• Can it really be 20 years since Garbage released their debut album? Apparently so, with the band confirming the release of deluxe Anniversary editions of the LP early next month. The album gifted us instant classics, including ‘Queer’, ‘Vow’, ‘Milk’, ‘Only Happy When It Rains’ and the smash hit ‘Stupid Girl’ and its re-release will come in three different versions; standard 12 track, deluxe 21 track and super-deluxe 62 track, which comes with a mass of remixes. All are available on Friday October 02.
• Following on from his 2010 releases ‘Praise & Blame’ and ‘Spirit In The Room’, legendary Welsh singer Tom Jones will release his new album ‘Long Lost Suitcase’ early next month. The album serves as a musical companion piece to the singer’s upcoming autobiography, ‘Over The Top And Back’, due on October 08. The album is out on October 09.
• Hunters & Collectors have released their first anthology. The album, already available digitally, comprises tracks from across the band’s incredible 18 years, including ‘When The River Runs Dry’, ‘True Tears Of Joy’, ‘Holy Grail’ and ‘Say Goodbye’.
• Vanfest will return to Forbes Showground on December 05 and organisers have unveiled a cracking line-up. Headlining this year are both John Butler Trio and Birds Of Tokyo. But wait, there’s more. You also get Sheppard, Illy, Sticky Fingers, Twin Fires and more! Tickets are on sale from this Wednesday.
• Voting for this year’s ARIA Awards kicks off on Monday. People from across all facets of the Australian music industry, including retail, promoters, labels and media, will cast their votes across the following two weeks to determine who gets nominated in each of the categories and, naturally, who wins.
• Dylan Joel will release his debut album ‘Authentic Lemonade’ on October 02. He’s celebrating the announcement by heading out on tour in support of it, with shows ranging from Black Bear Lodge in Brisbane on October 15 to GoodGod Small Club in Sydney on October 23 to Jimmy’s Den in Perth on November 08. Appearances in Melbourne, Adelaide, Gold Coast, Wollongong and Geelong are also in the mix. Tickets are on sale now.
• Ivan Ooze is doing something right. It was only last week when the rapper confirmed a national tour, but tickets in Sydney have sold so well that he’s been forced to add a second date to cope with demand. “It’s crazy to see the shows selling so quickly! Love my Sydney fans for snapping up the first show so quickly, and to be able to do two shows is nuts,” Ivan said in a statement. Tickets for the new October 15 show (also at Brighton Up Bar) are on sale now.
• He’s done it. Just Bieber bags his first ever No.1 single in the UK this week with his new tune ‘What Do You Mean?’. The song stands a good chance of following the feat here in Australia on tonight’s chart, given it’s been wedged in the top spot on our local digital charts for the past week. Demi Lovato scores herself a UK top ten position with her latest track ‘Cool For The Summer’, which premieres at No.6 and 5 Seconds Of Summer’s ‘She’s Kinda Hot’ gets a second chart breath, improving from No.61 to No.14.
• Half of this week’s UK top ten albums are new entries, but none performed better than The Weeknd’s LP ‘Beauty Behind The Madness’, which debuted at No.1, knocking dance diva Jess Glynne from the throne. Foals’ ‘What Went Down’ is new at No.3, Ella Eyre’s album ‘Feline’ impresses with a No.4 debut, Halsey’s ‘Badlands’ claims the No.9 spot and Motorhead’s ‘Bad Magic’ appears on the countdown at the even No.10.
• Omi’s gone again. After sitting pretty in the top spot on the Billboard 100 Singles chart for the past two weeks, he’s lost his lead to The Weeknd, who’s up into the No.1 position with ‘Can’t Feel My Face’. R City’s single ‘Locked Away’, featuring the vocals of Maroon 5’s Adam Levine, is up from No.16 to No.8, while One Direction’s ‘Drag Me Down’ improves from No.31 to No.14.
• Disturbed has premiered in the No.1 position on this week’s Billboard 200 albums chart with their latest long player ‘Immortalized’. Luke Bryan’s ‘Kill The Lights’ is down to No.2 after maintaining its No.1 heading for two successive weeks, while Kip Moore’s ‘Wild Ones’ is new at No.4. Also new into the top ten Stateside this week is Rob Thomas’ ‘The Great Unknown’ (No.6) and Ghost’s ‘Meliora’ (No.8). Bon Jovi misses the top ten… ‘Burning Bridges’ having to settle for a No.13 debut.
• That’s all for this weekend’s edition of The Purge. Don’t forget that we’ll be back tonight to deliver more exciting chart information, this time with a local bent. It’s Chart Watch and it’s live from 6pm on the East Coast.
TUESDAY SEPTEMBER 08 : Kamasi Washington (Sydney)
WEDNESDAY SEPTEMBER 09 : Vanfest (Forbes)
THURSDAY SEPTEMBER 10 : Reggae Royalty (Sydney, Melbourne)