sixth album from A Day To Remember. The quintet has never charted here but breaks the ice at #23 with Bad Vibrations.
Finally, an incredible story that results in the new single for Jordan Luck. Sixteen year old Kane Chong wrote the song We Are One in the hope of changing the way people think about autism, inspired by his friend, Connor, who is affected by the disorder. Former Split Enz and Citizen Band member Mike Chunn heard about it throught the Play it Strange songwriting competition and enlisted the help of Jordan Luck (The Exponents) to add his touch to the recording. Recorded at Neil Finn's Roundhead Studio in Auckland, that song is new at #7 on the NZ Singles chart. All proceeds for We Are One will go to the charity Autism New Zealand. Nice one Kane.

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Ariana Grande Problem does not team up with Nicki Minaj, but with Aussie female rapper Iggy Azalea instead.
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Erm....oops. Fixed it. Thanx for the correction.
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Chart Beat - 19 September 2016

This weeks chart sees the most new singles since 8 February.
The fifth hit single from Sia is the highest. Taken from her upcoming album We Are Your Children, The Greatest debuts at #7.
English Newcomer Calum Scott appeared in Britain's Got Talent last year. His debut single, Dancing On My Own which appeared on the show, is a Robyn remake from 2010. He comes in at #24.
Zara Larsson's third hit single this year is at #27. Ain't My Fault has already topped the charts in her native Sweden, and is taken from her forthcoming album.
It's been nearly three years since Lady Gaga has been in the singles chart. That all changes at #31. Perfect Illusion is the lead single from her new album Joanne due out on 21 October.
Betty Who has the final new single at #36. Who? Born Jessica Newham in Sydney she wrote her first song at age 14 and released her first album two years ago. I Love You Always Forever is new at #36 and currently sits at #6 across the ditch.
Despite 16 studio albums, Australian Nick Cave has never had a NZ number one. That all changes as the kiwi chart beats the Australian chart in awarding him a number one album. Skeleton Tree was recorded over a very tragic time as his 15-year old son died in an accident.
Bastille gain their highest album entry in the chart with Wild World at #12. Part of the album was recorded in Argentina year.
American alt-rockers Wilco are back with their second highest entry ever. New at #14, Schmilco is a nod to the Harry Nilsson album Nilsson Schmisson from 1971.
Now here's an interesting one. In 1977 The Beatles charted with Live At The Hollywood Bowl. This month, to compliment the movie, that album is re-released after being out of print for ages and gains a new peak. Back then #18 was the highest the album could manage but 39 years, 2 months later it re-enters the chart at #16. In case you wondered, that disc is the same album, as the track listing is the same (with bonus tracks) on the same label.
Jack White's post White Stripes years have produced 2 studio albums and now, a compilation. Acoustic Recordings is a set of acoustic versions of songs from his entire career and debuts at #18.
MIA last charted in 2010 with ΛΛ Λ Y Λ . Now, six years later, she is back. AIM, new at #26, is apparently her final album.
Finally comes Shayne P Carter. Known for his work with Straitjacket Fits (1986-1994), and Dimmer (1995-2012), The Dunediner is new with Offsider at #26.
Chart Beat - September 26, 2016

Aucklanders Openside have this weeks highest new album. The five track Push Back EP is their first and is being described as fresh new talent after an amazing year last year. Watch this space!!!
American rapper Mac Miller is back with his third, The Divine Feminine, at #17. The album includes the usual list of collaborations and the lead single Dang!
Led Zeppelin took The BBC Sessions to #26 in 1997. Now an expanded version is in the chart at #21. The album includes studio sessions and a live concert with the re-issue now including a third disc.
The third biggest movie in the land right now is Bridget Jones's Baby. The soundtrack, which includes artists as varied as Ellie Goulding to The Temptations, is new at #38
Bruce Springsteen announced shows last week, and as a result, two compiles re-enter the chart. His Christchurch show is already booked out. Not a bad birthday present for the boss.
After spending a frustrating nine weeks at #2 with This Is What You Came For, Calvin Harris is back with his 17th hit single and this weeks only newbie. My Way, new at #24, sees the Scottish DJ take the vocals similar to hits Summer and Feel So Close.


It's the end of another quarter so here is a list of this years new entries across the main charts with last years new entries in brackets:
Singles 92 (107)
Albums 171 (222)
Compilations 39 (36)
NZ Singles 32 (66)
NZ Albums 69 (89)
One more statistic I feel is our walk of shame. Pity we don't celebrate our own talent:
NZ Singles in the Top 40 3 (17)
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Chart Beat - 2 October 2016

Abęl Tesfaye (aka The Weeknd) is back with a vengeance. Tha Canadian launches his new album on 25 November and today, with help from Daft Punk, takes Starboy (the title track) into the #5 spot on debut. It's his 6th hit single.
Staying with the theme, another Canadian, Shawn Mendes, has the other new single. His second studio album Illuminate was released last Friday and already has a hit single in Treat You Better, this week at #15. The second single, Mercy, debuts at #34, while the album flies into the #2 spot.
Englishman Michael Rosenberg (aka Passenger) scores is biggest album to date with Young as the Morning Old as the Sea diving into the top spot. Three of his four previous albums debuted in the Top 10 but the closest he has come thus far is #3. The album was inspired by recent trips to NZ and Iceland with recording taking place in Australia, UK and yes, New Zealand.
Bruce Springsteen has a big week. His new compile is an interesting set with five of the 18 tracks never released. The album contains recording from 1966 and early '70s as well as some recent tracks. Chapter And Verse is new at #4. But wait! There's more! Born In The USA is back for its third re-entry at #39.
Newcomer Graham Candy used to reside in New Zealand. He moved to Berlin in 2013 to begin a music career and the result is Plan A. Ironically his debut single She Moves (Far Away) from 2014 peaked at #9 in Germany and was also successful in Austria, Netherlands and Switzerland. He debuts at #17.
Wellingtonian Graeme James has been described as a loop artist. That essentially makes him a one man band playing violin, bass, ukulele, guitar, while he sings and beatboxes. Currently on tour, his debut album News From Nowhere is new at #30.
Finally, the 4th album from Aussies Airbourne, Breakin' Outta Hell, debuts at #33.
Chart Beat - 10 October 2016

Hit number four this year (and five overall)for The Chainsmokers continues an incredible year for the American duo. All We Know is the latest in a string of hits and is new at #14. Meanwhile, Don't Let Me Down makes it to 30 weeks, becoming the 97th single to chart 30 or more weeks.
2012 X Factor winner James Arthur last charted in 2013 but this week makes a return to the Top 40. Taken from his new album Back from the Edge, Say You Won't Let Go (new at #19), it's this weeks UK #1.
Irishman Niall Horan is more well known for his work as a member of One Direction. Following in the footsteps of Zayn Malik he becomes the second member of the group to go solo. His debut, This Town, is new at #24.
Despite forming in 2007, American indie band Bon Iver have only three albums in their catalogue. They peaked at #5 in 2011 with their self titled disc but this week fly to the top on entry with ther third. 22, A Million has some interesting track titles such as 715 - CRΣΣKS, 666 ʇ and 21 M♢♢N WATER. Try and say that after a few drinks.
Sticky Fingers formed in Sydney in 2008. The five-piece reggae/indie rock fusion band have never charted here despite 2014's Land of Pleasure making it to #3 across the ditch. Finally, they have a hit here with Westway (The Glitter And The Slums) new at #4.
Van Morrison goes to the top of the pile with his 34th hit album. He equals with The Beatles, Neil Young and Bob Dylan for most charting albums in the New Zealand chart. Keep Me Singing is new at #5.
The second album from American lass (Jillian) Banks matches the high tide mark of her last. The Altar is new at #18.
Pixies are back with their sixth hit album Head Carrier marks the second album since their hiatus and is new at #20.
Newcomer Solange has a famous last name. That's bacause of her sister Beyoncé Knowles. Singing since the age of 16, she had a short stint in Destiny's Child before releasing here first solo album in 2003. Now she can finally lay claim to a hit album here. A Seat At The Table is new at #23.
Swedish heavy metallers Opeth round off this weeks newnbies with Sorceress, new at #28. It's the fourth time they have charted here since 2008.
You may have discovered from my entry last week that the positions for the new entries in the Albums Chart are all out of wack. That's because the chart was changed some time during the week placing Bruce Springsteen in at number 9 instead of dropping off the chart. Everything below that slips down one place. Grrrrrrr!
Chart Beat - 17 October, 1966

The Chainsmokers remain at the top for an 8th week on the singles chart with Closer but look to be under serious threat from James Arthur who sprints up the chart 16 knotches to #3 with Say You Won't Let Go.
As the Christmas season looms we are starting to get a hint of the new releases on the way from big artists. Bruno Mars is one of those with his third album due out on 18 November. The title track to the disc 24K Magic becomes his 11th hit single and only newbie on the chart at #13.
The album chart has five new entries with some more albums on this years Christmas release schedule. It's also the fourth time in the history of the chart that we see the top three all new.
The trio of 2012 albums ¡Uno!, ¡Dos! and ¡Tre! by Green Day failed to impress with only 11 charted weeks between them so it's nice to see them back at the top with Revolution Radio. It's the American's twelfth studio album (and third number one) which sees the return of Jason White into the mix.
Another long time resident to the Top 40 is Norah Jones. Debuting at #2, Day Breaks, her seventh charting album, sees a return to a piano-driven sound as heard on releases early in her career.
Despite 22 studio albums as a Bee Gee, Barry Gibb has never had success with a solo album. His 1984 disc New Voyager only managed at #85 peak in the UK and #72 in the US. That all changes this week with In The Now coming new at #3. It's his first time recording since the death of his brothers Maurice and Robin.
OneRepublic are back in form with album number four. Oh My My already has a hit single in Wherever I Go with second single Kids on the way. They are new this week at #5.
Finally, South Korean seven-piece boy band BTS are new with their first NZ hit Wings at #24. BTS stands for Bangtan Boys.
Kiwi track of the week, this should be made into a classic. Check out Carolina by KORA. It's sitting at #20 on the NZ Singles chart and can be seen on You Tube.
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Chart Beat - 24 October, 2016

Abél Tesfaye (The Weeknd) scores his second number one single with Starboy pushing The Chainsmokers down to number two.
Maroon 5 have the highest new single at #17 with Don't Wanna Know. Their 19th hit single, it will no doubt be on their next album, once announced.
British girl group Little Mix have the 100th new entry for the year on the Singles chart. Shout Out To My Ex, is the first single from their new album Glory Days and is already a UK number one. They debut here at #31
Frenship and Emily Warren are new at #40 with Capsize. New to the chart here, Frenship are an American electronic music duo, consisting of James Sunderland and Brett Hite; Warren is an American singer.
Its been three years since Kings Of Leon had an album in the charts. Now WALLS becomes their fifth #1 album in a row. The album title is an acronym for We Are Like Love Songs; which continues the band's unwritten rule of having five-syllable album titles on a technicality.
I was at the venue in Sydney while the latest Hillsong album was recorded. Let There Be Light, new at #8, is their sixth top 10 album and 22nd album since 2002. If you listen closely you might hear me in the 24,000 strong audience. Well, maybe not.
The third disc from Auckland's The Naked And Famous slots in at #15. Simple Forms has lead single Higher at #3 on the NZ Singles chart but so far not managed a Top 40 place. Hopefully that will change.
Bob Dylan was awarded the Nobel prize in literature this week so its appropriate The Essential should debut at #32. Its his 38th hit album.
Finally, The Dixie Chicks will be here in April. The American country band have two new albums as a result with their 1998 album Wide Open Spaces at #33 and Playlist: The Very Best Of at #40.
One more note: Taylor Swift leaves the chart with 1989. If the album never returns to the chart it will be the first one to stall at 99 weeks, just one short of the 100. History says, she will be back.
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Chart Beat - 31 October 2016

For the first time in the charts 41 year history, the top 5 albums are all new. With only nine of the Top 40's albums receiving certifications it appears the genre is not too healthy.
Top of the pile is Leonard Cohen. The 82-year-old can still pack a punch with this, his tenth hit album. You Want It Darker is the Canadian's 14th studio album since 1967.
Lady Gaga is back with Joanne at #2. Her fifth studio album, it included the single Perfect Illusion which topped the charts in France and Spain.
Michael Bublé is no stranger to the chart either, clocking up 201 weeks over eight albums. Nobody But Me features three original songs co-written by Bublé, and debuts at #3.
The Koi Boys got teir big break on Australia's The Voice. Now the kiwi trio score their first hit album. Meant To Be is new at #4.
After the success of last years album with The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Elvis Presley repeats the move with The Wonder Of You new at #5. The album is also the 200th new entry this year.
American nu metallers KoRn are back with hit #16. The Serenity Of Suffering is "heavier than anyone's heard us in a long time" according to guitarist Bruce Welch.
The debut self titled album from Aucklanders Leisure is new at #14. They may be relativly unknown but they are magaged by Saiko Management, the same company that managed Lorde.
Wellington five piece alt-country band Miles Calder and The Rumours are new at #19 with their debut self titled disc. Also new are Pentatonix with hit #5, another Christmas offering at #23; American rockers The Pretty Reckless at #24 with their second and Aucklander Anna Coddington with her first at #37.
Four new singles enter this weeks Top 40 and they are all newcomers.
Stockholm-based songwriter, musician and DJ/Producer Nevada has the highest new single. The Mack, new at #29, is a revamped version of Mark Morrison's Return Of The Mack which peaked at #3 in 1996.
The second newcomer of the week is Portland rapper Amine. Caroline is new at #35.
Americans Zayion McCall and Zay Hilfigerrr are next with Juju On That Beat (TZ Anthem) at #38 and American rapper
D.R.A.M. (akaShelley Massenburg-Smith) with Broccoli at #39.
Kiwi track of the week is Know You Better by Leisure. Would fit nicely on any AC station. Go on, dare you to take a listen.
Chart Beat - 7 November 2016

Just in time for Christmas is a new compile from Tumanako "Tui" Teka. Best known as Prince Tui Teka, it's his 8th charting album in 34 years. Hard to believe he passed away 17 years ago. To be still selling albums after all this time shows what a legendary performer he was. E-Ipo is new at #3.
American metallers Avenged Sevenfold place The Stage at #9 on entry. This one is a concept album about artificial intelligence and self-destruction of society. It is also the band's longest studio album at 73 minutes and 35 seconds.
Swede Tove Lo places Lady Wood at #16. Her second long player, it enters the chart six places higher than the peak of her first.
The 658th number one single in the charts history is the first for X-Factor British singer James Arthur. Say You Won't Let Go has topped the charts in Australia, Ireland, Scotland, Sweden and the UK and is obviously spurred on by his latest album. That disc, Back From The Edge, debuts this week at #17.
Dutchman Andre Rieu has two new albums in the chart. The 67 year old violinist and conductor played Vector Arena on Tuesday, being the obious reason for a surge in sales. Falling In Love is new at #22 and Magic Of The Waltz is new at #35
American hip hop collective A$AP Mob formed in 2006. It's taken until now to get their first album out. Incidentally, A$AP Rocky, who is a member of the group, has two hit albums. Cozy Tapes, Vol. 1: Friends debuts at #30
Alessia Cara has the only new single. Scars To Your Beautiful is the Canadian's third hit and taken from her 2015 album Know-It-All.
Kiwi track of the week is the new very different sounding track from Brooke Fraser. Called Therapy, it flies into the #2 slot on the NZ Singles chart. It may well enter the Top 40 next week.
Chart Beat - 14 November, 2016

It's been a terrible year for kiwi artists with only three local singles in the Top 40. It's a welcome change then, to see the Top 3 albums all kiwi. The last time that happened was on February 10, 2014. Prince Tui Teka has this weeks number one, the first in his career, even if it is posthumous. What a legend!
Shapeshifter very nearly scored their third number one. Stars marks the eighth time the five-piece has charted, debuting this week at #2.
Universal records sent a call out to NZ artists to find their take on the Bob Marley catalogue. The response was very quick and resulted in the album Stir It Up: Aotearoa's Tribute To Bob Marley, which enters the chart at #5.
The Chainsmokers may have had five singles chart here but never an album. That all comes down to the fact they havn't recorded one. Clocking in at just over 18 minutes, the Collage EP does debut at #9.
The almost theatrical 11th studio album from Robbie Williams places the Brit inside the Top 40 for the 15th time. The Heavy Entertainment Show, new at #17, includes the first official single, Party Like a Russian which previewed on the Graham Nortan Show a few weeks ago.
New Jersey rockers Bon Jovi have been regulars to the chart since 1987. Their 13th studio album and 19th hit album This House Is Not For Sale is their first studio album without former lead guitarist Richie Sambora. They come in at #20.
The sixth long player from Alicia Keys enters the chart mid table. Here is new at #24.
Aucklanders Hopetoun Brown peaked at #26 with their first album last year. Now the Supergroove horn section's second, Look So Good is new at #32.
Rae Sremmurd is an American hip hop duo consisting of brothers, Khalif "Swae Lee" and Aaquil "Slim Jxmmi" Brown. They used to be a trio until Lil Pantz left the group. This week they can lay claim to their first NZ hit single. Black Beatles is new at #26.
Starley has the other new single. Call On Me is the Sydney male vocalists first hit and comes in at #35.
Sadly, this week we lose another legend. Leonard Cohen sits comfortably at #6 but sadly, it will be his last. Throughout his life he influenced countless musicians with his style. He will be sadly missed.
Kiwi track of the week is the very catchy Now from Sons Of Zion feat. Slip On Stereo. Take a listen! It's currently at #17 on the NZ Singles Chart.
Chart Beat - 21 November 2016

Kiwis are doing so well in the Albums chart at the mo. Six of the Top 10 belong to locals with Devilskin top of the pile. The Hamilton four-piece score a second number one out of the box with Be Like The River.
Wellington's Fly My Pretties score a fourth Top 10 album with String Theory new at #4. The collaboration of musicians now have five hit albums, the latest recorded live at Auckland’s Mercury Theatre and Wellington’s Paramount Theatre.
American hip-hoppers A Tribe Called Quest last charted in 1996. It's taken 20 years to gain a second hit album. We Got It From Here... Thank You 4 Your Service is their sixth and final disc after they split up in 2013. They reformed recently to finish the album.
The 12th solo album from Sting and first rock album in 13 years, is new at #25. The album title, 57th And 9th, is a reference to the New York intersection he crossed every day to get to the studio
Eleven albums and sixteen hit singles affords Phil Collins a new compilation at #27. The two disc set included tracks from as recent as this year.
The second album from Scottish lass Emeli Sandé is influenced by her Zambian background. Long Live The Angels is new at #29.
Rae Sremmurd move an incredible 23 knotches with Black Beatles this week to put pressure on the top spot. They just went to number one in the States too.
New singles this week belong to one newbie and two recent hitmakers.
Victor Rådström going by the name Neiked, is charting well in Europe with his first successful single Sexual. The Swedish producer first came on the scene last year with the unsucessful Cowboy, then Sand & Lead and now, third time lucky, he debuts here at #23.
It's taken American John Legend 11 years to produce three hits. Love Me Now, new at #33, serves as the lead single from his fifth album Darkness and Light,.
English group Clean Bandit make Rockabye their third hit in three years at #40.
If you like Taylor Swift or Shania Twain then let me recommend Kaylee Bell to you. Getting Closer is my kiwi track of the week and was written in two hours in Nashville.
Finally, Flume takes Say It onto 30 weeks, the 99th single in the history of the chart to do that. The wait is on now to see who will nab the 100th.
Chart Beat - 28 November 2016

Fifteen hit albums, and now 6 number ones put American's Metallica firmly in the drivers seat. Hardwired…To Self-Destruct is their first album of new material in eight years marking the longest gap between two studio albums in the band's career. This album is a double too with a third disc recorded live in April.
Bruno Mars make it three albums, with all three peaking, so far, at #2. Rolling Stone magazine reported 24K Magis as being one of the 20 most anticipated of 2016.
British girl group Little Mix place their fourth album Glory Days firmly at #9 on entry. The disc is just one place away from their 2015 peak when Get Weird went to #8.
Last year American rockers Highly Suspect took Mister Asylum to #39. They improve vastly with there second. The Boy Who Died Wolf is new at #10,
Bic Runga received the NZ Legacy Award at this years Music Awards. It's been five years since her last disc. Now the wait is over as Close Your Eyes enters the chart at #15.
In August Disturbed took Immortalized to #2. As that album re-enters the chart, a live disc, Live At Red Rocks debuts at #20.
Mura Masa started his career by posting a mixtape 2014. Now the British producer (born Alex Crossan) can boast this weeks highest new single. Love$ick is new at #32.
The other new single is the second from American Andy Grammer. Keep Your Head Up peaked at #34 in 2012, now Fresh Eyes debuts at #37.
Over on the compilations chart there are two albums of interest. 20 Solid Gold Hits Vol. 3 showcases volumes 13 - 20 from the original series whilst The Very Best Of Ready To Roll (who remembers the countdown show on TV from the late 70's to early 90's) also comes from a series of albums called RTR Summer Gold, Dancin' Gold and Holiday Gold from the mid 80's that replaced the Solid Gold series.
Interesting to note that an Australian (Troye Sivan) take this weeks #1 Heatseeker NZ Single. When the Official NZ chart continues doing that (this is three times now) it's no wonder NZ music doesn't sell. Come on guys. Get it sorted.
Finally, my Kiwi new single for the week is the newbie from Aaradhna. Forever Love is well worth a listen. It sits at #18 on the NZ Singles chart.
Chart Beat - 5 December, 2016

The most successful festive album in the history chart sees a fourth Christmas at the top of the chart. Michael Bublé took his Christmas to number one in 2011, 2012 and 2014, and this week he takes the album on to a tenth week at the top.
The week belongs to The Weeknd though with two new singles and this weeks highest new album. I Feel It Coming and Party Monster (new at 22 and 27 respectively) come from his third album Starboy at #5. Incidentally, his first album, Kiss Land from 2013 didn't chart here despite doing well in Canada, America and Denmark.
Susan Boyle is also no stranger to producing a new album at Christmas. A Wonderful World, new at #10, is her seventh disc after a year off to "take a little me time and spend time at home with family and friends"
Three new kiwi albums take the charts on to 25% NZ made. Whakatane's Maisey Rika is back with album #4. Tira is her second highest entry debuting at #20.
Brooke Fraser has A Sides at #28. The compilation includes her new single Therapy.
Kings ventures into the albums chart with his self titled EP. The most successful NZ single of the year Don't Worry 'Bout It along with follow up single What We Supposed To Do? and the new single SomeDay are on the are on the 6-track disc.
The soundtrack to Trolls which includes the Justin Timberlake hit Can't Stop The Feeling! is new at #40. Coincidentally, that song moves onto 30 weeks and in doing so, becomes the 100th single to reach 30 weeks in the history of the chart.
We lost another legend this week. Ray Columbus lost his four year battle on Tuesday. His band The Invaders were our answer to The Beatles between 1963 and 1965 with She's A Mod reaching #4 here and the first kiwi track to top the charts overseas (in Australia for two weeks in November 1964). He went on to a successful solo career with numerous singles (I Need You #12 in 1966 and Happy In A Sad Kind Of Way #12 in 1968) and a TV career.
Kiwi track of the week is the new one from Jupiter Project and Daniel Richard. My Girl (#17 on the NZ Singles Chart) is a Temptations remake. Take a listen.
Chart Beat - 12 December, 2016

You can always tell when Christmas is near on the charts. For the sixth Christmas since 1994, Mariah Carey is back with All I Want For Christmas Is You but its a welcome surprise to see a kiwi festive track in the chart. Dennis Marsh has long had the knack at producing music that fits a particular current theme. This time though, it has an even more poignant theme: the recent Kaikōura earthquake. He roped in iconic entertainer Frankie Stevens (who hasn't been in the chart since 1970) for a starring role, along with others as diverse as United Future leader Peter Dunne for a charity single. Christmas In New Zealand is new at #37 and only the fourth kiwi song to chart this year.
The 23rd Rolling Stones album is this weeks highest new entry and very nearly their 5th number one. Blue And Lonesome is a covers album and a return to their blues roots. With Willie Dixon, Howlin' Wolf and Magic Sam (just for starters) in the mix it even has a conribution from Eric Clapton who plays on two tracks.
Three other new albums appear in the lower half of the chart.
Childish Gambino is the stage name for American actor Donald McKinley Glover. He turned his hand over to releasing records in 2011 and now has three in his catalogue. Awaken, My Love!, his first to chart here, is a move away from his previous hip-hop style fusing psychedelic soul, funk and R&B. It debuts at #21.
The Hamilton Mixtape consists of songs from the 2015 Broadway musical Hamilton and performed by various artists such as Usher, Sia and John Legend among others. It appears in its first week at #29
Twenty One Pilots took Blurryface to #2 in August, now a twin pack consisting of that album and the one before, Vessel is new at #30.
The new single from Kings is my kiwi track of the week. Some Day is another catchy song from the Aucklander who has scored the biggest local single of the year with Don't Worry Bout It. He debuts at #20 on the NZ Singles Top 20.
Hi Tempest. What are the three other Kiwi singles that have been in the single chart this year?
Hi Robyn. They were:
White Lines by Six60 who finished off their chart run from last year. They peaked at #2
Free by Broods who peaked at #21 in May
Don't Worry Bout It by Kings who is still charting. He peaked at #5 in August.
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Chart Beat - 19 December 2016

The first hit single from the movie Fifty Shades Darker is this weeks highest new single.
I Don't Wanna Live Forever was written specifically for the film with ZAYN and Taylor Swift taking parts in the track. The pair debut at #15.
Winter Wonderland was written in 1934 by Felix Bernard and Richard B. Smith. Now we have a kiwi version of the song as a present from Air NZ. Sung by Ronan Keating and teenage Kiwi actor Julian Dennison it now has a brand new lyric specific to our kiwi Christmas. Summer Wonderland debuts at #16.
British band The Vamps last charted two years ago. Now, with the help from Norwegian Matoma they claim a fourth hit. All Night is new at #29.
The 4th single from Adele's third album 25 is Water Under The Bridge, which debuts at #34.
New entries on the albums chart slow right down with only two newbies as we move from the busiest time of the year to the quietest.
4 Your Eyez Only is the fourth album from American Hip Hopper J. Cole. Debuting at #10, this disc represents the highest he has charted here. Incidentally, the J stands for his first name, Jermaine.
Post Malone may not be a household name here but his single White Iverson is the 65th biggest single of the year on the annual Billboard chart, having reached #14 in the weekly chart. Born Austin Post the American rapper's first full length album is new at #37.
The entire Top 10 Compilatons chart remains the same this week. For the record, Now 52 is on top for the fifth week.
So many great songs to choose from for kiwi single of the week so I chose two.
Newcomer Mitch James, if given the chance, could be a huge success in the new year. His single Move On (new at #20 on the NZ Singles chart) is just one such song. He has a great story to tell too, from rough nights on the street to making his dream a reality. Lets get behind this major talent.
The other song is one that is really growing on me and could be our kiwi summer anthem. Check out the awesome video on You Tube of Big Aroha by TheSlacks.
Finally, yet another legend leaves us. Bunny Walters had four top 20 hits from 1972 to 1974, his biggest being Brandy (#4) and Take The Money And Run (#2). The kiwi had a very promising career and moved on to help so many people.
The Top 40 Christmas chart dating back to 1966 is coming. Based on peak positions and all festive songs, what do you think could be number one ?
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Chart Beat - 26 December, 2016

As Bruno Mars gains his third number one with 24K Magic, his 14th hit single enters the chart. Versace On The Floor had six versions, with the successful version receiving the lyric of the first and sounding like a "Boyz II Men–ish anthem. He enters the chart at #27.
Peking Duk are next with Stranger at #32. The Australian duo wrote the song in 2015 and were tempted to give it to another artist, however, they persevered and the result is there 6th NZ hit.
American rapper Machine Gun Kelly and Fifth Harmony member Camila Cabello join forces for the third new single this week Bad Things at #35. It's the first time both of them have appeared on our chart as solo artists.
The fourth hit from Swede Zara Larsson, I Would Like is the final new entry, coming in at #40.
The album chart moves quickly from the busiest time of the year to the quietest with Michael Bublé again scoring the Christmas number one. It's now the fourth Christmas that his aptly named album is at the top on Christmas Day. There are no new entries in this weeks Top 40.
Attention now turns to a review of the year. The Official Interum chart came out during the last week seeing Drake take out the number one single of the year with One Dance that spent a staggering 13 weeks at the top. The number one album is also no surprise. Adele took 25 to the top for 10 weeks and is still sitting at #2 this week. The finalised chart will be available in the new year.
My special Christmas chart will follow later on today. Have a wonderful Christmas.
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