The first chart for 2017 still has a strong festive theme. Michael Bublé gains the only new single with a track from his number one album Christmas. It's Beginning To Look A Lot Like Christmas was written in 1951 by Meredith Willson with multiple artists covering it since. In 1951 alone it was sung by Perry Como, The Fontane Sisters and Bing Crosby. It's only the first time Michael Bublé has been in the singles chart though, despite 218 weeks charted with albums. That's the only new single this week but there are two festive re-entries which have a sad twist. In 1985 Wham! took Last Christmas to #17. Shortly after that, Bob Geldof launched Band Aid to raise money for starving thousands. Both songs appear in this weeks Top 40 and both include vocals from George Michael who sadly passed away on Christmas day. Throughout his career the 53 year old had 10 hit singles with Wham! and 20 as a solo artist. Not surprisingly then, that there are three albums re-entering this weeks chart. Twenty Five and Ladies And Gentlemen appear at #29 and 30 with the big surprise a return of the final Wham! album at #34. The only new album is the soundtrack to the new Disney movie Moana at #33. The movie is sitting at #6 at Box Office this week.
The first new number one single for the year sees Clean Bandit claim their first chart topper. Rockabye has also gone to the top in Australia, Austria, Finland, Germany, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Latvia... I think you get the point. All four Christmas hits leave the chart making way for one new entry and three re-entries. Canadian Alessia Cara enters the chart at #37 with How Far I'll Go which comes from the movie Moana. It's her fourth Top 40 single. Three new albums grace the bottom of the Top 40, two of them soundtracks. Sydney's Sticky Fingers took their third album (and first here) to #4 in October; now their first finds a place at #37 entry. Caress Your Soul was released in 2013 and reached #39 in the Australian Albums Chart. Animated movie Sing has a great selection of artists in it's soundtrack from Stevie Wonder to Jennifer Hudson. The movie sits at #3 at Box Office while the soundtrack debuts at #36. The other movie to debut is La La Land. This flick is a musical romantic comedy starring Ryan Gosling, Emma Stone, John Legend and Rosemarie DeWitt. Most of the music is composed and orchestrated by Justin Hurwitz and manages a #40 entry. The movie is at #4 in Box Office. Kiwi new single of the week comes from Auckland duo Chores. Its a great track called Gravitate, currently sitting at #3 on the NZ Singles Heatseeker chart. Speaking of kiwi music, a surprise couple of entries in the NZ Heatseeker albums chart is the return of Mi Sex. Popular from 1979 to 1983, they disbanded after singer Steve Gilpin was killed in a major car accident. Fast forward to 2011, they reformed for a charity concert in aid of the Christchurch earthquake with former Noiseworks bass player Steve Balbi on lead vocals. They began writing again and have just released a new album. That album, Not From Here, and a 2007 compilation take out the Top 2 in the Heatseeker chart.
Your right, it has taken ages for Adele to take 25 to 8 times platinum. She went to 7 times on 28 December 2015. Sales of albums are well down and the bar was lifted during the year so its harder to receive certifications now. Can't be far away though.
Surprise to see the sudden spike on the 25 certification from 7 to 9 times platinum which it suggest 25 was sold around 30,000 units in 2016. I expect she get 8 times platinum sales at any point before or during the Oceania tour announcement but RMNZ didn't update the certification at that time.
I got an email during the week. "Since it’s been a little while I thought I’d drop two singles rather than one." The promotion worked as Ed Sheeran takes them both into the Top 2 this week. Shape Of You (also #1 in Wales) and Castle On The Hill are from his third album ÷ due out on March 2. He now has four chart topping singles. Incidentally it's the first time the top 2 singles have been new in the chart, never mind by the same artist. We came close in 2013 when One Direction debuted with the #2 and #3 singles. For the record, those songs were Diana and Midnight Memories, and both of them only achieved two weeks in the chart. American hip hop group Migos enter at #31 with Bad And Boujee. It's their first time in the chart here. American rapper Sage The Gemini featured on Flo Rida's hit G.D.F.R. in 2014 but has never had a hit of his own. He changes that this week with Now And Later at #38. American electro house musician Steve Aoki teams up with One Direction member Louis Tomlinson with Just Hold On at #40. That's now three One Direction members to chart solo hits. The album chart hasn't woken up from the holiday period yet and sees only one new album. American rockers Halestorm took Into The Wildlife to #28 in 2015, now they are back, just one knotch down with an EP. ReAniMate 3.0: The CoVeRs eP is just that, five tracks covering artists from Sophie B Hawkins to Metallica. It follows on from ReAniMate 2.0: The CoVeRs which came out in 2013 and ReAniMate: The CoVeRs from 2011. For the kiwi single of the week I want to revisit Mitch James. His single Move On re-enters the NZ Singles chart at #7 taking him to a new high. If you like Ed Sheeran you will love Mitch James too. He is definatly an artist to watch this year. Last edited:
The Top 4 singles remains static this week with Ed Sheeran holding fast to the top two positions. There are two newbies though. The Chainsmokers had an incredible year last year clocking up 94 weeks over four entries in the singles chart, more than any other artist. They continue that success with their sixth hit Paris at #17. This one features uncredited vocals from Emily Warren (who co-wrote the duo's hit single Don't Let Me Down) and Andrew Taggart. Rag'n'Bone Man has the other newbie. Born Rory Graham, the British singer took Human to #2 a few weeks ago with the double shot from Ed Sheeran keeping him off the top. Over here he debuts at #38. It's a similar situation in the albums chart with two new albums. It's been four and a half years since The XX had an album in the chart, but this week they are back with the highest new entry of the week. I See You is the Brits third album; the original release date set for October last year. After a bit more recording, the album is finally out and in our charts at #3. Los Angeles based DJ Bonobo scores his first NZ hit with his sixth album Migration is new at #27.
British duo Snakehips join forced with Danish singer MØ for this weeks highest new single. Don't Leave , new at #32, has already peaked at #11 in Denmark. German DJ Robin Schulz and French DJ David Guetta also collaborate with the other new single, Shed A Light at #37. To date the track has peaked at #7 in Austria, #6 in Germany and #8 in Poland. No new albums in a very quiet chart this week, but Six60 reach anothere milestone with their second album Six60 (2) reaching 100 weeks in the chart. That's the 32nd album to make it to 100. Incidentally, their first long player charted 96 weeks. Over on the NZ Singles Chart, if the lads can stay one more week in the chart with Only To Be they will match the most weeks statistic, which surprise surprise, one of theirs. Don't Forget Your Roots (at 174 weeks) spent two weeks at the top whilst Only To Be (173 weeks) spent 8. Icehouse joined Bonnie Tyler, and the Alan Parsons Project for three concerts in New Zealand resulting in their 2011 compilation White Heat re-entering the chart at #27. They played last weekend at the 2017 Gibbston Valley Winery Summer Concert. Finally, kiwi track of the week is Invincible by 3-piece band Kinetic. You may recognise the name Laughton Kora. He is a former member of the band KORA. It's a very catchy track that will sit well on any AC radio station. Give it a spin. You can find it on You Tube.
British girl group Little Mix make it to 8 hit singles with their latest Touch at #23. It's the second single to chart from their fourth album Glory Days. The fifth from Major Lazer slots in at #25. Run Up features Canadian musician PartyNextDoor, and Trinidadian-born American rapper Nicki Minaj. Julia Michaels opens her account with Issues at #38. Her claim to fame so far is performing with Kygo at the closing ceremony of the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro Brazil. The Album Chart comes alive with five new entries. American singer Kehlani has just released her debut album SweetSexySavage and makes an inpact at #18. Her blend of R&B and pop made her a finalist on America's Got Talent. She has confirmed she will play one show here in New Zealand, however there are no details yet. Migos have taken Bad And Boujee to the top in America and have this weeks #17 single. Their debut album was out two years ago but their second, Culture becomes their first here with a #20 entry. Brian and Jenn Johnson also score their first hit album. Senior Worship Pastors at Bethel Church in Redding, California, their blend of worship music is new at #29 in the form of the album After All These Years. In the same genre come Link from Auckland. Kia Kaha is new at #36. Finally, Dunedin/Christchurch band The Bats are back with their first album in six years. Keeping the same lineout since they formed in 1982, The Deep Set, new at #40, is their ninth album, five of which have charted. As predicted last week, Six60 swap songs at the top of the pile on the longevity list on the NZ Singles chart. Only To Be and Don't Forget Your Roots have now charted 174 apiece but the newer track goes to the top due to having more weeks at #1. There are now six songs in the top 20 over 100 weeks and still no signs of a kiwi in the Singles Top 40. Which brings me to the new kiwi song of the week. Mr Dominant by Wellingtonians Merrin showcases Charlie Phillips' as one of the countries greatest rock female vocalists. It's well worth a listen. Last edited:
It's an incredibly stable singles chart this week with the entire Top 7 staying put. There are only two new entries across the two major charts. Dutch DJ Martin Garrix and English singer Dua Lipa join forces for Scared To Be Lonely new at #21. To date the song has topped the charts in Belgium and #5 in Netherlands. American rapper Big Sean has done plenty of work callobrating with other artists but to date only had one hit of his own. Bounce Back debuts at #33, eight places behind his high tide mark when he peaked at #25 in 2015. It's taken from his fourth album which also enters this weeks chart. I Decided is new at #12. Sampha Sisay is new to our charts. The British singer, songwriter and record producer has mainly worked with other artists but has found time to release two EP's. His first full length album, Process, is new at #40 and includes the lead single Timmy's Prayer. Some interesting albums make a comeback this week. The Mockers are back together and on tour so it's only logical their sales will be up. They spent 38 weeks in the chart with six singles in the mid 80's such as One Black Friday and Forever Tuesday Morning. A compile of their hits re-enters the chart at #10. Also, Guns N Roses have been and gone but their NZ concerts pushed three albums back into the Top 40, two of them inside the Top 7. Kiwi single of the week is the newbie from I Am Giant. The Aucklanders are now based in London but their new single, Dead Flower is well worth a listen. It's currently sitting at #2 on the NZ heatseeker singles chart.
The Top 7 Singles remain the same for a third week but there are four newbies. It's been 31 months since we saw a new single from Katy Perry but this week she proves she can still produce a hit. Chained To The Rhythm includes vocals from Bob Marley's grandson Skip Marley. The track debuts at #9 Bruno Mars lists hit #15 at #26. That's What I Like is the third hit single from his current album 24K Magic. New York singer-songwriter, rapper, and record producer Jon Bellion scores his debut single at #29 with All Time Low. To date he has taken the song to #16 in the US. Australian duo Pnau took Sambanova to #48 on the albums chart in 2000 but that was their lot. That is until now. Chameleon becomes their first hit single at #37. In 2012 they put out the album Good Morning To The Night which was a mash up of the Elton John catalogue. The sequal to the Fifty Shades trilogy makes a #4 entry in this weeks album chart. Fifty Shades Darker already includes a hit single from Zayn/Taylor Swift (this week at #4). This soundtrack falls two knotches down from the first one a year ago. Hot on the heals of his debut single Human, Rag'n'Bone Man (aka Rory Graham) debuts with the album of the same name. Somehow I think we will see alot more from this guy. Finally, Jess And Gabriel make their first appearance at #39 . Jess and Gabriel Conte score with the EP Under The Covers. Kiwi single of the week comes from reggae band House Of Shem. Anything You Ask is the number one NZ Kiwi Heatseeker this week. Next week expect another new Ed Sheeran song. How Would You Feel (Paean) has just been released for his birthday. Currently he has held onto the Top 2 on the singles chart for six weeks. That has never happened before, ever.
Bruno Mars is the biggest mover inside the Top 40 singles this week with last weeks new entry That's What I Like moving up 15 knotches to #11. The Top 5 remains the same, again but it's two of the three new singles that steal the show with high entries in the Top 10. As if holding onto the Top 2 for seven weeks is not enough (and that has never happened before), Ed Sheeran puts a third single into the Top 10. How Would You Feel (Paean), as predicted last week, enters the chart at #6. His third album ÷ is due out on Friday. Norwegian DJ Kygo and American Selena Gomez join forces for the #7 new entry It Ain't Me. The lyrics are nostalgic and narrate a past relationship ruined by alcoholism and partying too often. The 8th hit single from Las Vegas quartet Imagine Dragons enters the chart at #36. Believer is the lead single from their upcoming as yet unamed third album. At the end of February last year there had been 32 new albums in the chart. This year, only 19. This week sees just two. American Ryan Adams has been consistant with now ten albums in the charts in 15 years. His latest disc, Prisoner , is this weeks highest new entry with a #4 debut. Believe it or not its his 16th studio album. American rapper Future (born Nayvadius DeMun Wilburn) has only been in the albums chart once. That was when he teamed up with Drake in 2015. Now his fifth self-titled disc becomes his first solo hit. But wait, there's more. One week after the release of FUTURE comes HNDRXX. Expect that one to chart next week. After a couple of well attended Bruce Springsteen concerts this week, The Boss's back catalogue gets a surge in sales with four re-entries in the Top 40. The New Kiwi single of the week is the new one from the second series of New Zealand's Got Talent singer MAALA. In My Head debuts at #8 on the NZ Singles chart. Next week watch out for Something Like That, the new single from The Chainsmokers & Coldplay.
The Chainsmokers and Coldplay join forces for the hottest new single this week. Something Just Like This, new at #5, serves as the second single off The Chainsmokers debut album Memories...Do Not Open due April 7. Despite not having an album out since 2014, Calvin Harris continues the success with Slide at #21. It's his 17th hit. Have you noticed the new trend? Instead of collaborating artists (using the word featuring) there are a lot more duets (using the word and). The second new one this week is from Zedd and Alessia Cara. Stay is new at #32 Last but not least is Cold, the second single from Maroon 5's upcoming sixth studio album. They debut at #35. The 12th hit album from Irish crooner Daniel O'Donnell is this weeks highest new album. Back Home Again is his 6th Top 10 album and coincides with his current NZ tour. Next comes English grime and hip hopper Stormzy. Born Michael Omari, he was named as an artist to look out for in the BBC's influential Sound of 2015 list. To date his biggest hit is the recent single Big For Your Boots which has, so far, peaked at #8 on the UK charts. His debut album, Gang Signs And Prayer, is new at #14. Incidentally he visiting our shores this week with Ed Sheeran. The soundtrack to the #3 movie this week comes in at #33. T2 Trainspotting is the long awaited sequal to the original movie from 1996. Future, as predicted last week, lists his second new album in two weeks. HNDRXX is new at #39 as FUTURE drops off the chart. New kiwi single of the week is Messages from Stan Walker. It comes in this week at #5 on the NZ Singles Top 20. Next week expect a big challenge for the top on both Top 40's. Ed Sheeran's third album ÷ and the long awaited new single from Lorde (Green Light) both got released on Friday. Sales of the Lorde track are going off the scale globally just hours after release. It will be the first kiwi number one single since Inside Out by Avalanche City in July 2015.
There is no doubt the battle of the sexes results in a very abnormal chart. Lorde and Ed Sheeran went head to head with new realeases, Lorde with her first new single in three and a half years, and Sheeran with his third album. And the winner is....well; both of them. Lorde, who is now based in the States, takes the top single after a sales frenzy where she was selling twice as many units as her #2 competitor Sheeran. When her second full length album Melodrama is out in June it could become another interesting week. The second single from the album, Liability, is also just out, so expect that song to chart next week. As I write, it is sitting at #2 on the iTunes chart. Then there is Ed Sheeran. On the deluxe version of his third album ÷ there are 16 tracks. This week he has 13 new entries. Add that to the three already in the Singles Chart, and you see the whole album is not just this weeks number one, but the entire track listing is also in the Top 30 as well. That's a first for any artist, ever. Not even The Beatles or Elvis Presley have done that. Guess that's the result of a ditital music era. For the record, his new singles are: Dive (#4), Galway Girl (#5), Perfect (#6), Happier (#11), New Man (#13), What Do I Know? (#14), Supermarket Flowers (#16), Eraser (#19), Hearts Don't Break Around Here, (#23) Barcelona (#26), Nancy Mulligan (#27), Bibia Be Ye Ye (#29) and Save Myself (#30). That lifts him to 9th in the list of most hit singles statistic. One more thing. He also takes the record off Michael Jackson and Justin Bieber for the most songs charted in a calandar year. That record, until today, was 11. Now it's 16. Let's try and slow this down a little. With all the hype, the other three new albums get lost in the excitement. All three are from new artists. Curate Music debut at #8 with These Eyes. From Mt Maunganu, these guys come from the Curate Church Nadia Reid is also off to a great start with her first disc. Preservation debuts at #13 and even gets a great write up in American Billboard magazine. Finally comes 19-year old American Khalid Robinson with American Teen at #32. Watch out for lead single Location.
The singles chart tries to correct itself after an influx of Ed Sheeran songs last week, but all 13 of them remain. Only one, Galway Girl, manages a rise. He also reclaims the top spot from Lorde, taking Shape Of You on to it's 9th week at number one. There has been critisism across the globe for the way the charts are compiled as the phenonemon was repeated on various charts around the world. The UK, Australia and America are just some of them with Ireland awarding him the Top 16. It makes me wonder if a certain song was played on repeat on Spotify for a week it would see an entry in the chart. Maybe we should try a little experiment (lol). Speaking of Lorde, her second new hit in two weeks manages a #8 debut. Liability gives her a 10th hit single and is the only new entry this week. It's also the first time since 3 August 2015 that there have been two kiwi singles in the Top 10. Original ukelele trio The Nukes have this weeks highest new album. The name may not be familiar but the one of the trio may be familiar. Dave Parker, Snapper Thiele and Ben Collier got together in 2008 and The Nukes were formed. David Parker had four hit singles in the 90's, taking Tears On My Pillow to the top in 1991. III is their third album but first to chart. Beauty And The Beast was a 1991 American animated Disney film. Now the remake is here with an all new soundtrack. The original saw a #21 peak; the new version enters the chart at #33. Finally, American bluegrass-country singer Alison Krauss is back with hit number four. Windy City is her fifth studio album. New kiwi single of the week has to be the long awaited newbie from David Dallas. Fit It debuts this week at #5 on the NZ Singles Top 20