• What’s this, you ask? Franz Ferdinand AND Sparks teaming up for a new collaborative project. Your bet your (hot cross) buns! They’ve gotten super-creative and called themselves FFS (band picture, left) and they’ll be releasing a self-titled album on Friday June 05. Take a listen to the super-fresh album closer ‘Piss Off’ HERE.
• US artist Leon Bridges will release his debut album ‘Coming Home’ in the middle of June. The 25 year old is already impressing many in the industry with his timeless vocal and songwriting ability, both of which will be on show for all to hear when ‘Coming Home’ hits Aussie retailers on Friday June 19.
• Mark the morning of Tuesday April 21 in your diary. That’s the date when pop goddess Sia will take to the stage for her first live Australian TV performance in almost five years. Fans up early enough will get to see the starlet drop by the ‘Sunrise’ set, further details of which are still top secret.
• Aussie outfit Parralox will release a new EP on Friday April 17. As you’ll see from the cover image above, it’s called ‘Aeronaut’ and it brings together five fresh tunes, along with ‘Somebody II’ and a host of remixes of the title track, making for a dozen tracks in all. This kind of length, of course, puts some so-called albums to shame. Speaking of albums, look for a new Parralox album entitled ‘Subculture’ later this year.
• Fleetwood Mac’s forthcoming Aussie shows continue to sell. The latest city to experience unprecedented demand for tickets is Brisbane, so organisers have been quick to add a second date to the Queensland capital – on November 12, again at the Entertainment Centre. Tickets are on sale now.
• And rockers Kiss have added a second show in Melbourne. Originally due to perform just the one show at the city’s Rod Laver Arena, fans have demanded more, so they’ve added show number two on the very next night… Friday October 09. Tickets are on sale from 10am on Friday.
• 13 might have proved to be unlucky for Mark Ronson and Bruno Mars on the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart, but they needn’t have worried at all; ‘Uptown Funk’ still atop the American charts after a staggering 13 weeks. The top four is unchanged again for another week, but a few small moves in the lower reaches of the ten, including the rise of Natalie La Rose’s ‘Somebody’, which edges from No.13 to No.10. Jason Derulo’s new tune ‘Want To Want Me’ jumps ten places to No.17.
• On the Billboard 200 Albums Chart, meanwhile, Kendrick Lamar maintains his heading for a second successive week with ‘To Pimp A Butterfly’. Only Action Bronson’s ‘Mr Wonderful’ and a new ‘Kidz Bop’ compilation make their debuts in the top ten this week (at Nos.7 and 10 respectively), while Aussie Courtney Barnett debuts at No.20 with ‘Sometimes I Sit And Think And Sometimes I Just Sit’.
• And as you’ll no doubt be aware, we have a little segment we know on the site as Chart Watch. In it, we take a look at what’s happening on the weekly ARIA top 100s. Who’s new, who’s up, who’s down and who’s got something new and shiny next to their name. Chart Watch is live from 6pm AEDT.
• Just a little public service announcement too, that for those states that observe it, daylight savings ends overnight tonight. Your clocks should go back one hour from 2am (3am daylight savings time).
Friday April 10 : Kiss (Melbourne)