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Official NZ Music Chart & Chartbitz - April 12th

"The Official New Zealand Top 40 premieres Friday nights at 7.30pm on C4"


Wednesday, April 12 2006
by Andrew Miller


And The Winner Is…

The sales figures have been tallied and the winner found…

In the local albums #1 derby, Christchurch’s Yulia Townsend takes top spot (and first Kiwi #1 album of the year) by a nose ahead of Auckland punk rock band the Bleeders.

It gives both acts very credible results. Yulia makes it two from two as her debut set Into The West also hit #1, staying two weeks on top two years ago, while the Bleeders have a #2 debut and the second highest debuting local release of 2006 to date.

Which Came First?

Auckland band Pluto is just a shade away from returning to the Albums Chart with Pipeline Under The Ocean thanks to the current radio domination of Dance Stamina (currently #1 on the RadioScope NZ Airplay Chart), now following Long White Cross into the Top 40.

Dance Stamina is new at #32 this week, just a couple of places below the #30 peak of its predecessor. Which raises a question – which single actually came first? Technically Long White Cross charted first and had a retail release first. But Dance Stamina was, in fact, the first song sent to radio. After failing to initially land a lot of play, it went on the backburner and Long White Cross was released. It immediately set about picking up extensive TV and radio play and spurred a spike in sales for the album. A month or three down the track now, listener demand for more Pluto prompted radio programmers to revisit the first song… and this time it has taken off in a big way.

So the track has definitely got stamina, but will it beat the peak its sibling achieved?

Still Rolling

The Rolling Stones return to New Zealand for concerts this weekend in Auckland and Wellington and they just keep on rolling over the charts too, with two Stones sets in our Top 40 this week.

The career and label-spanning retrospective 40 Licks hit #1 back in November 2000. Driven by pre-tour buying, it re-entered the Albums Chart at #33 last week and moves up to #28 this week. Meanwhile the super-group’s latest studio set, A Bigger Bang, which first charted last year, returns at #32 in an updated tour edition.

The former quintet (now quartet) has had four #1 Albums and just the solitary #1 single, Harlem Shuffle in 1986, on the Official NZ charts.

For the record those #1 albums were:
Some Girls (1978),
Tattoo You (1981),
Voodoo Lounge (1994), and
40 Licks (2003).

The New Singles

#23 James Blunt - Goodbye My Lover

He’s fallen from the top of the albums list but recent visitor James Blunt gains the fourth Top 40 hit from it as Goodbye My Lover enters higher than any other song this week, new at #23 on the back of both retail sales and radio play. Not only that, You’re Beautiful re-enters at #40, as his DVD / CD set Chasing Time: The Bedlam Sessions reigns supreme on the DVD Chart for a second week.

#31 Jack Johnson - Upside Down

Hawaiian Jack Johnson gains the first hit from his fourth New Zealand #1 album Sing-Alongs And Lullabies. Jack’s first hit here was Flake, which went on to be the most played song on New Zealand radio in 2002. And if the Upside Down magic of previous songs by the same name rubs off, Jack could be headed for #1. Diana Ross hit the top with her Chic-written-and-produced Upside Down for three weeks in 1980, her sole New Zealand #1.

#32 Pluto - Dance Stamina

See story above.

#35 Robbie Williams - Advertising Space

Robbie Williams (real name Robbie Williams) has had three New Zealand #1 singles (Rock DJ in August 2000, Eternity in September 2001 and Somethin’ Stupid with Nicole Kidman in December 2001). Now the second single from his sixth New Zealand #1 album, Intensive Care, is new at #35. Advertising Space follows the set’s lead single, Tripping, which reached #20 late last year.

#37 Rihanna - SOS (Rescue Me)

Back in October last year 17-year-old Rihanna hit #1 with her debut single Pon De Replay. Her second single, If It’s Loving You Want, later hit #9. Now she’s back with her third hit, not from her debut album but a forthcoming effort. The Morse Code inspired hit shares its title with ABBA’s 1976 #1 SOS (revived in the late ‘80s by Austrian outfit Edelweiss, whose Bring Me Edelweiss was based on the music of SOS). SOS stands for “Save Our Souls”, in case you didn’t know.

The New Albums

#1 Yulia - Montage

See story above.

#2 Bleeders - As Sweet As Sin

See story above.

#13 Pink - I’m Not Dead

Alecia Moore took the name Pink based on her hair colour at the time. Her latest hit single Stupid Girls peaked at #7 recently (it’s #10 this week) just as the host album, I’m Not Dead, enters the Albums Chart at #13. Although she’s never had a #1 album. Pink has had a trio of #1 singles – Lady Marmalade (with Christina Aguilera, Lil Kim and Mya in 2001), Get The Party Started and Don’t Let Me Get Me (both in 2002).

#37 Johnny Cash - At Folsom Prison and San Quentin Prison

What a year for the late Man In Black! A successful bio-flick (Walk The Line), his highest charting album here (Ring Of Fire: The Legend Of Johnny Cash, which hit #2), a soundtrack based on his songs (Walk The Line OST, #15) and even an Oscar for Reece Witherspoon’s performance as his late second wife June Carter. Now his breakthrough live albums, recorded at the respective prisons, are combined on CD and enter the Albums chart at #37. Cash recorded the track Folsom Prison Blues in 1956, but it was not till12 years later that the million-selling Johnny Cash At Folsom Prison album was released. This was followed a year later by Johnny Cash At San Quentin, in 1969, which included the Shel Silverstein-penned hit A Boy Named Sue.

#38 Foster & Allen - Sing The #1s

Irishmen Mick Foster and Tony Allen have been singing together since 1975. Their New Zealand chart career began in 1984 with the joint #1 Maggie, which topped both our Singles and Albums Charts. The perennial easy listening favourites have charted more than 15 albums here, the latest being a take on the #1 themed albums, providing their take on songs that hit #1 for other artists.

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Top 40 Albums - Week To Sunday, 09 April 2006

This Last Weeks
Week Week In Title Artist Label NZ Catalogue Cert

1 new 1 Montage Yulia SBME * 82876823752 gold x1
2 new 1 As Sweet As Sin Bleeders Universal * 9874592
3 3 2 Collected Massive Attack Virgin/EMI 3557012
4 1 37 Back To Bedlam James Blunt WEA/Warner 7567837525 plat x7
5 4 7 Sing-Alongs And Lullabies Jack Johnson Universal 9879698 plat x1
6 2 3 Both Sides Of The Gun Ben Harper Virgin/EMI 3582672 gold x1
7 8 9 Eye To The Telescope KT Tunstall Virgin/EMI 8602472 plat x1
8 6 49 Based On A True Story Fat Freddy's Drop TheDrop/Rhythmethod * DRP006 plat x6
9 5 10 Ring Of Fire: The Legend Of Johnny Cash Universal 9887850 plat x1
10 10 27 All The Right Reasons Nickelback Roadrunner/Universal RR80882 plat x2
11 7 4 On An Island David Gilmour SBME 82876802802
12 9 3 Chaos By Design Concord Dawn Uprising/Universal * 99728
13 new 1 I'm Not Dead Pink SBME 82876804022
14 27 19 Switch INXS SBME 82876751892 plat x2
15 11 9 Walk The Line OST Various SBME 82876772072 gold x1
16 17 4 Sione's Wedding OST Various Universal * 9877770
17 19 45 Monkey Business Black Eyed Peas Universal 9882228 plat x4
18 13 8 Chris Brown Chris Brown SBME 82876768202 gold x1
19 12 5 Corinne Bailey Rae Corinne Bailey Rae Capitol/EMI 3590772 gold x1
20 14 7 Whatever People Say I Am That's What I'm Not Arctic Monkeys Domino/EMI 3578692 gold x1
21 16 19 Birds Bic Runga SBME * 82876755532 plat x3
22 18 19 Curtain Call: The Hits Eminem Universal 9887893 plat x4
23 28 20 Confessions On A Dancefloor Madonna WEA/Warner 9362494602 plat x1
24 21 27 Late Registration: Tour Edition Kanye West Universal 9853447 plat x1
25 26 7 Tea And Sympathy Bernard Fanning DewProcess/Universal DEW90172
26 22 10 Duets: The Final Chapter Notorious BIG BadBoy/Warner 7567838852
27 15 6 Amore Andrea Bocelli Universal 9875658
28 33 2 Forty Licks Rolling Stones Universal 9870718
29 20 8 Veneer Jose Gonzalez Shock/Border CTX263CD
30 51 21 Life In Slow Motion David Gray WEA/Warner 5046797662 plat x1
31 24 44 X&Y Coldplay Capitol/EMI 3112802 plat x4
32 reentry 9 A Bigger Bang: Special Edition Rolling Stones Virgin/EMI 3380752 gold x1
33 reentry 20 PCD The Pussycat Dolls Universal 9886801 gold x1
34 29 5 From Under The Cork Tree Fall Out Boy Universal 9880014
35 30 10 Secret Life Of The Veronicas WEA/Warner 9362493712 gold x1
36 31 4 State Of Emergency The Living End Capitol/EMI 3529852
37 new 1 At Folsom Prison And San Quentin Prison Johnny Cash SBME 82876766582
38 new 1 Sing The Number 1s Foster And Allen Rajon/SBME CDR0612
39 25 10 The Ultimate Collection Eurythmics SBME 82876748412 gold x1
40 36 5 In My Own Words Ne-Yo Universal 9882612

Chart compiled by Media Sauce Ltd.

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