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In the first half of 2017 there were 94 new entries. This year, only 82. In total we saw 129 songs in the Top 40 compared to 138 last year. The chart is not kind to kiwi artists either and hasn't been now for three years. This year there were only two new local singles with 5 songs in total in the chart. By comparison, last year saw 4 new and 6 in total and in 2016 one new and two in total. To compare that to 2006, a random year I picked, 21 local tracks graced the Top 40 in the first six months, 16 of them new entries. Something needs to change. Final interesting point. The number one last year for the half yearly best of chart was Shape Of You by Ed Sheeran. He does it again this year, this time with Perfect which actually started it's chart life well over a year ago.

Here is the list of the Top 100 songs of the first half of 2018 based on points:
PlacePointsNo. WksTitle/ArtistPeak
1102247Perfect - Ed Sheeran1(8)
296322God's Plan - Drake1(9)
388130Meant To Be - Bebe Rexha feat. Florida Georgia Line5
487136I Fall Apart - Post Malone1(2)
585040Rockstar - Post Malone feat. 21 Savage1(8)
680218Love Lies - Khalid and Normani2
776517Psycho - Post Malone feat. Ty Dolla $ign2(5)
874721These Days - Rudimental feat. Jess Glynn, Macklemore & Dan Caplen4
971420All The Stars - Kendrick Lamar and SZA2
1070319IDGAF - Dua Lipa5
1166519The Middle - Zedd, Maren Morris and Grey8
1264619River - Eminem feat. Ed Sheeran3
1363617Friends - Marshmello and Anne-Marie6
1463216Finesse (Remix) - Bruno Mars and Cardi B2(2)
1560424Candy Paint - Post Malone6
1660216Mine - Bazzi3
1758814Freaky Friday - Lil Dicky feat. Chris Brown1(2)
1858835Havana - Camila Cabello feat. Young Thug2(5)
1956923Too Good At Goodbyes - Sam Smith1(1)
2055221Woke Up Late - DRAX Project15
2154627Don't Give It Up - Six604(5)
2254030Closer - Six6014
2353816Never Be The Same - Camila Cabello8
2452911Nice For What - Drake1(4)
2550134Silence - Marshmello feat. Khalid3
2647414Sad! - Xxxtentacion4
2745613In My Blood - Shawn Mendes13
2843316Look Alive - BlocBoy JB feat. Drake15
2942868Shape Of You - Ed Sheeran1(13)
3042030Feel It Still - Portugal The Man7
3141510One Kiss - Calvin Harris and Dua Lipa7(3)
3240938New Rules - Dua Lipa3(3)
3339714This Is Me - Keala Settle & the Greatest Showman Ensemble13
343878Better Now - Post Malone1(1)
3538721Let You Down - NF7(3)
3638410I Like It - Cardi B, Bad Bunny and J Balvin7
373719No Tears Left To Cry - Ariana Grande4(2)
3835317I Miss You - Clean Bandit feat. Julia Michaels17
3934910Call Out My Name - The Weeknd7
4034522Let Me Go - Hailee Steinfeld and Alesso feat. Florida Georgia Line & Watt14
413398Youngblood - 5 Seconds Of Summer1(3)
4232621Wolves - Selena Gomez and Marshmello10
4331127What Lovers Do - Maroon 5 feat. SZA6(6)
443067This Is America - Childish Gambino1(2)
4530014Him And I - G-Eazy and Halsey17
4629713Say Something - Justin Timberlake feat. Chris Stapleton20
4729211Stir Fry - Migos18
482879Pray For Me - The Weeknd with Kendrick Lamar12
492708OTW - Khalid, Ty Dolla $ign and 6LACK11
502659PlayinWitMe - Kyle feat. Kehlani13
512497Lovely - Billie Eilish feat. Khalid4
5224828Young, Dumb And Broke - Khalid1(1)
532399Nevermind - Dennis Lloyd15
542169Drift Away - Sons Of Zion17
551996Back To You - Selena Gomez8
561979Plug Walk - Rich The Kid20
5719311Anywhere - Rita Ora23
5819212No Limit - G-Eazy feat. A$AP Rocky and Cardi B21
5918311Dirty Sexy Money - David Guetta and Afrojack feat. Charli XCX & French Montana26
6017510Nothing To Regret - Robinson29
6116952002 - Anne-Marie13
621615Paranoid - Post Malone7
631608Sick Boy - The Chainsmokers25
641424Lucid Dreams (Forget Me) - Juice WRLD5
6514016How Long - Charlie Puth17
661383Girls Like You - Maroon 5 feat. Cardi B2
671334Praise The Lord (Da Shine) - A$AP Rocky11
681293All Mine - Kanye West5
6912838Thunder - Imagine Dragons3
7011927I Like Me Better - Lauv13
711115Moonlight - Xxxtentacion23
721074KOD - J. Cole10
731036Youth - Shawn Mendes feat. Khalid22
74936Rewrite The Stars - Zac Efron and Zendaya32
758819Dusk Till Dawn - ZAYN feat. Sia8
76865Remind Me To Forget - Kygo feat. Miguel29
77866Let Me - ZAYN32
787938Congratulations - Post Malone feat. Quavo21
79732Taste - Tyga feat. Offset9
80729Man's Not Hot - Big Shaq22
81702Yikes - Kanye West11
82706Plain Jane - A$AP Ferg38(2)
836717Good Old Days - Macklemore feat. Kesha14
84662Ghost Town - Kanye West14
85644Home - Machine Gun Kelly, X Ambassadors and Bebe Rexha30
86633Changes - Xxxtentacion24
87625Feels Great - Cheat Codes feat. Fetty Wap and CVBZ38
88604For You (Fifty Shades Free) - Liam Payne and Rita Ora34
89583My, My, My! - Troye Sivan25
90583Hurt Somebody - Noah Kahan and Julia Michaels29
914723All I Want For Christmas Is You - Mariah Carey4(2)
92459Happier - Ed Sheeran11
93442ATM - J. Cole20
94442Stay - Post Malone20
954327Castle On The Hill - Ed Sheeran2(8)
96412Wouldn't Leave - Kanye West21
974010Last Christmas - Wham!11
983913Jocelyn Flores - Xxxtentacion12
99382It's Beginning To Look A Lot Like Christmas - Michael Bublé13
1003811Body Like A Back Road - Sam Hunt24

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Here's my annual Singles Top 100 based on points:

PlacePointsNo. WksTitle/ArtistPeak
1134934Youngblood - 5 Seconds Of Summer1(4)
2121664Perfect - Ed Sheeran1(8)
3118829Girls Like You - Maroon 5 feat. Cardi B1(2)
4113329God's Plan - Drake1(9)
5106834Better Now - Post Malone1(1)
6105024Eastside - Benny Blanco feat. Halsey and Khalid1(4)
797528Love Lies - Khalid and Normani2
894328Taste - Tyga feat. Offset4(2)
993332Lovely - Billie Eilish feat. Khalid4
1091628Vibes - Six609
1190831Sad! - Xxxtentacion3
1290525Psycho - Post Malone feat. Ty Dolla $ign2(5)
1390331Meant To Be - Bebe Rexha feat. Florida Georgia Line5
1488743Rockstar - Post Malone feat. 21 Savage1(8)
1587526I Like It - Cardi B feat. Bad Bunny and J Balvin7
1687136I Fall Apart - Post Malone1(2)
1784421Be Alright - Dean Lewis3(2)
1884221Nice For What - Drake1(4)
1983221Sicko Mode - Travis Scott feat. Drake7(3)
2081625Lucid Dreams (Forget Me) - Juice WRLD3
2181518Shotgun - George Ezra1(4)
2274721These Days - Rudimental feat. Jess Glynn, Macklemore & Dan Caplen4
2374218Happier - Marshmello feat. Bastille3
2471420All The Stars - Kendrick Lamar and SZA2
2570319IDGAF - Dua Lipa5
2669920Body - Loud Luxury feat. brando10
2768120The Middle - Zedd, Maren Morris and Grey8
2864619River - Eminem feat. Ed Sheeran3
2964319One Kiss - Calvin Harris and Dua Lipa6
3063917Promises - Calvin Harris and Sam Smith feat. Jessie Reyez7
3163617Friends - Marshmello and Anne-Marie6
3263216Finesse (Remix) - Bruno Mars and Cardi B2(2)
3363016In My Feelings - Drake1(5)
3462922Rise - Jonas Blue feat. Jack and Jack14
3562515Better - Khalid4
3661321Praise The Lord (Da Shine) - A$AP Rocky11
37613222002 - Anne-Marie13
3860424Candy Paint - Post Malone6
3960315Freaky Friday - Lil Dicky feat. Chris Brown1(2)
4060216Mine - Bazzi3
4158835Havana - Camila Cabello feat. Young Thug2(5)
4258121Nevermind - Dennis Lloyd15
4356923Too Good At Goodbyes - Sam Smith1(1)
4455221Woke Up Late - DRAX Project15
4554627Don't Give It Up - Six604(5)
4654030Closer - Six6014
4753816No Tears Left To Cry - Ariana Grande4(2)
4853817Jackie Chan - Tiësto with Dzeko feat. Preme and Post Malone7
4953816Never Be The Same - Camila Cabello8
5051512Without Me - Halsey4
5151311Shallow - Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper1(2)
5251313No Brainer - DJ Khaled feat. Justin Bieber, Chance The Rapper and Quavo2(3)
5350617OTW - Khalid, Ty Dolla $ign and 6LACK11
5450134Silence - Marshmello feat. Khalid3
5546617Ocean - Martin Garrix feat. Khalid11
5644810Sunflower - Post Malone and Swae Lee3
5744612I Love It - Kanye West and Lil Pump1(1)
5844112God Is A Woman - Ariana Grande5(2)
5943316Look Alive - BlocBoy JB feat. Drake15
6042868Shape Of You - Ed Sheeran1(13)
6142030Feel It Still - Portugal The Man7
6241717High Hopes - Panic! At The Disco16
6341310When The Party's Over - Billie Eilish3(2)
6440938New Rules - Dua Lipa3(3)
6540711ZEZE - Kodak Black feat. Travis Scott and Offset7(2)
6639814Back To You - Selena Gomez8
673978thank u, next - Ariana Grande1(6)
6839714This Is Me - Keala Settle & the Greatest Showman Ensemble13
6938721Let You Down - NF7(3)
7037015PlayinWitMe - Kyle feat. Kehlani13
7136917Moonlight - Xxxtentacion8
7236210FEFE - 6ix9ine feat. Nicki Minaj and Murda Beatz3
7335918Drift Away - Sons Of Zion17
7435613In My Mind - Dynoro and Gigi D'Agostino15
7535313In My Blood - Shawn Mendes13
7635317I Miss You - Clean Bandit feat. Julia Michaels17
7734910Call Out My Name - The Weeknd7
7834610Falling Down - Lil Peep and Xxxtentacion1(1)
7934522Let Me Go - Hailee Steinfeld and Alesso feat. Florida Georgia Line & Watt14
803439This Is America - Childish Gambino1(2)
8133711Taki Taki - DJ Snake feat. Selena Gomez, Ozuna and Cardi B12(2)
8232610Lucky You - Eminem feat. Joyner Lucas2
8332621Wolves - Selena Gomez and Marshmello10
8432410Always Remember Us This Way - Lady Gaga14(4)
8531711Boo'd Up (Remix) - Ella Mai, Nicki Minaj and Quavo8
8631127What Lovers Do - Maroon 5 feat. SZA6(6)
8730014Him And I - G-Eazy and Halsey17
8829913Solo - Clean Bandit feat. Demi Lovato21
8929713Say Something - Justin Timberlake feat. Chris Stapleton20
902968Sweet But Psycho - Ava Max2
9129413Beautiful - Bazzi feat. Camila Cabello23
9229211Stir Fry - Migos18
932879Pray For Me - The Weeknd with Kendrick Lamar12
9426012Born To Be Yours - Kygo and Imagine Dragons22
9525810breathin' - Ariana Grande11
9625311Trip - Ella Mai22
9724828Young, Dumb And Broke - Khalid1(1)
982388Arms Aound You - Xxxtentacion and Lil Pump feat. Maluma and Swae Lee15
992289Nonstop - Drake8
1002258Mo Bamba - Sheck Wes16

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Kiwis had another bad year in the Singles chart listing only three new songs in the weekly survey. Compare that to next years 14 looks bad for the local market. By years end there had been a total of 172 new singles enter the Top 40. Compared to last year that number made a big jump from 154 but that was helped by the final 2018 chart which featured 14 new entries brought on by the Christmas market. It was also the 53rd chart for the year giving us one extra chart. This years number one, based on points, was the 8th hit single for Australian boy band 5 Seconds Of Summer with their four week number one Youngblood.
With one year to go, here's the decade singles Top 100 so far:

Pos.Decade PointsNo. WeeksTitle/ArtistPeakYear
1242168Shape Of You - Ed Sheeran1(13)2017
2212762Happy - Pharrell Williams1(15)2013
3201955Thinking Out Loud - Ed Sheeran1(4)2014
4201464Perfect - Ed Sheeran1(8)2017
5193453Lean On - Major Lazer feat. MØ And DJ Snake1(2)2015
6192351Royals - Lorde1(3)2014
7190355Stay With Me - Sam Smith1(4)2014
8161048Where Are Ü Now? - Skrillex And Diplo feat. Justin Bieber32015
9157643Rockstar - Post Malone feat. 21 Savage1(8)2017
10152843Rolling In The Deep - Adele32012
11149240Uptown Funk - Mark Ronson feat. Bruno Mars1(9)2015
12148628Can't Feel My Face - The Weeknd1(3)2015
13139340I See Fire - Ed Sheeran1(3)2013
14137141Cheerleader - Omi 32015
15135935Havana - Camila Cabello feat. Young Thug2(5) 2017
16135436I Fall Apart - Post Malone1(2)2017
17135217What Do You Mean? - Justin Bieber1(8)2015
18135240I'm Not the Only One - Sam Smith32014
19134934Youngblood - 5 Seconds Of Summer1(4)2018
20134636Roar - Katy Perry1(11)2014
21134439Never Be Like You - Flume feat. Kai22016
22132038Sorry - Justin Bieber1(2)2015
23131138New Rules - Dua Lipa3(3)2017
24130130Blurred Lines - Robin Thicke feat. TI And Pharrell1(11)2013
25129132All About The Bass - Meghan Trainor1(6)2014
26128838Take Me To Church - Hozier22015
27127615Dark Horse - Katy Perry feat. Juicy J22013
28125938Thunder - Imagine Dragons32017
29125539HUMBLE. - Kendrick Lamar1(3)2017
30122234Silence - Marshmello feat. Khalid32017
31121130Despacito (Remix) - Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee feat. Justin Bieber1(13)2017
32121032Love Yourself - Justin Bieber1(10)2015
33119137All Of Me - John Legend2(5)2013
34118935Wake Me Up - Avicii feat. Aloe Blacc1(1)2014
35118829Girls Like You - Maroon 5 feat. Cardi B1(2)2018
36118742Chandelier - Sia32014
37118032Just The Way You Are - Bruno Mars1(2)2011
38117728The Hills - The Weeknd22015
39116534Cheap Thrills - Sia feat. Sean Paul32016
40114135Radioactive - Imagine Dragons42014
41113329God's Plan - Drake1(9)2018
42112428This Is What You Came For - Calvin Harris feat. Rihanna2(9)2016
43108628Freaks - Timmy Trumpet & Savage1(5)2014
44108332Budapest - George Ezra1(1)2014
45107226Shake It Off - Taylor Swift1(2)2014
46107132Sugar - Maroon 532015
47106834Better Now - Post Malone1(1)2018
48106828Counting Stars - OneRepublic22013
49106127Timber - Pitbull feat. Ke$ha32014
50106028We Are Young - Fun. feat. Janelle Monae22012
51105228Young, Dumb And Broke - Khalid1(1)2017
52105024Eastside - Benny Blanco feat. Halsey and Khalid1(4)2018
53104630I Took A Pill In Ibiza - Mike Posner32016
54104429California Gurls - Katy Perry feat. Snoop Dogg1(3)2011
55103731Meant To Be - Bebe Rexha feat. Florida Georgia Line52017
561029277 Years - Lukas Graham1(8)2016
57102529Grenade - Bruno Mars1(3)2011
58100827Some Nights - Fun.1(2)2013
5999827Don't Give It Up - Six604(5)2017
6099730Stressed Out - Twenty One Pilots52016
6199526See You Again - Wiz Khalifa feat. Charlie Puth1(8)2015
6298813Sugar - Robin Schulz feat. Francesco Yates42015
6397528Love Lies - Khalid and Normani22018
6497329Something In The Water - Brooke Fraser1(1)2011
6597028Fast Car - Jonas Blue feat. Dakota22016
6696626On The Floor - Jennifer Lopez feat. Pitbull22011
6796321Get Lucky - Daft Punk feat. Pharrell22013
6896127What Lovers Do - Maroon 5 feat. SZA6(6)2017
6995925Give Me Everything (Tonight) - Pitbull feat. Ne-Yo, Afrojack & Nayer22011
7095830Feel It Still - Portugal The Man72017
7195526E.T. - Katy Perry1(1)2011
7295425Let Her Go - Passenger1(2)2013
7395426Just Give Me A Reason - Pink feat. Nate Ruess1(3)2014
7495126Don't You Worry Child - Swedish House Mafia feat. John Martin22013
7595026Work From Home - Fifth Harmony feat. Ty Dolla Sign1(2)2016
7694729Firework - Katy Perry1(3)2011
7794727Dynamite - Taio Cruz1(2)2011
7894725Castle On The Hill - Ed Sheeran2(8)2017
7994328Taste - Tyga feat. Offset4(2)2018
8094026Impossible - James Arthur22013
8193525Airplanes - B.o.B. feat. Hayley Williams1(5)2010
8293528F**k You - Cee Lo Green52011
8393424Say Something - A Great Big World and Christina Aguilera22014
8493332Lovely - Billie Eilish feat. Khalid42018
8593226The Lazy Song - Bruno Mars32011
8693224Starships - Nicki Minaj22012
8793228Something Just Like This - The Chainsmokers and Coldplay52017
8893028Unforgettable - French Montana feat. Swae Lee6(4)2017
8992922You Got Me - J Williams feat. Scribe1(4)2010
9092926Payphone - Maroon 5 feat. Wiz Khalifa2(4)2012
9192624Want To Want Me - Jason Derulo32015
9291623How Deep Is Your Love - Calvin Harris & Disciples22015
9391628Vibes - Six6092017
9491527Like I'm Gonna Lose You - Meghan Trainor feat. John Legend1(3)2015
9591324Only Love Can Hurt Like This - Paloma Faith32014
9691223Love The Way You Lie - Eminem feat. Rihanna1(4)2010
9790926Bang Bang - Jessie J, Ariana Grande & Nicki Minaj42015
9890831Sad! - Xxxtentacion32018
9990525Psycho - Post Malone feat. Ty Dolla $ign2(5)2018
1009049Hello - Adele1(3)2015

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This is the longevity chart. It shows most weeks charted for singles and albums. First up, the Singles chart:

PlaceYearNo. WksTitle/ArtistPeak
1198374Blue Monday - New Order2
2201768Shape Of You - Ed Sheeran1(13)
3201764Perfect - Ed Sheeran1(8)
4201362Happy - Pharrell Williams1(15)
5201459Thinking Out Loud - Ed Sheeran1(4)
6201157Somebody That I Used To Know - Gotye feat. Kimbra1(6)
7201455Stay With Me - Sam Smith1(4)
8200855Always On My Mind - Tiki Taane1(2)
9197554Wasted Days And Wasted Nights - Freddie Fender2
10201553Lean On - Major Lazer feat. MØ & DJ Snake1(2)
11197652Bohemian Rhapsody - Queen1(2)
12201351Royals - Lorde1(3)
13201150Party Rock Anthem - LMFAO feat. Lauren Bennett and GoonRock1(11)
14201150Titanium - David Guetta feat. Sia3
15197548I Do, I Do, I Do, I Do, I Do - Abba1(1)
16201548Where Are Ü Now? - Skrillex And Diplo feat. Justin Bieber3
17198946Strokin' - Clarence Carter2
18201743Rockstar - Post Malone feat. 21 Savage1(8)
19197643December 1963 (Oh What A Night) - The Four Seasons2
20201143Rolling In The Deep - Adele3
21201442Uptown Funk - Mark Ronson feat. Bruno Mars1(9)
22201642Can't Stop The Feeling! - Justin Timberlake2
23200742Maybe - OpShop3
24201442Chandelier - Sia3
25200641Lips Of An Angel - Hinder1(2)
26201441Cheerleader - Omi 3
27201340I See Fire - Ed Sheeran1(3)
28201440I'm Not the Only One - Sam Smith3
29199240November Rain - Guns N Roses7
30200939I Gotta Feeling - Black Eyed Peas1(9)
31201139Someone Like You - Adele1(5)
32201739HUMBLE. - Kendrick Lamar1(3)
33201639Never Be Like You - Flume feat. Kai2
34201639Don't Let Me Down - The Chainsmokers feat. Daya2
35201638One Dance - Drake feat. Wizkid And Kyla1(13)
36197538Before The Next Teardrop Falls - Freddie Fender1(12)
37198638Sailing Away - All Of Us1(9)
38201538Can't Feel My Face - The Weeknd1(3)
39201538Sorry - Justin Bieber1(2)
40200738Big Girls Don't Cry - Fergie1(1)
41201438Take Me To Church - Hozier2
42201738Thunder - Imagine Dragons3
43201738New Rules - Dua Lipa3(3)
44201738Congratulations - Post Malone feat. Quavo21
45197637Fernando - Abba1(9)
46200637Bathe In The River - Mt Raskil Preservation Society feat. Hollie Smith2
47201337Dark Horse - Katy Perry feat. Juicy J2
48201337All Of Me - John Legend2
49201537The Hills - The Weeknd2
50201336Roar - Katy Perry1(11)
51200736Low - Flo Rida feat. T-Pain1(3)
52201736I Fall Apart - Post Malone1(2)
53197736Cocaine - JJ Cale1(1)
54200835I'm Yours - Jason Mraz1(5)
55201335Wake Me Up - Avicii feat. Aloe Blacc1(1)
56201735Havana - Camila Cabello feat. Young Thug2(5)
57200835One Day - OpShop4
58201335Radioactive - Imagine Dragons4
59201635Say It - Flume feat. Tove Lo4
60200035Shackles (Praise You) - Mary Mary8
61200034I'm Outta Love - Anastacia1(7)
62201234Call Me Maybe - Carly Rae Jepsen1(5)
63198434Poi E - The Patea Maori Club1(4)
64201834Youngblood - 5 Seconds Of Summer1(4)
65201834Better Now - Post Malone1(1)
66200834Sex On Fire - Kings Of leon2
67201634Cheap Thrills - Sia feat. Sean Paul3
68201734Silence - Marshmello feat. Khalid3
69200034If You're Gone - Matchbox Twenty12
70200633Axel F - Crazy Frog1(11)
71200933Halo - Beyonce2
72198433Relax - Frankie Goes To Hollywood10
73201332Blurred Lines - Robin Thicke feat. TI And Pharrell1(11)
74197632Mississippi- Pussycat1(10)
75200832Poker Face - Lady Gaga1(10)
76201532Love Yourself - Justin Bieber1(10)
77201532What Do You Mean? - Justin Bieber1(8)
78201432All About The Bass - Meghan Trainor1(6)
79200432Fool's Love - Misfits Of Science1(4)
80201032Just The Way You Are - Bruno Mars1(2)
81199632Wannabe - The Spice Girls1(1)
82201432Budapest - George Ezra1(1)
83198932Ride On Time - Black Box2
84200032Rise - Gabrielle2
85199532Macarena - Los Del Rio2
86201332Counting Stars - OneRepublic2
87200232Boys Of Summer/Heaven - DJ Sammy and Yanou feat Do3
88201432Sugar - Maroon 53
89201832Lovely - Billie Eilish feat. Khalid4
90201432Geronimo - Sheppard8
91198932Buffalo Stance - Neneh Cherry14
92201631Closer - The Chainsmokers feat. Halsey1(8)
93201131Moves Like Jagger - Maroon 5 feat. Christina Aguilera1(6)
94201131What Makes You Beautiful - One Direction2
95198131This Ole House - Shakin' Stevens3
96200731Chasing Cars - Snow Patrol3
97201831Sad! - Xxxtentacion3
98197931I Love The Nightlife - Alicia Bridges4
99200131Drops Of Jupiter - Train5
100200831Use Somebody - Kings Of Leon5

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Here's the album longevity chart:

PlaceYearNo. WksTitle/ArtistPeak
11975297Dark Side Of The Moon - Pink Floyd1(1)
2201123721 - Adele1(38)
32014227X - Ed Sheeran1(13)
42015200Six60 (2) - Six601(3)
52011197 + - Ed Sheeran1(2)
62014154In The Lonely Hour - Sam Smith1(8)
7201515225 - Adele1(14)
81980150Making Movies - Dire Straits3
92010136Doo-Wops And Hooligans - Bruno Mars2
101992133Ten - Pearl Jam3
111975131Crime Of The Century - Supertramp12
122008130The Fame: Monster - Lady Gaga1(2)
131975129Atlantic Crossing - Rod Stewart2
142010127Teenage Dream - Katy Perry1(1)
151983126Genesis - Genesis2
161977122Rumours - Fleetwood Mac1(9)
171981119Queen's Greatest Hits - Queen1(5)
181987114The Joshua Tree - U21(9)
191978113Dire Straits - Dire Straits2
201979109The Wall - Pink Floyd1(10)
212005109Based On A True Story - Fat Freddy's Drop1(10)
221975109Hot August Night - Neil Diamond1(1)
232015109Purpose - Justin Bieber1(1)
241985106Brothers In Arms - Dire Straits1(21)
252013106Sol3 Mio - Sol3 Mio1(16)
261987106Phantom Of The Opera - Stage Show1(5)
272012105Born To Die - Lana Del Rey2
281983105Eliminator - ZZ Top4
291998104Come On Over - Shania Twain1(23)
301985103Whitney Houston - Whitney Houston1(1)
311980102Dangerous - Michael Jackson1(2)
321975102Goodbye Yellow Brick Road - Elton John9
332002101Beautiful Collision - Bic Runga1(8)
341991101Music By Candelight - Ghorghe Zamfir1(4)
3520141001989 - Taylor Swift1(6)
36201610024K Magic - Bruno Mars2
372016100Stoney - Post Malone3
38198398Thriller - Michael Jackson1(12)
39197697Eagles Greatest Hits - The Eagles2
40198397Speaking In Tongues - Talking Heads3
41201196Six60 - Six601(2)
42201795÷ - Ed Sheeran1(35)
43199395Rage Against The Machine - Rage Against The Machine9
44200294Come Away With Me - Norah Jones1(12)
45200793Back To Black - Amy Winehouse1(7)
46198492Born In The USA - Bruce Springsteen1(15)
47197692Crisis? What Crisis? - Supertramp6
48199990Play - Moby1(6)
49199289ABBA Gold - Abba3
50197889The Cars - The Cars 5
51201688ANTI - Rihanna5
52199587HIStory: Past, Present And Future - Michael Jackson1(7)
53198187Reveries - Richard Clayderman1(2)
54200786Second Hand Planet - OpShop1(3)
55199386Simply The Best - Tina Turner1(2)
56201086Sign No More - Mumford And Sons1(4)
57199186Siamese Dream - Smashing Pumkins4
58201786American Teen - Khalid5(3)
59201385Halcyon Days - Ellie Goulding1(1)
60198785The Big Chill OST5
61198884Tracy Chapman - Tracy Chapman1(4)
62201484Frozen OST - Various1(3)
63198584No Jacket Required - Phil Collins1(1)
64198184Icehouse - Flowers2
65198484Stop Making Sense - Talking Heads2
66201284Unorthodox Jukebox - Bruno Mars2
67197683A Night On The Town - Rod Stewart1(9)
68197883Bat Out Of Hell - Meatloaf1(1)
69199583Mellon Collie And The Infinite Sadness - Smashing Pumpkins1(1)
70201582Blurryface - Twenty One Pilots2
71197881Grease OST1(16)
72199581Jagged Little Pill - Alanis Morissette1(11)
73199981Californication - Red Hot Chili Peppers1(6)
74200981Holy Smoke - Gin1(5)
75199281Automatic For The People - REM1(1)
76200181Hybrid Theory - Linkin Park2
77199480No Need To Argue - The Cranberries1(4)
78201780DAMN. - Kendrick Lamar2(5)
79198279Love Over Gold - Dire Straits1(12)
80201679Views - Drake1(2)
81201378Pure Heroine - Lorde1(8)
82197677The Best Of Abba - Abba1(18)
83201277The Truth About Love: Fan Edition - Pink1(6)
84198477Legend - Bob Marley & The Wailers1(4)
85199477The Colour Of My Love - Celine Dion1(3)
86198777Hysteria - Def Leppard1(3)
87200177Inside The Dub Plates - Salmonella Dub1(1)
88197577Greatest Hits (First Impressions) - Olivia Newton-John2
89199377Music Box - Mariah Carey2
90200677Futuresex/Lovesounds - Justin Timberlake4
91199676Falling Into You - Celine Dion1(3)
92200276Riverhead - Goldenhorse1(3)
93198076True Colours - Split Enz1(2)
94201276The Heist - Macklemore And Ryan Lewis1(1)
95198876Appetite For Destruction - Guns N Roses1(1)
96198176Nightclubbing - Grace Jones3
97198376War - U25
98201376Night Visions - Imagine Dragons5
99199776Sublime - Sublime6
100199275Unplugged - Eric Clapton1(15)

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Here's the compilations longevity chart:

PlaceYearWksTitle/ArtistPeak
1200993The Great New Zealand Songbook - Various1(10)
2200281Nature's Best: Our Top 30 - Various Artists1(11)
3200964Ten Guitars - Various1(1)
4201752Ten Guitars: Homegrown Heroes - Various2(12)
5200650Housework Songs - Various Artists1(3)
6201649Magic - Various1(6)
7201246Now That's What I Call Music 40 - Various1(21)
8201746Now That's What I Call Music 55 - Various1(18)
9201645The Very Best Of Ready To Roll - Various2
10201342Now That's What I Call Music 43 - Various1(14)
11200440Conscious Roots - Various Artists3
12201439Hits For Kids 6 - Various1(5)
13201739Magic Feels Good 2 - Various1(1)
14201737Now That's What I Call Music 54 - Various1(15)
15199137Rhythm And Black - Various Artists1(9)
16201536Now That's What I Call Music 49 - Various1(21)
17201436Now That's What I Call Music 46 - Various1(15)
18201335Ten Guitars: Heartland - Various2
19201735Coast: Love The Music From The Coast Classic Countdown - Various2(7)
20201735Hits For Kids 2017 - Various2
21201634Now That's What I Call Music 52 - Various1(17)
22201034The Great New Zealand Songbook Vol. 2 - Various1(10)
23201834Beach Hop Magic - Various1(7)
24201134The Great New Zealand Songbook: Souvenir Pack - Various2
25201634The Best Of Ten Guitars - Various2
26198033Beautiful Music - Various Artists1(3)
27201532Now That's What I Call Music 47 - Various1(14)
28199732Triple J Hottest 100 Volume 4 - Various Artists1(6)
29201632Coast: Love The Love Songs - Various2
30200331The Best Christmas Album In The World … Ever! - Various Artists1(3)
31198731Reggae Rhythm - Various Artists1(2)
32201430Now That's What I Call Music 44 - Various1(13)
33201730Now That's What I Call Music 53 - Various1(12)
34199230Rhythm And Black 2 - Various Artists1(8)
35199830Triple J Hottest 100 Volume 5 - Various Artists1(4)
36200130Ultimate Rhythm And Black Collection - Various1(3)
37201630The Sound Hall Of Fame - Various1(2)
38201530Hits For Kids 2015 - Various2
39200430MOS The Annual 2005 - Various Artists4
40201630Now That's What I Call Music 50 - Various1(8)

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Here's the NZ Singles longevity chart

PlaceYearNo. WksTitle/ArtistPeak
12011193Only To Be - Six601(8)
22011175Don't Forget Your Roots - Six601(2)
32013165Royals - Lorde1(18)
42014149Freaks - Timmy Trumpet & Savage1(16)
52011142Forever - Six601(7)
62014137Special - Six601(2)
72012130So High - Six601(7)
82015120Purple - Six603
92015119White Lines - Six601(12)
102016109Don't Worry Bout It - Kings1(33)
112014106Bridges - Broods1(3)
12201392Team - Lorde1(7)
13201382Take It Easy - Stan Walker1(10)
14201379Tennis Court - Lorde1(4)
15201576Magnets - Disclosure feat. Lorde1(26)
16201576Mother's Eyes - Six602
17201771Green Light - Lorde1(24)
18201763Don't Give Up - Six601(19)
19201462Yellow Flicker Beat - Lorde1(3)
20201762Rivers - Six603

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Here's the NZ albums longevity chart:

PlaceYearWks.Title/ArtistPeak
12015200Six60 (2) - Six601(16)
22011181Six60 - Six601(12)
32013143Sol3 Mio - Sol3 Mio1(24)
42014141We Rise - Devilskin1(4)
52013123Pure Heroine - Lorde1(14)
62016108Moana OST - Various1(18)
72013107Songs For Bubbas - Anika Moa4
82014102Evergreen - Broods1(8)
9201192Vows - Kimbra1(1)
10201390Blackbird - Fat Freddy's Drop1(4)

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Chart Beat - Annual Report

From the very first chart of 2018 it was clear this was to be a very different year in the charts. That chart was splattered with festive singles. two, from Brenda Lee and John Lennon, had been released decades ago. That same trend was amplified in the final chart for the year with 24 of the top 40 devoted to Christmas some dating back to the 50’s and as far back as 1942.
The oddities didn’t just belong to the silly season though. J. Cole, Drake, Eminem, Post Malone, Travis Scott, The weeknd, and Xxxtentacion all featured multiple tracks entering the chart in the same week, often with a single one week stay.
Kiwis had a terrible year with the trend still moving down for new entries. Only three new singles and 37 new albums entered the chart. For singles that’s the worst year in the chart for its 43 year history.
Another surprise statistic came from the singles chart. The average length of a song was down to 3 minutes 29 seconds being the shortest in the charts history. To beat that you have to go back to the early 70s when the New Zealand Listener Chart was in play.
With it taking up to 15 people to write some of the shorter songs it makes you wonder about the state of the industry.
For years Pink Floyd had the honour of having they only album - Dark Side Of The Moon - to reach the 200 week mark. Now we have four and two achieved the landmark this year. Ed Sheehan with his second album X reached 227 weeks whilst kiwis Six60 took Six60(2) to 200 weeks. Both were done consecutively, something Pink Floyd didn’t do.
One more big achievement was the second soundtrack for A Star Is Born. The original spent nine weeks at the top in 1976 for Barbra Streisand and Kris Kristopherson. The remake starring Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper finished the year on 12 weeks and went to 3rd place in the first week of 2019 behind Grease and Saturday Night Fever from 1978 for the most weeks at the top for a soundtrack.
Here's a few statistics:

Most Singles Weeks in Chart for Artist (Current chart):
 weeksThis yearLast year2 year ago
Madonna551111
Rihanna544222
Michael Jackson538333
Ed Sheeran5084517
Pink479544
Mariah Carey432665
U2390776
Eminem37481211
Katy Perry361987
Prince3511098
Maroon 53411116 --
Janet Jackson33812109
David Guetta334131312
The Black Eyed Peas325141110
Elton John317151413
Abba315161514
Calvin Harris29917 -- --
Red Hot Chili Peppers297181715
Britney Spears291191816
Beyoncé285201918
Chris Brown280 20 --

Most singles in chart (current chart):
 SinglesThis yearLast year2 Years ago
Madonna53111
Michael Jackson44222
U239333
Mariah Carey38444
Prince38555
Elton John38666
Janet Jackson 36777
Eminem3681313
Rihanna33988
Pink311099
Taylor Swift31111014
Ed Sheeran301211 --
UB4028131210
Rod Stewart27141411
Kylie Minogue27151512
Justin Bieber26161616
Joel, Billy 25171715
Red Hot Chili Peppers25181817
Shihad25191918
Britney Spears25202019

Most Album Weeks in Chart For Artist:
 WeeksThis yearLast year2 Years Ago
Elton John710122
Pink Floyd709211
U2666333
Rod Stewart 656444
Dire Straits601555
Michael Jackson560666
Queen543777
Ed Sheeran51981341
The Eagles505988
Neil Diamond4921099
UB40469111010
Madonna453121111
Adele451131633
David Bowie428141212
Fleetwood Mac417151413
The Rolling Stones412161514
Billy Joel 406171715
Van Morrison405181818
Supertramp402191916
Eric Clapton398202017

Most Albums For Artist:
 AlbumsThis yearLast year2 Years Ago
Elton John38123
Van Morrison38234
Bob Dylan37312
David Bowie36441
Neil Young35555
The Beatles33666
Eric Clapton33777
Rod Stewart33888
Elvis Presley32999
The Rolling Stones28101010
Neil Diamond26111111
Cliff Richard26121212
Queen25131313
Bruce Springsteen25141414
Hillsong24151718
Foster And Allen24161817
The Cure23171515
Madonna23181616
Joe Cocker21191919
UB4021202020
Barbra Streisand2121 - - - -

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