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Chart Beat - 7 January, 2019

Not a good singles chart. With over half of last weeks Top 40 devoted to the festive song, the chart corrects itself this week with a record breaking 21 re-entries.
There are two new singles though.
Post Malone comes first with his 11th hit single Wow. at #7. It follows a huge year with a total of 155 weeks charted in the singles chart across 10 singles.
Shawn Mendes has the other new single. Lost In Japan, new at #32, is the third hit single in New Zealand from his self titled album.
The album chart is very jumpy with no new entries being a casualty of the new year. Soundtrack A Star Is Born remains the highest selling disc of the week reaching it's 11th week at the top. That beats the soundtrack to The Commitments from 1992 which spent 10 weeks at number one and puts it in third place for the most weeks at number one for a soundtrack. That record was set in 1978 for the Grease soundtrack which had a 16 week stay with Saturday Night Fever from the same year at second place on 15 weeks at the top.
Chart Beat - 14 January, 2019

Chris Brown has a new album on the way. Titled Indigo, the first single from it, Undecided, debuts at #28. Its the American's 26th Top 40 single.
Last year Khalid gave us the Suncity EP. Better was the first single which rises to #10 this week. Joining it at #35 is Saturday Nights.
Belcalis Almánzar (better Known as Cardi B) gives us the second NZ hit single from Invasion Of Privacy at #36. Money is on the deluxe edition of the album.
It's blockbuster season with hollywood unleashing a host of new movies. That gives us a new number one single with Post Malone moving up 3 knotches after a 12 week climb for Sunflower. The track comes from the soundtrack to Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse which is the only new album to venture into the Top 40 and the first new album this year. The track listing is a collection of last years biggest artists including Juice WRLD, Post Malone, Swae Lee, Nicki Minaj, Ski Mask the Slump God and Lil Wayne. It's the second Spiderman soundtrack to hit the Top 40. In 2002 Spider-Man peaked at #11. This one debuts at #15.
Chart Beat - 21 January, 2019

A chance encounter between Sam Smith and Normani has resulted in a new track for the pair and this weeks highest new single. Smith was writing a track as former Fifth Harmony member Normani happened to be in the studio next door and they decided to work together. Dancing With A Stranger was that song and this week, it debuts at #23.
Last year was once again a terrible year for kiwis but Bene bucks that trend with her debut track and third local song in this weeks Top 40. The young Aucklander wrote
Soaked (new at #33) at a time in her life when she felt very vulnerable yet unable to talk about it. Putting those feelings down into song has given her a Top 40 single.
The third single of the week is a collaboration between NOTD (from Sweden), Felix Jaehn (from germany) and Los Angeles based trio Captain Cuts. So Close is new at #37.
No new albums again this week but keep an eye on the number one. Soundtrack A Star Is Born now sits at 13 weeks on top. The record for most weeks at number one for a soundtrack is 16 set by Grease from 1978.
Bene has been hanging around just outside the top 40 for a little while, so I'm very happy that she makes it in this week hopefully it's a good sign for kiwi music this year...
Bene, Mitch James and several other artists have been hanging around just outside the Top 40. I totally agree Alley. Lets get them charting.
Chart Beat - 28 January, 2019

Ariana Grande flies into the top spot with single 7 Rings in it's first week. Her 19th hit single contains a sample from My Favorite Things from The Sound Of Music written by Rodgers and Hammerstein in 1959.
Lower down the chart with a more modest debut is Calvin Harris with Giant at #31. This one features lead vocals from Rag'n'Bone Man.
Englishman James Blake has the highest new album of the week and it's his biggest in Godzone. Previous albums have only seen one peak inside the Top 30. His fourth, Assume Form, debuts at #21. This one contains elements of electropop, hip hop, and R&B and features various guest vocal appearances. An interesting version of the Frankie Goes To Hollywood #2 hit The Power Of Love from 1985 is sitting at #30 on the Hot40 Chart
The fifth appearance in the album chart from Nayvadius Wilburn (aka Future), is new at #26. Future Hndrxx Presents: The WIZRD is the seventh studio album from the American rapper and contains a generous 20 songs spread across 61 minutes.
After 28 weeks we finally have a new song on top of the NZ Singles chart and for once it's not Six60. After opening her account in the Singles chart last week, the first single from Bene takes out the top spot with Soaked.
Chart Beat - 4 February, 2019

Jermaine (J.) Cole takes his fifth hit single to #6 on entry. Middle Child is his highest entry to date.
The Chainsmokers have the other new single. Hope, featuring Swedish singer-songwriter Winona Oak is new at #38.
School is back and so is our album chart with five new entries; the most we have had in one week this year. The top six remains static though whilst soundtrack A Star Is Born ties with Saturday Night Fever from 1978 in second place for most weeks at number one. Both albums topped the chart for 15 consecutive weeks with Saturday Night Fever debuting at the top. The record is 16 weeks for Grease also from 1978.
Ed Sheeran takes ÷ on to 100 weeks. That's 38 albums to reach the hundred since the chart was born in 1975.
Sheffield, England rockers Bring Me The Horizon have the highest new album. amo is album number six since 2006 with three charting here. The album is named after the Portuguese word for "I love" and debuts at #9.
Staying with England for the second new album, Rudimental also list their third chart entry with Toast To Our Differences at #20. This one was was delayed from September to include more tracks.
Well somebody is certainly milking the success of Xxxtentacion and it's not the artist. January 23 would have been his birthday had he not passed away in June.
Xxxtentacion Presents: Members Only Vol. 4 is a various artists compilation with Members Only (made up made up of XXX, Ski Mask The Slump God, Kid Trunks, Craig Xen, Coolie Cut, Killstation, Bass Santana, Flyboy Tarantino, Kin$oul, and Robb Bank$) helping to keep his memory alive.
Weezer continue the theme of having colours for album titles. Weezer (The Teal Album) is the first of two scheduled for release this year whilst The Black album is due out on March 1. This one consists of 100% covers like A-ha's Take On Me and Tears For Fears' Everybody Wants To Rule The World.
Finally A Boogie Wit da Hoodie (aka rapper and singer Julius Dubose) debuts at #38 with Hoodie SZN.
Dance/Electronic compile Back to Mine: Nightmares on Wax is the first new entry on the compilations chart this year. It begins it's life at #9.
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Chart Beat - 11 February, 2019

5 Seconds Of Summer score the 30th single to reach 40 weeks in the chart this week. Youngblood topped the chart for four weeks in June last year and this is clearly their biggest hit to date.
American singer songwriter Billie Eilish also delivers her biggest single. To date she has had two Top 4 hits with When The Party's Over (#3) and Lovely (#4). Her fourth hit single bury a friend debuts at #2 and is the main inspiration for her debut album When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go? which is due out on 29 March. Her current don't smile at me sits at #4 and at 29 minutes in length is concidered an EP.
American Lauv and Australian Troye Sivan team up for the second of three new singles. Sivan called i'm so tired… (new at #28) an "accidental duet" and "a heartbreak song about an inescapable person"
Kehlani Parrish helped G-Eazy to #21 with the duet Good Life in 2017 but since then she has only collaborated on one other hit. That is until now. Nights Like This features Ty Dolla $ign and debuts at #33.
Over on the album chart we have a long standing record broken this week and that album could break another next week. Soundtrack A Star Is Born now racks up 16 straight weeks at the top. That breaks the record set by Abba with The Best Of Abba in 1976 and is matched by Ed Sheeran with his most recent album ÷. The soundtrack also ties for first place with Grease from 1978 for most weeks on top for a soundtrack.
Only two new albums this week and they are both from kiwis.
Georgia Nott and older brother Caleb (aka Broods) have three entries in the album chart to date and they all peaked inside the Top 2. Their brand new album Don't Feed The Pop Monster debuts this week at #3. In 2016 they took time out to percue solo projects but now they are back. Let's get them into the singles chart.
Tiny Ruins have the other new album with Olympic Girls at #11. The Auckland musical ensemble have charted before with Some Were Meant For Sea (#35 in 2011) and Brightly Painted One (#19 in 2014).
Chart Beat - 18 February, 2019

The trend of giving albums and titles the lower case treatment continues this week with two new singles, taking the total to six across the top 40. It's like playing a game of spot the American as they all have that in common. On the album chart, Billie Eilish and Taylor Swift are also at it.
Ariana Grande leads the bunch with two new singles. break up with your girlfriend, i'm bored (#2) and needy (#11) both come from her new album thank u, next which pushes soundtrack A Star Is Born off the perch and stalling its campagne to become the longest number one soundtrack in the history of the chart. The American can also celebrate owning this weeks Top 2 and listing four songs in the Top 20. thank u, next is her third number one album.
Khalid describes his new single Talk as the first taste of his second album, with the song's theme being "the beginning honeymoon stages of a relationship". Teaming up with Disclosure who produced the track, the song enters the chart at #20.
Newcomer Blueface is American Jonathan Porter. The rappers debut single Thotiana is new at #25 and is one of the shortest songs to chart in years, clocking in at just 2:09. It takes the average length for a new song this year to 3:08, the lowest since 1969.
The final new single is from 21 Savage. a lot (in lower case again) is new at #26.
Sydney reggae fusion/indie rock band Sticky Fingers have the other new album. Yours To Keep debuts at #5 and is the bands third hit album.
Incidentally, the biggest casualty in the Star Is Born long stay at the top is soundtrack Bohemian Rhapsody which has had to put up with staying at #2 for nine weeks.
Finally, interesting album in the NZ Albums Top 20. Beat Rhythm Fashion had a single in the charts back in 1981. Reaching a lowly #49 with Beings Rest Finally, it was the Wellingtonians only venture into the chart. That is until now. Tenterhook sees them back together, on tour and in the chart at #10.
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Chart Beat - 25 February, 2019

Ariana Grande replaces herself at the top of the singles chart with break up with your girlfriend, i'm bored. The last artist that replaced themselves at the top was Post Malone in November 2017 but this is the first time a female artist has achieved it. Other acts were The Beatles, Abba, Jon Stevens and Justin Bieber. She also lists another two songs from her chart topping album thank u, next. bloodline and NASA drop in at #28 and #30.
Cardi B and Bruno Mars join forces for this weeks highest new single. To promote the track Cardi announced she was "coming out of retirement" but in actual fact she had just deactivated her profile for several days.
Please Me is new at #19.
The Chainsmokers and 5 Seconds Of Summer also debut with a duet. Who Do You Love is new at #32.
Marlon Williams continues to do well in the albums chart. This week his latest long player jumps up 15 knotches to number 9 whilst his first live album, recorded at the Auckland Town Hall debuts at #14. The Lyttelton resident is also currently on tour.
Avril Lavigne last released an album in 2013. Now six years later she debuts with her sixth studio album. The songs on Head Above Water are inspired by her battle with Lyme disease. She enters the chart at #21.
So, who is Al Park? He was in Christchurch band, Louie and the Hotsticks but is better known as Lyttelton's musical godfather. These days, Park spends a lot of his time mentoring aspiring musicians and he has some famous friends. Jordan Luck, Marlon Williams and Delaney Davidson pay tribute to the man with a collection of his songs on Better Already: The Songs of Al Park new at #35.
Finally, we lost another legend this week. Peter Tork was bassist, keyboardist and oldest member of The Monkees who were the first made-for-TV pop group in the late sixties. Their sitcom was huge and greatly loved but the band themselves were artists in their own right. Tork died on Thursday, 21 February aged 77.
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Chart Beat - 4 March, 2019

Six60 take over the charts this week after breaking records at Western Springs in Auckland. Over 50,000 people attended the concert making it the most people to see a local act. As a result they have three entries in the Top 5 albums chart, two Top 40 singles and 13 singles in the NZ Singles chart. They also have the Top 3on the NZ Albums chart. It helps take the total to four Top 40 Singles this week.
American rapper Jamell Demons (aka YNW Melly) opens his account with this weeks highest new single. He is another controvercial American figure due to being a suspect in the 2017 murder of a sheriff's deputy. Musically he has two mix tapes and this new single. Murder On My Mind is new at #32.
Pink is no stranger to the chart. Her 31st hit single is the first track lifted from her new album Hurts 2B Human due out April 12. Walk Me Home debuts at #37.
American singer Kehlani Parrish peaked at #18 in 2017 with her debut album SweetSexySavage. Now she is back with her third mixtape While We Wait at #17.
Rapper Offset (born Kiari Cephus) charts his first solo album at #19. To date the American has shared the limelight with 21 Savage and Metro Boomin with the #15 hit album Without Warning. This is the 27 year old's first full length project.
Australian Julia Jacklin scores her first chart entry with Crushing at #22. Based in Sydney, this is her third full length album.
Aucklander Avalanche City may only have two hit singles to his resume but they both topped the chart. His third album My Babylon debuts at #27.
Finally, another American rapper Gunna rounds off the new albums this week with Drip Or Drown 2. For the record Drip Or Drown 1 was an EP from 2017.
Chart Beat - 11 March, 2019

The last time the Jonas Bothers were in the charts was 2009 and that was an album. The American trio formed in 2005 consisting of three brothers Joe, Kevin and Nick, have actually had three albums chart here but never a single. That all changes this week with the highest new single of the week. Sucker is new at #10.
Juice WRLD lists his second single. The Chicago born rapper took Lucid Dreams to #3 last year. Robbery debuts at #40.
Irishman Hozier charts his second Top 10 album at #9. In 2014 on the back of single Take Me To Church he gained a Top 3 with his debut self titled album. Wasteland, Baby! is his second long player and follows the Nina Cried Power EP from last year.
Canadian Bryan Adams first charted here in 1984. Now his 14th studio album puts him back in the Top 20. Shine A Light includes the Ed Sheeran written title track along with another surprise, the Irish traditional track Whiskey in the Jar made famous by Thin Lizzy and Matalica.
American rapper Lil Skies is back with his second hit album. Shelby is new at #21.
Beyonce's little sister Solange returns with When I Get Home at #26. She last charted at #23 with A Seat At The Table in 2016.
Tom Walker first came on the scene in 2016, peaking the following year in the UK with single Leave A Light On. Now the Scot has an album. What A Time To Be Alive is new at #32.
Finally comes American rapper 2 Chainz with his first NZ charting album. Rap Or Go To The League is actually his fifth album.
Two huge concerts in New Zealand see Eminem and The Eagles re-enter the chart. Eminem has three re-entries (The Eminem show from 2002, The Marshall Mathers LP from 2000 and Curtain Call: The Hits from 2005) while The Eagles The Complete Greatest Hits from 2007 is back at #10.
Chart Beat - 18 March, 2019

The 695th number one single sees Jonas Brothers not only with their first NZ Top 40 single but their first number one too.
Billie Eilish has the highest new single. She wrote wish you were gay at the age of 14 when she was madly in love with a boy. He wasn't in love with her so "it would have been easier if he was gay" she said. The track is new at #7.
Khalid has the other new single. My Bad, new at #34, is his 9th hit single.
Juice WRLD is new at #4 with his second album Death Race For Love. It's a very generous 72 minute disc across 22 tracks and already peaking higher than his last venture.
Dido is back. The British singer was born Dido Florian Cloud de Bounevialle O'Malley Armstrong and has five albums in her catalogue. It's been six years since her last as Still On My Mind debuts at #31. Look out for lead single Give You Up.
English rockers Foals take Everything Not Saved Will Be Lost Pt. 1 to a #35 debut. Part two is due out in September.
Red Hot Chili Peppers surprise with Greatest Hits back in the Top 40 at #34. It last appeared in the chart on 18 April 2004. The reason? They played live in Auckland.
WOMAD 2019 is the final new entry. The compilation is the 10th in the series and debuts at #9 on the compilations chart.
Finally, my heart goes out to the victims and families from the Christchurch terror attack. Kia Kaha. Be strong.
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Chart Beat - 25 March 2019

Khalid and Disclosure top the singles chart for the second new number one in as many weeks. Talk is the first number one for both artists.
ScHoolboy Q has this weeks only new single. The American rapper born Quincy Hanley last charted in 2014 with Macklemore & Ryan Lewis as a support act but Numb Numb Juice , new at #32, is his first hit single. In the US he has only managed two Top 40 singles in the bottom of the chart.
Three new artists to our charts form this weeks three new albums. All three played at this years WOMAD gathering in New Plymouth.
Finn Andrews is the first out of the box. The British/New Zealand musician is lead singer and songwriter of London-based band The Veils. His father Barry Andrews is a current member of Shriekback, was a member of XTC, and also played with Iggy Pop, Robert Fripp and David Bowie. One Piece At A Time, new at #9 is his first solo album.
Vocalist, multi-instrumentalist and composer from Gambia and the UK Sona Jobarteh opens her account at #12. The 35 year old is the first female professional kora player. Fasiya is her latest offering, releasing the album back in 2011.
British electro swing duo The Correspondents formed in 2007. Frontman Mr. Bruce and DJ Chucks have two albums and three EP's to their catalogue. Their second album Foolishman debuts at #32.
And speaking of WOMAD, the latest compile becomes this years first new number one on the compilations chart.
It's already the end of the first quarter so here's a look at the numbers of new entries across the five main charts. Last two years tally are in brackets:
Singles 31 (31) (45)
Albums 32 (35) (43)
Compilations 2 (8) (11)
NZ Singles 4 (8) (11)
NZ Albums 16 (24) (27)
There was one new kiwi single and 6 new kiwi albums in the Top 40s.
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Chart Beat - 1 April, 2019

With last weeks only new entry by ScHoolboy Q lasting only 1:54 in length the average length of a song in the charts is now the shortest since 1970. This weeks new entries are no better all clocking in under three minutes. That takes the average length this year to 3:11 for new entries.
The highest newbie comes from Lil Nas X and only plays for 1:53. Old Town Road is the 19 year old Atlanta rappers first hit and comes in at #31. He is also the 14th artist to chart in the past year to begin his name with Lil. I think the charts need a serious injection of inspiration and originality.
Marshmello is next with Here With Me. At 2:36 it's the American's sixth hit single.
The third new single is from newcomer Mabel. Born in Málaga but raised in Sweden, the 23 year old released a mixtape in 2017 and reached #8 in the UK with Finders Keepers the same year. Don't Call Me Up is new at #36.
Dean Lewis has the highest new album of the week. It's the American's debut album after the success of single Be Alright from last year. The album will be supported by a tour and a visting to Godzone in May. A Place We Knew is new at #7.
Australian DJ Flume lists his third hit album at #11. Hi This Is Flume is actually a mixtape and comes after his You Tube documentary When Everything Was New.
Rich The Kid took The World Is Yours to #20 last year. Now the second edition from the American rapper debuts at #23.
The final new album comes from Nav. From Canada and born Navraj Singh Goraya, Bad Habits is his first venture into the New Zealand charts and debuts at #36.
Chart Beat - 8 April, 2019

