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: