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Chart Beat - 1 January 2024

Eleven more Christmas re-entries and three new festive singles take the total to 32 - and still no Snoopy, Slade or Kiwi. There is a kiwi Christmas song in the NZ Singles chart though. In 1985 Billy J James relsaed A Maori Christmas. That very funny track finally shows up in our chart, at #16 in the NZ Singles Chart. There are also a couple in the NZ Hot 20 from Reb Fountain and PERE as well. With the new entries, we now have 71 Christmas singles charted since 1957.
The first is an oldie. Perry Como was huge in the charts from 1938 right through to his last recording in 1987. He recorded one of the most popular versions of It's Beginning To Look A Lot Like Christmas in 1951. As charts are missing from back then we don't know how the single went in New Zealand but it did reach #12 in the US. This week he enters our chart at #28.
Kelly Clarkson and Ariana Grande are next with Santa, Can't You Hear Me? at #37. Recorded in December 2022, it comes from Clarkson's second Christmas album When Christmas Comes Around, which debuts at #19.
The newest Christmas song comes from Cher. DJ Play A Christmas Song at #39, is taken from her new album Christmas, which debuts at #18. It is her 27th studio album.
Kylie Monogue has the final of three new albums. Kylie Christmas, new at #37, is her thirteenth album and came out in 2015.
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Chart Beat - 8 January, 2024

Thirty re-entry singles come back to the Top 40 this week as all 32 festive songs leave the chart. That does give space for two new singles.
Hip Hop artist Rocko Ballin from New York has the first new single for 2024 with Praise Jah In The Moonlight. New at #22, this is his first hit single.
Not new to the chart is Nicki Minaj. FTCU at #26 has more F words than you can poke a stick at. The title stands for **** The Club Up and is taken from her new album Pink Friday 2. I try to leave my opinion out of the mix when reporting the weekly chart but it's about time we start banning some songs. I'd start with this artist.
And that's it for new entries. There are also eleven re-entries in the album chart as it corrects after the festive season.
Chart Beat - 15 January, 2024

Canadian Abel Tesfaye (aka The Weeknd) has the only new single this week. One Of The Girls new at #38, is the first single from the series The Idol Episode 4  and includes vocals from South Korean singer and rapper JENNIE and French-American actress and singer Lily-Rose Depp.
Taking you back to 2002 now. That's when Sophie Ellis-Bextor had a huge #2 hit with Murder On The Dancefloor. This week, 22 years after her last chart appearance, the song is back, at #24. It appears in the film Saltburn, being the reason for its sudden popularity.
Once again, no new albums, but Will Swinton does make an appearance at #20 in the NZ Albums chart with Better Days.
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Chart Beat - 22 January, 2024

Taken from her upcoming album Eternal Sunshine, Ariana Grande gains the highest new single this week with yes, and? New at #3, this is the American's 33rd Top 40 single here, and was inspired by Madonna's 1990 number one Vogue.
Shéyaa Abraham-Joseph (aka 21 Savage) lists three new singles with redrum (#20), née-nah (#23) and n.h.i.e. (#37). The tracks are taken from the 31 year-old's new album American Dream, which debuts at the top. redrum samples vocals from Antônio Carlos Jobim's Serenata do adeus who was a Brazilian composer, pianist, guitarist, songwriter, arranger, and singer who passed away in 1994.
American rapper Flo Milli has been recording since 2019 but it's taken until now to gain a hit single. Never Lose Me opens at #38.
Over on the album chart Kid Cudi lists his ninth long player (and fourth to chart here) at #19. INSANO could be his last album for a while as he wants to persure other ventures.
American singer Kali Uchis finishes off this weeks new albums with ORQUÍDEAS at #39. Apperently she has two albums ready, this is the first and is all in Spanish.
Chart Beat - 29 January, 2024

Single #3 from American singer/sonwriter Benson Boone opens this week at #18. Beautiful Things is a "ballad about the meaning of life" according to Benson, and second highest single to date here in New Zealand.
Back in 1979 Suzi Quatro & Chris Norman had a top 2 single with Stumblin' In. Fast forward to 2024 and CYRIL lists a remake at #26. I can find nothing about the artist except that he is Australian (I think).
The album chart this week is all about Foo Fighters. As they tour the country, their compilation The Essential Foo Fighters jumps up 12 knotches to the top of the chart. There has been a Foo's compilation in the chart now for 96 consecutive weeks but this one is into it's 64th. For the record, the most chart weeks to reach the number one slot belongs to Pink Floyd who took 285 weeks to top the chart with Dark Side Of The Moon. Last years Foo Fighters album But Here We Are also finds itself back in the chart, at #21.
Green Day list their 14th studio album at #6. Saviors was recorded in London and Los Angeles and has the number one rock song on this weeks RadioScope charts with The American Dream Is Killing Me.
American Reneé Rapp has the final new album this week with her first, Snow Angel. New at #34, most of the album was written, recorded and mixed over the course of six months in early 2023
Chart Beat - 5 February, 2024

AAfter ten non-consecutive weeks, Jack Harlow vacates the top spot for YG Marley. Praise Jah In The Moonlight has been topping charts around the world and can now add New Zealand to the list. It's the first time since 1999 that a member of the Marley family has been at number one. It was co-written by Marley with his mother Layrn Hill , and samples his grandfather Bob Marley's 1978 song Crisis performed with The Wailers.
Two new singles enter this weeks Top 40 and they are both newcomers.
Michael Marcagi comes from Ohio, and was part of the band Heavy Hours. Scared To Start debuts at #31.
Dance number Saving Up places Dom Dolla at #33. Born Dominic Matheson, he was born in Manila and now resides in Melbourne. Saving Up is his third aussie hit single from 14 since 2013. Thats perseverance for you.
Supergroup The Smile opened their account in 2022 with A Light For Attracting Attention which peaked at #25. Second long player Wall Of Eyes opens this week at #6. The trio consists of two Radiohead members Thom Yorke and Jonny Greenwood with drummer Tom Skinner. These songs were developed on tour promoting their last album.
Lyrical Lemonade has the final new album. All Is Yellow is the first album from the multi-media company run by Cole Bennett. File this one under hip hop.
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Chart Beat - 12 February, 2024

Newcomers Good Neighbours open with Home at #32. Based in London, the duo worked on their craft last year and, now with a hit single, it's paid off.
Yung Filly is also new to our charts with Grey at #37. Born Andrés Barrientos, the 28 year old was born in Colombia and later moving to the United Kingdom, He has four Top 70 hits to date in England.
Muni Long has been here before. In 2022 she peaked at #15 with Hrs And Hrs. Now she's back with her beautiful sophomore single Made For Me at #38.
I've been watching this one for a few weeks. Natasha Bedingfield has been steadily rising in the Catalogue singles chart and this week crosses back to the Top 40 with Unwritten. Originally, in 2005 the song peaked at #15. This week, with help from the film Anyone But You, she is back at #20. It's also gone to #1 in Austria.
American animated adult comedy television series Hazbin Hotel is the first soundtrack for the year, new at #6. This is an extended play soundtrack album released in three parts from the series.
Arjan Dhillon has the other new album entry. Dhillon gave us Saroor last year, peaking at #24.Chober is new at #23.
Chart Beat - 19 February, 2024

The lead single from Beyoncé's next album opens at #26. Texas Hold 'Em is a very different style to her usual R&B set, making its debut at the recent Super Bowl. The album (which is still unamed) is due out at the end of next month.
And then it's Kanye West. Billed as super-duo ¥$, the seven singles debuting in the singles chart are the work of Kanye West and Ty Dolla $ign and the first in a trilogy of albums called Vultures, which debuts at number one. So, we have Carnival (#9), Burn (#13), Back To Me (#19), Fuk Sumn (#21), Stars (#30), Talking (#32) and Vultures (#39). This rule of multiple new entries is very annoying. Next week, expect most, if not all, to leave the chart.
This week at the movies we have the long awaited flick One Love. Staring Kingsley Ben-Adir  as the man himself, the soundtrack features 17 tracks from Marley and The Wailers and debuts this week at #8.
Usher has the final new album. Coming Home, new at #22, is his ninth studio album and first in six years. Like Beyoncé, it was released two days before his Super Bowl performance.
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Chart Beat - 26 February 2024

Beyoncé lands her fifth Number one by jumping up 26 knotches. Texas Hold ‘Em is only in its second week too.
Training Season by Dua Lipa is the highest debut at #10. It’s the second single after Houdini from her third as yet unnamed album. She premiered the song at the recent Grammy Awards.
The other new single comes from Djo. New at #36, End Of Beginning is the debut single from the indie artist Djo is pronounced Joe.
Over on the album chart the highest debut is also at #10. British rockers IDLES place their fourth highest album TANGK as their highest peak yet. This one is the first with a major producer.
American rapper Yeat debuts 2093 at #14. This one is a generous 22 tracks over 70 minutes.
DIVINE and Karan Aujla are new with Sweet Dreams at #27. This is the third Divine we have had in the charts. Firstly there was Divine from the UK who had two Top 50 singles. Then there was divine from the US who had a top 20 single in 1998. The divine who is working with Aujla is from Mumbai. Sweet Dreams is the third hit album from Punjabi-Canadian rapper Karan Aujla.
Finally, South Korean girl group LE SSERAFIM open with EP Easy at #30. It follows the #28 peak last years album Unforgiven.
Chart Beat - 4 March, 2024

Hit #10 for Solána Rowe (aka SZA) is this weeks only new entry. New at #5, Saturn is from the 34 year old's upcoming reissue album Lana, which is a re-ssue of her album SOS. All will be revealed later in the year.
If you wanted more evidence the New Zealand charts are hard on locals then look no further. Since the rules changed allowing multiple songs to enter the singles chart in a single week, there have been six artists monopolise the chart. Whilst I'm not a fan of that rule, when it comes to possibly the biggest kiwi album in a while, none of them chart. Instead, L.A.B. only manage seven new singles on the NZ Singles chart. The album, however, does fly to the top. L.A.B. VI is their eighth charting album and first new material since L.A.B. V in 2021. It's also their third number one.
South Korean girl group TWICE have the other new album. With YOU-th is the nine-piece groups thirteenth EP alongside four full length albums. It's their first to chart here.


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