• Vance Joy has released a brand new single. Entitled ‘Fire And The Flood’ (cover art pictured above), the track is set to feature on a deluxe repackage of his critically acclaimed No.1 album ‘Dream Your Life Away’, which will be released in the coming months to coincide with his appearance on the Taylor Swift tour. Another new song, ‘Straight Into Your Arms’, is also now available. In the meantime, Vance has been nominated in the ‘Artist To Watch’ category for his single ‘Riptide’ at this year’s VMAs, which will held in Los Angeles on August 30.
• Novocastrians will get their very own music festival on the last day of October, with the This That festival set to take over the city’s foreshore. We’re being promised two stages, local and international musicians, a quality food and drink offering and a stunning beachside location. Further information, including ticketing details and the all-important artist line-up are due to be announced on Thursday this week.
• Country singer James Blundell will release a new album next month. Called ‘Come On In’, the LP is said to lyrically “celebrate the ‘now’ in life” and features a number of guest vocal appearances, including Fiona Kernaghan and Dannielle DeAndrea (aka Dannielle Gaha). ‘Come On In’ will be released on Friday August 21.
• All aboard! It’s Splendour weekend and Tame Impala and the gang from Universal Music have decided to say ‘thankyou’ to their supporters by launching the ‘Currentsbus’. The double decker will be ferrying passengers to and from the festival from 12pm – 6pm today and tomorrow. Check HERE for pick-up/drop-off points.
• It’s been a big couple of days for fans of Thirsty Merc, with the band confirming the release of their fourth album ‘Shifting Gears’. It’s five years since the band’s last album and this one is to be released independently on September 04. The band has also unveiled an altogether mammoth national tour. Kicking off in the suburbs of Melbourne on September 14, it takes in a staggering 39 dates across the country, including an appearance at the Wangaratta Jazz Festival on November 01. Tickets are on sale from 9am local time on Monday July 27.
• A brand new music event will hit Gunnamutta Park in Cronulla in November. Entitled ‘HiFi Days’, the festival will bring together live music, fine food and great experiences for the entire family. Featured among the line-up are The Bamboos, Phil Jamieson and The Snowdroppers, while the event will be headlined by acclaimed reggae outfit UB40. Tickets for the Sunday November 22 event are on sale at 10am on Wednesday.
• Seems like the Brits are really digging the new Little Mix single ‘Black Magic’, given it’s retained its No.1 position on the UK singles chart for a second successive week. Lost Frequencies’ former No.1 ‘Are You With Me’ swaps places with Years & Years’ ‘Shine’ and the new John Newman single ‘Come And Get It’ debuts at a respectable No.5. Calvin Harris scores another top ten UK hit with his latest single ‘How Deep Is Your Love’ (No.7 on debut), while the new 5 Seconds Of Summer single ‘She’s Kinda Hot’, which caused much excitement among their fans on its release last Friday, debuts at No.18.
• Years & Years hold in the No.1 spot on the UK albums chart with their debut long player ‘Communion’. There’s not too much getting in their way this week, though Perth outfit Tame Impala impress with a No.3 debut for their latest album ‘Currents’.
• Omi holds for a second successive week on top of the Billboard Hot 100 singles charts in the US with his former Aussie smash ‘Cheerleader’. It was quite the monster here, so can he fend off the fast-charging The Weeknd with ‘Can’t Feel My Face’? Major Lazer is also in a big hurry with ‘Lean On’, which jumps from No.17 to No.9 and The Weeknd scores a second top ten hit with ‘The Hills’, which improves to No.10.
• R&B singer Tyrese has scored himself a big debut on the Billboard 200 Albums chart, nabbing his first ever No.1 album with his seventh album ‘Black Rose’. A new edition of the ‘Kidz Bop’ compilation series debuts at No.4, while R5’s ‘Sometimes Last Night’ comes in at No.6. Owl City just misses out on a top ten berth with ‘Mobile Orchestra’, which comes in at No.11.
• UK? Check. US? Check. So now it’s on to the Australian charts. You’ll have to wait ’til 6 o’clock tonight, obviously, but we’ll be here with Chart Watch, our weekly wrap of what’s happening on the ARIA top 100s.
MONDAY JULY 27 : John Farnham (Nationally)
MONDAY JULY 27 : Thirsty Merc (Nationally)
WEDNESDAY JULY 29 : HiFi Days (Cronulla)