The Official New Zealand Music Chart is the weekly New Zealand top 40 singles and albums charts, issued weekly by Recorded Music NZ (formerly Recording Industry Association of New Zealand). The Music Chart also includes the top-20 New Zealand artist singles and albums and top 10 compilation albums. All charts are compiled from data of both physical and digital sales from music retailers in New Zealand.
New Zealand is a sovereign island country in the southwestern Pacific Ocean. The country geographically comprises two main landmasses—the North Island, and the South Island —and around 600 smaller islands. It has a total land area of 268,000 square kilometres (103,500 sq mi). New Zealand is situated some 2,000 kilometres (1,200 mi) east of Australia across the Tasman Sea and roughly 1,000 kilometres (600 mi) south of the Pacific island areas of New Caledonia, Fiji, and Tonga. Because of its remoteness, it was one of the last lands to be settled by humans. During its long period of isolation, New Zealand developed a distinct biodiversity of animal, fungal, and plant life. The country's varied topography and its sharp mountain peaks, such as the Southern Alps, owe much to the tectonic uplift of land and volcanic eruptions. New Zealand's capital city is Wellington, while its most populous city is Auckland.
A record chart, also called a music chart, is a ranking of recorded music according to certain criteria during a given period of time. Many different criteria are used in worldwide charts, often in combination. These include record sales, the amount of radio airplay, the number of downloads, and the amount of streaming activity.
Recorded Music NZ is a non-profit trade association of record producers, distributors and recording artists who sell music in New Zealand. Membership of Recorded Music NZ is open to any recorded music rights owner operating in New Zealand, inclusive of major labels, independent labels and self-released artists. Recorded Music NZ has over 2000 rights holders.
The singles chart is currently sales and streaming data of songs. In June 2014 it was announced that the chart would also include streaming;this took effect for the chart published 7 November 2014 and dated 10 November 2014. Previously airplay was factored into the chart methodology as well.
In radio broadcasting, airplay is how frequently a song is being played on radio stations. A song which is being played several times every day (spins) would have a large amount of airplay. Music which became very popular on jukeboxes, in nightclubs and at discotheques between the 1940s and 1960s would also have airplay.
Prior to 2004, RIANZ also published an annual ranking chart of singles and albums released in New Zealand. Position was awarded by a simple scoring system whereby a number one in one week gets 50 points, a number two gets 49 points and so on, then all weeks are added together. From 2004 onwards, however, the annual charts have songs positioned based on the number of sales for that year.
From April 2007 to October 2011, the charts were displayed and archived at the website radioscope.net.nz which listed 13 different charts, most notably RadioScope100 and NZ40 Airplay Chart.In November 2011, RIANZ launched an updated chart website. The new Chart website also provides the ability to listen to song previews, view music videos, and buy tracks and albums.
In May 2015, Recorded Music NZ celebrated the 40th anniversary of the Official NZ Top 40 Music Charts. An event was held at Vector Arena in Auckland and featured performances from 16 artists from New Zealand and overseas who had previously achieved various chart milestones, including most number ones, most chart entries, most weeks in the chart and most weeks at number one.
As part of the celebrations, a limited edition single pressed on red vinyl was released, with Tiki Taane's song "Always on my Mind" (the New Zealand track to spend the most weeks - 55 - in the singles chart) and Scribe's song "Stand Up" (the New Zealand single to spend the most weeks - 12 - at number one).
The following chart achievements were noted:
From June 2016, the method of determining certifications was changed to a points-based system based on a combination of physical sales, digital sales and online streams. For singles, 175 streams is considered equal to one sale. For albums, the Stream Equivalent Album (SEA) system is used.
A single qualifies for gold certification if it exceeds 15,000 points and platinum certification if it exceeds 30,000 points. An album qualifies for gold certification if it exceeds 7500 points and platinum certification if it exceeds 15,000 points. wholesale sales to retailers. For music DVDs (formerly videos), a gold accreditation represents 2,500 copies shipped, with a platinum accreditation representing 5,000 units shipped.
|Format / product||Gold||Platinum|
These totals include singles when the artist is 'featured'—that is, not the main artist.
|Longest run||Total weeks at|
|The Beatles||14 ‡||"Hey Jude" (5 weeks)||31|
|Katy Perry||9||"Roar" (11 weeks)||30|
|Michael Jackson||8||"Beat It", "Black or White" (5 weeks each)||28|
|U2||8||"One Tree Hill" (6 weeks)||23|
|Rihanna||8||"We Found Love" (9 weeks)||33|
|Mariah Carey||8||"I'll Be There", "Endless Love" (5 weeks each)||19|
|Eminem||7||"Without Me" (7 weeks)||29|
|Akon||7||"Moonshine" (7 weeks)||23|
|Bee Gees||7||"Tragedy" (6 weeks)||17|
|Beyoncé||6||“Sweet Dreams (3 weeks)||13|
|Justin Bieber||6||"Despacito (Remix)" (13 weeks)||39|
|Chris Brown||6||"Forever" (8 weeks)||26|
|The Black Eyed Peas||6||"I Gotta Feeling" (9 weeks)||20|
|ABBA||6||"Fernando" (9 weeks)||17|
These totals includes singles when the artist is 'featured'—that is, not the main artist.
|Longest run||Total weeks at|
|Scribe||4||"Stand Up"/"Not Many" (12 weeks) †||20|
|John Rowles||3 ‡||"Tania" (4 weeks)||6|
|Mr. Lee Grant||3 ‡||"Thanks To You" (3 weeks)||6|
|Lorde||3||"Royals" (3 weeks)||5|
|Deep Obsession||3||"Lost in Love", "One & Only" (2 weeks each)||5|
|Savage||3||"Moonshine" (7 weeks)||17|
|Jon Stevens||2||"Jezebel" (5 weeks)||7|
|Mark Williams||2||"It Doesn't Matter Anymore" (4 weeks)||7|
|Stan Walker||2||"Black Box" (6 weeks) †||7|
|P-Money||2||"Stop the Music", "Everything" (3 weeks each) †||6|
|3 The Hard Way||2||"Hip Hop Holiday" (3 weeks)||4|
|Avalanche City||2||"Love Love Love" (3 weeks)||4|
|Ginny Blackmore||2||"Bones", "Holding You" (1 week each) †||2|
|Tex Pistol||2||"Game of Love", "Nobody Else" (1 week each)||2|
|Year||Artist||Song||Total weeks at|
|2014||Pharrell Williams||"Happy" *||15|
|1978||Boney M.||"Rivers of Babylon"||14|
|2016||Drake featuring Wizkid and Kyla||"One Dance"||13|
|2017||Ed Sheeran||"Shape of You" *||13|
|2017||Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee featuring Justin Bieber||"Despacito (Remix)"||13|
|1975||Freddy Fender||"Wasted Days and Wasted Nights" *||12|
|2003|| Scribe ||"Stand Up/Not Many" *||12|
|1992||Whitney Houston||"I Will Always Love You"||11|
|1993||UB40||"Can't Help Falling in Love" *||11|
|2005||Crazy Frog||"Axel F" *||11|
|2009|| Smashproof featuring Gin Wigmore ||"Brother"||11|
|2011||LMFAO feat. Lauren Bennett & GoonRock||"Party Rock Anthem"||11|
|2013||Robin Thicke feat. Pharrell Williams & T.I.||"Blurred Lines" *||11|
|1973||Tony Orlando & Dawn||"Tie a Yellow Ribbon Round the Ole Oak Tree"||10|
|2008||Lady Gaga||"Poker Face"||10|
|2009/2010|| Stan Walker ||"Black Box"||10|
|2015/2016||Justin Bieber||"Love Yourself"||10|
|1976||Elton John and Kiki Dee||"Don't Go Breaking My Heart" *||9|
|1986||All of Us ||"Sailing Away"||9|
|1995||Coolio featuring L.V.||"Gangsta's Paradise" *||9|
|2009||The Black Eyed Peas||"I Gotta Feeling"||9|
|2011||Rihanna featuring Calvin Harris||"We Found Love"||9|
|2012/2013||Macklemore & Ryan Lewis featuring Wanz -||"Thrift Shop"||9|
|2014/2015||Mark Ronson featuring Bruno Mars||"Uptown Funk"||9|
The following is a list of albums that have been certified by the Recorded Music NZ.
Demetrius Savelio, better known by his stage name Savage, is a Samoan recording artist and a former member of hip hop group the Deceptikonz. Savage was the first New Zealand hip hop artist in history to have a commercial single achieve platinum certification status in the United States. The "International Breakthrough" accolade of the Pacific Music Awards was created in his honour. Savage has recently applied his recognisable voice in the electronic dance music space with 5x platinum hit 'Freaks' with Timmy Trumpet, and 4x platinum hit 'Swing' with Joel Fletcher.
"Tears in Heaven" is a song by Eric Clapton and Will Jennings. Its lyrics were inspired by the death of Clapton's four-year-old son, Conor, who fell from a New York apartment building on 20 March 1991. It appeared on the 1991 Rush film soundtrack. In January 1992, Clapton performed the song in front of an audience at Bray Studios, Berkshire, England for MTV Unplugged, with the recording appearing on his Unplugged album.
Barbadian singer Rihanna has released eight studio albums, two compilation albums, two remix albums, one reissue, and 71 singles. Since the beginning of her career in 2005, Rihanna has sold over 280 million records and singles, making her one of the best-selling artists of all time. She has released seven Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) certified platinum and multi-platinum albums in the United States, that have totalled sales of over 10 million copies in the country. Fourteen of Rihanna's singles have reached number one on the US Billboard Hot 100, giving her the fourth most number-one singles on the chart. She is the only artist that produced number-one singles on the Hot 100 chart from seven consecutive albums.
American singer Kelly Clarkson has released eight studio albums, four extended plays, one compilation album, one remix album, and 43 singles. In 2002, she won the inaugural season of the television competition American Idol and was immediately signed to a US$1 million recording deal with RCA Records. She made her chart debut in September 2002 with the double A-side single "Before Your Love" / "A Moment Like This", which topped the Billboard Hot 100 chart in the United States by achieving the biggest jump to number one. Her debut album, Thankful, was released in April 2003 and debuted atop the Billboard 200 chart in the United States and was certified in four countries, including a double-platinum certification by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA). Its lead single, "Miss Independent", charted in nine countries, reaching number nine on the Billboard Hot 100. Subsequent singles from the album include "Low" and "The Trouble with Love Is". In 2004, Clarkson released her second album, Breakaway, which incorporated aspects of pop rock. Breakaway debuted at number three on the Billboard 200 and subsequently became her most successful studio album to date, being certified sextuple-platinum in the United States and twelve million worldwide. Its first four singles, "Breakaway", "Since U Been Gone", "Behind These Hazel Eyes", and "Because of You", became successful hits worldwide, charting at the top-ten in many countries, and with the latter-most topping the charts in the Netherlands and Switzerland. Its final single, "Walk Away", became a top-twenty hit in many countries.
"Don't Call Me Baby" is a song by Australian house duo Madison Avenue. The song is the band's biggest hit, reaching number one in New Zealand and the United Kingdom. In the duo's home country, the song peaked at number two for six non-consecutive weeks. The song features a bassline sample from "Ma Quale Idea" by Italo disco artist Pino D'Angiò, which in turn is based on "Ain't No Stoppin' Us Now" by McFadden & Whitehead.
Nesian Mystik was a New Zealand hip-hop/R&B group which formed in 1999. The cultural backgrounds of its members united a remarkable diversity of Polynesia by bringing together Cook Island, Tongan, Samoan and Maori ancestry. As well as producing a record number of Top 10 New Zealand singles, Nesian Mystik supported international acts such as Robbie Williams, Missy Elliott, Shaggy and The Black Eyed Peas. The group officially disbanded in 2011 after a successful music career that included four commercially successful albums and numerous New Zealand Music Award nominations.
"Flaunt It" is a song by Australian duo TV Rock, released the first single from their 2006 debut album Sunshine City. The song became a major success in the duo's home country, topping the ARIA Singles Chart for five weeks, and it also reached number three in New Zealand for three weeks.
What to Do with Daylight is the debut album by New Zealand singer/songwriter, Brooke Fraser released in 2004. What to Do with Daylight was the top New Zealand album for 2004, and went seven times Platinum.
American singer-songwriter Taylor Swift has released seven studio albums, five extended plays (EP), one live album, one compilation album, four video albums, 52 singles, 16 promotional singles, and 44 music videos. With estimated sales of over 50 million albums and 150 million singles worldwide, Swift is one of the best-selling music artists. According to the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA), Swift is the third best-selling digital singles artist in the US, totaling single certifications of 120 million downloads and streams. She is the first artist to have four albums sell over one million copies within first week of release on the Billboard 200, and has sold 32.7 million albums in the US. Her UK album and single sales stand at 3.34 million and 17 million, respectively.
Irish pop vocal group Westlife has released ten studio albums, two extended plays, one live album, three box sets, forty singles, twenty-one promotional singles, nine compilation albums and fifty-four music videos. Formed on 3 July 1998, the group was made up of singers Nicky Byrne, Kian Egan, Mark Feehily, Shane Filan, and Brian McFadden. The band was signed under Simon Cowell, Clive Davis, and Jordan Jay Blue and under record labels' BMG, S Records, Arista Records, Sony BMG, Syco Music, Sony Music Entertainment and RCA Records from 1998-2012 and currently on Universal Music Group and Virgin EMI Records from 2018. The last four members remained active until their last live concert performance in the Europe's third largest stadium Croke Park on 23 June 2012 and have reunited on 3 October 2018 for new music and tour. Based on the British Phonographic Industry certifications, the group have sold 21.5 million records and videos in the United Kingdom alone across their 20-year career–8.4 million singles, 12 million albums and 1.3 million videos. Their biggest selling album is their first Greatest Hits compilation, followed by Coast to Coast, with seven of their albums selling one million copies or more. Their biggest selling video is "Where Dreams Come True", which has sold 240,000 copies to date. The band was viewed with total of over a billion views in YouTube counting only the ones uploaded from their official site alone with more than 2 million page subscribers for the band as of May 2019, were streamed more than 300 million times, and more than 550 million times in Spotify, with more than a million followers on the said streaming media platform as well.
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Tiki Taane is a New Zealand-based musician, experimentalist, musical activist, producer, and live engineer. He was a member of leading New Zealand band Salmonella Dub but left after eleven years on 1 January 2007 to pursue a solo career. His debut album, Past, Present, Future, was released on 22 October 2007 in New Zealand and has since gone two times platinum, achieving a number one single, "Always On My Mind", which became the first digital single to reach platinum sales and also holds the record by staying in the NZ Top 40 Charts for 55 weeks. Taane is also the exclusive live sound engineer for New Zealand drum and bass act Shapeshifter since their first gig in 1999. Taane has also produced multi platinum albums for bands such as Six60, Salmonella Dub and Tiki Taane.
Barbra Streisand's Greatest Hits Volume 2 is the second greatest hits album recorded by American vocalist Barbra Streisand. It was released on November 15, 1978 by Columbia Records. The album is a compilation consisting of ten commercially successful singles from the singer's releases in the 1970s, with a majority of them being cover songs. It also features a new version of "You Don't Bring Me Flowers", which was released as the collection's only single on October 7, 1978. Originating on Streisand's previous album, Songbird, the new rendition is a duet with Neil Diamond who had also recorded the song for his 1978 album of the same name. The idea for the duet originated from DJ Gary Guthrie who sold the idea to the record label for $5 million.
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Past, Present, Future is New Zealand based musician Tiki Taane's platinum selling debut solo album. It features a fusion of Taane’s trademark bass-heavy production with traditional Māori instrumentation, a style which Taane describes as “punk dub meets tangatawhenua”.
"Always On My Mind" is a single by the New Zealand singer Tiki Taane. It was released as the first single from Taane's first solo album, Past, Present, Future. It reached number one on the New Zealand Singles Chart.
Canadian rapper Drake has released five studio albums, three compilation albums, two extended plays, six mixtapes, 133 singles, five promotional singles and 84 music videos. His music has been released on record labels Universal Motown Records and Universal Republic Records, along with subsidiaries Aspire Music Group, Young Money Entertainment and Cash Money Records. He has the most number one singles on the US Hot Rap Songs chart with fifteen, and the most number one singles on the US Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart with nineteen.
Six60 is a five-piece New Zealand band that formed in 2008. Their self-titled debut album was released on 10 October 2011 on their own label Massive Entertainment. The album was produced and mixed by Tiki Taane and debuted at number one in the New Zealand charts and was certified gold within its first week of release Their first two singles "Rise Up 2.0" and "Don't Forget Your Roots" reached number one and number two respectively on the RIANZ singles chart and were both certified double and triple platinum. In 2018 the band won five Vodafone New Zealand Music Awards and were the most streamed artist by New Zealanders on Spotify. On 23 February 2019, SIX60 became the first New Zealand band to play a sold out concert at the iconic Western Springs Stadium, to a crowd of 50,000 fans.
The Greatest Showman: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack is the soundtrack album to the film The Greatest Showman. It was released in full on December 8, 2017 by Atlantic Records. The first pre-order release was on October 26, 2017, with two promotional singles: "The Greatest Show" and "This Is Me". A third, "Rewrite the Stars", followed on November 17, 2017. "This Is Me" was released on December 8, 2017, as the album's official lead single. In Australia, "Rewrite the Stars" was released to radio on July 20, 2018.