Billie Eilish has a right old time this week with two new singles and four others rising in the chart. She can also lay claim to the Top 2 singles and the number one album as well as debuting at the top of both charts. bad guy and all the good girls go to hell (in lower case) both debut in the top 10 whilst second album WHEN WE ALL FALL ASLEEP, WHERE DO WE GO? (in capitals) debuts at #1.
American singer and rapper Dominic Fike has the other new single. Born to a Filipino-American mother and African-American father his debut single 3 Nights is taken from his 2017 EP Don't Forget About Me, Demos
YelaWolf lists his third album at #19. Trunk Muzik 3 is one knotch shy of his high tide mark in the chart and is his his final album under Eminem's label Shady Records.
Until last week we hadn't even known rapper Nipsey Hussle, but that all changed when we saw on the news the American had been murdered. Victory Lap, new at #30, is his first album but it joins 13 mixtapes and two compilations, none of which have charted.
Interesting couple of re-entries at the bottom of the chart. Cat Stevens took Tea For The Tillerman to #20 in 1975 but the album, which came out in 1970 only managed three weeks. Now, 45 years later it re-enters at #36. The Very Best Of from 2010 also re-enters the chart, at #12. Both albums mark his presence at the Christchurch memorial concert after the recent terrorist attack.
Another re-entry comes from kiwi band Headless Chickens. In 1991 they took Body Blow to #17. Now an expanded version is out and back in the chart at #35.
Over on the compilations chart is Pay It All Back Volume 7 debuting at #6. It's only the third new album in the chart this year.
Chart Beat - 15 April. 2019

Ten years ago, for the 4 May 2009 chart we had no singles over 30 weeks and only one album over 50 weeks. That disc was Rockferry by Duffy which had reached 56 weeks. Fast forward to this week and we have 4 singles (plus 5 leaving) and 11 albums on the longevity list. More evidence the chart has changed dramatically in ten years.
Lil Nas X adds in 40 seconds for the Billy Ray Cyrus featured remix of Old Town Road and jumps 10 knotches to score the fifth one week number one single in a row. Had the song stayed at 1:53 it would have been the shortest number one since The Underdogs took SPCA: A Very Special Silent Night to the top in 2007. That track (if you can call it a track due to it only being able to be heard by dogs) lasted only 1:46.
Ariana Grande has the highest new single with MONOPOLY at #19. It's her 8th single in the chart this year.
Khalid continues his success with Outta My Head at #20. Featuring the vocals from John Mayer, this is his fifth this year. The track comes from his new album Free Spirit which debits at #2.
Without wanting to sound like I'm repeating the theme, Billie Eilish does the same with two more singles. my strange addiction and xanny debut at #21 and #22 and take her hit count this year to 8.
Changing the well worn record is Blackpink at #24. Kill This Love is the second hit for the Korean girl group after the #32 peak of Kiss And Make Up from last year. Their first entry in the album chart starts off with the track. That EP which bears the same name debuts at #10.
Finally, Alec Benjamin opens his account at #32. Going gold on entry, Let Me Down Slowly is the American singers biggest global success to date.
Finally, we have the first single to reach 200 weeks in the NZ Singles Chart with Six60's Only To Be. The single entered the chart in 2011 and has peaked at #1 for 8 weeks in the chart. For the record, the track peaked at #5 in the Singles Chart.
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Chart Beat - 22 April, 2019

Korean boy band BTS (also known as the Bangtan Boys) have the highest new single of the week with Boy With Luv at #12. They also fly into the top spot over on the album chart. Map Of My Soul: Persona is their fifth NZ hit album and highest charting
Avicii passed away last year leaving us 10 hit singles. SOS debuts at #19 and is taken from his posthumous album Tim due out in June.
American Ava Max lists the follow up to Sweet But Psycho at #36. So Am I is expected to be on her debut album.
Back to the album chart, Anderson.Paak enters the chart with Ventura at #15. His fourth album, he had more freedom given to him by Dr Dre giving him, as he says, the opportunity to spread his wings.
Norah Jones has been charting albums since 2002. Begin Again is her latest, new at #22. Her seventh long player has also been called a compilation of singles she recorded from 2018 to 2019.
Supergroup LSD have the final new album with Labrinth, Sia and Diplo at #35. It was originally scheduled for release in November but got pushed back to now.
Eurovision Song Contest: Dare To Dream rounds off this weeks new albums at #10 on the compilations chart.

Written in Blenheim.
Chart Beat - 29 April, 2019

As the Top 7 singles remain static this week we have only one new entry in the Top 40. It comes from a track that spent seven weeks on top of the UK charts recently.
Scottish singer Lewis Capaldi began playing the guitar at age 9. Now 22 his single Someone You Loved debuts at #24 and took six months to write.
It's a similar situation over on the album chart with only one new album.
Beyoncé debuts with Homecoming: The Live Album at #22. It's her fifth live album and was recorded in California last year. Her 2016 disc Lemonade also makes an appearance at #15.
No new entries in the compilations chart but we have a new record. Now That's What I Call Music 58 reaches 22 non consecutive weeks at the top taking the record for most total weeks at the top.
Chart Beat - 6 May, 2019

We are off to a good start for the first week of NZ Music Month with 3 new kiwi albums. Pity we have no new singles.
Taylor Swift flies into the singles chart with her 32nd hit single at #3. ME! which features vocals from Panic! At The Disco frontman Brendon Urie is taken from her from her upcoming seventh studio album.
Last year Lil Dicky took Freaky Friday all the way to the top. New his second single, Earth debuts at #21. He is the tenth artist this year across all charts to go by the name Lil.
Billie Eilish is having an incredible year. Her latest album WHEN WE ALL FALL ASLEEP, WHERE DO WE GO? is a global number one.
Another two singles slip in at the bottom of this weeks chart. Ocean Eyes new at #38 is a remix with Brit DJ Astronomyy and originally released in 2016 whilst I Love You at #39 is the tenth track from her latest album.
Why Don't We and Macklemore join forces for our fifth and final new single, I Don't Belong To This Club is at #40.
Eilish may be the current queen of our charts but it's Pink that takes away her crown. The 39 year old has been a favourite in our charts since 2000. Her new album Hurts 2B Human debuts at the top and becomes her 6th number one.
A very special recording of hymns is new at #3. New Zealand music producers Murray Thom and Tim Harper developed the project
as a way to raise funds for the Salvation Army. Artists Dave Dobbyn, Hollie Smith, Teeks, Stan Walker and Ginny Blackmore were asked to choose a favourite and the result is an album called Offering. Amazingly the project was initially born 17 years ago.
Aldous Harding also flies into the Top 10 with her latest album. Designer, new at #5, is her biggest of three albums.
ScHoolboy Q makes it four new albums in the Top 6 with CrasH Talk. It's the American rappers fifth studio album and third to chart since he appeared on the scene in 2014.
From rap to classical and the third hit album for Aucklander Will Martin. By Request was arranged and performed by the City Of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra.
Flicking over to the worship genre, Hillsong United present their latest at #22. People (Live) is the 25th album to comes from the church to our charts.
Marina rounds off this weeks new long players with LOVE + FEAR at #31. Also known by the stage name Marina and the Diamonds, this is her first disc billed under the new name.
Chart Beat - 13 May, 2019

Four tracks from Billie Eilish leave the Singles Chart to make room for four new singles.
Top of the pile is the latest from Logic. Taken from his upcoming album Confessions of a Dangerous Mind, the track features vocals from Eminem and as many F words you can fit into four minutes Homicide is new at #4.
Shawn Mendes also has a new album on the way but its all hush hush at this stage. If I Can't Have You is the first teaser from the album and debuts at #7.
Lizzo (born Melissa Jefferson in 1988) has been releasing albums since 2013 but failed to break the ice. Her third album Cuz I Love You has peaked at #6 in her American homeland whilst her debut single here, Truth Hurts, is new at #26.
English rapper Stormzy has been in our album chart but never charted a single until this week. Vossi Bop is this weeks UK #1 and enters the chart here at #34.
American rockers Vampire Weekend debut with their third hit album at #24. Father Of The Bride is their first album with a major record label and first in six years.
Word Gets Around is the latest project from Delaney Davidson but this time he enlists Barry Saunders to make it a duet album. Saunders has quite a history, forming his first band Orange in 1970 before The Warretahs took the country by storm. He was also in Tigers back in the early 80's. Their hits Red Dress and Heart Don't Stop both peaked at #28. The Warretahs have two hit singles and seven hit albums. The pair first kicked around the idea of an album together during a sound check in Christchurch. Now the result is new at #30.
A compilation of 80's tracks covering 1984-1986 rounds off this weeks new albums. Sounds Of The 80's: Like A Record Baby is one in a three album series covering the decade, the other two are called Don't You Want Me and I Think We're Alone Now.
Chart Beat - 20 May 2019

I Don't Care from Ed Sheeran and Justin Bieber is making big waves around the globe and flies into the #2 spot on debut. It's not the first time Sheeran has worked with Bieiber. He was one of the four writers for his 2015 #1 Love Yourself. In this case there are six writers.
American Bazzi has the other new single with Paradise at #26.
Aucklander Jan Hellriegel has this weeks highest new album. Believe it or not she has been releasing albums since 1992. That album, It's My Sin, peaked at #5 and to date has been her biggest. Her lastest marks her second Top 10 album. Entering at #8, Sportsman Of The Year is her fifth long player and first since 2013.
Last week Logic listed his third hit single. This week the US rapper debuts with the album that song came from. Confessions Of A Dangerous Mind is new at #14.
This week we lost another mega star. Doris Day first came on the scene in 1945 with the US #1 Sentimental Journey. She went on the be in 39 movies, release 29 albums and even had her own TV show. In the US she had five number one singles and 20 Top 10's. Over here she hit the Lever Hit Parade twice: Everybody Loves A Lover which topped the chart in 1958 and Move Over Darling from 1964 which peaked at #2. If we had a full collection of these charts there would have been many more including her biggest hit Secret Love from 1954. More recently she had two Top 40 albums: Sentimental Journey from 1991 which peaked at #10 and compilation Daydreaming from 1999. Her most recent album was My Heart which she released at the age of 89. She leave behind a huge legacy.
Chart Beat - 27 May, 2019

We've gone from artists giving their songs titles in lower case to multiple artists calling themselves Lil. Now the latest trend seems to be giving your songs titles all in capitals. Tyler, The Creator is the latest artist to do this and places two new singles inside the Top 40. EARFQUAKE (#10) and I THINK (#30) are the first two hit singles for the American rapper. He has been releasing albums since 2011 with three inside our charts. His latest IGOR debuts at #2.
To date American Halsey has gained two hit singles, her biggest being Without Me. Her latest, Nightmare, joins the chart at #28
Keeping it American, the fourth and final new single comes from rapper YG (which stands for Young Gangster). He opens his account with Go Loko at #39.
American rockers The National debut with their eigth album at #6. The bulk of the album was recorded in New York with other bits recorded in Paris, Dublin and Berlin. I Am Easy To Find is their fourth time in the chart.
DJ Khaled raises the bar with his third hit album at #7. Father Of Asahd is the highest he has been in the album chart and his 11th long player.
Scot Lewis Capaldi has had huge success with single Someone You Loved. That track moves up to #4 this week as his debut album Divinely Uninspired To A Hellish Extent joins the top ten.
The seventh album from German band Rammstein actually has no title. To help with the confusion it is also being called Rammstein. Single Radio has been their second number one back home.
Carly Rae Jepsen has the final new album at #40. Dedicated is her third hit album.
The NZ Music Month chart is on the New Zealand Music Month 2019 forum.
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Chart Beat - 3 June, 2019

Ed Sheeran has the highest new entry with his second new song in three weeks. Cross Me, along with I Don't Care are the first two singles lifted from his new mixtape. Look out for No. 6 Collaborations Project due out on 12 July.
Young Thug comes next with The London, new at #12. It's the first time the American rapper has had a hit of his own. The only other time in the chart was a collaboration with Camilla Cabello on Havana from last year.
Aussie boy band 5 Seconds Of Summer are back with Easier at #16. This one is the lead single from their upcoming fourth studio album.
Other new singles come from DJ Khaled with his 4th hit single (Just Us is new at #27), and newcomer Joyner Lucas (who is an American rapper born Gary Lucas, Jr.) with Isis at #28.
Two new soundtracks hit the chart with Rocketman the highest new entry of the week. Sales of the album beat the movie to the box office list and give Elton John a surge in sales for his 46 week old compile Diamonds which jumps to #2. The soundtrack features Taron Egerton playing Elton and debuts at #16.
The other new soundtrack is at the top of this weeks Box Office list. Aladdin was last out as a movie in 1992 with its soundtrack peaking at #29 . The new soundtrack debuts at #27.
Last week YG took Go Loko into the singles chart; this week the US rapper takes the album it came from, 4Real 4Real, into the chart at #17. It's his fifth long player.
Beast Coast have the final new album. They are touting themselves as a hip hop supergroup including Flatbush Zombies, Pro Era and the Underachievers. Escape From New York is new at #32.
Chart Beat - 10 June, 2019

Three new singles this week and all from veterans of the chart.
Katy Perry has been releasing music since 2001 and first charted with I Kissed A Girl in 2008. Her latest, Never Really Over at #19 is her 22nd Top 40 single and first in two years.
Next comes 26 year old Miley Cyrus. Mother's Daughter at #29 is her 12th hit single in 11 years and first track from her new EP She Is Coming which debuts at #14. It's the first of three EP's. She Is Here and She Is Everything are ex[ected late winter and in Spring prior to her new album She Is Miley Cyrus.
Then there is the latest from OneRepublic.
Rescue Me new at #36 is their 13th hit and first in three years.
Elton John stays at #2 this week with his compile Diamonds. It's the highest he has been in the chart since 1995. Jimmy Barnes does the same. My Criminal Record debuts at #3, the highest he has charted since 1996. This is the Australian rockers 17th studio album since he left Cold Chisel for a solo career and first of original material since 2010's Rage And Ruin.
Denzel Curry peaked at #16 last year with TA1300. Now the American rapper is back with album number two. ZUU is new at #21.
Skepta has the final new album at #23.
Ignorance Is Bliss is the English Grime MC's second hit album which improves his high tide mark after 2016's #27 peak of Konnichiwa.
Following the first Sounds Of The 80's compile the other two in the series join in the fun at the tail end of the compilations chart. Now, what has happened to the Now That's What I Call Music series. Volume 59 should have been out last month.
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Chart Beat - 17 June, 2019

The 14th single to spend 10 consecutive weeks at the top since 1973 joins this weeks honouable mentions. Old Town Road (remix) from Lil Nas X feat. Billy Ray Cyrus is also the shortest.
The 27th hit single from Chris Brown slides into the Top 20 at #17. No Guidance is the 4th single from his ninth studio album, Indigo. It's an interesting collaboration with Drake as the two have been in a feud since 2012.
Avicii's second posthumous single is new at #32. Heaven comes from his album TIM which came out beginning of this month and debuts at #8.
It's been 10 years since Jonas Brothers were in the album chart but this week they break the drought with Happiness Begins at #5. Their fifth album is actually their biggest peaking in the chart the highest. Their first album It's About Time from 2006 is the only album that failed to chart here.
American rapper Tyga places Legendary at #17. It's the first time he has listed a solo album in the chart although he did appear with Chris Brown in 2015 with Fan Of A Fan. This is actually his seventh studio album.
It's only weeks away from the Compilation Charts 40th birthday. The chart this year has slowed down in a big way with only 8 new entries as opposed to 17 this time last year. Of the ten entries, half of them have been charting over 30 weeks. There is one new entry in the chart this week though. After the success of Ultimate Power Ballads and Ultimate Party Anthems (which have been around for a year now coming and going multiple times) Sony Music release a third in the series. Ultimate Disco is another four discs and the third in the series.
Chart Beat - 24 June, 2019

Busy chart this week with six new singles.
First, though, Lil Nas X takes Old Town Road onto it's 11th week at the top. That's fifth equal for most weeks at number one.
Taylor Swift comes first in the new singles list. You Need To Calm Down at #5 is her 33rd hit single and taken from her upcoming album Lover due early August.
Up next is Canadian Drake. Money In The Grave is taken from the EP The Best in the World Pack and debuts at #16.
Newcomer Blanco Brown opens his account at #19 with The Git Up mixing Country and hip-hop.
The second hit single from DRAX Project is only the second new kiwi single this year. All This Time debuts at #21
A second newcomer lists the first single from a Japanese artist in a ages. Joji (born George Miller) resides in Los Angeles and is a singer, songwriter, rapper, record producer, and comedian. Sanctuary debuts at #32.
Finally, Jonas Brothers debuts single number two, Only Human at #36.
Globally this week there has been a battle for the number one album between two American legends. Bruce Springsteen wins the race to the top with his 19th studio album. Western Stars is his fifth chart topper and marks his first new album of completely original material since Wrecking Ball from 2012.
Madonna came close, but no cigar. She last charted in 2015 peaking at #7 with Rebel Heart. Madame X is her 14th studio album and creatively influenced by her new home in Portugal. It debuts at #5. Incidentally, the last time she had a number one album was back in 1998 with Ray Of Light.
Bastille have the third and final new album.
Doom Days at #30 is the Brits third album in six years.
Over on the compilations chart Now 58 reaches 30 weeks at the top. That's a record by a country mile. And where is volume 59? Take a look in the shops on 5 July.
There is one new entry this week though. Play It All Back Vol. 7 is an 18 track reggae compilation and the first in the series to chart.
Chart Beat - 1 July 2019

Señorita from Shawn Mendes and Camila Cabello flies into number two this week nearly knocking Old Town Road off it's perch. The duet is the second the pair have done together and another Latin inspired song (of which there are many at the moment). The first duet was the 2015 track I Know What You Did Last Summer which only managed a #1 spot on the NZ Heatseeker chart.
Newcomer Ali Gatie follows Mendes in the Canadian theme with his first hit single. It's You is new at #19
There have been 11 artists calling themselves Lil this year and this week we have two of them.
Lil Nas X drops his follow up to Old Town Road at #22. Panini is another track from the EP 7 and contains an interpolation of In Bloom by Nirvana from 1991. Apparently the similar sounding piece was unintentional. The EP 7 is new at #6 on the album chart.
Lil Tecca is next with Randon at #36. It's the New York 16 year olds first hit on our charts.
The Chainsmokers round off this weeks new singles with Call You Mine at #39. It's their 12th hit single.
Englishman Mark Ronson is back with his third Top 40 album at #33. Late Night Feelings is his fifth long player and, as he says, it "contains "sad bangers", as those are the kinds of songs that have "emotional resonance".
American rockers The Raconteurs also list their third Top 40 album with Help Us Stranger at #38. The disc covers the Donovan song Hey Gyp (Dig the Slowness) from 1965.
It's the end of another quarter so here's an update on this years new entries across the five main charts with last years tally in brackets.
Singles 83 (82), Albums 80 (104), Compilations 9 (17), NZ Singles 12 (24) and NZ Albums 42 (59). There were two new local singles and 10 albums entering the chart in the first six months too.
1 July is also the 40th birthday of the Compilations Chart. A special chart will follow.
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Chart Beat - 8 July, 2019

We have a new number one. After 12 long weeks Lil Nas X gives up his throne to last weeks new entry from Shawn Mendes and Camila Cabello. Señorita is the 699th chart topper since the chart began in 1975 and their first
On the eve of his No.6 Collaborations Project studio album (due out Friday) Ed Sheeran lists the third top 10 single in two months. Beautiful Paople enters the chart at #4 and we can expect theat album to crash in at the top in two weeks.
Chris Brown is also gaining a few new entries. Don't Check On Me new at #13 is the second new entry in a month and taken from his ninth studio album Indigo, which debuts at #3.
Y2K and bbno$ team up for this weeks third new single. Lalala enters at #28.
It's been three years since we saw an album in the chart from Wellingtonians Beastwars but this week that all changes with the biggest album of their career. Crashing in at number one, the aply named IV beats the high tide mark of Blood Becomes Fire which peaked at #2 in 2013. The three year break was due to a health scare from vocalist Matt Hyde.
A name change and a new contract sees Bene become BENEE along with a debut album. Fire On Marzz is new at #13.
Some albums never die and that is certainly the case for the 1984 Bob Marley compilation Legend. Back in the chart this week at #20 after a five year break, the four week number one disc has clocked up 883 weeks in the UK Top 100. Here the album totals 78.
Kylie Minogue takes compile Step Back In Time: The Definitive Collection on to a #27 entry. This is her 14th hit album, three of which were compilations.
American record producer, DJ and record executive Dijon McFarlane (aka Mustard) has the final new album at #39. Perfect Ten is his thid long player.
Chart Beat - 15 July, 2019

Three new singles in this weeks Top 40 with Post Malone taking the honours for the highest entry.
Goodbyes at #5 is his 12th hit single and 7th Top 5.
Ed Sheehan continues to do well with a fourth track from his new mixtape. Best Part Of Me, this time featuring YEBBA, debuts at 34.
Italian production duo Meduza have the final new single at #39 with Piece Of Your Heart.
Dreamville have the highest new album. Dreamville Records is an American record label founded by American J. Cole and his manager Ibrahim Hamad. Revenge Of The Dreamers III new at #2 is the third compilation by the label and includes 18 tracks by lesser names signed up by the pair.
Machine Gun Kelly is next and scores with Hotel Diablo at #23. It’s the fourth long player from the American rapper and a cross between rap and rock.
Coventry England singer Jaden rounds off this weeks new albums with ERYS at #25.
Now 59 flies to the top of the compilation chart whilst the Ministry Of Sound compile Trance Nation 2019 is new at #10.

Written in Singapore
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Chart Beat - 22 July 2019

Antisocial (#9) and Remember The Name (#10) from Ed Sheehan are the only two new entries in this weeks singles chart but it gives the Brit six Top 20 singles in the Top 40. All of the tracks come from his new album No. 6 Collaborations Project which debuts at the top as expected.
Villainy put up a good fight for the top spot with Raised In The Dark, coming in at #2 on entry. It’s the Auckland rockers third long player and highest to date. Since Mode Set Clear peaked at #8 in 2012 they have been steadily improving with Dead Sight from 2015 peaking at #4.
POETIK has the third new album. HAMOFIED 2 comes in at #4. This is the Auckland rappers second disc to grace the Top 40 with HAMOFIED 1 peaking at #7 last year.
The Lion King (2019) soundtrack is new at #17. The original from 1994 peaked at the top for 5 weeks. The remake features mainly remakes from the original with music from Elton John, Beyoncé, Donald Glover, Billy Eichner, and Seth Rogen.
MOS Running Trax 2019 is the sole new album in this weeks compilation chart coming at #10.
This weeks chart marks a new publication date moving from Friday at 5pm to Saturday 10am to allow the team more time to process the charts due to growing digital music data but the official chart date remains on a Monday.

Written in Bjerka, Norway
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Chart Beat - 29 August, 2019

Sam Smith has the highest new entry single this week with How Do You Sleep? at #7. That was the title of a rather angry John Lennon song from 1971 which was having a go at Paul McCartney but Smith co-wrote this song with Savan Kotecha, Max Martin and Ilya.
Ed Sheehan lists two more songs from his Collaboration album with South Of The Border and Take Me Back To London at #14 and #29. That’s now 8 of the 15 tracks from the album charting.
Last week the new Lion King soundtrack entered the chart. This week The Lion King - The Gift is new at #16. This one is more about Beyoncé than any of the other artists but includes various appearances from others.
Englishman Thom Yorke has the other new album. ANIMA at #27 is the former Radiohead members second solo album.

Written in Amsterdam, Netherlands
Chart Beat - 5 August 2019

Six60 are clearly the biggest NZ act in the land. This week the first new single in two years is the biggest kiwi single this year. The Greatest, new at #3 is the highest a kiwi has charted with a single for some time. Watch for their new album due out before Christmas.
Taylor Smith also has a new album on the way. The Archer which comes from that album is new at #28 and her 34th hit single.
This weeks new albums (with the exception of one) are all about rap.
NF (which is the initials for Nathan Feuerstein) places The Search at #3. It’s his first Top 40 album and first time in the NZ charts.
Chance The Rapper (Chancelor Bennett) has never had a hit single although he has collaborated on four of other people’s singles. His album The Big Day at #10 is also his first charting album
YBN Cordae (aka Cordae Dunston) places The Lost Boy at #21. The American 21 year old rapper has been writing since the age of 15 and has four mixtapes alongside this, his debut album.
Rich Brian is Indonesian rapper Brian Imanuel. His debut album Amem peaked at #30 last year. Now his follow up, The Sailor is new at #27
Aucklanders Leisure have the final new album with Twister at #32. They peaked at #14 in 2016 with their self titled debut. Whilst they have yet to chart a Top 40 single they have had success in the NZ Top 20 Singles.
Te Kōtare Waiata debuts in the compilation charts and is an amazing story of an early childhood teacher who created waiata to help children learn Maori. She passed away in 2015 but that music is now alive and at #9 in the compilation chart.

Written in Oslo and Stalheim, Norway.
Chart Beat - 12 August, 2019

Kiwi hip-hopper Mzwètwo becomes the second local artist in two weeks to debut high in the chart. Born in Zimbabwe, the North Shore resident was previously known as Loui The ZU. His debut single It's The Thought That Counts is new at #4.
Ariana Grande joins forces with pop duo Social House for boyfriend new at #4. This is her 25th hit single and can be found on Social Houses debut EP Everything Changed.
Australian Tones & I (Aka Toni Watson) opens her account with Dance Monkey at #28. It’s the second single from the EP The Kids Are coming, the first Johnny Run Away failing to chart here.
Lauv is new with f**k, I'm lonely at #33. The track appears on the Netflix series 13 Reasons Why.
It’s been 19 years since Whitney Houston has had a new single in the charts but she posthumously does it with Kygo at the helm. Higher Love, new at #37 is a Steve Winwood remake from 1986 which peaked at #11.
Tool re-enter with four albums in this weeks album survey. Ænima (from 1996) #3, Lateralus (from 2001) #7, 10,000 Days (from 2006) at #9 and Undertow (from 1993) at #17. You would think they toured here to achieve this but it appears this was just the result of the band announcing a new album. Also these albums are now available on streaming for the first time.
Drake is new at #13 with Care Package. The album is a compilation covering songs from 2010 to 2016 and clocking in at over 73 minutes.
Finally BTS World OST debuts at #16. It’s a soundtrack album by South Korean boy band BTS for the game they launched back in June which also includes songs from other artists.
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Chart Beat - 19 August 2019

Bazzi has the first of two new singles with I.F.L.Y. at #34. The American, born George Bazzi in 1997, peaked with his debut album Cosmic at #19 last year. Taken from his new mixtape, Soul Searching, also new at #18, is his fourth Top 40 single.
The first rock song to chart since Linkin Park reached #35 with Heavy in 2017 is the other new single and it’s a first from Tool. Last week the American rockets re-entered the album chart with three back catalogue albums after they had been added on digital streaming platforms. Fear Inoculum, new at #40 is the lead single from their anticipated new album with the same name. That album is due out on 30 August. It also breaks the record for longest song to hit the chart, clicking in at 10:21. That beats the record set by Guns N Roses with Estranged from 1994 which ran for 9:20. When you consider this year on average the songs have been the shortest in the charts history, its quite an achievement, Up till last week the average was 3:09. That's the shortest since 1970.
Over on the album chart, Slipknot fly to #2 with We Are Not Your Kind. It’s the Americans sixth studio album and third in the top two. 5: The Gray Chapter from 2014 also peaked at number two whilst All Hope Is Gone from 2008 was their only number one thus far.
American rapper Trippie Red is new at #10 with ! His third hit album features the usual guest appearances from other artists.
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Chart Beat - 26 August, 2019

Taylor Swift is clearly gearing up for the release of her next album. The third track from that is this weeks highest new single and fourth hit single since May. Lover is new at #15.
Miley Cyrus appears to be following suit. Her upcoming album She Is Miley Cyrus now boasts two hit singles. Slide Away is new at #18.
Normani lists the third new single with Motivation at #28. Born Normani Hamilton, it's the American's first single on her own.
Khalid is next with Right Back at #37. It's the American's 11th hit single.
Over on the album chart the American's continue their domination of our charts.
Young Thug comes in at #3 with So Much Fun. Despite 18 mixtapes, three EP's and one compilation, this is his first full length album. A second is scheduled for later on this year.
A$AP Ferg, Quality Control and Lizzo have the other new albums and yes they are all American.
Floor Seats from A$AP Ferg is his third album and debuts at #35. Quality Control: Control The Streets Vol. 2 is basically a compilation of acts (currently 17) on the Quality Control label.
Cuz I Love You from Lizzo debuts at #39 and is her first NZ hit album although it's her third overall. Following current trends, I suspect the final three to also leave the chart next week.
Motown Greatest Hits is the sole new compilation chart entry. Debuting at #8 it showcases 60 of the labels best from the sixties to the eighties.
Finally, a word of explanation. Two weeks ago I talked about the new entry single kiwi Mzwètwo with It's The Thought That Counts debuting at #4. Well that, apparently, was a mistake. It should have read boyfriend - Ariana Grande and Social House. The charts have now been adjusted to reflect that. Also, I noticed the compilation chart from 5 August was also changed. Along with a number of other minor mistakes it makes you wonder if the chart compilers should simplify just a few charts, forget the Hot charts (which appears to be their main focus), and have a chart that reflects just sales. Tabulation has become far too complicated. Just my opinion of course.
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Chart Beat - 2 September, 2019

This week it's all about Taylor Swift. Along with two new singles (The Man at #15 and Cruel Summer at #20) and four other singles that move up the chart, she also scores this weeks number one album on entry. Lover is the American's seventh album and sixth chart topper in a row.
The other new single comes from Hp Boyz. The Melbourne based Pasifika rap group place Engineers at #36.
Back to the Album chart and its Brockhampton with the other new album. GINGER, new at #3, is the American rap collectives third NZ charter and second highest. Since 2017 the 13-piece group have five long players in their catalogue.
Well; I knew we were close but it still snuck up on me. We currently have the 700th number one single since the chart started in 1975. Señorita from Shawn Mendes and Camila Cabello is only the tenth chart topping single this year and clocks in at nine weeks this week. Here is that list:
1st No. 1Free And Easy – Helen Reddy (2 May 1975)
100th No. 1Fame – Irene Cara (26 Sept 1982)
200th No. 1On Our Own – Bobby Brown (17 Sept 1989)
300th No. 1Thug Devotion – Mo Thugs (22 Dec 1996)
400th No. 1Don’t Tell Me – Madonna (25 Feb 2001)
500th No. 1My Love – Justin Timberlake (13 Nov 2006)
600th No. 1We Can’t Stop – Miley Cyrus (15 July 2013)
700th No. 1Señorita - Shawn Mendes & Camila Cabello (8 July 2019)

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Chart Beat - 9 September, 2019

Post Malone flies to #3 on entry with Circles. It's the third hit single from his new album Hollywood's Bleeding which is just out and 13th hit single overall.
Aussies 5 Seconds Of Summer are having a good year. Teeth, new at #25, features guitar from Tom Morello of Rage Against the Machine and was in the Netflix series 13 Reasons Why.
A$AP Rocky has the third new single at #39. Babushka Boi is his fourth hit single.
The much anticipated album from Tool flies to the top on entry this week. Fear Inoculum is the band's first album in thirteen years, due to creative, personal, and legal issues band members encountered since the release of 10,000 Days. In New Zealand it's their third number one.
The sixth studio album from Lana Del Rey enters the chart at #5. Norman F**king Rockwell! features a soft rock style influenced by seventies artists Neil Young, Crosby, Stills, & Nash, and Led Zeppelin.
Lil Tecca is next with Mixtape We Love You Tecca at #14. It's his first full length disc.
Tones And I takes debut single Dance Monkey to number one just as debut EP The Kids Are Coming enters at #23.
Finally, Bon Iver places their fourth album i,I at #32.
The16th Grammy Nominees album debuts at #10 over on the compilation chart.
This week Catching Feelings from Drax Project feat. Six60 has been at the top of the digital chart outselling other entries by a country mile. That track fails to enter the official Top 40, in fact, it struggles to #10 on the NZ singles chart. Overall that probably means it didn't even make the Top 100. The track wasn't released until the middle of the week so next week could be interesting. Incidentally, the last time we had a local number one single was back in 2017. That single was Green Light by Lorde. It got me wondering how many locals have topped the chart by each decade. Here's that list:
1960's - 9
1970's - 12
1980's - 18
1990's - 19
2000's - 23
2010's - 17
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Chart Beat - 16 September, 2019

Post Malone scores his sixth number one single in a big week for the American. New singles Saint-Tropez (#17) and Hollywood's Bleeding (#18) take his tally to 15 Top 40 singles. The album Hollywood's Bleeding debuts at #2.
This weeks chart is a milestone for kiwis. The last time we saw four local tracks in the Top 40 was back on 30 April last year but you have to go back to 22 december 2014 to match three in the Top 10.
As expected, Catching Feelings from DRAX Project feat. Six60 enters the chart high. The #5 hit is the highest DRAX Project have charted and third hit in 21 months.
Six60 also manage a high entry. Kia Mau Ki Tō Ūkaipō / Don't Forget Your Roots, new at #10 is taken from the Maori Language week album Waiata / Anthems which includes 12 tracks from local artists and debuts at #1 on the album chart.
Lizzo scores her second hit. Good As Hell at #32 is taken from her 2016 EP Coconut Oil.
Camila Cabello has the final new single with Liar at #39. It's the former Fifth Harmony 4th hit.
The second Top 40 album for American Melanie Martinez debuts at #8. K-12 improves on her high tide mark after the #21 peak of her 2015 album Cry Baby.
Wellingtonians Mermaidens also score their sophomore album. Look Me In The Eye new at #23 is also an improvement. Their first long player from 2017, Perfect Body, peaked at #28
Katie Thompson from Christchurch opens her account at #27 with Bittersweet. The country/folk singer opened for Elton John in 2015.
As Fleetwood Mac sweap through the country it's no surprise to see their 1977 album Rumours back in the chart at #18. Also, Six60 are knocking on Adele's door this week with their second album. That disc matches her 2011 album 21 being in the chart for 237 weeks. Should they stay one more week they will go to #2 on the longevity list.
Three new albums in the compilation chart round off a busy chart. Magic: Turn Up The Feel Good is new at #2, dance/electric genre album Om Unit Presents: Cosmology-Dark Matter is at #8 and an interesting collection of kiwi commercial jingles And Now For a Word From Our Sponsor and boasting 99 tracks is new at #10.
Chart Beat - 23 September, 2019

Ariana Grande, Miley Cyrus & Lana Del Rey combine forces for the highest new single at #6. Don't Call Me Angel (Charlie's Angels) is the lead single from the soundtrack to the 2019 film Charlie's Angels.
Despite all his singles from last week dropping in this weeks chart, Post Malone still manages two new entries with Take What You Want (#30) and Enemies (#37). Ozzy Osbourne appears as a collaborating artist on the first one which marks the first time he has charted since 1992 and also the highest charting single.
Halsey has the final new single at #38 with Graveyard. Expect a new album from the American next year.
Nu-mettalers KoЯn gain the highest new album. The Nothing (new at #10) is the Americans 13th long player and first in three years.
Australian singer/songwriter Ruel (born Ruel van Dijk in 2002) is new at #18 with album Free Time. Born in the UK, the 16 year old won the ARIA Music Award last year with the song Dazed and Confused for the Breakthrough artist award.
Brit singer Charli XCX lists album #3 at #26. Charli. Despite two Top 40 singles (both in 2014) this is her first NZ hit album. In the UK it's also her biggest.
Fleetwood Mac continue to chart well as the tour continues. Rumours jumps to #6 for its highest chart position since May 1978. Compilation 50 Years: Don't Stop is also new at #29.
Over on the Combilation chart, rnb superclub Classics is the sole newbie, entering the chart at #9.
Chart Beat - 30 September 2019

The 23rd Top 40 single for Maroon 5 is the first of two new entries. Memories is the lead single from their next album and debuts at #33. Watch this space.
The other newbie comes from Blackbear. Born in America as Matthew Musto, it's the singer/somgwriters debut single despite five albums, six EP's and a Mixtape. hot girl bummer is new at #34.
We can't leave the singles chart without an honorabe mention for Fleetwood Mac. The tour is over and it's been a huge success, big enough to place Dreams back in the chart at #40, exacltly 42 years after it left. Peaking it #16 in 1977 it was one of many played at their concerts. I attended the Dunedin concert and after five decades these guys can still rock.
It's been three years since Blink 182 were in the charts. This week they break the drought with Nine at #21. It's the American's eigth long player. So why Nine? They concider their 1994 demo, Buddha to be their first.
David Kilgour and the Heavy Eights are back with Bobby's A Girl at #25. Recorded in Port Chalmers, the album is inspired by the death of his friend Peter Gutteridge who was a member of The Clean, Snapper and The Chills that all helped contribute to the 'Dunedin Sound'
Former Oasis member Liam Gallagher has the final new album. Why Me? Why Not. is the follow up to 2017's As You Were and includes lead single Shockwave which is the best selling vinyl single of 2019 in the UK and his first solo single to top a chart, giving him a #1 in Scotland.
It's the end of the third quarter so here are the tallies for New Entries across the charts. Last year in brackets
Singles 124 (123)
NZ Singles 31 (24)
Top 40 NZ singles 5 (2)
Albums 128 (142)
Compilations 19 (26)
NZ Albums 68 (90)
Top 40 NZ Albums 18 (31)
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Chart Beat - 7 October, 2019

American rapper YNW Melly gains his second Top 40 single at #38. 223's may be the last single in the charts for the 20 year old as he is awaiting trial. He pled not guilty to double murder charges back in March.
Melbourne based Hp Boyz have the other new single this week with second hit Bad N Bouj at #39.
Over on the album chart it's all about the re-issue.
The NZ Album chart wasn't around when The Beatles first released their last studio album before their break up. Now 50 years on Abbey Road gets yet another remix and is back in the charts world wide. In the UK they top the charts in their 199th week. Over here the re-entey at #6 giving the album a new peak. This time around a number of packages have been created with two further discs of demo's and outtakes.
Dunedin band Straitjacket Fits re-enter the chart with Melt after nearly 29 years. They peaked at #13 back in 1990. The reissue see's the album on vinyl for the very first time. They re-enter at #33
There are two new albums in this weeks survey.
DRAX Project can lay claim to one of only a handdful of local acts that can crack the singles chart. After three Top 40 singles (the four-piece managed 11 in the NZ Top 20) they score the weeks highest new album. The self titled disc is new at #2
Country singer Aly Cook places her first disc, Caught In The Middle at #24. She has already performed her music in Australia, UK & Europe.
A new radio promotion from The Breeze in Totally 80's 2 is this weeks sole new entry on the compilations chart.
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Chart Beat - 14 October, 2019

Travis Scott has the highest new single with Highest In The Room entering the chart at #2. Tha Canadian's fifth hit single was released in a variety of formats, including 7-inch vinyl, cassette and CD single.
American country music duo Dan + Shay (Dan Smyers and Shay Mooney) open their account with 10,000 Hours at #4. It took six people to write the 2 minute 47 second song and is taken from their new self-titled album.
Summer Walker has the highest new album. The 23-year old American's first full length album follows the 2018 mixtape Last Day Of Summer which failed to chart here.
Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds place album number 12 at #21. Ghosteen is the Australian's 13th studio album and final part of a trilogy that includes Push the Sky Away (2013) and Skeleton Tree (2016) that both topped the charts here.
Irish singer-songwriter Dermot Kennedy also has his first taste of a NZ chart with Without Fear at #23. Developing his sound while busking in Dublin, Ireland and Boston USA, he can be catalogued under the pop/rock/folk genre. The album topped the Irish charts.
Angel Olsen may be placing her first album in our charts but she has four in her catalogue. All Mirrors puts the American Art pop singer at #28.
Six60 take Six60 (EP) on to 99 weeks in this weeks survey. An interesting fact about the chart is there has never been an album to stall at 99 weeks whilst Michael Jackson's Thriller stalled at 98. Based on that and with the #9 placement for the lad's, it looks unlikely they will be the first.
Before we leave the Album chart it's an honourable mention for Fat Freddy's Drop who re-enter the chart with Based On A True Story at #22. Peaking at the top for 10 weeks in 2005/ 2006 the disc is now out on vinyl with new album The Drop out in December on limited edition blue vinyl.
Chart Beat - 21 August 2019

Former One Direction member Harry Styles has this weeks highest new single. Lights Up, new at #7, is the first single from his upcoming album. For the record, One Direction have not actually broken up. Despite the reported 18-month hiatus being already over, there has been no reports of the lads reforming.
Six60 are also set to release a new album. New single Please Don’t Go at #8 and Raining at #6 are the third and fourth tracks from album Six60(3) due out 8 November.
Further down the chart is newcomer Regard The Kosovo based DJ born Dardan Aliu began his career in 2008 and opens his account at #32 with Ride It.
Worship group Hillsong list their latest offering at #19. Awake is the churches 26th NZ hit album. It’s also the only new album this week.
Chart Beat 29 October 2019

Only one new single and two new albums this week. Juice WRLD enters right at the bottom of the Top 40 with Bandit. It’s taken from the American rappers next album which is still to be announced.
James Arthur is new at #33 on the album chart with You. This is the Englishman’s third studio album and is described as "diverse, conceptual, [and] soulful" by the singer.
Everything Not Saved Will Be Lost Pt. 2 from Foals is the forth NZ charter from the English rockers new at #39. Considered as the second half of the series which began early on this year, it went one better in their homeland by topping the chart.

Written in Hamner Springs
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Chart Beat - 4 November, 2019

The Americans continue to dominate our charts. A look at nationalities across the Singles chart shows they have over half of the enries in the Top 40. Here's those stats:
America 63.6%
England 13.6%
New Zealand 9%
Canada 6.8%
Australia 4.5%
Scotland 2.2 %
Kosovo 2.2%
It's a busy chart with eight new singles.
American Selena Gomez leads off this weeks new entries with two singles from her to-be-announced third album with Lose You To Love Me (#2) and Look At Her Now (#23).
Kanye West recently said in Airpool Karaoke that being a Christian causes people to not listen to your music. Well the newly converted American doesn't appear hurt one bit as he charts four new singles from his ninth album Jesus Is King, which tops the Album chart on entry. Those singles are Follow God (8) Selah (24), Closed On Sunday (26) and Everything We Need (27).
Newcomer Arizona Zervas lists Roxanne at #30. The track has nothing similar to The Police song of the same name but takes the total to seven new American's this week.
American indie pop trio SHAED and Englishman ZAYN join forces for Trampoline at #38.
Rex Orange County (aka Alexander O'Connor) lists his debut album Pony at #6. It's the Englishman's third album but only first to chart anywhere.
Fly My Pretties are next with The Studio Recordings Pt. 1 at #14. It's the Wellington collectives sixth hit album and strangely, their first studio release. The previous albums were all recorded Live.
Former British Army officer James Blunt is back with sixth long player Once Upon A Mind at #16.
Northern Irelands Van Morrison places Three Chords And The Truth at #20. This album is important as it puts him in first place for most albums charted by artist; currently sitting at 39, just one ahead of Elton John.
Finally, Neil Young (with Crazy Horse) places his 39th (36 in our charts) at #40. Colorado was produced by John Hanlon. No! Not the kiwi. This guy is American
Chart Beat - 11 November, 2019

Last week I showed some stat's on different nationalities across the Singles chart which showed the American's are dominating. It's the same story in the album chart. Here's those stats:
America 51.2%
England 26.8%
New Zealand 9.7%
Canada 2.4%
Jamaica 2.4%
Scotland 2.4%
Northern Ireland 2.4%
Ireland 2.4%
American rockers Highly Suspect list album number three at #20. The 16 track album MCID (which stands for My Crew Is Dope) falls short of their biggest on entry as the 2016 release The Boy Who Died Wolf peaked at #10.
American rapper YelaWolf (aka Michael Atha) drops Ghetto Cowboy at #30. It's his fourth hit album and third highest.
English singer-songwriter Michael Kiwanuka has three albums in his catalogue but Kiwanuka is the second over here to chart after the #12 peak of Home Again from 2012. His musical style is Indie rock, soul and folk and the 32 year old has a truck load of awards back home including Album Of The Year.
No Surprises to see The Joshua Tree from U2 back in the chart. After the success of Friday nights concert its a wonder some tracks didn't appear in the singles chart since they were charting well on the digital chart. The lads re-enter at #16.
In a week where most of last weeks new singles drop, we only have two newbies.
Dua Lipa has the highest at #8 with Don't Start Now. It's the English lass's 8th hit single and comes from her upcoming second studio album.
American rapper Young Thug has the other with Hot at #40.
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Chart Beat - 18 November, 2019

The average length of a song in the singles chart continues to drop. Last year the average length of a song dropped to a 45 year low at 3 minutes 26 seconds. So far this year that figure is down to 3:19 taking the average length to the lowest since 1972. This weeks chart alone averages at 3:07 with 12 tracks clocking in under 3 minutes.
This weeks chart though is all about Six60. Two new tracks from their new long player Six60(3) enter the Top 40 whilst the album itself debuts at the top. Long Gone (#5) and Never Enough (#10) also take the Top 10 on to have six locals, the most in...well...ages. The Dunedinites have had an incredible decade with 37 singles hitting the NZ Singles chart and clocking in a total of 2006 chart weeks.
American Ant Saunders lists his debut single Yellow Hearts at #27 just as Roxanne from Arizona Zervas tops the chart. What both tracks have in common is they were released at the same time and both went viral in the first week.
American rapper Doja Cat lists the final new single. Juicy is new at #31 whilst her debut album Hot Pink is new at #20.
The third hit album from English lass FKA Twigs (aka Tahliah Barnett) enters the chart at #27. MAGDALENE sets a new high tide mark beating 2015's M3LL155X by three knotches.
American country singer Luke Combs has two albums in his catalogue. His second, What You See Is What You Get, becomes our first at #32.
Over on the compilations chart, Now That's What I Call Music 60 debuts at #2 and looks set to take the top spot next week.

