• It’s another huge Saturday edition of The Purge and this week, the Australian Justin Bieber fandom is going into meltdown, with the announcement of tour dates for both Australia and New Zealand imminent. Teasers for the tour have started appearing across social media platforms in the past few days and all signs point to confirmation of the 2017 dates happening at midnight (AEDT) on Monday night. Naturally, we’ll bring you all the info as soon as we have it.
• Sydney duo Set Mo have returned with a new single, dropping ‘See Right Through Me’ to digital retailers across the country yesterday. “We started writing this song earlier in the year just as summer was coming to an end,” the boys explain. “It was our first summer playing lots of festivals and great outdoor daytime parties all around the country. When the gigs settled down and we had some uninterrupted time in the studio, the memories of our greatest summer to date really came through in the music we were writing. As with all our favourite songs, ‘See Right Through Me’ was written in a single session.” The catch the boys supporting Safia on their national tour, which makes a stop at the Enmore Theatre tomorrow night.
• Legendary British singer Kate Bush will release a special triple disc live album in late November. ‘Before The Dawn’ was recorded as part of Kate’s 22 sold out shows at London’s Hammersmith Apollo a couple of years back and sees the singer performing fan favourites and some of her biggest hits, including the inimitable ‘Running Up That Hill’ (it must be said, however, that ‘Wuthering Heights’ is conspicuously absent). Look for the album at your favourite retailer from Friday November 25.
• Gold Coast outfit The Koi Boys, who impressed on this year’s edition of ‘The Voice’, will release their debut album ‘Meant To Be’ on Friday October 21. The announcement was made yesterday morning to coincide with the release of their new single ‘Meant To Be’, a cover of the Solomon Burke classic from 1962. The album, which is now available for pre-order, features nine cover versions as well as three original tracks.
• Simple Minds will be back in Australia early next year as part of their tour with the B52s, but they’ve got a surprise for fans this side of Christmas too – a new acoustic album, featuring re-workings of some of their biggest hits including ‘Don’t You (Forget About Me)’, ‘Alive And Kicking’ and ‘Promised You A Miracle’, the latter featuring a vocal appearance from KT Tunstall. Comprising 12 tracks in total, ‘Simple Minds Acoustic’ will land at your favourite retailer on November 11.
• A massive 36 disc Bob Dylan box set will also be landing in stores on November 11, comprising every single known recording from the performer’s 1966 tour of the US, UK, Europe and even Australia. “The intensity of Bob’s live performances and his fantastic delivery of these songs in concert add another insightful component in understanding and appreciating the musical revolution Bob Dylan ignited some 50 years ago,” Legacy Recordings President Adam Block says of the box set.
• British singer Peter Doherty will release his second solo album ‘Hamburg Demonstration’ towards the end of the year. It’s the follow-up to his 2009 set ‘Grace/Wastelands’ and will comprise eleven recordings, including two versions of lead single ‘I Don’t Love Anyone (But You’re Not Just Anyone)’. It’s out on Friday December 02.
• Superstar Aussie DJs John Course and Mark Dynamix (pictured left) are teaming up to turn the clock back to the turn of the century with Ministry Of Sound’s ‘The Annual 2001-2004’ reunion tour. They’ll be spinning tracks from said years for audiences at Melbourne’s Prince Bandroom (November 18), Sydney’s Metro Theatre (December 16), Adelaide’s HQ (December 23), Darwin’s Discovery (January 13), Perth’s Matisse Beach Club (January 15) and Brisbane’s The Met (January 21). Tickets for all gigs are on sale now.
• US starlet Angel Olsen has added new shows in Sydney and Melbourne after her first in both cities sold out. She’ll now play the Croxton Park Hotel in Melbourne on November 29 and the Factory Theatre in Sydney on December 06 and tickets for both are already on sale.
• Baby Animals have added a second Melbourne show to their ‘One Word 2017’ tour. Their first in the Victorian capital – at the Corner Hotel on February 24 – has almost sold out, with tickets to the new gig – at Max Watt’s the following night, now on sale.
• LA outfit The Calling, who were responsible for the top five 2001 smash ‘Wherever You Will Go’, will embark on their first full tour of mainland Australia in November. Lead singer Alex Band (pictured above) and his band will play shows in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Fremantle and Adelaide, beginning with an appearance at HQ in Adelaide on Thursday November 17 and wrapping at Metropolis in Fremantle on Sunday November 27. Tickets for all shows are on sale now.
• John Butler has added a second ‘Frack Off!’ concert in Margaret River to highlight the damage fracking is doing to the land in Western Australia’s south west and elsewhere throughout the state. The first show – on Saturday November 26 – has already sold out, while tickets to the second show the following day went on sale yesterday.
• US country supergroup Dixie Chicks will be back in Australia early next year as the headline act for the CMC Rocks Queensland tenth anniversary show. To be held at Willowbank in Ipswich from March 24-26, the “biggest international country and roots festival in the southern hemisphere” is set to be the biggest to date, with a roll call of country music stars expected to join the line-up this Friday. Pre-sale tickets go live from 9am this Wednesday, before general public tickets hit from 9am on Monday October 10.
• The Golden Plains Festival will return to the Meredith Supernatural Amphitheatre on March 11, 12 and 13 next year for its 11th edition. Neil Finn has been confirmed as the first performer for the 2017 bill, with organisers promising a new sound system, new campground and new food. The ticket ballot is now open, but only ’til 10pm on Monday October 17.
• The Party In The Paddock Festival is back just east of Launceston early in the new year. The festival will take place over three days – February 10 to February 12 inclusive – and organisers have confirmed the first artist to play for punters… Hermitude. Pre-sale tickets (including camping packages) are on sale now.
• Tiny Little Houses will embark on their first national tour next month. The Melbourne outfit will release their ‘Snow Globe’ EP this Friday, giving punters the chance to fall in love with the tracks on it before they kick the tour off at Republic Bar in Hobart on November 05. Shows in Adelaide, Perth, Sydney, Melbourne, Geelong and Brisbane follow.
• Yes, it would appear that the UK record buying public still has a lot of love for James Arthur, whose latest single ‘Say You Won’t Let Go’ edges into the No.1 position on the UK singles chart this week, prising out The Chainsmokers after four weeks straight, who are now in second place with ‘Closer’. The Weeknd makes a big impact with his new single ‘Starboy’, which debuts at No.3, but that’s pretty much all the excitement in this week’s top ten, with just a move or two here and there further down.
• It’s a No.1 debut for Passenger on the UK albums chart. His new album ‘Young As The Morning Old As The Sea’ becomes his first ever album to achieve the feat, claiming top spot ahead of a No.2 debut for Bruce Springsteen’s ‘Chapter And Verse’ and a No.3 debut for Shawn Mendes’ ‘Illuminate’. The debuts keep coming at No.4 with Marillon’s ‘FEAR’ and at No.9, with country Victorian-based rock outfit Airbourne score their first ever top ten UK album with ‘Breakin’ Outta Hell’. My Chemical Romance and Warpaint just miss out on a top ten berth, premiering at Nos.11 and 13 with ‘The Black Parade/Living With Ghosts’ and ‘Heads Up’ respectively.
• It would appear again that Americans don’t like change very much, with The Chainsmokers at No.1 for a sixth successive week with their global monster ‘Closer’. The top three is steady, but DJ Snake and Justin Bieber’s ‘Let Me Love You’ is up from No.6 to No.4. Shawn Mendes’ ‘Treat You Better’ also rises and D.R.A.M. ftg. Lil Yachty’s ‘Broccoli’ and Charlie Puth & Selena Gomez’s ‘We Don’t Talk Anymore’ are both into the top ten.
• Jason Aldean’s album ‘They Don’t Know’, which debuted at No.1 last week, is already out, replaced by perennial favourite Drake and his album ‘Views’. Rapper Mac Miller did his best, but has to settle for a No.2 debut with ‘Divine Feminine’, ahead of the ‘Suicide Squad’ soundtrack (No.3) and debuts for Aaron Lewis (‘Sinner’) at No.4 and Usher (‘Hard II Love’) at No.5. Casting Crowns’ ‘The Very Next Thing’ is the very next debut… at No.9.
• UK and US charts done, we now turn our attention to the ARIA charts here at home. Chart Watch is our weekly wrap of what’s happening on the ARIA top 100s and it’ll be live from 7pm tonight.
• Just a quick reminder too… clocks spring forward one hour from 2am tomorrow morning for those of you living in states that observe daylight savings. Our Chart Watch will therefore publish at 7pm AEDT from next week.
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