• It’s another massive Saturday edition of The Purge and this week, we’re kicking off with ‘The River’, the new single from Aussie pop princess Delta Goodrem, which was serviced to Australian media early on Thursday morning. Co-penned with Dave Hodges, the single is the fourth to be lifted from Delta’s gold-selling album ‘Wings Of The Wild’, following on from ‘Wings’, ‘Dear Life’ and ‘Enough’. Expect it to form part of the setlist on Delta’s ‘Wings Of The Wild’ national tour, which kicks off late next month.
• Tania Doko has taken to Twitter throughout the week to confirm that not only is new solo music imminent for the now Swedish-based singer, but that her iconic Aussie band Bachelor Girl would also be releasing new music in 2017. The duo (Tania and James Roche) burst onto the charts with their debut single ‘Buses And Trains’ back in 1998 and haven’t released a new single in 15 years.
• Following confirmation of its impending release back in the middle of last month, legendary singer songwriter Leonard Cohen has confirmed that his 14th studio album ‘You Want It Darker’ will drop to retailers everywhere on Friday October 21. The album, produced by his son Adam, comprises nine tracks in total and is available for pre-order.
• Birds Of Tokyo will release their new album ‘Brace’ on November 04. “When we were writing and recording we kept talking about how we wanted to make a really dark and intense rock record that would be great to play live,” frontman Ian Kenny said in a statement. “So we figured the only appropriate way to lift these tunes for the first time was to smash them out at a gig.” The title song has already been released as the first grat track.
• Pez is another artist rolling out a new album on November 04. The Melbourne MC (aka Perry Chapman) is readying the release of ‘Don’t Look Down’, an album his label EMI is calling “a hip hop blockbuster”, which features vocal appearances by the likes of Paul Kelly, Paul Dempsey and 360. It’s the performer’s first album release since a deluxe edition of his debut dropped seven long years ago.
• Bloc Party may have only released their new album ‘Hymns’ earlier this year, but they’ve already moved on from it, dropping a new single called ‘Stunt Queen’; a track that has a bit of an Aussie connection. “‘Stunt Queen’ has its genesis in an idea that dates back to the Australian tour we did at the start of 2016,” lead singer Kele Okereke explains. “It was an idea that we worked on at sound checks and was one of the first ideas to come along after Justin (Harris) and Louise (Bartle) joined the band.”
• The nominations for the 2016 ARIA Awards will be revealed in a ceremony in Sydney on Wednesday October 05. Nominees will be revealed in each of this year’s categories, with the winners of Best Comedy Release, Best Classical Album, Best Jazz Album, Best Original Soundtrack/Cast/Show Album, Best World Music Album, Best Cover Art, Engineer Of The Year and Producer Of The Year awards being handed out on the day. The 2016 ARIA Awards will be held at the Star Event Centre in Sydney on Wednesday November 23.
• Sony’s loss is Brian McKnight’s gain, apparently, with soul/pop singer Nathaniel confirmed as the special guest on each of Brian’s upcoming Australian tour dates. No word yet on whether he’ll debut new music as part of his appearances, but audiences on the Gold Coast will be the first to find out when the tour kicks off at Jupiter’s on Friday October 07.
• Speaking of supports, Sarah McLeod has been confirmed to support both Richie Sambora and Orianthi on their national tour, which kicks off on Monday night in Adelaide. The tour then moves through Melbourne (Sep 27), Sydney (Sep 29) and Brisbane (Sep 30).
• The Red Hot Summer Tour has gotten a little hotter this week; John Farnham and co selling out their first show at Bribie Island’s Sandstone Point Hotel on February 25. He and his support team of James Reyne, Daryl Braithwaite, Shannon Noll and Taxiride have now added a second show at the same venue the following day, tickets for which hit the sales desk at 9am this Tuesday. The Bribie Island second show comes just days after organisers confirmed a second show at Victoria’s Mornington Racecourse.
• Patti Smith has added two new shows to her touring schedule next year. Recently announced to perform Sydney and Melbourne sideshows while she’s here for Bluesfest, she’s now locked in second dates in both cities; Monday April 10 at the State Theatre in Sydney and Monday April 17 at Melbourne’s Hamer Hall. Tickets for these (and the previously announced April 09 Sydney and April 16 Melbourne dates) are on sale now.
• Electric Gardens will be back in Sydney’s gorgeous Centennial Park on Saturday January 28 and once again, the team behind it is putting together a line-up of top-notch dance music talent for the 2017 edition. Registration for pre-sale tickets has now opened, with the announcement of just who’ll be entertaining festival goers imminent.
• Organisers of the annual Sugar Mountain Festival at the Victorian College Of The Arts in Melbourne have confirmed that next year’s event will be held on Saturday January 21. Returning for its sixth outing, we’re being promised “world premieres, exclusive collaborations” and much more. The all-important line-up is due to drop soon.
• Heading our way for Bluesfest in April next year, Zac Brown Band will play headline shows in both Sydney and Melbourne as part of their visit. They’ll perform for audiences at Melbourne’s Margaret Court Arena on April 19 before making the trip north to play Sydney’s ICC Theatre on Friday April 21. Chugg members’ pre-sale kicks off at 11am on Monday, with general public tickets to follow from 10am local time on September 27.
• The Wolfe Brothers have enlisted the support of a range of up and coming country stars to take part in the ‘This Crazy Life’ tour throughout October. They’ll be joined on the eight date journey across Australia’s Eastern seaboard (which kicks off at Wrest Point Entertainment Centre in Hobart on October 07) by the likes of Canada’s Gord Bamford, Caitlyn Shadbolt, Troy Kemp and Christie Lamb. Tickets are on sale now.
• Further to the news of the cancellation of Bring Me The Horizon’s Adelaide show earlier in the week due to vocalist Oli Sykes’ viral infection, the band was forced to postpone the final two performances – in Melbourne – on Thursday and last night. The band has committed to return to Australia early in the new year to complete these final three dates.
• It’s The Chainsmokers again in the No.1 spot on the UK singles chart this week with their global monster ‘Closer’, but it’s James Arthur proving that he still packs plenty of chart punch, thanks to his new single ‘Say You Won’t Let Go’, which bullets a rather respectable 23 places to No.2. From there, it’s DJ Snake and Bieber, then Major Lazer and Bieber before Calvin Harris (without Bieber) premieres in the No.5 position with his new single ‘My Way’. Ellie Goulding’s newbie, ‘Still Falling For You’, is on the move, gaining nine places from No.21. Emeli Sandé’s ‘Hurts’ spends its first week in the chart at No.22.
• No movement atop the UK albums chart this week, with Bastille maintaining No.1 for a second week with ‘Wild World’ and Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds steady at No.2 with ‘Skeleton Tree’. But Led Zeppelin claims the No.3 position with ‘The Complete BBC Sessions’ and Usher scores some top ten chart love with ‘Hard II Love’ (No.7 on debut). Twenty One Pilots, Bob Marley & The Wailers and Christine & The Queens all make their way back into the UK top ten, while Skepta’s ‘Konnichiwa’ rockets 40 places to No.13.
• The Chainsmokers and Halsey make it five on the fly on the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart with their global smash ‘Closer’. The boys bookend the top five Stateside, with their previous single ‘Don’t Let Me Down’ steady at No.5, ahead of a rush for DJ Snake and Justin Bieber’s ‘Let Me Love You’, which leaps from No.12 to No.6. Even Shawn Mendes’ track ‘Treat You Better’ leaps into the top ten this week (No.13 to No.8), with Lady Gaga nabbing the week’s highest debut with ‘Perfect Illusion’ (No.15). Sia’s ‘The Greatest’ bullets from No.52 to No.24.
• On the American albums chart front, it’s Jason Aldean claiming the No.1 spot on debut with his new album ‘They Don’t Know’, ahead of Drake’s ‘Views’ and the ‘Suicide Squad’ soundtrack. Bastille’s ‘Wild World’ is new at No.4 and The Head And The Heart’s ‘Signs Of Light’ comes in at No.5. Travis Scott’s album ‘Birds In The Trap Sing McKnight’, which was sitting pretty at the top last week, tumbles to No.6, ahead of a debut for The Beatles (‘Live At The Hollywood Bowl’) at No.7 and another for Jack White (‘Acoustic Recordings : 1998-2016’) at No.8. Wilco’s ‘Schmilco’ just misses the top ten, lobbing at No.11 on debut.
• That’s it for the UK and US charts – and for a mammoth Saturday edition of The Purge. But we’ll be right back at you tonight from 7pm with our weekly look at the ARIA top 100s in Chart Watch.
MONDAY SEPTEMBER 26 : The Avalanches (Melbourne)
MONDAY SEPTEMBER 26 : Crowded House (Sydney)
TUESDAY SEPTEMBER 27 : Red Hot Summer Tour (Bribie Island)
TUESDAY SEPTEMBER 27 : Zac Brown Band (Sydney, Melbourne)
THURSDAY SEPTEMBER 29 : Nelly (Sydney, Melbourne, Darwin)
THURSDAY SEPTEMBER 29 : Secret Garden (NSW)