• Welcome to your Wednesday edition of The Purge! And, clearly, the music world is buzzing with the news that Drake has dropped a new release, ‘More Life’. Could he and his new musical project be the one to knock the almighty Ed Sheeran off the top of charts across the planet from this weekend? Or will the British pop superstar prevail? All will be revealed on the charts this weekend.
• British dance outfit Clean Bandit have joined forces with so-hot-right-now Swedish pop starlet Zara Larsson for their new single ‘Symphony’. Co-penned alongside Steve Mac, Ina Wrolsden and Ammar Malik, the song is the follow-up to their No.1 smash ‘Rockabye’. It was serviced to Australian media on Monday.
• Our annual Countdown to Eurovision is almost here. To be held in Ukraine, the 2017 edition of the event will kick off with the first of the semi finals on Tuesday May 09. We’ll therefore start our countdown next Tuesday, March 28. Every day, we’ll feature one of the tracks that will be competing for Europe’s biggest music prize, right through to the date of the first semi final – on May 09. Two Australians are in the field this year; Isaiah representing Australia in the first semi-final and former winner of ‘The Voice’, Anja Nissen, representing Denmark in the second semi. The 2017 Grand Final will take place in Kiev on Saturday May 13.
• Kasabian are back with a new album. The British rockers’ sixth studio album is called ‘For Crying Out Loud’ and it’s been described by their label as a “career best” album. It comprises a dozen new Kasabian recordings including lead single ‘I’m In Love With A Psycho’, which is out now. ‘For Crying Out Loud’ will drop at retail on April 28.
• Incubus is another outfit confirming a new album this week. It’s simply called ‘8’, will comprise eleven tracks and will drop on April 21. Lead single ‘Nimble Bastard’ and grat track ‘Glitterbomb’ are now available and both were crafted by US electronic producer Skrillex, who’s most famous for his 2012 club banger ‘Bangarang’.
• Record Store Day is back for another year and organisers have revealed the day’s first ambassadors for 2017. Go-Betweens’ founding member Robert Forster is one of them, along with The Choirboys’ Mark Gable and Instagram poster Steve Kouta. More than 170 independent music retailers across the country are set to take part in this year’s event, which is set down for Saturday April 22. Keep tabs at www.recordstoreday.com.au.
• Fatman Scoop will be back in Australia next month for a national tour. He impressed audiences as part of last year’s RNB Fridays tour. Scoop broke through with his 2003 top five hit ‘Be Faithful’ and quickly followed up with top 30 hit ‘It Takes Scoop’. He will, of course, be playing the hits, along with some of his latest tracks. Dates are penned in for Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane and Perth, along with Coffs Harbour, Mount Isa, Launceston and Darwin; the latter kicking off the run on Thursday April 13. Tickets are on sale now.
• Baby Animals and Screaming Jets are headed out on tour together from the start of June. The two bands have confirmed a dozen shows across six states, including two shows in Sydney, two in Melbourne, two in Perth and two in Adelaide. Tickets are on sale today.
• Sarah Belkner will launch her new album ‘But You Are, But It Has’ with shows in Sydney and Melbourne from late next week. She’ll be on stage at the Oxford Art Factory Gallery on March 31 and at Wesley Anne in Melbourne on April 06. The album was released at the start of last month.
• And the Bay City Rollers have added a second show in Melbourne to cope with demand. The ’70s icons (who hit the big time with tracks like ‘Shang-A-Lang’, ‘Bye Bye Baby’ and ‘Money Honey’), already had a show at the city’s Shoppingtown Hotel in the schedule, but they’ve now added one at The Palms At Crown into the mix – on Tuesday July 18. Tickets are on sale now.
WEDNESDAY MARCH 22 : Baby Animals & Screaming Jets (Nationally)
WEDNESDAY MARCH 22 : Nic Cester (Sydney, Melbourne)
THURSDAY MARCH 23 : ‘80s Mania (Nationally)
THURSDAY MARCH 23 : Kehlani (Nationally)
FRIDAY MARCH 24 : Paul Dempsey (Nationally)
FRIDAY MARCH 24 : Alison Moyet (Nationally)
FRIDAY MARCH 24 : Mark Seymour & The Undertow (Nationally)
MONDAY MARCH 27 : Hanson (Nationally)