• Welcome to your weekend edition of The Purge and welcome to the fresh new disco-tinged single from Brisbane band Sheppard. ‘Edge Of The Night’ is dripping with disco-cool, overflowing with ’90s flourishes and is just primed for radio airplay. “It’s an opportunity for us to let our hair down and try something completely different,” says George Sheppard of the track, which is out now. Take a listen HERE.
• New Zealand songstress Gin Wigmore is also back with new music. The songstress released her new track ‘Hallow Fate’ yesterday as the first little taste of her upcoming fourth album project.
• A new album from Wyclef Jean is on the way. Eight long years after the release of ‘From The Hut, To The Projects, To The Mansion’, he’ll drop ‘The Carnival Vol. III : The Fall & Rise Of A Refugee’ on Friday September 15. The album will feature collaborations with the likes of Emeli Sandé, LunchMoney Lewis and The Knocks; the latter featuring on grat track ‘What Happened To Love’.
• Australian music legend Paul Kelly will release a new album in August. Called ‘Life Is Fine’, it’s been described as “one of Kelly’s strongest and most evocative albums” and has been preceded by the release of lead single ‘Firewood And Candles’. Look for it dropping at your favourite retailer on Friday August 11.
• Dance music god Steve Aoki is readying a new album project. ‘Steve Aoki Presents Kolony’ will land at retailers on Friday July 21 and brings together a host of big name acts across its ten tracks, including Wale, Migos, Lil Yachty, Lil Uzi Vert, T-Pain, 2Chainz, Gucci Mane and more. According to his label, the release should cross the “boundaries between EDM and rap music”.
• Foo Fighters will release their ninth album ‘Concrete And Gold’ in the middle of September. With pop gog Greg Kurstin on board the production duties, the LP will promises a whole new FF experience. “I wanted it to be the biggest sounding Foo Fighters record ever,” Dave Grohl explains. “To make a gigantic rock record but with Greg Kurstin’s sense of melody and arrangement… Motorhead’s version of Sgt. Pepper… or something like that.” You’ll discover it at your favourite retailer from September 15.
• Icehouse will play the last show on their ’40 Years Live’ tour across the country at the Enmore Theatre in Sydney tonight. But not wishing to stay still for too long, the boys will be back on the road later in the year for shows in Sydney and Melbourne to celebrate the 30th anniversary of their album ‘Man Of Colours’. They’re playing the Palais Theatre in Melbourne on Friday November 17 and the Enmore Theatre in Sydney on Saturday December 16. Tickets for both dates are on sale from 9am on Monday, June 26.
• Christopher Cross is touring Australia for the first time in 20 years. The US singer songwriter was a favourite in the ’80s for songs like ‘Ride Like The Wind’, ‘Sailing’ and ‘Arthur’s Theme’ (aka “if you get caught between the moon and New York City”). He’s playing dates across the country, including Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide and Canberra, along with some regional dates. Perth misses out. The tour kicks off at Twin Towns at Tweed Heads on Friday September 01 and you’ll find tickets on general sale from Monday, June 26.
• The Jungle Giants will hit the road in August in support of their forthcoming album ‘Quiet Ferocity’. They’ve got the stage at The Foundry in Brisbane booked on Friday July 07, Beach Road Hotel in Bondi on July 08 and Yah Yah’s in Fitzroy on July 09. And amazingly, it’s free entry on all three!
• Sydney’s Greg Gould is teaming up with En Vogue songstress Maxine Jones on a national tour; Maxine’s first down under. The pair has teamed up on a re-release of Greg’s cover of the En Vogue classic ‘Don’t Let Go (Love)’, which has smashed through more than 14 million views since it dropped earlier this year. Now they’re taking the show on the road, confirming half a dozen dates throughout the middle of July. Dates and details are HERE.
• Organisers of Brisbane’s annual Bigsound Festival have revealed the first 64 acts who’ll perform live at this year’s event. Set to take over Fortitude Valley from September 05 to 08, the team at Bigsound are once again spruiking a mass of top notch local talent, including the likes of Alta, Elki, Haiku Hands, Hockey Dad, Kylie Auldist, Mansionair, Ruby Fields, Tigerilla and many, many more. Full line-up and further details are available HERE.
• Hot on the heels of the sell-out of the Bribie Island date (leading to the addition of a second the following night), the Red Hot Summer Tour has also now sold out its Launceston concert on Sunday January 21. This time around, however, there’s no mention of a second date for the Tassie regional city. Suzi Quatro, The Angels, Baby Animals, The Screaming Jets, Moving Pictures and Chocolate Starfish are all heading to the apple isle for the show.
• Luis Fonsi, Daddy Yankee and Justin Bieber have had to clear the way on the UK singles chart this week to make way for the all-star cover of Simon & Garfunkel’s classic ‘Bridge Over Troubled Water’, which slams the No.1 position on debut just 48 hours after its release. It becomes one of the fastest selling singles this year, as well as achieving the biggest opening day combined sales of any single this decade. Luis, Daddy and Bieber are only down to No.2, however, sandwiched between the charity single and a No.3 debut for the new DJ Khaled single ‘Wild Thoughts’, featuring Rihanna and Bryson Tiller. Little Mix’s ‘Power’ is up to No.10, while the new Rita Ora single ‘Your Song’ isn’t too far off the mark, improving from No.15 to No.11.
• No.1 on the UK albums chart this week, meantime, belongs to English duo Royal Blood, whose new album ‘How Did We Get So Dark’ premieres in the top spot ahead of Ed Sheeran’s ‘÷’ (steady at No.2), Nickelback’s ‘Feed The Machine’ (new at No.3), Rag’N’Bone Man’s ‘Human’ (steady at No.4) and a No.5 debut for the new Lorde album ‘Melodrama’. London Grammar’s ‘Truth Is A Beautiful Thing’, which was flying high at No.1 last week, is down to No.7. Fleet Foxes’ ‘Crack Up’ scores the week’s only other top ten debut at No.9, leaving Ride’s ‘Weather Diaries’ and Alison Moyet’s ‘Other’ to premiere just outside (at Nos.11 and 12 respectively).
• No change to the top spot on the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart in the States this week; Luis Fonsi, Daddy Yankee and Justin Bieber remaining at No.1 with ‘Despacito’. But Justin is up again to the No.2 position with his other vocal appearance – on DJ Khaled’s ‘I’m The One’, replacing Bruno Mars. The rest of the top ten is relatively stable, but the new David Guetta single ‘2U’ (also featuring Justin Bieber) makes a big splash, premiering in the No.16 position. Selena Gomez’s ‘Bad Liar’ is up from No.45 to No.23.
• The mega live stream and all the lead up promotion did the trick… Katy Perry’s ‘Witness’ did in the States what it couldn’t do here in Australia or in the UK… it debuted at No.1 on the Billboard 200 albums chart. It did so ahead of Kendrick Lamar’s ‘Damn’ (steady at No.2), SZA’s ‘CTRL’ (new at No.3), Lady Antebellum’s ‘Heart Break’ (new at No.4) and Drake’s ‘More Life’ (up from No.6 to No.5). Last week’s No.1 (Halsey’s ‘hopeless fountain kingdom’) drops to No.7, while Rise Against’s new album ‘Wolves’ wraps the week’s top ten debuts, coming in at No.9.
• That’s all we have time for this Saturday morning. But you do know that we’ll be back at 6pm AEST for our ARIA Chart Watch, right? It’s our weekly wrap of the ARIA top 100s? Live at 6pm on the East Coast? No? Discover it tonight then…
MONDAY JUNE 26 : The Beatles First 5 (Nationally)
MONDAY JUNE 26 : Christopher Cross (Nationally)
MONDAY JUNE 26 : Icehouse (Sydney, Melbourne)
MONDAY JUNE 26 : Pharoahe Monch (Nationally)
WEDNESDAY JUNE 28 : Death Grips (Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane)
FRIDAY JUNE 30 : Jason Owen (New South Wales)
FRIDAY JUNE 30 : The Weeknd (Nationally)