• So you’re a recording artist. You’re thinking you might like the chance to be nominated for an ARIA Award. What you might not be aware is that you need to be an ARIA member in order to be nominated. And what you also might not be aware is that applications for ARIA membership close on June 30. Head HERE for all the important information.
• Ms Janet is back. Janet Jackson that is. The legendary performer has confirmed that her new album will be released later this year. Though details are incredibly light on the ground at this stage, the new LP is rumoured to be called ‘Unbreakable’ and is already available for pre-order via her website. It’s been seven long years since Janet last dipped her toe into the music pool, with 2008’s ‘Discipline’.
• Jenny Lewis has been forced to make changes to her recently-announced one-off Sydney show. Due to unprecedented demand for tickets, Frontier Touring has been left with no option but to move the gig from the Newtown Social Club to the larger Metro Theatre. Extra tickets are on sale from 4pm on Monday.
• The Queenscliff Music Festival is back for another year and organisers have just announced their star-studded first line-up. Confirmed to take the stage at the November 27-29 event on Victoria’s Bellarine Peninsula are the likes of Angus & Julia Stone (pictured), Hoodoo Gurus, Kate Miller-Heidke, Paul Dempsey, John Williamson, Melbourne SKA Orchestra and more. A second line-up announcement is due on July 20, with discount early bird tickets on sale now until June 30.
• Winterfest will return to UTS on August 07 this year, delivering a swag of top shelf talent for festival goers, including Andy Bull, Slumberjack, Just A Gent, KLP, Indian Summer, Tear Council and many more. Tickets are on sale now.
• He’s making a habit of this… Wiz Khalifa we’re talking about, obviously, who holds at No.1 on the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart in the US for a ninth week with ‘See You Again’. The top six remains completely unchanged, but Omi improves from No.11 to No.7 with ‘Cheerleader’. Silento’s ‘Watch Me’ is on the verge of the top ten, improving from No.15 to No.11.
• The No.1 position Stateside belongs to Muse this week, who debut in the top spot on the Billboard 200 Albums chart with ‘Drones’, adding to their No.1s in both the UK and here in Australia. Taylor Swift holds on the No.2 position, while the new Of Monsters And Men album ‘Beneath The Skin’ premieres at No.3. Florence & The Machine drop from No.1 to No.5 and there’s a repackage of The Rolling Stones’ ‘Sticky Fingers’ re-entering the US countdown at No.6.
• No doubt all this talk of chart positions has you a little hot under the collar. You’ll be wanting to get hot and heavy with us again tonight from 6pm AEST then… it’s our weekly look at the Aussie charts with Chart Watch!
MONDAY JUNE 22 : Jenny Lewis (Sydney)
MONDAY JUNE 22 : One Electric Day (Werribee Park)
FRIDAY JUNE 26 : Beachfest (Bondi Beach)