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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.
Chart Beat - 24 January, 2022

Rapper Jayceon Taylor (aka The Game) hasn't charted since 2006. This week he joins forces with Kanye West with this weeks highest new single. Eazy , new at #35, samples the 1988 song Easy-Duz-It from Eazy-E, hence the title.
Muni Long opens her account at #36 with Hrs And Hrs. The 33-year old has been writing now for over a decade for Ariana Grande, Chris Brown and Mariah Carey.
The final new single is the second to chart from the movie Encanto. Surface Pressure from Jessica Darrow is new at #39 and is the actors first hit.
Over on the album chart, L.A.B. score their second number one with L.A.B. V as the chart gives us four new entries.
American rapper Cordae has previously been known as YBN Cordae and Entendre. Must be confusing for his parents who called him Cordae Dunstan. Anyway, his first hit album broke in 2019 and peaked at #21. Now his second, From A Birds Eye View is new at #28.
Bonobo has also charted before, in 2017. Born Simon Green, the British musician, producer and DJ now has seven albums in his catalogue. The second to chart here is Fragments at #34.
FKA Twigs is back with her fourth hit album. CAPRISONGS is the English 34 year old's first mixtape.
Finally Earl Sweatshirt lists his fourth at #38.
Sick! is called by the rapper as his "humble offering of ten songs .. in the wake of the worldwide coronavirus pandemic.
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This week we lost another rock legend to the great gig in the sky. Michael Lee Aday, better known as Meat Loaf first came on the scene in 1973 playing Eddie in the Rocky Horror Picture Show but it was to be four more years before he hit the big time. His first album Bat Out Of Hell went to the top of our charts and spent 83 weeks charting. He had ten hit albums and seven hit singles with Bat Out Of Hell 2 and single I'd Do Anything For Love (But I Won't Do That) from 1993 his only other number ones. Meatloaf was 74. Rock in peace brother.
Chart Beat - 31 January, 2022

The sixth hit single for American Charlie Puth is this weeks highest new single. New at #28, Light Switch is the lead single from his upcoming third album Charlie.
American rappers Gunna and Future join forces for pushin P at #31. Gunna claims that P stands fpr "player" although it could also stand for "paper". He says "...either something is "P" or it is not". Time for a P test.
bbno$ has the final new single at #36. edamame is the Canadian's second hit single after the #16 peak of Lalala from 2019. bbno$ stands for "baby no money"
An interesting re-entry comes in the form of Lost from Frank Ocean at #37. The song reached #5 in 2013 and was more successful here than any other country, giving him his first top ten single.
No new albums this week but two re-entries from Meat Loaf turn up as a great tribute to the legend that passed away last weekend. Born Michael Aday,he enjoyed 74 weeks in the singles chart with 7 entries and 164 weeks in the album chart with 10 long players. His first album was a duet with Shaun Murphy. Called Stoney and Meatloaf, the album was actually on the Motown label. It failed to chart but six year later he had his big break. His two biggest, Bat Out Of Hell and Bat Out Of Hell 2: Back Into Hell are back in the chart at #3 and #38.
Chart Beat - 7 February 2022

Number 40 seems to be an important number for this weeks number one. Top of the Top 40 for a 4th week, Down Under from Luude took the writer, Colin Hay from Men At Work 40 minutes to write 40 years ago. It has also was added to playlists for 40 million humans. All this came from the man himself so he should know. So, how old is Mr Hay? 68!
Boring singles chart this week with ten songs charting between 30 and 110 weeks that simply refuse to leave. If you look at the average number of weeks in the annual chart and compare it to ten years ago, there's clearly something wrong. Last year that average was 36, in 2011 it was just 20.
Only one new single in this weeks survey.
Belgian DJ Lost Frequencies and British singer Calum Scott join forces for Where Are You Now at #37. It's the second single for the pair with Lost Frequencies taking Are You With Me to #9 in 2015 and Scott taking Dancing On My Own to #5 in 2016. To date it has peaked at #5 in the UK and been a big hit across Europe. Due to it's length, it takes the average total length for a new entry this year to just 3:11 which is the shortest since 1970.
Over on the album chart there's a new number one. Encanto is the 800th number one album since the chart started in 1975 and first soundtrack to reach the sumit since A Star Was Born at the end of 2018.
Speaking of soundtracks, Euphoria is the only new album this week. British singer, songwriter and rapper Labrinth provides the songs for the HBO score. Euphoria is an American teen drama television series.
Chart Beat - 14 February 2022

Canadian Tate McRae first came on the scene in 2020 with the #12 hit you broke me first. His second hit she's all i wanna be is this weeks sole new single at #36. She first came on the scene with TV show So You Think You Can Dance and now has two EP's to her resume.
This weeks three new albums all come from new artists.
Japanese American singer Mitski is new at #14 with Laurel Hell. This is her sixth studio album and can be catalogued under synth pop. The 31 year old released her first album in 2012.
Black Country, New Road is next with Ants From Up There at #17. The Englisg rock band formed in 2018 and this is their second album.
Finally, Forenzics are new at #26. You may not recognise the name but the people behind it are kiwi legends Tim Finn and Eddie Reynor got together to record songs in the flavour of Split Enz. All songs were inspired from the Enz catalogue with the band name inclusdng the ENZ brand. Shades And Echoes is new at #26
Chart Beat - 21 February, 2022

Mark Wilkinson opens his account with this weeks highest new single. Here For You, new at #8, features vocals from Becky Hill #8 and is actually the English record producer and DJ's 35th single. To date his biggest single was Afterglow which peaked at #8 in 2013 in the UK. This is his first Top 40 single here. The track comes from Wilkinson's album Cognition which debut's at #3.
American actress Dove Cameron is next with Boyfriend at #20. She is more well known for her role in Disney's Liv And Maddie but released her first single in 2019.
Ed Sheeran and Taylor Swift team up for the second time with this weeks third new entry. The Joker And The Queen at #26 comes from Sheeran's current album = and is a remix with Swift. The last time they enjoyed a hit single together was in 2013 when Everything Has Changed peaked at #22. In that instance, Sheeran was collaborating artist.
Last weeks new albums leave after just one week, only to be replaced with albums this week that will probably also last only one week. Well, that's how the chart seems to roll these days.
Anyway, Alt-J have the second new album at #16. The Dream is the English indie band's fourth NZ Top 40 album and third Top 20. Watch out for lead single U&Me.
Big Thief drops in at #21 with Dragon New Warm Fountain I Believe In You. The American indie band are based in New York and formed in 2015. This is the lads fifth long player with two EP's also in their repertoire.
Chart Beat - 28 February, 2022

The Last time Dr. Dre was in the singles chart was back in 2011. Now 11 years between drinks, he is back with this weeks highest new single. Still D.R.E. is new at #21 and was actually released in 1999 peaking at #23 in America. It appears here due to 1 billion views after the Super Bowl halftime show. It just shows the chart is based on what we watch not buy.
Despite an album that just won't go away, Jack Harlow has only managed one Top 40 single. That is until this week. Nail Tech, new at #33, is taken from the American rappers next album.
Dua Lipa makes it to 100 weeks for her album Future Nostalgia. A strange chart statistic shows no album has stalled at 99 weeks. Michael Jackson's Thriller and The Greatest Showman both stalled at 98 but none at 99.
Georgia and Caleb Nott (aka Broods) are back with album number 4. Space Island enters at #13 and the first to miss the Top 10. There have been three singles leading up to the new album, Piece Of My Mind, Heartbreak and Like A Woman, all of which follow a story. To date they have failed to crack the Top 40.
Midnight Oil go strait to the top in their homeland with Resist which debuts here at #16. After a long hiatus, they reformed in 2017 and this is their second album since.
American trio Khruangbin and American soul singer Leon Bridges join forces for EP Texas Moon at #28. It's the trio's second hit album and Bridges fourth
Kiwi punk trio Die! Die! Die! are back with This Is Not An Island Anymore at #32. It's their first hit album since 2014 and fourth overall.
Finally, Daft Punk make a surprise re-entry at #35 with Discovery. The French duo split up in 2021 and took this album to #8 in 2001. The reason for the re-entry is due to it's vinyl re-issue.
Chart Beat - 7 March 22

Three new singles and five new albums round off this weeks newbies, and it’s almost a cat theme for singles.
Go by Cat Burns is the first at #37. The 21 year old British singer is influenced by gospel, Pop and indie music.
Tyga and Doja Cat team up for Freaky Deaky at #38. It’s their second duet since Juicy from 2019 which peaked at #31.
The second newcomer is from Los Angeles. 23 year old Em Beihold opens her account at #40 with Numb Little Bug and has been popular on TikTok.
Don McGlashan crashes into the chart at #1 with Bright November morning. It’s his first number one even after you include albums from Blam Blam Blam, The Front Lawn and Mutton Birds. He started writing the songs with no clear direction, some writing going back a decade.
Central Cee (aka Oakley Caesar-Su) is new at #14 with 23. Its the British rappers second album and first to chart here.
Avril Lavigne is back with Love Sux at #19. It’s the Canadians 7th hit album since 2002 and first in three years.
The last time Brooke Fraser was in the album chart was five years ago. Now using her married name Ligerwood, she is back at #36 with SEVEN (Live). This is her first live album, recorded in Nashville, Tennessee and is a Christian worship album.
Finally, newcomers Gang Of Youths break the ice at #37 with angel in real time. These guys are an alternative rock band from Sydney and include New Zealander Max Dunn on bass.
Chart Beat - 7 March 22

Three new singles and five new albums round off this weeks newbies, and it’s almost a cat theme for singles.
Go by Cat Burns is the first at #37. The 21 year old British singer is influenced by gospel, Pop and indie music.
Tyga and Doja Cat team up for Freaky Deaky at #38. It’s their second duet since Juicy from 2019 which peaked at #31.
The second newcomer is from Los Angeles. 23 year old Em Beihold opens her account at #40 with Numb Little Bug and has been popular on TikTok.
Don McGlashan crashes into the chart at #1 with Bright November morning. It’s his first number one even after you include albums from Blam Blam Blam, The Front Lawn and Mutton Birds. He started writing the songs with no clear direction, some writing going back a decade.
Central Cee (aka Oakley Caesar-Su) is new at #14 with 23. Its the British rappers second album and first to chart here.
Avril Lavigne is back with Love Sux at #19. It’s the Canadians 7th hit album since 2002 and first in three years.
The last time Brooke Fraser was in the album chart was five years ago. Now using her married name Ligerwood, she is back at #36 with SEVEN (Live). This is her first live album, recorded in Nashville, Tennessee and is a Christian worship album.
Finally, newcomers Gang Of Youths break the ice at #37 with angel in real time. These guys are an alternative rock band from Sydney and include New Zealander Max Dunn on bass.
Chart Beat - 14 March 2022

If we need more evidence that something needs to change in tabulating the weekly Top 40, it's this: the top 3 singles had been the same now for five weeks and the top 2 nine.
Anyway, three new singles enter the chart with two oldies teaming up for the highest.
Brit Labrinth last charted in 2013 and American Zendaya 2018. I'm Tired is collectively their their hit single and comes from the soundtrack to Euphoria. It enters the chart at #16.
Camila Cabello last charted in 2017 making her the third "oldie" to chart. Bam Bam breaks the drought at #30 and features Ed Sheeran. The single is taken from the Cuban-American's third album Familia and is the second collaboration she has done with Sheeran.
King George opened his account in January with Friday Night which currently sits at #4. Now the Australian band is back with their second. Keep On Rollin is new at #33
Of the 27 new albums to enter the chart this year, only 8 are still charting and three are new this week.
BENEE is back with her fourth album entry. Lychee is her third EP and includes her new single Beach Boy amongst the seven tracks
Former Guns n Roses guitarist Slash last charted in 2018. His fourth album is aply titled 4 and features once again Myles Kennedy and the Conspirators. Interesting to note it's also the first album on the new Gibson record label. Gibson are famous for their guitars.
The final new album is an intesting one. Ragnarok were formed in 1974 and were a well known New Zealand progressive rock band. Their self titled album was released in 1975 with their follow up in 1976. Neither album charted. Sadly, they were gone by 1978. Fast forward to this week, and there they are, firmly placed at #38 with their first album. Another great album from Frenzy who released it on vinyl and CD. Their new Kiwi Music Scene 1964 album is also out.
Chart Beat - 21 March 2022

After nine weeks at number 2, Elton John and Dua Lipa return to the top for a seventh non-consecutive week. The song also reaches the milestone 30 weeks in the chart. For the record, this is the longest Elton has been in the Top 40 with any of his 54 hit singles. It takes his total to 29 weeks at the top, placing him sixth equal on that list. Only one other of his songs has been at the top longer. Ironically that was also a duet; Don't Go Breaking My Heart with Kiki Dee enjoyed a nine week stay in 1976.
Five new singles this week with this weeks UK #1 up first. British rapper Dave Omoregie (aka Dave) is amongst the most recognised British rappers and known for his socially conscious lyrics. Starlight is new at #20 and his second UK number one.
Staying with rap, American Russ is back with his second NZ hit. HANDSOMER, new at #30 boasts about how his wealth makes him more handsome.
Megan Thee Stallion and Dua Lipa combine their talent at #33 with Sweetest Pie. The track serves as Megan's lead single from her upcoming album.
Newcomber Elley Duhé opens her account at #37. The American has been releasing music since 2016 but it's this middle eastern influence track, Middle Of The Night, that breaks the ice for her. It originally came out in 2020.
Finally, a surprise. Nirvana were last in the chart in 1994. That's the same year we lost lead singer Kurt Cobain and we gained Foo Fighters. Something In The Way, new at #40 came from the album Nevermind (yes, the one with the controvercial cover). The song had a 1200% increase on Spotify, placing it in the chart.
Englisg singer Rex Orange County (aka Alexander O'Connor) flies straight to the top of this weeks albums chart. The 23 year old last charted here in 2019 taking Pony to #6. Who Cares? is his fourth long player and was recorded in Amsterdam.
Three other new albums lurk around the bottom of the Top 40. The second hit album for Lil Durk is 7220, new at #34.
The first hit album for Swedish band Ghost is new at #38. Impera is the bands fifth studio album.
Finally, Christchurch lass Mousey is new at #40 with My Friends. Born Sarena Close, this is her first chart entry.
Chart Beat - 28 March 2022

The Singles Top 10 continues to be very stable. Half of the entries are over 30 weeks old with one sitting at 117.
There are three new singles at the bottom of the chart.
AnnenMayKantereit and Giant Rooks combine for Tom's Diner at #33. AnnenMayKantereit (often shortened to AMK) is a German rock band formed in 2011 and Giant Rooks a German indie band formed in 2014. Tom's Diner was a 1982 song on Suzanne Vega's album Fast Folk Musical Magazine and charted in 1990 for English music producers DNA with Vega on vocals. Both AMK and Rooks chart here for the first time.
Pharrell Williams last logged in a single back in 2014. This week he returns with Just A Cloud Away at #34. Pharrell holds the record in New Zealand for most non-consectivive weeks at number one with Happy staying a total of 15 weeks in 2013. Just A Cloud Away comes from the 2013 soundtrack to Despicable Me 2.
American rapper J. Cole also lists an archived track with No Role Modelz at #37. This one was on the 2015 soundtrack for 2014 Forest Hills Drive.
British singer-songwriter Charli XCX is back with her highest charting album to date. Her last two albums peaked in the bottom half of the chart but Crash opens at #2. It's her fifth long player and has topped the charts in Australia, Ireland and the UK.
ArrDee is next with Pier Pressure at #21. Born Riley Davies, this is the British rapper first entry to our chart. The entry is his first mixtape.
Stray Kids round off this weeks newbies with ODDINARY. New at #33, this is the South Korean's first entry here and also a mixtape. To date they have two albums, three compilations and nine mixtapes with both albums topping the South Korean charts.
Chart Beat - 4 April. 2022

No new singles this week in another very stable chart. There is one interesting re-entry though.
On 25 March, we lost one of the worlds best drummers. Taylor Hawkins was the drummer in Foo Fighters from 1997 until his death. This week, in a fitting tribute, Everlong from 1997 is back. It was his first hit single with the band and originaly peaked at #34 but this week it's back at #31. Hawkins was also Alanis Morissette's drummer on her album Jagged Little Pill and appeared in her video's for You Oughta Know, All I Really Want and You Learn. He was only 50. Foo Fighters' Greatest Hits also returns to the chart at #21.
The album chart is in total contrast with six new entries.
Lytteton resident Aldous Harding is back with her fourth album and first number one. Warm Chris flies straight to the penthouse suite on entry and includes songs written during the 2020 lockdown.
Michael Bublé is back with his eleventh long player. Higher debuts at #2 and includes arrangements by Paul McCartney and a collaboration with Willie Nelson.
Machine Gun Kelly lists his sixth at #4. mainstream sellout serves as a continuation of his post-punk albums.
Another American rapper, Denzel Curry, lists his fourth at #17. Melt My Eyez See Your Future was born as far back as 2018 but he began working on it properly after the release of his 2019 album Zuu.
Nigo is next with I Know NIGO! at #29. Born Tomoaki Nagao, he is a Japanese fashion designer, disc jockey and record producer. This is his first entry to our chart.
Finally, Placebo lists their first album since 2013 with Never Let Me Go at #40. Formed in London back in 1994, this is album number eight.
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The first quarter of 2022 has already gone. Here's a look at the number of new entries so far this year with last years figures in brackets:
Singles Chart: 34 (32)
NZ Singles Chart: 7 (5)
Albums Chart: 34 (20)
NZ Albums Chart: 19 (19)
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Chart Beat - 11 April. 2022

28-year old Harry Styles has this weeks only new single and it's his first solo number one. Add that to his four One Direction chart toppers gives his a total of five. As It Was is taken from his upcoming third album Harry's House due out next month. It's not his strongest song but that won't stop it staying in the charts over a year.
Last weeks new albums either leave the chart or dive. Sadly it's a trend we see overseas as well, and as long as chart tabulation continues in this format it will not change. It's no different to the Lever Hit Parade, which was New Zealand's chart from 1948 - 1965, and based on opinion rather than sales.
Rant over, we have three new albums this week.
Red Hot Chili Peppers's first album in six years gives them an eighth number one. That places them sixth in the most number ones statistic. Unlimited Love sees guitarist John Frusciante rejoining the band after 10 years He left in 2009. Frusciante also wrote several songs on the disc giving it a return to form for the band.
The Bridgerton: Season Two Covers soundtrack enters the chart at #33. It gives an interesting spin on well known classics such as Madonna's Material Girl, and Harry Styles Sign Of The Times but played by an orchestra or string quartet. Bridgerton is a period drama playing on Netflix.
Finally, Dreamville and J. Cole are back with D-Day: A Gangsta Grillz Mixtape at #36. Dreamville is J. Cole's record label.
Chart Beat - 18 April 22

Jack Harlow opens this week with his first number one single. First Class is this weeks only new single. To date the highest he has charted on his own is #6 with What’s Poppin’ from 2020. He did share a number one with Lil Nas X but this is his first solo number one. First Class is the second single from the album Come Home The Kids Miss You just out.
British group Wet Leg are new on the albums chart with their self titled album at #4. This is their first album and is supported with lead single Chaise Longue. The two piece band (isn’t that a duet) come from the Isle Of Wight.
Kiwi four piece End Boss open their account with They Seek My Head at #21. The album was recorded over a ten month period in between lock downs.
Camilla Cabello lists Familia at #26. The title for her third album translates ‘family’ and was inspired by experiences in her family through covid.
Finally Fivio Foreign is new at #40 with B.I.B.L.E. Born Maxie Ryles III, he is an American rapper from New York. This appears to be Christian rap. The album title stands for Basic Instructions Before Leaving Earth and has been used by Christian artists before.
Chart Beat - 25 April 2022

I know that I'm sounding like a scrtached record but the chart this week continues to look the same. The singles chart is becoming like the album chart by ejecting it's new entries early and holding onto old songs. Of the 38 new singles this year, only 18 survive with 14 songs over 30 weeks. Seven of them are over a year old with 3 over 90 weeks. You could almost copy and paste the chart from a year ago and just change the date.
Kiwis Coterie have the highest new single. Cool It Down at #33 has been a very slow mover, bubbling under the chart in the NZ Singles Top 20 since February. The quartet is literally a group of brothers. The Fishers grew up in Perth and are of Te Aupori/Ngapuhi decent. Coterie means a group of persons with a unifying common interest or purpose.
venbee and Dan Fable are next with low down at 40. The pair come from the UK.
And that's it. No new entries on the album chart, just five old albums coming back in. Of the 47 new albums this year, only five remain. And the top 20 has 18 number ones, 12 of which have been around well over a year.
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Chart Beat - 2 May 2022

Charlton Howard (aka The Kid LAROI) lists his sixth hit single, Thousand Miles at #6. Parts of the 2-minute song have been floating around since last year as the 18-year old teased and deleted snippets. Finally, it was leaked a month ago along with a ten second post on TikTok.
WILLOW has the other new single at #34. Wait A Minute! was actually released in 2016 and charts now due to another TikTok dance challenge.
American rapper Pusha T (born Terrence Thornton) charts his second album at #6. It's Almost Dry is actually the 44-year olds fourth long player and highest charting in New Zealand to date. He teased the album with an image of Lana Del Rey with her face obscured by a pile of cocaine.
Fontaines D.C. has the second new album. Skinty Fia is the Irish punk bands fourth album and first to chart here. In The UK the disc debuted at the top of the charts. The phrase Skinty Fia translates to "the damnation of the deer" hense the cover.
Jack White is back with his fifth hit album. Fear Of The Dawn is the first of two albums from the American this year with the second out in July.
Babbu Maan has the final newbie. Born in India, Maan is a singer-songwriter, actor and producer. Adab Punjabi is the 47-year olds 14th studio album but first to chart here. It debuts at #36.
Finally, a surprise. In 1983, Wellingtons' The Body Electric released Presentation And Reality. The duo of Alan Jansson and Andy Drey formed from the remnants of punk band The Steroids. They scored three hit singles, the most known being Pulsing which peaked at #13. The album only managed a #32 peak which is where it re-enters the chart this week. Flying Nun have re-issued the album, which is also available on limited edition coloured vinyl.
Chart Beat - 9 May 2022

Melissa Jefferson (aka Lizzo) has this weeks highest new single. About Damn Time at #8 is the American's fourth hit in Godzone and comes from her next album Special. Expect the album in stores mid July.
Future is next at #13 with Wait For U. This is the American rappers fifth hit and comes from his new album I Never Liked You. The album debuts at the top giving him his first number one. It's his ninth hit album.
Staying in America, Benson Boone is back with his sophomore. In The Stars new at #17 follows his debut single Ghost Town which only managed a lowly #39 peak last year. To date, the new single has peaked at #4 in Norway, however Ghost Town was his first number one ... also in Norway.
Flowers was a #2 hit single for The Emotions back in 1978. Staying with the title but a totally different song, is the new one for Canadian Lauren Spencer-Smith. New at #27, this is the American Idol contestant's second single following the #3 hit Fingers Crossed from January.
German metallers Rammstein score their tenth charting album with their eighth studio disc. Zeit was unplanned and recorded due to a postponed tour thanks to covid. It's actually the highest they have been in the chart, debuting at #11. Zeit is the German word meaning time or era.
The third studio album from American songstress Kehlani is new at #34. blue water road is actually her fourth time in the chart with three albums and a mixtape. The others went top 20.
Te Matatini have been all over the Te Reo singles chart for the past few weeks - now there's an album. He Tau Makuru: Te Matakāinga is new at #35.
Chart Beat - 16 May 2022

Fleetwood Mac's Dreams becomes the second single to reach 100 weeks. The single originally spent 14 weeks in the chart in 1977 and has been back now since October 2020. Only us and across the ditch are holding onto the song. In Australia, it's currently 89 weeks old.
Jack Harlow holds onto the top single for a fifth week with First Class and introduces two new singles. Dua Lipa (#11) and Churchill Downs (#25) are taken from his new album Come Home The Kids Miss You which debuts at the top.
Hit single #16 from American rapper Kendrick Lamar is new at #15. The Heart Part 5 is actually the fifth part which began back in 2010 with part 2 the same year, part 3 in 2012 and part 4 2017. Part 5 is a promotional single ahead of his new album Mr. Morale And The Big Steppers. The track doesn't actually feature on the album.
Taylor Swift continues her series of re-recordings with This Love (Taylor's Version) at #40. The track originally appears on her 2014 album 1989. This one puts her on top as the artist with the most hit singles. This is #54.
Australian DJ Alexandra Sholler (Alison Wonderland) lists her third hit album with Loner at #15. The 35-yaer-old now has three albums and an EP to her résumé.
Arcade Fire are back with album number six. We, new at #20, is the Canadian bands first album in five years.
American singer/songwriter Sharon Van Etten first charted here in 2015 with We Are There peaking at #33. Now We've Been Going About This All Wrong breaks the drought at #22 as her second hit album. This is the 41 year olds sixth long player.
The fourth hit from Halestorm is new at #29. Back From The Dead is the American rockers fifth and was preceded by the title track as a single.
Finally, BoyWithUke is new at #35 with Serotonin Dreams. He is more well known on TikTok as a 19 year old masked singer.
Over on the NZ Albums Chart, Six60 take their Six60(3) album onto 100 weeks at number one.
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Chart Beat - 23 May 2022

