• Matt Corby will release his long-awaited debut album ‘Telluric’ in March. Already available to pre-order, the album contains ‘Monday’ and his newly-released track ‘Sooth Lady Wine’. In explaining the reasons for its delay, Matt says, “I recorded an album two years ago that I didn’t like. For a lot of reasons I wouldn’t release it. It took me a year and a half to clear my head of everything that happened, accept my failures, reboot and have the balls to do it again.” The 11 track release will land at global retailers on Friday March 11.
• Anthony Callea is celebrating the festive season, releasing a new single called ‘Christmas Day’ yesterday. Co-penned with John Foreman, Anthony describes it as “a song that brings back the feeling of Christmas from when we were children, that innocence, excitement and a time when life seemed much more simple”.
• Flight Facilities will release a special live album this Friday. ‘Live With The Melbourne Symphony Orchestra’ is precisely what it says on the box; a collection of 15 songs recorded with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra at the city’s Sidney Myer Music Bowl back in October, that features a roll call of top notch vocal talent including Katie Noonan, Owl Eyes, George Maple and Emma Louise.
• Bag Raiders also dropped their new EP yesterday. The ‘Friend Inside’ EP is the follow-up to their ‘Waterfalls’ EP, which they dropped back in July. Like its predecessor, it contains three songs; the title track, ‘Footprints’ and ‘Silverwood’.
• US singer songwriter Melissa Etheridge has confirmed a second Sydney show as part of her local ‘This Is M.E.’ tour. Only limited tickets remains for her original Enmore Theatre date on March 23, prompting organisers to add a second show the next night. Tickets are on sale from 10am AEDT this Wednesday.
• Of Monsters And Men have locked in a second Brisbane show as part of their visit in April. Their first show – at The Tivoli on April 28 – is now fully sold out, so they’ve decided to add a second the following night at the same venue. Pre-sale kicks off from 9am on Tuesday, with general public tickets going on sale from 10am on Wednesday December 16.
• Mac DeMarco is another outfit to have also added a second date in a city to their tour. They’ve confirmed that, given their Enmore Theatre show on January 06 has already sold out, they’ll play a second Sydney show at the Factory Theatre on January 07. Tickets for the new date are on sale now.
• Justin Bieber maintains the No.1 and No.2 spots on this week’s UK singles chart – with ‘Love Yourself’ and ‘Sorry’ respectively. ‘What Do You Mean?’, however, drops from the top five at the expense of the new Sigala single ‘Sweet Lovin’, which bullets from No.68 to No.3, allowing Bryn Christopher some more time in the UK chart sunshine. Coldplay’s ‘Adventure Of A Lifetime’ lifts slightly, entering the top ten (No.15 to No.9). And Mariah Carey’s seminal classic ‘All I Want For Christmas Is You’ bullets from No.35 to No.13. In fact, the UK top 100 is plastered with Christmas classics this week, with 13 festive favourites peppering the chart.
• Coldplay must be loving Adele right now. The British band misses the No.1 spot in the UK for only the first time in their career all because of one woman. ’25’ maintains its position at No.1 in Britain, meaning Chris and the boys have to settle for No.2 with their new album ‘A Head Full Of Dreams’. Theirs is the only top ten debut this week; the next best coming from former ‘X Factor’ UK star Fleur East, whose album ‘Love, Sax & Flashbacks’ premieres at No.14. Kylie’s ‘Christmas’ album is back into the top 20, but Troye Sivan’s album ‘Blue Neighbourhood’ limps into the countdown at No.43.
• Proof the Americans are in love with Adele is the fact that her single ‘Hello’ is still No.1 Stateside for the sixth week in succession. The entire top seven remains unmoved this week, with Alessia Cara shaking things up in the No.8 position with ‘Home’ (up from No.10). Selena Gomez rises one spot with ‘Same Old Love’ to enter the top ten at No.10. As with other charts across the planet, Mariah Carey’s Christmas classic ‘All I Want For Christmas Is You’ is back again, re-entering the chart at No.26.
• And as with the No.1 on the Hot 100 singles chart, Adele holds firm on the Billboard 200 albums chart with ’25’. Justin Bieber remains the bridesmaid again with ‘Purpose’, while the Pentatonix Christmas set ‘That’s Christmas To Me’ rises to No.3. Michael Bublé’s ‘Christmas’ joins Pentatonix in jollying up the top ten, rising from No.28 to No.9. The new Erykah Badu LP ‘But You Caint Use My Phone’ drops in at No.14. And speaking of 14… there are 14 Christmas albums in this week’s top 100.
• That’s it for this week’s Saturday edition of The Purge, but now that we’ve whet your whistle with all this chart information, surely you’ll want to be back here from 6pm AEDT when we bring you all the news on the local front with Chart Watch!
MONDAY DECEMBER 14 : Jeremih (Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane)
MONDAY DECEMBER 14 : Don McLean (Adelaide, Canberra)
TUESDAY DECEMBER 15 : Tom Jones (Sydney, Melbourne)
WEDNESDAY DECEMBER 16 : Melissa Etheridge (Sydney)
WEDNESDAY DECEMBER 16 : Diana Krall (Sydney, Melbourne)
WEDNESDAY DECEMBER 16 : Of Monsters And Men (Brisbane)
THURSDAY DECEMBER 17 : Don McLean (Melbourne)
FRIDAY DECEMBER 18 : Blind Boys Of Alabama (Brisbane)
FRIDAY DECEMBER 18 : Little Mix (Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane)