• Your Saturday edition of The Purge is here and it’s another biggie, but we kick off this week with the new single from US pop starlet Daya, which has landed at Australian media. The 17 year old smashed the top ten down under with her breakout hit ‘Hide Away’ earlier year and popped up again on The Chainsmokers’ top five hit ‘Don’t Let Me Down’, and looks set to do it all over again with ‘Sit Still, Look Pretty’ which, like its predecessor, is lifted from her debut EP release.
• Sydney performer Jake Meadows has teamed up with Daniel Johns for his just-released EP entitled ‘Good Company’. The material for the EP was penned on the North Coast of New South Wales, in Jake’s Sydney studio and in Tasmania. “Daniel and I have been friends for years and he’s always helped me find inspiration,” Jake explains. “We’ve always worked well together, on different projects, and this collaboration happened really organically. I showed him the tracks I had been working on for the EP, and he offered to produce and be a part of the project, and we just went for it.” The results are pretty impressive; the EP out now.
• Right off the bat, New Zealand outfit The Naked And Famous have scored the love from our national broadcaster, Triple J, who this week premiered their very juicy new single ‘Higher’. The track (listen HERE), is available to download now and is plucked from the band’s forthcoming album ‘Simple Forms’, which will drop at retailers everywhere on Friday October 14. Pre-orders go live at the end of the month.
• Morcheeba duo Skye Edwards and Ross Godfrey are teaming up again for a new album project. According to their label, ‘Skye | Ross’ doesn’t signify the end of Morcheeba as we know it, but gives the pair the chance to branch out in a slightly different direction, albeit with the style and musicianship we’ve become accustomed to. Lead single ‘Light Of Gold’ (listen HERE) is available as an instant grat track when you pre-order the album, which is due to land on Friday September 02.
• The Australian Music Prize will be back in 2017. The 12th annual ceremony will celebrate the Australian albums released between January 01 and December 31 this year, with the winner, who’ll pick up a cool $30,000 in prize money, announced at a ceremony to be held in March. Melbourne songstress Courtney Barnett picked up the gong this year for her album ‘Sometimes I Sit And Think, Sometimes I Just Sit’.
• Fans of Perth MC Drapht have waited more than five years for a new album, but relief is now in sight, with the performer confirming that his new album ‘Seven Mirrors’ will drop in the middle of next month. Available for pre-order now, the album is helmed by lead single ‘Mexico’, which sees him team up with Dune Rats. ‘Seven Mirrors’ will land on August 19.
• Speaking of hip hop, it’s not often that an act debuts their new single on a community radio station in the outer suburbs, but that’s what Thundamentals have done this week. The Blue Mountains based act premiered new track ‘Late Nights’ on Blue Mountains 89.1 FM Radio ahead of its digital release yesterday. Thundamentals will support Macklemore & Ryan Lewis on their national tour, which begins early next month.
• Acclaimed singer songwriter Suzanne Vega will release her new ten track album ‘Lover, Beloved : Songs from an Evening with Carson McCullers’ on October 14. The music is lifted from a play of the same name, which celebrates the life – and works – of the famed US novelist and poet Carson McCullers. Lead single ‘Harper Lee’ is available as a grat track with the album pre-order.
• DMA’s are headed back down under in October this year for live shows in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane and Adelaide. The team at Frontier Touring tells us these are the band’s biggest shows to date and, given their last run of dates sold out super-quick, they’re advising to be quick when tickets for these gigs hit the sales desk at 9am on Monday.
• To celebrate the release of their new album ‘Midnight At The Plutonium’ (which arrived at retailers yesterday), the John Steel Singers will hit the road for a national tour from the middle of next month. The tour kicks off on Friday August 19 at the Spotted Cow in Toowoomba, before ambling slowly southwards, then heading west for shows in Adelaide and Perth. Tickets for all dates are on sale now.
• Aussie music legend Tex Perkins is returning to the stage at Melbourne’s Athenaeum Theatre for a very special cause. Together with The Tennessee Four, he’s raising funds for the four year old son of bandmates Dave Folley and Rachael Tidd, who has been diagnosed with stage four neuroblastoma, a rare and aggressive childhood cancer. The August 19 event will be hosted by ‘Rockwiz’ star Brian Nankervis and tickets are available HERE.
• It’s still Drake, believe it or not (are people not tiring of this single yet??). The Canadian star ticks over 13 weeks in the UK No.1 spot and, according to our sources, is now the third longest running No.1 hit in UK chart history. Positions two, three and four are steady in behind him, while Adele’s new track ‘Send My Love (To Your New Lover)’ edges into the top five. Plenty of movement in the rest of the top ten, however, with The Chainsmokers’ new single ‘Don’t Let Me Down’ bulleting from No.16 to No.7 and Calum Scott’s cover of Robyn’s ‘Dancing On My Own’ up from No.12 to No.10. Kent Jones, Ariana Grande and Jonas Blue are well on their way to the upper echelons.
• Boom! That’s the sound of Blink 182 thundering into the No.1 spot on the UK albums chart on debut this week; Adele and Coldplay down to Nos.2 and 3 respectively as a result. Bat For Lashes scores her third consecutive top ten debut with ‘The Bride’, which catches bouquet No.9. Further down, Brisbane’s own Grace debuts at No.42 with her debut long player ‘FMA’.
• There’s still no stopping Drake’s reign at No.1 on the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart. His single ‘One Dance’ notches up an incredible 15 weeks in the top spot, just ahead of Justin Timberlake’s single ‘Can’t Stop The Feeling’ and an improving ‘Don’t Let Me Down’ from The Chainsmokers (No.4 to No.3). Adele’s latest single ‘Send My Love (To Your New Lover)’ is up four places from No.19 to No.13 and DJ Khaled featuring Drake’s ‘For Free’ is ready to break through into the top 20.
• Drake’s still there at No.1 on the Billboard 200 albums chart too, leading from Beyonce’s ‘Lemonade’ and a debut at No.3 for ‘True Sadness’ from The Avett Brothers. Twenty One Pilots and Rihanna are both up into the top five, Adele’s into the top ten again and the week’s next highest new entry comes all the way down at No.27 for the latest ‘Game Of Thrones’ soundtrack.
• Right, The Purge is at an end for another Saturday morning and, naturally, we’ll have Chart Watch coming at you on your Saturday night as per usual. BUT… there’s been a change. Due to circumstances beyond our control, we’re now not be able to bring you the charts at 6pm as we have for the past couple of years. You’ll now be able to get your peepers around Chart Watch from 7pm on the East Coast.
MONDAY JULY 11 : DMA’s (Nationally)
MONDAY JULY 11 : Maxwell (Sydney, Melbourne)
MONDAY JULY 11 : Plini (Nationally)
TUESDAY JULY 12 : A Day To Remember (Nationally)
THURSDAY JULY 14 : Rodriguez (Nationally)