• Today is Record Store Day. It’s that one day of the year (hopefully it’s not just limited to the one these days) that you’re invited to pop into your local record store to get your hands on some amazing music, perhaps catch a live gig or an instore appearance, or maybe even bag yourself one of a myriad limited edition releases. Check out the RECORD STORE DAY website for all the info you’ll need to find out who’s got what instore for you today.
• Jimmy Barnes is headed out again from July for the Flesh And Wood Acoustic Tour. As the title suggests, he’ll be performing tracks from his acclaimed 1993 LP ‘Flesh And Wood’, with shows locked away for all five main capitals (kicking off in Brisbane on July 03), along with a show in Toowoomba. But we’ve been warned that each city will get just one show only. Tickets are on sale from 10am local time on Friday.
• Neil Finn’s lost none of his pull, announcing seconds shows for both Sydney and Melbourne at the end of next month. He’s now playing two dates each at the Recital Centres in both cities; all four dates scheduled between May 27 and 31.
• Indie-pop darling Emma Louise has scored the coveted support slot on Sam Smith’s forthcoming Aussie tour dates. All six shows are fully sold out, including his first one at Brisbane’s Riverstage this time next week.
• Can you actually believe it? After 14 amazing weeks atop the US singles chart, the combination of Mark Ronson and Bruno Mars has finally been knocked from its perch… by Mister Wiz Khalifa. Last week, Wiz’ song ‘See You Again’ fizzed from No.84 to No.10 and this week, it’s bulleted even further to the No.1 position. Walk The Moon’s ‘Shut Up And Dance’ moves into the top ten and it looks like Jason Derulo’s on the march towards another top ten berth.
• The Wiz effect takes hold on the albums chart in the States too; with the album the single comes from – the soundtrack to ‘Furious 7’ – edging into the No.1 spot. All Time Low bags a No.2 debut with ‘Future Hearts’, with bullets to follow for the ‘Fifty Shades Of Grey’ soundtrack and Maroon 5’s ‘V’. Last week’s No.1 by Wale is out of the top ten; relegated to the No.11 spot.
• And all going well today (we’re being busy-busy away from the site), we’ll be bringing you your weekly wrap of all things chart-wise here at home in Australia with our Chart Watch at 6pm AEST.
MONDAY APRIL 20 : AC/DC (Nationally)
TUESDAY APRIL 21 : Alpine (Nationally)
FRIDAY APRIL 24 : Jimmy Barnes (Nationally)
FRIDAY APRIL 24 : Hozier (Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Perth)