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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.
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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.
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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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