• R&B queen Alicia Keys yesterday released a brand new single entitled ’28 Thousand Days’ (cover pictured left). It serves as both a track from a new TV commercial sync deal and from her forthcoming album release, which industry pundits hint we should be seeing at the end of the year.
• They might be one man down these days, but man band One Direction prove they still have plenty of clout in the charts. Their new single ‘Drag Me Down’ debuted at retail yesterday afternoon at 3:30pm and it’s been sitting pretty at No.1 on the Aussie iTunes singles chart since.
• Also new in the last day or so is ‘Ocean Drive’, the latest single from UK producer Duke Dumont. The track (listen HERE) is the first single to be lifted from a new two part club EP series entitled ‘Blasé Boys’, the first edition of which will drop at retailers here on October 02. It comprises four tracks (‘Ocean Drive’, ‘Robert Talking’, ‘Melt’ and ‘Won’t Look Back’).
• We’ve mentioned this one on the site previously, but now it’s got a cover image. It’s ‘Two Strong Hearts Live’, the forthcoming DVD release of the live recording from Aussie legends John Farnham and Olivia Newton-John that had recently been at No.1 on the ARIA albums chart. Due on August 21, the release features a staggering 32 tracks, including John’s ‘Two Strong Hearts’, ‘Age Of Reason’, ‘That’s Freedom’, ‘Burn For You’, ‘Pressure Down’, ‘Playing To Win’ and, naturally, ‘You’re The Voice’, along with Olivia’s ‘Physical, ‘I Honestly Love You’, ‘Magic’, ‘Xanadu’, ‘Let Me Be There’, as well as tracks from ‘Grease’.
• Depeche Mode’s Martin Gore has confirmed the October 02 release of a new digital remix EP. We’re told that you at home have the chance to have a remix on the release, by downloading the stems of his album track ‘Featherlight’ from HERE, putting your spin on things, then uploading the results HERE. The deadline for submissions is Friday August 21.
• Don’t forget that you’ll always be up to date with our very latest release information with our NEW RELEASE SCHEDULE. Available under the red ‘New Releases’ menu option on desktop, tablet and mobile editions, the new release schedule is updated constantly, meaning you’ll always be up to date with the latest information.
• You might never have heard of five piece boy band Big Bang here in Australia, but in their native South Korea and Japan, they’re enormous. They’ve sold millions upon millions of singles and albums in their homeland; every album they’ve released has gone to No.1, every EP they’ve released has gone to No.1, they’ve had three No.1 live albums, two No.1 single albums and 13 No.1 singles. Huge? You bet. So with a large (and growing) K-Pop loving community here in Australia, the boys have announced they’re coming down under for arena shows in Sydney and Melbourne in October. They play Sydney’s Allphones Arena on October 27 and Melbourne’s Rod Laver Arena on October 21. Tickets for both shows are on sale from 10am Monday August 10.
• Sydney’s Elizabeth Rose will hit the road for a four date DJ tour from later this month. The performer, who recently released her sparklingly good single ‘Division’, will hit the decks at Chinese Laundry in Sydney on August 22, Laundry Bar in Melbourne on August 29, TBC Club in Brisbane on September 05 and Coconut Club in Perth on September 12. Tickets on the door.
• US rapper Yelawolf will return to Australia in December this year for shows in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane and Perth. The visit is in celebration of his recently-released album ‘Love Story’ and tickets are on sale from 10am on Friday August 07.
• What’s all this then!? Little Mix continues their reign at No.1 on the UK singles chart for a third successive week with their latest track ‘Black Magic’. Years & Years’ latest ‘Shine’ shows no signs of slowing at this stage, regaining its peak No.2 position, while the new Sigma/Ella Henderson collaboration ‘Glitterball’ premieres at No.4. Foxes’ altogether brilliant latest single ‘Body Talk’ debuts all the way down at No.25, with Aston Merrygold’s ‘Get Stupid’ at No.28, matching his chart position (thus far) here in Australia.
• Chemical Brothers slam the UK No.1 album spot on debut with their latest album ‘Born In The Echoes’, prying Years & Years’ ‘Communion’ out of the top spot after two weeks. Other top ten debuts in Britain this week come courtesy of Lamb Of God (‘Sturm Und Drang’ at No.7), Bugzy Malone (‘Walk With Me’ at No.8) and Roger Waters (‘Amused To Death’ at No.10).
• A third successive week in the No.1 spot on the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart in the States this week for Omi’s former Aussie No.1 smash ‘Cheerleader’. He holds The Weeknd’s chart stormer ‘Can’t Feel My Face’ at bay, but Silento’s single ‘Watch Me’ improves from No.5 to No.3, suggesting it might be ready to make a tilt at the top. Fetty Way’s ‘My Way’ takes a massive leap from No.87 to No.7 to now be piggybacking previous single ‘Trap Queen’ in position six. 5 Seconds Of Summer enter at No.22 with ‘She’s Kinda Hot’.
• Future’s DS2 is new at No.1 on the Billboard albums chart this week, Taylor’s steady at two and Tyrese, who was in top spot last week with ‘Black Rose’, drops to No.3. Great news for Perth’s Tame Impala who crack the US top ten for the very first time; their album ‘Currents’ slamming the No.4 position on debut. Alan Jackson’s ‘Angels And Alcohol’ is new at No.5 and Jason Isbell’s ‘Something More Than Free’ premieres at No.6.
• And we’re not going to let our US chart wrap go by without giving big props to Melbourne producer Stereolove, whose latest single ‘Sara’ (a cover of the Fleetwood Mac track) has just hit the top ten on the Billboard Dance/Club play chart.
• Now that we’ve furnished you with the two most important charts from across the planet, attention will turn to our own ARIA charts from 6pm on the East Coast. We’ll be back with you then for the weekly Chart Watch.
MONDAY AUGUST 03 : Florence & The Machine (Nationally)
MONDAY AUGUST 03 : Josh Groban (Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane)
MONDAY AUGUST 03 : Tkay Maidza (Nationally)
MONDAY AUGUST 03 : Pure Gold Live (Sydney)
MONDAY AUGUST 03 : Rudimental (Nationally)
THURSDAY AUGUST 06 : This That Festival (Newcastle)
FRIDAY AUGUST 07 : Adam Lambert (Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide)
FRIDAY AUGUST 07 : Yelawolf (Nationally)