• The Cat Empire is living it up at the East Coast Blues & Roots Festival this weekend, performing the second date on their ten year birthday tour. The tour continues with three dates in Adelaide next week before moving to Melbourne and Sydney.
12 of the 14 shows have already completely sold out, forcing the band to add a late show at Melbourne’s Bennetts Lane on May 04. Tickets for the new show are on sale this Monday.
• Speaking of The Cat Empire, EMI will digitally release ‘Official Video Clips 2003-2010’ (pictured) this Friday. The collection will be available exclusively through the iTunes store.
• Sony Music has announced the local release of the sixth studio album by Incubus. Entitled ‘If Not Now, When?’, the album will drop on July 15, with a song called ‘Adolescents’ chosen as the first single.
• Gorillaz has released a brand new app for the iPad. Entitled ‘iElectribe’, the app (developed in conjunction with Korg) features Gorillaz stems and samples, enabling users to remix the band’s latest album ‘The Fall’. More details HERE.
• British dance outfit Above & Beyond (pictured) will bring their ‘Group Therapy’ world tour to Australia in September this year. They’re possibly best known locally for their brilliant remix of Madonna’s ‘What It Feels Like For A Girl’, but trance aficionados know the depths of their talent go much, much deeper. Dates, venues and other information regarding the band’s first ever solo tour of Australia is due to be released to media on Thursday May 05.
• The boys from Linkin Park will contribute to the forthcoming third installment in the successful Transformers movie franchise ‘Dark Of The Moon’. The band’s single ‘Iridescent’ will be featured in the flick, which is set to open in cinemas nationally on Thursday June 30.
• In the US, it would appear that two pop stars are better than one, with Rihanna & Britney’s version of ‘S&M’ overtaking Katy Perry’s ‘E.T.’ at the top of the Billboard singles chart. Jeremih’s new single ‘Down On Me’ continues to find favour – moving up to No.4, so too Adele’s ‘Rolling In The Deep’ which moves up to No.6. Lady Gaga debuts in the No.10 position with her new single ‘Judas’.
• And the Foo Fighters are celebrating their first ever US No.1 album with ‘Wasting Light’. The group’s new LP sold more than 235,000 copies in its first week on sale, easily trumping Adele’s ’21’ in position No.2 with 93,000 sales.
Elsewhere there are debuts at positions three, four and five from Alison Krauss & Union Station, Paul Simon and Mana respectively, while UK singer Jessie J makes an impressive debut at No.11 with her LP ‘Who You Are’.