• On the eve of her birthday (tomorrow for the slow ones), Madonna has revealed that she’s working with a range of top name fashion designers for her upcoming ‘Rebel Heart’ world tour. Gucci is in there, so too Moschino, Miu Miu, Prada, Alexander Wang, Fausto Puglisi and more. It’s less than a month before the tour kicks off in Canada, but still seven months away from touching down in Australia – for two shows each in Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane.
• Meg Mac is certainly making waves across the country, confirming that she’s already completely sold out her forthcoming national tour. Kicking off early next month, the tour takes in all five main centres, including four shows at Melbourne’s Corner Hotel, ticket sales for all of which have been completely exhausted.
• Paul Kelly and The Merri Soul Sessions (including Dan Sultan, Vika & Linda, Kira Puru and Clairy Brown and supported by US singer Lucinda Williams, Kasey Chambers and Marlon Williams) will perform a handful of ‘A Day On The Green’ dates from late November. Kicking off at Bimbadgen Winery in the Hunter Valley, the troupe will travel to Sirromet Wines in Mount Cotton (Queensland), Rochford Wines in the Yarra Valley (Victoria) and Peter Lehmann Wines in the Barossa Valley (South Australia) before zipping over to Perth for a show at Kings Park & Botanic Gardens. Tickets are on sale from 10am on Friday (August 21).
• Lucinda (pictured) will take the time while on ground in Australia to perform a duo of headline theatre shows in both Sydney and Melbourne. She’ll play the Enmore Theatre in Sydney on December 02 and the Forum Theatre in Melbourne on December 07. As with the Day On The Green dates above, tickets are on sale from 10am this Friday.
• The Meredith Music Festival is back at the Meredith Supernatural Ampitheatre on December 11, 12 and 13 and organisers have revealed the names the slew of patrons will get to experience in 2015. They include the likes of Father John Misty, Jessica Pratt, Julia Holter, Briggs, Tkay Maidza, Ratatat, Steve Miller Band, Unknown Mortal Orchestra and many more. Tickets are available via a ballot, which remains open until 10:25pm on Tuesday August 18.
• With her Sydney sideshow already sold out, US singer Jhené Aiko has confirmed a one-off, intimate performance for her fans in Melbourne. Jhené will play the city’s Trak Lounge Bay on Tuesday October 20 and tickets are on sale from 10am on Wednesday August 19.
• And Canadian outfit Yukon Blonde, who will be in Brisbane for the Bigsound Festival in September, will play headline shows in Sydney and Melbourne as part of their visit. They’re locked in to play the Newtown Social Club on Tuesday September 08 and Melbourne’s ‘Shebeen’ on Thursday September 10. Tickets for both are on sale now.
• He’s already done rather well for himself down under with ‘Marvin Gaye’, but now Charlie Puth has replicated that success in the UK, bulleting from No.90 to No.1 on this week’s British singles chart. One Direction’s time in the top spot was brief – just the one week – with ‘Drag Me Down’ seemingly not intent on sticking around for long; it drops from No.1 to No.9. The week’s highest debut comes all the way down at No.23; Rita Ora’s ‘Body On Me’.
• And it’s all about Dr Dre’s ‘Compton’ on the UK albums chart. The LP slams the No.1 position on debut, holding off Frank Turner’s ‘Positive Songs For Negative People’, which debuts at No.2. Don Broco’s ‘Automatic’ joins in on the premiere party (No.6), while The Maccabees’ ‘Marks To Prove It’, which entered at No.1 last week, is down to No.10.
• We suspected The Weeknd may be headed for the No.1 spot on the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart. His single ‘Can’t Feel My Face’ had made all the right moves last week, gaining in both airplay performance and digital sales, and has this week again gained in performance and has been the biggest track for streaming services, resulting in it edging into the No.1 position. Omi’s ‘Cheerleader’ is down to No.2, while the new One Direction single (new at No.3) becomes their highest charting hit Stateside since 2013’s ‘Best Song Ever’ (No.2). Rachel Platten’s ‘Fight Song’ gains, while Drake’s ‘Back To Back’ debuts at No.21.
• The No.1 spot on the Billboard albums chart this week belongs to the ‘Descendants’ soundtrack, which premieres in the pole position ahead of Future’s ‘DS2’, Taylor Swift and Ed Sheeran. Jill Scott’s ‘Woman’ is down to No.5 (after debuting at No.1 last week), while there’s a new entry at No.7 from Lil Dicky’s ‘Professional Rapper’. The Led Zeppelin repackages also impact, re-emerging at Nos.9 (‘In Through The Out Door’), 12 (‘Coda’) and 13 (‘Presence’).
• And, as always, we’ll be back with you from 6pm AEST with Chart Watch. It’s our weekly wrap of what’s happening on the ARIA top 100s.
MONDAY AUGUST 17 : John McLaughlin & The 4th Dimension (Sydney, Brisbane Perth)
MONDAY AUGUST 17 : Short Stack (Nationally)
WEDNESDAY AUGUST 19 : Jhené Aiko (Melbourne)
THURSDAY AUGUST 20 : James Bay (Nationally)
FRIDAY AUGUST 21 : Paul Kelly & The Merri Soul Sessions (A Day On The Green, Nationally)
FRIDAY AUGUST 21 : Lucinda Williams (Sydney, Melbourne)