• Welcome to The Purge Saturday edition! US pop duo Chairlift will release their new album ‘Moth’ on January 22. The LP’s release is preceded by new single ‘Romeo‘, which frontwoman Caroline Polachek says was inspired by studying fine arts. “I started studying opera two years ago, and immediately fell in love with Handel,” she says. “I tried to channel that same stately, baroque feeling in the chorus of ‘Romeo’.”
• Australian pop favourites Samantha Jade and Nathaniel have come together to inject a little cheer into this festive season, revealing a cover version of Mariah Carey’s ‘All I Want For Christmas Is You’. The pair will be performing the track at this year’s Carols In The Domain on Saturday December 19. Fans can get their hands on the single from Friday December 11.
• The gang at Spotify have done the calculations and they’ve concluded that Drake is the most popular artist in the world – at least via their streaming service, anyway. The ‘Hotline Bling’ star tops the list of most streamed artist on Spotify for 2015, while Australians are seemingly in streaming love with Ed Sheeran (he’s also the most streamed artist of all time. The most streamed Australian artist, meantime, is Sia, who also picked up the Most Streamed Australian Song of 2015; ‘Elastic Heart’.
• Vance Joy has added a second Sydney show to his forthcoming ‘Fire An The Flood’ tour. With tickets selling like hotcakes for his original date at the Opera House Concert Hall on Sunday April 24, Frontier Touring have moved swiftly to add a second show at the same venue the following night. Tickets are on sale now.
• The Brand New Heavies – along with the gorgeous N’Dea Davenport – will be back in Australia early in the new year for shows at two of the country’s newest outdoor venues. The soul outfit will play at the Yarra Valley Estate in Victoria on February 20, and will drop in at Calais Estate in the Hunter Valley the following day. Tickets are on sale now.
• An alcohol-free event entitled ‘Tomorrow’s People’ will tour Australia in January, giving the all-ages audiences the chance to catch some of Australia’s most sought-after up and coming artists on the same bill. Dylan Joel, E^st, Kilter and UV Boi will entertain punters at shows in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Central Coast, Wollongong, Byron Bay, Geelong and Ballarat from the middle of next month. Tickets are on sale now.
• Justin Bieber has been knocked from the No.1 spot on the UK singles chart this week… by himself. ‘Love Yourself’ overtakes ‘Sorry’ to claim the No.1 crown, with his previous hit ‘What Do You Mean?’ still holding on to No.4, just behind Adele. The great story this week, however, is for Australia’s own Grace. Conrad Sewell’s little sister had a big No.1 hit here with her cover of Leslie Gore’s ‘You Don’t Own Me’ and she’s now bagged UK success, bulleting from a No.44 debut to No.4.
• Wouldn’t you know it? Adele’s still firing in the No.1 spot on the UK albums chart this week with ’25’. In fact, apart from a No.10 debut for The Vamps’ new album ‘Wake Up’, the top ten is a pretty quiet affair. The Corrs are back in chart action at No.11 with their new album ‘White Light’ (still no mention of an Australian release for those playing along at home), while Il Divo brings a little ‘Amor & Pasion’ to the No.13 spot on debut.
• ‘Hello’! That’s the sound of Adele still bellowing from atop the US singles chart. ‘Hello’ maintains its position for a fifth straight week and is closing in on the magical three million mark. In fact, it has to be said that the US singles chart is looking relatively steady this week with no massive moves in the top 20. Adele’s ‘When We Were Young’ is clearly finding fabour amongst her audience. It debuted at No.22.
• It’s bizarre, but Adele’s album is only now debuting on top of the US Billboard albums chart, having comfortably smashed pretty much every sales record there was to be smashed. She’s ahead of Justin Bieber and One Direction, while there’s a debut at No.4 from Jadakiss’ ‘Top 5 Dead Or Alive’. The ‘Empire : Season 2′ soundtrack is new at No.16 and Adele’s ’19’ leaps into the No.20 position, joining ’25’ (No.1) and ’21’ (No.9) in the top 20.
• That’s all for your Saturday edition of The Purge. But to find out what the Australian charts will bring to your Saturday night, be with us from 6pm AEDT as we bring you Chart Watch!
TUESDAY DECEMBER 08 : City And Colour (Sydney)
TUESDAY DECEMBER 08 : Hilltop Hoods (Nationally)
WEDNESDAY DECEMBER 09 : Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds (Nationally)
THURSDAY DECEMBER 10 : Atlantis (Sydney, Melbourne)
FRIDAY DECEMBER 11 : Troye Sivan (Sydney, Perth)