• Maroon 5 has come storming back with a brand new single called ‘This Summer’s Gonna Hurt Like A Motherf—er’. According to our sources, the new song has already been well received by all the major radio networks and looks like being a big, fat hit. The single is currently due to drop on Tuesday, the same day the band performs the song live on the US edition of ‘The Voice’.
• Madonna has done it again. The Queen Of Pop has this week notched up her 45th number one single on the Billboard Dance Club Chart with her latest single ‘GhostTown’. According to the team at Billboard, this feat means she’s now achieved the most number ones of any artist on a single Billboard chart.
• The new Taylor Swift video is shaping up to be an epic affair, with a mass of big names set to appear alongside Tay Tay in ‘Bad Blood’. Set to premiere on Monday, the clip features Jessica Alba, Martha Hunt, Serayah, Kendrick Lamar, Karlie Kloss, Lena Dunham, Heilee Steinfeld, Ellie Goulding, Gigi Hadid, Zendaya, Hayley Williams and Lily Aldridge. So just a little bit of cash splashed on it, then…
• ARIA has this week revealed they’ll launch a new chart from Monday. The ‘Audio & Visual Streaming’ chart will incorporate the streaming of audio tracks via the various platforms, but will also incorporate streams on YouTube, Vevo and other user-generated platforms. ARIA CEO Dan Rosen saying, “We aim to continuously evolve the ARIA Charts to ensure that they accurately represent the new ways that Australian music fans are consuming their favourite music.”
• Coldplay has launched a new website. It’s essentially a timeline that aims to document their rise from their humble beginning around formation back in 1998 through to the supergroup they are today. Check it out at timeline.coldplay.com.
• Legendary Aussie singer songwriter Paul Kelly is to be honoured with the JC Williamson Award for his “longstanding contribution to the live performance industry”. The honour will be handed out at this year’s Helpmann Awards, held at Sydney’s Capitol Theatre on Monday July 27.
• Someone’s doing alright for themselves. That’d be Japanese Wallpaper, by the way, who’s already sold out all shows on his upcoming East Coast tour. Demand for extra tickets has forced him to shift the Brisbane show on July 02 to The Zoo and to add new 18+ shows in Sydney (Newtown Social Club on July 05) and Melbourne (Northcote Social Club on July 12). Tickets are on sale now.
• Indiepoppers Twenty One Pilots will drop by Australia on their current ‘Blurryface’ world tour, making stops in Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane. They’re set to play The Met in the Queensland capital on July 04 before under 18s matinee and over 18s gig at Melbourne’s Corner Hotel on July 05 and an all ages show at The Metro in Sydney on July 07. Live Nation pre-sale is go from 3pm on Monday, with general public tickets live from 10am on Tuesday May 19.
• The Church has added another Brisbane show to their ‘Further Deeper/The Blurred Crusade’ tour. The new show hits The Triffid on July 05.
• It’s now five weeks for Wiz Khalifa on top of the Billboard Hot 100 with his single ‘See You Again’. Fetty Wap remains at No.2 with ‘Trap Queen’, with The Weeknd’s ‘Earned It’ edging up to No.3 in what’s an otherwise relatively uninteresting week.
• Mumford & Sons follow up their No.1 debuts here in Australia and over in the UK with a No.1 debut on the Billboard 200 albums chart in the US. The band knocks last week’s No.1 from Zac Brown Band down to No.5, with Josh Groban stable at No.2, a new ‘NOW’ compilation premiering at No.3 and Tech N9ne’s ‘Special Effects’ coming in at No.4. My Morning Jacket just miss the top ten with a No.11 debut for their latest, ‘The Waterfall’.
• And get another hit of all things chart with our Chart Watch. We’ll bring you a full run down of the local top 100s from 6pm tonight and every Saturday night!
TUESDAY MAY 19 : Passion Pit (Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane)
TUESDAY MAY 19 : Twenty One Pilots (Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane)
THURSDAY MAY 21 : Xavier Rudd & The United Nations (Nationally)