• Welcome to your Saturday edition of The Purge. And welcome to the new single from Rita Ora. The UK pop songstress yesterday dropped ‘Your Song’, co-penned alongside serial hitwriter Steve Mac and global superstar Ed Sheeran. “Ed and I have been friends since our teens, (so) it’s brilliant to have the opportunity to collaborate with him for my first single,” Rita states. “We definitely click creatively.” Sony hints that we might have to wait until “towards the end of the year” to hear the rest of Rita’s upcoming album project; the long-awaited follow-up to her 2012 debut ‘Ora’.
• It didn’t really come out of nowhere, given he’d been teasing it on his social media platforms throughout the past week, but a new James Vincent McMorrow album is always welcome. The 15 tracker, entitled ‘True Care’, dropped at retailers across the planet; the title track also playing the role of the lead single. Its release comes just eight months after his last album ‘We Move’. Listen to ‘True Care’ HERE.
• He’s a superstar in his homeland New Zealand, but Stan Walker’s been pretty quiet on the local front for a couple of years. That’s all changed with the release of his new single ‘New Takeover’, which dropped at digital retail yesterday. “It’s a song for all the underdogs, the minorities, the outsiders and the indigenous people who don’t have a platform to speak or express who they are and their truth,” Stan says of the track, which marks the beginning of the next chapter in his career. The music video is set to drop this Friday.
• UK outfit Alt-J will be back in Australia for a national tour in December. And the timing of the announcement couldn’t be better; their new album ‘Relaxer’ will drop at retailers everywhere next Friday. They’ll stop by Adelaide for a show at the AEC Theatre on December 05, the Sidney Myer Music Bowl in Melbourne on December 07, the ICC Theatre in Sydney on December 09 and Riverstage in Brisbane on December 10. Frontier members get access to the pre-sale from this Thursday, with general public tickets hitting the sales desk at midday local time on Tuesday June 06.
• There’s no slowing down John Farnham. Tickets for his one-off Wollongong show only went on sale yesterday morning at 10am, but they were snapped up in record time, prompting the addition of a second and final date at the WIN Entertainment Centre. The second concert will take place on Saturday December 02 and once again will see ‘The Voice’ performing all of his iconic hits. Tickets are on sale now.
• Georgia Fields and Phia are teaming up for a tour across the country. The ‘Sky And Sea’ national tour will see the pair sharing the stage and performing each others’ songs, while perhaps even inviting a little audience participation. The tour kicks off at Sutton’s House Of Music in Ballarat Victoria on Thursday July 06, but will make stops in Kyneton, Canberra, Candelo, Tomerong, Brisbane, the Gold Coast, Brunswick Heads, Sydney, Newcastle, Melbourne, Bacchus Marsh, Castlemaine, Adelaide and Alice Springs. Tickets on sale now.
• Banks must be doing something really right. In Australia in July for an appearance at Splendour In The Grass and a handful of sideshows, she has already sold out one headline show in Sydney. But the call has been growing louder for more tickets to be made available. So Live Nation has confirmed a second Sydney gig – at Max Watts on Saturday July 22 – to cope with demand. Tickets are on sale now.
• Also adding a new show this week is The Getaway Plan, who’ve sold out their gig at Melbourne’s Corner Hotel on Saturday September 09. So, like Banks, they’ve added a second show to cope with demand. It’s at the same venue the following night and tickets are on sale now.
• The ‘A Fist Full Of Rock’ tour will zip across the country from late August, with a line-up that includes Hoodoo Gurus, You Am I, Jebediah and Adalita. They’ll play Thebarton Theatre in Adelaide on August 25, the Forum Theatre in Melbourne on August 26, the Enmore Theatre in Sydney on August 31, NightQuarter on the Gold Coast on September 01 and Eatons Hill Hotel in Brisbane on September 02. Venue pre-sales are live now, with general public tickets on sale at 10am AEST on Monday.
• And Skid Row’s Sebastian Bach will be in Australia for live shows in October. The tour kicks off at the Astor Theatre in Perth on October 21 and will make stops in Adelaide, Brisbane, Sydney and Melbourne within the week. Tickets are on sale now.
• He clearly doesn’t have the same superstar clout of his former bandmate Harry Styles, but Liam Payne still does an admirable job on the UK singles chart this week, premiering at No.3 with his debut solo effort ‘Strip That Down’. But No.3 isn’t enough to knock Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee’s ‘Despacito’ out of top spot, nor prise DJ Khaled’s ‘I’m The One’ out of No.2. The rest of the top ten is relatively stable, except for a couple of one or two place movements, a No.12 to No.9 place jump for Charlie Puth’s ‘Attention’ and a four place drop (No.6 to No.10) for Harry Styles’ ‘Sign Of The Times’. The outpouring of solidarity in the wake of the Manchester bombing sees Ariana Grande’s single ‘One Last Time’ re-enter the countdown at No.11. Jonas Blue and our own William Singe bullet from No.22 to No.12 with ‘Mama’.
• Harry Styles may have taken it last week, but it’s all over red rover for him this week; Ed Sheeran re-takes the UK albums chart No.1 with ‘÷’. Harry’s not gone too far, however… down to No.2 ahead of Rag ‘N’ Bone Man and a trio of debuts for Linkin Park (‘One More Light’ at No.4), Engelbert Humperdinck (’50’ at No.5) and Erasure (‘World Be Gone’ at No.6). A repackage of Blink 182’s ‘California’ sees it back into the top 20 in Ol’ Blighty, re-entering at No.15.
• Things are looking mighty steady on this week’s Billboard Hot 100 singles chart, at least as far as the top five is concerned. After plenty of movement in previous weeks, the entire top five remains steady this week, with Luis Fonsi, Daddy Yankee and Justin Bieber maintaining their No.1 position with ‘Despacito’. Bizarrely, positions eight and nine also remain stagnant this week, with only The Chainsmokers and Coldplay moving to six (swapping with Future – down to seven) and the new Miley Cyrus single ‘Malibu’ (rocketing from No.64 to No.10) causing any kind of commotion at the pointy end of the countdown. The new Katy Perry single ‘Bon Appetit’ debuts at a lowly No.59.
• Though things are pretty quiet on the singles side of the draw, the Billboard 200 albums chart is a different beast, with 40% of the top ten made up of new entries, including the coveted No.1. And the No.1 has been claimed this week by former One Direction member Harry Styles, whose slew of Stateside TV appearances last week worked a charm. His self-titled debut premiering in pole position ahead of a No.2 debut for Zac Brown Band’s ‘Welcome Home’. Paramore’s new album ‘After Laughter’ is next best in the premiere stakes – new at No.6 – while Machine Gun Kelly’s ‘Bloom’ enters the countdown at a respectable No.8. Last week’s No.1 from Logic (‘Everybody’) slides to No.11. The new New Kids On The Block EP, ‘Thankful’, debuts at No.17.
• Can you believe it? That’s another Saturday edition of The Purge. And can you believe it? We’re not done with you yet this Saturday… we’ll be coming back at you from 6pm on the East Coast with ARIA Chart Watch, our weekly look at the ARIA top 100s.
MONDAY MAY 29 : Vera Blue (Nationally)
MONDAY MAY 29 : A Fist Full Of Rock (Nationally)
MONDAY MAY 29 : Josh Pyke (Nationally)
THURSDAY JUNE 01 : Peter Andre (Nationally)
THURSDAY JUNE 01 : Ed Sheeran (Nationally)