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.
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. Last edited:
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.
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.
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.
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. Last edited:
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. Last edited:
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.
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.
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. Last edited:
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.
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.
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.