• Carrie Underwood has confirmed she’ll release her new album ‘Storyteller’ at the end of October. The US country/pop singer continues to find fans locally and with her new single ‘Smoke Break’ serviced to Aussie media just yesterday, excitement will continue to build towards the album’s release on October 23.
• Faithless will celebrate their 20 year anniversary with the release of a new album entitled ‘Faithless 2.0’ on October 02. The remix project comprises a host of the band’s biggest hits remixed by some of the biggest names in the business, including Above & Beyond, Avicii, Tiesto, Eric Prydz, Armin Van Buuren and more.
• Despite their name, Aussie trio My Disco are at the other end of the music spectrum, but they too will release a new album in October. It might only run at eight tracks in length, but what ‘Severe’ lacks in track numbers, it’s sure to make up for in volume when it drops on Friday October 30.
• The list of singers lending their voices to the Marriage Equality debate continues to grow, with the release of the second edition of the ‘Say Yes To Love’ compilation albums. Volume one in the series was released last month, but now volume two has landed and it delivers songs from Tina Arena, Missy Higgins, Birds Of Tokyo, Melinda Schneider, Hermitude, Urthboy, The Church, Danielle Spencer and many more. And as with volume one, all proceeds from the sale of the compile go towards Australian Marriage Equality.
• Melbourne producer Banoffee has inked a new label deal with Dot Dash / Remote Control Records for the upcoming release of her new EP entitled ‘Do I Make You Nervous?’. Due on October 02, it’s been preceded by the unveiling of sublime lead single ‘With Her’ (listen HERE). ‘Oceans’, ‘Fall Fast’, ‘I Am Not Sorry’ and ‘Body Suit’ are the other tunes to be featured on the five tracker.
• Hot on the heels of the release of his latest single ‘Break Free’, Aussie producer Husky has dropped remixes of the track – from Matvey Emerson, Dirty Freak, Richard Earnshaw and auspOp favourites Midnight Pool Party. There’s something for everyone… and you can listen to each of them via THIS Soundcloud stream.
• This is Basenji. Basenji’s got himself a fancy-pants t-shirt. Basenji’s also revealed that he’s heading out on tour in October in support of his forthcoming EP ‘Trackpad’. He’ll be at Jack Rabbit Slim’s in Perth on October 02, Rocket Bar in Adelaide on October 04, Woolly Mammoth in Brisbane on October 09, Howler in Melbourne on October 10 and the Oxford Art Factory in Sydney on October 16. Tickets are on sale now.
• Mojo Juju is also off on tour. He’s confirmed a swag of dates throughout October and November, including capital city and regional dates. The run kicks off with appearances at the Caloundra Music Festival on October 04 and 05 and GFest in Geraldton on October 09 and 10, before the headliners kick off at (wouldn’t you know it) Mojo’s in Fremantle on October 11. Tickets are on sale now.
• The Basics are pretty much doing the same thing. Along with a selection of festival appearances, they’ll also tour the country throughout October. Shows are locked in for each state and territory, even swinging by Alice Springs and Darwin in the top end. Tickets are also on sale now.
• Rappers Rae Sremmurd are going to be in Australia in from late next month for their appearances at the Listen Out Festivals across the country. But Live Nation has confirmed that the duo will also play two special headline shows while they’re here. They’re set to play 170 Russell in Melbourne on September 25 and the Metro Theatre in Sydney on October 02. Tickets be on sale from 9am on August 31.
• The tour announcements continue, with Sydney outfit Wells celebrating the release of their debut single ‘Fractures’ with a handful of live shows throughout September. They’re off to Ancient World in Adelaide on September 03, Brighton Up Bar in Sydney on September 05, The Milk Factory in Brisbane on September 10, The Lass O’Gowrie in Newcastle on September 16 and Uni Bar in Wollongong on September 19. Tickets are already on sale.
• And Mike Waters will also perform a series of headline shows soon – as part of the ‘Feels Like Home’ tour. Armed with special guests, he’ll play The Workers Club in Melbourne on October 02, The Newsagency in Sydney on October 03, The Milk Factory in Brisbane on October 08 and The Jade Monkey in Adelaide on October 09.
• Jess Glynne’s done it again. The UK dance diva is undoubtedly becoming one of that country’s favourite daughters, with the public sending her new single ‘Don’t Be So Hard On Yourself’ soaring from No.78 to No.1 on this week’s UK singles chart. Martin Solveig and GTA are new at No.5 with ‘Intoxicated’, but One Direction’s stay in the top ten was brief. After premiering in the top spot a couple of weeks ago with ‘Drag Me Down’, the boys dropped to No.9 and now to No.16.
• And, surprise surprise (pun intended), Cilla Black’s best-of compilation is up into the No.1 position on the UK albums chart, after the singer’s death earlier this month. James Bay’s ‘Chaos And The Calm’ also improves (No.7 to No.2), with Bullet For My Valentine’s ‘Venom’ debuting in the No.3 spot. Dr Dre’s ‘Compton’ manages a No.5 debut, while Neck Deep’s ‘Life’s Not Out To Get You’ is also new – at No.8.
• Well that was brief. Last week, The Weeknd edged into the No.1 position Stateside, overtaking Omi’s ‘Cheerleader’. But they’ve swapped again; Omi to No.1, The Weeknd to No.2. Could The Weeknd have been a victim of his own success? It’s possible, given his other new track ‘The Hills’ moves up from No.11 to No.5. Selena Gomez is up to No.10 with ‘Good For You’. One Direction, however, slumps with ‘Drag Me Down’. Yes, it debuted at No.3 last week, but it’s a case of bye bye bye (yes, that’s an *NSync reference), as the single tumbles to No.26. Ouch.
• On the Billboard 200 Album chart this week, the entire top four is new; Luke Bryan is No.1, Dr Dre is No.2, the new ‘Now’ compile is No.3 and Toby Mac is No.4. The ‘Descendants’ soundtrack, which was at No.1 last week, is now No.8
• And you’ll discover all the juicy info from this week’s ARIA top 100 charts in our weekly Chart Watch. It’s here from 6pm on the East Coast. Best you be coming back here then then. Then.
MONDAY AUGUST 24 : John Farnham (Sydney)
MONDAY AUGUST 24 : Megadeth (Nationally)
TUESDAY AUGUST 25 : Jason Derulo (Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane)
WEDNESDAY AUGUST 26 : Falls Festival (Byron Bay, Lorne, Marion Bay)
FRIDAY AUGUST 28 : Bully (Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane)