• Hello and welcome to your Saturday edition of The Purge and also to quite possibly our favourite named pop song of the year – nay the decade. Yes, Swedish pop star Tove Lo has dropped a new single called ‘Disco Tits’; the first track lifted from her forthcoming album ‘Blue Lips (Lady Wood Phase II)’ that her label Universal says we should be seeing before the year’s out. The song is a collaboration with her pals The Struts, who previously lent their talents to the likes of ‘Cool Girl’, ‘Talking Body’ and ‘Habits (Stay High)’.
• More new music is on the way for gorgeous US songstress St Vincent. ‘Masseduction’ is due to land with us in the middle of next month, giving us our first taste of new stuff since she dropped her self-titled LP back in 2014. It’s been co-produced alongside Fun’s Jack Antonoff in New York and it’s set to be overflowing with guitar, piano, synths, strings and drum beats. New single ‘Los Ageless’ has landed ahead of the LP’s release on Friday October 13.
• The lid was lifted on a new George Michael track yesterday. Not really new, per se. Moreover a remix of one of his earlier songs by legendary producer Nile Rodgers. The track was recorded back in the ’80s for his landmark album ‘Listen Without Prejudice Vol.1’ but never saw the light of day. Now it’s been given a slightly more “funked-up” reworking, courtesy of Nile Rodgers and will feature on the upcoming ‘Listen Without Prejudice/MTV Unplugged’ album, due on October 20.
• In last weekend’s edition of The Purge it was the NRL Grand Final confirming their pre-game entertainment (that would be Macklemore for the slow ones). In this weekend’s edition, however, it’s the AFL’s turn, confirming that The Killers will perform for audiences at the MCG on Grand Final Day, Saturday September 30. “People of the great country of Australia – let us inject our American rock and roll tunes into your sporting event, please! AFL here we come,” the band said in a statement. It’s the perfect stage on which to promote the release of their new album ‘Wonderful Wonderful’, which drops at retailers everywhere just eight days prior. Not only will the band perform before the big game, but they’ll also feature as part of the free Virgin Australia Premiership Party post-game.
• Foo Fighters will be back in Australia early in the new year for stadium dates in all five main capital cities. The local leg of the ‘Concrete And Gold’ world tour kicks off at NIB Stadium in Perth on Saturday January 20, before the band swings by Adelaide (Coopers Stadium on January 23), Brisbane (Suncorp Stadium on January 25), Sydney (ANZ Stadium on January 27) and Melbourne (Etihad Stadium on January 30). Pre-order the band’s album at JB Hifi before this Thursday and you’ll get access to a special pre-sale which kicks off on Tuesday September 19. Frontier members also get access to a pre-sale from the same day. General public tickets are live on Friday September 22, albeit at differing times; midday AEST for Melbourne, 1pm AEST for Sydney, midday WST for Perth, 3pm AEST for Brisbane and 4pm CST for Adelaide.
• Taylor Swift didn’t quite have the superstar clout to knock herself off the top spot on the UK singles chart. ‘Ready For It?’, the track she dropped last week, premieres in the No.7 position in the UK, a long way off her new single proper ‘Look What You Made Me Do’, which maintains its No.1 holding for a second week. J Balvin and Willy William’s ‘Mi Gente’ is now a top five hit in Ol’ Blighty (No.9 to No.5), clearly spurred on by the previous success of ‘Despacito’. Speaking of… CNCO and Little Mix’s track ‘Reggaeton Lento’ (remix) is also higher (No.7 to No.6). Demi Lovato is into the top ten with ‘Sorry Not Sorry’ and Camila Cabello looks like she’ll join her there this time next week; ‘Havana’ up from No.24 to No.11.
• There’s still plenty of love for The Script over on the UK albums chart. This week, the boys premiere at No.1 with their fifth long player ‘Freedom Child’. It’s the fourth time they’ve topped the UK album chart (only 2012’s ‘#3’ missed out). Ed Sheeran maintains the No.2 spot, with two more top five debuts following; LCD Soundsystem’s ‘American Dream’ at No.3 and OMD’s ‘The Punishment Of Luxury’ at No.4. Queens Of The Stone Age’s ‘Villain’ drops from No.1 to No.5 ahead of two more top ten debuts. Mogwai premieres in the No.6 spot with ‘Every Country’s Sun’ and Jake Bugg’s latest long player ‘Hearts That Strain’ is new at No.7.
• Get out of town! Luis Fonsi, Daddy Yankee and Justin Bieber have FINALLY been knocked from their perch on the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart. As mentioned last week, had they maintained their position this week they’d have broken a 59 year chart record for the longest run at No.1 Stateside. But the No.1 mantle has fallen to Taylor and her new single ‘Look What You Made Me Do’, which rockets from No.77 to No.1. Also making its way bullishly into the top ten this week is Logic’s single ‘1-800-273-8255’, which leaps from No.29 to No.9.
• The battle was on over on the Billboard 200 albums chart this week, with both XXXtentacion and Lil Uzi Vert battling for the No.1 position and with multiple songs each premiering over on the singles top 100. But it’s the latter who takes home the spoils; Vert’s album ‘Luv Is Rage 2′ debuting in the No.1 position ahead of XXXtentacion’s ’17’, which lands at No.2. It’s an all-new top four this week, with the new Queens Of The Stone Age album ‘Villains’ lobbing at No.3 and the new self-titled Fifth Harmony album premiering in the No.4 position (their second No.4 debut to date). A$AP Mob’s ‘Cozy Tapes, Vol. 2 : Too Cozy’ enters the top 200 at No.6, with further top ten debuts for Old Dominion (‘Happy Endings’ at No.7) and The War On Drugs (‘A Deeper Understanding’ at No.10).
• And, apart from the ticketing details below that’s your lot for another Saturday serve of The Purge. But, of course, we’ll be back shining brightly with our regular weekly ARIA Chart Watch tonight from 6pm on the East Coast. We look forward to your company then.
MONDAY SEPTEMBER 11 : James Blunt (Nationally)
MONDAY SEPTEMBER 11 : Jack Johnson (Nationally)
MONDAY SEPTEMBER 11 : Ed Sheeran (Perth)
THURSDAY SEPTEMBER 14 : Niall Horan (Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane)
FRIDAY SEPTEMBER 15 : Drake (Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane)
FRIDAY SEPTEMBER 22 : Foo Fighters (Nationally)