• It’s your Saturday edition of The Purge and we’re kicking you off this week with news that the three year wait for a new album from M.I.A. is over, with the singer following up the release of her new single ‘Go Off’ (cover image pictured above) by confirming that her fifth studio album, entitled ‘A.I.M.’, will be released in September. The song, which features a collaboration with both Skrillex and Blaqstarr, will feature on the new LP, as will previous single ‘Borders’. ‘A.I.M.’ is due on Friday September 09.
• It’s just one week less ’til we’ll see a new Jamie T album in the shops. The UK singer songwriter recorded his new LP, ‘Trick’ in both London and Detroit and is a creative collaboration with long-time creative partner James Dring. Comprising 12 tracks in all, ‘Trick’ will weave its magic on you from Friday September 02.
• Also incoming in early September is a new album that will have fans of iconic British outfit The Beatles salivating. ‘The Beatles : Live At The Hollywood Bowl’ is a collection of remixes and remastered recordings from three of the band’s Hollywood Bowl concerts in 1964 and 1965. The album, due on September 09, is the companion to the upcoming Ron Howard documentary feature film ‘The Beatles : Eight Days A Week – The Touring Years’, which will land in Australian cinemas a week after the album.
• Affable singer songwriter Joe Moore, who almost walked away as the winner of ‘The Voice’ last year, is back with a new single. ‘Easy For You’ arrived at both Australian digital retailers and the local media yesterday. It’s the follow-up to his 2015 album ‘A Thousand Lifetimes’ and, as Joe says in a statement, came about a little bit accident. “It’s one of those tracks that just sort of ‘happened’. On a day when I was in the studio to work on some other tracks, this song just sprung out of nowhere in about 20 minutes. It’s a new sound for me and a new direction that I am very excited about.” No mention of that next album at this stage, so ‘Easy For You’ will have to suffice for now.
• Legendary singer songwriter Glenn Shorrock – the man behind the Little River Band – has inked a label deal with Social Family Records to release his new album ‘Rise Again’. “It’s been a while, due in part to my infamous ‘writers block’ period, but welcome to my latest musical offering! This new album is made up largely of compositions written by myself and a few of my colleagues, old and new. It began as an EP, but grew with a little help from my friends, who all have different personalities – and the songs do too!” Much of the music reportedly centres around his “predicament of being part of the long running LRB saga”. The album will land on September 09.
• Iconic outfit Scorpions will play a very special, one-off show in Melbourne this October. Most famous for their mega-hit ‘Winds Of Change’, the band will hit the stage at the city’s Palais Theatre, which was recently acquired by the team at Live Nation, who are incidentally promoting this show. It’s the German band’s first ever Australian show, so tickets are bound to sell quick when they hit the sales desk at 10am local time on Friday July 29.
• Brisbane trio Columbus will release their new album ‘Spring Forever’ on Friday August 26. And they’ll shortly after spring forth on their national tour, which will see them playing dates in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Perth, Adelaide, Wollongong and Bunbury between October 21 and November 13. Tickets for all shows are on sale now.
• The Australian Institute of Music will throw its doors open in both Sydney and Melbourne early next month to allow the general public the opportunity to see the campuses come to life with free performances, masterclasses and workshops. Sydney’s the first cab off the rank, opening the doors to the Surry Hills campus on Saturday August 06, while the Melbourne campus (located in the city’s King Street) will welcome visitors on Saturday August 13. Both are from 10am ’til 3pm.
• It would appear that Drake’s ‘One Dance’ is the song of the UK summer; the song this week spending an unprecedented 15th week in the No.1 spot on the UK singles chart, best challenged this week by Jonas Blue, whose latest single ‘Perfect Strangers’ edges from No.3 to No.2. There’s not a lot of movement elsewhere in the top ten, though Canadian teen star Shawn Mendes gets his latest single ‘Treat You Better’ into the ballpark (No.13 to No.9). Katy Perry’s ‘Rise’ debuts at No.25, 5 Seconds Of Summer’s ‘Ghostbusters’ track ‘Girls Talk Boys’ is new at No.28 and the new Britney single ‘Make Me’? That’s new… at 42.
• Hello No.1 debut for Michael Kiwanuka’s new album ‘Love & Hate’ on this week’s UK albums chart, sending last week’s No.1 from Biffy Clyro tumbling to No.6. Adele’s steady at No.2, Christine & The Queens bullet to No.3 and Bob Marley & The Wailers’ ‘Legend’ is up from No.39 to No.8. Good Charlotte’s newbie ‘Youth Authority’ is also new into the mix this week – at No.13. The Avalanches’ ‘Wildflower’ slumps 26 to No.36 in week two.
• Wouldn’t it be lovely if one day soon we could actually say that Drake wasn’t at No.1 on the US Billboard Hot 100 singles chart? Yes, he’s there again this week, for an utterly stupendous 17th week with ‘One Dance’. It’s same-old, same-old in position two (Justin Timberlake’s ‘Can’t Stop The Feeling’, but the Sia/Sean Paul collaboration of ‘Cheap Thrills’ is working wonders, improving from No.5 to No.3. Twenty One Pilots ‘Ride’ a little higher (No.8 to No.6) and Adele’s into the US top ten again, this time with her latest single ‘Send My Love (To Your New Lover)’ (No.12 to No.10). Flume’s into the top 30 Stateside with ‘Never Be Like You’.
• Over on the Billboard 200 albums chart… could it be… is it? Yep, it’s Drake again, edging back to No.1 with ‘Views’ after losing the position briefly last week while Blink 182 nabbed the top spot on debut. ScHoolboy Q premieres right behind him (No.2) with ‘Blank Face LP’ and the Blink 182 boys are down to No.3. Chevelle’s ‘The North Corridor’ premieres in the No.8 position and there’s another top ten debut – AT number ten – from Switchfoot’s ‘Where The Light Shines Through’. The Yanks clearly don’t know too much about The Avalanches; the Aussie outfit’s long-awaited sophomore album ‘Wildflower’ debuts at No.27.
• Could The Avalanches’ album hold its No.1 position here at home on the ARIA albums chart? And will The Veronicas hold onto their No.1 mantle for a third successive week? Will bring you all the answers tonight in our weekly Chart Watch, now live at the new time of 7pm Saturdays. And speaking of Saturdays… that’s it for your Saturday edition of The Purge!
SATURDAY JULY 23 : Lea Salonga (Sydney)
MONDAY JULY 25 : Rodriguez (Brisbane, Adelaide)
FRIDAY JULY 29 : Scorpions (Melbourne)