Official New Zealand Music Chart - Mon 18 Feb
"The Official New Zealand Top 40 premieres Friday nights at 8pm on C4 hosted by Shavaughn Ruakere"
Wednesday, February 20 2008
by Andrew Miller
A new album may still be years in the coming, but add a few 2008 remixes to an already legendary album and for the first time since late 1984 Michael Jackson's Thriller returns to the albums list at #3 this week in a 25th Anniversary Edition. The album credited by the Guinness Book Of World Records as the biggest selling album of all time (though this is vigorously debated by music buffs) spent 11 weeks in total at #1 here during its original 1984 chart run that began late January 1983.
The set is currently logged at 11 times platinum here but has probably sold more than that over time. In total, it yielded six hit singles with a #1 (Beat It) and two #2s (The Girl Is Mine with Paul McCartney and Billie Jean) among them.
Jacko's currently at #4 on the Singles Chart too with Akon on Wanna Be Startin' Somethin' 2008.
And A Grammy Helps Too
With a Grammy to their name, and new stock on record store shelves, Bret Mckenzie and Jermaine Clement crash straight back into the Singles Chart this week with their award-winning Distant Future EP, in at #9.
The Flight Of The Conchords' self-titled HBO TV show is repeating Thursday nights on Prime and is now on DVD. And They've an album due April.
Also on the Grammys, Rehab or not Amy Winehouse scooped five of the awards last week and gains five places to reach the runner-up position on this week's Album Chart, the highest placing in the 37-week run by her Back To Black album.
Following the financial difficulties of last year, local R&B label Dawn Raid has risen from the ashes to produces its first charting Single and Album for quite a while this week.
Sweet Soul Music (not to be confused with the Stax label compilation of the same name which charted here last year) is the new album by Dawn Raid's now LA-based soulstress Aaradhna.
On it she gives her own interpretation of13 soul classics, landing her a second charting album after the #13 I Love You from 2006.
Meanwhile over on the Singles Chart members of Deceptikonz rebrand slightly as the Horsemen Family on their own Dawn Raid associated Horseman imprint with Feels Like Magic, new at #19. The track comes from My Shout: The Album and features vocals by Sweet And Irie.
The New Singles
#10 Finger Eleven - Paralyzer
Finger Eleven hail from Ontario Canada and have been together since 1994. They finally make their New Zealand chart debut this week though with Paralyzer making an impressive Top 10 debut. The cut features on their Them vs You vs Me album.
#17 Horsemen Family - Feels Like
See story above.
Bedingfield feat. Sean Kingston - Love Like This
Her parents are expat Kiwis and her older bro Daniel was born here. She, however, is London-born and her new album Pocketful Of Sunshine comes in April. Preceding it comes this collaboration with Sean Kingston, Natasha's third Top40 hit here.
#24 Elemeno P -
Baby Come On
Local Auckland band Elemono P adds a seventh hit to their Singles tally as Baby Comes On debuts at #24. It all began six years back when Fast Times In Tahoe made it to #32. Along the way have come two platinum albums - Love And Disrespect (#1 2003) and Trouble In Paradise (#2 2005), with a third set to join them later in the year.
Veronicas - Untouched
Brisbane twins Lisa Marie and Jessica Louise Origliasso were born on Christmas Day and gain their fourth New Zealand hit this week with the first track lifted from their sophomore album Hook Me Up.
#35 Snoop Dogg - Sensual
Sensual Seduction marks the 18th time Snoop Dogg has sniffed action on our Singles Chart over the past 14 years. What's My Name? (which made it to #4 in February 1994) got the ball rolling for the then Snoop Doggy Dogg. Along the way there have been 13 collaborations for Calvin Broadus whose Ego Trippin' record drops in March.
The New Albums
#17 k.d.lang - Watershed
Forty-six-year-old Canadian Kathryn Dawn Lang racks up a ninth New Zealand hit album with her highest charting set in 11 years. Fresh at #17, Watershed is her first since 2003's #48 Wonderful World (with Tony Bennett). kd has two chart-toppers, Ingenue (1992) and All You Can Eat (1995), among her tally.
#19 Aaradhna -
Sweet Soul Music
See story above.
Top 40 Albums - Week To Sunday, 17 February 2008
This Week / Last Week / Weeks In / Title / Artist Label/Dist
1 1 2 Sleep Through The Static Jack Johnson Universal
2 6 37 Back To Black: Deluxe Edition Amy Winehouse Universal
3 reentry 85 Thriller: 25th Anniversary Edition Michael Jackson SBME
4 2 3 Spirit Leona Lewis SBME
5 7 15 Raising Sand Robert Plant And Alison Krauss Universal
6 3 38 Second Hand Planet OpShop Siren/EMI
7 8 15 Exclusive Chris Brown SBME
8 4 37 Story So Far: The Very Best Of Rod Stewart WEA/Warner
9 10 3 Classic Cocker Joe Cocker Universal
10 5 67 Legend: The Best Of Bob Marley Universal
11 9 8 Lost Highway: Tour Edition Bon Jovi Universal
12 11 14 Mothership Led Zeppelin Rhino/Warner
13 15 11 The Platinum Collection Queen EMI
14 14 16 Long Road Out Of Eden: Deluxe Edition The Eagles Universal
15 13 17 Ultimate Santana Santana SBME
16 12 19 Exile On Mainstream matchbox twenty WEA/Warner
17 new 1 Watershed kd lang NoneSuch/Warner
18 17 31 Because Of The Times Kings Of Leon SBME
19 new 1 Sweet Soul Music Aaradhna DawnRaid/Universal
20 18 18 KORA KORA KORA/Border
21 16 27 Into The Dojo The Black Seeds Capitol/EMI
22 29 14 As I Am Alicia Keys SBME
23 20 36 Good Girl Gone Bad: Collector's Edition Rihanna Universal
24 21 19 In Swings The Tide Anika Moa EMI
25 22 14 Past, Present, Future Tiki Taane DirtyDub/Rhythmethod
26 37 2 Juno OST Various Rhino/Warner
27 26 10 Blackout Britney Spears SBME
28 32 21 Echoes, Silence, Patience And Grace Foo Fighters SBME
29 27 75 FutureSex / LoveSounds: Deluxe Edition Justin Timberlake SBME
30 23 46 Shock Value Timbaland Universal
31 24 7 In Rainbows Radiohead XL/Rhythmethod
32 34 4 Jukebox Cat Power Matador/Rhythmethod
33 36 52 Albertine: Deluxe Edition Brooke Fraser SBME
34 19 55 The Very Best Of UB40 Virgin/EMI
35 reentry 20 All The Lost Souls James Blunt WEA/Warner
36 25 4 Hannah Montana 2: Meet Miley Cyrus Hannah Montana Disney/EMI
37 reentry 7 Elizabeth Marvelly Elizabeth Marvelly EMI
38 reentry 27 Long Player: Deluxe Edition Hollie Smith Soundsmith/EMI
39 35 17 Outrageous Fortune: Westside Rules Various WEA/Warner
40 reentry 3 Once OST Various RedInk/SBME