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Official New Zealand Music Chart - Mon 25 Feb 2008

Official New Zealand Music Chart - Mon 25 Feb 2008

"The Official New Zealand Top 40 premieres Friday nights at 8pm on C4 hosted by Shavaughn Ruakere"

Wednesday, February 27 2008
by Andrew Miller

A Pure Talent
"Here On The Ground announces the arrival of a major Kiwi talent," says's Graham Reid. It's the name of the debut album from Tauranga-raised 24-year-old Luke Thompson, which debuts at #38 this week on the very independent local Pure label.

Singer-songwriter Luke takes inspiration from Don Mclean and Bob Dylan, getting his initial break (as many do) through the Smokefree Rockquest. After studying music, his single Perfect Drive made #17 almost 11 months ago.

And now comes the album recorded at Neil Finn's Roundhead Studios.
Thompson is currently out on the road with Brian Platt under the Midsummer Tour 2008 banner. The pair play Luke's Tauranga hometown on Thursday before moving to Hastings on Friday. Come Sunday he's playing Auckland's Civic with Toto.

More Songs
Kiwis seem to have a particular love for compilations with the word Songs in the title at the moment. Already this year, My Songs has sold platinum and held the pole position for the past six weeks. Now Happy Songs replaces it at #1 and Driving Songs makes it to #4 first week.

The gold-selling former #1 Housework Songs II has just slipped out of the Comps Top10. That's a lot of songs.

The New Single
#33 The Potbelleez - Don't Hold Back
From Dublin, Ireland, to King's Cross, Sydney, Australia come DJs Dave Goods and Jonny Sonic who together are The Potbelleez. They register the only brand new entry on the Singles Chart this week with Don't Hold Back, new at #33. It sits at #9 on this week's ARIA Charts in Oz, having gone Top 5 there previously.

The New Albums
#12 Simple Plan - Simple Plan
Four years back, Canadian five-piece Simple Plan landed their first chart album No Pads, No Helmets...Just Balls, which rose as high as #5. A year later Still Not Getting Any also debuted and peaked at #5. Now Pierre, Jef, Seb, David and Chuck place their self-titled third studio album fresh in at #12. Singleswise, they've landed four hits here with the #5 Welcome To My Life the biggest thus far.

#28 Finger Eleven - Them Vs You Vs Me
The Canadian factor gives a second Canuck Rock new entry this week as Ontario's Finger Eleven land Them vs You vs Me at #28 first week. Meanwhile their Paralyzer single rises three places to #7 on the Singles Chart in its second week. Both Simple Plan and Finger Eleven join k.d. lang, making a trio of acts from north of the border.

#36 Soulja Boy -
After a string of Single successes, Soulja Boy finally makes the Albums Chart with his debut at #36. On the singles front this week, Yahhh! leads the way, rising to #5, while the platinum-certified Crank That is at #21 and Soulja Girl is #33 this week for 17-year-old DeAndre Ramone Way.

#38 Luke Thompson - Here On The Ground
See story above.

Top 40 Albums - Week To Sunday, 24 February 2008


This Week / Last Week / Weeks In / Title / Artist / Label/Dist

1 1 3 Sleep Through The Static Jack Johnson Universal
2 2 38 Back To Black: Deluxe Edition Amy Winehouse Universal
3 3 86 Thriller: 25th Anniversary Edition Michael Jackson SBME
4 7 16 Exclusive Chris Brown SBME
5 4 4 Spirit Leona Lewis SBME
6 6 39 Second Hand Planet OpShop
7 8 38 Story So Far: The Very Best Of Rod Stewart
8 5 16 Raising Sand Robert Plant And Alison Krauss
9 10 68 Legend: The Best Of Bob Marley Universal
10 9 4 Classic Cocker Joe Cocker Universal
11 13 12 The Platinum Collection Queen EMI
12 new 1 Simple Plan Simple Plan WEA/Warner
13 27 11 Blackout Britney Spears SBME
14 26 3 Juno OST Various Rhino/Warne
15 12 15 Mothership Led Zeppelin Rhino/Warner
16 17 2 Watershed kd lang NoneSuch/Warne
17 19 2 Sweet Soul Music Aaradhna DawnRaid/Universal
18 21 28 Into The Dojo The Black Seeds Capitol/EMI
19 16 20 Exile On Mainstream matchbox twenty WEA/Warner
20 23 37 Good Girl Gone Bad: Collector's Edition Rihanna Universal
21 14 17 Long Road Out Of Eden: Deluxe Edition The Eagles Universal
22 20 19 KORA KORA KORA/Border
23 11 9 Lost Highway: Tour Edition Bon Jovi Universal
24 24 20 In Swings The Tide Anika Moa EMI
25 15 18 Ultimate Santana Santana SBME
26 25 15 Past, Present, Future Tiki Taane DirtyDub/Rhyth/DRMNZ
27 22 15 As I Am Alicia Keys SBME
28 new 1 Them vs You vs Me Finger Eleven WindUp/Warner
29 18 32 Because Of The Times Kings Of Leon SBME
30 30 47 Shock Value Timbaland Universal
31 31 8 In Rainbows Radiohead XL/Rhythmethod
32 reentry 37 The Dutchess Fergie Universal
33 36 5 Hannah Montana 2: Meet Miley Cyrus
34 34 56 The Very Best Of UB40 Virgin/EMI
35 32 5 Jukebox Cat Power Matador/Rhythmethod
36 new 1 Soulja Boy Tell Soulja Boy Universal
37 28 22 Echoes, Silence, Patience And Grace Foo Fighters SBME
38 new 1 Here On The Ground Luke Thompson Pure/DRMNZ
39 reentry 11 The Man, The Legend Prince Tui Teka SBME
40 35 21 All The Lost Souls James Blunt WEA/Warner

Chart compiled by Media Sauce Ltd.


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