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Chart Beat - 2 January, 2023

Brenda Lee breaks the record in the singles chart for the longest time to reach number one. In a week that sees 18 of the top 20 as Christmas songs, the 71 year old takes Rockin' Around The Christmas Tree from 1958 to the top. In June Kate Bush broke the record for longest time for a single to reach number one. Lee breaks that record, although she didn’t chart with it until 2018. From release to number one it’s been 64 years. It’s also a record this week for most Christmas songs on one chart - 30.
Paul McCartney debuts at #25 with Wonderful Christmastime. The song came out in 1979, peaking in the UK at #6, but until this week it has never charted here. It was recorded at the same time he recorded his album McCartney II. It’s been seven years since McCartney charted a single. That one was FourFiveSeconds with Rihanna and Kanye West.
Run Rudolph Run by Chuck Berry is new at #32. It first came out in 1958 but failed to chart on the then Lever Hit Parade. Berry reported that he wrote the song himself, but then discovered that the name Rudolph was trademarked by Johnny Marks. Marks sued and consequently was given songwriting credit although he "had nothing to do with the song." Only in America!!! The last time Berry charted was his controversial single My Ding-A-Ling which peaked at #19 in 1972
The Beach Boys round off this weeks new singles at #39 with Little Saint Nick. The 1963 single also failed to chart on the Lever Hit Parade but went to #30 in America. The idea for the song was partly inspired by record producer Phil Spector’s plans to record a Christmas album. The Beach Boys last charted with Kokomo in 1988 at #5.
Pity we don't have kiwis chart Christmas songs. What about Bill And Boyd (Santa Never Made It Into Darwin) or Hauraki Good Guys (Please Daddy Don't Get Drunk This Christmas).
It wouldn’t be a Christmas without Mr Bublé. This week he takes Christmas back to the top of the album chart for a sixth time.
Ariana Grande has the only new album entry with the Christmas Kisses EP at #30. Released in 2013, it is a collection of two covers of classic Christmas songs and two originals.
Next weeks singles chart will be messy with at least 30 new or re-entries.
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Chart Beat - 9 January 2023

...and so to the great reset. All 30 festive tracks leave the singles chart this week giving us 28 re-entries and two new songs. That's the most the chart has seen as it looks more like a Hot40 chart.
Stephen Sanchez joins Em Beihold for the highest new single at #27. Until I Found You is a first for the American singer songwriter and second for Beihold who took Numb Little Bug to #31 last year. Sanchez takes the song from his Easy On My Eyes EP.
Newcomer Libianca opens her account at #30 with People. She appeared on The Voice Season 21 and is a 20 year old from Minneapolis.
And that's it. No new albums this week although the four re-entries replace the Christmas albums.
Chart Beat - 16 January, 2023

Five new singles this week with 37-year-old Miguel leading the pack. To date, the American singer and actor has listed two albums but this is the first time he has crossed over to the singles chart. Sure Thing (new at #8) actually came out in 2011. Last year we had 12 back catalogue singles enter the Top 40 (not counting the 30 others for Christmas). Sure Thing originally peaked at #36 in the US but is back courtesy of TikTok.
American DJ Skrillex last charted in 2015. He breaks the drought with help from two Brits, Fred Again… and Flowdan, for his fifth Top 40 single. Rumble at #21 is the first single from his upcoming album.
Houston based band Hotel Ugly open their account at #31 with Shut Up My Mom's Calling. So far the song has gained 53 million + streams. Brothers Mike and Chris Fiscella first started making songs during the pandemic in their parents closet.
SZA continues to hold the number one spot with Kill Bill as her next single Low enters the chart at #38. This one is hit single #8.
Australian Dean Lewis opened his account in 2018 with the #3 hit Be Alright. Since then, nothing - until now. Hit number two How Do I Say Goodbye? debuts at #40 and is a heartfelt song written for his father who was diagnosed with cancer in 2019. Thankfully, that has now gone into remission.
There are no new albums this week.
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Chart Beat - 23 January 2023

There have been three songs in the chart called Flowers. The Emotions (1978), Lauren Spencer-Smith (2022) and now the 17th hit single for Miley Cyrus. The track debuts at #1 and is taken from her eighth studio album Endless Summer Vacation and includes part of the Gloria Gaynor hit I Will Survive from 1978.
SZA continues to lift tracks from her album SOS and place them in the singles chart. Snooze new at #27, is the sixth.
American rapper and singer Coi Leray is 25 year old Coi Collins. She opens her account with Players at #34 which heavily borrows from the Grandmaster Flash hit single The Message from 1982. It continues the trend so far this year of very short songs. Clocking in at only 2:19 it takes the average length this year to 2:46 which is the shortest average since 1967.
Before we leave the singles chart, L.A.B. take Mr Reggae to 30 weeks. That's the 200th single to reach 30 since the chart began in 1975.
No new albums again this week but another reaches the 300 week mark. The first self titled Six60 album was released in 2011 and this week becomes the third album to reach this milestone. It took 2271 charts for the first album to do this and that was also from Six60. Expect a few more milestones over the next few weeks.
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January has been a really bad year for celebrity deaths. We have already lost Fred White (Earth, Wind & Fire), Lisa Marie Presley, Robbie Bachman, (BTO), Anita Pointer (The Pointer Sisters), Jeff Beck, Renée Geyer, and this past week David Crosby and our own Larry Morris. Rock in peace guys!!!
Chart Beat - 30 January, 2023

American singer and actress Sabrina Carpenter makes her singles debut at #31 with Nonesense. The 23 year old made her acting debut on TV crime show Law And Order and starred in the Disney series Girl Meets World. She first appeared in our charts with emails i can't send last year which was her fifth album.
54-year-old Dutch DJ Tiësto is back with single #3 at #39. 10:35 features Tate McRae and is taken from his upcoming seventh album Drive.
Red Hot Chili Peppers, Post Malone, Elton John and Ed Sheeran hit stages across New Zealand this week. As a result tracks and albums from their back catalogue re-enter the charts or get large rises up the ranks.
Only one new album this week. American rapper Trippie Redd places his seventh hit album at #40. Mansion Muzik features the usual guest appearances across the 76 minute, 25 track disc.
WHEN WE ALL FALL ASLEEP, WHERE DO WE GO? from Billie Eilish joins the list of current milestones by reaching 200 weeks. The album currently sits at #33.


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