• Disney aficionados may recognise the youngster pictured above. Isaak Presley is the US star of the network’s TV show ‘Stuck In The Middle’, having previously appeared on the likes of ‘Austin & Ally’ and ‘Fuller House’. And like all good Disney stable performers, he’s also a singer. The 13 year old has just popped out his seasonal collection ‘The Magic Of Christmas’, which comprises ten original recordings.
• Aston Merrygold’s album has been pushed back again. Originally due for release prior to Christmas, ‘Showstopper’ was put back to late January, but has now seen its released delayed again, this time ’til February 26.
• British singer Raleigh Ritchie has confirmed that his debut studio album ‘You’re A Man Now, Boy’ will be released at the end of February. The performer (who’s also famous for his acting roles in TV series ‘Game Of Thrones’ and on the big screen’s ‘Adulthood’) penned every track on the album, including recent single ‘Bloodsport ’15’. The LP will drop in standard 12 track and deluxe 18 track versions on Friday February 26.
• The new Craig David / Big Narstie single ‘When The Bassline Drops’ is already finding favour in Craig’s native UK, peaking just outside the top ten on the iTunes singles chart there thus far. So Warner Music has stepped into the fray down under, this week servicing the track to local media in the hope of picking up some airplay just prior to Christmas.
• Things are definitely slowing down on the new release front this week, with only a handful of new tunes making their way to media. However, those that are out there include the new One Direction single ‘History’ (it was originally due to be ‘Infinity’), Aufgang’s previously-mentioned ‘Summer’ and two reworkings of Tracy Chapman’s classic ‘Fast Car’, one by Tobtok and the other by Jonas Blue. We’ll bring you our more comprehensive list on FACEBOOK tomorrow.
• Tanita Tikaram will release her long-awaited LP ‘Closer To The People’ on Friday March 11. It’s the first album in four years from the British-based singer, who’s most famous for her late ’80s hits ‘Good Tradition’ and ‘Twist In My Sobriety’. “The album is called ‘Closer To The People’ as a reflection of our time; we are more aware of our closeness to one another – or how distant a more connected world has made us,” she says of the LP’s title.
WEDNESDAY DECEMBER 16 : Melissa Etheridge (Sydney)
WEDNESDAY DECEMBER 16 : Diana Krall (Sydney, Melbourne)
WEDNESDAY DECEMBER 16 : Of Monsters And Men (Brisbane)
THURSDAY DECEMBER 17 : Highly Suspect (Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane)
THURSDAY DECEMBER 17 : Don McLean (Melbourne)
THURSDAY DECEMBER 17 : Pointer Sisters (Nationally)
FRIDAY DECEMBER 18 : Blind Boys Of Alabama (Brisbane)
FRIDAY DECEMBER 18 : Little Mix (Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane)