• It’s your Wednesday edition of The Purge and pop superstar Taylor Swift is in the country as part of her national tour, which continues at Brisbane’s Suncorp Stadium on Saturday night. So it’s understandable that her label Universal Music would want to capitalise on her being on-ground by servicing her song ‘Out Of The Woods’, from her multi-platinum album ‘1989’ to commercial radio this week. The album has made its way back up both the iTunes and official ARIA albums charts in the wake of the singer’s visit.
• Among other tracks doing the rounds at media this week include the aforementioned Tina Arena, Jessica Mauboy and The Veronicas version of ‘Chains’, which the artists performed at last Thursday’s ARIA Awards, ‘History’ and ‘Nothing Matters’ by ‘X Factor’ finalists Louise Adams and Jess & Matt respectively, the new M.I.A single ‘Borders’, The Vamps’ ‘Rest Your Love’ and Years & Years’ ‘Eyes Shut’ among many others. Keep your peepers peeled on our FACEBOOK page tomorrow for the more comprehensive wrap.
• Legendary UK electronic outfit Underworld will release their new album ‘Barbara Barbara, We Face A Shining Future’ in the middle of March. Fans can get a little taste of the band’s first album in almost six years via a two and a half minute teaser medley HERE. Comprising seven tracks in all, ‘Barbara Barbara, We Face A Shining Future’ will be released globally on Friday March 18.
• Remember Sandi Thom? She of ‘I Wish I Was A Punk Rocker’ fame? Well she’s back with a new single entitled ‘Earthquake’, determined to once again shake her way onto the charts. The song documents her split from guitarist Joe Bonamassa last year and is the first taste of a new self-produced album entitled ‘Weapons Of Past Destruction’, which is due early next year. ‘Earthquake’ is out now.
• Erykah Badu will release a brand new mixtape on Friday. The 11 track ‘But You Caint Use My Phone’ is the soul superstar’s first “full body of work” in five years and will be available exclusively via the iTunes store for one week. The lead single – and title track – is doing the rounds at Aussie media this week.
• Aussie outfit Baby Animals have reformed their original line-up in time to celebrate the band’s landmark 25th anniversary and will celebrate the milestone with both two new live shows and a 25th Anniversary edition of their self-titled debut album. The band will drop the new version of the album on Friday May 20 next year, ahead of shows at Melbourne’s Forum Theatre on May 21 and Sydney’s Enmore Theatre on May 28. Tickets for both are on sale from 9am today.
• Organisers of the 2016 Australian Open have ensured it won’t be just tennis stars fans will be clambering to see in Melbourne next month, with a huge line-up of top notch local talent set to take to the stage as part of the entertainment program. Among the big names confirmed to perform are British India, Hot Dub Time Machine, Katie Noonan, Alpine, The Rubens, Jackie Onassis, Dan Sultan, Diesel, James Reyne and more. The 2016 Australian Open takes over Melbourne’s tennis precinct for two weeks from January 18.
• Dance music legend Erick Morillo has been added to the line-up for the inaugural Electric Gardens Festival in Sydney next month. The January 23 event, to be held in Sydney’s gorgeous Centennial Park, already features Fatboy Slim, John Digweek, Dubfire, Hernan Cattaneo, Stacey Pullen and more. They’ll all now be in the fine company of Mister Morillo and more acts, which are still to be announced.
• And Holy Holy have confirmed a national tour in January. The ‘A Heroine’ tour will kick off at the Oxford Art Factory on January 15 before stopping in Newcastle, Perth, Adelaide and Melbourne, before winding up at The Triffid in Brisbane on January 30. Tickets are on sale now.
WEDNESDAY DECEMBER 02 : Baby Animals (Sydney, Melbourne)
WEDNESDAY DECEMBER 02 : Good Life Festival (Nationally)
WEDNESDAY DECEMBER 02 : Simply Red (Sydney)
FRIDAY DECEMBER 04 : Asking Alexandria (Nationally)
FRIDAY DECEMBER 04 : Jackson Browne (Brisbane)
FRIDAY DECEMBER 04 : Vance Joy (Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane)
FRIDAY DECEMBER 04 : Of Monsters And Men (Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane)