• It’s your Saturday edition of The Purge and we kick it off this week with news that the Black Eyed Peas’ classic ‘Where Is The Love’ is back. The band has reunited with a new version of their 2003 global smash (which also features vocal appearances by the likes of Jamie Foxx, Mary J Blige, Tori Kelly, Jessie J, Justin Timberlake, Usher and more) in the hope of helping communities in crisis across the United States. All proceeds from the purchase of the song in the US will be donated to the Will.I.Am-created i.am.angel Foundation that aims to transform lives through education, inspiration and opportunity. A music video, which features a roll-call of famous faces, is also doing the rounds.
• Swedish pop darling Zara Larsson is back with new music, yesterday releasing her latest single ‘Ain’t My Fault’. The track, which follows on from her Aussie charts successes ‘Lush Life’ and ‘Never Forget You’ (the latter with MNEK) is set to be lifted from a forthcoming album project, more details of which will be released in the months ahead.
• Zara’s track was one of a handful that made their way to Aussie media before the weekend ticked over. Others included Keith Urban’s ‘Wasted Tim’, Foy Vance’s ‘She Burns’, Tory Lanez’ ‘LUV and Netsky and Macklemore’s ‘Rio’. As you’ll no doubt be aware by now, we cover the week’s new babies on our FACEBOOK page every Thursday. Swing by for a look.
• Acclaimed Canadian performer Martha Wainwright will release her new album ‘Goodnight City’ in mid-November. Featuring a dozen new recordings that, according to her label “twist and turn with a surging intensity”, the album features both new original recordings and songs penned for the album by the likes of Beth Orton and Rufus Wainwright. It’s out November 11.
• There’s still plenty of love in Australia for ’90s pop, it seems, with B*Witched, Atomic Kitten, S Club 3 and East 17 already selling out the Melbourne date on their just-announced tour. A second show in the Victorian capital looks to be on the cards, however, with a mailing list set up on the website for the inevitable announcement.
• Hot on the heels of the drop of his new single ‘Thicker Than Water’ during the week and in the lead-up to the release of his ‘Natural Selections’ EP later this month, Sampology has revealed he’s heading out on tour. The Brisbane native (aka Sam Poggioli) will play the Chippendale Hotel in Sydney (October 21), Boney in Melbourne (October 22), A Love Supreme in Brisbane (October 29), Big Window in Adelaide (November 05) and Babushka in Perth (November 06). Get your tickets while they’re hot.
• Sydney’s Kid Kenobi is celebrating 20 years in the business by also hitting the road in the coming months. The tour kicks off tomorrow in Canberra as part of the Canberra Times Fun Run, but shows in Darwin, Melbourne, Brisbane, Hobart, Perth and Sydney follow before the end of the year. He’s also offering up a free download of a mixtape HERE.
• PJ Harvey will tour Australia in January. She’ll be in the country from the middle of the month alongside her full ten piece band for concerts in all five main capitals, kicking off with a show at the Fremantle Arts Centre on January 17. It’s then on to Adelaide (Thebarton Theatre on Jan 19), Melbourne (Sidney Myer Music Bowl on Jan 21) and Sydney (ICC Theatre on January 22), before a quick zip across the ditch to play Wellington and Auckland. Then it’s back to Brisbane for the final local date at the Tivoli on January 27. Tickets for all are on sale now.
• In Australia for the inaugural Red Bull Music Academy – Weekender Sydney, soul superstars De La Soul have revealed they won’t be absent from our shores for too long. They’ll be back in the country in November this year for shows (so far) in Perth (Villa on November 11), Byron Bay (Beach Hotel on November 13) and Sydney (Greenwood Hotel on November 18). No info yet as to whether Melbourne, Brisbane and Adelaide will see the action, but tickets for the aforementioned dates are on sale now.
• The Method Man and Redman tour has been postponed. Visits to Australia’s five biggest capital cities were to begin next week, but due to “a very late scheduling conflict”, the duo has been forced to shift each show to October, with all venues remaining the same and all tickets purchased so far valid for the new dates. The tour now kicks off at HQ in Adelaide on October 26, with shows to follow at Metropolis in Fremantle (October 28), Trak Lounge in Melbourne (October 29), Enmore Theatre in Sydney (October 31) and Eatons Hill Hotel in Brisbane (November 01).
• The Laneway Festival will be back in 2017, with organisers giving fans the heads-up on the all-important dates they need to book out in their diaries. Australian proceedings kick off at Brisbane Showgrounds on Thursday January 26, before making stops in Melbourne (January 28 at the Footscray Community Arts Centre & River’s Edge), Adelaide (February 03 at Hart’s Mill, Port Adelaide), Sydney (February 04 at Sydney College Of The Arts & Callan Park) and Fremantle (February 05 at Esplanade Reserve and West End). The all-important line-up drops on Wednesday September 14.
• Great news for organisers of the annual Falls Festivals, with news that the Byron Bay event is now also sold out. The exhaustion of tickets comes just days after the event in Lorne also sold out. Marion Bay in Tasmania and Fremantle, WA to go…
• UK performer Skepta has received a nomination for the 2016 Mercury Prize for his album ‘Konnichiwa’. But given the ceremony is set to take place in London on September 15, the start of his Australian tour, which was due to commence on September 13 in Melbourne, has been delayed and dates changed. The sold out September 13 gig at Melbourne’s 170 Russell has been pushed back to September 20. The (sold out) September 14 gig at the same venue will now take place on September 26. The sold out September 16 show at The Tivoli in Brisbane is now closing the tour on September 29 and the sold out Sydney show on September 26 is now one night later… September 27. Skepta’s visit now kicks off with his sold-out Perth show at Metro City on Saturday September 17.
• Vance Joy (pictured) and The Living End have been confirmed as the two acts who’ll entertain the throngs at this year’s AFL Grand Final in Melbourne next month. Both will perform at the pre-game show and again at a special post-game concert, the latter a free concert to all comers. “I’ve been watching the AFL Grand Final for as long as I can remember, it’s an absolute honour and dream to be able to perform at the game on October 1,” Vance said in a statement. Rumours are circulating that UK superstar Sting may also be added to the bill in the days ahead.
• Baby Animals’ seminal classic ‘One Word’ is about to notch up its landmark 25th birthday and the band is hitting the road to celebrate. Suze DeMarchi and the boys will tour the country in February next year, playing venues in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Perth and Adelaide, as well as a show at Twin Towns on the Gold Coast. Get your tickets from 9am this Monday, September 05.
• Guns N’ Roses have added a second Sydney show to their upcoming tour. Axl, Slash and Duff will now play a second ANZ Stadium date on Saturday February 11, taking to six the number of gigs the band will now play while down under. A Telstra Thanks pre-sale goes live at 2pm on Monday, before general public tickets go on sale from 3pm on Wednesday September 07.
• They’ve done it in Australia, they’ve done it Stateside and now US outfit The Chainsmokers have a No.1 in the UK to call their own too; latest single ‘Closer’, featuring Halsey on vocals, edging two places higher to nab this week’s top spot from Major Lazer and Justin Bieber, who fall to three, leapfrogging DJ Snake and Justin Bieber’s ‘Let Me Love You’. And, believe it or not, that’s the only movement in this week’s top ten, with positions two, four, five, six, seven, eight, nine and ten remaining completely unchanged from last week. Even Nos.11, 12, 13 and 14 are steady, before we see Tieks’ track ‘Sunshine’ at No.15, up from No.23.
• No ‘Glory’ for Britney Spears on the UK albums chart this week. Barbra Streisand still has the power to claim top spot there with ‘Encore : Movie Partners Sing Broadway’; her first UK No.1 in seven years. Frank Ocean’s ‘Blonde’ fades to No.3 after just one week, with albums from Dolly Parton and Twenty One Pilots making up the top ten. Further top 20 debuts come courtesy of Hunna (‘100’) at No.13 and De La Soul (‘And The Anonymous Nobody’) at No.16.
• The Chainsmokers are No.1 Stateside for the second week in succession with their latest single ‘Closer’ after claiming the top spot from our own Sia last week. Major Lazer and Justin Bieber pour more ‘Cold Water’ on Sia as they ascend to No.2; ‘Cheap Thrills’ dropping to No.3. Shawn Mendes’ track ‘Treat You Better’ edges into the top ten (No.12 to No.10) at the expense of Justin Timberlake’s ‘Can’t Stop The Feeling’, which is down three to No.12.
• The surprise new album ‘Blonde’ from Frank Ocean dropped at precisely the right time and has yielded precisely the result he and his label were no doubt looking for… No.1 in the US (as well as here in Australia and the UK). But Drake’s still not too far from view with his album, which maintains its No.2 spot; the ‘Suicide Squad’ soundtrack falling from one to three. Tory Lanez nabs the No.4 position on debut with ‘I Told You’, while Lindsey Stirling is right behind him, with a No.5 debut for ‘Brave Enough’. Dolly Parton just misses a top ten berth with her new album ‘Pure & Simple’, which lobs at No.11 and Coldplay’s US tour dates see their album ‘Adventure Of A Lifetime’ bullet from No.40 to No.20.
• And that would be it for another massive Saturday edition of The Purge. But as always, we’re not quite done with your Saturday yet. We’ll be back at 7pm on the East Coast tonight with our weekly look at the ARIA top 100s with Chart Watch. In the meantime… have a great weekend.
MONDAY SEPTEMBER 05 : All You Need Is Love (Sydney)
MONDAY SEPTEMBER 05 : Baby Animals (Nationally)
MONDAY SEPTEMBER 05 : Rodriguez (Melbourne)
WEDNESDAY SEPTEMBER 07 : Guns N’ Roses (Sydney)
THURSDAY SEPTEMBER 08 : RNB Fridays Live (Nationally)