Welcome to your Saturday morning edition of The Purge, with a fresh new Nick Jonas single to call your own. ‘Find You’ is the singer’s second only single of 2017 and finds him in fresh summery pop mode, no doubt spurred on by some of the other tracks emanating from Europe right now. It was serviced to Aussie media yesterday.
• Other songs that have been sent out to radio in the last couple of days include four remixes of Pink’s No.1 smash ‘What About Us’, the new Evanescence single ‘Imperfection’, Cut Copy’s newbie ‘Black Rainbows’ and ‘In Motion’, a fresh new collaboration between Allday and Japanese Wallpaper.
• Awesome news for Australia’s own Dean Lewis this week, with the acoustic version of his smash single ‘Waves’ being featured in the mid-season finale of the hit TV series ‘Suits’. The episode screened on Thursday night here in Australia and follows on from its use on both ‘Riverdale’ and ‘Shadow Hunters’. ‘Waves’ was recently certified double platinum locally, blasting through sales of more than 140,000 units.
• We’ve got a new UV Boi EP to call our own. Premiered yesterday, ‘Returned Alone’ comprises six new recordings, including his recent single ‘All I Want’ (featuring Villette), as well as another Villette recording in ‘Dark’. “‘Returned Alone’ is the sequel to ‘L-UV’, following the story of the search for love or an experience near to it,” UV Boi explains. “Was love found? Was someone left with a broken heart or maybe were both? Were things moving at different speeds? Was I ready? Did I ruin something that could have blossomed into something beautiful before it even started.” It’s out now.
• Norah Jones will release a special double disc edition of her classic album ‘Day Breaks’ on October 27. Also available as a limited edition silver foil-cover vinyl, the new version will include nine live editions, recored during album release shows last year.
• Is it really 25 years? Yes, yes it is. REM will release a 25th Anniversary edition of their seminal album ‘Automatic For The People’ on November 10. The album, which included the band’s classic hits ‘Man On The Moon’ and ‘Everybody Hurts’, will receive the full deluxe treatment; a four disc set including the original album, a 13 track live disc, a collection of demo recordings on a third disc and a Blu-Ray including some of the band’s most beloved music videos. It’s out November 20.
• Hiatus Kaiyote lead songstress Nai Palm will release her debut solo album ‘Needle Paw’ towards the end of next month. In announcing the release of the new LP yesterday, her label Sony also dropped new single ‘Homebody’, which is now available as a grat track with the album pre-order. You’ll discover ‘Needle Paw’ at your favourite retailer from October 20.
• Two music festivals have confirmed LA indie pop outfit Grouplove (pictured) as part of their line-ups early in the new year. First and foremost is the Mountain Sounds Festival in Kariong on the New South Wales Central Coast. The 2018 event will make itself at home in the Penang Gardens on February 16 and 17, with the full line-up reveal to follow on Tuesday this week. More details HERE.
• Also revealing Grouplove as their headline act for 2018 is Tasmanian music festival Party In The Paddock. They’re locked in to hit White Hills near Launceston on February 09 and 10; organisers already putting a limited run of first release tickets on sale. Hit www.pitp.com.au for more info.
• The Game’s forthcoming Australian dates as part of his ‘Westside Story’ world tour are off. The rapper was due to touch down for dates in all five main capitals within the next seven days, but he threw the tour into doubt, calling it “fake” in a recent post on social media. Local promoters are now exploring their legal options in light of the cancellation, while punters will receive full refunds.
• The pre-sale allocation for the 2018 Laneway Festivals across the country has now fully sold out, leaving punters with one option if they wish to be at one of the five events throughout early February… to purchase general public tickets. They go on sale at 9am local time this Monday, September 18.
• The guys from A Day On The Green have announced another monster line-up for early in 2018. The likes of The Living End, Spiderbait, Veruca Salt and The Lemonheads will play wineries across the country in February and March; the run kicking off at Bimbadgen in the New South Wales Hunter Valley on February 24. Tickets are on sale at 10am local time on Monday September 25.
• And Veruca Salt, who hit the big time with their single ‘Seether’ will play two headline shows while they’re on ground for the A Day On The Green appearances. They’ll hit the stages of the Metro Theatre in Sydney on March 01 and 170 Russell in Melbourne on March 09. Tickets are also on sale at 10am AEST on Monday September 25.
• Well there you are then… the power of UK vocalist Sam Smith is indeed strong enough to knock a resurgent Taylor Swift off the top of the UK singles chart. Sam’s new single ‘Too Good At Goodbyes’ premieres in the No.1 spot in the UK this week, sending Taylor’s single ‘Look What You Made Me Do’ falling (and to No.3, with Dua Lipa’s ‘New Rules’ maintaining its No.2 position). The new Zayn and Sia single also scores a top five UK debut, coming in at No.5. Pink is at No.4 with ‘What About Us’. Former Fifth Harmony stalwart Camila Cabello scores some top ten UK love for her latest single ‘Havana’, which edges from No.11 to No.10, while there’s a big jump (No.41 to No.16) for Logic’s ‘1-800-273-8255’.
• Over on the UK album chart, National are the cats who’ve got the cream this week, premiering in the No.1 spot with their latest long player ‘Sleep Well Beast’. There’s also a debut at No.2 for ‘Broken Machine’, the new album from Nothing But Thieves. Ed Sheeran, Rag N Bone Man and The Script make up the top five; the latter securing the No.1 spot on debut last week with their latest album ‘Freedom Child’. The No.6 position is also filled with a new entry this week. That’d be Neil Young’s ‘Hitchhiker’. Ditto positions seven and eight (Sparks’ ‘Hippopotamus’ and Waterboys ‘All Out Of This Blue’ respectively). Jack Savoretti’s ‘Sleep No More’ re-enters at a very respectable No.11, having previously peaked at No.6.
• She might have been knocked from top spot in the UK this week, but there’s no budging Taylor Swift from the top spot on the US singles chart. She still reigns supreme with her latest smash ‘Look What You Made Me Do’, with Cardi B’s ‘Bodak Yellow (Money Moves)’ edging from No.3 to No.2 at the expense of Luis Fonsi, Daddy Yankee and Justin Bieber’s ‘Despacito’. Taylor’s got her other new track ‘…Ready For It’ into a top five berth Stateside this week; it lands at No.4. Logic’s ‘1-800-273-8255’ continues to surge in the US as it has in the UK this week, improving from No.9 to No.5. And Demi Lovato has her eyes on the top ten; ‘Sorry Not Sorry’ shifting from No.18 to No.13.
• And this week’s Billboard 200 albums chart No.1 spot has been claimed by LCD Soundsystem and their new long player ‘American Dream’. It’s the band’s first ever No.1 album in the US, following on from the chart positions for 2007’s ‘Sound Of Silver’ (No.46) and 2010’s ‘This Is Happening’ (No.10). Lil Uzi Vert’s LP ‘Luv Is Rage 2′, which was No.1 last week, only slips to No.2 and is still in the top five alongside albums for XXXtentacion, Kendrick Lamar and Khalid. Imagine Dragons’ ‘Evolve’ surges into the top ten (No.12 to No.6), as does Logic’s ‘Everybody’, SZA’s ‘Ctrl’ and Ed Sheeran’s ‘Divide’.
• And that’s about your lot for this Saturday serve of The Purge. We will, however, be back with you at 6pm tonight with all the chart goss from a local perspective with our regular weekly ARIA Chart Watch.
MONDAY SEPTEMBER 18 : Laneway Festival (Nationally)
THURSDAY SEPTEMBER 21 : Jack Johnson (Sydney)
FRIDAY SEPTEMBER 22 : Foo Fighters (Nationally)
FRIDAY SEPTEMBER 22 : Human Nature (Yarra Valley)