Not a good singles chart. With over half of last weeks Top 40 devoted to the festive song, the chart corrects itself this week with a record breaking 21 re-entries. There are two new singles though. Post Malone comes first with his 11th hit single Wow. at #7. It follows a huge year with a total of 155 weeks charted in the singles chart across 10 singles. Shawn Mendes has the other new single. Lost In Japan, new at #32, is the third hit single in New Zealand from his self titled album. The album chart is very jumpy with no new entries being a casualty of the new year. Soundtrack A Star Is Born remains the highest selling disc of the week reaching it's 11th week at the top. That beats the soundtrack to The Commitments from 1992 which spent 10 weeks at number one and puts it in third place for the most weeks at number one for a soundtrack. That record was set in 1978 for the Grease soundtrack which had a 16 week stay with Saturday Night Fever from the same year at second place on 15 weeks at the top.
Chris Brown has a new album on the way. Titled Indigo, the first single from it, Undecided, debuts at #28. Its the American's 26th Top 40 single. Last year Khalid gave us the Suncity EP. Better was the first single which rises to #10 this week. Joining it at #35 is Saturday Nights. Belcalis Almánzar (better Known as Cardi B) gives us the second NZ hit single from Invasion Of Privacy at #36. Money is on the deluxe edition of the album. It's blockbuster season with hollywood unleashing a host of new movies. That gives us a new number one single with Post Malone moving up 3 knotches after a 12 week climb for Sunflower. The track comes from the soundtrack to Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse which is the only new album to venture into the Top 40 and the first new album this year. The track listing is a collection of last years biggest artists including Juice WRLD, Post Malone, Swae Lee, Nicki Minaj, Ski Mask the Slump God and Lil Wayne. It's the second Spiderman soundtrack to hit the Top 40. In 2002 Spider-Man peaked at #11. This one debuts at #15.
A chance encounter between Sam Smith and Normani has resulted in a new track for the pair and this weeks highest new single. Smith was writing a track as former Fifth Harmony member Normani happened to be in the studio next door and they decided to work together. Dancing With A Stranger was that song and this week, it debuts at #23. Last year was once again a terrible year for kiwis but Bene bucks that trend with her debut track and third local song in this weeks Top 40. The young Aucklander wrote Soaked (new at #33) at a time in her life when she felt very vulnerable yet unable to talk about it. Putting those feelings down into song has given her a Top 40 single. The third single of the week is a collaboration between NOTD (from Sweden), Felix Jaehn (from germany) and Los Angeles based trio Captain Cuts. So Close is new at #37. No new albums again this week but keep an eye on the number one. Soundtrack A Star Is Born now sits at 13 weeks on top. The record for most weeks at number one for a soundtrack is 16 set by Grease from 1978.
Ariana Grande flies into the top spot with single 7 Rings in it's first week. Her 19th hit single contains a sample from My Favorite Things from The Sound Of Music written by Rodgers and Hammerstein in 1959. Lower down the chart with a more modest debut is Calvin Harris with Giant at #31. This one features lead vocals from Rag'n'Bone Man. Englishman James Blake has the highest new album of the week and it's his biggest in Godzone. Previous albums have only seen one peak inside the Top 30. His fourth, Assume Form, debuts at #21. This one contains elements of electropop, hip hop, and R&B and features various guest vocal appearances. An interesting version of the Frankie Goes To Hollywood #2 hit The Power Of Love from 1985 is sitting at #30 on the Hot40 Chart The fifth appearance in the album chart from Nayvadius Wilburn (aka Future), is new at #26. Future Hndrxx Presents: The WIZRD is the seventh studio album from the American rapper and contains a generous 20 songs spread across 61 minutes. After 28 weeks we finally have a new song on top of the NZ Singles chart and for once it's not Six60. After opening her account in the Singles chart last week, the first single from Bene takes out the top spot with Soaked.
Jermaine (J.) Cole takes his fifth hit single to #6 on entry. Middle Child is his highest entry to date. The Chainsmokers have the other new single. Hope, featuring Swedish singer-songwriter Winona Oak is new at #38. School is back and so is our album chart with five new entries; the most we have had in one week this year. The top six remains static though whilst soundtrack A Star Is Born ties with Saturday Night Fever from 1978 in second place for most weeks at number one. Both albums topped the chart for 15 consecutive weeks with Saturday Night Fever debuting at the top. The record is 16 weeks for Grease also from 1978. Ed Sheeran takes ÷ on to 100 weeks. That's 38 albums to reach the hundred since the chart was born in 1975. Sheffield, England rockers Bring Me The Horizon have the highest new album. amo is album number six since 2006 with three charting here. The album is named after the Portuguese word for "I love" and debuts at #9. Staying with England for the second new album, Rudimental also list their third chart entry with Toast To Our Differences at #20. This one was was delayed from September to include more tracks. Well somebody is certainly milking the success of Xxxtentacion and it's not the artist. January 23 would have been his birthday had he not passed away in June. Xxxtentacion Presents: Members Only Vol. 4 is a various artists compilation with Members Only (made up made up of XXX, Ski Mask The Slump God, Kid Trunks, Craig Xen, Coolie Cut, Killstation, Bass Santana, Flyboy Tarantino, Kin$oul, and Robb Bank$) helping to keep his memory alive. Weezer continue the theme of having colours for album titles. Weezer (The Teal Album) is the first of two scheduled for release this year whilst The Black album is due out on March 1. This one consists of 100% covers like A-ha's Take On Me and Tears For Fears' Everybody Wants To Rule The World. Finally A Boogie Wit da Hoodie (aka rapper and singer Julius Dubose) debuts at #38 with Hoodie SZN. Dance/Electronic compile Back to Mine: Nightmares on Wax is the first new entry on the compilations chart this year. It begins it's life at #9. Last edited:
5 Seconds Of Summer score the 30th single to reach 40 weeks in the chart this week. Youngblood topped the chart for four weeks in June last year and this is clearly their biggest hit to date. American singer songwriter Billie Eilish also delivers her biggest single. To date she has had two Top 4 hits with When The Party's Over (#3) and Lovely (#4). Her fourth hit single bury a friend debuts at #2 and is the main inspiration for her debut album When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go? which is due out on 29 March. Her current don't smile at me sits at #4 and at 29 minutes in length is concidered an EP. American Lauv and Australian Troye Sivan team up for the second of three new singles. Sivan called i'm so tired… (new at #28) an "accidental duet" and "a heartbreak song about an inescapable person" Kehlani Parrish helped G-Eazy to #21 with the duet Good Life in 2017 but since then she has only collaborated on one other hit. That is until now. Nights Like This features Ty Dolla $ign and debuts at #33. Over on the album chart we have a long standing record broken this week and that album could break another next week. Soundtrack A Star Is Born now racks up 16 straight weeks at the top. That breaks the record set by Abba with The Best Of Abba in 1976 and is matched by Ed Sheeran with his most recent album ÷. The soundtrack also ties for first place with Grease from 1978 for most weeks on top for a soundtrack. Only two new albums this week and they are both from kiwis. Georgia Nott and older brother Caleb (aka Broods) have three entries in the album chart to date and they all peaked inside the Top 2. Their brand new album Don't Feed The Pop Monster debuts this week at #3. In 2016 they took time out to percue solo projects but now they are back. Let's get them into the singles chart. Tiny Ruins have the other new album with Olympic Girls at #11. The Auckland musical ensemble have charted before with Some Were Meant For Sea (#35 in 2011) and Brightly Painted One (#19 in 2014).
The trend of giving albums and titles the lower case treatment continues this week with two new singles, taking the total to six across the top 40. It's like playing a game of spot the American as they all have that in common. On the album chart, Billie Eilish and Taylor Swift are also at it. Anyway... Ariana Grande leads the bunch with two new singles. break up with your girlfriend, i'm bored (#2) and needy (#11) both come from her new album thank u, next which pushes soundtrack A Star Is Born off the perch and stalling its campagne to become the longest number one soundtrack in the history of the chart. The American can also celebrate owning this weeks Top 2 and listing four songs in the Top 20. thank u, next is her third number one album. Khalid describes his new single Talk as the first taste of his second album, with the song's theme being "the beginning honeymoon stages of a relationship". Teaming up with Disclosure who produced the track, the song enters the chart at #20. Newcomer Blueface is American Jonathan Porter. The rappers debut single Thotiana is new at #25 and is one of the shortest songs to chart in years, clocking in at just 2:09. It takes the average length for a new song this year to 3:08, the lowest since 1969. The final new single is from 21 Savage. a lot (in lower case again) is new at #26. Sydney reggae fusion/indie rock band Sticky Fingers have the other new album. Yours To Keep debuts at #5 and is the bands third hit album. Incidentally, the biggest casualty in the Star Is Born long stay at the top is soundtrack Bohemian Rhapsody which has had to put up with staying at #2 for nine weeks. Finally, interesting album in the NZ Albums Top 20. Beat Rhythm Fashion had a single in the charts back in 1981. Reaching a lowly #49 with Beings Rest Finally, it was the Wellingtonians only venture into the chart. That is until now. Tenterhook sees them back together, on tour and in the chart at #10. Last edited:
Ariana Grande replaces herself at the top of the singles chart with break up with your girlfriend, i'm bored. The last artist that replaced themselves at the top was Post Malone in November 2017 but this is the first time a female artist has achieved it. Other acts were The Beatles, Abba, Jon Stevens and Justin Bieber. She also lists another two songs from her chart topping album thank u, next. bloodline and NASA drop in at #28 and #30. Cardi B and Bruno Mars join forces for this weeks highest new single. To promote the track Cardi announced she was "coming out of retirement" but in actual fact she had just deactivated her profile for several days. Please Me is new at #19. The Chainsmokers and 5 Seconds Of Summer also debut with a duet. Who Do You Love is new at #32. Marlon Williams continues to do well in the albums chart. This week his latest long player jumps up 15 knotches to number 9 whilst his first live album, recorded at the Auckland Town Hall debuts at #14. The Lyttelton resident is also currently on tour. Avril Lavigne last released an album in 2013. Now six years later she debuts with her sixth studio album. The songs on Head Above Water are inspired by her battle with Lyme disease. She enters the chart at #21. So, who is Al Park? He was in Christchurch band, Louie and the Hotsticks but is better known as Lyttelton's musical godfather. These days, Park spends a lot of his time mentoring aspiring musicians and he has some famous friends. Jordan Luck, Marlon Williams and Delaney Davidson pay tribute to the man with a collection of his songs on Better Already: The Songs of Al Park new at #35. Finally, we lost another legend this week. Peter Tork was bassist, keyboardist and oldest member of The Monkees who were the first made-for-TV pop group in the late sixties. Their sitcom was huge and greatly loved but the band themselves were artists in their own right. Tork died on Thursday, 21 February aged 77. Last edited:
Six60 take over the charts this week after breaking records at Western Springs in Auckland. Over 50,000 people attended the concert making it the most people to see a local act. As a result they have three entries in the Top 5 albums chart, two Top 40 singles and 13 singles in the NZ Singles chart. They also have the Top 3on the NZ Albums chart. It helps take the total to four Top 40 Singles this week. American rapper Jamell Demons (aka YNW Melly) opens his account with this weeks highest new single. He is another controvercial American figure due to being a suspect in the 2017 murder of a sheriff's deputy. Musically he has two mix tapes and this new single. Murder On My Mind is new at #32. Pink is no stranger to the chart. Her 31st hit single is the first track lifted from her new album Hurts 2B Human due out April 12. Walk Me Home debuts at #37. American singer Kehlani Parrish peaked at #18 in 2017 with her debut album SweetSexySavage. Now she is back with her third mixtape While We Wait at #17. Rapper Offset (born Kiari Cephus) charts his first solo album at #19. To date the American has shared the limelight with 21 Savage and Metro Boomin with the #15 hit album Without Warning. This is the 27 year old's first full length project. Australian Julia Jacklin scores her first chart entry with Crushing at #22. Based in Sydney, this is her third full length album. Aucklander Avalanche City may only have two hit singles to his resume but they both topped the chart. His third album My Babylon debuts at #27. Finally, another American rapper Gunna rounds off the new albums this week with Drip Or Drown 2. For the record Drip Or Drown 1 was an EP from 2017.
The last time the Jonas Bothers were in the charts was 2009 and that was an album. The American trio formed in 2005 consisting of three brothers Joe, Kevin and Nick, have actually had three albums chart here but never a single. That all changes this week with the highest new single of the week. Sucker is new at #10. Juice WRLD lists his second single. The Chicago born rapper took Lucid Dreams to #3 last year. Robbery debuts at #40. Irishman Hozier charts his second Top 10 album at #9. In 2014 on the back of single Take Me To Church he gained a Top 3 with his debut self titled album. Wasteland, Baby! is his second long player and follows the Nina Cried Power EP from last year. Canadian Bryan Adams first charted here in 1984. Now his 14th studio album puts him back in the Top 20. Shine A Light includes the Ed Sheeran written title track along with another surprise, the Irish traditional track Whiskey in the Jar made famous by Thin Lizzy and Matalica. American rapper Lil Skies is back with his second hit album. Shelby is new at #21. Beyonce's little sister Solange returns with When I Get Home at #26. She last charted at #23 with A Seat At The Table in 2016. Tom Walker first came on the scene in 2016, peaking the following year in the UK with single Leave A Light On. Now the Scot has an album. What A Time To Be Alive is new at #32. Finally comes American rapper 2 Chainz with his first NZ charting album. Rap Or Go To The League is actually his fifth album. Two huge concerts in New Zealand see Eminem and The Eagles re-enter the chart. Eminem has three re-entries (The Eminem show from 2002, The Marshall Mathers LP from 2000 and Curtain Call: The Hits from 2005) while The Eagles The Complete Greatest Hits from 2007 is back at #10.
The 694th number one single sees Jonas Brothers not only with their first NZ Top 40 single but their first number one too. Billie Eilish has the highest new single. She wrote wish you were gay at the age of 14 when she was madly in love with a boy. He wasn't in love with her so "it would have been easier if he was gay" she said. The track is new at #7. Khalid has the other new single. My Bad, new at #34, is his 9th hit single. Juice WRLD is new at #4 with his second album Death Race For Love. It's a very generous 72 minute disc across 22 tracks and already peaking higher than his last venture. Dido is back. The British singer was born Dido Florian Cloud de Bounevialle O'Malley Armstrong and has five albums in her catalogue. It's been six years since her last as Still On My Mind debuts at #31. Look out for lead single Give You Up. English rockers Foals take Everything Not Saved Will Be Lost Pt. 1 to a #35 debut. Part two is due out in September. Red Hot Chili Peppers surprise with Greatest Hits back in the Top 40 at #34. It last appeared in the chart on 18 April 2004. The reason? They played live in Auckland. WOMAD 2019 is the final new entry. The compilation is the 10th in the series and debuts at #9 on the compilations chart. - Finally, my heart goes out to the victims and families from the Christchurch terror attack. Kia Kaha. Be strong.