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Official NZ Music Chart & Chartbitz Dec. 6 2006

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


Wednesday, December 6 2006
by Andrew Miller


Let The Festivities Begin
It’s December and that means Christmas. Two festive hits join the Singles Chart just to freshen up the caroling this week. However, both are remakes and very definitely aimed at the younger market.
Locals The Wobbles return their Snoopy’s Christmas to #7, 11 months and 3 weeks since it last graced the survey for a solitary week. The group hail from the Garden City and comprise Melly, Widdle, Aaron, Sammy (the dog) and Crazy Wobble.
The original hit #1 on the NZ Top 20 in December 1967 for the Royal Guardsmen. Also new in this week, German amphibian ringtone inspired music returns to the Singles list for a fifth time. It’s that Crazy Frog again, this time with a remake of Wham!’s 1985 #17 Last Christmas.
And indeed the Frog had last year’s Christmas #1 with Jingle Bells, following on from the other chart-toppers Axel F and Popcorn. Will it hop to the top this time as well? Santa only knows.

Stage Set For Brook
Naenae-raised, Sydney-based Brooke Fraser’s sophomore album Albertine hit shops the day before yesterday, set for a strong debut on next week’s chart.
Meanwhile the set’s lead single Deciphering Me becomes the most played song on the radio this week, moving to the top of the RadioScope100, and inches up another spot to #4 on the Singles Chart.
Brooke has the distinction of having had more Airplay #1s than any other local act, Deciphering Me bringing her tally to five. The first four came from her seven-times platinum debut What To Do With Daylight (Arithmetic, Saving The World, Lifeline and Better).
Should Brooke’s Albertine come out on top next week, it will be the 60th Kiwi #1 Album since the Official Charts began in 1975.

The New Singles
#12 Vanessa Hudgens - Come Back To Me
First High School Musical, then the solo world for Vanessa Hudgens as she takes out highest new entry honours at #12 with her debut solo hit Come Back To Me. As Gabriella in HSM she’s at #17 with We’re All In This Together, the follow up to the #4 We Belong Together. The former #1 soundtrack sits at #8, while Vanessa’s V debut got to #35 a few weeks back.

#16 Rihanna - We Ride
Rihanna is the middle name of Barbadian Robyn Fenty, who racks up her fifth hit in two years with the third song lifted from her sophomore set A Girl Like Me. We Ride is new at #16 and follows her #1 debut Pon De Replay, If It’s Lovin’ That You Want (#9), SOS (Rescue Me) and Unfaithful (both #4).

#30 Omarion - Entourage
Entourage gives Omarion his third New Zealand hit with the lead single from his 21 sophomore set, due early next year. O was the title of both the debut single and album for the 22-year-old former B2K lead singer Omari Ishmael Grandberry. O peaked at #14, while his collaboration with Bow Wow, Let Me Hold You, got to #8.

#34 Crazy Frog - Last Christmas
See story above.

The New Albums
#3 Il Divo - Siempre
The week’s highest Albums new entry by classical boy band Il Divo is their third Top 10 album in just 22 months. It follows their self-titled debut’s #3 placing and the #1 Ancora from a year ago. The group put together by Pop Idol creator Englishman Simon Cowell have another set waiting in the wings, as their seasonal The Christmas Collection sits at #2 on the Heatseekers Chart this week.

#6 Incubus - Light Grenades
Californians Jose Antonio Pasillas II, Brandon Boyd, DJ Lyfe, Mike Einziger and Ben Kenney are Incubus. And they gain their fourth NZ Chart album this week with their sixth studio set. Light Grenades, featuring lead cut Anna Molly, is new at #6 and follows their February 2004 #1 A Crow Left Of The Murder. The group’s New Zealand Chart career began with 2000’s #35 Make Yourself, the follow-up Morning View becoming their first Top 10 set here. The group begins a world tour early in the New Year - no word on local dates yet though.


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Top 40 Albums - Week To Sunday, 3 December 2006

This Last Weeks
Week Week In Title Artist Label

1 1 2 18 Singles U2 Universal
2 5 2 The Love Album Westlife SBME
3 new 1 Siempre Il Divo SBME
4 4 9 Still The Same: Great Rock Classics Rod Stewart SBME
5 2 2 Love The Beatles EMI
6 new 1 Light Grenades Incubus SBME
7 3 3 One World the feelers WEA/Warner
8 10 26 High School Musical OST: Special Edition Various Disney/EMI
9 13 29 Stadium Arcadium Red Hot Chili Peppers WEA/Warner
10 6 2 Rockstar Supernova Rockstar Supernova SBME
11 8 6 The Black Parade My Chemical Romance WEA/Warner
12 9 5 Devil's Got A New Disguise: The Very Best Of Aerosmith SBME
13 7 4 Skin And Bones Foo Fighters SBME
14 30 2 Two's Company: The Duets Cliff Richard EMI
15 12 5 The Magic Of Boney M Boney M SBME
16 11 12 FutureSex / LoveSounds Justin Timberlake SBME
17 14 21 Eyes Open Snow Patrol Universal
18 19 10 Undiscovered James Morrison Universal
19 24 52 PCD: Bonus Edition The Pussycat Dolls Universal
20 27 8 Living A Dream Katherine Jenkins Universal
21 16 7 Diva: The Singles Collection Sarah Brightman Angel/EMI
22 17 9 Sam's Town The Killers Universal
23 29 4 More Crazy Hits Crazy Frog WEA/Warner
24 32 3 The Road To Escondio JJ Cale And Eric Clapton WEA/Warner
25 18 2 Stop The Clocks Oasis SBME
26 21 9 The Open Door Evanescence SBME
27 28 25 A Fever You Can't Sweat Out: Special Edition Panic! At The Disco WEA/Warner
28 15 2 Konvicted Akon Universal
29 36 3 Awake Josh Groban WEA/Warner
30 20 2 Tha Blue Carpet Treatment Snoop Dogg Universal
31 23 7 OE: Brazil Various Loop/Border
32 26 4 Forever Begins Tonight Patrizio Buanne Universal
33 39 2 Dreams: The Ultimate Collection The Corrs WEA/Warner
34 reentry 2 Timeless Memories: The Greatest Hits John McDermott EMI
35 22 3 Doctor's Advocate The Game Universal
36 25 3 Twenty Five George Michael SBME
37 31 21 Real Life Evermore WEA/Warner
38 35 3 Go: The Very Best Of Moby Mute/EMI
39 37 83 Based On A True Story Fat Freddy's Drop TheDrop/Rhythmethod
40 33 28 Taking The Long Way: Bonus Edition Dixie Chicks SBME

Chart compiled by Media Sauce Ltd.



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