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.
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.
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.