• Welcome to your Saturday edition of The Purge. And if this Thursday is any indication, we suspect we may already know who’ll be topping the charts towards the end of the year. It’s P!nk. And she’s back with a new single called ‘What About Us’. According to her socials, the music video for the track was filmed last month and the single will be revealed this Thursday at digital retailers everywhere.
• UK singer songwriter Jamie Lawson, who hit the big time down under with his breakout smash ‘Wasn’t Expecting That’, will release a new album in September. The album is called ‘Happy Accidents’ and comprises 13 new recordings, including the latest single ‘Can’t See Straight’, which was co-penned by the unstoppable Ed Sheeran and Johnny McDaid. Look for ‘Happy Accidents’ wherever you get your music from Friday September 29.
• Aussie electronic duo PLGRMS (aka Jacob Pearson and Jonathan Bowden) are back with new music; yesterday releasing their new single ‘Crawling Back’. According to Jonathan, it was actually one of the band’s first ever creations. “Musically, aside from a few minor changes, it remains pretty much the same,” he reveals. “Lyrically however, it’s gone through a few transmutations. Where previous singles have landed more on the electronic end of the spectrum, ‘Crawling Back’ is more organic in its instrumentation.” ‘Crawling Back’ is out now.
• Diana Anaid is back (and we’ve literally only JUST twigged after all these years that Anaid is “Diana” spelled backwards… PS. Hi Rachael Leahcar!). The songstress yesterday dropped ‘Can’t Apologise’ (cover above), the lead single from her forthcoming album project ‘My Queen’. “‘Can’t Apologise’ relates to the dilemma faced by friends tempted to take it to the next level,” Diana reveals. “What happens when he/she gets with someone else, sacrificing both the relationship and the friendship? How DO you have your cake and eat it too?” Single out now; album ‘My Queen’ due September 15.
• The Preatures are back with what their label is calling “their most significant single to date”. It’s called ‘Yanada’, which means ‘moon’ in the Indigenous Sydney Dharug language; the single a collaboration between Dharug songstress Jacinta Tobin and The Preatures’ frontwoman Isabella Manfredi. And with their new album ‘Girlhood’ arriving this Friday, the band has confirmed they’ll hit the road in support of it; shows locked in for Melbourne (September 01 at the Forum Theatre), Sydney (September 02 at the Enmore Theatre), Brisbane (September 14 as part of the Brisbane Festival), Adelaide (September 22 at HQ) and Perth (September 23 at the Capitol). Tickets are on sale now.
• Brisbane’s UV Boi dropped a new single called ‘All I Want’ yesterday, along with the announcement of a forthcoming EP entitled ‘Returned Alone’ (due August 29) and a national tour in support of it all. Catch UV Boi playing Oxford Art Factory in Sydney (Sep 22), the Spiegeltent at Brisbane Festival (Sep 30), Fat Controller in Adelaide (Oct 01), Mr Wolf in Canberra (Oct 06), Gasometer in Melbourne (October 07), Rollercoaster in Mandurah (Oct 13), Mr Lonely in Fremantle (Oct 14), Grand Hotel in Wollongong (Oct 20) and Republic Bar in Hobart (Oct 25). Tickets are already on sale.
• NYE On The Hill will return to the rolling green hills of South Gippsland this new year’s eve, with organisers this week confirming that both Ball Park Music and Regurgitator are this year’s headline acts. Pre-sale tickets are already available by signing up to the mailing list, while more artists will be announced soon.
• Midnight Oil have added a third and final Melbourne performance to their upcoming national tour. The band will now play a third gig at Sidney Myer Music Bowl on Wednesday November 15, with strictly limited tickets remaining for their shows on November 06 and 08 at the same venue. Limited last minute tickets are available for a number of shows across the country.
• The Angels will hit the road for a series of shows throughout October and November. With their new album ‘Brothers, Angels & Demons’ out now, they’ve confirmed a tour of the same name, kicking off at the Thebarton Theatre in Adelaide on October 13 and continuing through the capitals and key regional centres, before wrapping at NightQuarter on the Gold Coast on December 02. Tickets for all shows are on sale now.
• It’s not going away in a hurry… Luis Fonsi, Daddy Yankee and Justin Bieber’s ‘Despacito’ remains in the top spot on the UK singles chart this week, having reclaimed it last week. And DJ Khaled, Rihanna and Bryson Tiller and right where they were last week… No.2 with ‘Wild Thoughts’. Calvin Harris is up to No.3 with ‘Feels’, but it’s Dua Lipa making the big moves this week, bulleting from No.19 to No.9 with her new single ‘New Rules’. Maggie Lindemann’s ‘Pretty Girl’ tumbles from No.8 to No.17.
• There’s another new No.1 on the UK albums chart. Yes, Lana Del Rey may have premiered there last week with ‘Lust For Life’, but she’s been replaced by Arcade Fire and their new album ‘Everything Now’. Lana falls from No.1 to No.4, with Ed Sheeran and Rag ‘N’ Bone man in positions two and three. Passenger’s new long player ‘The Boy Who Cried Wolf’ enters the countdown at No.5, just ahead of a No.6 debut for the new Alice Cooper album ‘Paranormal’. As a result of the success of ‘New Rules’ over on the singles chart, Dua Lipa’s album surges (No.26 to No.11).
• Nope… no change this week either; ‘Despacito’ from Luis Fonsi, Daddy Yankee and Justin Bieber is STILL No.1 on the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart in the USA. Twelve weeks on the fly this week to boot; the rest of the top four also unchanged. Imagine Dragons bursts into the top five with their new single ‘Believer’, however, jumping from No.7 to No.5, while Charlie Puth’s ‘Attention’ edges from No.10 to No.9. A big move from former One Direction member Liam Payne and his debut solo effort ‘Strip That Down’, however, which leaps from No.25 to No.16.
• Luis Fonsi and co may still be flying high on the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart, but Jay-Z has lost his grip on the No.1 position on the Billboard 200 albums chart. Top spot this week has been taken over by Lana Del Rey, whose new album ‘Lust For Life’ debuts at No.1. In fact, it’s an entirely new top three this week, with Tyler The Creator claiming No.2 on debut with ‘Flower Boy’ and Meel Mill premiering at No.3 with ‘Wins And Losses’. Speaking of losses, the loss of Linkin Park lead singer Chester Bennington continues to impact the charts; Linkin Park’s ‘One More Light’ up from No.17 to No.4. Kendrick Lamar is down from No.2 to No.5, Jay-Z from No.1 to No.7. The ‘Descendants 2’ soundtrack is also new this week (No.6), more love for Linkin Park with ‘Hybrid Theory’ up from No.27 to No.8 and a debut at No.10 for Romeo Santos and his new album ‘Golden’. Linkin Park are also up from No.42 to No.11 with ‘Meteora’.
• So that’s your UK and US charts taken care of and another scintillating edition of The Purge wrapped. But before we go, a reminder that we’ll be back at 6pm AEST tonight with ARIA Chart Watch, our regular weekly look at the ARIA top 100s. And, obviously, the ticket on-sale dates for the following tours/shows;
MONDAY AUGUST 07 : Cashmere Cat (Nationally)
MONDAY AUGUST 07 : A Day On The Green (Nationally)
MONDAY AUGUST 07 : Alanis Morissette (Sydney, Melbourne)
MONDAY AUGUST 07 : This That Festival (Newcastle)
WEDNESDAY AUGUST 09 : Khalid (Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane)
WEDNESDAY AUGUST 09 : Katy Perry (Sydney, Melbourne, Perth)
THURSDAY AUGUST 10 : Muse (Sydney, Melbourne)
THURSDAY AUGUST 10 : RNB Fridays Live (Nationally)
FRIDAY AUGUST 11 : The Human League (East Coast)
FRIDAY AUGUST 11 : Midnight Oil (Melbourne)