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Pharrell Williams and Ed Sheeran top NZ charts

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18 December 2014

Pharrell Williams and Ed Sheeran top NZ charts

The Official New Zealand End of Year Charts have been released by Recorded Music NZ today (18 Dec.) with the international superstars taking the honours.

Happyby Pharrell Williams broke a 36-year-old record for the most weeks at #1 after chalking up 15 weeks atop the Singles Chart. The record was previously held by Boney M’s 1978 double-sided single “Rivers of Babylon / Brown Girl in the Ring”.

The five-times platinum hit easily comes in at the top of the 2014 charts, selling twice as many copies as any other single this year and beating out newcomer Meghan Trainor's breakthrough hit “All About That Bass at #2.

In November the Singles Chart also celebrated an important first when on demand audio streaming began contributing to the official standings.

Sitting on top of the 2014 Albums Chart is English singer-songwriter Ed Sheeran with his second album “X”.

“X” was #1 on the Albums Chart for six non-consecutive weeks. He achieved seven Top 40 singles in 2014, two of which spent time at #1; “Sing” and “Thinking Out Loud”.

Ed Sheeran is followed closely by last year’s chart toppers Sol3 Mio with their 7x platinum self-titled album finishing at #2 in 2014.

Recorded Music NZ chief executive officer Damian Vaughan says the End of Year Charts are a reminder of the fantastic singles and albums released in 2014.

“2014 has been another great year for music with a 36-year-old record being broken. We’ve also modernised the Singles Chart with the inclusion of streaming. As New Zealand’s music consumption habits change in the new era, so does the chart to accurately reflect music popularity.”

Top Selling Albums
After Ed Sheeran and Sol3 Mio is “1989” by country-turned-pop star Taylor Swift at #3 on the Albums Chart.

“In the Lonely Hour” by Sam Smith finishes at #4 and Disney soundtrack “Frozen: The Songs” by various artists rounds out the top five.

#1 and #2 in the 2014 New Zealand Artist Albums Chart belong to “Sol3 Mio” and Lorde’s “Pure Heroine” respectively. Both albums continue to be enormously popular as they retain the same positions they held in 2013.

Rock is well represented with Devilskin’s “We Rise” finishing at #3 on the New Zealand Artist Albums Chart and #8 overall.

“FVEY” by veteran rockers Shihad also makes an impact as the fifth most popular Kiwi album of 2014. Their album debuted at #1 earlier this year which ties them with Hayley Westenra as the only Kiwi acts with five #1 albums.

Pop duo Broods has taken out both #4 and #6 with “Evergreen” and “Broods EP” respectively.

Top Selling Singles
John Legend’s “All of Me” rounds out the top three singles of 2014 behind “Happy” and “All About that Bass”.

Sam Smith’s soulful vocals in “Stay With Me” helped propel the single to #4 while Taylor Swift’s smash hit “Shake it Off” claims #5.

“Freaks” by Timmy Trumpet and Savage is the #1 song in the New Zealand Artists Singles Chart. It was not only the highest-selling Kiwi track of the year but also one of the most streamed songs.

Ginny Blackmore and Stan Walker team up to take #2 with their track “Holding You”. Next is Broods and the hit single “Bridges”.

Lorde claims the last two spots in the Kiwi top five with “Royals” at #4 and Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 feature track “Yellow Flicker Beat” at #5.

About The Chart: The Chart is produced by Recorded Music New Zealand from statistics gathered from data collection agency RadioScope. Lists are based on the year-to-date chart-eligible sales figures as collated from January 1 to December 11 (inclusive).

For more information on the Official NZ Top 40 Chart, please see:
www.nztop40.co.nz
www.facebook.com/officialnzmusicchart
www.twitter.com/officialnzchart

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Top Selling Albums of 2014:
1. X – Ed Sheeran (Asylum / Warner)
2. Sol3 Mio – Sol3 Mio (Universal)
3. 1989 – Taylor Swift (Big Machine / Universal)
4. In The Lonely Hour – Sam Smith (Capitol / Universal)
5. Frozen: The Songs – Various (Disney / Universal)
6. Pure Heroine – Lorde (Universal)
7. Ghost Stories – Coldplay (Parlophone / Warner)
8. We Rise – Devilskin (Devilskin / Rhythm / DRM)
9. The Endless River – Pink Floyd (Columbia / Sony Music)
10. PRISM – Katy Perry (Capitol / Universal)
11. AM – Artic Monkeys (Domino / Universal)
12. Beyonce – Beyonce (Sony Music)
13. Unorthodox Jukebox – Bruno Mars (WEA / Warner)
14. To Be Loved – Michael Buble (Reprise / Warner)
15. Christmas – Michael Buble (WEA / Warner)
16. Plus – Ed Sheeran (WEA / Warner)
17. The Very Best – INXS (Petrol Electric / Universal)
18. Sonic Highways – Foo Fighters (Roswell / Sony Music)
19. Evergreen – Broods (Dryden Street / Universal)
20. High Hopes – Bruce Springsteen (Sony Music)
21. Selected Works: 1972 – 1999 – The Eagles (WEA / Warner)
22. G I R L – Pharrell Williams (Columbia / Sony Music)
23. The Marshall Mathers LP 2 – Eminem (Aftermath / Interscope / Universal)
24. Halcyon Days – Ellie Goulding (Universal)
25. Partners – Barbara Streisand (Columbia / Sony Music)
26. FVEY – Shihad (WEA / Warner)
27. Night Visions – Imagine Dragons (Universal)
28. 5 Seconds Of Summer – 5 Seconds Of Summer (Capitol/Universal)
29. The Golden Jubilee Album – The Seekers (EMI / Universal)
30. Home – Rudimental (WEA / Warner)
31. FOUR – One Direction (Simco / Sony Music)
32. Broods EP – Broods (Dryden Street / Universal)
33. Ultraviolence – Lana Del Rey (Polydor / Universal)
34. Wanted on Voyage – George Ezra (Sony Music)
35. True – Avicci (Universal)
36. Greetings From California – The Madden Brothers (Capitol / Universal)
37. Turn Blue – The Black Keys (None Such / Warner)
38. 21 – Adele (XL / Rhythm)
39. The Soul Sessions – Whenua Patuwai (Sony Music)
40. Guardians Of The Galaxy: Awesome Mix Vol. 1 OST – Various (Marvel Music / Universal)
41. Native – One Republic (Universal)
42. ABBA Gold: Anniversary Edition – ABBA (Polar Music International / Universal)
43. Rock Or Bust – AC/DC (Leidseplein Presse / Sony Music)
44. Born To Die – Lana Del Ray (Universal)
45. Midnight Memories – One Direction (Sony Music)
46. Popular Problems – Leonard Cohen (Sony Music)
47. A Perfect Contradiction – Paloma Faith (Sony Music)
48. Love In the Future – John Legend (Sony Music)
49. My Everything – Ariana Grande (Republic / Universal)
50. The Truth About Love – Pink (Sony Music)

Top Selling Singles of 2014:
1. Happy – Pharrell Williams (Columbia / Sony Music)
2. All About That Bass – Megan Trainor (Epic / Sony Music)
3. All Of Me – John Legend (Sony Music)
4. Stay With Me – Sam Smith (Capitol / Universal)
5. Shake It Off – Taylor Swift (Big Machine / Universal)
6. I See Fire – Ed Sheeran (Decca / Universal)
7. Say Something – A Great Big World feat. Christina Aguilera (Epic / Sony Music)
8. Thinking Out Loud – Ed Sheeran (Asylum / Warner)
9. We Are Done – The Madden Brothers (Capitol / Universal)
10. Rude – Magic! (Sony Music)
11. Chandelier – Sia (Inertia / Rhythm)
12. Trumpets – Jason DeRulo (WEA / Warner)
13. Am I Wrong – Nico and Vinz (WEA / Warner)
14. Fancy – Iggy Azalea feat. Charli XCX (Virgin / Universal)
15. Sing – Ed Sheeran (Asylum / Warner)
16. Budapest – George Ezra (Sony Music)
17. Rather Be – Clean Bandit feat. Jess Glynne (WEA / Warner)
18. I’m Not The Only One – Sam Smith (Capitol / Universal)
19. Problem – Ariana Grande feat. Iggy Azalea (Republic / Universal)
20. Ugly Heart – G.R.L (Kemosabe / Sony Music)
21. Waves – Mr Probz (Left Lane / Sony Music)
22. Only Love Can Hurt Like This – Paloma Faith (Sony Music)
23. Timber – Pitbull feat. Ke$ha (Sony Music)
24. Hey Brother – Avicii (Universal)
25. Bang Bang – Jessie J, Ariana Grande and Nicki Minaj (Republic / Universal)
26. Freaks – Timmy Trumpet and Savage (Hussle / MOS / Universal)
27. Let It Go – Demi Lovato (Disney/Universal)
28. Free – Rudimental feat. Emeli Sabotage (WEA / Warner)
29. Stay High – Tove Lo feat. Hippie Sabotage (Universal)
30. Brave – Sara Bareilles (Epic / Sony Music)
31. Dark Horse – Katy Perry feat. Juicy J (Capitol / Universal)
32. Stolen Dance – Milky Chance (Neon / Universal)
33. Ghost – Ella Henderson (Simco / Sony Music)
34. Don’t – Ed Sheeran (Asylum / Warner)
35. Holding You – Ginny Blackmore and Stan Walker (Sony Music)
36. She Looks So Perfect – 5 Seconds Of Summer (Capitol / Universal)
37. Geronimo – Sheppard (Empire Of Song / Chugg / Southbound)
38. Roar – Katy Perry (Capitol / Universal)
39. The Man – Aloe Blacc (XIX / Interscope / Universal)
40. Turn Down For What – DJ Snake feat. Lil John (Sony Music)
41. Nobody To Love – Sigma (Universal)
42. Addicted To You – Avicii (Universal)
43. New Thang – Redfoo (Party Rock)
44. Not A Bad Thing – Justin Timberlake (Sony Music)
45. The Monster – Eminem feat. Rihanna (Universal)
46. Blank Space – Taylor Swift (Big Machine / Universal)
47. A Sky Full Of Stars – Coldplay (Parlophone / Warner)
48. Bridges – Broods (Dryden Street / Universal)
49. I Will Never Let You Down – Rita Ora (Roc Nation / Sony Music)
50. Black Widow – Iggy Azalea feat. Rita Ora (Virgin / Universal)

Top Selling New Zealand Albums of 2014:
1. Sol3 Mio – Sol3 Mio (Universal)
2. Pure Heroine – Lorde (Universal)
3. We Rise – Devilskin (Devilskin / Rhythm / DRM)
4. Evergreen – Broods (Dryden Street / Universal)
5. FVEY – Shihad (WEA / Warner)
6. Broods EP – Broods (Dryden Street / Universal)
7. The Soul Sessions – Whenua Patuwai (Sony Music)
8. Words: The Very Best Of – Sharon O’Neill (Sony Music)
9. Toulouse – Benny Tipene (Sony Music)
10. Science & Survival – I Am Giant (Giant Sound / Sony Music)
11. Blackbird – Fat Freddy’s Drop (The Drop / Rhythm / DRM)
12. Live. Love. Sing! – Geoff Sewell (Sewell Music / Sony Music)
13. Songs For Bubbas – Anika Moa (Bubbs / Rhythm / DRM)
14. Anthology – Hamilton County Bluegrass Band (Universal)
15. Inventing Myself – Stan Walker (Sony Music)
16. Six60 – Six60 (Massive / Universal)
17. Christmas Is – Tim Beveridge (Tim Beveridge)
18. Dynamite! – Tami Neilson (Tami Neilson / Southbound)
19. Brutal Romantic – Brooke Fraser (Sony Music)
20. Take Me Home – Bevan Gardiner (Sony Music

Top Selling New Zealand Singles of 2014:
1. Freaks – Timmy Trumpet and Savage (Hussle / MOS / Universal)
2. Holding You – Ginny Blackmore and Stan Walker (Sony Music)
3. Bridges – Broods (Dryden Street / Universal)
4. Royals – Lorde (Universal)
5. Yellow Flicker Beat – Lorde (Republic / Universal)
6. Mother & Father – Broods (Dryden Street / Universal)
7. Team – Lorde (Universal)
8. Make You Mine – Benny Tipene (Sony Music)
9. The Wire – David Dallas feat. Ruby Frost (Dirty / FMG / Universal)
10. Special – Six60 (Massive / Universal)
11. Lonely – Benny Tipene (Sony Music)
12. Step On Up – Benny Tipene (Sony Music)
13. Never Gonna Change – Broods (Dryden Street / Universal)
14. Aotearoa (Maori Language Week 2014) – Stan Walker feat. Ria Hall, Troy Kingi and Maisey Rika (Sony Music)
15. With You – Jupiter Project and Jetski Safari feat. Helen Corry (LTPS / Warner)
16. Runnin’ – David Dallas (Dirty / FMG / Universal)
17. Ribs – Lorde (Universal)
18. Tennis Court – Lorde (Universal)
19. Kings & Queens – Brooke Fraser (Sony Music)
20. Take It Easy – Stan Walker (Sony Music)

About The Chart: The Chart is produced by Recorded Music New Zealand from statistics gathered from data collection agency RadioScope. Lists are based on the year-to-date chart-eligible sales figures as collated from January 1 to December 20 (inclusive).

For more information on the Official NZ Top 40 Chart, please see:
www.nztop40.co.nz
www.facebook.com/officialnzmusicchart
www.twitter.com/officialnzchart

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