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Official NZ Music Chart & Chartbitz - Sept. 6 2006

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


Wednesday, September 6 2006
by Andrew Miller


A Modern Dylan
Bob Dylan debuts atop the Albums Chart this week with Modern Times, the third time the 65-year-old has scored a New Zealand #1 set.
Dylan had the very first #1 album on the Official New Zealand Music Chart when it was launched back in May 1975 - thirty-one years ago it was Blood On The Tracks which ruled the roost for three weeks, charting for 18 weeks in all.
Christened Robert Zimmerman, the Minnesota-born songwriter’s second #1 here 27 years ago when Slow Train Coming debuted at #1 in the last week of September 1979.
Since then he’s charted a little more modestly, including September last year when the soundtrack No Direction Home peaked at #37, and prior to that the 2001 #3 Love And Theft.
For the record, Bob’s longest chart run came in 1983/84 when the #4 Infidels spent 55 weeks on our Albums Chart.

A Fine Flock Of Kiwi
Here come the locals! New Zealanders dominate the seven new entries on the Albums Chart this week, local releases taking up a quarter of all the spots on week’s Top 40.
The ‘difficult’ third album becomes the biggest for Shapeshifter as Soulstice enters at #4, being the second highest new entry of the week (after Dylan) and the highest placed Kiwis.
Shapeshifter formed in 1999 at the Christchurch Jazz School where the four founder members were studying. Their debut set Realtime came in 2001, followed by 2004’s sophomore effort the Riddim Wise LP, which peaked at #33. The group are currently on a major tour of the country, including gigs with orchestras in Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch.
It’s also third album time for Stellar* whose Something Like Strangers is new at #9. The group’s debut set Mix topped the list in August 1999 while their follow-up Magic Line opened on top in October 2001. Since then singer-songwriter Boh Runga has spent some time in LA, bassist Kurt Shanks relocated to Sydney, while guitarist Chris Van de Geer and drummer Andrew Maclaren built a state-of-the-art recording studio. The new set took shape throughout last year and early this year with former Thompson Twin Tom Bailey producing. Current single For A While (which features guest vocals by Breaks Co-op’s Andy Lovegrove) is getting plenty of airplay, currently sitting at #6 on the RadioScope NZ Chart.
Grey Lynn resident Che Fu’s fourth solo set the retrospective Hi-Score: The Best Of gives him a tally of four Top 10 sets as it enters at #10. 2 B Spacific hit #2 in 1998, Navigator was #1 in September 2001, while last year’s Beneath The Radar peaked at #7. It’s not the first hits compilation Che’s been part of - his former group Supergroove’s Postage: The Best Of also debuted at #10, back in November 2003.
And rounding out the new local contingent this week are Ruban and Kody Nielson, Paul Roper and Michael Logie, aka The Mint Chicks. New at #24, Crazy? Yes! Dumb? No! is the band’s sophomore release and second to chart. Produced by Ruban and Kody, it was mastered in New York. Their debut set, F**k The Golden Youth, spent just the one week in the charts at #28 in April last year.

Everyone Loves Dad
Sales were up overall this week thanks to some strong new release but also Father’s Day gift-buying.
Nowhere is that more obvious than on the Compilations Chart where the I Love Dad 2CD collection moves to #1. Chalk one up for the guys there, as I Love Mum only got to #2 back in May for Mother’s Day.
Pink Floyd’s P.U.L.S.E. DVD also benefited greatly from the Father’s Day boost, several thousand dads getting a copy on Sunday, helping Pink Floyd spend their 8th straight week on top of the DVD Chart.

The New Singles
Justin Timberlake reigns supreme for a second week, as SexyBack takes out top honours in the UK and US as well. Elsewhere on the chart, just two new entries:

#20 Aaradhna - I Love You Too
The second hit lifted from 21-year-old Wellingtonian Aaradhna’s debut set I Love You takes highest new entry honours at #20. Back in January the lead single Down Time spent a couple of weeks at #4. It marks her fourth Top 40 hit, following on from last year’s #3 collaboration They Don’t Know with Savage and the chart-topping Getting Stronger with Adeaze.

#28 LeToya featuring Snoop Dogg - Torn
If Beyonce and Kelly Rowland can do it, so can LeToya. The third member of Destiny’s Child gains her debut solo hit here with Torn, new at #28. The track is lifted from her self-titled debut solo and former US #1 set LeToya which drops here next week.

The New Albums
It’s a big week albums-wise with seven new entries and five reappearances, including new versions of Coldplay’s former #1 X&Y and a tour edition of the INXS album Switch.

#1 Bob Dylan - Modern Times
See story above.

#4 Shapeshifter - Soulstice
See story above.

#9 Stellar* - Something Like Strangers
See story above.

#10 Che Fu - Hi-Score: The Best Of
See story above.

#24 The Mint Chicks - Crazy? Yes! Dumb? No!
See story above.

#25 Madeline Peyroux - Half The Perfect World
Georgian native Madeline Peyroux gains her first New Zealand charting album with Half The Perfect World, new at #25. Busking on the streets of Paris and New York led to her first album Dreamland in 1996.

#34 Iron Maiden - A Matter Of Life And Death
It was twenty-five years ago that London heavy metal act Iron Maiden first charted here with Killer for a solitary week at #41. Their highest charting set to date is the 1988 #3 Seventh Son Of A Seventh Son. And this week the band that take their name from a medieval instrument of torture have the 7th of seven new entries on the chart with A Matter Of Life And Death at #34.

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Top 40 Singles - Week To Sunday, 3 September 2006

This Last Weeks
Week Week In Title Artist Label

1 1 3 SexyBack Justin Timberlake SBME
2 2 6 Ridin' Chamillionaire feat. Tyree Universal
3 3 9 Promiscuous Nelly Furtado feat. Timbaland Universal
4 5 12 Breaking Free Various Disney/EMI
5 4 10 Buttons The Pussycat Dolls feat. Snoop Dogg Universal
6 12 2 Do It To It Cherish feat. Sean Paul Capitol/EMI
7 31 2 Me & U Cassie WEA/Warner
8 7 7 Ain't No Other Man Christina Aguilera SBME
9 8 18 Crazy Gnarls Barkley WEA/Warner
10 6 6 Unfaithful Rihanna Universal
11 9 9 Smile Lily Allen Capitol/EMI
12 13 4 I Write Sins, Not Tragedies Panic At The Disco WEA/Warner
13 14 11 I Wish I Was A Punk Rocker Sandi Thom SBME
14 10 13 Running Evermore WEA/Warner
15 34 2 Black Fingernails, Red Wine Eskimo Joe WEA/Warner
16 15 27 Bathe In The River Mt Raskil PS feat. Hollie Smith EMI
17 16 6 Tell Me Baby Red Hot Chili Peppers WEA/Warner
18 11 3 Just Roll PNC Dirty/Warner
19 19 3 Naive The Kooks Virgin/EMI
20 new 1 I Love You Too Aaradhna DawnRaid/Universal
21 23 9 Snap Yo Fingers Lil Jon feat. Sean Paul Method/Shock
22 21 15 Forever Young Youthgroup Liberation/Universal
23 17 7 I Love My Chick Busta Rhymes feat. Will.I.Am And Kelis Universal
24 24 5 Deja Vu Beyonce feat. Jay Z SBME
25 18 6 If You Were Mine Marcos Hernandez TVT/Shock
26 20 8 Stars Are Blind Paris Hilton WEA/Warner
27 22 4 We Are The Champions Crazy Frog WEA/Warner
28 new 1 Torn Letoya feat. Snoop Dogg Capitol/EMI
29 26 9 When It All Falls Apart The Veronicas WEA/Warner
30 35 7 Over My Head (Cable Car) The Fray SBME
31 37 3 I'm Not Missing You Stacie Orrico Virgin/EMI
32 29 13 Steady As She Goes Raconteurs XL/Rhythmethod
33 28 3 The Hardest Part Coldplay Capitol/EMI
34 25 15 Flaunt It TV Rock SBME
35 33 12 Somebody's Watching Me Beatfreakz MOS/EMI
36 36 6 Now The Sun Is Out Greg Johnson Capitol/EMI
37 39 12 Who Knew? Pink SBME
38 27 4 Ladies And Gentlemen Tyree MTC/Universal
39 32 17 Touch It Busta Rhymes Universal
40 reentry 14 Sunshine Day Spacifix WorldFresh/KingMusic

Chart compiled by Media Sauce Ltd.


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