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Freddys and Savage Best-Charting Locals In 2005

26th January 2006

Fat Freddy's Drop's stellar run continues with the Wellington seven-piece group the most successful New Zealand act on the album charts in 2005.

'Based On A True Story' is the second best selling album of the year, just pipped at the post by James Blunt whose album 'Back To Bedlam' was a December favourite.

And to Fat Freddy's four Tuis at the Vodafone New Zealand Music Awards you can add a second triumph - the album has been six weeks at top of the Chart, equalling Split Enz' 'Time And Tide' which set the benchmark in 1982. 

The only other 'local' album by a band to spend longer on top is Crowded House's 'Recurring Dream' which stayed at number one for eight weeks in 1996, a feat FFD may yet reach.

The figures are compiled by Media Sauce Ltd. for the Recording Industry Association of New Zealand (RIANZ) which has just released The Official Chart sales data for the year to December 31 for across-the-counter sales to consumers.

Hayley Westenra's 'Odyssey' capped off another high-selling year climbing into the top 10 at eighth most popular album for the 12 months.  Westenra's 'Pure' was the seventh highest selling album in 2004.

Hayley is the only Kiwi act featuring in December's and the year's most popular 10 DVDs with 'Live In Concert' in at number nine for the month and 10 for the year.

On the singles front, Savage had a great year and was the only local act to make it into the Top 10 Singles Chart - and with two entries.

Moonshine, featuring US rapper Akon, was the third highest selling single for 2005.  Meanwhile Swing, the first single from Savage's debut album 'Moonshine', came in at number eight on the end of year charts.

RIANZ chief executive Campbell Smith says 2004 was a hard act to follow when New Zealand artists produced seven of the top 20 singles and eight of the top 20 albums.

"Fat Freddy's hard work has paid off and the band's number two position is a well deserved success for a group that works so hard and does things on its own terms," Smith says.

"By spending six weeks at the top of the chart the group has this week stamped its place in New Zealand music history."
 
Altogether 20 New Zealand artists featured in the top 100 chart albums for 2005 including the feelers at number 16 with 'Playground Battle' and Bic Runga at 20 with 'Birds'.  There were 23 locals in the top 100 albums in 2004. There were 16 NZ artists in the top 100 singles chart in both years.


The top 20 selling albums for 2005 were:

Rank
 
Title
 
Artist
 
Label/Dist
 
NZ
 
1
Back To Bedlam
James Blunt
WEA/Warner
 
2
Based On A True Story
Fat Freddy's Drop
The Drop/Rhythmethod
*
3
X&Y
Coldplay
Capitol/EMI
 
4
In Between Dreams
Jack Johnson
Universal
 
5
Monkey Business
Black Eyed Peas
Universal
 
6
In Your Honor
Foo Fighters
SBME
 
7
Curtain Call: The Hits
Eminem
Universal
 
8
Odyssey
Hayley Westenra
Universal
*
9
Breakaway
Kelly Clarkson
SBME
 
10
Crazy Hits
Crazy Frog
WEA/Warner
 
11
Demon Days
Gorillaz
Capitol/EMI
 
12
American Idiot
Green Day
WEA/Warner
 
13
Songs About Jane
Maroon 5
SBME
 
14
Love, Angel, Music, Baby
Gwen Stefani
Universal
 
15
Trouble: Deluxe Edition
Akon
Universal
 
16
Playground Battle
the feelers
WEA/Warner
*
17
The Massacre
50 Cent
Universal
 
18
Il Divo
Il Divo
SBME
 
19
Ancora
Il Divo
SBME
 
20
Birds
Bic Runga
SBME
*

 

The top 20 selling singles for 2005 were:

Rank
Title
Artist
Label/Dist
NZ
1
Axel F
Crazy Frog
WEA/Warner
 
2
Das Kleine Krokodil
Schnappi
Universal
 
3
Moonshine
Savage feat. Akon
DawnRaid/Universal
*
4
Popcorn
Crazy Frog
WEA/Warner
 
5
Don't Cha
The Pussycat Dolls
Universal
 
6
Let Me Love You
Mario
SBME
 
7
Don't Phunk With My Heart
Black Eyed Peas
Universal
 
8
Switch
Will Smith
Universal
 
9
Swing
Savage
DawnRaid/Universal
*
10
Jingle Bells
Crazy Frog
WEA/Warner
 
11
Ghetto Gospel
2Pac feat. Elton John
Universal
 
12
Candy Shop
50 Cent feat. Olivia
Universal
 
13
Beautiful Soul
Jesse McCartney
Hollywood/Warner
 
14
Pon De Replay
Rihanna
Universal
 
15
Lonely
Akon
Universal
 
16
Big City Life
Mattafix
Capitol/EMI
 
17
1, 2, Step
Ciara feat. Missy Elliott
SBME
 
18
Feel Good Inc
Gorillaz
Capitol/EMI
 
19
Hollaback Girl
Gwen Stefani
Universal
 
20
Gold Digger
Kanye West feat. Jamie Foxx
Universal
 

 

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