• We kick off your massive Saturday edition of The Purge with news that Aussie popstar Troye Sivan has released a new version of his single ‘Wild’, this time as a duet featuring the additional vocal services of Canadian starlet Alessia Cara. EMI tells us that the music video, which was shot recently, is due soon.
• Iconic British duo the Pet Shop Boys have dropped a new EP. Lifted from their latest album ‘Super’, ‘Twenty-something’ arrived at digital retailers across the planet yesterday, featuring the radio edit and two remixes, as well as two new b-sides, ‘The White Dress’ and ‘Wiedersehen’. A limited edition CD single, just for the super-fans was made available from the boys’ web shop.
• Ahead of the release of his new album ‘Choreography’, British pop performer Bright Light Bright Light will drop a remix EP of his latest single ‘All In The Name’ on July 01. The singer (real name Rod Thomas) collaborated with Sir Elton John on the track, the digital remix EP of which will contain the radio edit and extended version, along with remixes from Cid & Fancy and Soulseekerz. Check the latter out HERE.
• Inertia will release a new live version of Björk’s album ‘Vulnicura’ midway through next month. Entitled ‘Vulnicura Live’ (however did she come up with that title?), the LP brings together 14 tracks recorded live as part of the ‘Vulnicura’ tour and will be made available on CD and double vinyl, as well as the obligatory digital release. It’s out on July 15.
• Speaking of Icelandic music legends, Sigur Rós has dropped their first new music in three long years; a new single called ‘Óveõur’. Its release earlier in the week was accompanied by a rather spectacular new music video (HERE), which was filmed in the town of Grindavík.
• Great news for homegrown country music superstar Keith Urban this week, with his label EMI confirming that his latest album ‘Ripcord’ has been certified gold, after selling more than 35,000 copies across the country. The latest single from it, ‘The Fighter’ with Carrie Underwood, continues to gather pace, maintaining its place in the ARIA top 30 last week, but improving to No.15 on the local airplay chart. Keith will be in Australia in December this year as part of his ‘Ripcord’ global tour.
• Not really digging ‘Frankie Sinatra’, the long awaited new single from The Avalanches? Maybe new track ‘Subway’, released as the next grat track from their upcoming album ‘Wildflower’, may be more to your taste. It certainly harks back to that wondrous production of ‘Since I Left You’ that we’ve all been yearning for and joins ‘Frankie Sinatra’ and ‘Colours’ in being released thus far.
• Sydney soul performer Josué will be on the stage for a show in Melbourne tomorrow night, so he’s taken the opportunity to reveal a new single entitled ‘Jupiter’. The track provides another glimpse into the world that is his forthcoming debut album ‘Sound, Body & Soul’, which is due for release later in the year. Take a little listen to ‘Jupiter’ HERE.
• With their new album ‘Animal’ due in the shops on September 02, Big Scary has confirmed their first headline tour of the country in three long years. The band kicks things off at The Triffid in Brisbane on Friday September 30, before swinging by The Metro in Sydney (October 01), 170 Russell in Melbourne (October 05), the Rosemount Hotel in Perth (October 14) and finally, Fat Controller in Adelaide on October 15. Tickets are on sale now.
• Brisbane’s Bigsound means business in 2016, if the line-up, announced this week, is anything to go by. A mass of incredible talent will take to stages throughout the city’s Fortitude Valley on September 07, 08 and 09 this year, including Olympia, Ivan Ooze, Selahphonic, Tigertown, Lastlings, Tash Sultana, Banff, Clairy Browne and many more. And that’s just the start, with more than 150 acts due to take part in this year’s event.
• The Fairgrounds Festival will return to the New South Wales South Coast on Friday December 02 and Saturday December 03, following up last year’s inaugural event in the town of Berry with a bigger, better line-up and another “weekend’s worth of wonder”. More information on the 2016 edition is coming soon.
• Just a week later, it’s Melbourne’s turn for a festival, with ‘The Pleasure Garden’ set to take over the beachside suburb of St.Kilda. The one day event will feature performances by The Cat Empire, Tash Sultana, DubFX and more, with addition acts to be announced in the months ahead. Tickets for the December 10 event are on sale now.
• The UK singles chart keeps throwing up surprises of late – and this week is no exception, with the entire top nine remaining completely unchanged. That, of course, means Drake still shining at No.1 with ‘One Dance’ for the 11th consecutive week; in the process becoming the longest running UK No.1 single of the digital age (since 2004). And only four songs in the history of the UK charts have spent more time in the top spot. Sigala’s track ‘Give Me Your Love’ (with John Newman and Nile Rodgers) belatedly rockets into the top ten (No.91 to No.9), making for the only move in the top ten this week. Even No.10 (Galantis’ ‘No Money’) remains steady. Bastille’s ‘Good Grief’ is new at No.25.
• Over on the UK albums chart, it’s Radiohead who claims the No.1 position with ‘A Moon Shaped Pool’, which bullets from No.85 to No.1 to nab the peak position just ahead of a No.2 debut for Red Hot Chili Peppers’ new album ‘The Getaway’. Jake Bugg’s ‘On My One’ is new at No.4, while the new Mumford & Sons EP ‘Johannesburg’ comes in at No.6.
• We were contemplating just doing the whole ‘cut and paste’ thing with this week’s Billboard Hot 100 singles chart, but given Justin Timberlake and Desiigner have swapped places (JT up to No.2 behind Drake’s ‘One Dance’), they kinda spoiled our plan. Sia does pretty well this week with ‘Cheap Thrills’, which is up from No.13 to No.8, while Kent Jones edges to No.11. And there’s also movement for Nick Jonas and Tove Lo, whose collaboration ‘Close’ jumps 13 places to No.14; Meghan Trainor says ‘Me Too’, also jumping 13 to No.18.
• There’s still no movement for Drake here on the US albums chart either; ‘Views’ remains wedged in the top spot, despite a strong challenge from the new Nick Jonas album ‘Last Year Was Complicated’, which lobs in at No.2 on debut. It’s been a huge success on Broadway and now ‘Hamilton : An American Musical’ is a massive success on the mainstream charts too; the soundtrack bulleting to No.3. ahead of Beyoncé and Jon Bellion‘s ‘The Human Condition’. It’s back to back debuts in the teens, with Garbage leading the pack at No.14 with ‘Strange Little Birds’, followed by Paul McCartney’s ‘Pure McCartney’, Kaleo’s ‘A/B’ and Fitz And The Tantrums’s eponymously titled album at Nos.15, 16 and 17 respectively.
• So with the UK and the US charts covered this week, who’s going to be sitting pretty at No.1 on the ARIA singles and albums charts tonight from 6pm? You will discover the answer, of course, as part of our weekly Chart Watch, live on the site from 6pm AEST tonight!
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