• Excited about ‘Unbroken’ (cover pictured), the new single from Aussie pop starlet Bonnie Anderson, which was unveiled during the week? Then you’ll have to hold your excitement for a little longer, with confirmation from Sony that the single’s release has been bumped from July 03 to July 24.
• Rod Stewart will release a new album in October. The crooner’s latest release is entitled ‘Another Country’ and was recorded in the singer’s home. “I’ve found that the only way to write songs is to be as personal and honest as possible,” the singer said in a statement. “And when my last album was so well-received it gave me the confidence to keep on writing, and to examine and write about different things. It also gave me the freedom to experiment with different sounds – like reggae, ska and Celtic melodies.” To be released in both 12 track standard and 17 track deluxe editions, ‘Another Country’ will drop on Friday October 23.
• Aussie favourite Sia has hit another platinum high. Inertia confirmed throughout the course of the week that the singer’s single ‘Big Girls Cry’ has hit platinum, smashing through the 70,000 sales barrier.
• Hiatus Kaiyote have confirmed extra shows on their upcoming national tour. They’ve already sold out two shows in Melbourne and one each in Sydney and Perth, but with two more shows in the Victorian capital already on sale, it’s the latter two cities getting the spoils on this occasion. Sydney gets a second Metro Theatre show on Thursday August 20 and Perth gets another show at the Rosemount Hotel on August 28. Tickets are on sale now.
• US R&B outfit 112 have confirmed a national tour. They’ll roll out the hits, including ‘Peaches & Cream’, ‘Dance With Me’ and ‘It’s Over Now’, along with ‘I’ll Be Missing You’ at shows in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane and Perth throughout late August and early September. Tickets are on sale now.
• The Jungle Giants are also headed out on the road, in support of their recently-announced album ‘Speakerzoid’. The Brisbane-based band will perform the 14 shows in cities and regional centres across the country, kicking off with a show at Metropolis in Fremantle on September 04. Tickets for all shows are on sale Monday.
• Wiz Khalifa has made it into double figures on top of the US singles chart this week; ‘See You Again’ might not have hit the ten week mark consecutively, but we don’t think he’ll mind too much. It’s all steady in positions two and three, with Omi’s ‘Cheerleader’ again improving (No.7 to No.4). The Weeknd’s ‘Can’t Feel My Face’ bullets from No.24 to No.12.
• James Taylor debuts at No.1 on the Billboard 200 albums chart with his latest effort, ‘Before This World’. Taylor’s still at No.2 and Adam Lambert lands in the No.3 position with ‘The Original High’. Hilary Duff’s newbie ‘Breathe In. Breathe Out.’ lands at No.5 and Nate Ruess’s ‘Grand Romantic’ is new at No.7. But Muse’s ‘Drones’, which premiered at No.1 last week, finds itself all the way down at No.19 in its second week.
• We’ll be busy at work across the day today to craft our weekly Chart Watch for tonight at 6pm. It’s your chance to get an in-depth look at what’s happening in the ARIA top 100s.
MONDAY JUNE 29 : The Jungle Giants (Nationally)
TUESDAY JUNE 30 : Katie Noonan’s Vanguard (Nationally)
THURSDAY JULY 02 : James Bay (Sydney)