American rapper Kendrick Lamar enters the chart at the penthouse suite with his fifth studio album Mr. Morale & The Big Steppers. This is his second number one album after To Pimp A Butterfly from 2015. To celebrate, he adds four new singles to the pot with N95 (#2), Die Hard (#6), United In Grief (#7) and Father Time (#8).
Austin Post (aka Post Malone) is back with hit single number 20 at #31. Cooped Up comes from his new album Twelve Carat Toothache out 3 June.
The album chart continues to be unkind to new albums with only nine of this years 67 discs remaining in the chart. 44 of those albums only managed one week and only three charting 10 weeks or more.
Florence + The Machine fall into second place behind Lamar with Dance Fever The English band have now charted six albums, five of them peaking inside the Top 3. Work on the album was originally scheduled for early 2020 in New York but transfered to London due to the pandemic.
American duo The Black Keys place Dropout Boogie at #6. Their 11th album saw them recruiting musicians to complete the disc including Billy Gibbons of ZZ Top.
Kiwi country legend Jodi Vaughan hasn't charted since 2002 so, 20 years on, she returns with For The Love Of Country at #9. This is her 10th album, the majority of which written by her. Interesting note is the album is on the Tasman label. Tasman was originally founded in 1950 by TANZA (To Assist New Zealand Artists) but this label is different, the original shutting it's doors in 1975.
The final two new albums come from newcomers. Englands The Smile comprising Radiohead members open their account at #32 with A Light For Attracting Attention and Te Matatini continue their success with He Tau Makuru: Te Matakōkiri at #38.
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Please note places 26 - 31 on the singles chart changed places a few days after publication. That gave the Post Malone single Cooped Up a #26 debut rather than #31. Grrr
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Chart Beat - 30 May 2022

This weeks chart is all about Harry. As It Was returns to the top for a second week as Late Night Talking, Matilda and Music For A Sushi Restaurant take out the next three spaces. That gives the Englishman the Top 4. Styles breaks the record set by L.A.B. last year for most songs at the top of the chart. On 4 January last year L.A.B. held the top 3 with Why Oh Why, In The Air and Controller. His third solo album debuts at the top too. Harry's House features John Mayer on lead guitar on songs Cinema and Daydreaming.
The other new album comes from Flume. Born Harley Streten, Palaces is the Australian's third long player and fourth to enter the album chart, the other a mixtape.
Next week chart would be expect to see the resurgence of Kate Bush Running Up The Hill due to the Netflix hit series Stranger Things. Is there any context to explain the fairly odd low #26 peak during the original chart run back in 1985.
Chart Beat - 6 June 2022

The big surprise this week comes from Kate Bush. In 1985 she took her fifth hit single to #26. That song, Running Up That Hill (A Deal With God), went to #3 in the UK and was from her album Hounds Of Love. Now, 37 year later, the track flies to #2 on re-entry. It returns after it's use in the American science fiction TV series Stranger Things. The soundtrack debut's at #39 on the albums chart.
The success experienced from Harry Styles' new album last week continues with two more songs from Harry;s House. Daylight (#8) Little Freak (#9) take his total in this weeks Top 10 to six.
Kanye West lists True Love at #19. It includes Xxxtentacion and appears on both West's Donda 2 and the upcoming posthumous album Look At Me: The Album from Xxxtentacion.
Finally, Calvin Harris, Dua Lipa and Young Thug join forces for Potion at #35. It's Harris' 25th hit single and first in two years.
Canadian Tate McRae debuts her second entry to the album chart with her first full length album i used to think i could fly. New at #5, it beats the peak of her EP TOO YOUNG TO BE SAD which peaked at #40 last year. She plays in Auckland on 24 July.
Liam Gallagher's third solo album becomes his first solo Top 10. C'mon You Know, new at #9, is his third UK number one and was released on the same day as his live album Down By The River Thames.
It's been a while since we saw a Def Leppard album in the chart. Their self titled disc peaked at #17 in 2015. Now their twelfth long player Diamond Star Halos is new at #21.
Top Gun: Maverick is smashing box office records. The original soundtrack peaked at #5 in 1986. Now the new movie debuts at #25.
Lyttelton songwriter Al Park has worked with Marlon Williams, Jordan Luck and Barry Saunders but never enjoyed a hit album. That is until now. Pony debuts at #37.
And last but not least, an expanded edition of Eminem's 2002 album The Eminem Show re-enters at #16.
Chart Beat - 13 June 2022

