The New Zealand music industry celebrated the ruby anniversary of the Official NZ Top 40 Music Charts on Wednesday.
The Charts have been a stalwart for popular music since their beginnings in May 1975 – with the first ever chart topper being Helen Reddy’s ‘Free and Easy’ (this week’s number one hit is ‘See You Again’ by Wiz Khalifa feat. Charlie Puth).
Auckland’s Vector Arena hosted the event which honoured 16 artists from New Zealand and abroad who have topped albums and singles charts in four categories: Most #1s – Most Chart Entries – Most Weeks in the Chart – and Most Weeks at #1.
To commemorate the 40 years of The Official NZ Top 40 Music Charts, Recorded Music NZ (which runs the charts) will release a limited edition 7″ pressed on ruby red vinyl – with proceeds going towards the New Zealand Music Foundation.
The vinyl features Tiki Taane’s ‘Always on My mind’- the Kiwi track that spent the most weeks (55) in the Singles Chart and Scribe’s ‘Stand Up’ – the Kiwi single that spent the most weeks (12) at #1. Both artists donated their tracks for the project.
It will be available through record stores in June and collectors will be able to choose between a Scribe or Tiki Taane cover.
Taane says he was astounded to find out how long his track stayed in the charts.
‘That song is so raw and so under-produced. Compared to everything else on the charts it really sticks out, perhaps that’s why it did so well. I don’t make music to be in the charts but the fact that people like it…I’m very thankful’.