Kings breaks NZ music chart record

By Wepiha Te Kanawa
  • Auckland

Singer-songwriter, Kings (Tūhoe, Te Arawa) now holds the record for the longest-running number one single in New Zealand.

He's the king of New Zealand's music chart. Knocking Lorde off her throne to take the record for the longest-running number one single in New Zealand.

Kings told Te Kāea, “The CEO of Warner(Music) tagged me in this Instagram post and I texted him straight like ‘Is this for real?' and he was like yeah, and I'm like 'But is it for real?' He's like 'it's for real'. The loves been awesome the support from the people have been crazy. It's was really kind of a surreal feeling.”

For 27 weeks, his hit 'Don't worry about It' has been at number one. His success grew in 2016 after winning the Best Breakthrough Artist of the Year at the Vodafone New Zealand Music Awards.

“It was gonna be mentally challenging, but I didn't realise how mentally challenging until they called my name out. I though oh no. I forgot everything, I forgot to thank my Mrs, she was staring at me like ‘Hmmm, Breakthrough is it? It'll be breakthrough when we get back'.”

Kings put his success down to his spiritual beliefs.

“I think I'm a channel, not so much as I'm writing the music, but it's like I'm a channel of the wairua coming through and I'm just open to it.”

The music video for his new single 'Someday' is now complete and is set to be released any day now.