• Welcome to your Saturday edition of The Purge. Due to the time shift in the publication of the British charts, we’ve had no choice but to shift your regular news wrap to a later time on a Saturday morning, so we can include them and bring our the US and UK chart write-ups under the one Purge edition.
• Peking Duk dropped a brand new single yesterday. ‘Say My Name’ features the vocals of fellow Canberra native Benjamin Joseph and gives audiences a taste of where the boys’ musical trajectory is taking them. “The song came together in a matter of minutes,” says Adam from the band. “We didn’t really overthink it or let anything get in the way. We had the main outline of the beat there in around 15 minutes, then we worked on the vocal melody and tightened the whole thing up back home in Canberra. We thought it would be fun to have a simple drum beat and chant driven song so we’ve had a bit of fun with it.”
• Dami Im is among a host of stars of the entertainment industry who’ll come together in Melbourne in late September to raise awareness of mental health in a special concert called ‘Out From Under’. To be held at Her Majesty’s Theatre on September 21, the show will be hosted by Julia Zemiro and feature appearances by iOTA, Silvie Paladino and former ‘Dancing With The Stars’ host Daniel MacPherson. Tickets are on sale now.
• EMI recording artist Tuka is doing alright for himself with his new album ‘Life Death Time Eternal’, which is sitting pretty at No.3 on the iTunes chart this morning, just a day after its release. To celebrate its release, he’s announced a national tour in October and November this year, taking in dates in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Perth, Adelaide, Canberra, Newcastle and Fremantle. Tickets are on sale this Thursday.
• Baby Animals frontwoman Suze DeMarchi is also set to play live in October. In celebration of her upcoming album ‘Home’ (due on July 24), she’ll play Lizotte’s in Newcastle on October 02, Memo Music Hall in Melbourne on October 23 and The Basement in Sydney on October 30. Tickets are on sale now.
• And organisers of Melbourne’s ‘One Electric Day’ are thrilled to announce that their 2015 event has sold out, a little under three weeks after tickets went on sale. The November 29 concert, at the city’s Werribee Mansion, will feature performances from John Farnham, Noiseworks, Daryl Braithwaite, The Black Sorrows and Pseudo Echo.
• As mentioned in the opener, the UK charts are on the move. Ordinarily published on a Monday, with the advent of global Friday release dates, they’ve shifted to overnight Friday night for us here in Australia. Hence their inclusion in our Saturday edition of The Purge.
• David Zowie’s single ‘House Every Weekend’ makes an incredibly leap from No.52 to No.1, overtaking the British singles chart and in the process taking a little of the ‘Shine’ from Years & Years’ chart run. The British band’s second single debuting at No.2. US girl group Fifth Harmony springboards from No.51 into the No.3 position, with last week’s No.1 from Los Frequencies dropping to No.4. Birdy’s ‘Wings’, which first charted back in September 2013, roars flutters into the upper reaches of the charts at No.8, while Nathan Sykes’ ‘Kiss Me Quick’ just misses a top ten berth on debut; No.14.
• Lionel Richie was dancing on the British chart ceiling last week, but the party’s already over for his ‘Definitive Collection’, which drops to No.3. In its place in the top spot is Ed Sheeran’s ‘X’, while the Krept & Konan album ‘The Long Way Home’ premieres right in the middle of them at No.2. Saint Raymond’s ‘Young Blood’ and Lucy Rose’s ‘Work It Out’ wrap the top ten debuts at Nos.8 and 9 respectively.
• Make that twelve. Yes, Wiz Khalifa reigns on top of the US singles chart for a 12th non-consecutive week with his monster hit ‘See You Again’. But how much longer can he hold? Omi’s ‘Cheerleader’ continues its steady climb and this week improves to No.2. Wiz is seemingly also under challenge from Silento’s bubbling smash ‘Watch Me’, which jumps four more places to No.3. Skrillex, Diplo and Justin Bieber rocket into the top ten with ‘Where Are U Now’ (No.17 to No.8), while Rachel Platten’s ‘Fight Song’ hits the top ten (No.14 to No.10).
• Breaking Benjamin may have been sitting pretty in the No.1 spot on last week’s Billboard 200 albums chart, but as is often the case Stateside, their album has already been displaced; ‘Dark Before Dawn’ dropping to No.6 and making way for Meek Mill’s ‘Dreams Worth More Than Money’. Miguel’s ‘Wildheart’ premieres in the No.2 spot, X Ambassadors are in at No.7 with ‘VHS’, August Burns Red are ‘Found In Far Away Places’ at No.9 and the soundtrack for ‘Magic Mike XXL’ debuts at the even No.10.
• That’s the UK and the US charts all wrapped up for you, you’ll be wanting to discover what’s been happening on the Aussie charts, no doubt. That’s what Chart Watch is for. And it’s live for you from 6pm AEDT.
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