• Mike Posner was an independent artist when he dropped his ‘The Truth’ EP in the middle of last year. Featuring the amazing self-empowerment anthem ‘Be As You Are‘, the EP also contained a gorgeous acoustic number entitled ‘I Took A Pill In Ibiza’. A month later, it was remixed by Norwegian duo SeeB. Seven months later, it’s a global smash, top 20 on the global Spotify chart and, as of yesterday, doing the rounds at Australian media.
• The ten-album shortlist for the 11th annual Australian Music Prize is in, and if last year’s ARIA Awards are anything to go by, it’s almost guaranteed to be a Courtney Barnett affair. The singer’s ‘Sometimes I Sit And Think, Sometimes I Just Sit’ is among the finalists, along with Dan Kelly’s ‘Leisure Panic’, Dick Diver’s ‘Melbourne, Florida’, Gold Class’s ‘It’s You’, Jess Ribeiro’s ‘Kill It Yourself’, Methyl Ethyl’s ‘Oh Inhuman Spectacle’, My Disco’s ‘Severe’, Royal Headache’s ‘High’, Sarah Blasko’s ‘Eternal Return’ and Tame Impala’s ‘Currents’. The winner will be announced at the AMP’s Amped Up In Conversation event, to be held in Sydney on March 09.
• Sydney outfit Tigertown celebrated the release of their sparkling new EP yesterday by announcing a national tour throughout the first half of April. They’ll play the Newtown and Northcote Social Clubs in Sydney and Melbourne respectively on April 01 and 02, The Foundry in Brisbane on April 07, Byron Bay’s Beach Hotel on April 07 (free show) and Sol Bar in Maroochydore on April 09. They’ll then head further west for shows in Adelaide (Pirie & Co on April 15) and Perth (Jimmy’s Den on April 16).
• Carmada will embark on a regional tour across the country from early next month. Kicking off at The Helm on the Sunshine Coast, the tour will make stops in regional centres across New South Wales, Victoria and Queensland, finishing up in Coffs Harbour on Friday April 08. Elk Road will support and tickets are on sale now.
• Former One Direction star Zayn has made quite the statement with his debut solo offering, ‘Pillowtalk’, slamming the No.1 spot on the British singles chart this week on debut. He edges Shawn Mendes’ ‘Stitches’ from the top spot; that single falling to No.3, overtaken by Jonas Blue’s cover of ‘Fast Car’. Rihanna’s ‘Work’ improves from its No.13 debut to No.4, while Lukas Graham, who’ll release their self-titled album on March 25, jump from No.24 to No.6 with ‘7 Years’. Craig David scores himself another top ten hit with ‘When The Bassline Drops’ (up from No.14 to No.10).
• David Bowie has replaced himself at the top of this week’s British albums chart. ‘Blackstar (★)’ drops to No.2, allowing the ‘Best Of Bowie’ compilation to take the reigns at the top. Sia nabs the highest debut of the week at No.3 with ‘This Is Acting’ ahead of Adele and Justin Bieber. Charlie Puth’s ‘Nine Track Mind’ is new at No.6 and Rihanna’s ‘Anti’ manages a No.7 debut. Dream Theater and Bloc Party both just miss the top ten, premiering at Nos.11 and 12 respectively.
• Justin Bieber has finally been replaced on the Billboard Hot 100 Singles chart this week by a rather familiar nemesis… himself. ‘Sorry’ finally relinquishes its hold on the top spot, replaced with ‘Love Yourself’. Twenty One Pilots improve to No.3 with ‘Stressed Out’, leaving Adele’s ‘Hello’ to drop to No.4. Flo Rida’s ‘My House’ blasts its way into the top ten (No.12 to No.5), but Selena Gomez does it better (‘Hands To Myself’ from No.21 to No.7). Rihanna’s ‘Work’ is the week’s highest debut at No.9. Empire Of The Sun’s ‘Walking On A Dream’ moves up from No.82 on debut to No.65.
• Adele’s back in the No.1 position on the Billboard 200 Albums chart, re-taking the top spot from Panic! At The Disco’s ‘Death Of A Bachelor’, which drops from one to five. Justin Bieber’s ‘Purpose’ is up to No.2, while the highest debut of the week Stateside goes to Megadeth’s ‘Dystopia’ (No.3). The 2016 Grammy Nominee album is new at No.9, while Selena Gomez’ ‘Revival’ edges from No.16 to No.11 thanks to the popularity of single ‘Hands To Myself’.
• UK? Check. US? Also check. Australia? Well not just yet. You’ll have to wait ’til 6pm AEDT to get your mind around the moves on this week’s ARIA charts. Will Rihanna score her first No.1 album? How will ‘Work’ fare in its second week? And will former 1D star Zayn premiere at No.1? So many questions, but we’ll provide the answers – and much more – in Chart Watch, live on the East Coast from 6pm.
MONDAY FEBRUARY 08 : Ryan Bingham (East Coast)
TUESDAY FEBRUARY 09 : Danny Brown (Nationally)
TUESDAY FEBRUARY 09 : Vic Mensa (Nationally)
TUESDAY FEBRUARY 09 : MS MR (Nationally)
TUESDAY FEBRUARY 09 : Odesza (Nationally)
TUESDAY FEBRUARY 09 : Prince (Sydney, Melbourne)
TUESDAY FEBRUARY 09 : The Wonder Years (Nationally)
WEDNESDAY FEBRUARY 10 : Mutemath (Nationally)
FRIDAY FEBRUARY 12 : Matt Corby (Nationally)
FRIDAY FEBRUARY 12 : Rob Thomas (Sydney)