Official NZ Music Chart & Chartbitz - Nov. 21 2007
Wednesday, November 21 2007
by Andrew Miller
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Late Who drummer Keith Moon gave the band their name as they morphed from the New Yardbirds. And three decades later, Led Zeppelin continue to defy the original prediction that they’d be about as successful as a lead balloon.
This week the Mothership has landed, digitally remastered and available (legally) online for the first time ever. Going straight in at #1 it gives Robert Plant, Jimmy Page, John Paul Jones and the late Jon Bonham their second New Zealand #1, the last being 28 years back when In Through The Out Door ruled the roost for three weeks.
With 20 million people registering for tickets to their one-off London gig next month it was only to be expected that demand would be hot.
Think Led Zep and most will think of that one particular song. And sure enough, the never-released-as-a single Stairway To Heaven does the previously pre-digital unthinkable and takes top New Singles entry honours at #13. It's been 27 years since the band's last hit single - 1980's #44 Fool In The Rain. Their first was in 1969 when Whole Lotta Love reached #4 here.
Strangely, the original Stairway is in fact the fourth version to chart here! It’s been beaten to the charts by three cover versions. German-based Far Corporation were first to chart it, making #23 in1986. Dread Zeppelin reggae-fied it in 1992 and took it to #41, while Aussie Rolf Harris wobble-boarded it all the way to #22 a year later.
The New Singles
#13 Led Zeppelin - Stairway To Heaven
See story above.
Foo Fighters - Long Road To Ruin
Single number two from their #1 Echoes, Silence, Patience And Grace album, Long Road To Ruin (#19 this week) becomes the Foo Fighters' 10th hit single. Meanwhile their previous single, The Pretender, still sits at #18 on the Singles Chart and #5 on the RadioScope100.
Jumpsuit Apparatus - Your Guardian
2007's a good year for American rockers Red Jumpsuit Apparatus as they follow their #4 Face Down from earlier in the year with Your Guardian Angel. Both are lifted from their #23 Don't You Fake It debut album.
The New Albums
#1 Led Zeppelin - Mothership
See story above.
Dion - Taking Chances
It's been awhile since French-Canadian chanteuse Celine Dion's graced our charts. She's said goodbye to her Las Vegas show and now Taking Chances drops in at #4 out of the box. The #26 Ann Geddes CD/book collaboration Miracle three years back was the last time Celine charted here. Her album tally now stands at 13 since her 1991 self-titled #31 debut, including a trio of #1s.
#5 Alicia Keys - As I
Twenty-six-year-old New Yorker Alicia Keys makes it four from four, As I Am opening at #5, a spot lower than the #4 peak of her 2001 Songs In A Minor debut. The freshly gold-certified lead track, No One, looks set to give her a second #1 single as it rebounds to #2 on the Singles list this week.
Spice Girls - Greatest Hits
Posh, Sporty, Baby, Scary and Ginger Spice are back touring and have their fourth New Zealand hit album and the first compile since they called it quits back in 2000. Greatest Hits contains all 10 of the Girls' NZ Top 10 hits, including their chart-topping Wannabe (1996), Viva Forever (1997) and Goodbye (1998) tunes. In its first week it opens 10 places higher than their third and final studio set, Forever, but not as high as it has elsewhere. The album is #1 this week in the UK and Australia.
#17 Van Morrison - Still On Top: Greatest
Who's had the most chart albums in NZ without ever hitting #1? George Ivan Morrison that's who! The Belfast Northern Ireland native racks up his 28th appearance and his second for 2007 in a career dating back to the #9 1978 chart debut with Wavelength. Along the way the highest Van's climbed is #3 where he's landed twice – in 1990 (The Best Of Van Morrison) and 1993 (Too Long In Exile). The aptly named fresh compile Still On Top: The Greatest Hits drops in at #17.
#18 The Killers - Sawdust
Las Vegas band The Killers chart album number three with this collection of out-takes and rarities, Sawdust. The lead single, Tranquilize, is a collaboration with Lou Reed.
#26 David Gray - Greatest
English-born, Welsh-raised 39-year-old David Gray pops in at #26 with a career-spanning compile Greatest Hits. It gives him a fourth hit album here, having sold well over 100,000 units in New Zealand with his three previous charters all having gone Top 10.
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Top 40 Singles - Week To Sunday, 18 November 2007
This Last Weeks
Week Week In Title Artist Label/Dist
1 1 11 Apologize Timbaland
feat. OneRepublic Universal
2 4 8 No One Alicia Keys SBME
3 2 4 Crank That Soulja Boy Universal
4 7 7 Wadsyaname? Nelly Universal
5 3 9 Kiss Kiss Chris Brown feat. T-Pain SBME
6 5 9 Clumsy Fergie Universal
7 6 4 Hypnotized Plies feat. Akon WEA/Warner
8 9 10 Hate That I Love You Rihanna feat. Ne-Yo Universal
9 11 5 Sweetest Girl Wyclef Jean feat. Akon SBME
10 8 11 Ayo Technology 50 Cent feat. Justin Timberlake Universal
11 32 5 Bed J Holiday Capitol/EMI
12 12 9 1973 James Blunt WEA/Warner
13 new 1 Stairway To Heaven Led Zeppelin WEA/Warner
14 14 5 Good Life Kanye West feat. T-Pain Universal
15 13 15 Bleed It Out Linkin Park WEA/Warner
16 10 7 The Salmon Dance Chemical Brothers Virgin/EMI
17 16 13 Summer Love Justin Timberlake SBME
18 17 14 The Pretender Foo Fighters SBME
19 25 3 Shadow Of The Day Linkin Park WEA/Warner
20 31 3 About You Now Sugababes Universal
21 15 16 Sorry, Blame It On Me Akon Universal
22 21 15 Stronger Kanye West Universal
23 20 21 Crawl Atlas Elements/Warner
24 19 6 Dreams In My Head Anika Moa EMI
25 23 26 Big Girls Don't Cry Fergie Universal
26 26 3 How Far We've Come matchbox twenty WEA/Warner
27 28 15 Dancefloor Anthem (I Don't Wanna Be In Love) Good Charlotte SBME
28 18 5 Strong Annabel Fay Siren/EMI
29 reentry 2 Magic8 Atlas Elements/Warner
30 22 6 G Slide (Tour Bus) Lil Mama SBME
31 33 7 Over You Daughtry SBME
32 new 1 Long Road To Ruin Foo Fighters SBME
33 30 5 Hot Avril Lavigne SBME
34 40 2 Won't Go Home Without You Maroon 5 Octone/Universal
35 35 3 In This Life Delta Goodrem SBME
36 27 20 Bubbly Colbie Caillat Universal
37 new 1 Your Guardian Angel Red Jumpsuit Apparatus Virgin/EMI
38 39 4 I'm Like A Lawyer With The Way I'm Always... Fall Out Boy Universal
39 36 8 Now That You Got It Gwen Stefani feat. Damian Marley Universal
40 reentry 36 Maybe OpShop Siren/EMI
Chart compiled by Media Sauce Ltd.