Bob Dylan once said The Times They Are A-Changing, and looking at this weeks chart, that is still the case. The way the music industry is at the moment it's like anything can happen. And this week, it did. Last week saw Kate Bush re-enter the chart with a 37-year old song Running Up That Hill. This week it goes to the top, becoming her second number one. Her first is iconic. Wuthering Heights topped the charts in 1978. Running Up That Hill also snatches the record from Phil Collins for longest time to reach number one after debut. That's now 36 years, 8 months. As if that was not enough, the single tops the chart the very same week Wuthering Heights did 44 years ago.
Another re-entry comes in at #20. Pass The Dutchie by Musical Youth. The British-Jamaican reggae band peaked at the top for three weeks in 1982. The song returns due to is being taken from the same TV series as Katies single; Stranger Things. It also spent one week at #45 in 1994 making it 28 years, 6 months since it last appeared.
Speaking of soundtracks, Doja Cat steps up with Vegas at #23. This one comes from the new film Elvis. It includes a sample from Elvis' 1956 Hound Dog, which was actually written in 1952. She also appears with Post Malone at #6 with I Like You (A Happier Song). His fourth album Twelve Carat Toothache debuts at #2. A deluxe edition containing two extra tracks was released 4 days later.
Harry Styles continues his success with two more tracks from his current album. Last week he tied with Ed Sheeran for most singles in the top 10 in the same chart. Satelite (#30) and Grapejuice (#40) take his total to 15.
Angel Olsen has the other new album at #25. Big Time is the American's sixth long player but only second to chart here. This one beats her peak position, All Mirrors from 2019, which only managed a place at #28.
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Chart Beat - 20 June, 2022

Japanese singer Joji has this weeks highest new single with Glimpse Of Us. New at #2, it's the 29 year olds second in NZ, with Sanctuary, his other from 2019, which peaked at #32.
OneRepublic are next at #13 with I Ain't Worried. The single comes from the current Top Gun film and is their #13 hit since they opened their account back in 2008.
K-Pop's BTS announced this week they were breaking up to persue solo careers. It didn't stop them scoring a number one album with Proof. It's their fourth chart topper, which also produced the third new single with Yet To Come at #24.
Lady Gaga is back with Hold My Hand at #33. This is her 26th hit single and also comes from the Top Gun soundtrack.
Earlier this month Xxxtentacion featured with Kanye West on the one week hit single True Love. Now the album that song comes from debuts at #7. The American rapper passed away in 2018 after being shot. This album is the third posthumous album to come from his estate and is released a week before the fourth anniversary of his death. It is considered a compilation.
George Ezra is back with his third long player. Gold Rush Kids is the 29 year old's third UK number one and supported by three singles, Anyone For You, Green Green Grass and I Went Hunting.
Australian Vance Joy also lists his third at #40. In Our Own Sweet Time is described by the singer as being about the idea of creating a life and a world with someone special.
Over on the NZ Singles chart, David Dallas has a surprise re-entry with his 2013 hit Runnin' which was the number one kiwi single for 6 weeks.
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Chart Beat - 27 June, 2022

Big news in the media this week. Kate Bush at number one in the UK. Over here that was old news. What gets me is how often the media ignores our own charts by quoting either UK or American chart facts. To me it's lazy journalism and it's been going on for years.
Rant over .....
Kate leaves the top spot for Joji. Born in Osaka, he is the first Japenese artist to top our charts since Kyu Sakamoto took Sukiyaki to the top in 1963. Glimpse Of Us debuted at #2 last week.
Drake lifts four tracks from his new album Honestly, Nevermind into the singles chart. Jimmy Cooks (#3), Sticky (#10), Falling Back (#14) and Massive (#16) take the Canadians total to 30 as the album enters the chart at the penthouse
In 2005 Mattafix took Big City Life to the top for one solitary week. In 2022 Australian Luude brings it back. New at #17, it's his second remake/remix after he topped the chart with Down Under.
Christian American rapper T-Bone (aka Rene Sotomayor) first released an album way back in 1993. Not to be confused, it's a different T-Bone that enters the chart at #14, These guys are a kiwi folk/blues/bluegrass band and Good 'n Greasy is their debut album. The five-piece are currentlu on tour in the North Island.
The Black Seeds are next with Love & Fire at #16. This kiwi band are from Wellington and are no stranger to the charts. This is their seventh charting album since they opened their account in 2004.
Foals has the final new album. Life Is Yours is album number five in our charts and seventh overall. The trio come from Oxford, UK.
Finally, for the third week in a row, an archived album gets the deluxe treatment and returns to the top 40. This time it's Jimmy Barnes' 1991 album Soul Deep which re-enters at #32.


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