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NZ music tops 2004

NZ music tops 2004

If you think 2004 was a really big year for New Zealand music, you’re right.

The Recording Industry Association of New Zealand (RIANZ) has just released sales data for the year to December 5 and Kiwi artists once again top both the album and singles charts.

The country’s biggest selling album has been Brooke Fraser’s What to do with Daylight while New Zealand Idol winner Ben Lummis tops the singles sales with They Can’t Take That Away.

Altogether New Zealand artists produced seven of the top 20 singles and eight of the top 20 albums during 2004. Crusader, the album by 2004 Vodafone New Zealand Music Awards multiple winner Scribe, was the year’s 11th best selling disc.

Our musicians also did well on radio.

RadioScope – which gathers record play data from stations throughout the country – reports the most played New Zealand track during the year was Brooke Fraser’s Arithmetic at number five. American rock group Alien Ant Farm’s Glow was the most played track on New Zealand radio.

There were five Kiwi tracks in the top 20 radio plays.

In 2003 Bic Runga’s album Beautiful Collision took the number one place on the annual album sales chart, while Stand Up by Scribe topped the singles chart.

RIANZ spokesperson Adam Holt says the New Zealand music industry will continue to dominate.

“Locally made music captures strong support from the New Zealand public and with artists continually producing incredible music this is unlikely to change.

“There is no doubt New Zealand artists will dominate both the weekly and annual charts from now on,” says Mr Holt.

RadioScope’s Paul Kennedy says radio programmers seem to have at thing for Brooke Fraser.

“Brooke has three tracks in the top 14 so she has definitely captured the hearts of the programmers,” Kennedy says. “The other notable feature of this year’s play-lists is the huge popularity of hip hop which has definitely broken out of a single genre category. Almost every mainstream station in the country has been playing the likes of Scribe, Adeaze and Misfits of Science.

“There’s no doubt it’s been one of the biggest years ever for Kiwi music on radio.”

Altogether there were 23 New Zealand albums and 16 Kiwi singles in the top selling 100 lists. Twenty-one New Zealand tracks are in the top 100 most played on radio during 2004.

The top selling 20 albums between Jan. 1 and Dec 5, 2004 were:

Rank Album Artist Label NZ
1 What To Do With Daylight Brooke Fraser Sony Music *
2 Greatest Hits Guns N Roses Universal
3 Feels Like Home Norah Jones BlueNote/EMI
4 Elephunk Black Eyed Peas Universal
5 Confessions Usher BMG
6 Opera Band: Special Edition Amici Forever BMG
7 Pure Hayley Westenra Universal *
8 Everyone Is Here The Finn Brothers Capitol/EMI *
9 Riverhead Goldenhorse Siren/EMI *
10 Songs About Jane Maroon 5 BMG
11 The Crusader Scribe Dirty/FMR *
12 Always And For Real Adeaze DawnRaid/Universal *
13 Into The West Yulia Sony Music *
14 Fallen Evanescence Sony Music
15 Permission To Land The Darkness EW/Warner
16 Life For Rent Dido BMG
17 Encore Eminem Universal
18 Speakerboxxx / The Love Below Outkast BMG
19 Beautiful Collision Bic Runga Sony Music *
20 The Soul Sessions Joss Stone Virgin/EMI

The top selling 20 singles between Jan. 1 and Dec 5, 2004 were:
Rank Single Title Artist Label NZ
1 They Can't Take That Away Ben Lummis BMG *
2 Yeah Usher feat. Lil Jon & Ludacris BMG
3 F**k It (Don't Want You Back) Eamon BMG
4 Fools Love Misfits Of Science HooF/BMG *
5 Superstar Jamelia Capitol/EMI
6 We Gon Ride Dei Hamo HiRuys/Universal *
7 Burn Usher BMG
8 My Band D12 Universal
9 Suga Suga Baby Bash Universal
10 My Place / Flap Your Wings Nelly Universal
11 Toxic Britney Spears BMG
12 Stop The Music P-Money feat. Scribe Dirty/FMR *
13 So Damn Beautiful Michael Murphy BMG *
14 Dreaming Scribe Dirty/FMR *
15 Shut Up Black Eyed Peas Universal
16 I Don't Wanna Know Mario Winans Universal
17 I Got Fast Crew UrbanManners/King *
18 In The Shadows The Rasmus Universal
19 Yesterday Was Just The Beginning Of My Life NZ Idol - The Final 10 BMG *
20 Welcome Back Mase Universal

RadioScope 2004 most played tracks on radio:
Rank Title Artist Label NZ
1 Glow Alien Ant Farm Universal
2 This Love Maroon 5 SBME
3 The Reason Hoobastank Universal
4 Superstar Jamelia Capitol/EMI
5 Arithmetic Brooke Fraser SBME *
6 I Miss You Blink 182 Universal
7 So Beautiful Pete Murray SBME
8 Look What You've Done Jet Capitol/EMI
9 She Will Be Loved Maroon 5 SBME
10 Take Your Mama Scissor Sisters Universal
11 Behind Blue Eyes Limp Bizkit Universal
12 Getting Stronger Adeaze feat. Aaradhna DawnRaid/Universal *
13 Saving The World Brooke Fraser SBME *
14 Lifeline Brooke Fraser SBME *
15 Life For Rent Dido SBME
16 Dreaming Scribe Dirty/FMR *
17 Amazing Josh Kelley Hollywood/FMR
18 The First Cut Is The Deepest Sheryl Crow Universal
19 Here Without You 3 Doors Down Universal
20 Toxic Britney Spears SBME
NOTE TO EDITORS: The Top 100 Albums, Singles and the Top 20 Compilations and DVD lists and the RadioScope 2004 Most Played Tracks lists are attached.

Issued for the Recording Industry Association of New Zealand by Pead PR

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