• You remember Omi, right? The Jamaican guy who was responsible for the massive global hit ‘Cheerleader’ (it’s still No.1 in the US this week… see below)? Well he’s just dropped a brand new track called ‘Hula Hoop’ and he’s no doubt hoping you might like to take it for a spin. The song comes from his forthcoming debut album ‘Me 4 U’, which is due to drop in Australia on October 16.
• You may also recall yesterday when we brought you news about the new Demi Lovato album and its hot cover image. We made mention that, like Omi’s LP, it was also due to drop in Australia on October 16. Ba-BOW! Looks like plans have already changed, with the release date on iTunes late last night shifting to October 30.
• Charlie Puth has confirmed the forthcoming release of his debut album ‘Nine Track Mind’. The 12 track release will, naturally, feature his hit single ‘Marvin Gaye’ (with Meghan Trainor), along with current grat track (and album closer) ‘Some Type Of Love’. Look for the LP at retailers on Friday November 06.
• Sydney, you’re gonna be dancing for days, if organisers of the upcoming MoVement Festival have their way. Described as a “mega dance party”, the inaugural four day event will bring together some of the hottest dance music talent in an assortment of venues across the city. MoVement Sydney impacts from October 22-25. Check THE WEBSITE for the full line-up and more information.
• New Years Eve just got a little hotter in Perth, with Origin NYE once again set to take over the Claremont Showgrounds. The ninth edition of the event brings together a swathe of talent, including Boys Noize, Pusha T, Skepta, Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs and many more, with extra artists to be announced in the months ahead. Tickets are on sale now.
• US duo Ratatat has confirmed they’ll play a trio of shows on the east coast this December. The ‘Australique’ tour will stop at The Tivoli in Brisbane on December 02, the Metro Theatre in Sydney on December 03 and 170 Russell in Melbourne on December 06.
• The Queenscliff Music Festival lineup got a little heftier this week, with organisers adding another dozen acts to this year’s bill. The additions were headlined by Lior (pictured), who’ll be performing his ‘Autumn Flow’ ten year anniversary show, but also comprised the likes of Mustered Courage, Sahara Beck, Benny Walker, Ben Whiting and more. Third release tickets are on sale now.
• Thought you might just wait ’til next payday to grab your tickets to the Meredith Music Festival in mid-December? Ba-BOW! Your time’s already up, with organisers confirming yesterday that the 2015 event, held on December 11, 12 and 13 at the fabulous Meredith Supernatural Amphitheatre, is now fully sold out.
• Ditto the new years Falls Festival in Lorne, Victoria, which has also sold out. If you’re hoping to catch one of the acts in the flesh, you’ll now have to take your pick of the Byron Bay or Marion Bay editions of the event, which still have tickets remaining.
• Sydney’s I Know Leopard are ready to hit the road for a number of regional dates as part of The Set List series. With financial support from the Australia Council’s Playing Australia program, they’re ready to play dates in Maryborough, Kyneton, Townsville, Margaret River, Port Hedland, Geraldton, Hobart and Portland from late September. Perth rapper Coin Banks has been confirmed for shows in Mackay, Gladstone and Colac and, as previously revealed on the site, Montaigne will play shows in Mandurah, on the Sunshine Coast and in Rockhampton. Tickets for all are on sale now.
• And James Reyne is set to play a huge number of shows with Moving Pictures as part of the ‘A Day In The Sun’ national tour. So many that we almost suffered from RSI simply entering them into our auspOp DIARY. The tour kicks off with A Day On The Green adventure at the Robert Oatley Vineyards in Mudgee on October 31 and stretches right through to the middle of February. Organisers tell us that we should expect a second and third announcement of shows in the months ahead.
• New Zealand trio Sol3 Mio will return to Australia in November this year for two very special live shows. Pene, Amitai and Moses will take to the stage at the Melbourne Recital Centre on Thursday November 05 before heading to Sydney for a show at the City Recital Hall on Saturday November 07. It’s expected they’ll be performing tracks from their self-titled debut album, as well as showcasing songs from their forthcoming second LP ‘On Another Note’. Tickets for both shows, meanwhile, are on sale this Friday, September 04.
• Rapper Ivan Ooze has confirmed a run of tour dates throughout October. The ‘Fire’ tour is due to kick off with an Under 18s gig at Melbourne’s Wrangler Studios on October 02 before making stops in Adelaide, Sydney, Melbourne (again), Brisbane and Newcastle. Tickets are on sale now.
• US singer songwriter JB McPherson will tour our east coast in February. The singer, who released his second album ‘Let The Good Times Roll’ earlier this year, has dates locked away in Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane, as well as in Thirroul and Castlemaine. Tickets are on sale from midday this Friday, September 04.
• Though it didn’t quite reach the top spot here in Australia (peaking at No.2), Rachel Platten’s ‘Fight Song’ has made a belated charge at the No.1 spot over in the UK, bulleting from No.68 to claim the top spot over Felix Jaehn’s ‘Ain’t Nobody (Loves Me Better)’ (No.54 to No.2) and last week’s No.1 from Jess Glynne, ‘Don’t Be So Hard On Yourself’ (No.3). It’s an otherwise relatively settled week on the British charts, with only four debuts in the entire top 100.
• The same can’t be said for the UK albums chart, however, with four debuts in the top ten. The best of all of them, however, is Jess Glynne who, despite losing the No.1 singles crown, bags the No.1 albums crown with her debut solo LP ‘I Cry When I Laugh’. Bon Jovi’s ‘Burning Bridges’ is new at No.3, Bars & Melody’s ‘143’ is new at No.4 and Disturbed’s ‘Immortalised’ enters the countdown at No.8. It seems there’s still a little bit of love for Natalie Imbruglia, with her album ‘Male’ premiering at No.20.
• After reclaiming the No.1 spot on the Billboard 100 Singles chart last week, Omi is squidged in it again for a second successive week, ahead of entirely steady top five comprising songs by The Weeknd, Silento, Major Lazer and The Weeknd (again). Fetty Wap’s ‘679’ is up into the top ten (No.13 to No.8), while Walk The Moon’s ‘Shut Up And Dance’ improves from No.14 to No.10.
• And this week’s Billboard 200 Album chart belongs (for the second week) to Luke Bryan and his album ‘Kill The Lights’. Ed Sheeran’s up to No.2, while NWA’s ‘Straight Outta Compton’ bullets from No.30 to No.4. Two new entries dot the latter half of the top ten; Melanie Martinez’ ‘Cry Baby’ at No.6 and Bullet For My Valentine’s ‘Venom’ at No.8. The new Elvis Presley compile, ‘Forever’, just misses the ten, premiering at No.11.
• So that’s the UK and the US covered then. You’ll be wanting to head on back here tonight at 6pm AEST, when we’ll bring you all the info you’ll need about the Australian Charts. Chart Watch is live each Saturday from six. But for the time being… That, pop kids, wraps a mammoth Saturday edition of The Purge.
MONDAY AUGUST 31 : Rae Sremmurd (Sydney, Melbourne)
MONDAY AUGUST 31 : Tame Impala (Nationally)
TUESDAY SEPTEMBER 01 : The Amity Affliction / A Day To Remember (Nationally)
TUESDAY SEPTEMBER 01 : Origin NYE Festival (Perth)
THURSDAY SEPTEMBER 03 : Cold Chisel (Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide, Geraldton)
FRIDAY SEPTEMBER 04 : JD McPherson (East Coast)
FRIDAY SEPTEMBER 04 : Soilwork (Nationally)
FRIDAY SEPTEMBER 04 : Sol3 Mio (Sydney, Melbourne)