• Your Saturday edition of The Purge is here, with news that Two Door Cinema Club will release their new album ‘Gameshow’ in October. Led by the band’s new single ‘Are We Ready? (Wreck)‘, the album is the band’s first in three years and has been described by their label Warner as their “most enthralling record yet”. The ten track ‘Gameshow’ is available for pre-order now ahead of its global release on Friday October 14.
• US singer songwriter Colbie Caillat is another who’ll release a new album by the end of the year. Though further details about ‘The Malibu Sessions’, the follow-up to 2014’s ‘Gypsy Heart’, are still under wraps for the time being, Colbie says of the album, “I’ve always been inspired by classic rock from the ’70s and how records were made at that time. There’s a lot of Paul Simon, Fleetwood Mac and Tom Petty influences on these songs.” Expect it in Australia sometime in the middle of Autumn.
• Further details of the new Trentemoller album have come to light. As revealed on the site late LAST MONTH, the Danish EDM god’s fourth long player is entitled ‘Fixion’, but now comes news that it will contain a dozen new recordings (including lead single ‘River In Me’ – out June 24), will drop digitally, physically and on a limited gatefold double vinyl on Friday September 16.
• Chart favourite Jarryd James is back with new music. His latest single ‘1000X’, which features a duet with Broods songstress Georgia Nott, was released at digital retailers everywhere. But although it’s a new release, the singer explains it’s far from a new track. “It’s an older song which I was never 100 per cent sure of,” he says, “but Georgia really loved it – she actually walked down the aisle to it in January! So we thought, ‘Why don’t we get her to sing on it too, make it a duet kind of thing’. So she went and recorded some vocals, and when I heard it, I was like ‘Shit, this is so awesome’! The video will drop in early July, while work on Jarryd’s next album continues.
• KT Tunstall is another giving us new tunes this week. She dropped a brand new EP entitled ‘Golden State’ just a couple of days back; a three track guitar-pop nugget that will give audiences a taste of what to expect when her sixth studio album drops sometime in September.
• Sony Music is set to release ‘Way Down In The Jungle Room’, a brand new double disc set of some of Elvis Presley’s final ever studio recordings, on August 05. The ‘Masters’ disc features 16 tracks, while the ‘Outtakes’ disc features 17 songs, making for a total of 33. A 12” double vinyl will also drop, along with a digital version.
• Another outfit confirming a new album this week is Brisbane band Ball Park Music. They’ve revealed their their new long player ‘Every Night The Same Dream’, which features already released tracks ‘Pariah’ and ‘Nihilist Party Anthem’, will be released on Friday August 19. To celebrate its release, the band will hit the road from late September for live shows in all states and territories in a run that stretches right through to the end of October. Tickets are on sale now.
• Perth native Bob Evans dropped his new long player ‘Car Boot Sale’ yesterday and, like Ball Park Music, he’s also announced a national tour in support of it. His trip around the country kicks off at Adelaide’s Grace Emily on August 04, with a trio of dates to follow in WA before shows in Brisbane, Sydney and Melbourne. Also like Ball Park Music’s tour, tickets are on sale now.
• Brilliant news for LA six piece The Internet, with confirmation that all five of the band’s forthcoming Australian shows have sold out entirely. The band is set to play two shows at Sydney’s Metro Theatre (July 29 and 30) and three at Melbourne’s 170 Russell (July 26, July 27 and July 31), but if you want tickets, you’re now out of luck.
• You’ll no doubt recall Sydney outfit Jenny Broke The Window from our GTK feature with them back in early April (HERE). In it, they spoke of releasing a new EP in the coming months and true to their word, it’s almost here. The band’s sophomore EP is called ‘Feels Good’ and, according to frontman Sam Lathlean, its tracklist been arranged so as to flow as though it’s an album. “It’s definitely been treated in a way so all the songs fit nicely together. Lots of recurring themes – nostalgia, teenage angst, romance and coming of age stories,” he said in a statement. ‘Feels Good’ is out on Friday July 15.
• The Beyond The Valley festival is back in 2016, bigger and better than ever before. Organisers of this year’s event have confirmed that it’s grown to four days, from December 28 to January 01 at Lardner Park in Warragul (south-east of Melbourne), with “an abundance of great international and Australian talent”. Pre-sale tickets are on sale now.
• King Gizzard & The Wizard Lizard have added three more dates to their upcoming national tour, which kicks off at The Triffid in Brisbane next Saturday night. After selling out two shows at the venue on July 08 and 09, the band will play a third and final show at Melbourne’s Croxton Park Hotel on July 10. They’ve already sold out their Metro Theatre show in Sydney on August 05, so have added another gig the previous night at the Oxford Art Factory and now Wollongong is also in the mix, with a gig at UniBar in Wollongong on Saturday August 06. Tickets are on sale now.
• Japanese Wallpaper is not only back with new music, releasing his new single ‘Cocoon’ just yesterday, but also confirming he’ll hit the road throughout August for a series of live shows. Shows are locked on August 04 (Brisbane’s Woolly Mammoth), August 06 (Sydney’s Oxford Art Factory), August 11 (Adelaide’s Fat Controller), August 20 (Melbourne’s Corner Hotel), August 27 (Perth’s Jack Rabbit Slim’s) and August 28 (Fremantle’s Newport Hotel) and tickets are on sale now.
• Skrillex has been added to the line-up of this year’s Your Paradise event in Fiji. The US super producer will also partner his label OWSLA with Your Paradise to present beach parties and boat parties featuring performances by a range of top notch artists including Anna Lunoe, L D R U and What So Not. The Your Paradise Festival hits Malolo Lailai in Fiji from December 10 to 16.
• The team at Queenscliff Music Festival have unveiled their first (mammoth) line-up for the 2016 event. In its 20th year, the event will return to Victoria’s picturesque Bellarine Peninsula from November 25 to 27 and organisers are clearly in the mood to celebrate, with a swag of big names ready to take the stage. Headlining this year (as previously revealed) is Ben Harper & The Innocent Criminals, but Paul Kelly will make his long-awaited return (alongside Charlie Owen), there’s Peter Garrett & The Alter Egos, Alpine, Urthboy, Ash Grunwald, Abbe May and many more. And that’s just for starters; there are four more line-up announcements to come.
• Things are starting to shift on the UK singles chart this week, despite Drake maintaining his No.1 position with ‘One Dance’. Only Kungs vs Cookin’ On 3 Burners bulleted from No.10 to No.4 on last week’s chart and they’ve improved two more spots this week, edging to No.2. Cheat Codes with Kris Kross Amsterdam are up into the top ten (No.11 to No.9), but it’s David Guetta seemingly making the greatest gains this week with his new single ‘This One’s For You’ (featuring Zara Larsson). It bullets from No.46 to No.16 as Euro 2016 gets underway.
• It seems like the British record buying public is never gonna give Rick Astley up; the former Stock Aitken Waterman legend and verified Rick Roller debuts at No.1 on this week’s UK albums chart with his latest long player ’50’. The top three is all new this week in Britain; Tom Odell’s new album ‘Wrong Crowd’ managing a No.2 debut, followed by a premiere for Paul McCartney’s latest ‘Pure McCartney’. ELO’s ‘All Over The World’ best-of re-enters the countdown at No.4, while the new Beverley Knight album ‘Soulsville’ rounds out the top ten debuts at No.9. Debuts at Nos.17 and 25 for the new Garbage and Nick Jonas albums respectively.
• Same old, same old again over on the Billboard Hot 100 singles charts Stateside this week, with the top three of Drake’s ‘Once Dance’, Desiigner’s ‘Panda’ and Justin Timberlake’s ‘Can’t Stop The Feeling’ remaining right where they’ve been for the past few weeks. ‘Don’t Let Me Down’, the new single from The Chainsmokers, improves from No.5 to No.4 at the expense of Fifth Harmony’s ‘Work From Home’, while that Calvin Harris/Rihanna collaboration edges up two to No.7. The new DJ Khaled (ftg Drake) single premieres at a very respectable No.18, while the new Shawn Mendes single ‘Treat You Better’ enters at No.34.
• Over on the Billboard album chart this week, there’s still no budging Drake and his ‘Views’ from the top spot. It was Dierks Bentley’s new album ‘Black’ providing the most serious challenge last week, but that album plunges ten places all the way out of the top ten. Beyoncé’s ‘Lemonade’ takes No.2, ahead of Paul Simon’s ‘Stranger To Stranger’ (new at No.3), Volbeat’s ‘Seal The Deal & Let’s Boogie’ (new at No.4) and the new Maren Morris album ‘Hero’ (new at No.5). Dan + Shay’s new album ‘Obsessed’ also enters the top ten this week, debuting at No.8. Tegan & Sara’s ‘Love You To Death’ premiers at No.16.
• Right then… UK charts done, US charts done. Now it’s our turn here in Australia. The ARIA charts reveal themselves at 6pm each Saturday night on the East Coast. And our Chart Watch reveals itself right here on auspOp at the very same time. All you need to know about this week’s top 100s and plenty of stuff you probably didn’t. Chart Watch, live at 6pm.
MONDAY JUNE 20 : Yours & Owls Festival (North Wollongong)
TUESDAY JUNE 21 : Dustin Tebbutt (Nationally)
THURSDAY JUNE 23 : Basshunter (Nationally)