• It’s your Saturday edition of The Purge and we’re kicking it off this week with the new single from Aussie DJ Generik, ‘Be There’. On it, the Melbourne producer teams up with UK songstress A*M*E, who first rose to worldwide prominence via her club smash with Duke Dumont, ‘Need U (100%)’ and first rose to prominence on auspOp with her classy debut pop earworm ‘Play The Game Boy’ (HERE). ‘Be There’ dropped yesterday ahead of a selection of live dates, which kick off at Rouse Hill on Thursday November 17.
• The Peking Duk boys are back with a new single. Featuring the vocals of Swedish starlet Elliphant, ‘Stranger’ premiered on Triple J on Thursday afternoon ahead of its official service to the rest of the Australian media community yesterday morning. The Peking Duk boys are on tour from early next month, kicking off with an appearance at This That festival in Newcastle on November 05.
• Great news for Drake this week, with confirmation that his recent smash hit ‘One Dance’ has become the most streamed song in Spotify’s history, with more than 880 million of them to date. Also impressive is the fact that Drake currently commands 36 million listeners monthly and, to now, has amassed more than eight billion streams of his songs in total worldwide.
• Featured on the site recently as part of a Get To Know feature, Sydney duo The Tapes (left) have confirmed the upcoming release of their self-titled debut EP. Its release on November 11 has been preceded by new single ‘You Know It’s Real’, which dropped at digital retail yesterday. Check it out HERE.
• Hip hop outfit Thundamentals are giving back again in 2016, partnering with the National Centre of Indigenous Excellence as part of their ‘Got Love Initiative’. Proceeds from the sale of their new track ‘Ignorance Is Bliss’ will go directly towards NCIE to help 50 young people learn sporting, arts and culture activities and to connect with one another in the hope of inspiring the next generation. Get to know more HERE.
• The Mountain Sounds Festival will return to Mount Penang Parklands on the NSW Central Coast on February 17 and 18. It’ll be the event’s fourth year and to get the ball rolling, organisers have confirmed that Brisbane outfit Dune Rats are the first addition to the bill. ‘Late bird’ tickets are now on sale.
• Legendary singer songwriter James Taylor will return to Australia for the first time in seven years in February for a series of live shows across the country. He’ll play indoor venues in both Sydney and Melbourne, but will also take the show outdoors in the Hunter Valley, Botanic Park in Adelaide, Mount Cotton (as part of the A Day On The Green series) and Leeuwin Estate Winery in Margaret River. Tickets are on sale from midday on Friday October 28 with the exception of the Margaret River show, tickets for which are on sale this Tuesday at 9am.
• Melbourne’s Albert Park will be bouncing to the sounds of dance music legend Joey Negro, Dr Packer, Simon Digby, Mark John, Jacob Malmo and more this New Year’s Day as part of an event called ‘Sunset Safari’. The party’s set to kick off at 1pm, giving you plenty of time to rest your weary head from the night before. Tickets are on sale now.
• It seems Aussie audiences just can’t get enough of Angel Olsen. She’s already sold out shows in Sydney, Melbourne and Perth, had her venue in Adelaide upgraded to Governor Hindmarsh and now has seen her Brisbane show upgraded from The Brightside to The Brightside’s Outdoor Stage. A limited number of tickets have been released for the expanded show, but you’d best be quick.
• LA-based indie outfit Warpaint will tour Australia in February. They were announced on Wednesday this week as part of the Zoo Twilights program at Melbourne Zoo on February 24, but will also play shows at The Triffid in Brisbane on February 22 and at the Sydney Opera House on February 25. Tickets for the Sydney and Brisbane shows are on sale, while the Zoo Twilights tickets in Melbourne are on sale from 9am this Tuesday.
• Also confirming local dates early in the new year is American singer Kurt Vile. He’s set to perform at Taronga Zoo as part of the Twilight series on March 03 and at Melbourne Zoo the following night, but will also zip to Brisbane for a date at QPAC on Thursday March 09. Tickets are on sale now.
• The Tea Party will team with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra for a one-off show in the Victorian capital as part of their Australian visit in April next year. The band’s critically acclaimed orchestral show has never been performed outside of their native Canada, so audiences are in for a rare treat. Tickets for the April 28 performance at Hamer Hall are on sale from 10am AEDT on Monday October 24.
• Little Mix scores the love on this week’s UK singles chart, debuting at No.1 with their new single ‘Shout Out To My Ex’ and displacing James Arthur after a three week run. It’s the girls’ fourth No.1 in their homeland, following on from ‘Cannonball’ and ‘Wings’ in 2011 and 2012 respectively and last year’s ‘Black Magic’. Hailee Steinfeld’s ‘Starving’ makes a run for the top five, bulleting from No.17 to No.5. Those two big moves into the top ten have a cascading effect on last week’s top ten entries. Neiked’s ‘Sexual’ looks like bagging a top ten berth, after improving from No.24 to No.12. The new Maroon 5 single is new at No.16.
• It’s another massive week of debuts on the UK top ten albums chart, including the No.1 spot, claimed this week by Kings Of Leon’s new LP ‘Walls’. Phil Collins’ new ‘The Singles’ package is new at No.2 and Tom Chaplin steps beyond his band Keane to drop his debut solo album ‘The Wave’, which lobs at No.3. The repackage of Oasis’s ‘Be Here Now’ re-enters the countdown at No.4 (could this technically also count as a debut, given it’s a new repackage?) and Two Door Cinema Club’s ‘Gameshow’ enters at No.5. All that action in the top five relegates last week’s No.1 (Green Day’s ‘Revolution Radio’) to the No.6 position, ahead of more new entries from Rebecca Ferguson (‘Superwoman’ at No.6), Blackberry Smoke (‘Like An Arrow’ at No.7) and Katie Melua (‘In Winter’ at No.8).
• Get out of town… The Chainsmokers? No.1 in the US? Again? Yes, for a ninth consecutive week, US duo The Chainsmokers helm the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart with their international smash ‘Closer’. And, like last week, it’s holding off the challenge from both The Weeknd’s ‘Starboy’ (No.2) and Twenty One Pilots’ ‘Heathens’ (No.3). The week’s highest debut is at No.5 and that comes courtesy of the new Bruno Mars single ’24K Magic’, while Ariana Grande and Nicki Minaj’s ‘Side To Side’ is creeping up slowly; this week from No.12 to No.10. Zay Hilfigerrr & Zayion McCall’s ‘Juju On That Beat (TZ Anthem)’ looks like being quite the smash, rocketing from No.89 to No.11. Aussie country star Keith Urban’s up to No.40 with ‘Blue Ain’t Your Colour’.
• Lots of action over on this week’s Billboard 200 albums chart, with an entirely new top three. Premiering atop this week’s chart Stateside is Green Day with ‘Revolution Radio’; the band’s first No.1 album there in seven years. Time, it seems, hasn’t dulled the US record buying public’s love of the music of Norah Jones. Her new album ‘Day Breaks’ is new at No.2, while the OneRepublic boys nab No.3 with the premiere of their new album ‘Oh My My’. Solange’s new album ‘A Seat At The Table’, which was No.1 last week, is down to No.6, followed shortly thereafter by debut from Alter Bridge (‘The Last Hero’ at No.8) and Phantogram (‘Three’ at No.9). The new Dance Gavin Dance album ‘Mothership’ is in at (an unlucky for some) No.13.
• And that’s all we have for your Saturday morning edition of The Purge, but know that we’ll return tonight, as always, with Chart Watch, our weekly wrap of the ARIA top 100s. It’s live on the site from 7pm AEDT.
MONDAY OCTOBER 24 : John Farnham (Gold Coast)
MONDAY OCTOBER 24 : The Tea Party (Melbourne)
TUESDAY OCTOBER 25 : James Taylor (Margaret River)
WEDNESDAY OCTOBER 26 : Dixie Chicks (Sydney, Melbourne, Perth)
THURSDAY OCTOBER 27 : The Naked And Famous (Sydney, Melbourne)
FRIDAY OCTOBER 28 : James Taylor (Nationally)