• It’s another whopping Saturday edition of The Purge and we’re leading off this week with ‘Garden’, the latest track lifted from Emeli Sandé’s forthcoming album release. “‘Garden’ is one of my favorite songs from the album,” Emeli explains. “It is an expression of freedom and passion, two important parts of life, which I hadn’t really explored until a few years ago. It was a great honor to work with the genius Jay Electronica and I’m very excited to introduce a very special talent, Áine Zion.” Emeli’s highly anticipated sophomore album ‘Long Live The Angels’ drops everywhere on Friday November 11.
• Aussie producer Joel Fletcher has new music out; his new single ‘Obsessed’ serviced to Australian media yesterday, one month after its digital release. A collaboration with up and coming singer Bianca, it’s hoped the track will do similar business to his 2013 smash ‘Swing’, which peaked at No.2 on the ARIA chart and blasted through triple platinum sales.
• Maroon 5 are back, with their just-released new single ‘Don’t Wanna Know’. The music video for the track, which sees them once again teaming up with Director David Dobkin (‘Sugar’), premiered on NBC’s ‘Today Show’ in the US late last night Australian time (look for it here on the site shortly). They’re set to perform the song on ‘Ellen’ on November 03.
• The McClymonts released a new single entitled ‘House’ yesterday and, at the same time, confirmed that they’d be releasing a new studio album called ‘Endless’ on January 13. But they weren’t done with us there. Oh no… there’s also news of a tour, which kicks off at the Tamworth Regional Entertainment and Conference Centre on Wednesday January 25 and zips predominantly across the East Coast through to early April (so far). Tickets are on sale from 9am AEDT on October 19.
• Emily Williams will release a new single entitled ‘Get Your Life’ later this month. The former ‘Idol’ and Young Divas star’s new single has been described as “a caffeine-infused pop track” (i.e. plenty of energy) and will land on Friday October 28.
• Just under a month ago, Sydney three piece Glades mentioned in our Get To Know feature with them that they’d soon be releasing an EP. True to their word, they’re delivering it; on Friday October 21. It’s called ‘This Is What It’s Like’ and it’ll feature the recently-released ‘Speechless’, along with the previously available ‘Drive’ just-dropped ‘Skylines’ and four other tracks.
• Aussie singer songwriter Diesel kicked off a run of solo dates across the country last night in Bathurst. The ‘Americana’ tour celebrates his recently released album of the same name and stops by Dubbo RSL tonight, with further shows (all across the East Coast) stretching right through to the middle of December. Click HERE for more.
• Passenger has added a second show at the Enmore Theatre in Sydney. The English singer songwriter will now play Friday January 27, in addition to his now sold out Saturday January 28 gig. Tickets are on sale now.
• Norwegian outfit Highasakite has confirmed a one-off headline show in Melbourne early next year as part of their upcoming Australian visit. The band is in the country for appearances at the Southbound, Beyond The Valley and Field Day festivals, but will play a gig at the Corner Hotel in the Victorian capital on Wednesday January 04. Tickets are on sale at 10am AEDT on Monday.
• Jethro Tull frontman Ian Anderson will be in Australia as part of the Bluesfest line-up in the middle of April, but he’ll also take the opportunity to play ‘Jethro Tull by Ian Anderson’ headline shows in Sydney, Melbourne and Perth as part of his visit. He’s set to play Perth Concert Hall on April 11, Hamer Hall in Melbourne on April 13 and the State Theatre in Sydney on April 15. A Telstra Thanks pre-sale kicks off at 10am this Monday ahead of general ticket sales, which start at 10am on Thursday October 20.
• James Arthur makes it three weeks on the trot on this week’s UK singles chart, holding off all comers with his latest single ‘Say You Won’t Let Go’. But The Chainsmokers aren’t going anywhere in a hurry, reclaiming No.2 after The Weeknd stumbles with ‘Starboy’ (No.2 to No.3). Sia’s latest, ‘The Greatest’, improves from No.8 to No.5 and the new Bruno Mars single ’24K Magic’ premieres at a respectable No.9. Lady Gaga’s ‘Million Reasons’ is a new entry at No.48, with the new Olly Murs single ‘Grow Up’ landing four places below.
• It’s a huge week of debuts on the UK albums chart, with four of the top five positions claimed by new releases and, amazingly, eight of the top ten. Triumphing over all comers this week, however, is the new Green Day album ‘Revolution Radio’, which becomes the band’s first studio album to claim top spot since ’21st Century Breakdown’ back in 2009. Barry Gibb’ is ‘In The Now’ and new in the No.2 position, ahead of debuts for Alter Bridge’s ‘The Last Hero’ and Kaiser Chiefs’ ‘Stay Together’ (Nos.3 and 4 respectively). All these new entries leave Craig David’s new album ‘Following My Intuition’ to tumble from No.1 to No.5 before OneRepublic claims another one of the top ten berths; a No.6 debut for their ‘Oh My My’. No.7 belongs to Shires’ album ‘My Universe’ (No.3 to No.7) and then positions eight to 11 are all made up of new entries…; Seasick Steve’s ‘Keepin’ The Horse Between Me And The Ground’ at No.8, Norah Jones’ ‘Day Break’ at No.9, Feeder’s ‘All Bright Electric’ at No.10 and White Lies’ ‘Friends’ at No.11.
• Wait, no… could it be? Yes, that would be The Chainsmokers again at No.1 on the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart. They’re there for an eighth consecutive week with their smash ‘Closer’, but for how much longer remains to be seen, with The Weeknd gaining another spot with his new single ‘Starboy’. D.R.A.M.’s ‘Broccoli’ is up from No.8 to No.6 and gnash’s ‘I Hate U I Love U’ shifts into top gear (top ten gear, that is), edging from No.13 to No.10. The Chainsmokers’ new single ‘All We Know’ is the week’s highest new entry at No.18, meaning the duo now has three tracks inside the top 20. Former One Direction star Niall Horan sees his debut solo single ‘This Town’ bullet from No.63 to No.25.
• She might not have been able to crack the top 20 with her new album in Australia, but Bey’s lil’ sis Solange has taken a seat at the No.1 table Stateside; her album premiering in the No.1 spot this week, dulling the chart shine of Shawn Mendes’ album ‘Illuminate’, which tumbles to No.6. Bon Iver’s ’22, A Million’ is in at No.2, followed by Drake, the ‘Suicide Squad’ soundtrack and Red Hot Chili Peppers’ ‘The Getaway’, which bullets from No.24 to No.5. Van Morrison’s ‘Keep Me Singing’ is the week’s other top ten debut in the US, premiering in the No.9 spot.
• That’s a wrap on the UK and US charts for the week, but as always, we’ll be beavering away on ARIA Chart Watch, our weekly look at the local top 100 charts, with new certifications, big moves, new entries and more. It’s live at 7pm AEDT tonight.
MONDAY OCTOBER 17 : Barry Gibb (Nationally)
MONDAY OCTOBER 17 : Highasakite (Melbourne)
MONDAY OCTOBER 17 : Mya/Blackstreet/112 (Sydney, Melbourne)
MONDAY OCTOBER 17 : Underoath (Nationally)
TUESDAY OCTOBER 18 : Green Day (Nationally)
WEDNESDAY OCTOBER 19 : Culture Club (Nationally)
WEDNESDAY OCTOBER 19 : The McClymonts (East Coast)
WEDNESDAY OCTOBER 19 : Elvis Presley : The Wonder Of You (Nationally)
THURSDAY OCTOBER 20 : Jethro Tull by Ian Anderson (Sydney, Melbourne, Perth)