• Sony Music kicked off the week with a brand new single from San Franciscan outfit Train. ’50 Ways To Say Goodbye’ is the follow-up to the band’s platinum-selling single ‘Drive By’ and the second track lifted from their top 20 album ‘California 37’. The band arrives in Australia next month for a series of East Coast live shows.
• Also out at media this week are Katy Perry’s aforementioned new single ‘Wide Awake’, the new Jennifer Lopez single ‘Goin’ In’ (featuring Flo Rida), Garbage’s ‘Big Bright World’ and remixes of David Guetta’s latest single ‘I Can Only Imagine’. A more comprehensive run-down of the tracks serviced to radio this week is available over at our FACEBOOK PAGE.
• Ivy League Records has this afternoon announced the signing of Sydney outfit Sures. The four piece surf-pop band have a handful of shows scheduled across the coming months to celebrate the impending release of their debut EP ‘Stars’, which is due at the end of June.
• With two new hit singles under her increasingly tiny belt and an album release confirmed for August, Ricki-Lee Coulter (pictured) was this week revealed as the new face of cosmetics brand Cover Girl Australia. “Who doesn’t know the easy, breezy, beautiful COVERGIRL line?” the singer asked in a statement. “I’m so excited to be the face of the brand in Australia and help all girls find and rock their inner COVERGIRL.”
• Diminutive pop superstar Prince got a surprise from the team at Melbourne’s Triple M this morning, with their Hot Breakfast team placing a prank call to the ‘purple one’, all courtesy of his back-up dancer Damaris Lewis. It was the superstar’s only Australian interview and he apparently took it all in good fun. You can check out the results HERE.
• Sydney outfit The Rubens has announced that their (as yet untitled) debut album will be released in September. The band’s latest single ‘Don’t Ever Want To Be Found’ was released earlier this month and they’ll hit the road for two special headline shows in support of it. They’ll play Melbourne’s Corner Hotel on Thursday July 12 and Sydney’s Oxford Art Factory on Thursday July 19, along with their planned appearances at Adelaide’s Spin Off Festival and at Splendour In The Grass. Tickets for the Sydney and Melbourne headline shows are on sale this Friday.
• On the British singles chart this week, the Fun. single with Janelle Monae has finally hit the No.1 position. ‘We Are Young’ has been in the charts for seven weeks and beat out The Wanted’s new single ‘Chasing The Sun’ (debuting at No.2) to ascend to the top spot.
New in the No.7 spot this week is Paloma Faith’s stirring new single ‘Picking Up The Pieces’, with J-Lo’s ‘Dance Again’ just missing out on the top ten, premiering at No.11. Kylie’s ‘Timebomb’ debuts at No.31 after just a couple of days on sale.
• On the UK albums chart, Emeli Sande’s ‘Our Version Of Events’ is back in the top spot, with blues musician Joe Bonamassa premiering in the No.2 spot with ‘Driving Towards The Daylight’. John Mayer’s newbie ‘Born & Raised’ is in at No.4, with the Bee Gees’ ‘Number Ones’ album bulleting to No.5 following the death of Bee Gee Robin. A trio of top ten debuts follow from Fun. (No.7 with ‘Some Nights’), Tom Jones (No.8 with ‘Spirit In The Room’) and Enemy (No.9 with ‘Streets In The Sky’). The Temper Trap’s album premieres at No.17 – their highest UK album chart position yet.
• And don’t forget, we bring you a comprehensive wrap of all the chart action here in Australia each Sunday morning with our regular Chart Watch segment, live from 9am AEST.