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Chart Beat - 6 January 2020

The bottom half of the singles chart is a mess as the chart corrects itself from last weeks festive rush. 13 re-entries, one of them that debuted in 2018, and five new entries appear with Tones And I's Dance Monkey back at the top for a 10th week.
Despite three huge albums, NZ reggae supegroup L.A.B. have never had a hit single until this week. In The Air at #21, comes from their third album.
Australian No Money Enterprise came from humble beginnings but now they have a hit single on their hands. German is new at #36.
American rapper Roddy Ricch also makes his debut with The Box at #37. It's taken from his album Please Excuse Me For Being Antisocial which topped the US charts last month and debuts here at #33.
DaBaby follows the theme with his debut single. BOP new at#38. He was recently arrested for allegedly robbing a victim of $80, a credit card, and then doused him with apple juice.
American rap collective Brockhampton round off this weeks newbies withtheir first; SUGAR is at #40.
One other new entry ventures into this weeks chart.
Travis Scott presents JACKBOYS at #5 on the Albums chart. Its a compilation of tracks that appear on is new Cactus Jack record label.
Chart Beat - 13 January, 2020

The 29th hit single for Canadian Justin Bieber is the only new single this week. Despite being unwell and suffering from Chronic Mono, he has still been able to put together a new album. That as yet untitled fifth album is due in March with the lead single, Yummy, debuting this week at #2.
The only other new enntry in the main charts is the debut album from Marina Bloom. The Russian born kiwi grew up performing traditional songs in her home land but now calls New Zealand her home. She released five singles last year, Her debut album Back Where We Started is new on the NZ Albums Top 20 at #16.
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Chart Beat - 20 January 2020

After debuting at #2 last week, Canadian Justin Bieber scores his fourth number one with Yummy. This takes his tally to 15 weeks at the top which equals with Pharrell Williams and Post Malone.
Four new singles venture into this weeks Top 40.
Future (aka Nayvadius Wilburn) lists his third chart single with Life Is Good at #17. It's expected to be the lead single from a sequal to a mixtape that he did with Drake, who is featured on this track.
Selena Gomez is next with Rare at #28. Her 16th hit single, she has never managed a week at the top, despite 164 chart weeks. Rare is the title track to her new album which debuts at #2. It's also the only new album in this weeks survey.
Mac Miller passed away from a drug overdose in 2018 but he continues to sell records. Good News, new at #31, is from his new album Circles, which is just out.
Doja Cat has the final new entry. Say So debuts at #37 and is her second hit single.
Chart Beat - 27 January, 2020

Updating the statistics to the end of 2019 I noticed a record has just been brokem. Adele held the record for most consecutive weeks in the Top 40 for her album 21 but we now have Six60 sitting on 256 consecutive weeks for Six60(2).
Eminem is back with a surprise new album. In the UK he gains the double, topping both the singles chart and the albums chart on entry. Music To Be Murdered By is inspired from the 1958 Jeff Alexander album Alfred Hitchcock Presents Music To Be Murdered By. Over here he scores four new singles, the highest just missing the top. Godzilla debuts at #2 and breaks the record for the fastest verse on a rap song. In the third verse, Eminem raps 10.65 syllables per second. Other new singles are Those Kinda Eyes (#30), Darkness (#35) and Unaccommodating (#37).
Halsey has the other new single. Taken from her new album Manic which debuts at #4, You should be sad (#24) gets its inspiration from the country genre. As she says: "the most petty and heartbreaking songs all come fom country".
Last week Mac Miller entered the chart with the lead single from his posthumous album Circles. That track, Good News moves up to #17 this week as the album enters the chart at #3. Miller's producer and friend Jon Brian only had 80% of the recording at Millers death but managed to polish it off and complete the disc.
Finally, the first new album on the compilations chart enters at #10. Worship Anthems 2020 showcases 25 tracks from Spring Harvest, Worship Central, NewDay, Keswick and One Event.
Chart Beat - 3 february 2020

This weeks number one in the US jumps three knotches to become our second new number one this year. The Box is American rapper Roddy Ricch's first big single anywhere.
Two new tracks enter this weeks Top 40.
What A Man Gotta Do is the latest offering from Jonas Brothers. New at #31, it's Kevin, Joe and Nick's third hit single here and lead single from their sixth as-yet-unannounced sixth album.
Tones And I had a massive hit with Dance Monkey. It topped the charts in no less than 40 countries including 11 weeks here and in the UK and an amazing 24 weeks across the ditch. Now the Australian singer who was born Toni Watson has a second hit in New Zealand. Never Seen The Rain debuts at #40.
No new albums this week but 2020 Grammy Nominees enters the compilations chart at #3.
Next week expect a surge in sales from Elton John as he begins his six New Zealand shows for his Farewell Yellow Brick Road tour.
Chart Beat - 10 February, 2020

L.A.B. take their debut single In The Air to #2 this week. Knocking on the door of the number one single , they are one of only a couple of NZ acts that have been this high since our last local number one. That honour goes to Lorde who topped the chart for one week in March 2017 with Green Light.
MEDUZA has the only new single in this weeks survey. Lose Control, new at #37, is the Italian production trio's second hit here after last years Piece Of Your Heart which peaked at #27. Lose Control was written in 2018 by six different people.
No surprise re-entries from Elton John after his Dunedin concert on Tuesday but that may still happen with Napier and Auckland concerts still to come. A 35,000 strong Dunedin audience was still enough to push Diamonds back to #3 this week. Elton's biggest album was of course Goodbye yellow Brick Road which spent 102 weeks in our charts, sitting at the 39th place on the longevity list. Next week may also see a surge in sales for Queen + Adam Lambert as they embark on their New Zealand tour. Both artists are selling well on the digital charts.
Three new albums venture into this weeks Top 40.
Englishman Louis Tomlinson places his debut album Walls at #27. The One Direction member has two hit singles to date from 2017. He claims he spent a long time on this album as he craved a "hit single". He wanted to create a disc totally different from his boy band songs.
American rapper Russ follows his There's Really A Wolf 2017 debut with third hit album SHAKE THE SNOW GLOBE at #29. His last album Zoo only managed to chart one week in 2018.
Finally American Meghan Trainor places her third album at #40. Treat Myself was originally due out August 2018, prefering to "get everything out of my head". She claimed she was in a really good place writing songs.
Dance/Electric compile Sick Music 2020 in the Compilations chart at #10 rounds off this weeks new entries.
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Chart Beat - 17 February, 2020

The 30th hit single from Canadian Justin Bieber enters the chart at #10 on the eve of his next album Changes. Intentions is very similar to Yummy which sits at #9, and is the first time he gains a hit with rapper Quavo. It's actually the third time he has worked with him.
Dua Lipa places Physical at #39. It's the second single from her upcoming second studio album due out in April. Just for the record, there is no comparison to the Olivia Newton-John hit from 1981, but it is influenced by 1980's synth pop.
Lewis Capaldi has the final new single. Bruises debuts at #40 and is the Scots third hit.
Over on the album chart, Ed Sheeran takes ÷ to 154 weeks and, in doing so, makes it three albums in the Longevity Chart top six.
Green Day has the highest of three new long players. Father Of All M************, new at #5, is the bands 15th hit album and their shortest, running at only 26 minutes 16 seconds. It was announced this week that the band, along with Weezer and Fall out Boy, will tour Godzone later in the year.
The soundtrack to Birds Of Prey debuts at #27. The number one movie at Box Office this week, it's the latest superhero movie from DC Comics.
The final new album this week is from Denzel Curry and Kenny Beats. UNLOCKED, new at #38 is an EP and is accompanied by a short film.
It's taken 19 and a half years but finally a compilation of New Zealand punk bands cracks the number one spot on the compilation chart. AK '79 showcases bands like Suburban Reptiles, Scavengers, Swingers, and Toy Love just to name a few.
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Chart Beat - 24 February, 2020

Six new singles in this weeks survey. The first is the 11th hit from Englishman Sam Smith. To Die For, new at #39, is the title track from his next album, due out 1 May.
Khalid and Disclosure are next with Know Your Worth at #38. It's the second collaboration from the pair, the first being Talk from last year.
Newcomer SAINt JHN (aka Carlos St. John) is an American rapper, singer, and producer. His debut single, Roses, is at #37.
Next comes Surfaces. The duo, comprising of Colin Padalecki and Forrest Frank, place Sunday Best at #35.
L.A.B. have to be content with a third week at #2 as the week belongs to Justin Bieber. The third single (Forever) from his new album
Changes debuts at #32 as Intentions jumps eight knotches to become the second number one in a row for the Canadian. The album debuts at #2.
Six60 take The Greatest into the longevity chart as it reached 30 weeks. They now have three songs charting 30 weeks or more, the others being Vibes and Closer.
The highest new single belongs to Billie Eilish. No Time To Die new at #9 is the theme song from the next Bond film and the 18 year old's 13th hit. It also flies to the top of the charts in the UK.
The third hit album from Australian psychedelic multi-instrumentalist. Tame Impala debuts just behind Bieber at #3. The Slow Rush is actually Kevin Parker's fourth and lives up to it's title. It was originally scheduled for release last year.
Disc number four from Canadian born kiwi Tami Neilson enters the chart at #8. Chickaboom! is to date her third biggest.
American hip hoppers $uicideBoy$ and A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie have the other two new albums.

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Chart Beat - 2 March, 2020

The 143rd single to reach 30 weeks moves up a knotch to #6. That single, Dance Monkey by Tones And I started out at #17 but has spent the rest of it's time in the Top 10.
Three new singles grace the bottom of this weeks chart.
The follow up to Blinding Lights from The Weeknd debuts at #29. After Hours is his 15th chart hit.
Lil Mosey is next at #37 with Blueberry Faygo. Despite seven hits in the Hot 40 chart, this is the first true hit for American rapper born Lathan Echols. Incidentallly, a Faygo is a soft drink company
headquartered in Detroit, Michigan
Another rapper makes his debut at #39 with death bed. Powfu comes from Canada.
The current Elton John compilation Diamonds reached 85 weeks this week. When you concider his first compilation, Greatest Hits from 1975 (which peaked at #2 for four weeks and was at the height of his career) it's interesting that Diamonds, which also peaked at #2, stays in the chart nearly 20 weeks longer.
Also on the longevity list, The Complete Greatest Hits from The Eagles leapfrogs Hotel California to be sitting side by side at #130 and #131.
Korean boyband BTS debut at the top with Map Of The Soul : 7. It's the follow up to last years EP Map Of The Soul: Persona which also opened at the number one.
Ozzy Osbourne is next with Ordinary Man at #12. His 14th hit album, this one features a duet with Elton John as the title track.
Canadian Grimes (aka Claire Boucher) lists her second hit (and fifth album) Miss Anthropocene at #28, matching the peak of Art Angels from 2015.
Apologies for the last two late editions. I had problems adding to the forum.
Chart Beat - 9 March, 2020

It took a while but after four straight weeks in the runner-up position L.A.B. top the chart with In The Air. It's the first kiwi number one single since March 2017 when Lorde hit number one with with Green Light. That's a three year gap between drinks!!!
Lady Gaga has the only new single. Stupid Love, new at #23 is her 23rd hit single and first after A Star Is Born yielded two hits. Stupid Love is taken from her upcoming sixth album Chromatica due out 10 April.
Two new albums make it to this weeks survey.
Lil Baby (aka Dominique Jones) lists his first hit album at #19. My Turn is his second long player and boasts a full 20 tracks over 60 minutes for the American rapper.
The fourth album to hit our charts for Five Finger Death Punch is F8. Debuting at #36 it is the first to feature drummer Charlie Engen. This is the American's 8th album.
Triple J's Hottest 100, volume 27 is the sole new compilation this week and tenth in the series to chart here.
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Chart Beat - 16 March 2020

L.A.B. hold onto the top spot for a second week with single In The Air It may only be two weeks but you have to go all the way back to 2014 to find a local act to make it more than a single week. That song was Freaks which spent five weeks at the top for Timmy Trumpet and Savage.
Speaking of kiwis's, BENEE scores the highest new single with Supalonely at #7. The Aucklander received the biggest endorement of her career this week with Elton John predicting she will be the next big artist on a global scale. The track features vocals from Auckland singer, producer and multi-instrumentalist Gus Dapperton.
Lil Uzi Vert has the other two new singles.
P2 (#34) and That Way (#38) are taken from his second album Eternal Atake which debuts at #3.
The 321st album to reach 50 weeks in the history of the chart is the second on the list from Billie Eilish. WHEN WE ALL FALL ASLEEP, WHERE DO WE GO? sits this week at #8 on the album chart, while don't smile at me sits at #35 in its 114th week.
Nadia Reid has the highest new album. The Port Chalmers resident last peaked at #13 with Preservation in 2017. Out Of My Province, new at #2, is receiving great reviews and even available on pink vinyl.
Lauv may have had three hit singles but the American has had to wait until this week for a hit album. That, of course, would be due to ~how i'm feeling~, new #6, being his first studio album. His first long player was actually a compilation, two years ago. Strange times indeed!!
America Jhené Aiko has the final new album with Chilombo at #23. This is actually her third full length album.
The 11th WOMAD album is the sole new entry on this weeks Compilations Chart.
Chart Beat - 23 March 2020

Two newcomers make up this weeks new singles.
DripReport is basically reported as “an Indian dude who makes really cool remixes of popular songs”. That’s all I can find! Sketches is new at #30.
24kGoldn is Californian rapper Golden Jones. His first Single City Of Angels debuts at #39.
Over on the album chart we have another entry in the longevity chart. Khalid takes Free Spirit onto 50 weeks becoming the 322nd long player to do so.
Nial Horan has the highest new entry of the week. His last album Flicker peaked at #3 in 2017. Now his sophomore, Heartbreak Weather, debuts at #4. For this one he wanted to tell a story that had been in his head.
American Don Toliver has the other new album. Heaven Or Hell new at #14 is his first and is supported by his debut single No Idea.
On a sad note, Kenny Rogers has passed away aged 81 of natural causes. His career gave us 20 hit singles with 171 chart weeks and 15 albums with 159 chart weeks. Biggest single was Lucille from 1977 which peaked at #2. His biggest album was Greatest Hits from 1980 which topped the chart for three weeks. The gambler has broken even.

Written in Queenstown.
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Chart Beat - 30 March 2020

It's been an interesting week for digital sales. Along with nine Kenny Rogers songs there have been tracks by Bob Dylan, Jimmy Barnes, USA For Africa, Bruce Springsteen, Phil Collins and even Rick Wakeman charting inside the Top 50. Only Kenny makes it back onto the official Top 40 with his 1979 hit The Gambler. For the record, that song, despite its popularity, only managed a peak at #29. He re-enters this week at #32. Compilation Through The Years debuts at #13 and 21 Number Ones, which peaked at #7 in 2012, re-enters the chart at #17.
The 144th single to reach 30 weeks in the chart follows the trend we are currently in for longevity in albums and singles. Circles by Post Malone enters that list at #134. His Beerbongs And Bentleys album also reaches 100 weeks. Expect a few more in coming weeks.
We have a new number one single. The Weekend has been at the top across the ditch with Blinding Lights for nine weeks. Now he extends it to New Zealand with his third number one. His 16th hit single In Your Eyes is also this weeks only new single, along with his fourth album, After Hours, which debuts at the top, giving him the double.
It's a good time to release an album with most big releases set back due to Covid 19. The next month could slow things down. We do have four new albums this week though.
Childish Gambino (aka Donald Glover Jr) peaked at #21 in 2016 with his first album Awaken, My Love!. This week, his second
03.15.20 debuts at #18. The title refers to the date the album was uploaded to a website before being taken down 12 hours later.
American singer Conan Gray lists his debut album Kid Krow at #32.
Chart Beat - 6 August, 2020

DRAX Project and Juice WRLD are the latest acts to reach a longevity milestone. Catching Feelings is the 145th single to reach 30 weeks and Goodbye And Good Riddance the 323rd album to reach 50 weeks since the chart began in 1975. The DRAX Project track is also the 14th local track on the list. Lewis Capaldi also makes it to 50 weeks with Someone You Loved.
Four new singles this week. Dua Lipa lists hit #10 at #12 with Break My Heart. Physical (which re-enters at #16) and Don't Start Now, which jumps up to #6, all come from her second long player Future Nostalgia which debuts at the top of the chart.
Canadian PartyNextDoor and Barbadian Rihanna join forces for BELIEVE IT new at #17. The song marks three years since Rihanna appeared on a single. That track was Lemon from N.E.R.D. which failed to chart here. The track is taken from the new PartyNextDoor album which debuts at #27.
American rapper Megan Thee Stallion (Megan Pete) opens her account with Savage at #21 as does another American rapper, Jack Harlow with What's Poppin' at #38
Other new albums come from 5 Seconds Of Summer, Pearl Jam and Joycer Lucas.
CALM is the fourth album from 550S and got plagued by a shipping error. Around 10,000 copies were released early in the U.S. causing it to chart there before it was officially released.
Pearl Jam have been releasing albums since 1991. Gigaton is their eleventh studio album and 18th to chart giving them 380 weeks in the chart. Lead track is Dance Of The Clairvoyants is well worth a listen.
American rapper Joyner Lucas lists his debut album ADHD at #10.
For the first time since 1 July 1979 there is no Compilations Chart. Due to shops closed with Corvid19 there is not enough sales data. It's hoped the chart can restart once things settle down.
The first quarter for 2020 has already passed. Here's the count on new entries this year with last weeks figues in brackets:
Singles: 37 (31)
Kiwi Top 40 Singles: 2 (1)
NZ Single: 2 (4)
Albums: 32 (32)
Kiwi Top 40 Albums: 1 (6)
NZ Album: 14 (16)
Compilation: 5 (2)
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Chart Beat - 13 April, 2020

The 18th hit single for Canadian Drake is this weeks highest new single, at #3. Toosie Slide is a dance challenge with the song beginning it's life on social media. We can expect a new album soon.
The third single from Doja Cat comes from the soundtrack to Birds Of Prey. Boss Bitch is new at #29
Hip-Hopper S1mba has the other new single. Rover debuts at #30.
Six60 return to the top of the albums chart for a 16th week with Six60(3). The record for most weeks at the top for one album is currently held by Hayley Westenra who spent 19 weeks at the top with 2003's Pure.
Another three albums enter this weeks survey.
Hamilton rockers Devilskin are back with studio album number three. To date the four-piece have had two number ones, a live album that peaked at #12 and RED, their new one, which debuts at #8.
This week we sadly lost another artist. Bill Withers only had one NZ hit single. That was Lovely Day which was released in 1977 but didn't chart here until 1989, peaking at #29. He was also well known for Ain't No Sunshine (US #3) and Lead On Me (US #1) that made it to #1 in New Zealand for Club Nouveau. Sadly he passed away on 3 April from heart compilactions. His compile The Essential becomes his first NZ chart album at #24.
American Thundercat (aka Stephen Bruner) opens his account with his fourth album at #36. It Is What It Is can be filed under Funk, R&B, Jazz... take your pick.
Chart Beat - 20 April 2020

We are experiencing unprecedented times. That's the catch phrase at the moment anyway. Covid-19 is having a big effect on our chart. No new entry or re-entry singles this week resulting in the quietest chart since the chart began. There were three other occasions in 2015 and 2016 (twice) when there were no new singles but those weeks we had one re-entry. That makes this chart the quiestest in its 45-year history.
We do have a new number one. Last week Canadian Drake listed the highest new entry of the week. This week Toosie Slide reaches the penthouse giving him his fifth number one.
Also, the 147th single to reach 30 weeks is Maroon 5's Memories. That's their fourth on the longevity list.
The album chart yields two new entries.
The Strokes' sixth long player has an approapriate title for the times. The New Abnormal is their first in seven years and dates back to 2016 when writing began. There's an interesting connection to the 70's with this band. One of the members is Albert Hammond Jr, son to Albert Hammond who had five hit singles in the early seventies.
Tory Lanez lists his fourth album entry at #23. The New Toronto 3 is a mixtape from the Canadian rapper.
Chart Beat - 27 April, 2020

After last weeks lean chart we have four new singles.
The Weeknd returns to the top with Blinding Lights for a fourth week. Also numbers 4-15 remain static.
American rapper DaBaby follows up his debut single with Rockstar at #18. The track comes from his third album Blame It On Baby which debuts at #3 on the Album Chart.
Sam Smith is poised to release his next album. It was originally to be called To Die For but we can expect a new title. The Englishman conciders with the current Corvid-19 pandemic it is insensitive. Lead single from that as-yet-untitled album is I'm Ready, new this week at #28.
Next comes newcomer JP Saxe. The Canadian rapper, born Jonathan Starker, places If The World Was Ending from the EP Hold It Together at #30
Playboi Carti is another newcomer. The American rapper has his second album on the way and lists three mixtapes to his discography. @ MEH debuts at #34.
It's been a long time between drinks for albums from Fiona Apple. Her first album Tidal peaked at #22 in 1996. Her second The Idler Wheel is Wiser Than The Driver Of The Screw And Whipping Cords Will Serve You More Than Ropes Will Ever Do peaked at #30 in 2012. Now she finally has a third. The American singer's fifth studio album Fetch The Bolt Cutters debuts at #14 giving her a new high tide mark. She began recording it way back in 2015.
Finally American singer Jeremy Zucker places love is not dying at #38. Despite eight EP's, this is his first full length album.
Chart Beat - 4 May, 2020

It's taken 11 weeks but SAINt JHN finally gets to take his remix of Roses to the top of the NZ charts. To date the single has been number one for 3 weeks across the ditch along with topping the UK and Netherlands charts.
THE SCOTTS have the highest new single. Comprised of Travis Scott and Kid Cudi, the self titled track began it's life on the game Astronomical. The track debuts at #2.
Juice WRLD posthumously debuts at #14 with Righteous and is the lead single from a new album.
Newcomer Surf Mesa places ily (i love you baby) at #33. The track includes segments from Frankie Valli's hit Can't Take My Eyes Off You from 1967.
Over on the album chart, Lewis Capaldi takes Divinely Uninspired To A Hellish Extent into the longevity list with the 323rd album to reach 50 weeks in the charts history. His single Someone You Loved is also still charting, this week at 54 weeks.
Two new albums grace the bottom of this weeks chart.
Lennon Stella has the highest with Three. Two. One. at #30. The Canadian singer and actress is known for her roll of Maddie Conrad in the musical Nashville but this is her first full length album after 2018's Love, Me EP.
Englishman Tom Misch joins up with Yussef Dayes for his second album. What Kinda Music, new at #40, is his first to chart here.
Chart Beat - 11 May, 2020

Drake lists hit singles #19 and 20 with the release of his mixtape Dark Lane Demo Tapes, which debuts at the top of the Album chart. Pain 1993 at #17 and Chicago Freestyle at #31 are concidered a warm up to his sixth album due sometime in winter.
Marshmello ropes in Halsey for Be Kind at #37. It's the American's sixth hit single since he opened his account in 2017.
Newcomer Sam Fischer has the fourth and final new single with This City at #39. The Australian singer-songwriter re-released the track from the EP Not A Nobby from 2018.
In a first for the album chart, the top three has a new entry, a re-entry, and a new entry. Drake has the top spot followed by Devilskin's latest RED which had a disappointing one week stay at #8. Reb Fountain takes the third spot. Her second album makes a huge improvement on her debut from 2017. Back then, Little Arrows only managed a #36 peak. The California born, Christchurch raised, Auckland homed singer starts off sounding similar to Kate Bush and by albums end has travelled through genres from Lady Gaga, Patti Smith and a host of others. Great review in the ODT.
Fly My Pretties gave us The Studio Recordings Pt. 1 back in November; now we have Pt.2. Debuting at #17 a few knotches short of the former, this is the Wellingtonians sixth hit album.
Finally, City Of Souls enter the chart with SYNÆSTHESIA at #34. The six-piece Auckland band can be considered a supergroup with members coming from Blindspott, Blacklistt, 8 Foot Sativa, New Way Home, Cold By Winter, In Dread Response and Solstate. Formed in 2014, this is their first venture into the charts.
Chart Beat - 18 May, 2020

It's week 20 for this years charts and we still have a lot of hangers-on from last year. The singles chart has 12 entries while the album chart has 22.
This week we have four new singles, three of them clocking in under three minutes. The first dives straight to the top. Ariana Grande and Justin Bieber joined forces for Stuck With U, which is a charity single for First Responders Children's Foundation. It's a very different style for the pair, with 50's influences.
6ix9ine has the shortest of the new singles. Clocking in at just 2:12, GOOBA debuts at #13 and is the lead single to his second album.
Next is Hp Boyz with 6 To The WORLD at #14. It's the Melbourne Samoan cousins third hit single. The track is taken from to the EP of the same name which debuts at #2.
Chris Brown and Young Thug have the fourth single. Go Crazy is new at #34. It comes from the collaborative Mixtape Slime & B, which debuts at #16.
American Kehlani Parrish lists her second album at #6. It Was Good Until Is Wasn't raises the bar after her first album While We Wait peaked at #17 last year.
Paramore lead vocalist Hayley Williams debuts with her first solo album at #24. Petals For Armor is at the top of the Scottish charts this week and was preceeded by two EP's with the same name. We can expect a sixth Paramore album to be announced soon.
Canadian rapper Nav places his third album Good Intentions at #30. His second album Bad Habits was the first to chart here, peaking at #36.
We may have gone to alert level two with Covert-19 but there is still no compilation chart.
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Chart Beat - 25 May 2020

Da Baby scores his first number one with single Rockstar. It’s the second new number one in two weeks.
25-year old rapper Don Toliver has the only new single with After Party at #39. His second single comes from the album Heaven Or Hell.
It’s a different story in the album chart with five new entries.
We start with a surprise re-entry at number one. Waitakere metallers Blindspott spent one week at the top with their self-titled album in 2002, along with 58 weeks in the chart. Now, 910 weeks later, they are back at the top due to the album's re-release on vinyl. It's certainly the biggest gap for a kiwi album between weeks at the top, but that record goes to Michael Jackson with Thriller. The disc had a 1251 week gap.
Avantdale Bowling Club have the highest new album with Live at #4. Recorded at Auckland’s Powerstation in August 2019, the album includes extended live versions of four tracks from the self-titled debut album.
Keeping the kiwi flavour, Th’ Dudes are new at #7 with Bliss On Wax. The kiwi legends gave us classics with Right First Time, Be Mine Tonight and this albums title track Bliss. The lads only made two albums: Right First Time released 1979 and Where Are The Boys from 1980. Chart success sadly elluded them but this remastered selection gives them a new high tide mark in any chart.
Chicago rapper Polo G opens his account with THE GOAT at #20. His first album Die A Legend peaked at #6 last year in the US but failed here.
Sticking with American rap, Future is back with High Off Life at #21. This is his eighth studio album since 2012 along with five mixtapes and two EP’s.
Charlotte Aitchison aka Charli XCX rounds off this weeks newbies with how I’m feeling now at #40.
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Chart Beat - 1 June, 2020

Lady Gaga and Ariana Grande make a formidable force with this weeks highest new single. Rain On Me, new at #2 is taken from Gaga’s new album Chromatica just out on Friday. It is the biggest-ever opening week for streaming numbers by an all-female collaboration in UK Singles Chart history.
Darak Figueroa (aka American rapper) StaySolidRocky) has the other new single at #37 with Party Girl.
All four new albums enter inside the top 10.
English YouTuber KSI is at #3 with Dissimulation. Beginning with gaming commentary videos, the 26 year old progressed to comedy rap and now more serious releases including six UK Top 40 singles. This is his debut album.
Cheshire rockers The 1975 also have a high entry into the chart. Notes On A Conditional Form is at #4. Their fourth long player is the second and final part of the two albums from their third release cycle, "Music for Cars" which began with A Brief Inquiry into Online Relationships from 2018. It’s a huge 22 track 80 minute collection.
American rapper Gunna lists WUNNA at #7. His follow up to Drip or Drown 2 makes a huge improvement from the #35 peak last year.
Then we have South Korean rapper Agust D with D-2 at #10. This is his second album but first to chart here.

