• We kick off your Saturday morning edition of The Purge with news about Swedish pop sensation Tove Lo who, as mentioned on the site on Thursday, is back with her new single ‘Cool Girl’. The track, penned by Swedish songwriting duo The Struts and the lead single from her forthcoming sophomore album, was officially serviced to Australian media yesterday.
• New Zealand outfit Shapeshifter are back with new music; recently signed to Caroline Music here in Australia, the new single is entitled ‘Stars’ and is the band’s first release in three long years. “‘Stars’ is a bubbling, rolling, summery track on the D&B vibe,” bassist Nick Robinson enthuses. “The instrumental track always seemed to be full of life and had some special kind of energy over quite a simple progression but when Digsss came into the studio and laid down his vocal lines, there was magic in the air!” A new album release is expected soon.
• A new feature film, set to impact cinemas across the planet on September 08, will provide the perfect launching pad for the new album for Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds. ‘One More Time With Feeling’ is a new 3D feature film from Andrew Dominik (whose previous work includes ‘Chopper’ and ‘Killing Them Softly’) and the film contains a selection of songs from Nick Cave’s new album ‘Skeleton Tree’. Wonderfully, fans won’t have to wait long to get their hands on the LP; it’s due at retail the day after the film hits cinemas.
• Looks like things are pretty sweet for Sydney producer Basenji right now. And why wouldn’t they be, when he’s supporting Flume on his North American tour and will return home for a national tour of universities from early next month. The tour kicks off at Wollongong University on September 08 and will wrap at Swinburne University in Melbourne on September 23. Entry to all shows is free, but you’ll need to register for tickets HERE.
• To coincide with the release of their new single ‘Turn, Turn, Turn’, Melbourne outfit Teeth & Tongue have confirmed they’ll hit the road from late next month on a tour of the East Coast. Brisbane’s the first cab off the rank with a performance at the Queensland Gallery Of Modern Art (Qagoma) on September 30, but shows in Sydney (Brighton Up Bar), Melbourne (Howler) and Hobart (Grand Poobah) follow on October 07, 08 and 22 respectively.
• Organisers of Australian Music Week, which will once again take over the sunny beaches of Cronulla for three days this November, have announced the first line-up of performers. Catherine Britt, Tenderfoot, Luke O’Shea, Demi Louise, Bearfoot and Allan Smithy are among those already confirmed to take the stage when the event gets under way on November 18.
• After blasting onto the UK charts with a No.1 debut last week, Major Lazer, Justin Bieber and MØ make it two on the trot in week two; ‘Cold Water’ holding, while Calum Scott’s cover of Robyn’s ‘Dancing On My Own’ improves from No.3 to No.2. Further down the list, Twenty One Pilots’ track ‘Heathens’ leaps from No.34 to No.20 and the week’s highest debut comes all the way down at No.33; The Chainsmokers’ ‘Closer’, featuring Halsey.
• UK indie outfit Viola Beach, all four members of which were tragically killed in a car accident in Sweden earlier this year, have had their debut self-titled album debut at No.1 on the UK albums chart. The album’s debut sends the other top ten entrants cascading, with a new entry for DJ Khaled’s ‘Major Key’ the only other top ten debut – at No.7. Beyoncé’s ‘Lemonade’ jumps back into the top ten – at No.10 – while Nao’s ‘For All We Know’ premieres at No.17.
• After ascending to the No.1 spot on the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart in the US last week, Adelaide’s own Sia is still flying high this week with her single ‘Cheap Thrills’. What’s more, she’s even beaten out Major Lazer’s new single (featuring Justin Bieber and M0) ‘Cold Water’, which debuts at No.2, leaving Drake’s ‘One Dance’ to fall to No.3! Major Lazer’s debut results in a cascading effect on the rest of the top ten, but Adele’s ‘Send My Love (To Your New Lover)’ swaps places with Desiigner’s ‘Panda’, rising to No.9.
• Drake may now longer be in the hot seat on the Billboard singles chart, but his album ‘Views’ still maintains its commanding lead on the US albums chart, holding its own in the face of a challenge from Gucci Mane’s album ‘Everybody Looking’, which premieres at No.2. In fact, Gucci Mane’s is the only debut in this week’s top ten; Crown The Empire’s ‘Retrograde’ the next closest, debuting at No.15. But with her single flying high at No.1 on the singles chart, Sia’s ‘This Is Acting’ improves to No.6 and Meghan Trainor’s ‘Thank You’ is up from No.15 to No.10.
• Before we wrap the Saturday edition of The Purge this week, don’t forget… we’re back at 7pm AEST tonight with our regular weekly wrap of the Australian top 100 charts. It’s a little segment we like to call Chart Watch.
MONDAY AUGUST 08 : A Day On The Green (Nationally)
MONDAY AUGUST 08 : Garbage (Sydney, Melbourne, Wollongong)
MONDAY AUGUST 08 : The Temper Trap (Sydney, Melbourne)
THURSDAY AUGUST 11 : Brian McKnight (Nationally)
THURSDAY AUGUST 11 : This That Festival (Newcastle)