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Chart Beat - 25 November, 2019

We may have eight local singles in this weeks Singles Chart but there hasn't been a number one since 2017. That song was from Lorde who spent a single week at the top with Green Light. For the record we have had 13 kiwi number ones this decade.
Two of those kiwi tracks in this weeks chart are new entries from the latest Six60 album. Ghosts (#21) and Tomorrow (#28) take their overall tally to 23. If you include the track Catching Feelings where they contribute to the DRAX Project song, the lads take out the Top 9 singles on this weeks NZ Single Top 20.
The highest new single though belongs to Billie Eilish. It's been quite a year for the 17-year-old American. everything i wanted is her ninth Top 40 single this year and will be included on her next album.
One Direction member Harry Styles has the final new single. Watermelon Sugar, new at #33, is the second single from his next album. Fine Line is due out on 13 December.
Fat Freddy's Drop have the highest new album. Debuting at #4, Special Edition, Pt. 1 is one half of a planned double LP.
The first English speaking album from Céline Dion in six years slots in nicely behind FFD at #5. Courage is the Canadian's 27th album and 18th NZ Top 40 album.
The follow up to BENEE's Top 20 EP Fire On Marzz is new at #19. Stella And Steve is a five track EP. As yet there is no full length album.
Two rappers round off this weeks newbies. Canadian rapper Tory Lanez lists Chixtape 5 at #25 and American Lil Peep charts Everybody's Everything at #27. Both albums will probably also leave next week. Better get my hat out in case they don't.
The fourth in The Kiwi Music Scene series is new at #8. This double disc is jam packed with tracks from 1969. Frenzy tell me to expect the next one, from 1965, in the new year.
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Chart Beat - 2 december, 2019

Newcomer Trevor Daniel has the first of five new singles. The Houston-based musician turned to music in 2012 when he could no longer play American Football. Falling is new at #20,
Scot Lewis Capaldi lists the follow up to his #4 hit Someone You Loved at #23. Before You Go is taken from the extended edition of his debut album Divinely Uninspired To A Hellish Extent.
We've had a really bad few years for kiwis in the Singles chart. It finally looks like the drought is over with another two this week taking the total to nine in this weeks Top 40. BENEE is no stranger to the chart. Glitter new at #24 is her second hit and comes from her first EP Fire On Marzz. It's only taken 22 weeks to cross over from the NZ Singles chart.
Mitch James is another local who has struggled to crack the Top 40. Sunday Morning is his 7th single in the NZ chart but only first in the Top 40 despite good radio play.
Khalid lists his 12th hit single with Up All Night at #36
Two days before it's release, fourteen 15x20cm adverts filled with lyrics and guitar chords appeared in the Otago Daily Times. It certainly got people talking. All was revealed a day later. Coldplay had chosen the paper to promote their new album. Mystery still surrounds why the Brits chose a newspaper on the other side of the planet but that great piece of marketing has given the lads a 12th hit album Everyday Life.
Michael Bublé has been Mr Christmas with his festive album since 2011 but now he has competition. In the UK this week it was a battle for the top between Coldplay, Robbie Williams and Leanard Cohen as it was here All three end up in the Top 4 over here, unable to penetrate Six60. Williams album The Christmas Present is a double disc with Christmas Past on one and Christmas Present on the other. He debuts at #3
Cohen may have been dead two years but he can still pack a punch. Thanks For The Dance, new at #4, is the fifteenth and final studio album by the Canadian and features songs left over from his last disc.
Anika Moa has had big success with her first two Songs For Bubbas albums. Now a third debuts at #13.
Finally, Trippie Redd places his mixtape A Love Letter To You 4 at #17
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Chart Beat - 9 December, 2019

Besides the inevitable festive re-entries (All I Want For Christmas Is You by Mariah Carey at #23 and Last Christmas by Wham! (#36) there are only two new singles; and they both come from the same artist.
The Weeknd (aka Abel Tesfaye) is releasing Chapter VI next year. Heartless (#13) and Blinding Lights (#26) takes the Canadian's singles tally to 14.
Over on the album chart Christmas is also taking a hold. Michael Bublé (for the ninth straight year) Sol3 Mio and Mariah Carey with a deluxe edition of Merry Christmas which hasn't charted since Chistmas Eve 1995 all re-enter the chart.
It was inevitable after the success of the first movie in 2014 that a sequal would be big. Now the soundtrack to Frozen II, new at #9, proves it. The original topped the charts for three weeks
The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra have been releasing albums with popular artists at Christmas for some years now and the trend continues with You're In My Heart featuring Rod Stewart new at #39. This is the orchestra's sixth such album since 2015. They followed another trend in the 80's with Hooked On Classics.
The Game (Jayceon Taylor) places Born 2 Rap at #40 with his first hit album since 2015.
Chart Beat - 16 December 2019

An appearance on the Graham Norton show with his latest single on Friday had no bearing on the popularity of his new single, but it can’t hurt. The third single from Harry Styles’ sophomore album is this weeks highest new single. Adore You is new at #13.
American rapper Don Toliver (born Caleb Tolliver) has been releasing music since 2017 but it’s his sixth single that breaks the ice. No Idea is up to #68 in the US and debuts here at #37.
Rapper Juice WRLD has a surprise two re-entry singles with Lucid Dreams at #17 and Bandit at #40. He passed away during the week after a seizure at Chicago airport. He was only 21.
Aucklanders L.A.B are back with their third long player. L.A.B III comes less than a year after their last and debuts highest in the chart for the band. Combining rock, soul, funk and dub they debut at #5.
Cuban-American Camila Cabello follows her first hit with Romance at #7 and is being promoted with The Romance tour across Europe and North America.
Sticky Fingers frontman Dylan Frost lists his first solo project at #10. EP Lush Linguistic was recorded in Mount Maunganui with help from Tiki Taane and KORA’s Laughton Kora.
Despite being dead 18 months Xxxtentacion remains very popular. The fourth and final album from the American was initially planned as his debut album with October 2016 the release date. That project finally sees its release and includes 25 tracks most clocking in well under 3 minutes. Bad Vibes Forever is new at #25.
The Chainsmokers are back with World War Joy at #30. It’s well down on the peak of their first two in the album chart so watch this space.
The US decade chart of the 2010’s is out showing a couple of kiwi entries. Lorde has two. Single Royals sits at #18 with her album Pure Heroine at #49. The soundtrack to Moana is the third sitting at #42.
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Chart Beat - 23 December, 2019

The top 2 singles remain stable for a fourth straight week. Roxanne by Arizona Zervas has been at the top for six weeks now whilst Dance Monkey from Tones & I, which has been at the top for 20 weeks In Australia and 11 in the UK, remains at #2 where it has been for four weeks after it's nine week stay at the top.
Three new singles venture into the Top 40. Harry Styles takes his tally to five in this weeks chart alone with the release of his new album Fine Line. Falling is new at #24 whilst Golden debuts at #40. The album tops the chart on entry, beating his high tide mark after his first self titled album peaked at #2 two years ago.
Camila Cabello has the other new single. The Cuban-American lass debuted last week with her second album Romance. My Oh My new at #31 is her fourth hit single.
UK rapper and personal friend to Ed Sheeran, Stormzy, debuts at #20 with his second long player. Heavy Is The Head is abbrieviated h.i.t.h. and has Vossi Bop as the supporting single.
Kaytranada has the final new album. Born Louis Celestin, the Haitian-Canadian DJ began his career in 2010 releasing two albums, four mixtapes and five EP's. It's his second album BUBBA that breaks the ice here with a #38 debut.
No new compilations again this week but a re-entry is interesting. Way back in 1980 a compilation of local punk artists entered the compilation chart. Since then, AK'79 made a comeback in 1993 peaking at #2 overall. It's been 40 years so its time for an anniversary edition.
Chart Beat - 30 December 2019

It’s happened again. For the second year in a row the festive song has taken over our charts. Mariah Carey is back at the top with All I Want For Christmas Is You. The only other time a track reappeared at the top a year later was the Red Nose Song. Only one new single enters the Top 40 with 13 re-entries.
Elvis Presley released Blue Christmas back in 1964. It’s a cover of a Doye O'Dell song first released in 1948. This week the king enters the chart at #40. It peaked here at #5 in 1964 on the then Lever Hit Parade
Very quiet on the album and compilation charts with no new entries.
And that’s it for 2019. The annual review will follow along with the decade charts. Here's the number of new entries across the charts for the year with last years tally in backets:
Singles: 164 (192)
NZ Singles 51 (44)
Albums: 171 (202)
Compilations: 22 (34)
NZ Albums: 87 (124)

Written in Wanaka.
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