Written in Te Anau
Chart Beat - 8 June 2020

Longevity continues to be the theme in both main charts, especially albums. Of the 35 new albums since the beginning of April, only 11 are still charting in the second week of June. It's not so bad on the singles chart but 11 of this years 66 new entries only managed one week.
Just to prove the point, all four of last weeks new albums plumet down the chart with one dropping off the Top 40. Remember, they all debuted in the Top 10 last week.
Lady Gaga has the expected debut at number one with 8th long player Chromatica. Delayed for several weeks due to Covid-19 it covers dark topics like mental health, depression, sexual assault and lonliness. It also yields this weeks only new single. Sour Candy is her 25th hit single and debut's at #11.
Singapore born Norwegian DJ Kygo lists the only other new entry. Golden Hour at #11 is Kyrre Gørvell-Dahll's third album.
Chart Beat - 15 June 2020

Last year we had a new record for the lowest average song length in the Singles Chart for a calendar year. Last week we got back to that figure. For the record, 3 minutes 16 seconds is the shortest average song length since 1972. That was when the chart was the Top 20 NZ Listener Chart.
Topic has the only new single with Breaking Me at #34. Born Tobias Topic in Germany, the DJ first came on the scene in 2014. Breaking Me is his biggest to date, reaching #3 in Germany and came out last year. It’s 2:46 length keeps the average length of a new entry this year down to 3:16.
The 10th anniversary edition of Buffalo from Wellingtonians The Phoenix Foundation re-enters the chart at #5. The album peaked at #4 in 2010 and is back due to if being reissued on ocean blue coloured vinyl.
Hip Hop duo Run The Jewels have the only new album in a very stable chart. RTJ4, new at #11 is rapper/producer EI-P and rapper Killer Mike’s fourth album but first to chart here.
Chart Beat - 22 June, 2020

On 27 February, 2012, Pink Floyd took their album Dark Side Of The Moon to 297 weeks, extending it's lead at the top of the most weeks charted by an album statistic. Since the very first chart in 1975, no album has come near; that is until now. If Six60 can stay just 20 more weeks with Six60(2) they will equal for first place. That date will be 9 November. Watch this space.
Two more singles reach 30 weeks. Before You Go from Lewis Capaldi and Glitter by BENEE take the total to 151 since the chart began.
Two new singles enter this weeks Top 40 and both are short. The average length of a new entry single this year now drops to 3:15 which is the shortest since 1968.
Manurewa High School student Jawsh 685 released Laxed - Siren Beat back in May. Now after sharing the stage with Jason DeRulo the track gets a remix and flies into the chart at #2, Now called Savage Love (Laxed - Siren Beat) due to both Savage Love and Laxed - Siren Beat sampling each other. Rumour has it DeRulo wanted the song for himself but Jawsh 685 refused to be bullied by a larger artist.
Sydney rapper The Kid LAROI and American rapper Juice WRLD join forces for the other new single. GO is new at #35.
American rapper Lil Peep places crybaby at #36 and is one of two artists to debut in this weeks Album Chart. He passed away in 2017, age 21, and this album is a mixtape released back in June 2016. Incidentally, he is the 17th American rapper with the name Lil to chart this year across all our charts. Yawn!!!
iann dior has the other album at #40. EP I'm Gone is the Puerto Rican-Americans first venture into our chart.
Still no sign of the Compilation Chart reboot. The chart was put on hold due to Covid-19 closing retail stores for five weeks at Level 4. Shops have been open now for some time, yet the chart remains inactive. Maybe the albums should be included in the Album Chart.
Chart Beat - 29 June 2020

No new singles this week, just a couple of re-entries from Drake and Harry Styles. Speaking of Mr Harry, his hit Watermelon Sugar reaches 30 weeks and becomes the 152nd single to do so. Another two are poised for next week. Ed Sheeran also enters the longevity list over on the albums chart as No. 6 Collaborations Project reaches 50 weeks.
Biggest mover in the chart is Breaking Me from Topic which jumps 11 knotches to #11. We also have a new number one. This week Jawsh 685 and Jason DeRulo sit at #12 in Indonesia with Savage Love (Laxed - Siren Beat) but over here, it becomes the second kiwi single this year to reach the summit.
The album chart has all the action this week.
79 year old Bob Dylan takes his 39th studio album straight to the top on entry. Rough And Rowdy Ways is his first album of new songs since Tempest from 2012. Over here it's his fourth number one and 38th hit album. He now ties with Elton John at second place for most albums charted.
74 year old Neil Young also has a new disc out. His 40th studio album consists of material recorded in 1974/1975. It's his 36th studio album, placing him at #4 on the list. Homegrown debuts at #5.
Australian alt-band Ocean Alley place their second hit album at #6. Lonely Diamond makes a vast improvement on the first which only managed a peak at #38.
American Phoebe Bridgers makes her debut at #10 with Punisher. It's the alt-rockers second studio album. Stranger In The Alps from 2017 failed to chart here.
Newcomer Pop Smoke (aka Bashar Jackson), is the latest American rapper to grace our charts. His debut Meet The Woo 2 is at #38.
This weeks chart takes us to the half way point of 2020. To date, here's the number of new entries across the main charts with last years total in brackets:
Singles 66 (78)
Albums 75 (80)
Compilations 5 (9)
NZ Singles 6 (12)
NZ Albums 32 (42)
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Chart Beat - 6 July, 2020

Kiwis are once again making waves overseas. In the US, BENEE is at #42 with Supalonely and this weeks NZ number one from Jawsh 685 has Savage Love (Laxed - Siren Beat) at #43. That track also tops this weeks UK charts.
On 10 April 1994 Elton John reached 101 weeks with the biggest selling album of his career. Goodbye Yellow Brick Road was released in 1973 but due to there being no album chart until 2 May 1975, missed out in two years in the chart and only managed a peak at #6. This week, compile Diamonds overtakes his classic as it reaches 103 weeks. There are also two more singles reaching 30 weeks: Blinding Lights by The Weeknd and Adore You by Harry Styles taking the total to 11 songs over 30 weeks in this weeks chart alone.
The third hit single for South Korean girlgroup Blackpink is this weeks only new single. How You Like That new at #14, is the first single from their upcoming Korean-language studio album.
American trio Khruangbin have the first of two new albums. They first came on the scene in 2015 with The Universe Smiles Upon You. Now their third, Mordechai, at #10, becomes their first to chart here in NZ. File them under Psychedelic, soul and funk.
Haim have the other new disc. Women In Music Pt. III at #37 is the sisters third album and was delayed due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
Last week we made the half way point of 2020. Here's a look at new entry kiwi singles and albums to date with last years figures in brackets:
Singles: 3 (2)
Albums: 7 (10)
Chart Beat - 13 July, 2020

Pop Smoke has this weeks highest new single. In fact, he has all three. The Woo enters at #32 while For The Night enters at #36 and Dior is at #38. The tracks come from the American rappers debut album Shoot For The Stars Aim For The Moon which debuts at the top of the album chart. The 20 year olds’ mixtape Meet The Woo 2 also sits at #29 in its third week. Sadly he passed away in February after being shot during a home invasion.
The soundtrack to Hamilton makes a #10 entry. Hamilton first came on the scene in 2015 and resulted in a mixtape peaking at #29 in 2016. It’s taken five years but this is the 2015 release from the Hamilton Broadway Cast and charts due to its arrival on a New Zealand stage.
Locals Bulletbelt from Wellington debut at #17 with Warlords.
The compilation chart is back. It last published on 30 March and has been missing due to COVID-19 which took away sales due to it largely relying on physical sales. Sadly the chart could be on its last legs due to low sales. Despite being away for 14 weeks there are only two new entries. Now That’s What I Call Music 61 debuts at the top whilst a collection of Auckland DIY bands and artists (which is available on white vinyl) debuts at #9. That album is called 1-12 Party.
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Chart Beat - 20 July 2020

This week, Lewis Capaldi takes his single Someone You Loved on to 65 weeks. The Scot is currently sitting at #3 on the list showing most weeks charted for one single. He still has Ed Sheeran to beat with his 68 week run of Shape Of You but if he can hang on another ten weeks, he will beat the long running record set by New Order who took Blue Monday on to 74 weeks.
The top 7 remains static in this weeks singles chart.
We do have five new entries, four of them from Juice WRLD. It seems commonplace at the mo to release new music from dead American rappers. That was the case last week with Pop Smoke who listed three new singles, two of which leave the chart this week. The same happens this week as Jared A Higgins (aka Juice WRLD) debuts with Come & Go (#8), Life's A Mess (#14), Wishing Well (#15) and Hate The Other Side (27). The tracks come from his latest album Legends Never Die, which debuts at the No. 1.
L.A.B. list their second Top 40 single at #39. Controller comes from their very successful third album.
The top 2 albums this week are both new entries. Juice WRLD has the top spot but Aucklanders The Beths come in a close second. Jump Rope Gazers is their second long player and fairs much better than Future Me Hates Me which peaked at #19 in 2018. To date they have failed to gain a Top 40 single.
Pop duo Lime Cordiale have the final new entry. Australian brothers Oli and Louis Leimbach released three EP's between 2012 and 2015 with their first album, Permanent Vacation released in 2017. It's second album 14 Ways To A Better You which breaks the ice. They debut at #32.
Trance 100: 2020 enters the Compilations Chart at #8. It's a collection of 100 dance/electronica tracks over four discs.
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Chart Beat - 27 July 2020

DJ Khaled has this weeks only new single. POPSTAR, new at #17, was a surprise release along with another track, Greece, which features on his upcoming 12th studio album.
The Chicks (formerly Dixie Chicks) debut at #2 with Gaslighter. It’s the American country groups eighth studio album. Changing their name wasn’t so simple. In the 60s New Zealand had a duo called The Chicks (aka Judy Donaldson and Suzanne Lynch) who had several hit singles here. The Americans scoured the world looking for an act with that name and discovered our girls. Judy and Suzanne were contacted and graciously gave them permission to use the name. The reason for the name change?: because the word Dixie had connotations with slavery.
Ellie Goulding lists Brightest Blue at #19. It’s the English lass’ fourth studio album and began its life way back in January 2017.
Newcomer Oliver Tree debuts at #28 with Ugly Is Beautiful. It’s the American singer-songwriter, producer, rapper, comedian, and filmmakers second album but first to chart.
The only new compilation is Kiwi Animals: Future/Primitive Aotearoa 82-91 at #8 and is a collection of kiwi oddities from that era.

Written in Pauanui.
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Chart Beat - 3 August 2020

Taylor Swift has this weeks highest new single with cardigan entering the top 40 at #2. Its one of four new singles from the American as exile (#5), the 1 (#7) and the only great american dynasty (#13) along with her new album folklore (new at #1) take her on to the biggest artist of the week. Like so many other American artists at the mo, she can’t seem to find capital letters.
No other new singles venture into the top 40 but there are five other new albums.
The Kid LAROI debuts with F*CK LOVE at #5. It’s the 16 year old American rapper’s first full length album with EP 14 With A Dream coming out in 2018.
South Korean boyband BTS continue their latest theme with Map Of The Soul. 7 - The Journey at #7. For this one they recorded in Japanese and English and is their fourth Japanese release.
Logic is back with his sixth long player No Pressure at #9. The 30 year old rapper recently announced he would retire from music soon to take up fatherhood.
Irishman Ronan Keating has been away for a few years but he returns with Twenty Twenty at #11. This is his 11th studio album and first in four years.
Finally, Straitjacket Fits enter their chart with Hail at #31. This is actually the Dunedin bands first album from 1988 and receives the remix treatment.
The compilation chart sees one new entry. Magnetron III is new at #5.

Written in Motutere Bay
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Chart Beat - 10 August 2020

my future from Billie Eilish is this weeks highest new single. The #4 entry is the theme to the new Bond movie which has been delayed due to Covid-19.
Mood Swings from Pop Smoke enters the chart at #21. The track is taken from his album Shoot From The Stars Aim For The Moon.
Cast your mind back to 1980. That was the year Split Enz had their biggest hits. I Got You became their only number one single spending 3 weeks at the top. That track peaked at #12 in the UK. The album it came from has just been remastered by keyboard player Eddie Reynor and re-enters the chart at the top taking its total to 3 weeks. That’s 40 years 5 months since it was at the top. It breaks the record for longest gap between chart weeks which now stands at 38 years 11 months, knocking Waves 1975 self titled album off its perch. It’s available on four different coloured records, picture disc and CD with bonus tracks. It originally spent 76 weeks in the chart, 38 of them as the top selling kiwi album. Pity you can’t get the bonus tracks on vinyl as well.
American rapper Dominic Fike has the highest new album. What Could Possibly Go Wrong debuts at #28 is the 24 year olds debut album.
Auckland singer songwriter Paige is new at #34 with her Always Growing EP. Paige Tapara took her first steps on the ladder to fame with self-filmed DIY videos.
Finally, it’s been awhile but 90s sensation Alanis Morissette lists Such Pretty Forks In The Road at #40. It’s been 8 years since her last album and ninth overall.

Written in Auckland.
Chart Beat - 17 August, 2020

It's week 33 and we still have 5 singles and 23 albums that began their chart life before 2020 in the Top 40. One album and one single are literally weeks away from breaking the record for most weeks charted. There doesn't appear to be any new entries strong enough to knock them off the chart.
American rapper Cardi B has this weeks biggest new single. WAP, new at #2, is her biggest single to date. Belcalis Almánzar first came on the scene in September 2017 and now has seven hit singles to her résumé. Incidentally, WAP stands for something rude.
Juice WRLD and The Weeknd are next on the new entry list with Smile at #12. The American rapper wanted to record with Canadian The Weeknd a year ago, but due to his death he never got to see it's success.
The fifth single in a month from Pop Smoke is the final newbie. Something Special debuts at #40.
English psychedelic pop band Glass Animals open their account with album Dreamland at #8. Formed in Oxford ten years back, they released their first album Zaba in 2014. This is actually their third long player and is available on blue and red spatter coloured vinyl.
Aminé has the other new album. The American rapper places second album Limbo at #24. Aminé is actually Adam Daniels middle name.
Last week we had the 100th number one on the Hot 40 Chart. Considering the chart has only been going since July 18 that's alot of enries. Infact, there have been 2827 entries in the chart up to last week. How many of those do we remember I wonder.
Chart Beat - 24 August 2020

Cardi B knocks Jawsh685 and Jason DeRulo off the top after 8 weeks with her first chart topper WAP. The lude track is also number one in the US.
Canadian rapper Drake gains this weeks highest new single with Laugh Now Cry Later at #3. It’s the lead single from his upcoming sixth studio album Certified Lover Boy due out this week.
24kGoldn is next with Mood at #18. His first single, City Of Angels peaked at #38 making this a big improvement. The short 2:20 track gained popularity on the video sharing app Tik-Tok.
Conan Gray is next with Heather. The sixth single from his debut album Kid Krow is actually his debut in our Top 40 coming in at #27.
Miles Cyrus is back. New single Midnight Sky at #31 is her 15th hit single and comes from upcoming album She Is smiley Cyrus.
Joel Corry has the final new single. Head And Heart at #32 is the English DJ’s first Top 40 single.
No new albums on the list this week but we do have a returning number one. Pop Smoke takes his second album Shoot For The Stars Aim For The Moon to the penthouse suite for it's second week.
On 21 May 1978 Pink Floyd's Dark Side Of The Moon left the chart after 140 consecutive weeks in the Top 40. That album went on to score 297 weeks and has been the album to hold the record for decades. That record is now seriously being challenged. Six60 have already taken the record for most consecutive weeks in the chart with their second album Six60(2) and look set to go all the way. That album sits comfortably at #15 in it's 286th week.
Chart Beat - 31 August, 2020

Last week Lewis Capaldi became only the second artist in the history of the chart to take a single to 70 weeks. That track, Someone You Loved, now faces another milstone. It's already taken the record for most consecutive weeks charted. If the Scot can stay in the chart another four weeks he will take the crown from New Order who have held onto that record for 33 years with Blue Monday.
South Korean boyband BTS gain their third hit single. Dynamite is their biggest to date and first top ten, entering the chart at #4. It's the first song fully recorded in English.
Canadian Kendrick Lamar has a curious new single at #28. Money Trees was actually released in 2012. He now has 15 Top 40 singles to his résumé.
Tate McRae has the final new single. The Canadian singer, dancer and voice actress first came on the scene on the TV show So You Think You Can Dance. you broke me first new at #31, is her first NZ hit single. To date it has peaked at #61 in Canada.
The seventh Top 40 album from Las Vegas rockers The Killers crashes in at #4. Imploding The Mirage is the first album without guitarist Dave Keuing who has not been touring with the band since 2017. Guitar parts are instead covered by a variety of guests including former Fleetwood Mac Lindsay Buckingham.
Australian Troye Sivan is next with his In A Dream (EP) at #27. He describes the concept EP as a 'story that's still unfolding".
The other two new albums are at the bottom of the chart. American blackbear (aka Matthew Musto lists everything means nothing at #37 and Australian hip-hopper Hooligan Hefs lists his debut Living In Sin (EP) at #39.
Dance Electronic album Anjunadeep 11 is the sole new entry on the Compilations chart.
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Chart Beat - 7 September, 2020

Only two more weeks and we may have a new record for most weeks in the singles chart. Lewis Capaldi now sits at 72 weeks with Someone You Loved. Incidentally the Scot is up to 88 weeks on the Scottish chart, sitting this week at #59.
Two duets make up this weeks new singles.
BLACKPINK and Selena Gomez are first with
ice cream at #18. The track is the lead single from the South Korean girl groups first Korean language album due out on October 2. That disc is simply called The Album.
Calvin Harris and The Weeknd have the other new entry with Over Now at #38. It's the first collaboration between the pair.
Katheryn Elizabeth Hudson (aka Katy Perry) has the highest new album with Smile at #4. Her first long player in three years is her fifth to grace our chars, and available on bone white vinyl.
Metallica with the San Francisco Symphony Orchestra are next at #7. S&M2 appears 21 years since the first live album from the pair and was recorded in September last year. This disc does better in the charts than the 1999 original which peaked in the chart at #11.
Internet Money is next at #26 with B 4 The Storm. Taz Taylor (aka Danny Snodgrass Jr) is an American record producer, songwriter and record executive. He is also the founder of the Internet Money collective and record label. The album is a collection of tracks from other rappers he has worked with.
Disclosure has the final new album at #39. Energy is the English bands third hit album.
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Chart Beat - 14 September, 2020

In May 1983, Manchester, England band New Order entered the chart with Blue Monday. That song spent 63 consecutive weeks in the chart taking the record. It ended up at 74 weeks after four re-entries. The 7:29 track only managed a #2 peak although a 1988 remix topped the chart for three weeks and spent a further 13 weeks in the chart. For 33 years nothing came near it. Ed Sheeran had a go with Shape Of You in 2017 and even took the title for most consecutive weeks, but he stalled at 68 weeks. Lewis Capaldi is now only one week away from matching New Order's record. Incidentally, Someone You Loved also failed to top the chart, peaking at #4.
It wasn't that long ago that a kiwi was in short supply in the singles chart. This week the fifth new local track this year enters the chart. Sweet And Sour is the follow up to Jawsh 685's smash chart topper Savage Love. This time he teams up with Lauv and Tyga and enters the chart at #8.
Internet Money and Gunna collaborate on Lemonade at #38. It's the first chart entry for Taz Taylor after his #26 entry last week on the album chart.
Saweetie has the final new entry at #38 with Tap In. The American rapper, born Diamanté Harper has been releasing music since 2017 but this is her first hit single in New Zealand and one of the shortest tracks of 2020, clocking in at only 2:19.
Two new albums this week with Sean Anderson (aka Big Sean) scoring the highest. Detroit 2 is the American rappers third hit album and fifth overall. It was originally planned for release on 313 Day, an annual celebration in Detroit, but was delayed due to Covid-19.
6ix9ine lists his third NZ hit album at #33. TattleTales is his second full length album.
Cafe Del Mar: 40th Anniversary is the final new album in this weeks charts. Entering at #9 on the Compilation Chart, its a celebration of the Ibiza bar which opened in 1980. In 1999 they formed a record label and listed four albums in our charts from 1999 to 2003.
Chart Beat - 21 September 2020.

Lewis Capaldi matches New Order’s record of 74 weeks with Someone You Loved. Staying stable at number 30, he looks likely to take it all the way next week.
American R&B singer Vido opens his account with this weeks highest new single. You Got It is new at #24.
Stan Walker is back with his 16th hit single. His first in six years ends the drought which saw 14 singles miss the Top 40. Bigger debuts at #33.
Jason DeRulo has the final new single. The American wanted a song to lift us up in these difficult times. The result is Take You Dancing which enters the Top 40 at #37.
Kiwi Troy Kingi has the highest new entry of the week with The Ghost Of Freddie Cesar at #2. Despite four albums in the NZ Albums Top 20 he hadn’t been able to crack the Album Chart until now.
American shock rocker Marilyn Manson list hit album #12 at #32. We Are Chaos is a concept album and inspired by Elton John and Bernie Taupin
A new promotional album for Magic FM pushes Now 61 off the top of the compilation chart. Bangers For Boomers which features 40 of the greatest hits of all time debuts at #1.
Chart Beat - 28 September, 2020

And the winner is...Lewis Capaldi. After 33 years the Scot manages to knock New Order's Blue Monday off the top of the longevity list with his debut hit Someone You Loved in it's 75th week. Interestingly, his second, Before You Go, is also still charting, sitting at #31 on the list in it's 44th week.
The 33rd hit single for Canadian Justin Bieber flies into the chart at #3. Holy features American Chance The Rapper in the pairs' fourth collaboration.
19 year old Salt Lake City resident Ritt Momney opens his account at #25 with Put Your Records On. The track is a cover of the 2006 Corinne Bailey Rae hit that peaked at #6.
Pop Smoke has the final new single. What You Know Bout Love debuts at #29 and is his sixth hit.
Amanda Koci (aka Ava Max) debuts with her first long player at #20. Heaven & Hell is split into two, sides: anthemic sounds and dark melodies. She first came on the scene two years ago with number one single Sweet But Phycho.
Hit album #5 from Keith Urban opens at #27. THE SPEED OF NOW Part 1 is the 11th studio album from the New Zealand born Aussie resident
Lil Tecca issued a mixtape a year ago, now he goes all the way with his first album. Virgo World is new at #31.
It's been four years since Alicia Keys listed an album in our charts. ALICIA is her 17th studio album. It enters our charts at #38.
Cafe Del Mar Vol. 26 is the sole new compilation album, coming in at #10.
It's the end of another quarter so here's an update of how many new entries we have had across the main charts this year, with last years total in brackets:
Singles: 104 (124)
Albums: 113 (128)
Compilations: 15(19)
NZ Singles: 15 (31)
NZ Albums: 50 (68)
We lost a kiwi legend this week. Max Merrit began his career in the late 50's in Christchurch and took the country by storm with his band The Meteors with singles like Get A Haircut (1958) and Kiss Curl (1959). It wasn't until 1976 that he had a hit single though, and that song, Slipping Away, became his biggest, peaking at #5 on the charts. He passed away on Thursday, aged 76.
Chart Beat - 5 October 2020.

We turn our attention to the album chart now after Lewis Capaldi set the record for most weeks in the chart for a single. Six60 are now only five weeks away from matching Pink Floyd's record for most weeks on top of the album chart with Dark Side Of The Moon.
Mood from 24kGoldn follows charts from overseas in going to the top of our singles chart. It’s the Americans first major hit.
Dreams from Fleetwood Mac has a surprise return to our charts. The track last charted a year ago when the band toured here. It re-enters the chart at #28.
FRANCHISE by Travis Scott is this weeks only new single. Debuting at #37, it’s his sixth hit single, not counting The Scotts entry.
We have a busy Top 5 in the album chart with three newbies.
Nectar from Joji debuts at #2. It’s the third album to grace our chart for the Japanese vocalist and by far his biggest.
Metallers Deftones are next with their 7th Top 40 album Ohms at #4. It’s also their first album with Stephen Carpenter on a nine-string guitar.
Album #5 for Machine Gun Kelly is Tickets To My Downfall in its first week at #5. It marks the departure from rap to a more pop/punk sound.
Idles debut with Ultra Mono at #15. Not to be confused with the Dunedin 80s band, these guys are British. It’s the rockers third album and tops the UK charts.
Former Chicago Smokeshop member Darren Watson lists his third solo LP with Getting Sober For The End Of The World at #23.
Lil Peep is back for his fifth album with HELLBOY at #26.
The cast from Julie And The Phantoms are new at #36. The series is an American Netflicks musical comedy drama in its first series.
Finally, Super M are new at #40 with Super One: The 1st Album. The Korean supergroup includes seven members from four boy bands.
At the end of the third quarter we had six new kiwi singles, up one on last year. There were 11 new kiwi albums too, down from 18 at the same time last year.
Aussie icon Helen Reddy passed away this week. In New Zealand she scored 72 weeks in the singles chart with six hits. Ironically, the song she was most known for, I Am Woman from 1972, failed to chart here. In New Zealand her biggest hits were Delta Dawn from 1973 and Free And Easy from 1975 which gave her a total of 10 weeks at number one. She passed away, aged 78.
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Chart Beat - 12 October, 2020

New entries for 2020 on both the singles and album chart continue to have little sticking power. Every new album from September has already left the chart with 21 of this weeks Top 40 entering the chart prior to this year. We even have five singles still charting from last year.
Dreams from Fleetwood Mac does the unthinkable this week by jumping up 18 knotches to #10. Not only is the track 43 years old, it's taken this long to reach the Top 10. Back in 1977 their fifth hit single peaked at #16. This week it reaches #10, taking 43 years, 3 months to do so. That's a new record set. Incidentally, the record for longest time to reach number one was set by Phil Collins who took 27 years, 4 months to top the charts with In The Air Tonight.
The lead single from Shawn Mendes' upcoming fourth studio album debuts at #25. Wonder is the title track from the album which is due out on 4 December. It's the Canadian's 11th hit single.
South Korean girl group BLACKPINK have the other new single with Lovesick Girls at #35. It's their third single from their first Koreans-language studio album The Album, which debuts at #1 this week.
Six of last weeks new albums leave the chart to make way for 8 more.
One of the last bands to tour NZ before Covid hit was Queen and Adam Lambert. Now we have a record of that world tour with Live Around The World debuting at #4. It's Queen's 26th hit album and Lambert's 5th.
21 Savage and Metro Boomin join forces for Savage Mode II at #5. It serves as a sequal to Savage Mode from 2016.
Bryson Tiller lists A N N I V E R S A R Y at #17. It's the second time the American has charted here but his third album.
Stan Walker is new at #23 with compilation Impossible: Music By The Book. This is his third compile and 8th album entry.
Pink Floyd legend Roger Waters is back with a live abum. Us + Them is a British concert film from last year. The album debuts at #24.
YG (aka Keenon Jackson) lists his third hit album at #33 with My Life 4Hunnid.
Corey Taylor has the final new album at #35. The American is best known as lead vocalist in Slipknot and Stone Sour. CMFT is his debut solo album.
Two promotional albums enter the compilations chart. Good Music To Avert The Collapse Of American Democracy Vol. 2 (to promote the US election) and The Breeze: Take It Easy to promote the station.
Chart Beat - 19 October 2020

The big chart news this week is a kiwi is number one - in America, The remix of Savage Love from Jawsh 685 and Jason DeRulo tops this weeks Billboard Hot 100. It's only the third time a kiwi has topped the charts over there. The last time was in 2013 when Lorde went to number one with Royals. Kimbra was the first when she featured on the Gotye hit Somebody That I Used To Know.
Dreams from Fleetwood Mac continues to rise, now sitting at #6. The 1977 track from the Rumours album (#6 this week) is also charting In America (currently at #21) and it's all thanks to a viral TikTok video.
Dua Lipa has the only new single. Levitating at #36 is the English 25-year-olds 11th hit single and comes from her second album Future Nostalgia.
Four of last weeks new entries drop off the Album Chart which is becoming a common occurance. The biggest gainer, though, is an album from 2001. Hybrid Theory from Linkin Park peaked at #2 and spent 81 weeks in the chart. This week, the 20th Anivversary Edition re-enters the chart at #4.
English DJ Sub Focus joins forces with producer Wilkinson for a joint album at #26. Both artists have charted separately on the UK chart but Portals is their first NZ entry and first collaboration.
British rapper Headie One also opens his account in New Zealand. Born Irving Adjei, the 26 year-old has a chequered past having been imprisoned three times for dealing crack cocaine and heroine. EDNA is his first full length album along eight mixtapes. He debuts at #39.
Over on the compilation chart, there is one newbie. Field Works: Ultrasonic,which is a collection of 14 uncharted acoustic tracks, debuts at #9.
Chart Beat - 26 October, 2020

The 34th hit single from Canadian Justin Bieiber is this weeks highest new single. Entering the chart at #20, Lonely is part of his sixth studio album and second to chart. It also marks the fifth time he has worked with American Benny Blanco.
Six60 list the 7th NZ single to enter the chart this year with this weeks number one at radio. The Radioscope 100 lists Sundown at the top which helps the lads lift the track to #31. It's the 6th single to make it to the Singles Chart from their current album Six60(3). Meanwhile, their second album is is only two weeks off matching the record set by Pink Floyd for most weeks charted for one album. More about that next week.
The Phoenix Foundation debut with album Friend Ship at #3. The Wellingtonians sixth hit album is the second highest they have charted. Their last album, Give Up Your Dreams from 2015, peaked at #2. All six albums have charted in the Top 10.
K Pop boyband BTS are huge at the moment. In 2014 they released Skool Luv Affair and this week repackage the disc for a limited edition release. That gives the lads a #33 entry.
Back to Wellington for the third new album. Fat Freddy's Drop have charted 239 weeks with 7 albums. This week they extend that to a seventh. LOCK-IN new at #34, was a recording made at the Michael Fowler Centre during our pandemic lockdown.
The next newbie is a re-entry. Wildflowers was released in 1995 for Tom Petty . Back in the chart at #35 and billed as ...And All The Rest, this expanded edition spans four extra discs.
Australian Idol winner Guy Sebastian is back with T.R.U.T.H. at #39. His fifth hit album is actually his ninth.
Finally, Socialist Party Punk from Auckland Dick Move lists Chop! at #40.
Blue Note Re:imagined (#6) and Shapes: Sideways (#10) are the final two new entries. Both discs are new on the compilation chart. The first is a collection from the Decca and Blue Note labels whilst the second is a collection from the Tru Thoughts series.
Chart Beat - 2 November, 2020

Six60 move just one week below the record for most weeks charted with one single album. That album, Six60(2) first charted on 9 March 2015. The record currently stands at 297 for Dark Side Of The Moon by Pink Floyd. The disc came out in 1973 and would have charted nearly 100 weeks more had there been an album chart. That chart didn't start until 2 May 1975, 23 months later. Pink Floyd took 1881 weeks to reach a total of 297 charted weeks with 18 re-entries. Six60 have done that in one consecutive run.
We have a new number one single. positions from Ariana Grande is the second single to debut at #1 this year and, interestingly, the other one was also hers. Stuck With You debuted at the top in May. She has a habit doing this as her 2019 hit 7 Rings also debuted at the top. positions is the title track to her new album which hit the shelves on Friday.
The Kid LAROI has this weeks other new single. SO DONE at #31 is Charlton Howards second hit single.
Bruce Springsteen also debuts at the top with his twelth studio album. Letter To You is the 71 year olds seventh NZ number one and was recorded in just four days at his home studio. He sits at #7 for most number one albums alongside Rod Stewart and Davis Bowiw who have also scored seven.
British virtual band Gorillaz are back with
Song Machine, Season One: Strange Timez. New at #5, this is the first of a web series consisting of singles and music videos each featuring a different guest artist. Season Two is scheduled for release next year.
American singer Ty Dolla $ign places Featuring Ty Dolla $ign at #28. It's his third studio album and second to chart here.
Finally Ruel is new at #40 with EP Bright Lights, Red Eyes. To date the British/Australian singer hasn't released a full length album but he has charted two EP's here.
Dance music compilation Armada Music Miami 2020 completes our new entries this week at #10 on the Compilation chart.
Chart Beat - 9 November, 2020

This week we have a new record. For the second time in 6 weeks a major record has been broken. First it was Lewis Camaldi who took single Someone You Loved on to the most weeks charted for a single pushing New Order off the top with their hit Blue Monday. Now it's the album charts turn.
Pink Floyd have held the record since 3 April 1977 with Dark Side Of The Moon when it became 89 weeks old and it's competition, Hot August Night by Neil Diamond, left the chart. Now, after 297 straight weeks that record is matched by Six60's second long player Six60(2). That album actually goes to the top of the pile if you consider it stayed at the top of the chart two more weeks.
No surprises for this weeks number one album. Last week Ariana Grande crashed in at the top of the singles chart with the title track from her new album. This week she does the same with the album. Positions is the American's sixth studio album and discusses themes of sex. To celebrate, she also takes out three of this weeks four new singles with 34+35 (#13), motive (#29), and pov (#37).
Sam Smith has the second new album. Love Goes was originally due for release back in June with the title To Die For, but was delayed due to Covid-19. He also felt the title was insensitive due to what many people were going through. The album debuts at #4 and single Diamonds is new at #39.
Netsky from Belgium is next with Second Nature at #16. This is Boris Daenen's fourth album and third to chart here after 2 from 2012 and 3 from 2016.
British rockers Bring Me The Horizon are new at #19 with Post Human: Survival Horror. The EP sees the band chart for a second time, and is the first of four EP's in the Post Human series.
California rockers Mr. Bungle open their account at #24. The Raging Wrath Of The Easter Bunny Demo is their fourth long player and a re-recording of their first self-released demo from 1986.
Finally, US rapper Trippie Redd drops his third album Pegasus at #32.
One new compilation sees Chase And Status RTRN II FABRIC at #6.
Chart Beat - 16 November 2020

We turn our attention now to the entry first to make 300 weeks. In the 45 years of the chart we have had very few entries across all chart formats to reach 200 weeks. Dark Side Of The Moon by Pink Floyd of course was the first. Ed Sheeran made it to 248 with X; Adele 237 with 21, and of course, Six60 are now 298 with Six60(2). They also made it to 221 and 212 on the NZ Singles chart with Only To Be and Don't Forget Your Roots, and their first album 271 weeks on the NZ Albums Chart. The soundtrack to Moana on that chart is also up there on 206 weeks. The final entry is from The Eagles who charted 237 weeks with The Farewell Tour Part 1 on the now deleted Music DVD chart. Only two weeks to go till that milestone. Incidentally, on the UK album chart, ABBA Gold is up to 966 weeks and at #29 on this weeks album chart.
No new singles in the chart, just a couple of re-entries at the bottom; and Mood by 24kGoldn returns to the top for its fifth week.
The Sixth studio album from British girl group Little Mix is one of only three new albums. Confetti, new at #7, is also the quartet's biggest NZ album and debuts at #2 in the UK.
Kylie Minogue proves she can still cut it the rest with her new album Disco new at #9, is the 52 year olds fifteenth studio album and biggest here since 2001. This one is influenced by 70's and 80's disco with a mix of modern-day electronic dance music.
Finally comes K/DA at #36. The virtual girl group consists of four themed versions of League Of Legends and comes from South Korea. They open their accound with EP All Out.
Two new albums are listed in this weeks compilations chart. Deutsche Elektronische Musik 4 (featuring German electronic groups from the 70's and 80's) and Global Underground #43: Joris Voorn (a mix of over 100 tracks from various DJ's).
Chart Beat - 23 November, 2020

Three new singles this week.
18-year old Billie Eilish lists her second number one single on entry with Therefore I Am. Her fifteenth Top 40 single was written with her brother Finneas O'Connell.
The other new singles are both local tracks, taking this years total to 14.
Six60 have had a huge year. Next week they look set to reach 300 weeks with their second album. This coming week they are set to release their first movie. Six60: Till The Lights Go Out hits theatres in Australia and New Zealand. Their 25th hit single Fade Away debuts at #9.
Wellingtonians DRAX Project list their fourth Top 40 Single at #39. Firefly features American Fetty Wap and fellow kiwi AACACIA.
We are definately into the Christmas Release Schedule as six new albums enter the Top 40.
After six years, Aussie veterals AC/DC debut at the top with the 776th number one in the history of the chart. PWR / UP is the 17th studio album from the lads and their third NZ number one after Black Ice and the Iron Man soundtrack. This one marks the return of vocalist Brian Johnson, drummer Phil Rudd and bassist Cliff Williams. Sadly it's the first album without founding member Malcolm Young who passed away in 2017.
Stella Bennett (aka BENEE) lists her first full length album at #2. Hey u x follows two Top 20 EP's. It will be interesting to watch this one on the international stage.
Australian hipp hop group Onefour open their account at #8 with Against All Odds. The six members (Celly14, YP, J Emz, Lekks, Caesar and Spenny) got their names from a street gang called NF 14. One former member was jailed over several violence charges.
The sixth hit album from Dunedinites The Bats becomes their biggest to date. Debuting at #13, Foothills is the lads tenth album along with 8 EP's, four of which charted from 1984 - 1993.
The first festive entry for the season see's Dolly Parton at #20 with A Holly Dolly Christmas. Amazingly this is the American country music legend's 47th studio album since her 1967 debut.
Future and Lil Uzi Vert combine to list this weeks final new album Pluto x Baby Pluto is new at #29.
Over on the Compilation chart, Damn Straight We've Got The Blues which included 60 tracks.
Chart Beat - 30 November 2020

Six60 make it the first artist to reach 300 weeks on any chart since they started in 1975. Six60(2) began it's chart life on 9 March 2015 and has never left the chart. Their achievement also places them in third place for most weeks charted for an artist, behind Pink Floyd (709) and Elton John (789) with a total of 705 weeks. Over on the singles chart they are fifth with 435 weeks.
Two Canadians join forces to give us this weeks highest new single. Aptly named Monster, the #8 debut from Shawn Mendes and Justin Bieber is the first time the two have worked together.
Miley Cyrus is next with her 16th charting single. Prisoner, new #24, is the second single from her new album Plastic Hearts which was released on Friday.
BTS list Life Goes On at #33 and also comes from a new album. Be was released on 20 November and debuts at number one on the Album Chart.
Two kiwis round off this weeks newbies taking this year tally to 11 new singles; the highest in years.
L.A.B. took the People Choice Award at this years Aotearoa Music Awards. This week they list My Brother at #35 which is their third Top 40 single.
Niko Walters opens his account at #39 with Not My Neighbour. Brother to Six60 lead singer Matio Walters he lists Frank Ocean as the artist he would most like to collaborate with.
Megan Thee Stallion placed Savage at #2 in the singles chart a few months ago, now the American rapper has an album. Good News is new at #22
Idiot Prayer: Nick Cave Alone At Alexandra Palace is the Nick Cave's 13th Top 40 album in Godzone. This one is a concert film and debuts at #26.
Josh Groban lists Harmony at #33. It's the American's ninth album to chart here.
Andre Rieu and the Johann Strauss Orchestra place the second festive album for the year in our chart with Jolly Holiday at #38.
Christmas With The Guy's completes the theme at #9 in the compilations chart featuring 60 festive tracks from 50's and 60's artists.
Chart Beat - 7 December, 2020

American rapper CJ has this weeks only new single. At only 2 minutes and 3 seconds it's one of the years shortest songs and takes the average length to 3:15 which is the lowest since 1972. Whoopty is new at #31.
The 13th album entry for Miley Cyrus is this weeks highest new entry. Plastic Hearts, new at #2 is her seventh full length album and marks a change in style to rock and pop. It also includes guest vocals from Billy Idol, Dua Lipa, Joan Jett and Stevie Nicks.
Italian opera star Andrea Bocelli has the other new album at #40. Believe is his 17th studio album and 19th to chart here adding up to 237 chart weeks.
Merry Christmas New Zealand joins the Compilation chart at #6. It marks the first time we have an festive album devoted to kiwi artists in the charts with 29 tracks from Fred Dagg (Star Of Wonder) to Billy T James (A Maori Christmas) and Bulldog's All Star Goodtime Band (Down Under Santa Gets A Tan).
This week the interum annual chart was released. Whilst we still have December to go, it shows a good year for kiwis with L.A.B. listing the biggest single of the year (In The Air) and Six60 the biggest album (Six60(3)). That's the first time since 2004 that kiwi's got the double. That year Ben Lummis had the number one single (They Can't Take That Away) and Brooke Fraser the number one album (What To Do With Daylight). The chart will be updated late January, early February.
Chart Beat - 14 December, 2020

Two new singles and four festve re-entries in this weeks Top 40. The festive tracks are from Mariah Carey (All I Want For Christmas at #6), Wham! (Last Christmas at #20), Michael Bublé (It's Beginning To Look A Lot Like Christmas at #36) and Ariana Grande (Santa Tell Me at #37). It's this weeks highest new entry that make it so interesting.
In 2017 Ed Sheeran became the first artist to debut in the Top 2 with two singles. Those tracks were Shape Of You and Castle On The Hill. This week, kiwi's L.A.B. debut at #1 with Why Oh Why while In The Air bounces back to #2 in it's 50th week. It's the first time a kiwi has taken out the top 2 positions in the chart.
The other new single is from The Kid LAROI at #24. Without You is the American's third hit single. It's not a remake but the title has come up before in the charts.
Mr Christmas is back and straight in at number one for the fifth time. Michael Bublé first topped the chart with Christmas in 2011 and was back there again in 2012, 2014, and 2016. That's now ten consecutive Christmas's he has been in the chart with his album.
Shawn Mendes has this weeks only new album. Wonder, new at #4 is the Canadian's fourth long player and was first revealed after he had the title tattooed on his right arm.
Late Night Tales: Khruangbin is the final new album. The Alt rock compilation debuts at #8 on the Compilations Chart.
There is a noticable compilation missing from the chart. What has happened to Now That's What I Call Music 62???
The Annual US charts are out and for what I think is the first time, there are three kiwi entries. Jawsh 685 is at #35 with Savage Love whilst BENEE places Supalonely at #84. Over on the album chart, the soundtrack to Moana sits as the 82nd biggest album of the year.
Chart Beat - 21 December 2020

L.A.B. hold onto the top two spots on the singles chart with In The Air now matching Lorde's 2013 hit Royals on 51 weeks and sitting at #20 and #21 on the Longevity list.
Brenda Lee joins the growing list of festive songs in the chart with her re-entry Rockin' Around The Christmas Tree from 1958. We may now have five festive singles in the chart but it's nothing on the UK chart. They have 22 in the Top 40 alone.
This week, though, is all about Taylor Swift.
willow (#3), champagne problems (#24), no body, no crime (#29) and gold rush (#34) all enter the singles chart whilst her ninth long player evermore slots in at number one. It's only been five months since she released folklore so this new album came as a bit of a surprise. This one was only released literally hours before it hit the shelves. She seams to have forgotten what a capital letter looks like, though!
Lyttelton resident Marlon Williams is back, this time with Canadian's Kacy & Clayton at #5. Plastic Bouquet marks a first hit for Kacy Lee Anderson and Clayton Linthicum but a fifth Top 40 album for Williams.
American artist Kid Cudi (aka Scott Mescudi) list his second Top 40 album at #7. Man On The Moon III: The Chosen is actually his seventh studio album and consists of four acts. It follows two other installments in his Man On The Moon trilogy. which began in 2009.
Jack Harlow has the final new album. he came on the scene in April with #6 single What's Poppin' Now he has an album. That's What They All Say (#19) is his debut album.
Chart Beat - 28 December 2020.

The final chart for 2020 gives us a new number one album. L.A.B. IV slots in straight at the top of the charts. This year has been huge for the band which started off the year with their first number one single. The lads also place three more singles in the Top 20 with Natural (#5), No Roots (#6) and Yes I Do (#13). This is their highest placed album to date and it gives them five singles in the Top 10 this week.
Sia has the other new single at #27. Snowman was released on 9 November 2017 and appeared on her festive album Everyday Is Christmas. It became popular this year thanks to Tik Tok.
Paul McCartney has the other new album. McCartney III follows the self written, played and produced theme of the other two from 1970 and 1980 with the same name. Debuting at #28, this is his 26th solo album and highest placed in the UK since 1989, slotting in at #1 over there. Like the previous two McCartney albums, he recorded just for fun with no intention of releasing it.
No new albums in this weeks compilations chart but it’s worth noticing the absence of Now That’s What I Call Music 62. It’s the first time since 2004 that a Now album wasn’t on top at Christmas.
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For statistics up to the end of 2020, see the thread Best of 2020.
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