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Official NZ Music Chart & Chartbitz - May 3, 200

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


Wednesday, May 3, 2006
by Andrew Miller

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NZ Music Month Music Mile-Stone: Fat Freddy’s Year

It’s 52 weeks since Wellington band Fat Freddy’s Drop opened their chart account at #1 with Based On A True Story. The album’s stats include 10 non-consecutive weeks at #1 (the most by any Kiwi group), 42 weeks in the Top 10 - including the last 30 weeks in a row - and the album’s now a breath away from selling seven-times platinum (over 100,000 copies).

There have been four Tui awards along the way (Peoples’ Choice, Best Group, Best Album and Best Aotearoa Roots Album) they’ve had a RadioScope Airplay #1 and #6 Top 10 single Wandering Eye, critical acclaim, and more press coverage than just about any local artist in memory.

Based On A True Story matches Christchurch trio the feelers’ #1 Supersystem which racked up 58 weeks on the chart in 1998/99. But it’ll take until NZ Music Month 2007 for Fat Freddy’s to match the all-time chart longevity champ Bic Runga’s Beautiful Collision, which enjoyed a 101-week run from 2002 to 2004.

Other Kiwi albums with more than 52 chart weeks are:
76 weeks – True Colours Split Enz (1980)
74 weeks – Inside The Dubplates Salmonella Dub (2001)
71 weeks – Riverhead Goldenhorse (2003)
66 weeks – What To Do With Daylight Brooke Fraser (2003)
64 weeks – Drive Bic Runga (1997)
61 weeks – Polysaturated Nesian Mystik (2002)
58 weeks – Woodface Crowded House (1991)
58 weeks – Blindspott Blindspott (2002)
56 weeks – Pure Hayley Westenra (2003)
53 weeks – Graffiti Crimes Mi-Sex (1979)

NZ Music Month New Music: Nesian’s Big Leap

Heath, Junior, Awa, Donald, Feleti and Dave celebrate both the start of NZ Music Month and the launch of Nesian Mystik’s sophomore album Freshman, which hits shelves on Monday, by making the biggest jump on the Singles list this week.

If It’s Cool leaps 31 places to #7 in its second week, becoming their fifth Top10-single. The cut is also the most-played Kiwi song on the radio this week.
If it sounds vaguely familiar that’s because there are samples from The Style Council’s (Englishman Paul Weller’s second group) biggest hit Shout To The Top, which reached #6 in 1984.

Return Of The Big O

Roy Orbison was born 70 years ago in Vernon, Texas and died of a heart attack in December 1988 at the age of 52. This week he claims the highest debuting album of the week as The Very Best Of Roy Orbison debuts at #13, becoming his eighth charting set.

It’s not the first time there’s been a charting Very Best Of Roy Orbison, though. The first was in 1989 (#22) and then a joint Very Best Of with Fats Domino in 1991 (#18).

The Big O’s first charting album here was also a hits collection 20 Golden Greats in 1980. Roy re-recorded some of his biggest hits in 1987 for Virgin (at the time a new label) which gave him his highest-charting set the #2 In Dreams: Greatest Hits. His biggest hit single here came the following year, when You Got It made it to #2.

Roy’s highest charting collection of new material was 1988’s #7 Mystery Girl. September 1992 saw his last charting single, a cover of Cyndi Lauper’s 1989 #10 I Drove All Night.

The new Very Best Of brings together hits from Roy Orbison’s early-years right up to his last. When he died he was also a member of the Traveling Wilburys with Tom Petty, George Harrison, Bob Dylan and ELO’s Jeff Lynne.

Then there are his songs which were hits for others, including Linda Ronstadt’s 1977 #3 Blue Bayou and Don McLean’s 1980 #11 Crying.

Roy Orbison was posthumously awarded the Grammy’s Lifetime Achievement Award in 1998.

The New Albums

#13 The Very Best Of Roy Orbison - Roy Orbison

#19 We Shall Overcome: The Seeger Sessions - Bruce Springsteen

New Jersey-man Bruce Springsteen’s first New Zealand hit album was Born To Run which reached #28 in 1975. This week his new album, based on the songs of American folk singing legend Bob Seeger is new at #19.

#21 The Hardest Way To Make An Easy Living - The Streets

The Streets are really just one Londoner, Mike Skinner. His third self-penned and produced album The Hardest Way To Make An Easy Living, featuring lead single and recent UK Top 10 When You Wasn't Famous, is new at #21 this week. Mike’s two previous albums are 2004's A Grand Don't Come For Free (which peaked at #7) and the 2002 debut Original Pirate Material (#36).

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Top 40 Singles - Week To Sunday, 30 April 2006

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

1 1 7 Beep The Pussycat Dolls feat. Will.I.Am Universal 9852802 gold x1
2 2 5 I'm In Luv (Wit A Stripper) T-Pain feat. Mike Jones SBME 82876827172
3 3 9 So Sick Ne-Yo Universal 9852863
4 4 9 Bathe In The River Mt Raskil Preservation Society feat. Hollie Smith EMI * 3572140
5 5 8 Pump It Black Eyed Peas Universal 9850564
6 7 9 Put Your Records On Corinne Bailey Rae Capitol/EMI 3567882
7 38 2 If It's Cool Nesian Mystik Bounce/Universal * 99729
8 8 12 Love Generation Bob Sinclar MOS/EMI 3533452
9 6 14 Check On It Beyonce feat. Slim Thug SBME 82876802772
10 10 12 Suddenly I See KT Tunstall Virgin/EMI 3501122
11 9 7 Stupid Girls Pink SBME 82876808462
12 14 8 Wake Up The Living End Capitol/EMI 3542002
13 15 5 Grillz Nelly feat. Paul Wall Universal 9852925
14 24 2 Where'd You Go? Fort Minor WEA/Warner 9362429012
15 11 16 Far Away Nickelback Roadrunner/Universal RR39463
16 28 3 Touch The Sky Kanye West feat. Lupe Fiasco Universal 9855194
17 12 9 Be Without You Mary J Blige Universal 9879690
18 13 11 Ugly Sugababes Universal 9875383
19 37 2 Savin' Me Nickelback Roadrunner/Universal RR39442
20 21 7 Sorry Madonna WEA/Warner 9362428922
21 20 9 Everything I'm Not The Veronicas WEA/Warner 9362428692
22 18 10 Nasty Girl Notorious BIG BadBoy/Warner 7567940522
23 19 7 Walk Away Kelly Clarkson SBME 82876812942
24 16 18 Run It Chris Brown SBME 82876783192
25 31 2 Coming Undone KoRn Capitol/EMI 3560212
26 17 5 Unpredictable Jamie Foxx SBME 82876804772
27 22 4 Goodbye My Lover James Blunt WEA/Warner 7567940582
28 25 4 Upside Down Jack Johnson Universal ---
29 23 15 Down Time Aaradhna DawnRaid/Universal * 99725
30 30 5 There It Go (The Whistle Song) Juelz Santana Universal 9852263
31 29 6 My Only Goodnight Nurse FMR/Warner * 21016477112
32 36 4 Advertising Space Robbie Williams Capitol/EMI 3500260
33 26 14 Wish You Well Bernard Fanning Universal ---
34 33 16 In The Summertime Thirsty Merc WEA/Warner 5046776902
35 reentry 2 Ms New Booty Bubba Sparxxx feat. Ying Yang Twins Capitol/EMI 3511172
36 reentry 9 Free Loop Daniel Powter WEA/Warner 9362428572
37 27 10 I Bet You Look Good On The Dancefloor Arctic Monkeys Domino/EMI 3533392
38 34 11 Talk Coldplay Capitol/EMI 3507172
39 35 4 S.O.S. (Rescue Me) Rihanna Universal ---
40 32 4 Dance Stamina Pluto Capitol/EMI * 3602130

Chart compiled by Media Sauce Ltd.

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