• We kick off your Saturday edition of The Purge with news that the new Shawn Mendes single, ‘Treat You Better’, has arrived. His local label Universal Music serviced the track to media yesterday afternoon to coincide with its digital release. It’s the first song lifted from the Canadian teen heartthrob’s forthcoming sophomore album, due later this year.
• The new Jonas Blue single ‘Perfect Strangers’ also landed at Aussie media yesterday. The British producer hit the big time earlier this year when his cover of Tracy Chapman’s ‘Fast Car’, which smashed the No.1 spot here and went on to sell triple platinum. Now the hard work begins to replicate its success with ‘Perfect Strangers’, which features the vocals of Island Records singer JP Cooper.
• Miami native DJ Snake has teamed up with one of our for his new single. Expat Aussie songstress George Maple, who now calls Los Angeles home and who announced a run of capital city headline shows earlier this week features on the DJ/producer’s new single ‘Talk’. His past two singles ‘Lean On’ and ‘Middle’ have both hit the top five here in Australia; the former a massive No.1 hit that’s sold through four times platinum and the latter a double platinum success.
• Aussie country star Troy Cassar-Daley will release his tenth solo record ‘Things I Carry Around’ on Friday August 26. The new LP has been inspired by Troy’s new book of the same name (landing at retail just four days later) which documents his incredible journey, from his humble beginnings to his position as one of the country’s favourite musical sons.
• US soul legend Aaron Neville will release his new album ‘Apache’ in the middle of next month. The LP is dropping to coincide with the singer’s landmark 75th birthday and has been preceded by lead single ‘Be Your Man’. Featuring 11 tracks in all, ‘Apache’ will land at retailers across the country on Friday July 15.
• Melbourne’s Big Scary used the premiere of their new single ‘Over Matter’ on Thursday to confirm the upcoming release of their third studio album ‘Animal’. Tom and Jo said in a statement, “The album will be released September 2nd, and while we won’t give away too much right now, we can say that it has been shaped for a unique vinyl listening experience, so it will be available on vinyl as well as digital that date.”
• With his new single ‘Ghost’ now doing the rounds, Matt Gresham has announced a run of headline shows across the country from early next month. He’ll kick things off in at Shebeen in Melbourne on Saturday July 09 and will visit Brisbane and Sydney, before returning to Western Australia for shows in Perth, Scarborough, Fremantle and Broome (August 06). Tickets went on sale yesterday.
• Yeo is another with a new tour to complement the release of a new single. His latest release is entitled ‘Got No Game’ and there are three shows as part of his tour; Newtown Social Club in Sydney on September 22, Shebeen in Melbourne on September 29 and The Foundry in Brisbane on September 30. Tickets are on sale now.
• The 2016 edition of the Your Shot competition, to ultimately find Australia’s next top DJ, is underway. Registrations have already occurred in Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane and a shortlist (well, it’s rather a longlist, if you ask us) of 90 acts in each city has been chosen. The ultimate winner in each state wins an all-expenses trip overseas to play their own set at one of the biggest party destinations on the planet.
• One Electric Day will return to Melbourne’s Werribee Park later this year, with another cracking line-up of talent. Jimmy Barnes headlines the November 27 event, joined on the line-up by Icehouse, James Reyne, Russell Morris and The Badloves. Frontier members can get their hands on tickets from Monday, while the general public will have to wait ’til 9am local time on Thursday June 09.
• Fans of electronic music will be lining up at the Marrickville Bowling Club on Friday July 01 for a sensational free event featuring some of this country’s hottest young talent. Young Franco headlines the bill for the ‘Welcome To Of Leisure’ party, joined by the fabulous Tyler Touché, GRMM and MUTO, as well as Of Leisure DJs. Yes, the gig’s free, but you’ll have to confirm your attendance by signing up HERE.
• Organisers of A Day On The Green have unveiled a ‘monster lineup’ of Aussie bands ready to hit wineries across the country this November. You Am I and Something For Kate headline the six events, but will be joined by Spiderbait, Jebediah and The Meanies (though the latter won’t play Perth). The tour kicks off at Bimbadgen Estate in the Hunter Valley on November 05, with shows to follow at Sirromet Wines in Mount Cotton, Mr Duneed Estate in Geelong, Rochford Wines in the Yarra Valley, Leconfield Wines in McLaren Vale and, finally, Kings Park & Botanic Gardens in the Western Australian capital on November 20. Tickets are on sale from 10am this Thursday.
• The top three on the UK singles chart is steady again this week, with Drake, Justin Timberlake and Calvin Harris with Rihanna steady in positions one, two and three respectively. Galantis edges up to No.4, while it’s a big No.6 debut for the new Clean Bandit single ‘Tears’, featuring the vocals of former ‘X Factor’ UK starlet Louisa Johnson. Gnash is into the top ten with ‘I Hate U, I Love U’ (No.12 to No.8) and so’s Kungs vs Cookin’ On 3 Burners, who rocket from No.29 to No.10 with ‘This Girl’.
• Welsh outfit Catfish And The Bottlemen have slammed the No.1 spot on debut with their new album ‘The Ride’. And what a ride it’s proved to be; it’s the band’s sophomore album and their first ever No.1. Drake, Beyoncé and Coldplay are in positions two, three and four, with a debut for ABC’s ‘The Lexicon Of Love II’ at No.5. Fifth Harmony’s new album ‘7/27’ premieres at a respectable No.6, while Ariana Grande’s ‘Dangerous Woman’ drops from No.1 to No.8.
• It’s all steady again atop the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart. After retaking No.1 from Justin Timberlake’s hit ‘Can’t Stop The Feeling’ last week, Drake’s ‘One Dance’ is again doing its thing there at the peak. Desiigner and JT are at two and three, with Fifth Harmony and The Chainsmokers improving to Nos.4 and 5 respectively. Ariana Grande bullets into the top ten with the title track from her album ‘Dangerous Woman’ (No.14 to No.8), while it’s the Jonas Brothers back to back at Nos.14 and 15; Joe’s band DNCE improving from No.17 to No.14 with ‘Cake By The Ocean’ and Nick improving from No.24 to No.15 with his Tove Lo duet ‘Close’.
• On the albums side of things, Ariana Grande gave it a red hot crack, but her ‘Dangerous Woman’ is simply no match for Drake’s album ‘Views’, which remains wedged in top spot. Ariana debuts at a respectable No.2, ahead of Blake Shelton’s new long player ‘If I’m Honest’ (No.3). Eric Clapton and Bob Dylan debut back to back at Nos.6 and 7 (‘I Still Do’ and ‘Fallen Angels’ respectively), while Mudcrutch’s ‘2’ joins the top ten debut party, coming in at No.10.
• That’s just about it for your Saturday edition of The Purge, and now that you’re up to speed with what’s been happening on this week’s UK and US charts, it’s the turn of the ARIA charts here at home. Find out who’s debuted where, who’s been blessed with new certifications, who’s tanked, who’s celebrating and so much more. Chart Watch is live tonight at 6pm AEST.
SATURDAY JUNE 04 : In Stereo (Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane)
MONDAY JUNE 06 : City Calm Down (Nationally)
MONDAY JUNE 06 : Kim Wilde & Howard Jones (Nationally)
THURSDAY JUNE 09 : One Electric Day (Melbourne)
THURSDAY JUNE 09 : Ozomatli (Nationally)
FRIDAY JUNE 10 : Selena Gomez (Sydney, Melbourne)