• Quite a number of new tunes doing the rounds at local media this week, including the new single from British boyband Rixton. ‘We All Want The Same Thing’ is featured on the chaps’ recently-released album ‘Let The Road’ and it’ll have plenty of competition when it comes to securing airspace down under.
• Also gunning for radio additions this week are the new Tinie Tempah single ‘Not Letting Go’ (featuring Jess Glynne), the aforementioned new tune from The Weeknd, ‘Can’t Feel My Face’, ‘Sweet Escape’ – the latest single from Alesso, plus the new Superjesus single ‘The Setting Sun’.
• They’ve already got a fair slice of the digital music market covered, but now Apple wants a slice of the streaming pie too, confirming the launch of (the imaginatively named) Apple Music. To launch in Australia on June 30, the new service will house both your existing music, Apple’s own music catalogue and Apple Music Radio, with playlists curated by some of the world’s best radio DJs. Users will get three months free and pricing is due to be revealed closer to launch.
• We can’t say we’re overly enamoured by the cover image of the new Madonna single ‘Bitch I’m Madonna’ (featuring Nicki Minaj). But hell, she’s Madonna and if you believe some of the fan pages, the confirmation of her long-awaited Australian tour dates by touring company Live Nation is imminent.
• The guys from the Byron Bay edition of Falls Festival have applied to the NSW Government to alter a number of restrictions imposed on them in their home of the North Byron Parklands. You can add your support to the campaign by clicking HERE.
• Well hello there Jason Derulo! How lovely’s that British No.1 spot, huh? Jason maintains the top spot in Ol’ Blighty for the second successive week with his new single ‘Want To Want Me’. He did come close to losing it, however, with Natalie La Rose’s single ‘Somebody’ rocketing from No.63 to No.2. Major Lazer’s ‘Lean On’ improves, while Lawson’s new single ‘Roads’ just misses the turn-off for the top ten; the week’s highest debut at No.11.
• And he may have debuted in the No.1 position last week with his new album ‘85% Proof’, but former ‘Pop Idol’ star Will Young has already relinquished pole position, naturally to Florence & The Machine and the new LP ‘How Big, How Blue, How Beautiful’. In fact, the entire to four on this week’s UK albums chart is made up of new releases; No.2 belongs to Collabro’s ‘Act Two’, No.3 is Jamie xx’s for the taking (thanks to ‘In Colour’) and some ‘Big Love’ from Simply Red occupies the No.4 spot on debut.
Will’s down to No.6 and Slaves’ ‘Are You Satisfied’ pops into the countdown, premiering at No.8. Darkness and Jason Derulo both miss top ten debuts with their respective new sets (Nos.12 and 16).