• The Purge is back for your Saturday morning’s reading pleasure, with news of the arrival at digital retailers of a couple of new Robyn remixes. Axel Boman’s remix of ‘Hang With Me’ and The Mekanism’s version of ‘Don’t Fucking Tell Me What To Do’ both dropped yesterday; the first two in a series of ten remixes that will be progressively released each Friday throughout July.
• Just a week out from the release of the long-awaited new Avalanches album ‘Wildflower’ and the band has decided to hand it over exclusively to Apple Music for streaming purposes. It won’t be too long before the rest of the population gets its mitts on the LP; it’s due at physical and digital retailers, along with other streaming providers from next Friday, July 08.
• Perth duo Shaun Pickett and Louis Frere-Harvey are certainly not going to be hitting Command Q on their careers any time soon, especially with their new EP ‘We Are Animals’ due at retail on Monday and especially with a national tour kicking off at the end of the month. Sydney’s Chinese Laundry kicks off proceedings on July 29, with eight more dates across the country to follow in the month after.
• Delta Goodrem’s new album ‘Wings Of The Wild’ has arrived at Australian retail and to celebrate, the team at Sony Music has given us ten copies to give away. But instead of giving them away via the website, as we’ve done in the past, we’re doing so exclusively via our FACEBOOK page. Head there today and look for our giveaway post!
• A new Van Morrison album is incoming. ‘Keep Me Singing’ is the legendary performer’s 36th studio album and will include 12 new original recordings, penned by Van Morrison himself, along with a cover of the blues standard ‘Share Your Love With Me’. It’s due on Friday September 30.
• Speaking of legends, Barry Gibb has signed to Columbia Records (Sony Music here) to release his new album ‘In The Now’. “This is a dream come true for me,” he said in a statement. “It’s a new chapter in my life. I always hoped one day that The Bee Gees would be with Columbia or indeed Sony so, it’s a great joy for me to start again this way with such great people.” It’s due for release here in the third quarter.
• Yellowcard will release their final album later this year. The Florida outfit will drop their eponymously-titled set on September 30 and have confirmed an Australian tour in support of it. The band will be on ground here in the middle of February for shows in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Perth and Adelaide. Tickets are on sale this Thursday.
• Big news for Western Australian festival goers, with news that the iconic Falls Festival is branching out this year, adding a downtown Fremantle event to their existing bank of Lorne, Marion Bay and Byron Bay. Falls Downtown will take over the picturesque WA port town on January 07 and 08 next year, with local and international acts taking to the stage in a number of different precincts, including main stage, the old Myer store, the Town Hall atrium and St.John’s Anglican Church. Further details, including the all-important line-up, will be revealed in the months ahead.
• There’s no business like snow business, seemingly. Snow Tunes will return to Jindabyne in September this year, with an amazing line-up of entertainment that will have you dancing away the cold. Hot Dub Time Machine is locked in to transport you from the ’50s to now, but there’s also What So Not, Ball Park Music, Asta, Kilter and more. It’s all set to ‘go’ on September 08 and tickets are on sale now.
• Wollongong’s Yours & Owls Festival looks like being quite the smash. Tickets have been on sale for just over a week, but organisers have already confirmed that first release tickets for the October 01 and 02 event have already sold out. Ladyhawke, Client Liaison, Hermitude, Remi, Tkay Maidza and Ball Park Music are among the artists lined up to perform at the city’s Stuart Park.
• Last week’s UK top ten was unusually quiet, with no movement in the entire top nine. And though Drake may still be flying high at No.1 with his single ‘One Dance’ for a 12th straight week (the longest run at No.1 in a staggering 22 years), there’s some movement elsewhere. Yes, the closest move to the top ten comes from Drake himself, but there’s movement. Drake’s ‘Too Good’ (featuring Rihanna) shifts to No.3, sandwiching Kungs vs Cookin’ On 3 Burners in position two. But the big mover into the top ten this week is Adele, whose appearance at Glastonbury sees her single ‘Send My Love (To Your New Lover)’ racing into the top ten, improving from No.15 to No.6. Chainsmokers’ ‘Don’t Let Me Down’ and Coldplay’s ‘Hymn For The Weekend’ also receive a bump.
• Over on the UK albums chart, it’s Adele who jumps from No.14 to claim the No.1 spot again with her album ’25’, all thanks to her little stage time at Glastonbury. Coldplay and Elo jump into positions two and three behind her, but Radiohead’s ‘A Moon Shaped Pool’, which leapt from No.85 to No.1 last week, slips back to No.9. The Adele halo effect sees her previous album ’21’ rocket from No.67 to No.10 this week, with her debut ’19’ re-entering the countdown just two spaces below. Neil Young and Promise Of Real’s ‘Earth’ is the week’s highest debut; No.14.
• Yes, like a broken record again, Drake is once again flying high in the No.1 spot on the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart with his mega smash ‘One Dance’. It’s a staggering 14 weeks in the top spot for Drake as of this week, with Justin Timberlake, Desiigner and The Chainsmokers steady in Nos.2, 3 and 4. Calvin Harris is up to No.5 with ‘This Is What You Came For’, while Sia’s ‘Cheap Thrills’ is up two to No.6. Twenty One Pilots’ ‘Heathens’ is the week’s highest debut; No.14. Nick Jonas’ ‘Close’, however, eases seven spots to No.21.
• And if Drake’s dominance on the US singles chart wasn’t enough, he’s also still doing it over on the Billboard 200 albums chart. ‘Views’ maintains its No.1 heading for an eighth straight week, this week preventing Red Hot Chili Peppers’ new album ‘The Getaway’ from nabbing top spot (they’re new at No.2). YG’s ‘Still Brazy’ joins the countdown at No.6 on debut, with the new Mumford & Sons EP ‘Johannesburg’ coming in at No.9. Jon Pardi’s ‘California Sunrise’ just misses out on a top ten berth; it’s new at No.11. Poor Nick Jonas loses 20 spots from last week’s No.2 debut.
• Now that we’ve thoroughly whetted your chart whistle, you’ll be champing at the bit to find out what’s happening on the ARIA charts here at home. Luckily we have a weekly report that chronicles the happenings on the local top 100s. It’s called Chart Watch. And it’s live tonight and each Saturday night at 6pm.
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