• Yes The Purge is slightly later than usual today, but we’re still dishing out the Aussie pop news. Like this upcoming Aussie pop compilation release, for example. ’12” Australian ’80s Pop’ does precisely what it says on the box; delivering 37 massive 12″ remixes of some of the decades best local pop music, including singles from The Models, Kate Ceberano, Wa Wa Nee, Jenny Morris, Pseudo Echo, Icehouse, Real Life and many more. Most of these tracks haven’t been available since the ’80s and have never been available in CD (or digital) format. It’s out on February 10.
• Ed Sheeran is making history with his two new singles ‘Castle On The Hill’ and ‘Shape Of You’; he’s broken Spotify’s global streaming record, with the two tracks being streamed in excess of 13 million times within the first 24 hours. Earlier this week, the two singles where No.1 and 2 on Spotify in 27 territories, No.1 and No.2 on iTunes in 77 countries, No.1 and No.2 on Apple Music in Australia, the US and the UK and Ed occupied the No.1 position on iTunes with one of the songs in a mammoth 118 countries. In their first 48 hours on sale, the tracks had been streamed almost 26 million times across the globe (almost 750,000 of those coming in Australia). But the week’s not over yet… This Saturday, Ed’s also on track to snare the 1000th Australian No.1 single since our charts went weekly back in 1949!
• Damien Leith will pay tribute to Elvis Presley in a special show in Melbourne this August. The ‘Elvis : The Gospel Collection’ show will coincide with the 40th anniversary of the legendary performer’s death and will feature Damien performing some of The King’s gospel classics, including ‘How Great Thou Art’, ‘Glory Glory Hallelujah’, ‘Amazing Grace’ and ‘Peace In The Valley’. It takes place at the Arts Centre Playhouse in Melbourne on Wednesday August 16. Tickets are on sale now.
• UK performer Roo Panes will tour Australia for the first time in March. He’ll kick his local commitments off with a show at the Fringe Festival in Adelaide on Wednesday March 08, will stop by the Port Fairy Folk Festival in Victoria and will then play headline shows in Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane on March 15, 16 and 18 respectively. Frontier members get their hands on pre-sale tickets from Monday ahead of general public tickets, which are live from noon on Wednesday January 18.
• Hip hop performers Pete Rock and CL Smooth will tour Australia together for the first time in March in celebration of the 25th anniversary of their album ‘Mecca & the Soul Brother’. They’ll play Melbourne’s Prince Bandroom on March 08, Sydney’s Metro Theatre on March 09, Adelaide’s Uni Bar on March 10 and the Rosemount Hotel in Perth on March 11. Tickets are on sale from 9am this Monday.
• And Panic! At The Disco’s upcoming show in Brisbane has been upgraded to cope with demand for tickets. Originally slated to take place at Eatons Hill Outdoors, demand has been running so hot that organisers have shifted the show to Riverstage. Additional tickets are on sale tomorrow.
THURSDAY JANUARY 12 : Panic! At The Disco (Brisbane)
THURSDAY JANUARY 12 : Sofi Tukker (Sydney, Melbourne)
FRIDAY JANUARY 13 : Vallis Alps (Nationally)
FRIDAY JANUARY 13 : The Waifs (Nationally)
MONDAY JANUARY 16 : Pete Rock & CL Smooth (Nationally)
WEDNESDAY JANUARY 18 : Roo Panes (Nationally)