• Ahead of what’s anticipated will be a mammoth Sunday night for British star Sam Smith at the Grammys, EMI Australia has serviced the singer’s new single ‘Lay Me Down’ to Australian media. The song is the fifth to be lifted from his double platinum debut album ‘In The Lonely Hour’.
• Nickelback has added two more shows to their forthcoming Australian concert tour. They’ll now play a second Melbourne show at the city’s Rod Laver Arena on May 16 and a show for the people of Newcastle – at the Entertainment Centre – on May 23. Tickets for both are on sale from midday on Thursday.
• Seth Sentry’s national ‘Run’ tour just got a little bigger, with the performer announcing a second Adelaide show. The new date – at Governor Hindmarsh on March 22 – will wrap up his touring commitments.
• Up and coming Melbourne hip hop artist Nyuon will launch his debut single ‘Your City’ in the middle of next month. He’ll hit the stage at The Workers Club in Melbourne on March 13. Check the clip HERE.
• Sydney duo Carmada have confirmed a national headline tour. The tour takes in just the four dates – in Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane in May and a show at Perth’s Villa Nightclub, which kicks off proceedings on Friday April 17. Tickets are on sale now.
• The Hoodoo Gurus have revealed that their drummer for the past 30 years, Mark Kingsmill, is leaving the band. In a statement released on Thursday, the Gurus stated that his loss of enthusiasm for the constant touring schedule was the reason behind his departure.
• And INXS have issued a statement about the health of their member Tim Farris, who got his hand caught in an electric anchor winch recently. “Tim is now home from the hospital with him family and undergoing physiotherapy as part of the recovery process. He is getting the best possible care and we hope with time he will regain movement in his finger. This was a terrible accident, we are all here to support him,” said Petrol Records’ Chris Murphy. Tim had one of his fingers severed in the accident.
• It’s five weeks on the fly for Mark Ronson and Bruno Mars atop this week’s Billboard Hot 100 singles chart over in the US. ‘Uptown Funk’ continues giving it to the Americans, with the entire top four steady. Only Maroon 5 makes an impact on the top five this week; their single ‘Sugar’ edging from No.6 to No.5. In fact, it’s Taylor Swift’s ‘Shake It Off’ sliding from No.5 to No.9 that allows each of last week’s No.6 to No.9 places to shift one place higher.
• Fall Out Boy were the big winners on last week’s Billboard 200 albums chart with their latest release ‘American Beauty/American Psycho’, but the LP drops to No.6 this week, allowing Taylor to reclaim the No.1 spot with ‘1989’ and Ed Sheeran to ascend to No.2 with ‘x’. On the eve of the Grammys, Sam Smith’s album ‘In The Lonely Hour’ surges from No.9 to No.4. Ne-Yo’s newbie ‘Non-Fiction’ premieres at No.5.
• And don’t miss our weekly wrap of all the chart comings and goings here at home with our weekly Chart Watch, live tonight and every Saturday at 6pm AEDT.
• With the demise of our weekly Sunday ‘auspOp Diary’ post (replaced by our shiny and new auspOp Diary calendar), your Saturday edition of The Purge is now where you’ll discover all the ticketing information for the forthcoming week. Here’s what’s happening this week;
Monday February 09 : The Prodigy (Sydney)
Tuesday February 10 : Big Pineapple Music Festival (Nambour)
Wednesday February 11 : Chet Faker (Melbourne)
Thursday February 12 : Nickelback (Melbourne, Newcastle)
Friday February 13 : Charli XCX (Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane)