• Geoffrey Gurrumul Yunupingu has confirmed the release of his forthcoming third studio album. To drop at the end of July, ‘The Gospel Album’ comprises a dozen recordings of spiritual songs the singer heard at his local church every Sunday, along with new hymns. Look for it at your favourite retailer from Friday July 31.
• Also confirming a new album album release is Canadian outfit Barenaked Ladies. Though they only really ever achieved success in Australia with their 1998 hit ‘One Week’, they’ve enjoyed a career that stretches back almost two and a half decades. That career continues with their 14th studio album ‘Silverball’, which will drop here digitally on Friday, with physical copies arriving in store from June 12.
• Australia’s Spotify users now have the opportunity to take advantage of the streaming provider’s brand new service. It’s called ‘Spotify Running’ and it detects your running pace, then delivers a selection of music that’s perfectly tailored to your tempo. What will they think of next!? Check out a little demo HERE.
• Aussie audiences know British performer Jamie Lawson best as the support act on Ed Sheeran’s recent Australian tour. The visit also gave his single ‘Wasn’t Expecting That’ a big leg up, to the point where it peaked at No.3 on the ARIA singles chart. Now the singer’s headed back to Australia for intimate shows in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane and Perth. Get your mitts on tickets from 10am local time this Thursday.
• Also returning to our shores later this year is former Soundgarden frontman Chris Cornell. He’ll stop by on his solo acoustic tour, making stops in Sydney (two shows at the Opera House), Melbourne, Brisbane, Perth and Adelaide. Tickets for all shows are on sale from 10am local time on Monday June 01.
• And James Reyne has added a Penrith date to his forthcoming ‘All The Hits : Solo, Crawl & More’ tour. He’ll now stop by Panthers on Friday August 21, saying, “I am absolutely thrilled and humbled by public reaction to these shows. It’s exciting to be able to include Penrith Panthers, and have the opportunity to play live for Western Sydney fans.” Tickets are on sale now.
• Let’s not deny it… the Americans aren’t really fans of mixing things up too much. We know that Mark Ronson and Bruno Mars spent 14 weeks in the No.1 spot with ‘Uptown Funk’ recently. Now Wiz Khalifa’s notching up the weeks too with ‘See You Again’. For the sixth consecutive week, the track’s maintained its heading on the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart, with both Fetty Wap and The Weeknd unmoved in positions two and three. Jason Derulo’s up; so too T-Wayne. Fifth Harmony is into the top 20 with their new tune ‘Worth It’.
• It debuted at No.3 on last week’s ARIA charts, but it seems there’s a lot of love for ‘Pitch Perfect 2’ Stateside, with the soundtrack debuting in the No.1 spot on the Billboard 200 Albums chart. Mumford & Sons are down to No.2, with the ‘Fifty Shades Of Grey’ soundtrack up to No.3. Incubus score a top ten debut with their ‘Trust Fall (Side A)’ EP, while Snoop Dogg’s ‘Bush’ rustles into the countdown at No.14.
• And we’ll be back from 6pm on the East Coast tonight to bring you all the happenings back home on the ARIA top 100s with our weekly Chart Watch. It’s a date.
Monday May 25 : Robbie Williams (Nationally)
Tuesday May 26 : Tyler, The Creator (Nationally)
Wednesday May 27 : Soulfest (Sydney, Melbourne)
Thursday May 28 : Jamie Lawson (Nationally)
Friday May 29 : Mark Seymour & The Undertow (Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane)