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Fat Freddy's at top of album charts for year

News release / end – 1
December 18, 2006

The Drop goes one further

New Zealand’s two best selling albums for 2006 are identical to 2005’s top two – except their order is reversed.

And while we have to wait until the year is over for final results, as at December 11 Fat Freddy’s Drop’s “Based on a True Story” looks unbeatable at the head of the album field.

Last year the Wellington collective’s debut album was pipped at the post by Englishman James Blunt’s debut set “Back To Bedlam”.

This year the placings are reversed as FFD builds on a remarkable 19 months at the vanguard of the New Zealand playlists. “Based on a True Story” was released in May 2005, has sold seven times platinum and it’s still in the albums survey after 84 weeks including 11 at #1.

That gives The Drop the distinction of being the local group with the longest-charting album and the longest run at #1 with three of the weeks being last year.

The figures are compiled by Media Sauce Ltd. for the Recording Industry Association of New Zealand (RIANZ) which has just released The Official Chart sales data to December 11. The figures are for across-the-counter sales to consumers.

This year’s album charts also saw the return of the Red Hot Chili Peppers, Tool and Nickleback to the top of the pops and the extension of Irish group U2’s leading steak of #1 albums to 14 with “18 Singles” provisionally #14 but set to go higher with Christmas sales still to be counted.

TV and the movies had an influence on what we bought as well. Disney’s made for TV movie “High School Musical” with its cast of unknowns was the highest placed soundtrack of the year at #5.

And the influence of a song played in a high rating TV show boosted the fortunes of Scottish Band Snow Patrol’s “Eyes Open” to #7 for the year, initially through “Chasing Cars” featuring on the show “Grey’s Anatomy”.

Biopic “Walk The Line” raised the profile of the late Man In Black and saw Johnny Cash have his biggest seller ever here with the career compile “Ring Of Fire: The Legend Of Johnny Cash”

The capital vibe continued when The Black Seeds’ sophomore release “Into The Dojo” (actually recorded at a former Judo Dojo) entered straight at the top of the list and stayed there for five weeks. It’s #13 for 2006. The other New Zealand act to feature in the year end album Top 20 is triple Tui winner Bic Runga and the Album Of The Year “Birds”. Bic’s third Chart-topper is 2006’s #17 best seller.

Comeback in style time is Robert Zimmerman, who had the very first #1 album on the very first Official NZ Music Chart in May 1975. Thirty-one years after “Blood On The Tracks”, Bob Dylan returned to the penthouse for a third time with “Modern Times”.


Singled out

Heading this year’s singles gongs is Gnarls Barkley with “Crazy”, the 500th #1 single since the Official NZ Music Charts began in May 1975. The biggest song of the year, it spent seven weeks leading the pack.

The Pussycat Dolls have to be the most successful singles act of 2006 having three of their four #1s this year and placing all three of them in the year’s Top 20: #2 “Beep”, #8 “Buttons” and #16 “Stick Wit U”.

There is a link between Gnarls Barkley and the PCDs – the first #1 “Don't Cha” from August last year was written by Cee-Lo Green, who with Brian “Danger Mouse” Burton is Gnarls Barkley.

The biggest local single of the year was composed by one-time Blam Blam Blam and Muttonbirder Don McGlashan for the Award-winning local movie “No.2”, which is where “Bathe In The River” peaked. The track went on to be the longest charting local hit since the America’s Cup tune “Sailing Away” by All Of Us spent 38 weeks in the chart in 1986.

In all, the Mount Raskil Preservation Society featuring Hollie Smith charted for 35 weeks. It won composer Don McGlashan his second APRA Silver Scroll and, performed by one and all, was the emotional finale at a memorable 2006 NZ Music Awards.

Rapper Chamillionaire’s debut hit “Ridin’’’ featuring Kiwi Tyree chalked up the most weeks ever spent at #2 without moving to the top of the chart. In all it spent seven weeks as runner-up and comes in at #10 for the year.


DVD leaders

On the DVD front, 2006 was the year of Pink Floyd as the super-group’s DVD release of the 1994 #1 live album “P.U.L.S.E.” outsold all comers to claim the top spot for 18 weeks.

Previous DVD champs The Eagles “Farewell Tour” sits at #4 for the year. Always the runner-up in 2006, James Blunt’s visual version of his “Back To Bedlam” album claimed the #2 spot.

DVD sales aren’t just the domain of foreign acts. Shihad, Fat Freddy’s Drop and Crowded House along with the “Nature’s Best A Video Selection” fly the Kiwi flag visually on the DVD year end survey.

NOTE TO EDITORS: The Top 20 Albums, Singles, Compilations and DVD year to 10 December lists are attached.

About RIANZ: The Recording Industry Association of New Zealand Inc (RIANZ) is a non-profit organisation representing major and independent record producers, distributors and recording artists throughout New Zealand. RIANZ works to protect the rights and promote the interests of creative people involved in the New Zealand recording industry.

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End of year Charts
December 18, 2006

Top-Selling Albums of 2006 / /
Based on YEAR TO DATE sales (January 01 2006 to December 10 2006). /
Rank / Title / Artist / NZ
1 / Based On A True Story / Fat Freddy's Drop / *
2 / Back To Bedlam / James Blunt /
3 / Stadium Arcadium / Red Hot Chili Peppers /
4 / All The Right Reasons / Nickelback /
5 / High School Musical OST / Various /
6 / PCD / The Pussycat Dolls /
7 / Eyes Open / Snow Patrol /
8 / Eye To The Telescope / KT Tunstall /
9 / Ring Of Fire: The Legend Of / Johnny Cash /
10 / Sing-Alongs And Lullabies / Jack Johnson /
11 / 10,000 Days / Tool /
12 / Taking The Long Way / Dixie Chicks /
13 / Into The Dojo / The Black Seeds / *
14 / 18 Singles / U2 /
15 / Still The Same: Great Rock Classics Of Our Time / Rod Stewart /
16 / Curtain Call: The Hits / Eminem /
17 / Birds / Bic Runga / *
18 / Sam's Town / The Killers /
19 / FutureSex / LoveSounds / Justin Timberlake /
20 / Modern Times / Bob Dylan /

Top-Selling Singles of 2006 / /
Based on YEAR TO DATE sales (January 01 2006 to December 10 2006). /
Rank / Title / Artist / NZ
1 / Crazy / Gnarls Barkley /
2 / Beep / The Pussycat Dolls feat. Will.I.Am /
3 / Bathe In The River / Mt Raskil PS feat. Hollie Smith / *
4 / Hips Don't Lie / Shakira feat. Wyclef Jean /
5 / Run It! / Chris Brown /
6 / Promiscuous / Nelly Furtado feat. Timbaland /
7 / Touch It / Busta Rhymes /
8 / Buttons / The Pussycat Dolls feat. Snoop Dogg /
9 / SexyBack / Justin Timberlake /
10 / Ridin' / Chamillionaire feat. Tyree /
11 / I'm In Luv (Wit A Stripper) / T-Pain feat. Mike Jones /
12 / Love Generation / Bob Sinclar /
13 / Down Time / Aaradhna / *
14 / Breaking Free / Various /
15 / Pump It / Black Eyed Peas /
16 / Stickwitu / The Pussycat Dolls /
17 / S.O.S. (Rescue Me) / Rihanna /
18 / Flaunt It / TV Rock /
19 / I Wish I Was A Punk Rocker / Sandi Thom /
20 / So Sick / Ne-Yo /

Top-Selling Compilations of 2006 / /
Based on YEAR TO DATE sales (January 01 2006 to December 10 2006). /
Rank / Title / Artist / NZ
1 / Now That's What I Call Music 20 / Various /
2 / Now That's What I Call Music 21 / Various /
3 / Now That's What I Call Music 22 / Various /
4 / Waiting For The Weekend / Various /
5 / The Best Disco Album In The World... Ever Vol 1 / Various /
6 / More Nature / Various / *
7 / Housework Songs / Various /
8 / Girls Allowed / Various /
9 / Electric Dreams: '80s Synth Pop Classics / Various /
10 / Super '70s Summer / Various /
11 / The Best Reggae Album In The World... Ever / Various /
12 / Now That's What I Call Music 19 / Various /
13 / Acoustic Love Songs / Various /
14 / Power Ballads II / Various /
15 / Memories Are Made Of This Vol 3 / Various /
16 / Unleashed 2006 / Various /
17 / Broken Dreams II / Various /
18 / Dance Now 2006 / Various /
19 / The Best Moods Album In The World... Ever / Various /
20 / Timeless Music: The Best Of Coast Vol 1 / Various /


Top-Selling DVDs of 2006 / /
Based on YEAR TO DATE sales (January 01 2006 to December 10 2006). /
Rank / Title / Artist / NZ
1 / P.U.L.S.E. / Pink Floyd /
2 / Chasing Time: The Bedlam Sessions / James Blunt /
3 / Vertigo: Live From Chicago / U2 /
4 / The Farewell Tour Part I / The Eagles /
5 / Live At Wembley 1986 / Queen /
6 / 18 Videos / U2 /
7 / Greatest Video Hits I / Queen /
8 / Love Is The New Hate: Live At Aotea Square / Shihad / *
9 / Life On The Murder Scene / My Chemical Romance /
10 / The Dance / Fleetwood Mac /
11 / On Fire At The Bowl / Queen /
12 / Fantastic Voyages Vol 1 / Fat Freddy's Drop / *
13 / Zoo TV: Live From Sydney / U2 /
14 / Greatest Video Hits II / Queen /
15 / Nature's Best: A Video Selection / Various / *
16 / Rod Stewart Live / Rod Stewart /
17 / Family Jewels / AC/DC /
18 / Encore / Il Divo /
19 / Farewell To The World / Crowded House / *
20 / On The Night / Dire Straits /

ENDS

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