• Jennifer Lopez yesterday dropped a new single entitled ‘Ain’t Your Mama’, a cheeky little R&B-tinged Latino pop number that lyrically deals with a partner who desperately needs to grow up. It’s anticipated the single will make its way to Aussie media next week. Listen HERE.
• Some of Sony Music’s brightest stars will perform for audiences at Camp Gallipoli events across the country this ANZAC Day eve. Thousands are expected to turn out to set up camp in outdoor venues in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Perth and Adelaide, before waking early on ANZAC Day morning to attend the dawn services. And they’ll be entertained by some of the brightest talent in the country; last year’s ‘X Factor’ winner Cyrus will play the Sydney event, Taylor Henderson will perform for Melburnians, Brisbane gets Dami Im, it’s all about Stan Walker in Perth and Adelaidians will be treated to a performance by Louise Adams. Head to www.campgallipoli.com.au for all the information.
• ‘Virtue’ is the latest single to be plucked from the latest Bloc Party album ‘Hymns’. It follows on from ‘The Love Within’ and ‘The Good News’ from the LP, which dropped in January and peaked inside the top 20 on the ARIA albums chart.
• Though they confirmed its release early last month, the latest Tegan + Sara album project is now underway, with the release of lead single ‘Boyfriend’ and grat track ‘U-Turn’ yesterday, to coincide with the album’s digital pre-order and tracklist reveal. The LP, produced by pop superstar Greg Kurstin, contains ten songs in all and will drop on Friday June 03.
• UK soul songstress Laura Mvula has also unveiled the tracklisting for her upcoming album ‘The Dreaming Room’. Due on June 17, her LP brings together a dozen new recordings, including ‘People’ (a collaboration with Wretch 32) and ‘Overcome’ (which features a guest appearance by legendary guitarist/producer Nile Rodgers). “It’s a beast of an album,” says Laura. “When I listen to this music I feel whole. I feel so at home in myself. I feel comfortable.”
• Iconic singer songwriter Bob Dylan will release his 37th studio album ‘Fallen Angels’ towards the end of next month. It’s the follow-up to last year’s ‘Shadows In The Night’ and comprises 12 classic American songs (including ‘That Old Black Magic’, ‘It Had To Be You’, ‘Skylark’ and ‘Come Rain Or Come Shine’, all given a fresh Dylan interpretation. ‘Fallen Angels’ will drop at digital and bricks and mortar stores on Friday May 20.
• The Beatles have been big business for the team at Spotify Australia, who yesterday rolled out some cold hard facts about the British supergroup’s effect on the streaming service since their back catalogue went live at the end of last year. It’s no surprise that our four biggest cities are the biggest fans, but oddly it’s the band’s song ‘Here Comes The Sun’ that is the most popular down under. Even more interesting is the fact that 67% of the band’s listener base is aged under 35, perhaps a sign that the Spotify take-up rate among older Australians is lacking. Click on the image above for a more detailed look.
• Matt Corby, whose ‘Telluric’ tour kicks off with a sold out show at the Enmore Theatre in Sydney on Monday night, has revealed that Vera Blue, Kita Alexander and RW Grace will fill the support slots at various shows. Vera’s got the gig for most of them, but Kita will play the sold out Brisbane show on April 20, while RW Grace fills the slot in Perth and Adelaide.
• The Jungle Giants are headed out on tour. Kicking off in Brisbane on June 17, the band will swing through Adelaide, Melbourne, Sydney, Mandurah and, finally, Jack Rabbit Slim’s in Perth on July 09. Gideon Benson of The Preatures, Lulu Raes and Machine Age will play support on all but the Perth and Mandurah dates, the supports for which are to be advised.
• It’s four weeks on top for Mike Posner and his smash hit ‘I Took A Pill In Ibiza’ in the UK this week; the US performer holds on despite a strong challenge from our own Sia and her hit ‘Cheap Thrills’, which improves from No.4 to No.2. Alan Walker’s ‘Faded’ is up four to No.7, while Major Lazer’s ‘Light It Up’ is back into the top ten (up to No.10 from No.13). We might be all but ignoring it here in Australia at the moment, but DNCE’s ‘Cake By The Ocean’ is finding favour on the other side of the world, leaping another six places to No.11. Drake’s newbie ‘One Dance’ scores the week’s highest debut… down at No.21.
• It’s an all new one-two-three on the UK albums chart this week, as Zayn Malik’s album ‘Mind Of Mine’ vacates the No.1 spot after just one week. Zayn suffers a big eight place fall (down to No.9), replaced in position one by Last Shadow Puppets and their LP ‘Everything You’ve Come To Expect’. With their single ‘7 Years’ proving a big hit in Britain, Lukas Graham’s self-titled set premieres in the No.2 position, while the Pet Shop Boys’ 13th studio album ‘Super’ becomes their 13th album to crack the top ten, debuting at No.3. Adele’s ’25’ is the only album from last week’s top five still there (down to No.4), while the new Black Stone Cherry and Aled Jones albums (‘Kentucky’ and ‘One Voice’ respectively) debut in positions five and six.
• It’s now eight weeks on top for Rihanna and Drake’s single ‘Work’ on the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart in the US. But Lukas Graham continues to make strides with ‘7 Years’, which is the week’s greatest digital sales gainer (still at No.2). Meghan Trainor’s ‘No’ jumps from No.6 to No.3, while Zayn’s ‘Pillowtalk’ is up from No.8 to No.4. Girl group Fifth Harmony bags themselves another US top ten hit, with ‘Work From Home’ improving from No.12 to No.10. The new Nick Jonas single ‘Close’ scores the week’s highest debut; No.27.
• Gwen Stefani has been replaced at No.1 on the Billboard 200 Albums chart by former One Directioner Zayn Malik, whose debut solo record ‘Mind Of Mine’ premieres in the top spot, knocking Gwen not only off No.1, but entirely out of the top 10. K Michelle’s album ‘More Issues Than Vogue’ is new at No.2, with Rihanna, Bieber and Adele making up the top five. Young Thug’s ‘Slime Season 3’ debuts at No.7, there’s another debut at No.9 for Asking Alexandria’s ‘The Black’ and another for Joe Bonamassa’s ‘Blues Of Desperation’ at No.12. Gwen Stefani slumps to No.17.
• Of course, the clocks went back last week in a number of states, so that means that the weekly Chart Watch segment reverts to non-daylight savings time. Still 6pm, but now for New South Wales, Victoria, Queensland, Tasmania and the ACT. (5:30pm for SA/NT and 4pm for WA). Come check out what your weekly Aussie charts have in store this week with Chart Watch, live tonight!
MONDAY APRIL 11 : Joe Bonamassa (Nationally)
THURSDAY APRIL 14 : Culture Club (Nationally)
FRIDAY APRIL 15 : Keith Urban (Nationally)