• ‘The Pop Kids’ is the name of the lead single from the Pet Shop Boys’ forthcoming album ‘Super’. It’ll drop digitally in Australia (also available as a physical CD single pre-order through the boys’ website) on March 18, along with two b-sides (‘In Bits’ and ‘One-Hit Wonder’) and two remixes. ‘Super’ follows in Australia on Friday April 01.
• To celebrate the release of her new single ‘The Ones I Love’ yesterday, Bonnie Anderson has given her fans a little teaser of the forthcoming music video, which is due to drop on Friday (HERE). The track was co-penned by Bonnie, alongside Michael DeLorenzis and Michael Paynter from MSquared Productions.
• Miami native (now Sydney resident) Bielfield has dropped his infectious new single ‘Kings & Queens’. “It was the first pop song I wrote with my producer Louis Schrool,” Bielfield says of the track. “I finally let my mind and creativity free, to become more myself – set loose the beast inside – and discovered a world of music I had only ever dreamed of creating.” The performer will debut the track at Mardi Gras’ Fair Day tomorrow, ahead of a Mardi Gras pop-up performance on Saturday March 05.
• Missy Higgins yesterday released a new single entitled ‘Oh Canada’. Far from being the national anthem for our Commonwealth cousins, it’s an original piece that was sparked by the heartbreaking photo of young refugee Alan Kurdi’s lifeless body being carried from the water, having drowned in the Mediterranean. “‘Oh Canada’ simply aims to tell a story. It’s not preaching anything in particular, it’s simply my attempt to make sense out of senselessness,” Missy explains in a statement. “If it also reminds people of what happened to Alan and his family then I think that would be good – after what they went through they don’t deserve to be forgotten. If the song reminds people how the picture of that lifeless little boy made them feel then that would be even better because that proves we’re all very similar people who just happen to live under different circumstances. If the song inspires anyone to do something on behalf of refugees – to speak up for their rights and to push back against those who seek to inflame our fears and prejudices – then I think that would be best of all.” Take a look at the music video HERE.
• Aussie indie darlings Little May will tour Australia in May. And aspiring artists have the chance to design the tour artwork, with fame, glory and fabulous prizes up for grabs for the winner. Check HERE for details on how to submit your design and for all the important tour dates – all 11 of them.
• British outfit Bring Me The Horizon will tour Australia for the first time in three years in September. The band will kick things off at Perth’s HBF Stadium on September 14, before popping to Brisbane (Riverstage on September 16), Sydney (Hordern Pavilion on September 17), Adelaide (AEC Theatre on September 20) and, finally, Melbourne (Margaret Court Arena on September 22). Tickets are on general sale from 10am on Wednesday February 24.
• Eurovision organisers have confirmed that the voting process for this year’s event in Stockholm has been given a mighty shake-up, presumably to stamp out the painfully repetitive block voting that happens every year. There will now also be a professional jury’s score from each country. Check out THIS VIDEO to see how it’s all designed to work.
• Hot on the heels of their No.1 placing on Triple J’s Hottest 100, The Rubens have announced they’ll head out on the road for the ‘Hold Me Back’ tour in the middle of June. The four date swing kicks off at The Tivoli in Brisbane on June 11, before making stops at Metro City in Perth (June 18), Hordern Pavilion in Sydney (June 24) and Margaret Court Arena in Melbourne (June 25). A pre-sale kicks off from this Tuesday before general public tickets hit from 10am local time on Thursday February 25.
• Thirsty Merc are also hitting the road this year, with audiences in more than 20 cities and towns in line for shows as part of their ‘Back To The Grind’ national tour. The tour kicks off at Canberra’s Southern Cross Club on April 07, before making its way around the country, even stopping in on Darwin and the Alice. Tickets are on sale now.
• Bone Thugs-N-Harmony headlines the ‘This Is Hip Hop’ tour, which will play in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane and Perth in May. West Coast rappers DJ Quik and Tha Dogg Pound are also along for the ride, with more acts set to be announced in the weeks ahead. The tour hits Melbourne’s Festival Hall on May 21, Perth’s Metro City on May 22, Sydney’s Hordern Pavilion on May 27 and Brisbane’s Eatons Hill Hotel on May 28. Tickets are on sale from 9am on Tuesday March 01.
• Danish outfit Lukas Graham and their single ‘7 Years’ sailed into the No.1 spot on last week’s UK singles chart, overtaking Zayn’s debut single ‘Pillowtalk’ in the process. And it’s there they stay this week, again with Zayn at No.2. With no new entries in the top ten and most tracks relatively steady, it’s up to Zara Larsson to spark a little excitement with her single ‘Lush Life’, which shifts from No.16 to No.9. Following the entire band’s death earlier in the week in a bridge plunge in Sweden, Viola Beach’s ‘Swings & Waterslides’ is the week’s highest debut; No.11. Sia’s ‘Cheap Thrills’ is next best (No.41).
• Adele is back on top in Britain with ’25’. The album’s popularity shows no sign of dulling at this stage, shifting from No.2 to No.1, replacing Coldplay in the top spot after their Superbowl appearance last week. It’s Bowie and Bieber at Nos.2 and 3, with Ronan Keating left to premiere in the No.4 spot with his new long player ‘Time Of My Life’. Lissie’s newbie ‘My Wild West’ enters at No.16, with only one more top 100 debut to follow; Kula Shaker’s ‘K 2.0’ at No.32.
• Zayn’s stay in the No.1 spot on the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart in the US was brief. After premiering at No.1 on last week’s top 100, he’s dropped to No.7 in his second week, replaced in pole position by Justin Bieber’s ‘Love Yourself’. Twenty One Pilots’ move up to No.2 with ‘Stressed Out’, ahead of Justin Bieber’s ‘Sorry’ and Rihanna’s ‘Work’. Post-Superbowl, Coldplay leaps to No.13 (from No.36) with ‘Adventure Of A Lifetime’, but Drake’s ‘Summer Sixteen’ drops from No.6 to No.26, bypassing 16 altogether.
• The Future is now – well this week, for certain – with his album ‘Evol’, which debuts in the No.1 spot on the US Billboard 200 Albums chart. Adele bounces back on spot to No.2 with ’25’, with Rihanna’s ‘Anti’ slipping from No.1 to No.3. Coldplay’s ‘A Head Full Of Dreams’ leaps to No.4 thanks to their Superbowl spot, while Wiz Khalifa’s ‘Khalifa’ debuts at No.6. ‘NOW 57’ is new at No.7 and Sir Elton John premieres at No.8 with his ‘Wonderful Crazy Night’. The Sia album ‘This Is Acting’, however, tumbles from No.4 on debut to No.27.
• And don’t forget, we’ll be back with you tonight at 6pm AEDT with more chart madness, this time with a far more local bent. Check out what’s happening on this week’s ARIA top 100 charts with Chart Watch, live from 6pm on the East Coast.
WEDNESDAY FEBRUARY 24 : Bring Me The Horizon (Nationally)
WEDNESDAY FEBRUARY 24 : Rudimental (Nationally)
THURSDAY FEBRUARY 25 : The Rubens (Nationally)
FRIDAY FEBRUARY 26 : Five Finger Death Punch (Sydney, Melbourne)
FRIDAY FEBRAURY 26 : Twenty One Pilots (Nationally)