• We’ve got another mega Saturday edition of The Purge coming at your today and we kick it off with the new single for Aussie band 5 Seconds Of Summer. The boys have contributed ‘Girls Talk Boys’ to the just-released ‘Ghostbusters’ soundtrack and, according to Ashton from the band, it’s a sign of things to come. “The song is just fantastic and it also fits in with where the band’s sound is going. We are so excited for the fans to hear our new direction of music.” No doubt we’ll be hearing more before the year’s out.
• Speaking of the ‘Ghostbusters’ soundtrack… released just yesterday, it contains a swag of new recordings from top name acts, like G-Eazy & Jeremih, Elle King, that new ‘Ghostbusters’ theme (‘I’m Not Afraid’ from Fall Out Boy with Missy Elliot), as well as new recording from Pentatonix and even former One Directioner Zayn Malik.
• And speaking of Zayn… he pops up on the fresh new Snakehips single ‘Cruel’, which was officially serviced to Aussie media yesterday. It’s the UK duo’s follow-up to their Aussie top five triple platinum smash ‘All My Friends’, which featured appearances from Tinashe and Chance The Rapper. The timing of its release couldn’t be more well timed; Snakehips will be here next week for an appearance at Splendour In The Grass, as well as sideshows in Sydney, Melbourne and Perth.
• Canadian duo Zeds Dead have teamed up with superstar producer Diplo and Swedish songstress Elliphant for their just-released new single ‘Blame’. The track dropped at digital retailers yesterday and is the first taste of their album ‘Northern Lights’, due in September.
• The debut DJ Snake album is just around the corner. Now available for pre-order, the 14 track release includes a slew of high profile feature vocalists, including Justin Bieber, Mr Hudson, Travis Scott, Skrillex and our own George Maple. The latest single from it is ‘Ocho Cinco’, featuring an appearance by Dutch duo Yellow Claw. Entitled ‘Encore’ (cover pictured left), the LP is due to land on Friday August 05.
• Also straight out of France this week, electronic duo Justice are back, with a fresh new track that received its first airplay this week as Annie Mac’s ‘Hottest Record In The World’ on BBC 1. Now, you can go and buy ‘Safe And Sound’ from your favourite digital retailer… OR you can simply pop over to their OFFICIAL WEBSITE and download it absolutely FREE!
• Closer to home, Sydney electro outfit Jagwar Ma has dropped their new single ‘O B 1’ ahead of what’s set to be a relatively busy week for them. They’re booked to hit the stage at Splendour In The Grass, yes, but they’ve also confirmed that they’ll play two very secret shows – one each in Sydney and Melbourne – on Wednesday and Thursday respectively. They’re so secret, however, that tickets are strictly limited and ticket holders will only find out the details of precise venues a day prior to the shows. The Jagwar Mar sophomore album ‘Every Now & Then’ is currently due in October.
• The new Tinashe single ‘Superlove’ impacted digital retailers across the planet yesterday. It’s the lead single from the US singer’s forthcoming sophomore album ‘Joyride’, which is currently slated for release later this year and more details about which are due to drop soon. Of the new song, Tinashe said, “I have felt a strong urge recently to release a song that promotes positivity, love, and light. ‘Superlove’ is a celebration of happiness. More specifically, it celebrates the kind of happiness that is so immense and infectious, that you can’t help but to rejoice in it. I hope to eulogise this wonderful energy and make people feel good, love harder, and dance together.”
• Banks’ new LP will drop at the end of September. Lead single ‘Fuck With Myself’ was premiered on Zane Lowe’s Beats 1 program earlier this week and, according to the songstress herself, is about “being your own best friend, your own mother and your own lover”. Further details about the new album, the follow-up to 2014’s ‘Goddess’, will emerge ahead of its September 30 release.
• You know we’re getting towards the pointy end of the year when the album announcements are coming thick and fast and Agnes Obel is another throwing her “new album” hat into the ring. ‘Citizen Of Glass’ will impact retailers across the planet on Friday October 21 and we’re being given a little taste of what to expect with lead single ‘Familiar’, which is out now. The album, which Agnes recorded, produced and mixed in Berlin, contains ten songs in all.
• Gold Coast outfit The Delta Riggs will drop their third studio album ‘Active Galactic’ on August 26. And to celebrate, they’ve confirmed they’re hitting the road for an extensive national tour. Kicking off at the Prince Of Wales in Bunbury, Western Australia on Friday September 23, the tour will snake its way across the country, taking in more than 20 centres in the process, before wrapping up at Sol Bar in Maroochydore on Saturday November 12. Tickets are on sale now.
• Also readying a new album and national tour is Melbourne songstress Georgia Fields. Her new LP, entitled ‘Astral Debris’ is set to impact retailers across the country on September 02, but she’s not waiting for it to be released to set its contents free in the live realm, announcing shows at Melbourne’s The Toff In Town (August 25), The Bridge Hotel in Castlemaine (August 28 matinee) and High Tea in Sydney on September 01.
• Iconic British outfit The Troggs, best known for their ’60s smash hits ‘Wild Thing’ and ‘Love Is All Around’ (the latter later covered by Wet Wet Wet), will be here for a national tour in November. The band has locked in 13 shows across the country, kicking off with a gig at the Beach House Hotel in Hervey Bay, but will bypass Perth altogether. General public tickets are live from 9am local time on Tuesday July 19.
• Canadian outfit Simple Plan will tour Australia in September. Well, when we say ‘Australia’, we mean ‘Australia’s East Coast’, with shows set down for Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane. The tour kicks off at Sydney’s Enmore Theatre on September 10, stops at The Triffid in Brisbane on September 11 and wraps at the Prince Bandroom in Melbourne on September 13. A Frontier pre-sale kicks off this Monday before public tickets go live from 10am local time on Wednesday July 20.
• Fellow Canadians Half Moon Run will also tour Australia’s East Coast, albeit early next year. The band has confirmed shows in Brisbane (January 11 at The Triffid), Melbourne (January 12 at the Corner Hotel) and Sydney (January 14 at the Metro Theatre) as part of their visit, with general public tickets set to hit the sales desk from 9am local time on Monday July 18.
• Wollongong’s Hockey Dad are hitting the road in celebration of their upcoming album ‘Boronia’. The boys (Zach and Billy) will play shows in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Perth and Adelaide from late September, but will also swing by the Yours & Owls Festival in their hometown on October 01. Tickets are on sale now.
• Sydney producer Pon Cho will tour the country on his ‘Lonely Walls’ tour next month. Named after his recently-released single, the tour kicks off at Capitol in Perth on August 13 and will stop at Laundry Bar in Melbourne (Sep 08), Rocket Bar in Adelaide (Sep 09) and World Bar in Sydney (Sep 14). He’ll also support Jai Wolf at his TBC Club gig in Brisbane on September 17. Tickets are on sale now from the venues.
• Forgotten Island is a boutique new music festival that’ll take place on a small island (Gili Trawangan) off the north-west coast of Lombok in Indonesia on September 27 and 28. And those who’ve put the event together have just announced the first acts who’ll be performing for you. Check : Peking Duk, Client Liaison and Nghtmre, along with Danny Byrd, Nu:Tone and Keeno. Tickets are on sale now.
• Organisers of Wollongong’s Yours & Owls Festival have taken the wraps off their second line-up. The Jezabels, Shining Bird, Pagans and Horror My Friend have all been added to the bill for the 2016 event, which is set to take over Stuart Park in Wollongong on October 01 and 02. The four acts join the already impressive roster, which includes the likes of Ladyhawke, Client Liaison, Remi, Tkay Maidza, Little May, DMAs, Ball Park Music, Nicole Millar and more. Second and third release tickets are on sale now.
• That would be 14 weeks in the UK No.1 spot for Canadian star Drake’s single ‘Once Dance’ this week. Yes, 14. Though right behind him are a trio of acts all bundling their way towards the top. Could one of them finally break his run? In position two this week are The Chainsmokers, who have bulleted from No.7 with ‘Don’t Let Me Down’. At No.3 this week is the new Jonas Blue single ‘Perfect Strangers’ (up 13 places) and up from No.10 to No.4 is Calum Scott’s cover of Robyn’s ‘Dancing On My Own’. Kent Jones eases into the top ten with ‘Don’t Mind’ (No.12 to No.10) and Shawn Mendes is also on his way up with ‘Treat You Better’ (No.20 to No.13). Olly Murs scores the week’s highest debut with his new single ‘You Don’t Know Love’ at No.23.
• Scottish outfit Biffy Clyro claims their third UK No.1 this week with their latest long player ‘Ellipsis’ on the albums chart, with Adele, Drake and Coldplay filling the three positions behind. Blink 182’s album ‘California’, which premiered at No.1 last week, is down to No.9 and there’s a No.10 debut for Aussie favourites The Avalanches and their new album ‘Wildflower’. New albums from Shura and Aphex Twin premiere at Nos.13 and 14 respectively, but a worrying No.23 debut for underrated British band Lawson’s new LP.
• BORING!! The US charts are getting ridiculous, aren’t they? It’s now a staggering 16 weeks in the No.1 spot for Drake’s ‘One Dance’, which is still followed by Justin Timberlake’s ‘Can’t Stop The Feeling’ and, for the second week in a row, by ‘Don’t Let Me Down’ by The Chainsmokers. There is movement in the top five, however, with Calvin Harris & Rihanna’s Taylor Swift co-penned ‘This Is What You Came For’ (No.5 to No.4) and Sia’s ‘Cheap Thrills’ (No.6 to No.5). James Bay’s ‘Let It Go’ belatedly makes a rush towards the top, this week improving from No.24 to No.16. Fergie’s ‘M.I.L.F. $’ is new at No.34.
• And over on the Billboard 200 Albums chart this week, the No.1 album is… Dra… wait… no… it’s Blink 182. Their new album ‘California’ premieres in the No.1 position this week, dropping Drake’s ‘Views’ to No.2. There’s a very creditable debut at No.3 for the new Maxwell album ‘blackSUMMERS’night’, wile Beyoncé and Twenty One Pilots occupy the rest of the top five.
• That’s it for this week’s massive Saturday edition of The Purge. But we’ll be back tonight with our weekly Chart Watch, in which you’ll discover all the latest chart information for the top 100 Aussie singles and albums charts at the all-new time of 7pm AEST.
MONDAY JULY 18 : Half Moon Run (Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane)
TUESDAY JULY 19 : Schoolboy Q (Nationally)
TUESDAY JULY 19 : The Troggs (Nationally)
WEDNESDAY JULY 20 : The Jezabels (Nationally)
WEDNESDAY JULY 20 : Simple Plan (Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane)
THURSDAY JULY 21 : Falling In Reverse (Nationally)
FRIDAY JULY 22 : Human Nature (Nationally)
FRIDAY JULY 22 : Lea Salonga (Melbourne)
SATURDAY JULY 23 : Lea Salonga (Sydney)