• It’s your Saturday edition of The Purge and it’s a new single for Aussie pop starlet Betty Who. Released yesterday, ‘Human Touch’ follows on from her smash cover of the Donna Lewis track ‘I Love You Always Forever’, which achieved a platinum certification, after selling more than 70,000 copies.
• Speaking of Sony, they’ve won a bidding war between the majors to snap up Gold Coast songstress Amy Shark to a record deal. She’d already been making some serious waves via Triple J with her single ‘Adore’, but will now release via Sony after striking a deal with them and Wonderlick Entertainment. “After meeting with the Wonderlick team and Denis Handlin at Sony, I felt right at home,” Amy says of the new deal. “I am so excited to now focus all my energy on my music.” Produced by M-Phazes, ‘Adore’ is currently teetering around the edges of the iTunes top 20.
• French producer Vitalic will release a new album early in the new year. He’s due to touch down in Australia later this month to play the Earthcore Festivals in Sydney, Pyalong and Perth and no doubt he’ll be giving audiences there a little taste of the future. Comprising ten tracks in total, ‘Voyager’ is due for release on Friday January 20.
• ‘Awaken, My Love!’ is the name of the new Childish Gambino album. The US actor/musician confirmed during the week that his third long player (and follow-up to 2013’s ‘Because The Internet’) will be released at the start of next month. Apparently described by one journalist as sounding like “R&B meets Pink Floyd”, the album will be another evolution of the artist’s sound. Look for it at your favourite retail establishment on Friday December 02.
• Also coming next month is the next instalment in ‘The Live Tapes’ series from Cold Chisel. Volume three is a remastered version of a live show the band played at the Manly Vale Hotel back in June 1980 and features a range of the band’s classic hits, including ‘Choirgirl’, ‘Cheap Wine’ and ‘Khe Sanh’. It’s also out on Friday December 02.
• Ready to launch early in 2017 is The xx’s third album ‘I See You’. To be released locally through Remote Control Records, the new album was recorded across two and a half years from New York to Texas and LA, London and even the Icelandic capital Reykjavik. Lead single ‘On Hold’ has already dropped in readiness for the album’s release on January 13.
• Made Sydney is on all this weekend at Carriageworks; the event fusing music with fashion, art and amazing food. A range of DJ sets will take place across the day today, ahead of a live performance from rapper Young Tapz at 8pm tonight. More DJ sets are on the cards tomorrow, along with a skate competition.
• Mountain Sounds organisers have announced that Hermitude has been added to the bill for the 2017 edition of the festival, which will be held on the New South Wales Central Coast on February 17 and 18. The boys have been added to an already impressive line-up, which includes Rüfüs, Dune Rats and Ngaiire, among others. Tickets are on sale now.
• Jimmy East World will play in Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane in January. The US outfit haven’t been here since last year, but they’ll make their return for a gig at the Enmore, one at Eatons Hill in Brisbane and one at the Live Stage as part of the Australian Open entertainment in Melbourne on January 20. Frontier pre-sale kicks off this Tuesday, with general public tickets on the sales desk at 10am local time on Thursday November 17.
• Teenage Fanclub have added a second and final Melbourne show to their upcoming East Coast tour. After selling out their original gig at the city’s Corner Hotel on March 13, they’ve now confirmed a second show at the same venue two nights earlier. General public tickets are on sale from 10am local time on Wednesday November 16.
• The UK has a new number one. After keeping the seat warm for three weeks, Little Mix are no longer the holders of the baton, passing it on to Clean Bandit and their new single ‘Rockabye’, which improves from No.3 to No.1, after jumping from No.7 to No.3 last week. The LM ladies haven’t gone too far, however, down to No.2, ahead of James Arthur, The Weeknd and Bruno Mars. Maroon 5 are into the top ten with ‘Don’t Wanna Know’ (No.11 to No.7), while former UK ‘X Factor’ winner Louisa Johnson improves from No.20 to No.13 with her new single ‘So Good’.
• Over on the UK albums chart, it’s a very big week for Robbie Williams, whose No.1 debut for his latest LP ‘Heavy Entertainment Show’ gives him his 12th No.1 album, making him the most successful UK solo artist ever. He’s now only second behind The Beatles for the most No.1 albums in UK chart history. “I’m chuffed that this album is No 1 and I’m humbled by these amazing statistics and facts,” Robbie says. “Thank you to the wonderful, wonderful team at Sony. I’m as proud of this album as much as any other, and hope that the fans enjoy it as much as I loved making it…this is for the friendlies.” Michael Ball and Alfie Boe are ‘Together’ in the No.2 spot on debut, with Elvis and Bublé at Nos.3 and 4 respectively, ahead of a No.5 debut for the new Bon Jovi album ‘This House Is Not For Sale’. James Arthur’s ‘Back From The Edge’ loses its grasp on No.1, sliding to No.6, ahead of a bullet for Michael Bublé’s ‘Christmas’, which is back in the top ten for another year (No.16 to No.7). The new Alicia Keys album ‘Here’ debuts at No.21.
• There’s been massive change at the top over in the US this week (!), but not on the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart, which remains steadfast in its support of The Chainsmokers’ ‘Closer’, which is No.1 again for a staggering 12th successive week. The top six was steady last week, but this week it’s the top five that remains unchanged, with Ariana Grande & Nicki Minaj improving to No.6 with ‘Side To Side’ (swapping with Bruno Mars’ ’24K Magic’. Bulleting into the top ten this week are Rae Sremmurd ftg. Gucci Mane with ‘Black Beatles’ (shifting from No.16 to.9), but improving even more is the new Drake single ‘Fake Love’, which bullets from No.24 to No.10.
• Over on the Billboard 200 Albums chart this week, the top four is made up entirely of new entries. And it goes a little something like this; Jeezy’s ‘Trap Or Die 3’ premieres at No.1, Kenny Chesney’s ‘Cosmic Hallelujah’ is new at No.2, Meek Mill’s ‘DC4’ enters the countdown at No.3 and ‘The Stage’ is set for Avenged Sevenfold who debut at No.4. Lady Gaga’s ‘Joanne’ slips from No.1 on debut to No.5 in the process, while Michael Bublé’s ‘Nobody But You’ slides from No.2 to No.10. Tove Lo’s ‘Lady Wood’ just misses a top ten berth on debut, lobbing at No.11.
• Can you believe that’s another edition of The Purge done and dusted? And, with the UK and US charts wrapped, there’s the matter of another edition of ARIA Chart Watch to look forward to. It’s live on the East Coast from the new (earlier) time of 6pm Saturdays.
MONDAY NOVEMBER 14 : Elvis – The Wonder Of You (Melbourne)
MONDAY NOVEMBER 14 : Martha Wainwright (Hobart)
WEDNESDAY NOVEMBER 16 : Teenage Fanclub (Melbourne)
THURSDAY NOVEMBER 17 : Dixie Chicks (Sydney, Brisbane)
THURSDAY NOVEMBER 17 : Jimmy Eat World (Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane)