There were 109 songs in the singles chart during first half of 2016. Of those, only 63 were new entries, compared to 73 at the same time last year. Also, only 2 New Zealand songs were in the chart compared to 13 last year.
With still one chart to go, the official interim End Of Year chart for 2016 is now available. Click on this link and it will take you to it. The final list came out last year on 19 February 2016: http://nztop40.co.nz/chart/albums?chart=4311
Based on number of weeks charted, here is the Six60...erm...I mean the NZ Singles longevity chart showing all singles that charted 50 weeks or more from the RIANZ chart. Note the #14 position is actually by an English act. Personally for me it shows how poorly the charts reflect local artists.
It was a very poor year for kiwis in the singles chart which prompted me to look at the nationalities of the new entry singles this year. In my opinion this list shows where our culture is heading in New Zealand. Sorry, but I think it's pitiful that the charts don't reflect local content.
I agree it is very sad some quality tracks underneath the top 40 but they just don't get the streaming traction to hit the top 40. From sales alone, I would have expected to see a couple more from Broods, Maala, Brooke Fraser, The Naked & Famous and Aaradhna in the mix. Last edited:
Thank you Rihannaxhe. I still have more to come including statistics, and 2016 celebrity deaths. I'll see if I can work out a top 40 for you. Incidentally you may be interested that of the 352 albums to chart in 2016, 108 only charted one week.
Wow, impressive how there is only 1 2016 release in the Top 30 and that belongs to Rihanna.. which im clearly thrilled about. But also disappointing how there is only 5 2016 releases in this list, belonging to Rihanna' ANTI, Charlie Puth' Nine Track Mind, Drake' Views, Sia' This is Acting and Broods Conscious..
Todays entry as my review for 2016 is with a sad note. We have lost so many talented people this year. Here is a small list showing some of them. If you would like the full article please email me at email@example.com
Celebrity Deaths in 2016
Robert Colin Stigwood (January 4) Manager for Cream and Bee Gees, aged 81 Nicholas Caldwell (January 5) Member of The Whispers. aged 71 Kitty Kallen (January 7) Popular American singer (My Colouring Book, #7 in 1963, aged 94. David Bowie (January 10) Well-known British singer, aged 69. Pete Huttlinger (January 15) American guitarist for John Denver, Lee Anne Rimes, aged 54. Gary Alexander Loizzo (January 16) American guitarist, singer, (American Breed) recording engineer, and record producer (REO Speedwagon, Styx, Bad Company), age 61. Terence Dale "Buffin" Griffin (January 17) English drummer and founding member of 1970s rock band Mott the Hoople. Age 67. Glenn Lewis Frey (January 18) American singer, songwriter, (The Eagles), age 67. Alec Wishart (January 22) British-born New Zealand musician with Hogsnort Rupert and Dave and the Dynamos. Age 76. James Stewart "Jimmy" Bain (January 23) Scottish musician, best known for playing bass guitar in the bands Rainbow and Dio. Age 59. Signe Toly Anderson (January 28,) Founding members of Jefferson Airplane. Age 74. Paul Lorin Kantner (January 28,) Founding members of Jefferson Airplane. Age 74. Peter David Mills Robinson (January 28) New Zealand musician in The Tin Syndrome, age 58
Marcus Turner (February 2) singer-songwriter and folk musician from New Zealand. Age 59 Maurice White (February 3) He was the founder of the band Earth, Wind & Fire. Age 74. Joe Dowell (February 4) American pop singer. Age 76. Paul Gordon (February 18) member of New Radicals and the keyboardist for the B-52's from 2007 until his death in 2016. Age 52. Lennie Baker (February 24) Member of Danny and the Juniors and Sha Na Na. Age 69.
Ross Hannaford (March 8) Member of Australian band Daddy Cool. Age 65. Sir George Martin CBE (March 8) English record producer, arranger, composer, conductor, audio engineer and musician. He was referred to as the "Fifth Beatle". Age 90. Jon English (March 9) English-born Australian singer, songwriter, musician and actor. Age 66. Gogi Grant(March 10) American popular singer. Age 91. Andy Newman, (March 30) British pianist with Thunderclap Newman, Age 73.
Leon Haywood (April 5) American funk and soul singer, songwriter and record producer. Age 74. Merle Haggard (April 6) was an American singer. Age 79. Emile Ford (April 11) musician and singer. Age 79. Lonnie Mack (April 21) American singer. Age 74. Prince (April 21) American singer. Age 57 Bill Sevesi (April 24) The Kiwi music legend. Age 92.
Paul McDowell (May 2) Member of Temperance Seven. Age 84. Peter Behrens (May 11) Member of Trio Age 68. John Berry (May 19) Founding member of the Beastie Boys. Age 52. Nicholas "Nick" Menza (May 21) Drummer best known for his work in Megadeth. Age 52.
David Cyril Eric Swarbrick (June 3) Member of Fairport Convention. Age 75. Bobby Curtola, CM (June 4) Canadian rock and roll singer and teen idol. Age 73. Scotty Moore (June 28) Member of Elvis Presley’s backing band. Age 84.
Karina Jensen (Around 18 July) Member of Cartoons. Bobby Ramirez (July 18) Member of A Lighter Shade Of Brown. Age 46.
James Woolley (August 14) Member of Nine Inch Nails. Age 49. Matt Roberts (August 20) Guitarist in 3 Doors Down. Age 38.
Toni Williams (October 1) New Zealand singer. Age 77. Joan Marie Johnson, (October 3) American singer with The Dixie Cups. Age 72. Caroline Crawley (October 4) Member of This Mortal Coil. Age 53. Rod Temperton (September/October 2016). Member of Heatwave. Age 66. Pete Burns (October 23). Member of Dead Or Alive. Age57. Bobby Vee (October 24). American singer. Age 73.
Kay Starr (November 3) American singer. Age 94. Eddie Harsch (November 4) Member of Black Crows. Age59. Jimmy Young (7 November) English singer. Age 95. Leonard Cohen (November 7) Canadian singer. Age 82. Leon Russell (November 13) American musician and songwriter. Age 74. Ray Columbus OBE (November 28) New Zealand singer and entertainer (Ray Columbus and the Invaders). Age 64.
Wayne Duncan, (December 4) Member of Daddy Cool. Age 72. Greg Lake (December 7) Member of King Crimson and Emerson, Lake & Palmer. Age 69. Jim Lowe (December 12) Had the hit single Green Door in 1957. Age 93. Bunny Walters (December 14) New Zealand singer. Age 63. Rick Parfitt, OBE (December 24) English musician, (Status Quo) Age 68. George Michael (December 25) Age 53. Carrie Frances Fisher (December 27) American actress, age 60. Debbie Reynolds (December 28) American actress, singer, age 84 William Christopher (December 31, 2016) American actor (M*A*S*H), age84.
We had an incredible year across all major charts this year with all sorts of things going on. For a start, the singles chart produced the lowest number of new entries the chart has ever seen. Down 20 from last year, there were only 124 songs new to the chart. Sadly that was reflected in the local content too with only 3 new kiwi songs entering the Top 40. All up, there were just four kiwi songs in the chart for the entire year. That’s a big drop from the good old days when we saw 50 kiwi singles in the chart back in 1982. 20 June 2016 saw another tweek to how the chart is tabulated making online steaming a major factor across all charts. This had been the case for a while but from this date it was the first time streaming was added to the albums charts. It also gave birth to new Heatseeker charts too (singles, albums, NZ singles and NZ albums). These charts reflect a percentage increase in sales and streaming, so the majority of the entries only stay one week and rarely enter the mainstream charts. A casualty of this was the death of the Compilations chart. This chart began as a mid-range chart in 1979, switching one year later to the compilations chart we know now. The death of this chart produced a major outcry from chart followers, the result being it bein reinstated before the week was out. The album chart remains unstable with 21 albums only managing one week at the top. Sales are clearly down for the format with people preferring to buy or dtream just one song. Of the 352 new albums, 108 stayed in the chart only one week. The singles chart, however, showed more stability with only ten chart toppers and an increasing list of entries staying over 30 weeks. Drake took One Dance to the top for 13 straight weeks, nearly breaking the record set by Boney M with Rivers Of Babylon in 1978. Back then, they stayed at the top for 14 straight weeks. Sadly, 2016 was a big year for celebrity deaths. It all started when David Bowie passed away. His 25th album was released on 8 January, his 69th birthday, just two days before his death. As a result there was a surge in sales of his back calalogue. We also lost Glenn Frey from The Eagles, Prince, George Michael, and in New Zealand, Bunny Walters, Ray Columbus and Toni Williams. What will happen in 2017 is anyones guess. It’s my hope that kiwi songs improve in the singles chart for a start. I guess time will tell. John Tempest