• The new One Direction single has arrived. True to their word, the boys dropped the new track to digital retailers late yesterday and it went straight towards the upper reaches of the iTunes singles chart. Co-penned by Harry and Louis, ‘Perfect’ is the second official single from their forthcoming album ‘Made In The A.M.’.
• Former Melbourne pop duo Strange Talk are back. Now signed with EMI and based in Los Angeles, the boys (Stephen and Gerard) yesterday released their all-new ‘E.V.O.L.U.T.I.O.N’ EP, which features five tracks including a collaboration with Bertie Blackman and the lead single ‘When It Feels So Good’, which was officially serviced to Australian media yesterday.
• G-Eazy has confirmed the release of his new album ‘When It’s Dark Out’. Preceded by the new single ‘Me, Myself & I’ (which features a vocal appearance by Bebe Rexha), the new LP is set to drop in Australia on Friday December 04.
• Aussie chart favourite Chet Faker (we seriously didn’t recognise him without the beard) has teamed up with London DJ Marcus Marr for a brand new EP, to be released in early December. The four tracker is entitled ‘Work’ and the first taste from it is the disco-tinged, feel-good lead single ‘The Trouble With Us’, which notched up close to 40,000 streams within 24 hours. Listen HERE and look out for ‘Work’ hitting retailers across the country on December 04.
• British pop duo Erasure will celebrate their 30th anniversary with a new compilation album, due for release later this month. ‘Always : The Best of Erasure’ brings together 20 tracks from across their three decades, including ‘Oh L’Amour’, ‘A Little Respect’, ‘Always’, ‘Fingers & Thumbs’, ‘Be With You’ and their cover of ABBA’s ‘Take A Chance On Me’. Exclusive to this release is a 2015 remix of their 1986 single ‘Sometimes’. It’s out locally on Friday October 30.
• Superstar French DJ David Guetta has announced both Benson and Ivan Gough as the special guests for his one-off show in Melbourne on the eve of the Melbourne Cup. It promises to be a spectacular show, with more than 300 pyrotechnics firing off around the arena, along with the world-class soundtrack. David hits Hisense Arena on Monday November 02.
• Missy Higgins in the headline act at next year’s Peninsula Picnic. She’ll be joined on the bill by the likes of Kim Churchill, Powderfinger’s Darren Middleton, Timberwolf and Ruby Whiting at the event, which takes over the Mornington Racecourse on Melbourne’s Mornington Peninsula on Sunday March 20.
• US singer songwriter John Mellencamp will tour Australia in February, bringing fellow US star Jewel along for the ride in the support role. Dates are locked in for all five main capital cities, along with shows in the Hunter Valley and in our nation’s capital. The tour kicks off at Perth’s Sandalford Estate in the Swan Valley on February 06 and tickets are on sale this Friday.
• It’s official… Justin Bieber’s ‘What Do You Mean?’ is a monster hit in anyone’s language. The Bieb remains in the No.1 spot again in the UK this week, again holding off the boys from R City (with Adam Levine), whose ‘Locked Away’ is steady at No.2. Drake’s ‘Hotline Bling’ improves from No.8 to No.3, but the biggest movements this week come from The Weeknd’s ‘The Hills’ (up from No.23 to No.5 and better still, Jamie Lawson’s ‘Wasn’t Expecting That’, which bullets from No.40 to No.6. The week’s highest debut belongs to Olly Murs’ latest single ‘Kiss Me’, though it’s down at No.16. The Vamps’ single ‘Wake Up’ plunges from No.12 to No.56 in week two. Yikes.
• British dance outfit Faithless still have plenty of fans in their homeland, with ‘Faithless 2.0’ premiering in the No.1 position on this week’s British albums chart. The Game’s ‘The Documentary 2’ premieres at No.4, with John Grant’s ‘Grey Tickles, Black Pressure’ new at No.5. The Rudimental album drops from No.1 to No.10 and just missing top ten berths this week are Selena Gomez’ album ‘Revival’ (new at No.11) and Hurts’ ‘Surrender’, which becomes the duo’s first album to miss the top ten, coming in at No.12.
• It’s clear by now, if you’re a follower of the US charts, that the American’s aren’t really big fans of change, particularly when it comes to the No.1 spot on the Billboard Hot 100 Singles chart which is dominated again this week by The Weeknd and his latest single ‘The Hills’. From there, the rest of the top five belongs to Drake, Bieber, Silento and Fetty Wap. It’s otherwise relatively uneventful.
• It might have been seven long years since her last album release, but it seems the Stateside love for Janet Jackson is showing no signs of waning. Her new album ‘Unbreakable’, which debuted at No.11 both here and in the UK last weekend, has slammed the No.1 spot on the Billboard 200 Albums chart, premiering ahead of The Weeknd and Drake & Future. Tamar Braxton’s ‘Calling All Lovers’ is new at No.5, with Clutch’s ‘Psychic Warfare’ just missing the top ten with a debut at No.11.
• And finally in your Saturday edition of The Purge, a little reminder that we will, of course, be back at 6pm AEDT tonight with all the guff on the local chart front with our weekly Chart Watch. Make it a date.
MONDAY OCTOBER 19 : Jason Aldean (Sydney, Melbourne)
THURSDAY OCTOBER 22 : Mac Miller (Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane)
FRIDAY OCTOBER 23 : Jackson Browne (Sydney, Melbourne)
FRIDAY OCTOBER 23 : Hoodoo Gurus, Sunny Boys, Violent Femmes (Nationally)
FRIDAY OCTOBER 23 : Icehouse (Nagambie)
FRIDAY OCTOBER 23 : John Mellencamp (Nationally)
FRIDAY OCTOBER 23 : Troye Sivan (Sydney, Perth)