• Boom! Just like that, here we are at edition No.250 of The Purge, our twice weekly inbox purge of all the juicy bits that didn’t quite make a headline post. And we’re kicking it off with ‘A Brand New Me’, the brand new album from legendary soul songstress Aretha Franklin. The album sees her team with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra to mark her landmark 50 years in the music industry. According to her label, the new album “pairs classic vocals from some of the most iconic songs” she recorded for Atlantic Records at the time “with new arrangements performed by the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra”. New backing vocals have been added by Patty Austin. Look for the album on CD, vinyl and digital download from Friday November 10.
• Tyler Touché is back with a fresh new groove. Released yesterday, the Brisbane native’s new track is called ‘Moon Landing Is A Hoax’, described by his label as “a happy barrage of vocal snatches, glittery chords and crisp bass.” You can check it out HERE.
• With her debut album ‘Perennial’ now in the stores, Vera Blue has added extra shows in Sydney and Melbourne to her upcoming tour in support of it. Her first gigs in each of our two most populous cities have sold out; second gigs added to cope with demand. Vera will now play a new date at the Metro Theatre in Sydney on Saturday September 02 and a second show at 170 Russell in Melbourne on Sunday September 10. Tickets are on sale now.
• Armand Van Helden will team up with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra for a special one-off show at the city’s Sydney Myer Music Bowl on Saturday January 27. ‘Symphonica’ will see the world of classical and dance collide; the MSO putting a new spin on a swag of Armand’s biggest hits, including ‘My My My’, ‘I Want Your Soul’ and the inimitable ‘U Don’t Know Me’. Frontier members get first dibs on the pre-sale from noon this Monday, before general public tickets go live from 10am local time on Wednesday July 26.
• Icehouse have added another show at Melbourne’s reborn Palais Theatre after their November 17 date sold out. They’re set to play one last gig at the same venue as part of the tour on Friday December 01. A fan club pre-sale is live now; general public tickets are on the sales desk from 9am on Monday, July 24.
• Peter Hook & The Light have added another Sydney show to their schedule. They’ll be playing Joy Division’s albums ‘Unknown Pleasures’ and ‘Closer’ in full at the one-off gig, which will hit the Metro Theatre on October 02. As with Icehouse’s show, pre-sale tickets are available now, while the general public get access from 9am on Monday.
• The UK has a new No.1 single. After weeks of dominance by Luis Fonsi, Daddy Yankee and Justin Bieber and their global smash ‘Despacito’, the trio has been replaced this week by last week’s No.2… DJ Khaled, Rihanna and Bryson Tiller’s ‘Wild Thoughts’. Not that ‘Despacito’ has gone too far, however. It’s down only to No.2, leaving positions three, four and five steady. The new Little Mix single ‘Power’ edges a little higher (from No.10 to No.8), while the week’s highest debut is all over to The Script, who are new at No.26 with their latest track ‘Rain’.
• Great news for UK band The Vamps, with their new album ‘Night And Day’ premiering at No.1 on this week’s UK albums chart. Amazingly, it’s the boys’ first ever No.1 album, so champagne corks will no doubt be popping in the offices of their label Mercury. In premiering in pole position, they knock Ed Sheeran down from No.1 to No.2, with Rag ‘N’ Bone Man at three, a debut for Bugzy Malone’s ‘King Of The North’ at No.4 and a re-entering John Denver compilation at No.5. The UK gets two more top ten debuts this week; Oh Wonder’s ‘Ultralife’ at No.8 and ‘Saturday Night At The Movies’ by Joe McElderry in the No.10 position.
• There might have been change atop the UK singles chart, but it’s not the case on the US singles chart. Luis Fonsi, Daddy Yankee and Justin Bieber are still flying high with ‘Despacito’ Stateside, spending their tenth week wedged in the No.1 spot. But as in the UK, the greatest challenge for now is coming from DJ Khaled, Rihanna and Bryson Tiller, whose single ‘Wild Thoughts’ improves from No.4 to No.2, leapfrogging Khaled’s previous single ‘I’m The One’ in the process. The new Shawn Mendes single ‘There’s Nothing Holding Me Back’ is into the top ten (No.14 to No.8) and there are top 30 debuts for Jay-Z (‘The Story Of OJ’ at No.23) and Kesha (‘Praying’ at No.25).
• DJ Khaled’s rule on the Billboard 200 album chart is over, however. He maintained position at No.1 for two weeks, but has relinquished thanks to the new Jay-Z album ‘4:44’, which debuts in the top spot. ‘Issa Album’ by 21 Savage also does well, premiering at a respectable No.2, with Kendrick Lamar, DJ Khaled and Ed Sheeran making up the rest of the top five. Haim premiere at No.7 with their new LP ‘Something To Tell You’ and the 20th anniversary edition of Radiohead’s ‘OK Computer’ is back in the US countdown at No.23.
• That’s your lot for your Saturday morning edition of The Purge. And for the chart wraps for both the UK and US. BUT we will be back at 6pm on the East Coast with our regular weekly ARIA Chart Watch; the look at the top 100s on the local scene, complete with all the big moves, all the debuts and new certifications.
MONDAY JULY 24 : Icehouse (Melbourne)
MONDAY JULY 24 : Peter Hook & The Light (Sydney)
TUESDAY JULY 25 : SummerSalt (Nationally)
WEDNESDAY JULY 26 : Symphonica (Melbourne)