• We kick off your Saturday edition of The Purge with the new Ladyhawke single. The gang at EMI ‘Let It Roll’ to Australian media yesterday in support of the singer’s new album ‘Wild Things’, which is due out on Friday June 03. Pip will perform three live shows in Australia (in Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane) in the middle of July in support of the new LP.
• Brisbane songstress Grace (aka Conrad Sewell’s little sister) is back with a new single. ‘Hell Of A Girl’ also dropped at Australian media to coincide with its digital release yesterday. Sony tells us that her debut album will drop later in the year and that tour information is also forthcoming.
• Metronomy will release a new album at the start of July. ‘Summer 08’ is the UK band’s fifth studio album and comprises ten tracks including lead single ‘Old Skool’ and ‘Hang Me Out To Dry’, which is a duet with Swedish pop superstar Robyn. ‘Summer 08’ is out on digital, CD and vinyl formats, as well as a deluxe vinyl and CD boxset on Friday July 01.
• To coincide with the release of his new album ‘Strange Loop’ yesterday, Paul Dempsey announced a selection of live dates across the country throughout August and September. Shows in all five main capitals are locked and loaded, along with four dates in country Victoria, with tickets for all on sale at midday on Monday May 16.
• Ganz dropped his ‘Gao’ EP yesterday. And, like Paul Dempsey, he also took the opportunity to announce a national tour in support of it. The tour kicks off at Fat Controller in Adelaide on Saturday July 16, with dates in the other four main capitals to follow in the two weeks hence. Ganz is also slated to play Byron’s Splendour In The Grass on Sunday July 24. Tickets for all shows are on sale now.
• Baby Animals are also hitting the road in celebration of an album release. They’ll be playing the Forum Theatre in Melbourne on May 21 and the Enmore Theatre in Sydney on May 28 in support of 25th Anniversary edition of their debut album. Tix are on sale now.
• A new event called ‘Ignite’ is about to take over Sydney. DJ Dan Murphy will team up with the Sydney Youth Orchestra for the one-off Sunday June 05 show, which will also contain performances from UK soul diva Kathy Brown, son of a preacher man Peyton, local dynamo Kristen Pearson and Aussie dance starlet Zoë Badwi. Shows take over the City Recital Hall at 3pm and 7pm.
• It’s all steady in the Nos.1 and 2 positions, with Drake and Calvin Harris/Rihanna maintaining, but the big news of the week is the massive No.3 debut for the infectious new Justin Timberlake single ‘Can’t Stop The Feeling’. It sends a number of other singles cascading down the singles chart, but DJ Snake is into the top ten with ‘Middle’, while both Little Mix (‘Hair’) and Desiigner (‘Panda’) also look like they have their eyes firmly on a top ten berth in the weeks ahead.
• Despite not getting a full sales week under its belt, the new Radiohead album ‘A Moon Shaped Pool’ sold well enough during its five days to claim the No.1 UK albums position for its own this week, ahead of a strong debut for Skepta’s ‘Konnichiwa’, which is new at No.2. Beyoncé’s ‘Lemonade’ drops one further position to No.3, while Drake’s ‘Views’ from the top were brief, slumping from No.1 to No.4. Gregory Porter scores a top five debut with ‘Take Me To The Alley’ (No.5) and John Michel Jarre premieres at No.8 with ‘Electronica 2 : The Heart Of Noise’.
• Well howdy Drake! Yes, the US superstar takes over No.1 on the Billboard Hot 100 Singles chart with ‘One Dance’ this week, waltzing Desiigner’s ‘Panda’ right outta there. ‘Panda’ is only down to No.2, with Lukas Graham at three, Mike Posner’s ‘I Took A Pill In Ibiza’ up to No.4 and Fifth Harmony’s ‘Work From Home’ up two places to No.5. The Chainsmokers are up into the top ten (No.14 to No.7), while the new Calvin Harris/Rihanna collaboration ‘This Is What You Came For’ slams into the countdown with a huge No.9 debut. Even Florida Georgia Line do alright for themselves with ‘H.O.L.Y.’, which is new at No.20.
• It seriously couldn’t be anyone else but Drake on top of the Billboard 200 Albums chart this week, could it? Especially after ‘One Dance’ hit the top spot on the singles chart and especially given all 19 songs from the album made their way into the singles chart. So Beyoncé loses her No.1 mantle after just one week. Prince maintains the No.3 spot with the ‘Purple Rain’ soundtrack (no Prince singles left in the singles chart, meantime), while his ‘The Very Best Of’ drops from two to four. Rob Zombie’s ‘Electric Warlock Acid Witch Satanic Orgy Celebration Dispenser’ is new at No.5 and the far more succinctly titled ‘Now 58’ compilation is new at No.6.
• That’s your lot for the UK and US charts this week, but there’s plenty more where they came from; specifically from an Australian perspective. We’ll be back at 6pm AEST tonight (and every Saturday, of course) with your look at the ARIA top 100s with our weekly Chart Watch!
MONDAY MAY 16 : Bad Manners (Nationally)
MONDAY MAY 16 : Paul Dempsey (Nationally)
MONDAY MAY 16 : Flume (Nationally)
TUESDAY MAY 17 : The Cure (Perth, Adelaide)
WEDNESDAY MAY 18 : Jimmy Barnes (Nationally)
THURSDAY MAY 19 : Twenty One Pilots (Nationally)
FRIDAY MAY 20 : Deftones (Nationally)