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Two Hits Are Better Than One

Two Hits Are Better Than One

One thing the digital music age has unleashed on the Singles Chart is the number of multiple artist entries in each week’s chart. This week 11 acts feature twice or more on the list. Some do it individually while others accomplish it as collaborators on someone else's track.

Lady Gaga and Nicki Minaj are prime examples with consecutive new entries two weeks in a row. In the pre-digital era the logistics of recording, manufacturing and distribution saw such multiple hits as a rare exception rather than the norm.

Lady Gaga leads the way with four entries, while Nicki Minaj has three. Pitbull, Bruno Mars, Adele, David Guetta, Jessie J, Katy Perry, Chris Brown, Snoop Dogg and Rihanna have two apiece.

The New Singles

#9 Lady Gaga - Hair

A fourth hit from Born This Way charts here as the set drops this week, and should easily chart at #1 next week. In the meantime Stefani claims four consecutive chart entries prior to the album issue.

#32 Nicki Minaj - Super Bass

Another week, another hit: Nicki Minaj follows last week’s debut solo hit Girls Fall Like Dominoes (#21 this week) with Super Bass at #32. She now totals five singles entries.

The New Albums

#5 Seether - Holding On To The Strings Better Left To Fray

Together 11 years, South African trio Seether return to the New Zealand Chart after a three-year absence as Holding On To The Strings Better Left To Fray drops in at #5. Their fourth chart set here, it betters their third, 2007's #9 Finding Beauty In Negative Spaces, to become their highest charter thus far.

#13 Ben Harper - Give Til It’s Gone

New Zealanders have been buying Ben Harper’s music for over 15 years, and during that time he’s tallied six hit singles and 10 chart albums. High points include the 2000 #2 single Steal My Kisses along with two #1 albums, 1997’s The Will To Live and 2006’s Both Sides Of The Gun. New at #13, Give Til It’s Gone is Harper’s first inking in just on two years.

#15 Beastwars - Beastwars

Capital city doom metal merchants Matt, James, Nato and Clayton are Beastwars who place their self-titled debut at #15 first time. The four-piece play Hamilton this Friday, followed by Auckland on Saturday. It’s one of 10 local albums charting this week.

#38 Kate Bush - The Director’s Cut

Some 33 years on and with nine chart albums to her name, 52-year-old Brit songstress Kate Bush reworks cuts from her 1989 #27 The Sensual World and 1993 #30 The Red Shoes sets for a #38 debut with The Director’s Cut. It’s new in the UK as well, making #2.

#39 The Yoots - Sing Along With The Yoots

Wellington ensemble The Yoots was masterminded by Fat Freddy’s Drop trombonist Joe Lindsay (Hopepa) back in 2006. The troupe, now numbering ten, present their debut Sing Along With The Yoots, comprising well known Maori waiata with the Yoot rhythm at #39 first week.

#40 The Lonely Island - Turtleneck And Chain

Andy Samberg, Jorma Taccone and Akiva Schaffer perform together as The Lonely Island. Logging three hit singles, they add an album cap to their chart tally here as sophomore Turtleneck And Chain arrives in the anchor position #40. It opened at #3 in their native US and betters the non-appearance of their Incredibad debut two years ago.


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