• Proving that she’s still queen of the disco, Dannii Minogue this week notched up her staggering 14th consecutive No.1 on the UK club chart with her latest single ‘Summer Of Love’. It’s a chart run that stretches way back to 1997. Extended remixes of ‘Summer Of Love’ were officially serviced to DJs here in Australia earlier this week.
• No confirmation from EMI here in Australia at this stage, but it seems that Tori Kelly, who’ll be in Australia for a promotional visit this week, will release her debut album ‘Unbreakable Smile’ at the end of June. Comprising 16 tracks in all (including current single ‘Nobody Love’), the LP will drop here on Friday June 26.
• Seth Sentry has confirmed that he’ll drop his new album ‘Strange New Past’ on Friday June 05. The second single from the LP is called ‘Hell Boy’ and it’s set to be premiered by Richard Kingsmill on Triple J tomorrow.
• It’s hard not to be impressed by the feats of Above & Beyond this week. They announced in the middle of last month that they’d be delivering the 150th edition of their Group Therapy Radio celebrations at Sydney’s Allphones Arena in September. The entire event sold out within a few hours of tickets hitting the sales desk on Thursday.
• Flight Facilities will team up with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra for a special one-off show at Melbourne’s Sidney Myer Music Bowl on October 17. It’ll be the band’s only Melbourne show for 2015 and promises to be something truly special. Tickets are on sale from this Wednesday.
• The Urban Country Music Festival, which was to be held in Caboolture this weekend, has been cancelled. Due to the intense rainfall that lashed South East Queensland yesterday, which resulted in “extreme damage” to the site and equipment, organisers first cancelled just yesterday’s portion of the event, then later the entire three day event. Read more at their FACEBOOK page.
• Future-soul stars Hiatus Kaiyote have confirmed that they’ll be touring in August. Shows are locked in for Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane and Perth, all in support of their just-released album ‘Choose Your Weapon’. Tickets for all shows are on sale this Tuesday.
• Those wishing to pop along to see Ed Sheeran’s stadium dates in December this year now have two more reasons to do so, with the addition this week of support acts Rudimental and Foy Vance. Tickets for all four shows are on sale this Tuesday.
• Earl Sweatshirt has announced Splendour In The Grass sideshows in late July. He’ll play Sydney’s Max Watt’s (formerly The HiFi) on July 25, Melbourne’s Prince Bandroom on July 28 and Perth’s Villa Nightclub on July 29. The shows are on sale now.
• The Church have added a Tasmanian show to their forthcoming tour. They’ll stop by Hobart’s Hellenic Hall on Thursday July 09, slap bang in between dates in Brisbane and Melbourne.
• No budging Wiz Khalifa from the top spot on this week’s Billboard Hot 100 singles chart. He spends a third week straight there with his anthem ‘See You Again’, but it seems that after a staggering 24 weeks on the chart, Mark Ronson and Bruno Mars still ain’t going nowhere with their brand of ‘Uptown Funk’ (No.2). Fetty Wap’s ‘Trap Queen’ leaps to No.3 and Jason Derulo edges into the top ten with ‘Want To Want Me’.
• Alabama Shakes has claimed the No.1 spot on this week’s Billboard 200 albums chart. Their LP ‘Sound & Color’ lands in the pole position ahead of the ‘Furious 7’ soundtrack and a debut from Yelawolf’s newbie ‘Love Story’ (No.3). Not such good news for Shawn Mendes, however; his album ‘Handwritten’ landed in the No.1 spot on debut last week, but has tanked to No.17 for week number two.
• Who’s debuting where here in Australia, meanwhile? The ARIA charts go live at 6pm tonight and we’ll be here to give you the lowdown on who’s premiered, who’s dropped, who’s picked up a new accreditation and more! Best you’re back here from 6pm sharp for Chart Watch.
MONDAY MAY 04 : Ryan Adams (Sydney, Melbourne)
MONDAY MAY 04 : Jimmy Barnes (Gold Coast)
TUESDAY MAY 05 : Hiatus Kaiyote (Nationally)
TUESDAY MAY 05 : Ed Sheeran (Nationally)
WEDNESDAY MAY 06 : Flight Facilities (Melbourne)