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Chart Beat - 3 January, 2022

We all must have been feeling very festive this week. There may be no new entry singles in this weeks survey but we do have ten festive re-entries. John Lennon (Happy Xmas, War Is Over from 1973), The Pogues, (Fairytale Of New York from 1988) The Ronettes (Sleigh Ride from 1963), Chris Rea (Driving Home For Christmas from 1986), Frank Sinatra (Let It Snow, Let It Snow, Let It Snow from 1950), Andy Williams (It's The Most Wonderful Time Of The Year from 1963), Shakin' Stevens (Merry Christmas Everyone from 1986), Michael Bublé (Holly Jolly Christmas from 2018), The Jackson Five (Santa Clause Is Coming To Town from 1970)and Justin Bieber (Mistletoe from 2011) take the total to 19 Christmas songs in the Top 40. And to cap it off, Mariah Carey tops the chart for the third time and she still wants you for Christmas. It took 14 years to top the chart, returning a year later in 2019.
Only one new album sees the soundtrack to Encanto enter the chart at #30. Last year saw only 20 weeks charted with soundtracks with only one of them a new entry. It's certainly a record low for number of soundtracks to chart in a single year but it's not the lowest number of weeks. That happened in 2005 when there were only 10 weeks charted for soundtrack albums. Encanto is an American computer-animated musical fantasy comedy film produced by Walt Disney and currently sits at #7 at Box Office.
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Chart Beat - 10 January 2022

This weeks chart could easily be called "The Great Reset". There are 17 re-entry singles and three new entries as any sign of Christmas is put on ice for 11 months. Songs we have been listening to now for the last two years are amongsth the big winners but I'm wondering if this just shows there is nothing decent coming out these days. The oldest song (In The Air from L.A.B.) is now 106 weeks old and back at #4. In fact one quarter of the chart is over 30 weeks old with half of them over a year old.
Of the new enries, two of them have already charted in the NZ Singles chart.
Takeover from Lee Mvtthews first charted in March 2021. The duo consisting of Graham Matthews and Tom Lee met in 2012 and have been working together since. Together, new at #38 is their first Top 40 single.
Someone To Be Around by Six60 first charted in November on the NZ Singles chart. New at #39 this is the lads 28th hit single and comes from their expanded first album.
We Don't Talk About Bruno by Various is the other new single. Taken from the soundtrack to Encanto, the song is sung by no less than six characters from the movie along with the remaining cast. It debuts at #36.
The album chart also has a reset but only with four re-entries. One album that is doing well overseas is Pink Floyd's Dark Side Of The Moon. Could we see that re-enter our charts?
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Chart Beat - 17 January 2022

The first new number one for the year and 732nd since the chart began, comes from Australian Luude with his remake of the Men At Work hit Down Under. The singles chart settles down, giving us four new entries and not a rap song among them. Of the four, three are new to our charts.
18 year old Lauren Spencer-Smith comes first with Fingers Crossed at #3. The former American Idol contestant was born in Canada and was first noticed as a 16 year old. Watch this space!!
Staying in Canada, Abel Tesfaye (aka The Weeknd) has a new album out. Featuring the voice of Jim Carrey as DJ, Sacrifice sounds like something straight out of a seventies disco. Dawn FM is his fifth studio album and considered a concept album looking at a journey towards the end of the tunnel. Sacrifice is new at #22 while the album debuts at the top.
David Kushner is more known as the rhythm guitarist for Velvet Revolver, or perhaps he is a writer?? Not to be confused, THIS David Kusher is much younger. And that, dear reader, is all I can find about him. His debut single, Miserable Man, is new at #31.
King George has the final new single. The Australian band set themselves to writing during lockdown and the result is their debut single, Friday Night, new at #32.
Rapper Sergio Kitchens (aka Gunna) lists his third hit album at #11. The title DS4EVER translates Drip Season 4Ever and features the usual long list of collaboratirs, writers and producers.
Finally the second new soundtrack for the year debuts at #38. Sing 2 is the sequal to the original from 2016 which failed to chart here. It includes 21 tracks from Elton John and U2 to more recent artists like Billie Eilish and Halsey. As the second new soundtrack for the year it has already passed last years total of one.

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