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Official NZ Music Chart & Chartbitz Dec. 12 2007

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

Wednesday, December 12 2007
by Andrew Miller


Tis The Season
Seasonal tunes are at the forefront in malls, on the radio and in the charts.
For the past couple of years Christchurch group The Wobbles remade The Royal Guardsmen's 1967 #1 Snoopy's Christmas. But this year there's one for Snoopy's canine friends as a track dubbed ‘the best Christmas song you never heard’ enters the Singles Chart at #6.
In what's being billed as a world's first, A Very Silent Night is a song with frequencies so high only dogs can hear it. It even comes with a video! It is credited as being performed by The Underdogs (not to be confused with late ‘60s local blues band of the same name). In true festive spirit all proceeds from the single go to the SPCA.

Also in seasonal spirit, it's third time lucky for the German-based West Indian outfit Boney M. The Frank Farian-created pop-sters have twice before placed yuletide collections into our Albums Chart. Both titled Christmas Album they shared similar tracks but different artwork and record companies, making #42 (1987) and #48 (1995). And now a new compile, Christmas With Boney M, gives the quartet their first Christmas Top 10er, new at #9.
It includes their 1979 #8 Mary's Boy Child / Oh My Lord as does The Absolute Best Christmas Album In The World...Ever which currently sits in the runners-up spot on the Compilation Chart.

The New Singles
#6 The Underdogs - SPCA: A Very Silent Night
See story above.

#28 Soulja Boy Tellem featuring I15 - Soulja Girl
Hot on the heels of his gold-certified #2 smash Crank That, from his self-produced debut, 17-year-old rapper DeAndre Cortez Way racks up a second with the help of I15. And what better for a Soulja Boy than a Soulja Girl, new at #28.

#31 Rihanna - Don't Stop The Music
Turning 20 in February, Barbados-born Robin Rihanna Fenty racks up her ninth hit in 28 months. Don't Stop The Music, new at #31 this week, is her fourth hit of 2007 from her Good Girl Gone Bad, now into its third incarnation with first a bonus edition re-release, and given a ‘Collector's Edition’ spruce up. It’s at #34 on this week's Albums Chart.

#36 Robyn - Handle Me
Swede Robyn Carlsson was 19 when she first charted twice here nine years back. Show Me Love hit #10 and was followed by Do You Really Want Me (Show Respect) which made #43. Back and on her own terms Robyn's With Every Heartbeat topped the UK list earlier this year. From her self-titled album comes Handle Me, fresh at #36 for the 28-year-old.

#37 Justin Timberlake featuring Beyonce - Until The End Of Time
Fresh from his Vector shows and newly deluxed LoveSounds/Future Sex sophomore solo set, Justin Timberlake lands his 14th New Zealand hit with a cut from the bonus disc featuring former Destiny's Child member Beyonce, who racks up her 11th hit here. Between them they've been part of eight chart-toppers, which augers well for Until The End Of Time.

The New Albums
#4 Prince Tui Teka - The Man, The Legend
Tuhoe's Prince Tui Teka is a Kiwi music legend. Beginning with the Maori show bands, followed by relentless touring and right up to his passing. Posthumously his Greatest compile opened at #2 in June 2002. This week he takes highest new entry honours at #4 with The Man, The Legend, another hits-set compiled by Arthur Baysting and enhanced with a DVD. It gives Tui his seventh hit album since Tui made #39 in August 1975. The new album is similarly titled to his first Top 10 album, 1982's #5 The Man, The Music, The Legend. E Ipo gave Prince Tui Teka a two-week #1 single that same year.

#8 Elizabeth Marvelly - Elizabeth Marvelly
The second of three local albums new entries this week belongs to 18-year-old Rotorua newcomer Elizabeth Marvelly whose self-titled debut release enters straight in at #8. Filling a guest spot on the Knight With A Dame tour with Sir Howard Morrison and Dame Malvina Major and signed direct to EMI Classics, the only just former Kings College student's debut was produced by Carl Doy. Elizabeth is managed by Gray Bartlett who has also been part of the careers of Hayley Westenra, Yulia and Will Smith (whose A New World debut sits at #5 this week).

#9 Boney M - Christmas With Boney M
See story above.

#35 Little Bushman - Pendulum
Wellingtonians Warren Maxwell, Joe Callwood, Tom Callwood and Rick Cranson land their second chart album of 2007 as their sophomore Pendulum opens five places higher than the #40 entry and peak of their The Onus Of Sound debut set back in January. It's a very Wellington record, being recorded in Island Bay and mixed in Newtown.

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Top 10 Airplay - Week To Sunday, 9 December 2007

This Last Weeks
Week Week In Title Artist Label/Dist

1 1 9 Apologize Timbaland feat. OneRepublic Universal
2 3 4 How Far We've Come matchbox twenty WEA/Warner
3 7 8 Hate That I Love You Rihanna feat. Ne-Yo Universal
4 4 11 1973 James Blunt WEA/Warner
5 8 2 Shadow Of The Day Linkin Park WEA/Warner
6 5 4 No One Alicia Keys SBME
7 2 10 Dreams In My Head Anika Moa EMI
8 reentry 2 Kiss Kiss Chris Brown feat. T-Pain SBME
9 new 1 Bleeding Love Leona Lewis SBME
10 reentry 4 Dancefloor Anthem (I Don't Wanna Be In Love) Good Charlotte SBME

Chart compiled by Media Sauce Ltd.


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