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Official NZ Music Chart & Chartbitz October 4 2006

"The Official New Zealand Top 40 premieres Friday nights at 8pm on C4"


Wednesday, October 4 2006
by Andrew Miller


Fergie: #1 Pea

Just over three years ago Stacy Ann Fergusson became a full-time member of the Black Eyed Peas as they broke through with their Elephunk album.
This week she does by herself something the group has only done once before. Her solo effort London Bridge debuts straight in at #1 on the Singles Chart, giving her the first hit of her solo career and her fifth New Zealand #1 in total.
This includes My Humps, the most recent and only BEP track to open in the pole position here.
London Bridge is the 13th #1 of 2006 and our 504th in total. It’s also a former US #1 and is the lead track from the 31-year-old Californian’s debut solo album The Dutchess, which sits at #15 on the Albums list.
The album title is a nod to her nick-namesake Sarah Fergusson, the Duchess of York. It marks the first time the British capital has featured at the top of our Singles list too. ELO’s Last Train To London hit #19 in 1979 before The Clash’s London Calling charted in 1981, peaking at #23. Brit group Londonbeat’s I’ve Been Thinking About You took the capital to #5 in 1991.

James Discovered
Kiwis love the game named after the hometown of 22-year-old newcomer James Morrison Catchpole. That’d be Rugby, where William Webb Ellis picked up the ball and ran with it.
Now we’re picking up the ball and running with the debut single and album from the singer/songwriter who calls himself simply James Morrison. Undiscovered topped the UK chart and makes a #6 start here, as the lead single You Give Me Something opens at #31 on the Singles Chart and moves to #6 on the RadioScope100.
James learned guitar at 13 and began busking when living in Cornwall. His big break came when supporting Corrine Bailey Rae on her debut UK tour.

More Duets
The highest new entry on the Albums Chart, at #4, is also by the oldest living person on any New Zealand chart this week. Tony Bennett turned 80 in August.
Best known for his signature tune I Left My Heart In San Francisco, he was born Anthony Dominick Benedetto in Queens New York in 1926.
His first charting album here was Unplugged, 22 years back in 1984. Similar to Ray Charles’ Grammy-winning Genius Loves Company (#3 in 2004), the current set finds the Tony dueting with a range of artists, including Delta Goodrem on the Australasian version.
It is the third major duet-based album to be released here this year, the other two both being posthumous releases - Johnny Cash and June Carter-Cash’s Duets in February and the Notorious BIG’s Duets: The Final Chapter (#8, also in February).
Ol’ Blue Eyes can lay claim to the first charting Duets-titled set, back in November 1993. Frank Sinatra can also claim the highest peak to date at #3. Elton John followed a month later but could only manage a #16 peak. Frank was back with Duets 2 (#21 in December 1994). Then there was the Duets movie soundtrack which got to #16 in February 2000, but featured one duet - Huey Lewis and Gwyneth Paltrow’s #1 Cruisin’.

The New Singles
#1 Fergie - London Bridge
See story above.

#31 James Morrison - You Give Me Something
See story above.

#32 Jesse McCartney - Right Where You Want Me
It’s an Australasian only single release for Right Where You Want Me, the third hit for American Jesse McCartney. New at #32 it is the title track to the 19-year-old’s new album. His debut hit Beautiful Soul remains his biggest to date, reaching #2 in 2004.

The New Albums
#4 Tony Bennett - Duets: An American Classic
See story above.

#6 James Morrison - Undiscovered
See story above.

#20 Eskimo Joe - Black Fingernails, Red Wine
Four months ago Perth’s Eskimo Joe opened on top of the Aussie Albums chart with their third album Black Fingernails, Red Wine. This week the set makes its opening on this side of the Tasman at #20. The title track has done well on airplay, moving up to #8 on the RadioScope100 this week and holding at #17 on the Singles Chart.

#30 PNC - Rookie Card
With his solo debut single Just Roll sitting at #33 on the Singles Chart, Sam Hansen (aka PNC) makes a #30 debut on the Albums Chart with Rookie Card. From P-Money’s Dirty Records label, PNC collaborated on Money’s #1 Stop The Music with Scribe and now has P-Money and Scribe helping out on a mini album launch tour. They played Queenstown, Dunedin and Christchurch late last month and wrap with a gig in Whangaparaoa on October 14.

#39 Chingy - Hoodstar
Twenty-six-year-old Chingy follows his Pullin’ Me Back single (#15 this week) with his third New Zealand Chart set Hoodstar. His chart debut, the #17 Jackpot from 2003, remains his biggest here to date.

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Top 40 Albums - Week To Sunday, 1 October 2006

This Last Weeks
Week Week In Title Artist Label

1 1 12 Eyes Open Snow Patrol Universal
2 2 17 High School Musical OST Various EMI
3 5 2 Ultimate Prince WEA/Warner
4 new 1 Duets: An American Classic Tony Bennett SBME
5 3 5 Modern Times Bob Dylan SBME
6 new 1 Undiscovered James Morrison Universal
7 8 2 Respect M.E. Missy Elliott WEA/Warner
8 4 3 FutureSex / LoveSounds Justin Timberlake SBME
9 6 4 Revelations Audioslave SBME
10 12 19 Taking The Long Way Dixie Chicks SBME
11 13 16 A Fever You Can't Sweat Out Panic! At The Disco WEA/Warner
12 7 5 Soulstice Shapeshifter Truetone/Rhythmethod
13 10 20 Stadium Arcadium Red Hot Chili Peppers WEA/Warner
14 9 11 Into The Dojo The Black Seeds Capitol/EMI
15 11 2 The Dutchess Fergie Universal
16 15 3 Continuum John Mayer SBME
17 21 44 PCD The Pussycat Dolls Universal
18 20 9 The Sound Of Revenge Chamillionaire Universal
19 17 2 From This Moment On Diana Krall Verve/Universal
20 new 1 Black Fingernails, Red Wine Eskimo Joe WEA/Warner
21 18 5 Something Like Strangers Stellar* SBME
22 16 4 Phobia Breaking Benjamin Hollywood/EMI
23 14 4 B'Day Beyonce SBME
24 22 74 Based On A True Story Fat Freddy's Drop TheDrop/Rhythmethod
25 24 12 Loose Nelly Furtado Universal
26 19 5 Hi Score: The Best Of Che Fu SBME
27 23 12 Real Life Evermore WEA/Warner
28 reentry 15 I'm Not Dead Pink SBME
29 29 7 Back To Basics Christina Aguilera SBME
30 new 1 Rookie Card PNC Dirty/Warner
31 27 34 Switch: Tour Edition INXS SBME
32 30 4 Celtic Woman Celtic Woman Manhattan/EMI
33 25 2 Grey's Anatomy 2 OST Various EMI
34 26 9 Definitive Collection Lionel Richie Universal
35 37 7 Highway Companion Tom Petty WEA/Warner
36 28 16 St Elsewhere Gnarls Barkley WEA/Warner
37 36 55 X&Y: Special Edition Coldplay Capitol/EMI
38 31 5 A Matter Of Life And Death Iron Maiden Capitol/EMI
39 new 1 Hoodstar Chingy Capitol/EMI
40 39 10 Alright, Still Lily Allen Capitol/EMI

Chart compiled by Media Sauce Ltd.


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