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IMNZ Charts to April 20: Counting the days to NZ Music Month

IMNZ Charts to April 20: Counting the days to NZ Music Month

Happy almost NZ Music Month!
I'm writing this on ANZAC Day eve - but you'll be back at work by the time you see our latest missive. Which means that NZ Music Month is a mere 3 days away. And whilst we and all our colleagues celebrate New Zealand Music 365 days a week 24/7, it's so nice to know that one month a year has a special focus on our #1 passion. If you are a regular recipient of this newsletter, no doubt you're also in the same boat - and this month is our chance to really embrace the New Zealand songwriters and performers that really do add so much to our daily lives.

Top 20 Albums

Week To Thursday, 17 April 2014
This Week Last Week Weeks In Title Artist Label/Distributor Certification
1 3 11 Broods EP Broods DrydenStreet
2 1 4 Dynamite! Tami Neilson Southbound
3 - 1 Aldous Harding Aldous Harding Southbound
4 2 2 Pigalle Flip Grater Rhythm/DRM
5 5 20 Songs For Bubbas Anika Moa Rhythm/DRM
6 7 31 Blacklistt Blacklistt Rhythm/DRM
7 8 43 Blackbird: Deluxe Edition Fat Freddy's Drop Rhythm/DRM plat x1
8 6 132 Six60 Six60 Massive plat x3
9 14 46 Delta Shapeshifter Truetone gold x1
10 11 237 Based On A True Story Fat Freddy's Drop Rhythm/DRM plat x9
11 12 35 Best So Far Katchafire Katchafire
12 4 12 Fight From The Inside Into The East SelfSownSongs/DRM
13 19 50 Whitiora Maisey Rika Border/DRM
14 10 5 @Peace And The Plutonian Noise Symphony @Peace Rhythm/DRM
15 9 10 Dizzy Heights Neil Finn Rhythm
16 - 1 Eat The Rich State Of Mind Rhythm/DRM
17 20 71 Light Years Kora Rhythm/DRM gold x1
18 15 26 Falling Into Place David Dallas DawnRaid/Dirty/FMG
19 17 74 Home Brew Home Brew FMG gold x1
20 13 10 With Strings Attached Tiki Taane Tikidub/Rhythm/DRM

NZ Music Month: One Week To Go
The countdown is on until the start of NZ Music Month – New Zealand’s annual celebration of great homegrown music and its makers!

This year, in partnership with Beck’s, the official beer of NZ Music Month, we’re proud to present The Beck’s Sets – seven live concerts throughout May featuring some of the very best local talent.

The Beck's Sets kick off with two free shows on Thursday 1st May in Auckland – first a free lunch time concert of contemporary baroque pop by Silver Scroll and Taite Prize-winner Lawrence Arabia in Takutai Square, Britomart. Then get ready to gaze at your dancing shoes with She's So Rad, Delete Delete and Paquin later in the evening at Tyler Street Garage.

With further shows in Auckland, Wellington, Christchurch and Dunedin, featuring more amazing acts including The Phoenix Foundation, Don McGlashan, She’s So Rad, Street Chant, Ghost Wave and Janine & The Mixtape, there’s something for everyone… provided you have great taste in music.

Tickets to Beck's Sets shows are available from but get in quick because they are selling fast.

See: for the full line-up, dates and info.

Stay tuned for a run down of events, fun facts and videos, links and info about all the fantastic releases coming out this May.
@NZMusicMonth (Instagram & Twitter)

Top 10 Singles

Week To Thursday, 17 April 2014
This Week Last Week Weeks In Title Artist Label/Distributor Certification
1 1 11 Never Gonna Change Broods DrydenStreet
2 2 15 Bridges Broods DrydenStreet gold x1
3 9 6 Survivors Smashproof feat. Pieter T MTC
4 4 7 Speakers Blown Sid Diamond MTC
5 3 26 The Wire David Dallas feat. Ruby Frost Dirty/FMG gold x1
6 7 131 Don't Forget Your Roots Six60 Massive plat x3
7 5 34 Runnin' David Dallas Dirty/FMG plat x1
8 - 92 Forever Six60 Massive plat x1
9 - 3 Coattails Broods DrydenStreet
10 6 44 In Colour Shapeshifter Truetone plat x1

Top 10 Airplay

Week To Sunday, 20 April 2014
This Week Last Week Weeks In Title Artist Label/Distributor Certification
1 1 10 Show No Love Donell Lewis feat. Fortafy DNK/FMG
2 2 6 Survivors Smashproof feat. Pieter T MTC
3 3 15 Never Gonna Change Broods DrydenStreet
4 4 6 Speakers Blown Sid Diamond MTC
5 5 26 Bridges Broods DrydenStreet gold x1
6 6 4 It's Okay Deach feat. Donell Lewis Empire
7 10 5 Now Or Never Taye Williams feat. Drew And Tyree Empire
8 7 30 Celeste Ezra Vine LTPS
9 9 4 Down With The King King Kapisi feat. Mr Thing QuabaxWax/Border/DRM
10 - 44 Wake Up Aaradhna DawnRaid/FMG plat x1

International and Industry Action

Native Tongue Music Publishing in association with Beck’s NZ and the NZ Music Commission is excited to celebrate NZ Music Month this year with a show at the Kings Arms on Saturday May 17. The stellar line up includes Native Tongue writers The Bads, Mulholland and the Phoenix Foundation, coinciding with their new EP release ‘Tom’s Lunch’. This Music Month showcase will also kick off Native Tongue’s 10 Year Anniversary celebrations, with further events planned throughout the year. Native Tongue has kicked off 2014 with a modern new brand and recent signings Cut Copy, Ladi 6 and Shapeshifter. The company has built a respected roster of local writers over the past decade, including Gin Wigmore, Dave Dobbyn, Don McGlashan, Phoenix Foundation, The Veils, The Black Seeds, Hollie Smith, Sola Rosa, Kingston, Julia Deans and Delaney Davidson to name but a few. Native Tongue has direct agreements with many international artists including Tom Waits, Will Oldham, Spandau Ballet, Roy Orbison, Purity Ring, St. Lucia, Hanni El Khatib and The Jesus and Mary Chain.

New release fanfare
It's been 3 years since London-based Kiwi Jayson Norris released his sophomore album Freedom Twenty Eight and after tirelessly touring the LP, the long awaited follow up is almost here. Set for release on Friday May 2nd, Jayson's latest offering Save My Soul is a diverse 5 track EP produced and recorded by Kiwi Dub King Tiki Tanne at his Woodhill studios in December 2013. Tiki Taane's production has helped Jayson delve into multiple genres. The opening track and the first single "Save My Soul" is a roots reggae track which was born from the road during the pair's recent sell out New Zealand tour and features Tiki and the soulful sounds of Cocoa Jackson Lane. Yet throughout, the recording still captures Jayson's trademark Pacific Soul sound. Watch the brand new video for "Save My Soul" here.

Estère, the girl with the MPC she calls Lola, releases her debut album today on Tuesday 22nd April as a free downloadvia In the past three weeks, Estère released her debut music video for the song I Spy as well as opened for legendary soul queen Erykah Badu and UK trip-hop band Morcheeba. Featuring seven tracks, the album was recorded at Blue Barn Studios in Wellington during the course of 2013. Before heading into the studio, Estère pre-produced, arranged and recorded all the songs off her album onto her MPC Lola. She then went into Blue Barn Studios to re-record, polish and lay down vocals for the final album mix. In October 2013 Estère also embarked on the Red Bull Prodigy collaborative project with Washington D.C/ New York Producer Oddisee, which saw them spend two weeks in a studio together, making music. They subsequently released three songs, Flashlight, Curtains Down and Noon. You can download the album on bandcamp here and stream the album on soundcloud here.

Via MUZAI Records, every month The Attic will release a new exclusive single by one of their favourite local artists. The A-side comprises an original recording of the band's output and to make things interesting, the B-side is a cover nominated by The Attic residents. The fifth instalment features darkwave outsider duo Strange Harvest spin their synth drenched astral tales within the walls of the Attic. The A-side 'Astronaut' puts Bianca Prujean'shauntingly pensive vocals front and centre whileJustin Walshaw paints streaks of guitar static over a casiotone beat. With Walshaw taking on lead vocals, Strange Harvest delivers a introspective and alien rendition of Earl Sweatshirt's 'Chum' as the B-side. Both tracks are recorded in The Attic (Dunedin,NZ) by Adrian Ng (Mavis Gary) and delivered to your ears for free. At the end of the year the collection will be compiled into one physical release.
'The Attic Singles Club 05: Strange Harvest' on BANDCAMP
'The Attic Singles Club 05: Strange Harvest' on SOUNDCLOUD
Strange Harvest on Facebook
The Attic on Facebook

On the live front
Superturtle are supporting Model Train Wreckat Auckland's Wine Cellar this Saturday April 26th. Superturtle are currently debuting one new song at every gig ( so that'll be two new songs if you didn't make The Clare Inn show ) , and they also feature a gorgeous overhead and oil projection based light show. Model Train Wreck are celebrating the release of their new album.
Facebook event page

In wild support news, visiting US band (and passionate NZ music fans) Rough Church are starting their NZ tour in Auckland this weekend, with hand-picked local acts Rivers Edge on this Friday April 25th and Come Down Kid Saturday April 26. Also just added is US guitarist Zane Carney - here as the guitarist in John Mayer'sshow at Vector Arena this Saturday and a renowned guitarist in his own right. Rough Church's NZ tour also includes Squirm, Vorn, the Shifting Sands and Robert Scott.

When Tourettes woke up one morning in 2012 in Skagaströnd a small fishing village in Iceland, his thoughts were not occupied with the idea of sitting in a van driving around New Zealand with Ben Salter at some as yet to be determined date in the future. In fact Tourettes didn't even know who Ben Salter was. That same evening however, Tourettes - who was on an artist residency in Iceland, embroiled in the depths of his first novel, - ventured out into the cool evening air and consequently stumbled across Ben performing a solo show in Skagaströnd's only little pub. The two became fast friends and one afternoon decided to climb up a local mountain (Ben in winklepickers and a suit, Tourettes in regulation straw boating hat and cut off jean shorts). As the weather was turning, huddling together for warmth, the two men made a pact. Should they ever make it out of Iceland alive, they should go on tour together. Fast forward to 2014 and not only did the two make it down the mountain, their dream has manifested itself into a reality as they announce the "Party Tricks and Boring Secrets Tour". Ben (The Gin Club / Giants of Science) performing solo material from his back catalogue, Tourettes celebrating the launch of his first ever book. A collaboration with illustrator Joshua Solomon (artist / tattooist) this is the first time Tourettes has published anything and subsequently the first time the public have had the opportunity to purchase a book of his prose. The book will be available on sale at the shows, as well as selected outlets. The tour starts onMay 2 at Auckland's Golden Dawn - find the tour dates here.

The Phoenix Foundation have wasted no time moving on to new recordings after the release of 2013’s Fandango. Luke Buda felt a sense of urgency to get to work with the band’s new drummer, Chris O’Connor and to push themselves into new directions. Fandango was the end of era, the full stop on the band's journey to find pristine production perfecto-land. 'Tom’s Lunch' is the start of a new chapter, and what better way to follow up a double album of mystical pop than with an EP of short snappy tracks, featuring two tracks mixed by David Fridmann (Flaming Lips, MGMT, Tame Impala). Tom’s Lunch EP will be released on16 May on CD and Digital formats, Pre-Orders Start today from Itunes, JBHIFI and direct from bandcamp. In celebration of their upcoming release of their brand-new EP ‘Tom’s Lunch’, The Phoenix Foundation announces a six-stop New Zealand tour this May/June presented by UnderTheRadar. Their first NZ tour in a year will give audiences a chance to see them perform the new songs live for the very first time. Tickets on sale today from and support for all shows will be announced in the coming week

Around the World
See How St Vincent Doubled Her First Week Album Sales
Nina Ulloa - Digital Music News
Updated 4/18/14 11:30 AM PST.
St. Vincent’s latest album St. Vincent came out on February 25th. The Found Group ran the digital marketing campaign for the release. I recently profiled The Found Group’s found.eetool, a link shortener that makes it easy to form retargeting pools. In the first week, 29,506 copies of St. Vincent were sold (excluding the first week $3.99 Amazon MP3 sale). This is double the amount of first week sales for St. Vincent’s previous album. So how did The Found Group’s digital campaign play into this?

The Found Group used along with a number of other approaches. For example, they used information from their retargeting pools to figure out what videos fans had already seen. When a fan navigated to the landing page on St. Vincent’s website they were served a page that catered specifically to them. If someone had already seen the first music video they were shown the second one


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