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. Last edited:
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 Last edited:
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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. Last edited:
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.
After 12 long weeks we finally have a new number one on the NZ Singles chart. L.A.B. have monopolised the spot with Why Oh Why since mid December. The new number one flies all the way to number one on the Top 40 singles chart. Six60 have only ever had two number ones, despite 25 hit singles. Now their 26th becomes their first number one since Special in 2014. All She Wrote was dropped just as they were about to finish their Saturday's tour in Hamilton this weekend. The video features a who's who of kiwi icons from Dave Dobbyn to Newshubs' Mike McRoberts. Australian rapper Masked Wolf opens his account with Astronaut In The Ocean at #30. At only 2 minutes, 12 seconds, its the shortest song so far this year and was originally released in June 2019. Tiësto has the third new single. The Dutch DJ first charted here in 2018 with the #7 hit Jackie Chan. The Business, new at #35, is his second and has topped the charts in Netherlands. It wasn't that long ago that it was unheard of for an album to reach 200 weeks. Fleetwood Mac do just that with their 1977 album Rumours and in doing so, join Six60 and Ed Sheeran in the 200 club this year alone. American singer/songwriter Madison Beer debuts at #33 with her first album Life Support. The New Yorker first came on the scene in 2013 with single Melodies. The second and final new album is a celebration of the 1980 Split Enz album True Colours. That album has spend a total of 40 weeks as the number one kiwi album. True Colours, New Colours is a re-imagined album with a mixture of local and Australian artists playing the songs and available on hot pink vinyl. It debuts at #39.
After only one week, Six60 leave the top of the singles pile for an American Supergroup. Comprising Bruno Mars and Anderson.Paak, they formed after Anderson was the opening act for Mars' European leg of his 2017 tour. As a result, they decided to form Silk Sonic and record an album. Leave The Door Open debut's at #1 and is from the upcoming album An Evening With Silk Sonic. Canadian Drake lists three new singles in this weeks Top 40. What's Next, (#12) Wants And Needs (#20) and Lemon Pepper Freestyle (#36) come from the new three-track EP Scary Hours 2 and lift his singles tally to 24. Staying in Canada, Justin Bieber lists the second single from his sixth studio album Justice. Hold On debuts at #22 and is his 37th hit single lifting him to tenth on the list for most hit singles. It's been five years since Kings Of Leon have been in the Album chart but now, finally, they are back. For the first time in five albums, they miss out on the top spot. When You See Yourself is the American's eight studio album and the longest gap between studio albums. It debuts at #2. Auckland hip hop trio Team Dynamite are next with Respect The Process entering the chart at #5. It's their first long player to chart, with 2014's Shepherd's Delight missing the Top 40. London's Dimension has the third and final new album. Born Robert Etheridge, the 29 year old drum and bass DJ enters the chart with Organ at #6.
Of the 17 new albums to chart this year, only three remain in the Top 40. Infact there are 19 number ones and 16 albums charting over 50 weeks. Please, someone fix the charts... Only one new album graces the Top 40. American R&B singer Giveon moves up one knotch to number two with his first single Heartbreak Anniversary. Now the 26 year old has a hit album. New at #17, When It's All Said And Done… Take Time is actually a compilation. How that works I don't know as he has never released a full studio album. The album brings together his two EP's When It's All Said And Done and Take Time from last year. Colombian-American singer/songwriter Karly-Marina Loaiza (aka Kali Uchis) has this weeks only new single. The 26 year old has been releasing music since 2014 but this is her first time here. telepatia, new at #40, comes from her second album Sin Miedo.
Justin Bieber lists his fourth number one on entry as well as two more new singles. Justice is the Canadian's sixth long player and was born from a Covid-19 quarantine at his house in Toronto after being sent demos from his management team. He recorded what he liked in his home studio and sent them back. Singles Peaches (#1) and As I Am (#32) also enter this weeks chart. After 18 years, Maroon 5 can still pack a punch. This week, the Americans debut their 24th hit single with Beautiful Mistakes at #38. It's the lead single from their seventh studio album which, to date, has no official release date. Sam Fischer and Demi Lovato have the fourth new single. What Other People Say, new at #40, is the Australians second and the American's 12th hit single, and is included on Lovato's album Run With The Devil... The Art Of Starting Over. Lana Del Rey falls in just behind Bieber at #2 on the album chart. Chemtrails Over The Country Club is the American's seventh studio album, four of which peaked at #2. Incidentally, a chemtrail is a conspiracy theory about the trail left behind by in the sky by high-flying aircraft. Former Soundgarden and Audioslave guitarist Chris Cornell is back with No One Sings Like You Anymore at #39. His fifth hit album as a solo artist is a postumously release after his untimely death, aged only 52, in 2017. This one consists of ten covers from Nilsson's Jump In The Fire to John Lennon's Watching The Wheels. Last edited:
Lil Nas X has the highest and only new single with MONTERO (Call Me By Name) at #6. It’s the Americans third hit single and first in two years. Montero is actually Mr Hill’s real name and clocks in at only 2:17 becoming the shortest this year. An extended version goes for 2:50 and took five people to write. I’d hate to see what an edited version looks like. Kiwi Teeks lists his first chart topper with album Something To Feel. His last album entry was EP The Grapefruit Skies which peaked at #10 in 2017. NF (aka Nathan Feuerstein) enters at #11 with Clouds (The Mixtape). It’s the American rappers second album entry, however he does have five albums, two EPs and now a mixtape on his resume. Newcomers Voom are new at #24 with Hello, Are You There. The Aucklanders formed in 1993 so it’s taken a bit of persistence to break the charts. This is their second album. Dunedin band The clean first came on the scene in 1981 with the very first Flying Nun single Tally Ho. It sparked what is now known as The Dunedin Sound. This week they return with Unknown Country at #39. Finally, Tate McRae is new at #40 with his EP Too Young To Be Sad. His single You Broke Me First peaked at #12 We’ve already reached the end of the first quarter. A look at the new entries in the five main charts compared to last year shows a big drop in the two Top 40’s but compilations and local acts bounce back. Here’s those figures with last year in brackets: Singles 32 (37) Albums 20 (32) NZ Singles 5 (2) NZ Albums 19 (14) Compilations 18 (5) Last edited:
For the second time in six months a new record has been set in the singles chart. This week, DRAX Project take Catching Feelings onto 83 weeks, tying for first place with Lewis Capaldi's Someone You Loved. Based on peak position, the kiwis push Capaldi to #2 on the list. The longevity record held fast for 33 years with New Order's Blue Monday but now looks easy to beat due to entries staying in the charts much longer. American actress Olivia Rodrigo follows up he rnumber one single Drivers License with déjà vu at #10. It's the second single from her upcoming album O*R* which is due in shops on May 21. Duncan Laurence (aka Duncan de Moor) opens his account at #40 with Arcade. The Dutch songwriter began his career in 2014 and became a semi-finalist in the fifth season of The Voice Of Holland. The track is included on his debut album Small Town Boy (which came out last year) and was the winner of the 2019 Eurovision Song Contest in 2019. Two new albums enter the Top 40 this week. Interesting to note too is Six60 have now been in the Top 10 for 90 weeks with at least one entry. Closest rivals L.A.B. see their four albums drop down the list. Hit album #7 for Demi Lovato clocks in at #12. Dancing With The Devil… The Art Of Starting Over describes her journey through recovery and self discovery after being hospitalized for a drug overdose in 2018. Lil Tjay has the other new long player. Destined 2 Win is the rappers second studio album and debuts at #23.