• Warner Music has confirmed the release of the debut album for Melbourne artist Dylan Joel. Entitled ‘Authentic Lemonade’ and due for release on Friday August 28, the album features the infectious, just-released lead single ‘What’s Good’ (listen HERE). Dylan is currently supporting Seth Sentry on his national tour.
• Electro dynamo Flume has added his wonder touch to a new single from pop duo Collarbones. The track’s called ‘Turning’ and, as is to be expected when three masterful electronic minds combine, it’s pretty sublime. Listen HERE.
• Port Macquarie residents will be ready to walk down to Memory Lane later this year, with the drug and alcohol-free Memory Lane Festival ready to take over the laneway behind Port Central on Sunday October 18. The line-up includes the likes of San Cisco, Stonefield, Patrick James and Zefereli, with tickets on sale from 10am on Thursday.
• Who remembers Lemar? The British singer first rose to prominence on ‘Fame Academy’ back in 2002 and went on to achieve a succession of top ten hits that stretched into 2010. Recent forays haven’t fared nearly as well, but he returns – in England at least – with a cover of the Boxtops/Joe Cocker single ‘The Letter’ on August 21. No word yet as to whether Australia is part of the release plan.
• Jebediah has extended their 20th anniversary tour. The band’s already completed a series of capital city dates, but have now confirmed that they’ll hit regional centres from late August. The next phase of the tour kicks off at the Darwin Ski Club on August 20 ahead of stops in Cairns, Townsville, Airlie Beach, Mount Buller, Newcastle, Wollongong and Hobart. Tickets are on sale now.
• Rise Against will return to Australia in December for shows in Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane. They play Melbourne’s Margaret Court Arena on December 02, Brisbane’s Riverstage on December 04 and Sydney’s Hordern Pavilion on December 05. Tickets are on sale from 9am this Thursday.
• And, for our American readers… Happy 4th Of July.
• Yes, it’s getting to be ridiculous. Wiz Khalifa is number one again on this week’s Billboard Hot 100 singles chart over in the US. It’s now eleven weeks in the top spot for his single ‘See You Again’, as he again fights off Taylor Swift’s ‘Bad Blood’. Omi’s ‘Cheerleader’ improves to No.3, the new single from The Weeknd (‘Can’t Feel My Face’) bullets from No.12 to No.6, Silento’s ‘Watch Me’ improves from No.11 to No.7 and the new Selena Gomez track ‘Good For You’ smashes the top 100 with a No.9 debut.
• Breaking Benjamin score their first ever No.1 album in the United States with their latest album ‘Dark Before Dawn’. They manage the feat right ahead of Tori Kelly, whose debut album ‘Unbreakable Smile’ premieres at No.2 (incidentally, we’ll be revealing the winners of our Tori Kelly album giveaway a little later today). Kacey Musgraves’ ‘Pageant Material’ makes it a new release one-two-three. Leon Bridges’ ‘Coming Home’ debuts at a totally respectable No.6, while the soundtrack for ‘Teen Beach 2’ is in at No.10.
• Now that we’ve whet your chart whistle, you’ll be wanting more, so come back to this fine pop oracle from 6pm tonight, when we’ll bring you a comprehensive wrap of everything that’s happened on this week’s ARIA singles and albums top 100 charts. Yep, it’s called Chart Watch and it’s live from 6pm AEST.
MONDAY JULY 06 : Madonna (Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane)
TUESDAY JULY 07 : Wiz Khalifa (Melbourne, Brisbane, Perth)
THURSDAY JULY 09 : Toni Braxton (Nationally)
THURSDAY JULY 09 : Memory Lane Festival (Port Macquarie)
THURSDAY JULY 09 : Rise Against (Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane)