• It’s your super-tasty Saturday edition of The Purge. And this is ‘Malibu’, the brand new single for pop superstar Miley Cyrus. Lifted from a forthcoming album project, which Sony hints we’ll see later in the year, ‘Malibu’ dropped at digital retailers yesterday alongside its music video (HERE). Miley will perform the track live at the Billboard Music Awards in Las Vegas later this month.
• We’ll be getting our first taste of solo material from former One Direction star Liam Payne this Friday. The track is called ‘Strip That Down’, features rapper Quavo (of Migos fame) and will follow just one week after the release of his former bandmate Harry Styles’ album.
• More new music coming your way this week is ‘On Your Way Down’, the latest track from Brisbane’s The Jungle Giants. It’s the first single to be plucked from their upcoming third studio album ‘Quiet Ferocity’, the follow-up to their 2015 sophomore project ‘Speakerzoid’. The new LP is slated for release on Friday July 07.
• We’ve got a brand new single from The Potbelleez to call our own. ‘Show Me Where Your Love Is’ dropped at digital retail (and Aussie media) yesterday and has been described by their label as a “hands-in-the-air banger”. The band will soon be performing the track as part of the Ministry Of Sound Reunion tour, which kicks off later this month, as well as on the ‘NRL Footy Show’ on Thursday May 25.
• UK outfit Nothing But Thieves have confirmed the September release of their sophomore album ‘Broken Machine’. The lads broke through back in 2015 via their self-titled debut (which hit the top 30 on its release here in Australia) and have just dropped the lead single from the new record, ‘Amsterdam’. ‘Broken Machine’, meantime, will land at retailers everywhere on Friday September 08.
• Brisbane’s Major Leagues are back with new music. The four piece yesterday dropped ‘Good Love’, the title track from their forthcoming debut album, which they’ve locked into the schedule for a June 16 release. “We went into the studio planning on recording five or six songs and came out with 12, which was weird… but cool,” lead singer Anna Davidson explains. “This is definitely the most collaborative thing we’ve ever done, which I think comes through in the sound of the record.”
• Sydney’s Gang Of Youths (pictured left) will celebrate the August 18 release of their upcoming second album ‘Go Farther In Lightness’ by hitting the road in support of it. The boys have locked in two dates at The Tivoli in Brisbane (August 31 and September 01) to kick off the run of shows, which will also take place in Melbourne, Sydney, Hobart, Adelaide and Fremantle in the weeks following. Live Nation members get access to the pre-sale from 9am this Wednesday, before general public tickets hit the sales desk from 9am on Thursday May 18.
• The fabulous Alice Ivy will play two headline shows in July; one each in Sydney and Melbourne. She’s set to play Brighton Up Bar in Sydney on Friday July 07 and will head south to Melbourne for a show at Northcote Social Club the following Friday. Grab your tickets now.
• Four R&B supremos are teaming up for a tour across Australia in July. Lloyd, J Holiday, RL (of R&B group Next fame) and Eric Bellinger are collaborating on the shows, which will hit Trak Lounge in Melbourne on July 27, the Metro Theatre in Sydney on July 28, Max Watts in Brisbane on July 29 and Governor Hindmarsh in Adelaide on July 30. Tickets for all four shows are on sale this Monday.
• Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee’s ‘Despacito’ continues to shine on the UK singles chart, rocketing to No.1, all with the aid of Justin Bieber and his vocals. Ironically, the track replaces another song featuring Justin Bieber on vocals – DJ Khaled’s ‘I’m The One’. The new Charlie Puth single ‘Attention’ does some serious improving, up from No.31 to No.16. Former One Direction member Niall Horan premieres at a lowly No.25 with his new single ‘Slow Hands’ and there’s a No.29 debut for the new Jonas Blue single, featuring our own William Singe.
• Check the No.1 premiere for the fresh new Kasabian album ‘For Crying Out Loud’, knocking Ed Sheeran’s ‘÷’ from the top spot. Blondie spread their love all over the No.4 position on debut with new album ‘Pollinator’, with the new Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds best-of entering the countdown at No.8. Steps’ comeback album ‘Tears On The Dancefloor’ tumbles out of the top ten after two weeks, falling from No.4 to No.12.
• He’s done it all over the world. And now DJ Khaled’s done it in the USA too; premiering at No.1 with his new single ‘I’m The One’, which features guest appearances from Quavo, Chance The Rapper, Lil Wayne and one Justin Bieber. The track knocks Bruno Mars’ ‘That’s What I Like’ from its No.1 position after just one week. And though it’s only down to No.2, it’s now under pressure from the remix of ‘Despacito’, by Luis Fonsi & Daddy Yankee and also featuring the vocals of Justin Bieber. The rest of the top 20 is relatively calm, perhaps with the exception of the new Imagine Dragons single ‘Believer’, which bullets from No.37 to No.20.
• Kendrick Lamar holds at No.1 on the Billboard 200 albums chart for a third successive week with his album ‘Damn’. This week’s biggest challenge came from cartoon band Gorillaz and their album ‘Humanz’, which premieres at No.2. Right behind them is a No.3 debut for the new Mary J Blige album ‘Strength Of A Woman’, with Drake and Ed Sheeran making up the top five. The ‘Epic AF (Yellow/Pink)’ compilation is new at No.6, Willie Nelson’s ‘God’s Problem Child’ enters at No.10 and the new John Mellencamp/Carlene Carter collaboration ‘Sad Clowns & Hillbillies’ just misses the top ten on debut, making its presence felt first week in at No.11.
• And that’s all we’ve got time for in this edition of The Purge. But you know we’ll be back at 6pm AEST tonight for our weekly wrap of all things Aussie chart, right? ARIA Chart Watch is coming at you in just eight hours from now.
MONDAY MAY 15 : AFI (Nationally)
MONDAY MAY 15 : Men Of R&B (Nationally)
TUESDAY MAY 16 : Yusuf (Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane)
THURSDAY MAY 18 : Gang Of Youths (Nationally)
FRIDAY MAY 19 : Stone Sour (Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane)