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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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Where's Chris Rene when you need him
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.
Chart Beat - 8 March 2021

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.
Chart Beat - 15 March 2021

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.
Chart Beat - 22 March 2021

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.
Chart Beat - 29 March 2021

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.
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Chart Beat - 5 April 2021

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)
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Chart Beat - 12 April 2021

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.
Chart Beat - 19 April 2021

DRAX Project drop to #40 this week with Catching Feelings, but by holding onto the Top 40, they go onto 84 weeks, thus becoming the stand alone single to chart the most weeks on the singles chart.
Taurus Bartlett (aka Polo G) lists his first hit single with RAPSTAR at #2. To date the American rapper has only appeared as a collaborator on Juce Wrld and Marshmellow singles. This track is the lead single from his forthcoming third album Hall Of Fame.
Doja Cat also has a new long player on the way. Kiss Me More new at #6, is the lead single from Planet Her and is her fifth hit single in Godzone.
The third new single continues the reimagined series from Taylor Swift. Mr. Perfectly Fine debuts at #25 and appears on the re-recorded Fearless album which debuts at #1 on the Albums Chart. It didn't appear on the original album in 2008 but was written the same year. It's her 47th hit single and brings her closer to becoming the artist with the most singles on a NZ chart. She only has Madonna to beat with 53.
American hip hop band Brockhampton list their fourth album entry at #5 - Roadrunner: New Light, New Machine. During lockdown from Covid-19 they released songs on their You Tube channel every weekend, sometimes playing unreleased tracks. Then suddenly in September the series was cancelled. Those new tracks are now back in the form of their sixth album.
In 2000 Fur Patrol took their album Pet to #7. The 20th Edition of that disc brings the kiwis back, with a #10 re-entry. The album has been out of circulation for years but is now available on transparent baby blue vinyl. If we'd had a NZ Top 20 Albums chart back then they would have enjoyed seven weeks at number one.
American rapper DMX had one NZ hit single back in 2003 with Where The Hood At? peaking at #13. That marked his last US hit. This week her returns with The Best Of at #12.
Chart Beat - 26 April 2021

ANZAC weekend gives us two new singles and four albums. This weeks new singles take the average length of a song to enter the charts this year to only 3 minutes 13 seconds, which is the shortest since 1970.
Alicia Moore (aka Pink) lists her 33rd hit single at #38 with help from her 10-tear-old daughter Willow Sage Hart. It's been a tough year for both Pink and her son after being diagnosed with COVID-19. She put Cover Me In Sunshine out for no other reason than to make people feel happy.
English electronic DJ Riton (aka Henry Smithson) and Scotish house music project Nightcrawlers (aka John Reid) have the other new single at #40. Friday (Dopamine Re-Edit) has so far reached number one in Belgium as well as going Top 10 in 11 countries.
Nottingham, England indie rockers London Grammar gain their highest entry to date with their third studio album Californian Soil. Debuting at #2, it was originally postponed from its original February release date for unknown reasons.
Kiwi Milk (aka Reuen Winter) debuts at #7 with III. Sadly, Reuben never got to see it's chart debut as he passed away in September.
American rappers Young Stoner Life, Young Thug and Gunna chart with their collaborative album Slime Language 2 at #14; and British rapper AJ Tracey lists his first hit album with Flu Game at #36.
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Chart Beat - 3 May 2021

Amazing what a concert can do. Last Saturday, Dunedin band Six60 filled Eden Park and broadcast the concert live to the pacific. As a result, the singles chart gives us three re-entries. Long Gone, The Greatest and their second single from 2011 Don't Forget Your Roots re-enter at the bottom of the chart. Be good to see them charting overseas. To date they have only charted here despite their popularity.
We are treated to new music in the chart, but only the one single.
British rappers Russ Millions and Tion Wayne combine to give us Body at #31. The track has so far peaked at #4 in England and #21 across the ditch.
It's a similar story on the album chart with only one new entry.
American rockers Dinosaur Jr formed in 1984 and had their first NZ hit album in 1991, but they haven't charted here since 1994. The Massachusetts based rockers have still been releasing albums though and 2021 is the year they finally break the drought. Sweep It Into Space is their twelfth long player and has been delayed nearly a year due to COVID-19. They slot into the bottom of the chart at #40.
Six60 may have not had a hit overseas but one artist who did bounds back into the album chart this week. In 1996 OMC topped the chart here with single How Bizarre. That track went to #1 in Australia and Austria and Top 10 in Germany, Sweden, Switzerland and the UK. The album of the same name went Top 5 here but was never released on vinyl. That is until now. As a result, it puts the album back in the chart at #39.
Chart Beat - 10 May 2021

Doja Cat slips up a knotch to score her first number one single after Justin Bieber's six week stay with Peaches. Kiss Me More is the American's fourth hit single here and New Zealand is the first country to gift her the number one.
19-year-old Billie Eilish has this weeks only new single. Your Power, new at #5, was written by her and her brother and taken from the upcoming album Happier Than Ever due in stores 30 July.
The album chart is busy with eight new entries.
Dunedin band The Chills bring the release date of Scatterbrain forwards and place it firmly at #4. It's their ninth hit album and fourth Top 10. It comes on Deep Sea Marble coloured vinyl.
English rockers Royal Blood list their third hit album at #6. Interestingly, their two previous albums also peaked at #6. This one, Typhoons is a self-produced disc with elements of disco and dance-rock.
Hit #4 from DJ Khaled enters the chart at #7. KHALED KHALED is actually the American's 12th studio album and matches the peak of his last from 2019.
Amy Shark is next with Cry Forever at #15. The Australians last disc Love Monster peaked at #7.
French metal band Gojira last charted in 2015 with Magma which peaked at #26. Their second hit goes better. Fortitude is new at #18.
Norwegian girl in red opens her account at #31. Born Marie Ulven, if i could make it go quiet is the 22-year-olds first long player.
Gerry Beckley may be a new name to most but the American singer was a founding member for the band America. In the 70's and 80's they had six hit singles here. These days the 68 year old is a solo artist. His album Keeping The Light On: Greatest Hits debuts at #32.
Finally, Old Church Basement from Elevation Worship and Maverick City Music enters the chart at #35. This is the church bands third hit album since 2016.
Chart Beat - 17 May, 2021

Doja Cat gets evicted from the top spot after just one week with her single Kiss Me More. Russ Millions and Tion Wayne have the new chart topper (Body) which also goes to the top in their UK homeland.
The new singles, however, belong to Americans.
Hit #6 from J. Cole makes a #10 debut.
I n t e r l u d e is the second single from Jermaine Cole's sixth album Off Season which was released on Friday.
The other new single comes from fellow American rapper Trippie Redd. Miss The Rage, new at #18, is the lead single from his upcoming album Trip At Knight.
Five of last weeks eight new albums leave the Top 40 as the other three take a dive. It makes room for two new albums and three re-entries as older albums continue to dominate.
The son of kiwi rock legend Billy TK has this weeks highest new album. Billy was the lead guitarist for Human Instinct and New Zealand's answer to Jimi Hendrix. Mara TK has big boots to fill but the #15 entry of debut album Bad Meditation is a great start as his Dad never saw a chart entry. He is also a member of Fly My Pretties who have scored seven hit albums.
Rag'n'Bone Man has the other new album a #23, Life By Misadventure. It's been four years since his first album which peaked at #3. Now his sophomore is finally out and it features a duet with Pink as one of the singles. The album has already topped the UK charts.
A record is broken in the NZ Albums chart this week. Six60(3) by Six60 has now been number one on that chart for 67 non consecutive week which takes the record from their Six60(EP). No album going all the way back to 1975 has been at the top that long.
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Chart Beat - 24 May, 2021

After what feels like an eternity, we lose four singles from the Top 40 that have been charting more than 30 weeks with The Weeknd, DRAX Project, Joel Corry and 24kGoldn dropping out. Between them they total up 238 chart weeks.
A year ago nobody knew who Olivia Rodrigo was but now, after five months, she has gained three hit singles, all going top 10. The third one, good 4 u, follows the success of the first by debuting at #1. Her debut album Sour is just out so expect a high entry next week.
J. Cole lists 3 new singles with m y . l i f e, (#5) p r i d e . I s . t h e . d e v i l (#8) and
a m a r i (#12) taking his total to nine. All three come from his new album The Off-Season which debut's at the top of the chart.
Bella Poarch has the final new single at #40. Build A B**** is the shortest song to chart this year clocking in at onlt 2:02 and taking the average song length to 3:10. That's the lowest since 1970. Poarch is a Filipino-American social media personality and singer and holds the record on Tik Tok for most liked video.
Kiwi's The Gordons are at #3 with The Gordons + Future Shock. The Christchurch band first came on the scene in 80's but this is their first hit album. Future Shock was originally released in 1980 whilst The Gordons is their debut album from 1981.
American rockers The Black Keys list album number ten at #5. Delta Kream is their fifth album to chart here and matches the peak of their last; Let's Rock from 2019. Watch out for lead single Crawling Kingsnake.
English lass Jorja Smith is new at #27 with Be Right Back. This one is a 25 minute EP.
Finally, album 4 from Nicki Minaj opens at #32. Beam Me Up Scotty is a mixtape and, if it goes now higher, will be her lowest peak in the chart.
Chart Beat - 31 May, 2021

This week's chart comes to you courtesy of Olivia Rodrigo. As predicted, the American tops the album chart on entry with her debut album SOUR. It's been an amazing year for the 18-year-old with two number one songs, a number one album and now, thanx to new entry singles traitor (#5) and brutal (#8), five top ten singles. Also, this week she scores the double with number ones on both the main charts.
The fifth single from South Korean boyband BTS is the other new single this week. Butter new at #6, is the band's second English language single. They thought the virus was "getting longer and longer so we thought we need another summer song".
Twenty One Pilots are back with album #6. The Ohio based duo list Scaled And Icy at #3. The album title is a play on "scaled and isolated", a phrase associated with music production during the Covid-19 pandemic.
Pink also has a high entry album. All I Know So Far: Setlist at #4 is her first live album.
Irish/English band My Bloody Valentine formed in 1983 but never charted here. Their first album to chart here is a bit of a strange one as it was released in 1991. Loveless, new at #7, finally charts as the band are re-issuing their entire catalogue on vinyl.
Kiwi's Beastwars also have a surprise entry. They took their debut self-titled album to #15 in 2011. Now ten year's on that album too is available on vinyl. That gave it a #18 re-entry this week.
Finally, Pickle Darling (aka Lukas Mayo) opens his account at #40. Cosmonaut is the multi-instrumentalist 's fsecond full length album. Born in Christchurch, he also has two EP's and two albums in his collection.
Chart Beat - 7 June, 2021

On 30 November last year we saw the first ever entry to reach 300 weeks. That album was Six60's second album. This week we have the second to reach 300 and its from the same band. Their debut album reaches that milestone on the NZ Albums Chart and is currently up to 215 weeks on the full Top 40 chart.
Following on from last week, Olivia Rodrigo lists two more songs in the singles chart from her debut album SOUR. favorite crime (#6) and happier (#14) take her tally to 7. That also takes the average length of a new entry single to just 3:09, matching 1970.
We only have one new album in the chart and it comes from a guy who hasn't charted since 2013. Richard Hall (aka Moby) is now 55. His 19th album Reprise comes in at #40 and features orchestral and acoustic arrangements of songs from his career, performed by the Budapest Art Orchestra. It's his 8th hit album here. His first two albums from 1999 and 2000 topped the chart with his first, Play, currently holding the 60th place in the longevity list, clocking up 90 chart weeks.
The number one on this weeks compilation chart is a first for the Frenzy record label. The fifth in the series of The Kiwi Music Scene albums covers 1965 and only the second new number one this year. It's also the first kiwi number one album since 2015.
Next week - watch out for the new Crowded House album.
Chart Beat - 14 June 2021

The Top 6 singles remain static this week in another boring chart.
Highest new single comes from Billie Eilish. Lost Cause at #15 is the next single to be leaked on the eve of her new album. Happier Than Ever hits stores on 30 July.
Olivia Rodrigo has the other new singles. enough for you (#21) and 1 step forward, 3 steps back (#26) gives her seven new singles in four weeks.
Crowded House havnt released a studio album since 2010. After the successful Fleetwood Mac tour which Neil Finn was part of, he formed a new look band which included original Nick Seymour,and producer Mitchell Froom along with his sons Liam and Elroy. The result is Dreamers Are Welcome which debuts at #2
Lil Baby And Lil Durk join forces for the other new album. The Voice Of The Heroes is new at #21.
Chart Beat 21 June 21

It's been four years but she is back. Lorde places her 15th hit single at #2 on entry. Solar Power is the lead single from her upcoming third album of the same name.
Doja Cat also has a new album. Due next Friday, Need To Know at #25 is the second single from the album she calls Planet Her.
Predictability is key in the charts at the moment so it wouldn't be right to have a chart without a new single from Olivia Rodrigo. jealousy, jealousy at #33 is the ninth hit single from her number one album. She only has two songs from that album left to chart.
Willow has the final new entry at #39.
t r a n s p a r e n t s o u l is her second single since she came on the scene 11 years ago. For the record, her dad is Will Smith.
Taurua Bartlett (aka Polo G) has been hanging around the bottom of the album chart for over a year now. This week the rappers third album debuts at #2. Hall Of Fame is 54 minutes of mainly under three minute songs and includes his current single RAPSTAR.
Hip Hop trio Migos also debut inside the Top 5. Culture III matches the peak of their last and was produced by 48 people.
American comedian Bo Burnham is next at #6. Inside: The Songs was recorded without an audience due to Covid-19 and released on Netflicks.
After 17 years, Maroon 5 list album #8 at #18. JORDI is named after manager Jordan Feldstein who passed away in 2017.
American rockers Garbage first charted in 1995. Their seventh album No Gods No Masters debuts at #34.
Marina (of Marina and the Diamonds fame) lists her second solo album. Ancient Dreams In A Modern Land is the Welsh singers fifth studio album.
Finally, after 42 years, the Compilations Chart has died. It's no wonder as physical sales hardly get a mention in our current charts. To replace it, a new chart is born. Stan Walker has the honour of being the first to top the new Top 10 Te Reo Māori chart with Tua. To be eligable for the chart, the majority of the vocals must be performed in the reo Māori.
Chart Beat - 28 June, 2021

YouTuber Olajide Olayinka Williams "JJ" Olatunji, better known as KSI, has this weeks highest new single. The Englishman is not your typical rapper. He does a lot of charity work and has raised over half a million pounds to date. Holiday at #16 is his debut single and has peaked at #2 in the UK.
Måneskin have the other two new singles. Beggin' (#20) and I Wanna Be Your Slave #38 are the first rock singles we have seen in the Top 40 since Adam was a boy. Formed in Rome, they finished second in the Italian X-Factor programme in 2017. I Wanna Be Your Slave topped the charts in Finland. Incidentally, Måneskin is Danish for Moonlight.
The second Top 40 album from Troy Kingi very nearly takes the top spot with a #3 entry. His last album peaked at #2 and still makes the occasional appearance in the NZ Albums Top 20. The folk-inspired Black Sea Golden Ladder sees him team up with Delaney Davidson on what he is calling his most personal album yet.
Nick Cave and Warren Ellis join forces for Cave's 14th hit album since 1992. Ellis is a member of The Black Seeds, Cave's band.
Carnage is new at #25.
Finally Gabriella Wilson (aka H.E.R.) opens her account with Back Of My Mind at #37. H.E.R. stands for Having Everything Revealed and is the African-American-Filipino singers debut album.
Finally, to mark the demise of the Compilation Chart, I have put together a Top 100 of all time list based on points. The chart can be viewed at the charts.co.nz website under the forum RIP Compilations Chart
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Chart Beat - July 5, 2021

Very busy singles chart with eight new entries.
Ed Sheeran is first out of the starting gate with his 40th hit single. Bad Habits debut's at #1 and becomes his fifth chart topper. Expect a new album soon too with the release of his fifth album -.
Doja Cat lists three newbies with Your Right at #6, Ain't S**t at #18 and I Don't Do Drugs at #31. All three tracks come from her new album Planet Her which debuts at #3.
Tyler, The Creator also lists three with WUSYANAME (#14), JUGGERNAUT (#36) and LUMBERJACK (#40). Those tracks are all on his sixth studio album CALL ME IF YOU GET LOST, new this week at #2.
Finally, our very own Sons Of Zion list their third hit single, Love On The Run at #33.
Samoan born Auckland rapper POETIK is back with his third hit album POETIK JUSTICE. New at 4, it matches his high tide mark with second HAMOFIED 2 from 2019.
Ski Mask The Slimp God last charted in 2018. Now the American rapper is back; this time with a mixtape. Sin City The Mixtape is new at #32
Finally, Indian singer, rapper and actor Sidhu Moose Wala opens his account at #40 with Moosetape. It follows his first two albums PBX 1 from 2018 and Snitches Get Stitches from 2020, which both failed to chart.
Chart Beat - 12 July, 2021

No new singles this week but we do have three re-entries. L.A.B. reach a milestone with In The Air reaching 80 weeks. That's the third single in less than a year to do so after breaking a 36 year record. The current chart doesn't seem to look favourably on new releases. More on that soon.
It's a similar look in the album chart with 11 entries holding their position (including the bottom four positions) and three more entries reaching the 50 week mark. For the second week in a row a kiwi leaves the chart after staying only one week in the Top 4 (Troy Kingi and POETIK).
Two new album, however, do manage to squeeze into the Top 40.
Jimmy Barnes is back with his 16th hit album. Flesh And Blood at #6 was mostly written by Barnes and includes the title track, which was first played at Mushroom Records founder Michael Gudinski's funeral, and a remake of the Everly Brothers / Nazareth hit Love Hurts.
BTS list album #10 at #30. BTS, THE BEST is the Koreans third Japanese-language compilation.
To finish, here's a list of new entries across the five main charts to the end of June. Last years figures in brackets:
Singles 64 (66)
Albums 67 (75)
Compilations 29 (5)
NZ Singles 9 (6)
NZ Albums 57 (32)
There have also been 3 new entry kiwi singles and 10 albums in the Top 40.
A look back just five years alarmingly shows how much the charts have changed with the singles chart listing 30 more new entries and albums 37. I don't know what the answer is but to me it's clear something needs to change.
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Chart Beat - 19 July, 2021

The Kid LAROI and Justin Bieber fly to the top of the singles chart on opening with Stay. The track appears on the upcoming Laroi project F*ck Love (Over You) and is his fifth hit single. Incidentally, the pair now share managers .
BTS have the second of four new singles with Permission To Dance at #8. The song was released on CD along with Butter and is the bands third English-language single.
Billie Eilish continues to leak songs from her next album Happier Than Ever with NDA at #14. The new album is due out on 30 July.
Post Malone last charted a single in November 2019. This week Motley Crew drops into the chart at #28. The song was taken from American heavy metallers Mötley Crüe and the second time Malone has named an song after an artist - The first was Tommy Lee (who is in Mötley Crüe) from last year.
Two more albums leave after just one week to provide spots for two more albums (that will probably be gone next week!!!)
American rapper, singer and actor Vince Staples has the highest. His self titled album is new at #19 and his second to chart here. This is his fourth album and it runs for only 22 minutes and 2 seconds which is 14 seconds short of his last. I've seen EP's longer than that.
Kiwi legend Greg Johnson hasn't charted since 2012 so it's great to see the Aucklander back in the charts. He has actually been residing in California since 2002. Tilt Your Interior new at #25, is the 53 year old's 12 hit album.
Chart Beat - 26 July, 2021

The seventh hit single from American rapper Pop Smoke is this weeks highest new single. Woo Baby new at #22 continues his fascination with the word Woo. There was The Woo from last year and mixtapes Meet The Woo and Meet The Woo 2. This new one is from his new posthumous studio album Faith, which debuts at #3.
Coromandel born Raglan resident Muroki has the second new single. Wavy at #37 is his debut single. At the age of 19 he is already being described as a musicians musician.
The tenth hit album from American John Mayer enters the chart at #4. Sob Rock is the 43 year old's 8th studio album and was recorded between late 2017 and early this year.
Olajide Olayinka Williams "JJ" Olatunji (aka KSI) lists his third album chart enry with second album All Over The Place. New at #5, it's the Brits second highest position on the chart.
Anthonie Tonnon is next at #9. Who, you might ask. Tonnon is the operator of Whanganui's Durie Hill Elevator. When the operation came up for tender he applied and won. Now he has an album to play in his very own elevator. Leave Love Out Of This is his debut album.
Tones And I has the final new entry. Welcome To The Madhouse is the Australian's first full length album after The Kids Are Coming EP and single Dance Monkey.
A look at this weeks Top 40 singles shows the American's continue to dominate, but kiwi's are finally in second place. Here's that list.
New Zealand7
South Korea2
Incidentally, I have counted duet's as .5 per artist which explains the Australian entry.
Chart Beat - 2 August, 2021

Kiwis now hold the top two spots on he singles longevity chart. Catching Feelings from DRAX Project holds the top spot on 89 weeks, with In The Air by L.A.B. now slotting in second on 83 weeks. It just overtakes Lewis Capaldi with Someone You Loved which also charted 83 weeks but peaked further down the chart.
The fourth single from Lil Nas X is the longest running single he has charted to date. Normally his hit singles clock in at or below 2 minutes but this epic piece is 3:32. It is the second single from his upcoming album Montero. INDUSTRY BABY is new at #5
The Kid LAROI holds onto the top spot with Stay as Not Sober debuts at #21. It marks a second deluxe version of his mixtape F*CK LOVE 3+: OVER YOU which jumps up 22 knotches to #3.
The second single from the long awaited third Lorde album debuts at #33. Stoned At The Nail Salon is all about growing older.
Newcomer Blxst joins forces with Tyga for the fourth new single this week. Blxst (pronounced "blast") is an American rapper.
Chosen is new at #36
British rapper David Omoregie (aka Dave) opens his account with his second album We're All Alone In This Together at #8. His debut album Psychodrama topped the UK charts in 2019.
Leon Bridges took his first two albums to #13 back in 2015 and 2018. Now a third drops in at #31. Gold-Diggers Sound includes the track Sweeter which was written in response to the murser of George Floyd in May last year.
Two more albums grace the bottom of the chart. Second hit for English singer Anne-Marie with Therapy at #36 and third from ARISE church from Auckland with IMMERSE (Live) at #40
Last week I looked at nationalities from the singles chart. This week it's the turn for the Album Chart. Here's that list.
New Zealand11

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Chart Beat - 9 August 2021

The obvious happens for Billie Eilish with the release of her new album. Happier Than Ever debuts at the top as her first album slips a knotch to #22 in it's 123rd week. The new one was inspired by "self reflection during Covid-19". Two singles also enter the chart (Happier Than Ever (#4) and Getting Older (#32)).
Silk Sonic score a second hit single with Skate at #12. The American duo consisting of Bruno Mars and Anderson .Paak went to the top earlier on this year with Leave The Door Open.
Two newcomers round off this weeks five new singles.
Sleepy Hallow is Jamaican-American rapper and songwriter Tegan Chambers. The 21 year old's first single is 2055 at #22 and comes from his debut album Still Sleep?
British singer-songwriter Mimi Webb is next with Dumb Love at #30. She credits her piano teacher with encouraging a musical career when she was 15.
Christchurch's Shapeshifter last charted in 2016. Now, after five years, they list Rituals at #6. Their ninth hit album is also their 8th Top 10 entry.
Also from Christchurch comes Mako Road with their debut album Stranger Days. New at #11, the album follows after the four-piece's five track EP The Green Superintendent, from 2018.
American rapper Isaiah Rashad opened his account in 2016 with the #21 peak of The Sun's Tirade. Now his second improves his record. The House Is Burning is new at #12.
Finally, American rapper Logic posts Bobby Tarantino III at #37. This is his 8th hit album.

Written in Wanaka
Chart Beat - 16 August, 2021

Take My breath from The Weeknd is new at #12. It’s the lead single from his upcoming fifth studio album.
Woman is the tenth hit single from Doja Cat at #30. If is the opening track on her current album Planet Her.
Lose is the next new single at #35. Englishman KSI and not so Lil anymore, 38 year old American Lil Wayne, join forces for what KSI describes as a song that will go on for decades. Anyone wanna bet on that???
Little Bit Of Love from Tom Grennan at #40 is the final new single. His first hit single comes from his second album Evering Road.
Over on the albums chart Youngn Lipz has the highest new album with Area Baby at #10. It’s the Australian hip hop artists debut album which sits at #7 across the ditch
King’s Disease II from Nas is new at #29. This one is the American rappers 13th studio album.
George Harrison hasn’t charted since 1987 since so it’s a big surprise to see his first album new at #36. All Things Must Pass is the former Beatles third solo album which originally came out in 1970 as a three record set. It got the remix treatment in 2001 with this release being a 50th anniversary edition available in various packages up to a 5 CDs/8LPs set including outtakes, jams and 47 demos, 42 of which are previously unreleased. Originally the album topped no less than 9 charts around the world and was Harrison’s biggest. It didn’t chart here as the album chart wasn’t around in 1970.

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Chart Beat - 23 August, 2021

The first single from Nigerian singer Wizkid is this weeks highest. The 31 year old featured on the Drake hit One Dance back in 2016 but this is his first single outright. Essence is new at #15 and comes from his fourth studio album Made In Lagos. It is on top of this weeks Top 40 in Nigeria.
Melissa Jefferson (aka Lizzo) is back with single #3 at #23. Rumours is the rappers first release in over two years and expected to be on a new album.
It's a big week for Doja Cat with Get Into It (Yuh) debuting at #34, taking her total to five singles in this weeks chart. Clocking in at only 2:18, it is the sixth single from her current album Planet Her.
The third hit album from American hip hop duo $uicideBoy$ comes in at #8 and is their highest to date. Long Term Effects Of SUFFERING is actually their second full length album, bringing their tally to two albums and a mixtape.
Album number 8 from Las Vegas quartet The Killers brings along the return of guitarist Dave Keuning after his absence on their last album. Pressure Machine is new at #18.
Newcomer Luke Hemmings has the final new album at #33. When Facing The Things We Turn Away From is the debut solo album from the 5 Seconds Of Summer lead vocalist and includes the lead single. Starting Line.
Chart Beat - 30 August, 2021

We are currently sitting on a new chart record. In 2010 we had four female artists top the Album chart in a row. Together, Susan Boyle, Gin, Lady Gaga, and Hollie Smith set the record and totalled 8 weeks at the top. This week that record is matched by Olivia Rodrigo, Billie Eilish, Doja Cat, and now Lorde with her third album and bringing the total to 15 weeks. She also places two new singles in the chart with Mood Ring at #10 and The Path #25
Ed Sheeran is also sitting on a new album expected on 29 October. Second single from the album is Visiting Hours which debuts at #10.
The last time we saw Elton John in the singles chart with a new single was in 2001 so it's a surprise to see him at #13 with Dua Lipa. Remixed by PNAU who he collaborated with on the 2012 album Good Morning To The Night, Cold Heart is his 54th hit single.
Newcomer Clinton Kane places I Guess I'm In Love at #27. The 21 year old comes from Perth, Australia.
American rapper Trippie Redd places his sixth album at #5 with Trip At Knight.
Fat Freddy's Drop are back with their ninth. WAIRUNGA is new at #12.
Finally, American rapper Sleepy Hallow places his debut album Still Sleep? at #39.
Some major artists passed away this week. Tom T. Hall died on 20 August. The NZ Charts proved elusive for the US Country singer but he had 18 Top 10 hits on the US Country Chart. His most well known here were I Love from 1973 and Harper Valley PTA which Jeannie C. Riley took to #13 here. Don Everly died on 21 August. He was one half of the Everly Brothers who had 11 hit singles in New Zealand from 1957 - 1985. Then there was Charley Watts drummer for The Roling Stones for 58 years. They enjoyed 205 weeks in our singles chart with 31 singles. Finally, our very own Max Cryer passed away on Wednesday. The 86 year old was involved on TV and radio, as well as a singer, cabaret performer and writer.
Chart Beat - 6 September, 2021

Six60 fly to #2 on the singles chart this week with Pepeha. Their 27th hit single is part of this years Waiata Anthems week which starts 6 September.
Despite the big week from Lorde last week, she is this weeks casualty, as all but one of her Top 40 singles drop off the chart. Instead, it's Kanye West who steals the show. Tenth album Donda debut's at the top breaking the record breaking run of solo females at the top. He also manages four new singles with Hurricane (#3) Jail (#6), Off The Grid (#7), and Moon (#9). The album is named after his late mother Donda C. West.
Baby Keem and Kendrick Lamar join forces for family ties at #33. Keem is American rapper Hykeem Carter Jr. whilst Lamar (who now has 16 hit singles) is his real life cousin.
Hit album number four for Ashley Frangipane (aka Halsey) debuts at #5 giving her a fourth Top 10 album. If I Can't Have Love, I Want Power is described as a concept album describing the joys and horrors of pregnancy and childbirth.
American pop rock band OneRepublic list their first album in five years at #14. Human was originally planned for 2019 with further songs released in 2020 however it was delayed due to not being the right timing according to frontman Ryan Tedder.
Lil Tecca rounds off this weeks newbies with We Love You Tecca 2 at #28.
Chart Beat - 13 September, 2021

Back in 1984 on 1 July a new record was set in the singles chart for most weeks charted. That was for the New Order hit Blue Monday. That record looked unbeatable until Lewis Capaldi came along with his single Someone You Loved. That track ended up staying in the charts for 83 weeks after setting a new record on 28 September last year. It wasn’t long until that record also got broken. DRAX Project came along and took Catching Feelings onto a new record on 12 April this year. This week that record gets matched again as L.A.B. reach 89 weeks with In The Air. The song actually goes to the top of the pile due to it peeking at number one for three weeks whereas the other songs failed to top the charts.
Girls Want Girls by Drake narrowly misses out on the top spot with a #2 entry. As if that wasn’t enough he drops in a #3 with Fair Trade, #4 with Champagne Poetry and #7 with Way 2 Sexy. The tracks all come from the Canadians album Certified Lover Boy that debuts at the top.
For the first time in 40 years Abba have a new single in the chart. Last week it was announced the quartet had reformed and are set to release a new album. Don’t Shut Me Down at #31 is a a dual lead single alongside I Still Have Faith In You from the forthcoming album Voyage.
THE ANXIETY, WILLOW and Tyler Cole slot Meet Me At Our Spot at #34. It’s rumoured WILLOW and Cole are romantically involved
The final new single is from Jolyon Petch. Dreams is the title for two singles in this weeks chart. Fleetwood Mac are still handing around after a total of 65 weeks as the New Zealand born Australian DJ remakes the 1977 track and places it at #40.
Imagine Dragons have the second new album at #11. Mercury: Act 1 has one side looking inward, the other more aggressive and looking outward.
It’s been six years since Iron Maiden had a new album. Now their 17th studio album, Senjutsu, is new at #19. The title is loosely Japanese for tactics and strategy
Kono 003 debuts at #24. The EP is a compilation celebrating Te Reo Māori with five tracks from Katchafire, Troy Kingi, Anna Coddington and Ria Hall.
For the second time in three weeks there’s a new album entry from Lorde. Te Ao Mārama at #27 is an EP in Te reo Maori and consists of songs from her current album.
Finally Lady Gaga slots Dawn Of Chromatica at #32. This one is a remix album based around her studio album Chromatica from last year.
Chart Beat - 20 September 2021

Thirty year old Ed Sheeran drops in the second single from his forthcoming album =. Shivers at #8 took him three days to write and is the reason he changed his mind about the title of the new album. Fans expected it to be called - but he felt the song didn't feel like a minus.
As is the trend in the charts, all four new Drake singles from last week take a dive. A third, Knife, debuts at #14.
Newcomer Ka Hao benefits from Te Reo week with his debut single. They are a group of 24 Māori from Te Tairawhiti who have been on a life-changing journey through waiata. 35 debuts at #25
The fourth new single comes from Nigerian Ckay with Nwantiti (Ah Ah Ah) at #34. Love Nwantiti is igbo for small love.
American rapper Baby Keem has the highest new album at #12. The Melodic Blue is his debut album.
Kacey Musgraves opens her account at #30. star-crossed is actually the 33 year olds fifth album and follows themes of heartache from her divorce.
The second hit album for Metallica makes a surprise re-entry at #18. The 1991 album last charted here in 2010. This remix is a 30th Anniversary Edition.
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Chart Beat - 27 September, 2021

Montero Hill pushes The Kid LAROI off the top spot after an amazing ten week Stay (see what I did there). Known more as Lil Nas X, the American rapper and singer scores his second chart topper with INDUSTRY BABY. His fifth hit single also shows up at #6. That's What I Want has five writers, one of which is Ryan Tedder from OneRepublic. Both tracks show up on his new album MONTERO which debuts at the top giving him the double.
Taylor Swift has the other new single. Wildest Dreams from her album 1989, peaked at #8 in 2015 but this version is dubbed Taylor's Version and comes from her re-recording series following a dispute over the master tapes. She enters the chart at #30
Album number 9 from kiwi Stan Walker debuts at #16. His sixth studio album Te Arohanui is his first in te reo and includes a combination of his greatest hits re-recorded in te reo Māori alongside several new tracks. He has another album expected before Christmas.
Speaking of te reo Māori , Waipu thrash metal trio Alien Weaponry are back with Tangaroa. New at #19, it's their second outing after the success of Tū from 2018.
Finally, Indian singer and rapper Karan Aujla opens his account with BacTHAfu*UP at #34. Known for his work in Punjabi music, this is his first album.
It's the end of another quarter. Here's a look at the number of new entries across te main charts (last years tally in brackets):
SINGLES 118 (104)
ALBUMS 116 (113)
NZ SINGLES 33 (15)
NZ ALBUMS 81 (50)
Chart Beat - 4 October 2021

This weeks chart is pretty much the same as any other chart we see these days. It appears the only singles and albums that leave the chart are those that have just entered. We currently have eight singles charting over 30 weeks, six of those over 60 weeks and one over 90. It's the same in the albums chart with 18 entries over 50 weeks totalling 2415 weeks. Eight of those are over 100 weeks, four over 200 and one over 300. You'd expect this for albums but this is the first time it's been this high since the chart began.
Lets see how this weeks newbies get on.
Coldplay and BTS join forces for the weeks biggest new single. My Universe, new at #19, was announced by Coldplay through a coded message with no mention of the collaboration. A snippet of the track was also teased with BTS ommitted from the mix. Rumours continued though, until both sides came clean.
American singer-songwriter, producer, rapper, comedian, and filmmake Oliver Tree has the other new single. Life Goes On debuts at #38 and comes from his second album Ugly Is Beautiful.
American rapper G-Eazy lists his sixth studio album at #34. These Things Happen Too boasts 32 producers across the 19 tracks. This is the fourth time the 32-year old has charted an album.
The 39th charting album from Bob Dylan is the final new entry at #39. The Bootleg Series Vol 16: Springtime In New York 1980-1985 contains tour rehearsals, and outtakes from albums Shot of Love, Infidels, and Empire Burlesque. The American is the oldest performer in the chart at age 80.
Chart Beat - 11 October, 21

Six60 take their third album Six60(3) onto 100 weeks this week. What's extraordinanry about that is the disc has spent the entire time inside the Top 7. No other album has managed that in the charts 46 year history. To date the album has been at the top for 35 weeks and at number one on the NZ Albums chart for a total of 81 weeks.
Elton John scores his first number one single in 24 years as his duet with Dua Lipa slips up one knotch to the top. Cold Heart comes from his upcoming 32nd studio album The Lockdown Sessions due out on 22 October. His last number one was Something About The Way You Look Tonight / Candle In The Wind 97 which spent 6 weeks on top in 1997.
Two newcomers have this weeks two new singles.
Tai Verdes used to sell mobile phones. Then his song Stuck In The Middle blew up on TikTok. The success spilled over to Spotify and now the Brit can claim his first NZ hit single. A-O-K is new at #31.
Rancid Eddie sounds more like the lead guitarist from a seventies punk band but they are in fact a five piece from Melbourne. Their debut single, Dry, enters the chart at #40.
San Francisco born Lyttelton resident Reb Fountain is back with her third album at #3. Iris matches the peak of her last self titled disc from last year.
Also with a third album are Aucklanders The Beths. This one is a live disc simply titled Auckland, New Zealand, 2020 (Live) and debuts at #19.
Finally, American rapper Meek Mill (aka Robert Williams) drops his second hit album at #35. Expensive Pain is actually his fifth long player.
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Chart Beat - 18 October, 2021

American rapper and singer Russell Vitale (aka Russ) opens his account at #23 with the shortest song of the year so far. Seduce only lasts 1:57.
Canadian Justin Bieber has the other new single at #39. Ghost is the sixth single taken from his album Justice and was written to "make people feel like there is hope and that the trauma... isn't gonna last forever"
The album Chart is expected to hot up in the next month or so with new albums from Abba, Ed Sheeran, Adele, Coldplay, Dream Theater and Elton John just some of the albums on the release schedule.
It's Shihad that start the ball rolling this week, thought, with their tenth studio album Old Gods. This is their first album since 2014 and sixth number one. For the record, the lads first hit the charts way back in 1991 with the EP Devolve.
Caleb Toliver (aka Don Toliver) lists his second album at #13. Life Of A Don goes one knotch better than Heaven Or Hell from lasy year and boasts 34 producers across the 21 tracks.
James Blake is next with Friends That Break Your Heart at #32. The 33 year old English singer now has five hit albums to his credit with this one postponed due to delays caused by Covid-19.
Kiwi Rob Ruha has the final new album at #39. Preservation Of Scenery is the kiwis first time in the main charts however he collaborates on the current hit for Ka Hao with 35.
Chart Beat - 25 October, 2021
It's been seven years since we had a new single from Adele. This week the wait is over with her third number one. Easy On Me debuts at the top and comes from her upcoming album 30. It's also topped the charts in Australia, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Lithuania, the Netherlands, Norway, Sweden, and the United Kingdom.
Lisa has the other new single at #39. Lisa is Thai rapper and singer, and member of Blackpink. MONEY is the 24-year olds debut single.
The albums chart hots up as we head into the Christmas release schedule with six new entries.
Coldplay lead the way with their ninth album. Music Of The Spheres debuts at the same spot as their last, Everyday Life from 2019. It's their seventh top two entry and subtitled Vol I. From Earth with Love.
Let It Be gets the 50th anniversary treatment for The Beatles. Originally the album didn't chart in New Zealand due to there being no album chart until 1975. It did appear at #29 in 2009 for another anniversary edition. It's back this week at #5.
English indie band Lovejoy are next with Pebble Brain at #11. It follows from their debut EP Are You Alright? which failed to chart here.
Young Thug debuts at #15 with Punk. It's the American rappers second long player.
Another American rapper Mac Miller lists Faces at #17. This one is a mixtape from 2014 and is available on streaming platforms and vinyl for the first time since his death in 2018.
Gemma Walker (aka PinkPantheress) makes her debut with mixtape to hell with it at #27 and Wellington songwriter Luke Buda also opens his account with Buda at #30.
Chart Beat - 1 November, 2021

This weeks two new singles come from five artists.
Moth To A Flame from Swedish House Mafia and The Weeknd is the first at #13. SHF actually broke up in 2012 so it's been seven years since they have charted. In 2018 they surprised everyone by reuniting. The track comes from their new album (which ironically is their first) due out soon.
The second single comes from NEIKED, Mae Muller and Polo G. Better Days at #26 is Swedish (I see a theme developing) singer Victor Rådström's second hit after the #6 peak of Sexual in 2016.
It's been five years since Wellingtonian Hollie Smith released an album but, as the reviews state, it's been worth the wait. Coming In From The Dark is her sixth studio album and fourth number one as it debuts at the top.
The second collaborative album from Elton John also manages a high entry. The Lockdown Sessions, new at #4. was recorded during the Covid-19 pandemic after he was forced to pause his Farewell Yellow Brick Road tour. The first collaborative album was Duets from 1993. This is his 38th hit album.
Lana Del Rey is next with Blue Banisters at #8. It's the 36 year old's eighth album and follows seven months after her last
Rüfüs Du Sol is next with Surrender at #27. It's the Sydney groups third chart entry here in five years
Two historic re-entries appear in this weeks list. Dunedin band The 3D's took The Venus Trail to #12 in 1993. Now out on vinyl, the disc bounces back to the #9 slot giving it a new peak. The other comes from The Rolling Stones. Tattoo You was the 16th studio album for the lads and 10th charter here. The disc was remastered in 1994 but here we have the 40th Anniversary Edition. It re-enters at #33.
Finally, there's Duran Duran. Back with a brand new album, they formed in 1978 and were leaders in the second British invasion in the US, and a huge part of the New Romantics scene. Despite that, the lads have only managed one chart topping album (Seven And The Ragged Tiger) even though their first four peaked in the Top 3. It's been six years since they were in the charts so it's good to see them back with their 15th studio album.
Next week...Ed Sheeran.
Chart Beat - 8 November, 2021

This weeks chart is all about Mr Ed. Sheeran that is. There's hardly been a week since 14 November 2011 without an album from Ed Sheeran in the charts. That run continues with his fifth, =, debuting at #1. The album would have been called - but he felt the songs didn't feel like a minus. Overpass Graffitti at #10 and First Times at #27 also enter the singles chart, taking his singles tally to 44. That's third equal with Michael Jackson for most singles charted. His biggest competition is about to come from Adele and ABBA, who both now have new albums out.
The rest of the album chart is fairly typical with three more new entries, and anything under ten weeks dropping dramatically with anything over 50 weeks going back up. The biggest casualties this week are Hollie Smith (who drops 34 knotches) Elton John (who drops 15) and Lana Del Rey (down 18).
A$AP Rocky lists his fourth hit album LIVE.LOVE.A$AP at #21. This one is actually a mixtape.
Philadelphia rockers The War On Drugs have five albums to their resumé but only two charting here. I Don't Live Here Anymore, new at #27, enters much lower than their first entry from 2017. A Deeper Understanding peaked at #6.
Finally, it's the return of American metallers Masterdon at #29. Hushed And Grim is the lad's eighth long player and first since 2017.
Chart Beat - 15 November, 2021

This week saw a big challenge on last weeks album by Ed Sheeran. ABBA last released a studio album way back in 1981. That's 40 years. Voyage is their ninth and final studio album. The quartet broke up in 1982 and for years refused to regroup. Finally in 2016 the tide began to turn ending with ten new songs and the album Voyage which debuts at the top. The band have now charted 326 weeks with 17 albums, and 32 weeks at the top of the album chart. It's been 773 weeks since they were at the top but that falls short of the record set by Split Enz who clocked up 2029 weeks last year. Seems strange no singles made it to the chart as normally happens with a big release.
In 2000 and 2001 Radiohead released two of their three biggest albums Kid A and Amnesia. Both albums topped the chart. Now both are reissued as a twin pack called KID A MNESIA. The album debuts at #5.
American Summer Walker last charted in 2019. This week her sophomore Still Over It debutes at #13, three knotches higher than her first.
The Black Seeds first album Keep On Pushing failed to chart back in 2001. Now a 20th Anniversary Edition changes that with a #25 entry. That takes the Wellingtonians tally to six hit albums.
Englishman James Arthur is back with his fourth album. It All Makes Sense In The End is new at #37.
American rapper Aminé is back with his second. TWOPOINTFIVE debuts at #39.
Five new singles make it to the Top 40 with R&M superduo Silk Sonic logging in Smokin' Out The Window at #10 as their third hit single. The track comes from their debut album An Evening With Silk Sonic out on Friday.
Post Malone and The Weeknd are next with
One Right Now at #19. It started with a 7-second snippet of the song which received 150,000 likes in just an hour.
Travis Scott lists ESCAPE PLAN at #25. The track began it's life as advertising for Spotify.
Amaarae (from Ghana) and Kali Uchis (from America) are next with Sad Girlz Luv Money at #29.
Benson Boone debuts Ghost Town at #39. Boone quit American Idol to release the single due to wanting to get to know himself as an artist before he hit the big time.
Chart Beat - 29 November 2021

Adele last released an album in 2015. Now her fourth takes her to 452 chart weeks with 53 weeks at the top. 30 was inspired by her divorce, motherhood and the scrutiny of fame. Her last two albums add up to 389 chart weeks so you can expect this will stay some time. Easy On Me returns to the top of the singles chart for a fourth week while three other singles also debut: Oh My God (#4,) I Drink Wine (#7) and My Little Love (#10).
Robert Plant And Alison Krauss join forces for the second time with Raise The Roof at #7. Raising Sand from 2007 took the two to #3.
Kiwi country singer Ainslie Allen is new at #30 with Betty. She won the New Zealand Country Entertainer of the Year 2018 but this is her first hit album.
The Legendary 1979 No Nukes Concerts from Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band gives the American his 28th hit album. Recorded over two nights, it was part of the No Nukes concerts organised by activists Musicians United For Safe Energy.
Before leaving albums, Nirvana are back with their debut album Nevermind from 1991. This is the 30th Anniversary Edition and ranges from a standard disc to an 8-LP box set.
Most of the other new singles come from newbies.
17-year old GAYLE is new at #16. abcdefu is the Nashville based singers debut single and follows her first single dumbass which failed to chart.
Imagine Dragons are new at 32 with Enemy. Their 13th hit single is supported by rapper JID and included on the TV series series Arcane.
Staten Island-born Charlie Duncker (aka ACRAZE) opens his account at #34 with Do It To It.
Emmy Meli is new at #38 with I Am Woman. The track is a remake of the Helen Reddy track from 1972 which ironically never charted here despite it being her most well-known song.
Latto lists Big Energy at #39. It may be the American rappers tenth single but it's her first to chart.
Finally L.A.B. take single In The Air to 100 weeks. They currently hold the record for most weeks in the chart for single whilst Controller (which is still charting) is the 7th.
It's December so here's a special chart I compiled showing the biggest Christmas songs charted from 1960 - 2020 based on points:

1199433All I Want For Christmas Is You - Mariah Carey1(2)928
2198527Do They Know It's Christmas? - Band Aid1(4)840
3198520Last Christmas - Wham!2(2)611
4198819Fairytale Of New York - The Pogues feat. Kirsty MacColl5566
5198113Stop The Cavalry - Jona Lewie3427
6200510Jingle Bells - Crazy Frog1(4)370
7201710It's Beginning To Look A Lot Like Christmas - Michael Bublé5(2)281
819797Mary's Boy Child/Oh My Lord - Boney M8181
920074SPCA: A Very Special Silent Night - The Underdogs1(1)178
1019585Rockin' Around The Christmas Tree - Brenda Lee7167
1120145Do They Know It's Christmas? (2014) - Band Aid 302164
1220116Mistletoe - Justin Bieber11156
1319944It's Christmas (You Don't Have To Cry) - Purest Form11148
1420145Santa Tell Me - Ariana Grande8141
1520043Do They Know It's Christmas? - Band Aid 201(1)132
16196713Snoopy's Christmas - The Royal Guardsmen1(2)129
1720043Snoopy's Christmas - The Wobbles2125
1819994The Millenium Prayer - Cliff Richard2112
1919903Do They Know It's Christmas? - Band Aid II8112
2019984Last Christmas - Rap Allstars9111
2119733"Happy Xmas (War Is Over) - John Lennon, Yoko Ono and The Plastic Ono Band With The Harlem Community Choir"12110
2220064Last Christmas - Crazy Frog19100
2319933Let It Shine (Christmas For The Children) - Annie Crummer1190
2419632It's The Most Wonderful Time Of The Year - Andy Williams14(2)74
2520162Summer Wonderland - Ronan Keating1472
2620102XXXmas - Jay Feeney270
2719502Let It Snow, Let It Snow, Let It Snow - Frank Sinatra1569
2820083Feliz Navidad - Wellington International Ukulele Orchestra3557
2920062Jingle Bell Rock - Hall And Oates2056
3019632Sleigh Ride - The Ronettes2254
3119795Please Come Home For Christmas - The Eagles2854
3219705I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus - The Jackson Five 350
3320101Christmas Wrapping - Dominic Harvey645
3419422White Christmas - Bing Crosby2445
35198927Silent Night - Bros241
3620101Nothing More For Xmas - Mike Puru1338
3719702Santa Claus Is Comin' To Town - The Jackson Five2736
3819862Merry Christmas Everyone - Shakin' Stevens3433
3919862Santa Clause Is Coming To Town - Bruce Springsteen2831
4020182A Holly Jolly Christmas - Michael Bublé36(2)30
4120141Xmas Cake - Jay Jay Harvey2229
42198432000 Miles - The Pretenders3629
4319704Feliz Navidad - José Feliciano427
4420181Jingle Bells - Michael Bublé feat the Puppini Sisters2625
4520132Little Drummer Boy - Pentatonix3825
4620171Snowman - Sia2724
4719861Driving Home For Christmas - Chris Rea3021
4820101Christmas Light - Coldplay3417
4919832Merry Christmas, Mr. Lawrence - Ryuichi Sakamoto3816
5019531The Christmas Song - Nat "King" Cole3714

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Chart Beat - 6 December, 2021

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After a busy few weeks the chart settles down with very few new entries.
L.A.B. have the highest new single with Mr Reggae. New at #3, it's their 8th hit single and comes from their new album L.A.B. V due out on the 17th. The thing with these guys is their singles tend to enter the chart and never leave. This week alone we have In The Air (101 weeks); Controller (73 weeks) and Why Oh Why (52 weeks) giving them 236 weeks across 8 singles. With four albums it's the same totalling 243 weeks. Expect this song to be still charting next Christmas.
Adele has the other new single. Can I Get It at #39, is the fifth single from her new album 30.
Over on the album chart we have the first soundtrack to chart since October last year.
Arcane League Of Legends finally breaks the drought with a #37 entry to the chart. Arcane is a 2021 adult aninated streaming TV series. The soundtrack includes the current single Enemy from Imagine Dragons along with other artists like Denzel Curry and Sting.
Over on the NZ Albums chart there's an intersting ...erm... re-entry. The biggest success for Dunedin band The Clean came out in the form of an EP from 1981. Boodle Boodle Boodle peaked at #5 in the singles chart and spent 26 weeks in the chart. Original copies complete with a comic book written by Chris Knox fetches a tidy sum at auction. The EP gets the remix treatment and is re-issued on coloured vinyl. This week it is new on the NZ Albums Top 20 at #18.
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Chart Beat - 13 December, 2021

The third hit single from American singer SZA enters the chart at #3. Born Solána Rowe, she first came on the scene here with album Ctrl in 2017. New single I Hate U was first released on SoundCloud in August and gained popularity on TikTok.
The 60th Christmas song to chart since 1960 is new at #32. Merry Christmas from Ed Sheeran and Elton John started it's life when John invited Sheeran to a duet last year after the success of John's 1973 Christmas hit Step Into Christmas. They have also joined forces with LadBaby for a charity single Sausage Rolls For Everyone which is out on 17 December.
Other Christmas singles to re-enter are from Mariah Carey, Wham!, Michael Bublé, Brenda Lee and Ariana Grande.
Only one new album ventures into this weeks survey.
Khalid last charted an album two years ago. Now the 23 year old is back with a mixtape. Scenic Drive, new at #37, was originally planned as an EP but things changed as it developed. The 28 minute disc has the lead single Present, which has yet to chart. The American does have a full album on the way with Everything Is Changing, however theres no official release date yet.
Chart Beat - 20 December, 2021

Very quiet on the new release schedule as Christmas approaches. It only gives us two new entries on the main charts.
Aussie producer Luude has the only new single at #34. Down Under went to number one here for two weeks in 1982. The Men At Work classic gets worked over with the blessing of frontman Colin Hay who features on the drum and bass update.
Juice WRLD lists his sophomore album Fighting Demons at #4. His fifth album is posthumously released and serves as a tie-in for an HBO documentary. He tragically died on 8 December 2019 after swallowing pills to hide them from police.
Christmas is featured well in our chart with five singles and three albums. That's nothing compared to the UK chart who boast 24 singles and 2 albums in the Top 40 this week.
Next week expect a high entry for the fifth L.A.B. album which is just out.
Chart Beat - 27 December, 2021

And so to the final chart for 2021. It's been another strange year. As we finish we still have five singles (not counting the 7 Christmas hits) and 16 albums charting from previous years. Most of the new entries across the two charts struggle to hang on, leaving after just a few weeks. In the Albums chart, 84 of the 161 new albums only lasted one week. That's 45%!!
L.A.B. lead this weeks list with a new single and album. Under The Sun new at #12, is the second single from their new album L.A.B. V which debuts at #2.
Feliz Navidad from Jose Feliciano debuts at #27. The track actually peaked at #4 on the then New Zealand Listener chart when it first came out in 1970.
Bobby Helms was born in 1933 and can lay claim to the final new single for 2021. The American first released Jingle Bell Rock in 1957 and to the best of my knowledge it failed to chart. The New Zealand chart of the day was the Lever Hit Parade. I do have some information from that time but sadly the charts have gone missing. Anyway, the track has become a staple for this time of the year despite a disappointing peak at #13 in the US and #22 in the UK. This week it debuts here at #33
Roddy Ricch has the final new album for the year. Live Live Fast is the American rappers second long player and boasts 35 producers across the 18 tracks.

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