• Hello Saturday, hello Saturday Purge and hello new David Guetta single. Could this be the one that finally sees the superstar French producer back in the charts? He’s not had a good run of it of late, but it seems of late that everything Justin Bieber touches turns to chart gold. No doubt DG will be hoping for the same little tinge of chart success with ‘2U’, which dropped at digital retailers yesterday and shot straight to the top of the iTunes chart. “I feel like ‘2U’ is an incredible combination of emotion energy with a huge melody combined with edgy sounds,” Guetta says of the track.
• We made mention as part of Wednesday’s edition of The Purge that we could “possibly be ‘Fallin’ for a new single from one of Australia’s brightest pop stars this Friday”. And that pop star is… Jessica Mauboy. The songstress dropping the new tune (co-penned by Ivy Adara, Peter James Harding and Louis Schoorl) yesterday. She’s also set to perform it on ‘The Voice’ on Sunday June 25.
• UK vocalist Matt Wills will release his debut album ‘Cigarettes & City Lights’ on Friday July 21. “It’s an album that follows a lyrical theme of turning weaknesses to strengths,” Matt says of his first LP, which is preceded by new single ‘Wallflower’. It’s available for pre-order.
• The ladies from TLC have confirmed the release of their self-titled album at the end of this month. The band’s first album in 15 long years was helped along thanks to a Kickstarter crowdfunding campaign and is preceded by the release of new single ‘Way Back‘, featuring Snoop Dogg. The album is due on Friday June 30 and is available for pre-order now.
• Bright Light Bright Light is seemingly an incredibly busy man. His latest EP, ‘Cinematography 2’ was only released at the end of April, but he’s now confirmed that another is now less than a month away. The ‘Tales Of The City’ EP will drop digitally on July 07, bringing with it three new songs, along with two 12″ remixes.
• Icelandic outfit Sigur Rós have entered the marriage equality debate and all because they’re about to perform at Melbourne’s Margaret Court Arena. The tennis legend has made headline recently for her views strongly against equality. “We know Margaret Court’s opinions are not shared by the majority of Australians,” the band says in a statement. “We want to add our voice to the call for marriage equality in Australia — right here on Margaret Court Arena itself. Australia should be a country that celebrates positivity and inclusion, as well as achievement on the sporting field. We’ve decided to commission a special tee-shirt for this Melbourne show, which we’ll also sell at our Sydney show and at Splendour in The Grass, proceeds from which will go towards support of Australian Marriage Equality.”
• The Jungle Giants are set to embark on an extensive national tour in support of their upcoming album ‘Quiet Ferocity’. The album is due to drop on July 07, but just six weeks later, the band will be on the road, kicking off the run of nine shows with a gig at The Triffid in Brisbane on August 18. Shows will follow in Byron Bay, Sydney, Melbourne (U18s matinee and 18+ evening), Adelaide, Perth, Hobart and the NSW Central Coast. Tickets are on sale now.
• Melbourne’s Ainslee Wills is headed home from a 20 date tour of the UK to perform headline shows in Sydney and Melbourne in the middle of next month. The shows are her first local headline dates in two long years, so demand for tickets is expected to be high. She plays the Lansdowne Hotel in Sydney on July 13 and Howler in Melbourne on July 20.
• And Bernard Fanning has added extra dates to his national tour. He’s added a fourth date at The Triffid in Brisbane (October 19), a third show at the Rosemount Hotel in Perth (October 14), as well as new shows at the Cambridge Hotel in Newcastle (November 01) and the Northern Hotel in Byron Bay (November 04). Tickets for all gigs are on sale now.
• Ariana Grande almost… almost scored her third number one UK hit this week, all thanks to her benefit concert for the victims of the Manchester bombing. Her single ‘One Last Time’ bullets from No.12 to No.2, but doesn’t quite do enough to knock Luis Fonsi, Daddy Yankee and Justin Bieber’s ‘Despacito’ from the top spot. DJ Khaled, Liam Payne and French Montana make up the rest of this week’s UK top five, followed by Jonas Blue’s ‘Mama’ (up from No.8 to No.6) and a big 14 place jump for Niall Horan’s ‘Slow Hands’.
• The Beatles are gone from the UK No.1 spot on the albums chart. Their 50th anniversary edition of ‘Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band’ vacates pole position, allowing Ed Sheeran’s ‘÷’ to once again take the reigns. Roger Waters’ ‘Is This The Life We Really Want’ is the week’s highest debut (No.3), followed closely behind by Dua Lipa’s self-titled debut (No.5), Alt-J’s ‘Relaxer’ (No.6) and All Time Low’s ‘Last Young Renegade’ (No.7). Hank Marvin’s ‘Without A Word’ is the other top ten entry for the week, premiering at No.9. Halsey’s ‘Hopeless Fountain Kingdom’ just misses a top ten berth, entering at No.12.
• The entire top three on last week’s Billboard Hot 100 singles chart remained steady. This week, however, it’s not just the top three remaining unbudged, but most of the top ten. Positions one through nine are steady, with the only movement inside the top ten coming in position ten (a three place improvement for Post Malone’s ‘Congratulations’. As in the UK, it’s once again Luis Fonsi, Daddy Yankee and Justin Bieber in top spot. Staggeringly, even through the rest of the top 20, there are more tracks unmoved on this week’s countdown; 11, 12, 14, 15, 16 and 19 also at a standstill.
• Though there’s little change to the US singles top 20 this week, it’s a different story altogether over on the albums front, with Bryson Tiller scoring a big No.1 debut for his album ‘True To Self’. Last week’s No.1 (Linkin Park’s ‘One More Light’) has vanished from the top ten. And the top 20. And almost the top 30, slumping from No.1 to No.30. ‘Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band’ from The Beatles re-enters the countdown at No.3, while there are more top ten debuts in positions 5 (Lil Yachty’s ‘Teenage Emotions’) and 9 (the ‘Summer Latin Hits 2017’ compilation). Gucci Mane just misses the top ten on debut; ‘Droptopwop’ debuting at No.12 and the new Shakira album ‘El Dorado’ premiering three spaces below.
• All done and dusted for the UK and US charts. Now there’s just the small matter of the Australian charts to attend to. Luckily we bring you our trusty ol’ reliable ARIA Chart Watch each and every Saturday night from 6pm on the East Coast. And we’ll be back again tonight for more. Until then….
MONDAY JUNE 12 : Everclear (Nationally)
THURSDAY JUNE 15 : Harry Styles (Nationally)
THURSDAY JUNE 15 : You Me At Six (Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane)
FRIDAY JUNE 16 : London Grammar (Nationally)