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Official NZ Music Chart & Comment - May 17, 2006

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Official New Zealand Music Chart & Comment

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Wednesday May 17, 2006
Comment By Andrew Miller

Busta’s 498

We’re a step closer to New Zealand’s 500th official #1 single. Busta Rhymes nabs the 498th #1, his third, bumping The Pussycat Dolls down to #5.
Busta’s previous #1 was a very recent collaboration with the group he topples this week - Don’t Cha. Touch It goes straight in at #1 (his first single to do so this year) and the first since his Savage/Akon hook-up Moonshine in April last year. It’s the lead single from his forthcoming long player.
Busta’s real name is Trevor Smith Jr and he turns 34 this Saturday (20 May). He celebrated his first New Zealand hit in 1996 with the #9 Woo Hah. His first #1 came two years later with Turn It Up/Fire It Up (1998).
Now the race for #1 next week looks really interesting... Busta could hold on for a second week, but current UK #1 Crazy by Gnarls Barkley is close behind at #2 and Shakira’s at #3 with Hips Don’t Lie both making large gains this week.
Don’t discount the Red Hot Chili Peppers either. They look set for a certain album #1 with Stadium Arcadium but with strong radio and fresh retail for lead single Dani California they could be in with a shot at the double. Look out for a big rise too from Rihanna whose SOS (Rescue Me) has its first full week of sales.

Aaradhna Arrives

Twenty-one year-old Wellingtonian Aaradhna Patel had already had a #1 single and been in the Top 10 twice before she’d even released a solo single.
It was 2004 and Getting Stronger hit #1 for Adeaze featuring vocals by Aaradhna. Last year she collaborated with another Dawn Raid label-mate Savage on They Don’t Know which peaked at #3. Her debut solo hit Down Time also got to #3 earlier this year and re-enters the Top 40 at #38 this week.
And now her debut album is finally here. I Love You takes the highest debuting honours this week coming in new at #13. The set of 14 Aaradhna-penned compositions was produced by Dawn Raid’s Brotha D, Nate D and US producer Sol Messiah. Neither of her previous collaborations feature allowing Aaradhna to stand on her own merits as the ‘First Lady’ of Dawn Raid.

And In Other NZ Music Month News

They launched NZ Music Month last year on a very wet Sunday afternoon in Auckland’s Aotea Square. It was a show everyone knew would shake the car park under the square so much bracing was placed below - just in case.
A year on, the live Shihad DVD of the gig Love Is The New Hate: Live At Aotea Square is new on the DVD chart at #2.
Over on the Heatseekers Chart…Katchafire and Chong Nee line-up new albums with a shot at entering the main Albums list next week.
Katchafire’s Homegrown Dub: 100% Remixed is new at #3 and features a remix by Chong Nee whose own debut album Just Jetting By On Love is one spot behind them at #4. It includes his debut hit Scenarios which peaked at #17 earlier this year.

We Love Our Mums

Mother’s Day helped drive up sales in the last seven days sending Englishman James Blunt’s album Back To Bedlam back to the top, yet again, for a 12th week at #1.
Not only that, but his DVD/CD Chasing Time: The Bedlam Sessions holds on top of the DVD Chart.
Also benefiting from mum gift-buying activity: Roy Orbison’s Very Best Of climbs to #3, with Patrizio Buane’s The Italian Yulia’s Montage and Russell Watson’s The Voice: The Ultimate Collection all in the Top 10.
The classically trained all-Australian Ten Tenors have the second new Albums entry of the week at #21 with their Best Of Tenology. The ten-piece group performed their first full-length show in the late ‘90s and have sung to over 77 million people. The set includes a very interesting version of Hunters & Collectors Throw Your Arms Around Me.
On the Compilations Chart…I Love Mum continues its climb up the list resting at #3 this week. Showing that Kiwis do indeed love their Mums!

The New Singles

#1 Busta Rhymes - Touch It

#7 LL Cool J featuring Jennifer Lopez - Control Myself
Three years ago Jennifer Lopez and LL Cool J collaborated on the #1 All I Have.
J-Lo returns the favour, guesting for LL on the second highest new entry of the week. Control Myself is lifted from LL’s forthcoming set Todd Smith. So what do the Ls stand for? ‘Ladies Love Cool James’ is the full stage-name of 37 year-old James Todd Smith who started his career on the legendary Def Jam label in the ‘80s, scoring his first hit here in 1987 with I’m Bad (#34).

#12 Chris Brown - Yo (Excuse Me Miss)
His debut single and former #1 Run It! has just been certified gold and the soon-to-visit-here American teenager Chris Brown, is straight back with Yo (Excuse Me Miss), the second cut lifted from his self-titled debut album.

#27 KT Tunstall - Black Horse And The Cherry Tree
Scottish-Chinese singer KT Tunstall benefited from sales leading into Mother’s Day as her Eye To The Telescope album moved back up to #5 on the Albums chart. Her debut New Zealand hit Suddenly I See peaked at #2 on the RadioScope100 and at #5 on the Top 40 (it’s #14 this week). Now she racks up her second hit with Black Horse And The Cherry Tree new at #27 on the Singles list.

#35 Red Hot Chili Peppers - Dani California
Californian group the Red Hot Chili Peppers had their first Kiwi hit Give It Away (#22) in 1991, a year before Under The Bridge became their first hit in their homeland. Both songs were lifted from their NZ debut chart album Blood, Sugar, Sex, Magik which was #1 for a week. Under The Bridge peaked at #2 both here and the US. This week airplay propels Dani California (from their first studio album in four years) into the chart at #35.

The New Albums

#12 Aaradhna - I Love You

#21 The Ten Tenors - Tenology

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Top 40 Singles - Week To Sunday, 14 May 2006

This Last Weeks
Week Week In Title Artist Label

1 new 1 Touch It Busta Rhymes Universal
2 32 2 Crazy Gnarls Barkley WEA/Warner
3 30 2 Hips Don't Lie Shakira feat. Wyclef Jean SBME
4 2 11 Bathe In The River Mt Raskil PS feat. Hollie Smith EMI
5 1 9 Beep The Pussycat Dolls feat. Will.I.Am Universal
6 3 7 I'm In Luv (Wit A Stripper) T-Pain feat. Mike Jones SBME
7 new 1 Control Myself LL Cool J feat. Jennifer Lopez Universal
8 5 4 If It's Cool Nesian Mystik Bounce/Universal
9 7 11 Put Your Records On Corinne Bailey Rae Capitol/EMI
10 6 10 Pump It Black Eyed Peas Universal
11 10 4 Savin' Me Nickelback Roadrunner/Universal
12 new 1 Yo (Excuse Me Miss) Chris Brown SBME
13 8 11 So Sick Ne-Yo Universal
14 9 14 Suddenly I See KT Tunstall Virgin/EMI
15 12 14 Love Generation Bob Sinclar MOS/EMI
16 13 10 Wake Up The Living End Capitol/EMI
17 19 2 Lonely Day System Of A Down SBME
18 4 2 Drown Blindspott Capitol/EMI
19 11 11 Be Without You Mary J Blige Universal
20 21 18 Far Away Nickelback Roadrunner/Universal
21 26 13 Hollie Smith EP Hollie Smith Sister/Rhythmethod
22 25 6 Upside Down Jack Johnson Universal
23 20 4 Where'd You Go? Fort Minor WEA/Warner
24 18 9 Sorry Madonna WEA/Warner
25 14 7 Grillz Nelly feat. Paul Wall Universal
26 16 4 Coming Undone KoRn Capitol/EMI
27 new 1 Black Horse And The Cherry Tree KT Tunstall Virgin/EMI
28 15 16 Check On It Beyonce feat. Slim Thug SBME
29 22 12 Nasty Girl Notorious BIG BadBoy/Warner
30 29 6 Goodbye My Lover James Blunt WEA/Warner
31 23 9 Stupid Girls Pink SBME
32 40 3 Better Way Ben Harper Virgin/EMI
33 24 4 Ms New Booty Bubba Sparxxx feat. Ying Yang Twins Capitol/EMI
34 28 9 Walk Away Kelly Clarkson SBME
35 new 1 Dani California Red Hot Chili Peppers WEA/Warner
36 17 5 Touch The Sky Kanye West feat. Lupe Fiasco Universal
37 36 6 S.O.S. (Rescue Me) Rihanna Universal
38 new 16 Down Time Aaradhna DawnRaid/Universal
39 34 6 Dance Stamina Pluto Capitol/EMI
40 27 13 Ugly Sugababes Universal

Chart compiled by Media Sauce Ltd.

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