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Chart Beat - 4 January, 2021

We start the year with six re-entry singles and one new entry.
29-year old Ed Sheeran throught it was time he released a new single so put Afterglow out as a Christmas present for fans. The result is a #12 entry for his 39th hit. He explained that it's not a single from a new album; just a song he loves. He also takes album ÷ on to 200 weeks. That’s the fifth album to do so in the history of the chart.
Playboi Carti has the only new album. Whole Lotta Red is Jordan Carter's second long player and second NZ hit album. Debuting at #7 it raises the bar from his last disc, Die Lit ffrom 2018 that only managed a #27 peak.
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Chart Beat - 11 January, 2021

With my annual chart review underway I missed another broken chart record last week. On 4 April 1964 The Beatles took out the Top 5 on the American charts. They also had the Top 6 for 3 April 1964 on the 2SM chart in Sydney. In New Zealand they had the Top 2 on 13 February 1964 with the Lever Hit Parade. Abba matched the record on 17 December 1976 as did Ed Sheeran on 6 January 2017 by taking the Top 2. Last week our very own L.A.B. went one better by having the Top 3 and setting a new record. They hold their position this week.
Two more singles reach the 30 week mark. The first is Dreams from Fleetwood Mac which has taken 2178 chart weeks to make it. The other is Savage Love by Jawsh 685 & Jason DeRulo. The third single in the history of the chart also makes it to 70 weeks. That honour goes to Catching Feelings from DRAX Project.
We have tow new entry singles in the Top 40. Justin Bieber lists Anyone at #13 which was recorded on 30 December and rush released two days later. It's the Canadian's 36th hit single.
SZA has the other newbie. Born Solána Rowe, the American singer, rapper, and songwriter first hit our charts in 2018 taking All The Stars to #2. Now, three years later, her second hit, Good Days, debuts at #23.
No new entries on the album chart in our usual quiet start to the year.
Over on the compilations chart we are close to a new record. The Great New Zealand Songbook peaked at 93 weeks back in 2011 taking the record for most weeks in the Compilation Chart. This week, Ten Guitars: Homegrown Heroes Vol. 2 goes on to 92 weeks.
The first new album for 2021 debuts on the compilations chart. 2021 EDM: Best Of Techno, Trance, House, Progressive & Dance Party Anthems is new at #5
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Chart Beat - 18 January 2021

Only one new single in this weeks Top 40 and the American does it in style.
Olivia Rodrigo is new to our charts and more well-known for her role as Paige Olvera on the Disney Channel series Bizaardvark. She also played a role in High School Musical. Her debut single goes all the way to the top on entry. Drivers Licence is taken from her forthcoming EP and has already topped the charts in Netherlands, Ireland, Norway and the UK.
Another newcomer has the highest new album. American country singer Morgan Wallen released his first album back in 2018. That was If I Know Me which peaked at #13 in the US but failed here. It's his second album, Dangerous: The Double Album, which breaks the NZ chart. It brings together seven previously released singles and a collaboration with Diplo, and is a generous album clocking in 96 minutes over 30 songs.
Englishman Passenger (aka Michael Rosenberg) has the other new entry. Songs For The Drunk And Broken Hearted is his seventh NZ hit album with all profits going to the UK Eden Reforestation Project.
Ram Drum And Bass Annual 2021 rounds off this weeks new enries with a #10 slot in the Compilation chart.
Also on the Compilation chart, Ten Guitars: Homegrown Heroes Vol 2 makes it to 93 weeks and ties with The Great New Zealand Songbook for most weeks charted.
Chart Beat - 25 January 2021

Australian hip hop and drill Hp Boyz band have this weeks only new single. Loyalty is the trio’s fourth hit single and debuts at #39.
There’s a bit more action in the album chart with three new entries.
American’s Why Don’t We have the highest with The Good Times And The Bad Ones at #12. Their first album, 8 Letters from 2018, failed to chart here but made it to #9 in America. They did manage a #7 peak on the former NZ Heatseeker Album chart in 2017 with their fourth EP Invitations. To date the quintet has only one Top 40 single with We Don’t Belong To This Club from 2019.
The second new album is no stranger to the chart. With 30 hit singles and 17 albums with his band along with one solo single and album, Barry Gibb can still pack a punch. Greenfields: The Gibb Brothers Songbook, Vol. 1 is his third solo album and features re-imaginings of songs written by the Bee Gees with country music singers such as Keith Urban and Olivia Newton-John. The album's title is taken from a lyric in the song Butterfly.
Former One Direction member ZAYN is back with his third long player. Malik described the album as his "most personal project to date" and began its life in early 2000.
Armin Van Buuren: A State Of Trance Year Mix 2020 is the sole new entry compilation coming in at #9.
Two albums from The Chills get the re-issue treatment on coloured vinyl and placing them back in the middle of the chart. Submarine Bells from 1999 (#24) peaked at the top for two weeks whilst Soft Bomb (#30) from 1992 went to #3.
Due to an error in the first two album charts for 2021 some entries appear different inside the Top 30 as L.A.B. IV should have been listed at #1.

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Chart Beat - 1 February, 2021

Hit number three for Amala Dlamini (aka Doja Cat) leaks off this weeks new entries and is this weeks highest new single at #24. Streets is her fourth NZ hit and contains a sample from "Streets Is Callin'" by B2k from their soundtrack album You Got Served from 2003.
Sigala (aka English DJ Bruce Fielder) hasn't charted here since 2014. This week he breaks the drought with Lasting Lover at #35. He may not have charted here but he has been a regular on the UK charts, peaking at #10 with this track and #8 in 2019 with Wish You Well.
No new albums in this weeks chart but we do have six kiwi albums from two artists in the top 10 and the tenth anniversary re-issue of Bruno Mars' Doo-Wops And Hooligans re-entering at #34.
A footnote to last week though - The Chills had two re-entries, which leave this week. Had there been a NZ Albums Chart at the time, Submarine Bells would have been at number one for 10 weeks in 1990 and Soft Bomb six weeks in 1992. They also announced this week a new album is coming out in May.
Two new albums in the Compilations Chart rounds off this weeks newbies.
Dawn Raid Entertainment 1999 - 2014 debuts at #8 to help celebrate the new movie; and Breaking The Beats, a celebration of West London dance music from the 90's, is new at #10.
Something to note-chart wise /The current official 'all time Billboard 200 starts it's history in August,1963.Since then, it credits Elvis Presley with 2 LPs getting to no 1-(Aloha From Hawaii in 1973) & Elvis 30in 2002).But where is ROUSTABOUT, the 1964-65 LP release that got to no. 1 in (January,1965)?There are also some missing 'weeks on chart' ?There is also a pic of Willie Nelson on the 'Classic Christmas Album. Also, the Elvis' Golden Records vol. 4 has the wrong cover. Can SOMEONE get this corrected? Does it matter? Are other artist's 'all time stats' not accurate? While other sites use Billboard's original stats correctly ,it's odd that Billboard's OWN site (Feb.2021) contains such bogus info?
I think you'll find similar mistakes on this site Colin. I agree, I know it seems trivial to some, but lets get the facts right.
Chart Beat - 8 February, 2021

English psychedelic pop band Glass Animals opened their account last years with the #8 peak of album Dreamlands. This week they list their first single. Heat Waves (new at #26) comes from the album and has so far peaked at #2 across the ditch.
Tones And I has the other new single at #38. Fly Away is Toni Watsons third hit single here and is about chasing your dreams and reaching your goals.
Only one album debuts in this weeks Top 40 as the top 7 remains static. Collapsed In Sunbeams from Arlo Parks (born Anaïs Marinho) is a British singer-songwriter and poet. Her debut studio album, has already peaked at #3 in the UK and is supported by six singles.
Two albums enter the Compilations chart rounding off another quiet week. Our New Orleans (#6) is a fundraiser for victims of Hurricane Katrina, and A State Of Trance 1000: Celebration Mix Debuts at #7.
Chart Beat - 15 February, 2021

Catching Feelings from DRAX Project feat. Six60 goes to second place in the longevity list as it reaches 75 weeks in the singles chart. For 33 years Blue Monday from New Order was at the top of the pile on 74 weeks, but for the second time in five months, that single gets pushed aside. For the record, Lewis Capaldi holds the record with Someone You Loved on 83 weeks.
The Weeknd lists the highest new single.
Save Your Tears new at #26 is Abel Makkonen's 19th hit single and comes from his current album After Hours. As After Hours leaves this weeks chart, his new album The Highlights, enters the chart at #5. His fourth charting album and his second compilation. All four albums have peaked inside the Top 5.
Travis Scott and HVME are next with Goosebumps (Remix) at #32. The original features Lendrick Lamar and came out in 2016. Spanish DJ HVME reworked it last year and its popularity produced an official release in January.
Cardi B debuts at #34 with Up. Taken from her second upcoming album, this is the rappers eighth NZ hit single.
The fourth new single comes from Saweetie
Best Friend new at #39 is the American rappers second hit.
Seattles finest, Foo Fighters score their sixth number one and 12th hit album. Medicine At Midnight was originally scheduled for release last year but delayed due to the Covid-19 pandemic. The album was largly recorded in an old 1940's house in Los Angeles.
Jalapeno Records: Two Decades Of Funk Fire is this weeks sole new entry on the compilations chart, debuting at #10.
Chart Beat - 22 February, 2021

As if we need more evidence the music scene has changed, a quick look at the Top 20 Singles to chart most weeks shows the majority of the entries first charted recently. Here's that list:
2019 - 7
2018, 2017 and 2014 - 2
2015, 2013, 2011, 2008, 1983, 1976 and 1975 - 1
American rapper Tione Merritt (aka Lil Tjay) has the weeks highest new single. Calling My Phone new at #2, is his first hit single here. The track is intended as a valentine's gift to his fans.
Taylor Swift took Love Story to #3 back in 2009. Recently she has been involved in a battle to gain ownership of her earlier recordings. The result, so far, is to re-record her back catalogue. As a result, Love Story (Taylor's Version) debuts at #18.
Dua Lipa has the third and final new single.
We're Good at #35 is taken from a re-issue of her album Future Nostalgia.
This weeks album chart is all about the re-issue.
In 1995, Christchurch band Bailter Space took their third album Wammo to #31 on the chart. The session reels were dug up and remastered and pressed on translucent vinyl here in New Zealand. As a result, after 25 years, the album gains a new peak in the chart, re-entering at #23.
Elemeno P also get the memastered look with their 2003 album Love And Dispespect. That disc reached the top of the charts for one week. The album re-enters the Top 40 at #36
The only new album comes from slowthai. The British rapper (born Tyron Frampton) took his first album Nothing Great About Britain to #9 in the UK. It's his second that breaks the ice here. TYRON is new at #13.
Strum & Thrum: The Americam Jangle Underground 1983-87 which features forgotten rock tracks is the only new album on the Compilations chart.
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Chart Beat - 1 March 2021

L.A.B. have one more week to reach a major milestone with their song In The Air. The track reaches 61 weeks in the Top 40 this week. If they can stay one more week that will be 60 weeks in the Top 10.
The Highest of three new singles comes from Kings. Kingdon Chapple-Wilson peaked at #5 with his first single back in 2016. Don't Worry 'Bout It spent 32 weeks as the number one NZ single and still holds that record. It's been just over two years since the rapper had a single inside the Top 40 despite a few minor hits in the NZ chart. Help Me Out is new at #23
ARJ debut at #30 with Bang! The American indie pop trio are brothers Adam, Ryan and Jack Met and formed back in 2005. Despite five albums this is their first big single. Their next album is due out on 26 March.
Heartbreak Anniversary from newcomer Giveon Evans is the final new single at #35. Stylised as GIVĒON, he first appeared on Drake's single Chicago Freestyle last year.
Tash Sultana lists this weeks only new ;png player. It's the Aussies second Top 40 album after her 2018 debut Flow State which peaked at #12. Terra Firma, new at #16, started the disc with a ten day writing session after a period of writers block.
Kiwi rockers Weta are back with a re-issue of their first album Geographica at #5. Released on vinyl for the first time, the album originally peaked at #8, so the 20th anniversary edition improves on that.
Three new albums are also listed in the compilations chart. Mr Bongo Record Club Vol. 4 (consisting of Brazillian and African soul, funk and disco artists) is new at #7; Right On Time: Trojan Rock Steady (celebrating the best Reggae artists on the Trojan label) is new at #9; and Tougher Than Tough: Trojan Rude Boy Sounds (another Trojan compilation) debuts at #10.

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