• Welcome to your weekend edition of The Purge and welcome to ‘Gem’, the sparkling new single from Aussie singer songwriter Penelope Austin. You might recognise the track, released yesterday, from its use in a current TV sync with Aussie soapie favourite ‘Home & Away’, but you might not recognise the woman behind it. Though this isn’t Penelope’s first music release (far from it), she’s spent plenty of time behind the scenes, collaborating with a number of high profile artists including Empire Of The Sun, Peking Duk and Tina Arena. ‘Gem’ is available now.
• DJ Shadow yesterday dropped his surprise new ‘The Mountain Has Fallen’ EP. It features collaborations with the likes of Steven Price, Danny Brown and Nas among its four tracks. “Prior to the last album, I made a lot of high-risk moves behind the scenes, including walking away from a comfortable major-label deal,” he reveals. “My thinking was, If ‘The Mountain Will Fall’ EP ends up being successful, I’d be in a much more positive place in my career. With everything that’s happened since it came out, I feel like I bet on myself and won. So I guess you could say that this new EP is my version of a victory lap.” A physical edition of the EP will land on Friday August 18.
• Dizzee Rascal’s new album ‘Raskit’ is locked. And it’ll be here sooner than you may have expected… this Friday. The performer’s sixth album comprises 16 new songs, including recent highlight single ‘Space’. “I wanted to use what I’ve learned to make the best rap album I could, with no hands in the air moments, just using as much English slang as I could over the best beats I could find,” he reveals.
• David Bowie fans will have a new boxset to call their own in late September. ‘A New Career In Town’ is the third in a series of Bowie boxsets and will bring together all of Bowie’s official material released between 1977 and 1982 on eleven CDs, including the ‘Baal’ EP. The Tony Visconti 2017 remix of ‘Lodger’ will also be available exclusive to the box set, along with a new compilation entitled ‘Re:Call 3’. Look for ‘A New Career In Town’ at your favourite retailer from Friday September 29.
• Vance Joy has returned with a new single called ‘Lay It On Me’. Revealed on Wednesday alongside its official video (HERE), the single is the first new music from the performer in three long years. To celebrate, Vance has announced live shows in both Sydney and Melbourne in late November. He’ll play Melbourne’s Forum Theatre on November 22 and Sydney’s Enmore Theatre on November 23. Frontier members and fan club pre-sales are live from 4pm AEST on Monday. General sales are live from midday this Wednesday.
• Tyler, The Creator will release his new album ‘Flower Boy’ next Friday. The LP features his latest single ‘Boredom’, which features both Rex Orange County and Anna Of The North, along with the backing vocal goodness of Corinne Bailey Rae. Other artists to feature on the new 14 tracker include A$AP Rocky, Steve Lacy and Frank Ocean.
• UK performer Marc Almond will release a new album called ‘Shadows And Reflections’ in September. Available for pre-order, the LP is the first fruit of a new deal inked with BMG Records and sees the Soft Cell lead singer tackling iconic torch songs and ’60s classics, along with two new originals. It’s due to land on Friday September 22.
• The new album announcements kept coming this week, with Van Morrison also confirmed to release his new album in September. It’s called ‘Roll With The Punches’, it’s his 37th studio album and it contains 15 new tracks, including lead single – and grat track – ‘Bring It On Home To Me’. Among its tracks are a series of cover versions of iconic blues songs, along with new material.
• And Nine Inch Nails have a new EP incoming. ‘Add Violence’ is headed to your favourite digital service provider this Friday and features lead single ‘Less Than’, which premiered on Triple J’s brekky show yesterday morning. It comprises five new songs and is the second in a series of three extended plays, following on from 2016’s ‘Not The Actual Events’.
• US superstars Fall Out Boy will be back in Australia early next year for shows in our four most populous cities. They’ll tour in support of their upcoming album ‘M A N I A’, which is slated to drop in the middle of September. The band will play Riverstage in Brisbane on February 28, Qudos Bank Arena in Sydney on March 02, Margaret Court Arena in Melbourne on March 03 and Red Hill Auditorium in Perth on Monday March 05. Fan club pre-sales kick off this Monday at 11am AEST, with general public tickets on sale from 9am local time on Thursday July 20.
• Extra shows have again been added to Bernard Fanning’s national tour; Sydney, Brisbane and Perth benefiting this time around. With original dates in each city already long sold out, the former Powderfinger frontman will now play a fourth show at the Rosemount Hotel in Perth on Thursday October 12, a fourth show at The Triffid in Brisbane on October 19 and a third Sydney date at the Factory Theatre on Thursday November 02. Tickets for all are already on sale.
• And Kingswood will be out on tour throughout October and November in support of their new album ‘After Hours, Close To Dawn’. Their appearance at the Caloundra Music Festival on September 29 kicks off an extensive run of 16 shows across five states, rounding out with a gig at the Forum Theatre in Melbourne on November 18. Tickets are on sale now.
• The acclaimed Meredith Music Festival will return to the lush surrounds of the Meredith Supernatural Amphitheatre in early December. This time around, organisers have put together a “three day, two night, four-dimensional odyssey” for music fans, no doubt with a stellar line-up of talent to be revealed in the months ahead. The 2017 edition will take over the Victorian country hamlet on December 8, 9 and 10 and the ballot for first round tickets has been officially opened. Punters wishing to be in the running have to complete the form at www.mmf.com.au before 10:27pm on Monday August 07.
• And speaking of December festivals, the Fairgrounds Festival will be back in Berry in New South Wales on December 08 and 09. We’re promised that the full line-up for this year’s edition is “coming soon” and that further details, including ticketing information, is also forthcoming.
• The UK chart has changed a lot over the past ten years… gone are the days of tracks debuting at No.1 week after week. Now they’re more like the US and Australian charts, where the upper echelons can stay stagnant for weeks on end. And so it is in Ol’ Blighty this week, with Luis Fonsi, Daddy Yankee and Justin Bieber on top for a third successive week with ‘Despacito’. DJ Khaled is still in position two with ‘Wild Thoughts’, with French Montana’s ‘Unforgettable’ steady at No.3. Calvin Harris single ‘Feels’, featuring the superstar pop powers of Katy Perry, Pharrell Williams and Big Sean, improves from No.6 to No.4, but it’s Sigala and Ella Eyre who are really on the move this week, up six spots to No.6 with their single ‘Came Here For Love’.
• No change atop the UK albums chart either this week, with Ed Sheeran also on top for a third successive week. He’s managed to hold off a triumvirate of debuts; Haim’s ‘Something To Tell You’, Jay-Z’s ‘4:44’ and Public Service Broadcasting’s ‘Every Valley’, which debut in positions two, three and four respectively. Radiohead’s ‘OK Computer’ is back into the top ten (up from No.12 to No.7)
• It’s week number nine on top of the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart in the US for Luis Fonsi, Daddy Yankee and Justin Bieber. The love for ‘Despacito’ shows no sign of slowing at this stage; the track holding DJ Khaled’s ‘I’m The One’ in position two, while Bruno Mars’ ‘That’s What I Like’ overtakes DJ Khaled’s new single ‘Wild Thoughts’ into position three (the latter down to four). Sam Hunt’s ‘Body Like A Back Road’ is up from No.12 to No.8, while French Montana’s ‘Unforgettable’ surges from No.13 to No.10. Further down, Charlie Puth’s single ‘Attention’ seems to be getting plenty of it these days, shifting eight places higher to No.15.
• No shifting DJ Khaled on the Billboard 200 album chart, however. After debuting in top spot last week, ‘Grateful’ holds position, preventing the new Calvin Harris album (‘Funk Wav Bounces Vol.1’) from topping the list. Calvin’s in at No.2, with Kendrick Lamar, Imagine Dragons and Ed Sheeran occupying the rest of the Stateside top five. The only other new entry into the top ten this week comes at No.8; ‘Hydrograd’ from Stone Sour.
• And that’s your lot for a massive Saturday serve of The Purge. But don’t fear, we’ll be back with you again at 6pm on the East Coast with our regular weekly ARIA Chart Watch, in which we check out all the big moves, all the debuts and all the vital statistics of the ARIA top 100 single and album charts.
MONDAY JULY 17 : Rise Against (Nationally)
MONDAY JULY 17 : Ed Sheeran (Melbourne)
WEDNESDAY JULY 19 : Vance Joy (Sydney, Melbourne)
WEDNESDAY JULY 19 : Katy Perry (Nationally)
THURSDAY JULY 20 : Fall Out Boy (Nationally)