• It’s your Saturday edition of The Purge and it’s been a massive week for Aussie super producer Flume, not only cleaning up at Wednesday night’s ARIA Awards in Sydney, not only kicking off his national tour at Perth Arena last night, but also dropping a brand new ‘Skin Companion’ EP. Available both digitally and on vinyl, the ‘Skin Companion’ EP comprises four tracks that have been previously unavailable. “I’ve been overwhelmed by the support you guys have shown for ‘Skin’ over the past year and I wanted to share some more music that was written around the same time,” Flume said in a statement.
• Some of your former favourites from ‘The Voice’ has contributed to a new four track EP entitled ‘Acoustic Christmas’. Series two winner Harrison Craig kicks things off with a version of ‘Please Come Home For Christmas’, this year’s winner Alfie Arcuri tackles ‘O Holy Night’, The Koi Boys (also from this year’s series) perform ‘Little Drummer Boy’ and series four winner Ellie Drennan contributes ‘Happy Xmas (War Is Over)’. The ‘Acoustic Christmas’ EP is out now.
• Hot on the heels of the release of their new single ‘Chameleon’, PNAU has offered up its accompanying remixes package. The digital and streaming release comprises four reworkings of the track – from L D R U, Dom Dolla, Kormak and the so-hot-right-now Crookers.
• The McClymonts have confirmed that their ‘Endless’ national tour has been extended to include another mass of regional dates throughout New South Wales, Queensland, Victoria and Western Australia. The already announced dates currently wrap in Wagga Wagga on April 08, but the new shows pick up in Bathurst on April 21 and stretch right through to the beginning of June. Tickets for all shows are on sale now.
• To co-incide with the release of her ‘In The Fog’ EP yesterday, Bec Sandridge has announced that she’ll be touring the country early in the new year. Her headline festivities kick off at the Cambridge Hotel in Newcastle on February 23 and stretch right through to the final date (April 01) at Melbourne’s Northcote Social Club. Tickets for all shows are on sale now.
• UK grime act Krept & Konan will play headline shows in Sydney and Melbourne within the first few days of 2017. The rap duo will play Laundry Bar in Melbourne on Tuesday January 02 and The Basement in Sydney the following night. Tickets for both shows are on sale from 9am on Monday.
• No change at No.1 on the UK, with Clean Bandit making it three on the fly with their new single ‘Rockabye’. But it would appear that Rae Sremmurd has designs on the No.1 position, leapfrogging the Little Mix ladies (No.3) into the No.2 position with ‘Black Beatles’. Maroon 5’s ‘Don’t Wanna Know’ is up from No.8 to No.5, swapping positions with The Weeknd’s ‘Starboy’. Speaking of The Weeknd, one of his new track (‘I Feel It Coming’) is the week’s highest debut; No.18. And speaking of The Weeknd, his other new song (‘Party Monster’) is the week’s second highest debut (No.33).
• The might of Mars cannot possibly hope to overcome the power of four Little Mix ladies; the latter snaring the No.1 position on debut with their new album ‘Glory Days’. The girls’ fourth studio album also becoming their first ever No.1 on the albums chart. Will they mirror that success on the Aussie charts tonight? Or will Metallica rise to spoil their party? Only time will tell. Metallica’s new LP can’t quite match the Mix’s magnetism in the UK; their new album ‘Hardwired… To Self-Destruct’ premiering at No.2, ahead of Bruno Mars’ latest ’24K Magic’. Olly Murs’ ’24 HRS’ loses five places, dropping from No.1 to No.6 and Emeli Sandé loses seven (No.2 to No.9). Michael Bublé’s festive set (‘Christmas’) holds at No.10.
• No change atop the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart this week. After jumping from No.9 to No.1 last week, Rae Sremmurd and Gucci Mane are still flying high in the No.1 position with their single ‘Black Beatles’. The Chainsmokers aren’t going anywhere in a hurry, however, maintaining No.2 with ‘Closer’ ahead of The Weeknd (No.3) and a surging Ariana Grande and Nicki Minaj with ‘Side To Side’ (No.7 to No.4). Further down, Amine’s ‘Caroline’ is in a hurry (No.18 to No.12), while tracks from Drake, Hailee Steinfeld and Alessia Cara also make their move northwards. In the wake of his death, Leonard Cohen’s classic ‘Hallelujah’ is the week’s highest debut; albeit all the way down at No.59.
• There are only two debuts in the top ten on this week’s Billboard 200 albums chart and they almost top and tail it; but it’s A Tribe Called Quest who triumph over all comers, premiering at the pointy end with their new album ‘We Got It From Here… Thank You 4 Your Service’. A Pentatonix Christmas shifts from No.4 to No.2, leaving the ‘Trolls’ soundtrack steady at No.3. Leonard Cohen’s passing results in his latest album ‘You Want It Darker’ bounding from No.48 to No.7, two places ahead of a debut for the new Sting album ’57th & 9th’. The new Garth Brooks/Trisha Yearwood festive set ‘Christmas Together’ premieres at No.11 and there’s a No.13 debut for ‘The Essential Leonard Cohen’.
• It’s been a massive week for us here at auspOp, what with our very first ARIA Awards red carpet (results coming soon). And we’ll be wrapping our unofficial weekly commitments again tonight with ARIA Chart Watch, live from 6pm on the East Coast.
MONDAY NOVEMBER 28 : Don Henley (Nationally)
MONDAY NOVEMBER 28 : Krept & Konan (Sydney, Melbourne)
MONDAY NOVEMBER 28 : Spiderbait (Nationally)
TUESDAY NOVEMBER 29 : The Doobie Brothers (Brisbane)
TUESDAY NOVEMBER 29 : Santana (Canberra)
TUESDAY NOVEMBER 29 : Santana & The Doobie Brothers (Nationally)
THURSDAY DECEMBER 01 : Adele (Sydney)
FRIDAY DECEMBER 02 : Mary J Blige (Sydney, Melbourne)