• Welcome to your Saturday edition of The Purge. And welcome back to UK outfit Muse, who yesterday dropped a new single entitled ‘Dig Down’ (cover pictured above). It’s the band’s first taste of new music since the release of their 2015 album ‘Drones’ and, according to lead singer Matt Bellamy, it focuses on themes of unity and and survival. “When I was writing this song I was looking to counteract the current negativity in the world and give inspiration, optimism and hope to people to fight for the causes they believe in; that as individuals we can choose to change the world if we want to,” he said in a statement. The single is out now.
• Pentatonix songstress Kirstin Maldonado has broken out on her own, yesterday dropping her first ever solo single ‘Break A Little’. Released simply under the name ‘Kirstin’, it’s a shimmering mid-tempo pop number that sounds like it could have been lifted from the catalogues of the likes of Ariana Grande, Selena Gomez et al. It’s out now.
• Former 1D star Liam Payne’s debut solo single has arrived. ‘Strip That Down’, which features guest raps from Migos star Quavo, dropped at digital retail across the planet yesterday. As mentioned previously, it was co-penned by Liam alongside serial hitwriter Steve Mac and UK superstar Ed Sheeran. “I’ve been working hard in the studio for over a year and I’m really excited to share this new music with my amazing fans,” Liam said in a statement. “I’ve come a long way since our One Direction debut and I hope everyone likes my new sound as much as I do. 2017 has been a big year for me already and I’m looking forward to what the rest of it will bring.”
• The Preatures have returned with new music, dropping their latest single ‘Girlhood’. The track is the first single to be plucked from the band’s forthcoming sophomore album and had its premiere on our national broadcaster Triple J’s breakfast show on Thursday morning. The Sydney outfit is set to play a Sydney Opera House show as part of the upcoming Vivid Festival; the first chance fans will have to hear songs from the aforementioned new album project. Tickets are on sale now.
• Brisbane artist The Kite String Tangle will release his highly anticipated self-titled debut album in the middle of July. The new LP has been written and self-produced across the past three years and the next little nugget from it is ‘The Prize’, his latest single which features vocalist Bridgette Amofah. Eric J Dubowsky (who’s previously worked on albums from the likes of Flume, Safia and Flight Facilities) has mixed the LP, which will drop on July 14.
• UK rapper Plan B is also back with new music, this week dropping his new single ‘In The Name Of Man’. It’s the first new music from the performer in more than five years, but gives listeners an insight into the kind of material his upcoming fourth studio album might contain. The “full length” music video is set to premiere this week.
• Another rapper with new music on the horizon is Big Boi, who’s confirmed the June 16 release of his third studio album ‘Boomiverse’. It’s been preceded by both ‘Mic Jack’ and ‘Kill Jill’; the two songs notching up close to five million streams combined in just a few weeks.
• With the huge line-up landing throughout the week, organisers of this year’s Yours & Owls Festival in Wollongong have confirmed that pre-sale tickets for the event have already sold out. The Presets and At The Drive In are headlining this year’s proceedings, with the likes of Alison Wonderland, Gang Of Youths and Northeast Party House also set to appear. General public tickets are on sale from this Monday, May 22.
• Aussie pop starlet Woodes will head out on her first ever headline tour from early July. With more than three million streams of her self-titled EP already in the bag and new single ‘Run For It’ doing the radio rounds, the songstress will play The Workers Club in Melbourne on July 08, Black Bear Lodge in Brisbane on July 14 and Brighton Up Bar in Sydney on July 15. Tickets for all dates are on sale now.
• And Seattle’s Minus The Bear will celebrate the March release of their album ‘Voids’ by touring Australia’s East Coast in early August. They’ll be hitting the stage at Oxford Art Factory in Sydney on August 03 and at Max Watts in both Brisbane and Melbourne on August 05 and 06 respectively. Tickets be selling now.
• The UK singles charts have calmed markedly this week, with positions one through three remaining steady. That means Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee’s ‘Despacito’ still at No.1, DJ Khaled’s ‘I’m The One’ still at No.2 (both with Justin Bieber on guest vocals), while Clean Bandit’s ‘Symphony’ (with Zara Larsson on guest vocals) is steady at No.3. Shawn Mendes and Ed Sheeran do some swapping in positions four and five (Shawn improving to No.4). The unveiling of its official video sees Harry Styles’ ‘Sign Of The Times’ leap from No.10 to No.6, while J Hus is into the top ten (No.12 to No.9) with ‘Did You See’. The new Miley Cyrus single ‘Malibu’ achieves the week’s highest debut at No.11, followed by a four place improve for Charlie Puth’s ‘Attention’.
• It’s an exciting week in the top ten on the UK albums chart, with four debuts within it. Performing best, of course, and debuting in the No.1 spot is the debut solo album for former 1D star Harry Styles. His self-titled piece knocks Kasabian’s ‘For Crying Out Loud’ from its perch after its No.1 debut last week (it falls to No.7). Ed Sheeran and Rag ‘N’ Bone Man are steady in positions two and three respectively, ahead of a trio of debuts; Paramore’s ‘After Laughter’ at No.4, Paul Weller’s ‘A Kind Revolution’ at No.5 and J Hus’s ‘Common Sense’ at No.6.
• All of a sudden, the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart in the US has been given a bit of a shake-up. Last week, DJ Khaled shook things up by displacing Bruno Mars’ ‘That’s What I Like’ from the No.1 position after just one week. And now Luis Fonsi & Daddy Yankee have done precisely the same thing to DJ Khaled, meaning that a Justin Bieber vocal appearance has overtaken a Justin Bieber vocal appearance in top spot. Yes, ‘Despacito’ moves from No.3 to No.1 this week and with Bruno steady at No.2, DJ Khaled is already down to No.3. The rest of the US top ten is relatively settled, but there’s a little move from No.16 to No.12 for Post Malone’s ‘Congratulations’. The talk show circuit seems to be working for Harry Styles’ ‘Sign Of The Times’, which jumps from No.28 to No.18.
• The Billboard 200 Album chart serves up a little bit of interest, via a trio of top ten debuts; one of them knocking Kendrick Lamar from his No.1 perch. That album would be ‘Everybody’ by Logic. No.1 on debut, with a No.2 debut for Chris Stapleton’s ‘From A Room : Volume 1’ right behind them. That leaves Kendrick at No.3, ‘Guardians Of The Galaxy, Vol. 2’ up to No.4 and Drake’s ‘More Life’ rounding out the top five. Russ premieres at No.7 with ‘There’s Really A Wolf’, with the latest edition of the evergreen ‘NOW’ compilations just missing out on a top ten berth.
• And that’s it for another scintillating edition of The Purge. But as always, we shall be back at 6pm on the East Coast with our comprehensive weekly wrap of everything that’s happening on the charts back here at home. ARIA Chart Watch – it’s live every Saturday at 6pm. See you then.
MONDAY MAY 22 : Tommy Emmanuel (Nationally)
MONDAY MAY 22 : The Getaway Plan (Nationally)
MONDAY MAY 22 : Yours & Owls Festival (Wollongong)
TUESDAY MAY 23 : Ministry & Filter (Nationally)
TUESDAY MAY 23 : Ed Sheeran (Nationally)