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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.
Chart Beat - 11 March, 2024

Whatever She Wants from Bryson Tiller is the only new single in this weeks Top 40. It’s the American singer/rappers first NZ Top 40 hit despite charting since 2015 in his home country.
Darts were a nine-piece British doo-wop revival band in the seventies and scored three UK top 2 singles. That’s not to be confused with this weeks new number one album. Dartz dive into the number one slot with album Dangerous Day To Be A Cold One. These guys come from Wellington and are described as a party punk foursome. They reached #4 in 2022 with The Band From Wellington New Zealand. Watch out for them on tour.
Blue Lips from ScHoolboy Q opens at #18. Born Quincy Hanley, this is his fourth top 20 album but first to miss the top 10.
Liam Gallagher and John Squire debut their self titled album at #32. You might remember Squire as the guitarist from Stone Roses. Gallagher of course needs no introduction. Watch out for singles Just Another Rainbow and Mars To Liverpool.
RAYE is new at #34 with My 21st Century Blues. It’s her first full length album and first time in the album chart.
The final new album comes from Faye Webster. New at #37, Underdressed At The Symphony. It’s the American singers fifth long player but first to chart in Godzone.
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Chart Beat - 18 March, 2024

The 756th number one single since the chart began goes to another of those artists to monopolise the chart. Ariana Grande has a new album so eight tracks enter this weeks Top 40. We Can't Be Friends (Wait For Your Love) goes to the top whilst we also have Bye (#20), The Boy Is Mine (#23), Supernatural (#24), Eternal Sunshine (#25), Don't Wanna Break Up Again (#30), the shortest song at only 1:32 - Intro (End Of The World) (#31) and True Story (#38). The album Eternal Sunshine debuts at the top giving her a fifth chart topping album.
Neko Bennett (aka 4batz) has the other new single. act iii: on god? (she like) debuts at #15 and is the 22 year olds first single.
This weeks singles all fall under three minutes (except two) taking the yearly average song length to just 3:17 . That's the shortest since 1972.
British rockers Judas Priest first charted in 1990 and enjoyed five hit albums. Now, six years after their last, they debut with Invincible Shield at #25. This is actually the highest they have charted here. Invisible Shield is their 19th studio album. The deluxe edition comes with a bonus 7" vinyl three track single.
The Bootleg Tapes (Caress Your Soul) from Sticky Fingers is next at #36. Their fourth album entry is an EP.
Finally, Norah Jones is back with Visions. New at #38, this is her ninth Top 40 album, with most of the songs coming in the middle of the night or in that moment right before sleep. I know that feeling.
Chart Beat – 25 March, 2024
Two new singles and five new albums this week.
V comes first. FRI(END)S, new at 22, is Kim Tae-hyung's second hit single after the 2023 #38 peak of Slow Dancing. Back in South Korea he has yet to score a Top 10 with Sweet Night from 2020 being his highest to date, at #14.
Dasha is a singer songwriter from San Luis Obispo, California. Born Anna Dasha Novotny, the Nashville based country singer places her debut single Austin at #27.
With five hit singles on the NZ Singles Chart, it's over time for Kaylee Bell to cross over to the big time. Her first charting album debuts at #3. Nights Like This is actually the Toyota Star Maker award winners third album along with a 2021 EP. Expect big things from the Waimate resident. She is currently on tour.
Kacey Musgraves first charted in 2021 with the #30 peak of star-crossed. This week she flies to #9 on entry with Deeper Well. The album was preceded by the release of two singles: the title track, and Too Good to Be True.
It's been a long time between drinks for Justin Timberlake. The last time he was in the chart was back in 2018. Now, the actor singer producer has a new long player. Everything I Thought It Was is his sixth album and comes in at a whopping 77 minutes.
Hip Hop artist Nemzzz opens his account at #38 with Do Not Disturb, and Ōtautahi resident Hannah Everingham also opens with her first, Siempre Tiene Flores at #39.
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We are already quarter of the way through the year. Here's a look at new entries this year with last years figue in brackets:
SINGLES: 41 (33)
NZ SINGLES: 16 (4)
ALBUMS: 35 (24)
NZ ALBUMS. 20 (9)
We have had no new kiwi singles chart in the Top 40 and 4 new kiwi albums.
Chart Beat - 1 April, 2024

Once upon a time, back in the day when Adam was still a boy, there was no chart at Easter. That all finished in 1984. This years Easter chart gives us a new number one single and a whopping nine new entries.
Benson Boone has been charting since 2021 but finally get's his first number one with Beautiful Things. The track is also going number one globally.
Future and Metro Boomin come first with three newbies. Like That (#2), Type S**t (#23) and Cinderella (#28) come from the collaborative album We Still Don't Trust You which debut's at the top.
Fred Again.. also has three, along with two others. Delilah (pull me out of this) (#11), Jungle (#33) and stayinit (#35) all chart due to his recent visit to our shores.
Too Sweet from Hozier is next at #12. This one comes from his new EP Unheard and is his fourth NZ hit.
Olivia Rodrigo lists obsessed at #26. This track comes from the Spilled edition of her current album Guts, which jumps up 11 knotches to #3.
Finally, for the singles chart, we have Artemas. Born Artemas Diamandis, the British-Cypriot producer is more well known for songs from the other side of the desk. i like the way you kiss me, new at #30, is his first single here but second overall.
The chart conitinues giving with seven debut albums.
Tyla is up first with TYLA. This is the first long player from the South African. New at #16, she describes it as an "experimental album."
Our own Greg Johnson hasn't charted since 2012 so it's nice to see him back with Thunder In Fall. New at #17, it's the Aucklanders 12th album.
American Fletcher is back with her second at #23. In Search Of The Antidote doesn't reach the heights of her first, which peaked at #9 but it has reached #11 across the ditch on the Vinyl Chart.
Newcomer Adrianne Lenker is an American vocalist and member of the band Big Thief. Bright Future debuts at #28 and is her sixth solo album despite failing to chart here until now.
Waxahatchee (aka Katie Crutchfield) is also new to our charts. Tigers Blood at #35 is also her sixth album.
Finally, British Electrovic DJ duo Hybrid Minds open their account at #37 with Tides.
Chart Beat - 8 April, 2024

Two music genres have been making a strong comeback in the singles chart for a while now, and this weeks chart reflects that. Those styles are reggae and country.
Keeping with the theme of her recent number one (Texas Hold 'Em), Beyoncé debuts with two. II Most Wanted is a duet with Miley Cyrus and debuts at #17. Pronounced Two Most Wanted, it is a reference to their status in the music industry. Her other new single is a country standard. Jolene originally peaked at #6 in 1974 for Dolly Parton. The remake is new at #23. Both songs come from Beyoncé's new album Cowboy Carter, which debuts at number one.
Switching to reggae, we have an artist that has been charting on the album chart for 49 weeks with no single. Maoli changes that with Every Night Every Morning at #24.The group comes from Hawaii, with their name meaning native, indigenous, genuine, true or real.
Benson Boone holds onto the top spot as new single Slow It Down opens at #31. His debut album Fireworks & Rollerblades is just out.
ILLIT is a South Korean girl group. Their debut single Magnetic is new at #32
The sixth new single comes from Jungle. The London based band recently peaked at #30 with their fourth (but first here) album Volcano. Back In 74 debuts at #3.
Instigators won Auckland’s Battle of the Bands in 1981 and released two seminal ska/punk singles but never charted. Now a compilation, The Best Of Instigators: Auckland Ska Punk 1981-1982 debuts at #27.
Back to South Korea, j-hope lists his third album entry at #29. EP Hope On The Street Vol.1 currently sits at #2 in his homeland.
Honorable mention this week goes to veteran rockers AC/DC. In 1980 the Australian's took their eighth album to #24. Now Back In Black, which has been charting in American for 599 weeks is back on black and white swirl vinyl to celebrate 50 years.
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Chart Beat, 15 April, 2024

In ten years Hozier has never had a number one. He came very close in 2014 with Take Me To Church which peaked at #2. This week that all changes as Too Sweet reaches the penthouse in its third week.
J. Cole posts two new singles. 7 Minute Drill (#26) and H.Y.B. (#36), come from his new mixtape Might Delete Later which debuts at the top.
Mark Ambor has the third and final new single at #40. Belong Together is the American's first hit.
Benson Boone may have vacated the top spot but Slow It Down is far from slow with a 9 knotch jump up to #22. His album Fireworks & Rollerblades also debuts this week at #5. This is the American's first full length album on the back of two EP's
Khruangbin are back with A La Sala. New at #14, this is the trio's fourth entry in our album chart.
The Ohio Players were a polular funk band back in the 70's best known for their song FireI. Also from Ohio are The Black Keys. Their album Ohio Players has no resemblence on the 70's band but it's described as one of their best. It's only the second time they have charted an album here; the last one was in 2012.
Bryson Tiller is next with his self titled fourth long player at #24. His fourth album since 2015, it's his third to chart here.
Conan Gray alos returns, with his third. Found Heaven at #33 is his slowest starter with his high tide mark sitting at #11 with Superache from 2022.
Newcomer Lizzy McAlpine also comes from the States. Older is the 24 year olds third album but first here. New Zealand is the first country to chart the album.
Finally, alt rockers Vampire Weekend list their fifth album at #38. Only God Was Above Us is theirt fourth charting album here.
Over on the NZ Album Chart, New Urban Polynesian by Fuemana makes it's first appearance. The album from the late Phil Fuemana (OMC) came out in 1994 but failed to chart. Now out on vinyl, the disc makes it to #7.
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Chart Beat 22 April, 2024

A closer look at this weeks Top 40 singles shows an average song length of 3 minutes, 12 seconds. You have to go back to 1970 to match that.
Quite a few of this weeks new entries clock in under three minutes. Sabrina Carpenter is one of them, just. Espresso, new at #9, is the highest new single. Her second single is her highest entry yet. It was written in France.
Newcomer Lay Bankz is an American rapper. Her song Tell Ur Girlfriend enters at #20 and is the shortest of this weeks newbies, clocking in ay 2:03. This is the 19-year old's first hit single anywhere.
SZA is having a big week with two re-entries and one new single as album SOS goes back to the top. It takes this weeks total to five. Open Arms at #29 is the Americam's 11th hit single
Dua Lipa lists the third single from her uncoming album, Illusion at #32. Watch out for Radical Optimism on 3 May.
I can't find much at all about the last new entry. Badger lists These Words at #39 and is a remake of the Natasha Beddingfield hit from 2004.
Over on the album chart we have five new entries.
Linkin Park last charted in 2017. Now Papercuts puts them right back at #2. This one is a compilation with 20 tracks from 2000 to 2023.
Future and Metro Boomin gave us We Don't Trust You four weeks ago. Now We Still Don't Trust You debuts at #6. It's another 88 minutes of mistrust.
Mark Knopfler recenty recorded a nearly ten minute version of his 1987 single Going Home. Sadly that guitar hero version is not on his new album One Deep River which is his 12th album post Dire Straits.
The Eagles are also no strangers to the chart. To The Limit: The Essential Collection debuts at #25 and marks the fifteenth time they have been in the chart.
Kayleigh Amstutz (aka Chappell Roan) gives us The Rise And Fall Of A Midwest Princess at #31. This is the American's first album which came out in September 2023.
Next week, expect Taylor Swift to take over the singles chart ... again!
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Chart Beat - 29 April, 2024

She's done it again, taken over the Singles Chart. For the third time, Taylor Swift monopolises the chart with 23 tracks from her new album. The Tortured Poets Department, which tops the chart, is full of venom as she hangs her dirty washing out for all to see. That takes her to 122 hit singles, mostly due to monopolising the chart with a new album. Those entries total 42 songs. In my book, with current chart rules, that's cheating.
Believe it or not, we do have two non Taylor Swift new singles.
Shaboozey crosses over from the Hot40 chart with A Bar Song (Tipsy) at #32. Born Collins Chibueze, the Nigerian-American country artist combines hip hop, country, rock, and Americana in his music.
Drake has the other single at #39. Push Ups is his 50th hit single, and featuring samples from Get Money by Junior M.A.F.I.A which peaked at #35 in 1996.
Pearl Jam very nearly top the charts with their 12th studio album. Dark Matter opens at #3 and is the highest they have charted since 2013. It only took the lads three weeks to record the 11 tracks, and is described as a lot heavier than you would expect.
Best Of Bruce Springsteen drops in at #29 taking him to 30 NZ hit albums. This one is a good coverage of 18 tracks from 1973 to 2020.
Dark Side Of The Moon from Pink Floyd is back again in it's 311th week (excluding Catalogue Chart weeks). This version is quite the artwork with both sides of the album showing up on separate clear vinyl discs and a UV printed design on the other
Finally, back in 2002, Tadpole took
The Medusa to #10. Now for the first time on vinyl, its back. This record is blue.
Whilst on the topic of re-issues (well it was Record Store Day) The Chills have a re-issue of The Lost EP from 1985 on yellow vinyl. It drops in at #19 on the NZ Album chart.
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Chart Beat - 6 May, 2024

After just one week, nine Taylor songs make a Swift exit, whilst the others drop, some dramatically. As a result, we have nine re-entries and one new single.
Tommy Richman has been making music since 2016. The American takes his debut single Million Dollar Baby all the way to #4 on debut. File this one under 'catchy'.
The Six60 Collection is the highest new album of the week. Coming in at #5, this is their seventh album to hit the charts.
Canadia rapper PartyNextDoor has the other new album. Partynextdoor 4, new at #26, is his fourth studio album and first in four years. It's his third hit album here.
Chart Beat - 13 May, 2024

In just it's second week, Million Dollar Baby from Tommy Richman makes it to the top of the singles pile. Remember, this is his first hit, ever, anywhere, and he has been recording since 2019.
Kendrick Lamar has the biggest gains this week with three new singles. euphoria (#5), Not Like Us (#6) and meet the grahams (#22). They are all non album singles and take his tally to 24.
Drake lists his second new single in three weeks at #16. Family Matters, like Push Ups, is also a non album single. This one clocks in at 7 minutes 36 seconds and is the longest song to chart this year.
Gloria Hallelujah Woods, aka GloRilla opens her account at #31 with Yeah Glo! The American rapper has been in the Hot40 chart three times since 2022 but this is her first hit on the singles list.
Finally for singles, Chappell Roan has the only non rap new entry at #40. Good Luck, Babe! is her first NZ hit.
Dua Lipa has the highest new album. Radical Optimism takes her to #2, just one shy of her high tide mark that took Future Nostalgia to the top. This is her third album, and first in four years.
To date,Devilskin have charted 75 weeks with four albums. They increase that with the new EP Surfacing, new at #4. The EP includes three new songs and three live favourites.
28-year-old Dominic Fike is back with his third album at #33. 14 Minutes is actually eight new songs over 45 minutes.
Australian Sia lists Reasonable Woman at #35. This is her tenth long player and features guest appearances from Chaka Khan and Kylie Minogue,
Beat Rhythm Fashion last charted way back in 1981 with Beings Rest Finally. The single only reached #49 and until this week, their only chart entry. Now the Wellingon post punk band are back with Critical Mass at #37. They broke up in 1982 but reformed in 2019. Critical Mass includes eleven new songs.
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Chart Beat - 20 May, 2024

Post Malone ropes in Morgan Wallen for a catchy little number at #2. I Had Some Help is this weeks highest new single and Malones 24th hit single since he opened his account in 2017.
Newcomer Myles Smith gives us Stargazing at #21. The Luton UK singer issued an eight song album Scars in 2020, but that failed to chart here.
We haven't heard from Macklemore since 2019, that's despite his 2023 album Ben. Fourth solo single Hind's Hall opens at #33 and is a protest song about what's currently happening in Palestine.
Kings Of Leon have had a couple of singles in the Hot40 lately but no success crossing over to the "real" charts. That is until this week. Can We Please Have Fun is their ninth long player and it sees a #3 debut.
Sisters In Country is Jodi Vaughan and Aly Cook. Their album Down Under Girls debuts at #9. Vaughan is a kiwi whilst Cook is Australian. Maybe we should just call them both kiwis.
Gunna follows closely debuting at #10 with One Of Wun. This is the sixth time the rapper has been in our album chart.
Angus And Julia Stone are back with Cape Forestier at #19. This is the Aussie brother and sister duo's fifth album. The describe the disc as "holds a really special place in our hearts".
Childish Gambino is next with Atavista at #31. Donald Glover Jr. last charted in 2016 with Awaken, My Love! which peaked at #21. This one is a re-issue of his 3.15.20 album under a new title.
Finally, Jordan Rakei debuts at #38 with The Loop. This is a first for the UK producer
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Chart Beat - 27 May, 2024

Here we go again, one artist taking over quarter of the singles chart with songs from her new album. Billie Eilish calls in at number one on the album chart with her fourth long player Hit Me Hard And Soft. This is her third number one. Ten songs from the disc open inside the Top 20 on the singles chart taking her to sixth equal with Olivia Rodrigo for most songs to enter the chart in one week.
Saul Hudson has now released six studio albums since leaving Guns n Roses. Orgy Of The Damned is a collaborative blues album including Billy Gibbons (of ZZ Top fame), Iggy Pop, Paul Rodgers (Bad Company), Demi Lovato, Brian Johnson (AC/DC) and Beth Hart just to name a few. It's not the first time Slash has released a blues album. His first dates from 1996 just after he left Guns n Roses. It debuts at #29,
C418 is German Daniel Rosenfeld. The 26 year old has 15 albums to his credit but it's his seventh from 2011 that breaks the ice here at #31. Minecraft: Volume Alpha comprises mostly of the music featured in the game
English singer songwriter Beth Gibbons is best known as lead singer in the band Portishead. Lives Outgrown, new at #37, is her third solo outing with songs written over a decade.
ZAYN is back at #38 with Room Under The Stairs. This is his third appearance in the NZ Album chart but lowest debut to date.
And that's the end of NZ Music Month. Again, not one kiwi ventured into the singles chart and we still fail to have a new kiwi song in the chart this year. Not good, not good! My annual NZ music month chart will follow...
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Chart Beat - NZ Music Week

Once again we went the entire month with no new kiwi songs charting in the Top 40. In fact, there' ve been no new local songs in the chart since September 2023 and only two in 18 months. A look at this years Top songs for May shows some great songs. It's such a shame they don't chart. There is a bigger collection of albums in this years NZ Music Month list. Six60's streaming only album The Six60 Collection takes the prize for top album, whilst Corella top the singles list with Blue Eyed Māori.

The following charts are based on points for the month of May:

NZ TOP SINGLES - May 2024

PlacePointsNo. WksTitle/ArtistPeak
18049Blue Eyed Māori - Corrella1(40)
27613Māori Ki Te Ao - Stan Walker 2(4)
37035Casanova - L.A.B.2(18)
46676Take It Away - L.A.B.1(29)
56126I AM - Stan Walker2(2)
65654Still The One - DJ Noiz and Mikey Mayz4(11)
75431Country Roads - Hori Shaw6(4)
84915Have You Ever Seen The Rain - House Of Shem7
94923Oh No (Pt. 2) - L.A.B.5(2)
104144Paradise 35 - Hori Shaw feat. Classick J4
113625Sway - Myshaan4
12362Back In My Arms - Hori Shaw3(2)
133417Ocean Demon - L.A.B.4
143413Give Me That Feeling - L.A.B.4
151929Natural High - The Lads Of The Mist6(2)
16183Yeiyo - Stallyano and Mista LT14
171775One Night - Sons Of Zion6(5)
18168Eyes On Me - Rova16
19742Keep That Smile - Son & Water7(4)
2075Dead Or Alive - Te Wehi18(4)

NZ Albums:

PlacePointsNo. WksTitle/ArtistPeak
1794The Six60 Collection - Six601(3)
27323Introducing L.A.B. - L.A.B.1(12)
37113L.A.B. VI - L.A.B.1(3)
45810Nights Like This - Kaylee Bell1(2)
55576Coterie - Coterie1(1)
6513Surfacing (EP) - Devilskin1(1)
75024Run It Back - Home Brew1(1)
84350Road From 26 - Corrella6(5)
93912Exit - Lee Mvtthews7(2)
10362Down Under Girls - Sisters In Country2
11345Driftwood - Casual Healing9
122824The Great Escape - No Cigar8(2)
13284The Winter Light - Amiria Grenell9
14234Māui & The Sin - Diaz Grimm6
151925Upside - DRAX Project3
16171C O L L I D E - Bad Schematics4
17161Infinite II - The Nomad5
18161Critical Mass - Beat Rhythm Fashion5
19161Take Time - Carb On Carb5
201526Eight - Brooke Ligertwood6

TE REO MAORI:

PointsNo. WksTitle/ArtistPeak
4013Māori Ki Te Ao - Stan Walker 1(13)
3645He Aho - TAWAZ1(27)
3254Whakatau Wairua - Tuari Brothers3(15)
2853Ko Tāua - Origin Roots Aotearoa (O.R.A.)2(2)
198Raumati - Jordyn with a Why5(2)
1821Purotu - Jackson Owens2
1733Nui Te Aroha - Origin Roots Aotearoa (O.R.A)2
1636Koia Ko Koe (So True) - The Black Seeds3
1010Mauri Tau - Casual Healing4
420AI, E KŌ - Mikey Dam, TAWAZ and Jackson Owens6

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Chart Beat. 3 June, 2024

Two new singles, one rap, one country.
The fifth hit single for British rapper Central Cee comes in at #19. Featuring Lil Baby, BAND4BAND opens at #19.
It seems approapriate that we have a new country song in the charts for Gore's Gold Guitars, which is on this weekend. Pink Skies is Zach Bryan's third Top 40 hit. New at #22, it is taken from his upcoming album The Great American Bar Scene.
American duo Twenty One Pilots are back with the highest new album of the week. Clancy is the lads seventh studio album.
British rockers Bring Me The Horizon last charted in 2020. Now, they are back at #8 with Post Human: NeX Gen. It's the second installment of their Post Human series, which started with their last offering.
South Korean rapper RM is back with his second at #20. Right Place, Wrong Person has so far peaked at #2 in his homeland.
Staying with rap, Vince Staples gives us Dark Times at #37. This is his fourth NZ chart hit.
One more entry makes a surprise re-entry at #5. Fleetwood Mac have been hanging around with single Dreams and album Rumours for years now. You can now get it on blue vinyl.
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Chart Beat - 10 June, 2024

The 41st hit single for Eminem opens in style. New at #2, Houdini has more samples than you can throw a stick at. The lead single from upcoming album The Death of Slim Shady (Coup de Grâce), includes samples of his own songs Without Me, My Name Is and Just Lose It but is mainly based around the 1982 Steve Miller Band hit Abracadabra which peaked at #8 here.
30 year old British producer and multi-instrumentalist Fred Again.., places his seventh hit at #28. Places To Be looks like it could be from an upcoming album. Watch this space.
The eighth studio album from Crowded House enters the chart at #4. Gravity Stairs is expected to chart well in the UK and US as well. The band wanted to create a "dreamy quality" yet be more "lyrically direct". I listened to the album last night and they have certainly done that. Crowded House now have 12 Top 30 albums, 8 of them Top 10 and 3 number one. It also gives Neil Finn a total of 33 hit albums (12 Crowded House, 12 Split Enz, 2 Finn Brothers and 7 Solo). Despite 17 hit singles, the lads haven't charted a single since 1996.
The lads don't have the only new kiwi album this week. Christoph El Truento charts his second at #25. Dubs From The Neighbourhood is his fourth long player since 2013.
Finally, Becky Hill is back with Believe Me Now? at #29. With two hit singles to her credit, her first album, Only Honest On The Weekend failed to chart.
NZ Highwaymen give us the final new album at #40. Live From The James Hay Theatre showcases the quartet who are all well known artists in their own right. Brendan Dugan, Dennis Marsh, Gray Bartlett and Frankie Steven’s are currently on tour. Stevens replaced Eddie Low last minute due to poor health.
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Chart Beat - 17 June, 2024

Eminem scores his first number one with Houdini since … the last one.
Meanwhile, Sabrina Carpenter gives him some competition debuting at #3 with Please Please Please. Her last single Espresso topped the charts in Ireland, England and Australia. This one comes from the same album Short ‘n’ Sweet.
American Gracie Abrams has the other new single. New at #31, Close To You opens her singles account. She has charted before though. Album Good Riddance peaked at #40 last year. This track is taken from her upcoming second album The Secret Of Us.
Over on the album chart, we have six newbies.
Kiwi Georgia Lines is new at #3 with The Rose Of Jericho. The Mt Maunganui resident is just back from Austin, Texas after performing at a festival.
31-year old Charli XCX is next at #4 with BRAT. Her sixth long player is her second NZ top 10 album.
Then we have Mel Parsons at #5 with Sabotage. This album makes it four NZ top ten albums this week. Sabotage is the Westport lass’ sixth long player.
Further down the chart comes Kaytranada with Timeless. Born Louis Celestine, this is the Haitian/Canadian DJ’s fourth album but first here.
Bon Jovi are back with their sixteenth. They first came on the scene in 1984. Forever, new at #28, is their first album since singer Jon Bon Jovi had surgery on his vocal cord in 2022.
Kiwis No Cigar have been charting in the NZ Album chart with The Great Escape for 27 weeks. Now they finally make the Top 40 at #32. If you haven’t heard these guys before it’s well worth a spin.
It’s not often that a kiwi album charts overseas. After the release of last week’s new album by Crowded House Gravity Stairs, the album found a place at #3 in Australia, #6 in Scotland and #8 in the UK.

Written in Wellington.
Chart Beat - 24 June, 2024

After just one week Eminem vacates the penthouse so Sabrina Carpenter can claim her first number one. Please Please Please only entered the chart last week. The American actually has the top and bottom spot with Feather entering the chart at #40 as well as Espresso at #4.
Tommy Richman has the other new single. Devil Is A Lie comes in at #14. It’s his second Top 40 hit.
We have four new albums, three entering in the Top 10.
First up is $uicideBoy$ at #3. New World Depression is their fourth and highest placed album in New Zealand. They also had two EP’s which only managed a spot at the bottom of the chart.
Luke Combs is next with Father’s And Son’s at #5. His fifth studio album was released two days before America’s Fathers Day with Combs partnering with American Greetings to allow people to use his lyrics in their virtual greeting cards.
Just behind Combs is Don Tolliver at #6 with Hardstone Psycho. It’s his fifth visit to the album chart.
Earth Tongue come in at #21 with Great Haunting. This is a first for the Wellington psych rock duo.
Finally, there are two Shapeshifter albums back in the Top 40 and five in the NZ Album chart. Riddem Wise LP from 2004 is at #29 and Soulstice from 2006 re-enters at #39. All five are back due to being re-issued on vinyl.

Written in Methven
Chart Beat - 1 July, 2024

This time last year, at the end of June, we had 77 new Top 40 singles. The rules changed and now we have 117 to the end of June. All this is due to artists monopolising the chart with multiple new entries in the same week.
The first remix from Charli XCX's new album Brat opens in the chart at #24. The girl, so confusing version with lorde is the tenth track on her album and fourth single to chart here.
American 24 year old Gracie Abrams lists her second singles at #30. Titled simply us., it comes from her second long player The Secret Of Us, which debuts at #2. This one features Taylor Swift in the vocals.
Post Malone continues to please. Pour Me A Drink at #37 is his latest single and follows on the success of I Had Some Help which is still in the Top 10 and peaked at #2. Both songs come from his upcoming album F-1 Trillion due in August
The Kid LAROI is back with Nights Like This, new at #38. This is his ninth NZ hit single.
Kyrre Gørvell-Dahll (aka Kygo) last charted an album in 2020. Finally, the Norwegian DJ is back with a self titled album. New at #40, it has the lead single Whatever.
A 10th Anniversary Edition of Ed Sheeran's 2014 album X is back in the chart for it's 257th week in the Top 40. Originally, the album peaked at the top for 13 weeks. To celebrate, there are nine new tracks added to the list.
Chart Beat - 8 July, 2024

We continue to have no local content in the Top 40 singles chart (unless you count the Charli XCX collaboration with Lorde last week).  The last new entry was way back on 4 September last year. Over in Australia; they have had three local singles enter the Top 40 this year. The RadioScope Top 40 (which measures radio airplay) is listing four kiwi artists, so radio is clearly playing new local content.  My theory is streaming services are dictating what we listen to and excluding kiwi artists. What do you think?
The top six stays the same but biggest mover goes to the artist with the highest new single. As Nights Like This jumps up 22 knotches, The Kid Laroi lists his new single Girls at #26. This is his tenth NZ hit single.
26-year-old Chappell Roan lists her second hit single at #37. HOT TO GO! comes from last years album The Rise and Fall of a Midwest Princess, which sits at #3 this week. The highest the track has gone globally so far is #27 in Ireland.
Alabama resident Ella Langley scores the third new single at #39. you look like you love me can be filed under country.
The Sixth studio album from American's Imagine Dragons opens at #12. LOOM marks the band’s first release as a trio, due to the absence of drummer Daniel Platzam, who has been on an indefinite hiatus from the band since March 2023.
Camila Cabello scores a fourth Top 40 album with C,XOXO at #25. It's a very short album by todays standards, clocking in at 32 minutes.
Megan Thee Stallion has the final new album of the week. MEGAN, new at #33, is her third studio album and follows a snake-based theme through the song titles.
Chart Beat - 15 July, 2024

It’s taken ten weeks but Kendrick Lamar bounces back up the chart to claim the top spot with Not Like Us. It’s his second number one, the first being Humble in 2017.
Only two new singles enter this week’s chart.
Tough from Quavo with Lana Del Rey starts its journey at #23. Despite seven singles as a collaboration artist, this is his first hit single.
Tobey follows Eminem’s recent number one at #34. The track comes from the 51-year-old’s new album The Death Of Slim Shady (coup de grâce).
It’s slim picking for new entries over on the album chart too.
Zach Bryan has the first of two new albums at #4. The Great American Bar Scene is the country singer’s fifth studio album and was preceded by the single Pink Skies which peaked at #18.
Ken Carson has the other newbie at #36. A Great Chaos is the 24 year old rappers third album but first to chart here.

Written in Palm Cove, Australia.
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