• Welcome to edition #268 of The Purge. It’s your Saturday morning edition, which we’re kicking off this week with ‘Starlight’, the brand new single from British soul/pop songstress Emeli Sandé. Though Emeli only released her long-awaited sophomore album ‘Long Live The Angels’ in November last year, it was nowhere near as commercially successful as her critically acclaimed debut. So she’s seemingly moving swiftly along, dropping a fresh new single called ‘Starlight’. “Every now and then, some time away can give you the perspective you need to remind you what’s important,” Emeli explains. “I made this song for the pure love and the joy that it brought. ‘Starlight’ is a true reflection of where I am at in my life at the moment – making music that truly makes me happy and falling in love with it again.” ‘Starlight’ will also feature on a new Emeli Sandé EP called ‘Kingdom Coming’, which is set for release on November 03.
• Warner Music has serviced ‘Something Different’ by US five piece boyband Why Don’t We to Australian media. The track was released back in April as part of an EP of the same name, but it’s only now making its way to radio here. The band (Jonah Marais, Corbyn Besson, Daniel Seavey, Jack Avery and Zach Herron) is quickly making a name for itself online, enjoying almost 1.2 million subscribers on YouTube, 240,000 likes on Facebook and 1.8 million followers on Instagram. Their new ‘Invitation’ EP is due for release this Friday.
• Hot on the heels of their smash hit collaboration ‘All Night’, British outfit The Vamps have teamed up again with Norwegian producer ‘Staying Up’. “We always talked about doing another song together like a second chapter of the story,” Matoma explains. “And we came up with this fun idea ‘Staying Up’. For me it’s about not wanting the party to stop, and after an amazing summer in Europe that’s exactly how I’m feeling right now!”
• ‘We Came Here To Love’ is the new solo single and album from Il Divo star Sébastien Izambard. The latter comprises 11 new original recordings, each of which have been penned or co-penned by the singer. But he warns us that the material on this album will be altogether different from what fans of the classical foursome may expect. “This album is far from what anybody would expect from me,” Sébastien reveals. “I wanted to show a side of me that has nothing to do with Il Divo. I was a pop artist before, and it’s something I wanted to do and haven’t done in 20 years and now it’s the right time in my life for it.” ‘We Came Here To Love’ the single is out on September 29, with the album of the same name to follow on Friday November 03.
• The 2017 rework of Madison Avenue’s classic ‘Who The Hell Are You’ is also now doing the rounds at Australian media. Five new versions of the former No.1 smash are out and about, including a remix by the man behind the original, Andy Van. As of last weekend, the track was No.4 on the ARIA club chart.
• UK pop starlet Anne-Marie is back with a new tune. Produced by MNEK, Invisible Men and Nana Rogues, ‘Heavy’ follows on from the likes of her top ten solo smash ‘Alarm’, along with collaborations with Clean Bandit (‘Rockabye’) and our very own Illy (‘Catch 22’).
• Deluxe editions of the iconic ‘Saturday Night Fever’ soundtrack are incoming to celebrate its landmark 40th anniversary. The release features a swag of classic Bee Gees numbers, including ‘Stayin’ Alive’, ‘Night Fever’, ‘Jive Talkin’, ‘More Than A Woman’, ‘How Deep Is Your Love’ and ‘You Should Be Dancing’, along with Yvonne Elliman’s disco classic ‘If I Can’t Have You’ and many more. The super deluxe edition (pictured above) comprises two discs, two LPs and a Blu-Ray of the movie in an amazing box set. A simpler deluxe edition will also land alongside it on Friday November 17.
• Melbourne songstress Ecca Vandal has confirmed that her long-awaited self-titled debut album will be released in late October. Featuring latest single ‘Future Heroine‘, the LP is scheduled to land at retailers everywhere on October 20. And to celebrate, she’s hitting the road for a huge national tour. The roll across the country kicks off at the Fremantle Town Hall on November 03. Tickets are already on sale from her OFFICIAL WEBSITE.
• The Secret Garden Festival will be back, bigger than ever in 2018. Lock February 23 and 24 into your diary, as that’s when a top notch line-up of talent will be taking over a gorgeous location south-west of Sydney. A pre-sale kicks off at 9am this Tuesday, with general public tickets live from 9am AEST on Thursday September 28.
• George Thorogood & The Destroyers will be in Australia for a pair of shows in January. It’s only audiences in Sydney and Melbourne that will get to see the band perform on the local leg of their ‘Rock Party’ Tour. They’ll play Melbourne’s Forum Theatre on January 22 before zipping up to Sydney for a show at the Enmore on January 24. Fan club pre-sales kick off at 10am on September 25, Live Nation pre-sale from midday on September 26 and general public tickets from 10am on Wednesday September 27. Details HERE.
• Mia Dyson is headed out on a national tour in support of her just-released single ‘Gambling’. Along with festival appearances in Bathurst, Maitland and Queenscliff, she’ll play headline shows in Albury, Balnarring, Sydney, Newcastle, Adelaide, Brisbane, Eumundi, Brunswick Heads, Melbourne and Oakleigh from the start of November through to the middle of December. Tickets are on sale now from HERE.
• Cub Sport and Middle Kids will perform a series of half a dozen free co-headlining shows across the East Coast from late October. They’ll be playing the Towradgi Beach Hotel in Wollongong on October 21, Newcastle’s Cambridge Hotel on October 22, The Bucket List in Sydney on October 28, the Coolangatta Hotel on the Gold Coast on October 29, Tasman Way in Byron Bay on November 04 and a secret location on the Sunshine Coast on November 05. Head HERE for further information.
• UK vocalist Sam Smith maintains his No.1 advantage for a second successive week with his new single ‘Too Good At Goodbyes’, with fellow Brit Dua Lipa maintaining her No.2 position again with ‘New Rules’. Pink and Taylor Swift swap positions three and four (the former moving up to No.3), while the new Post Malone single ‘Rockstar’ makes quite the impact, debuting at No.5. Avicii and Rita Ora’s collaboration ‘Lonely Together’ leaps from No.21 to No.10, while Niall Horan’s ‘Too Much To Ask’ enters the countdown at No.24.
• ‘Sleep Well Beast’ from The National debuted at No.1 last week, but loses eight positions this week to find itself on the other end of the top ten. It’s been replaced in top spot by Foo Fighters’ new album ‘Concrete And Gold’, which debuts one spot higher than Gary Numan’s new long player ‘Savage (Songs From A Broken World)’. Ed Sheeran’s at three, The Script at four and Rag ‘N’ Bone Man at five. We’ve got a No.6 debut for Prophets Of Rage’s self-titled set and a re-entry right behind them for Sampha’s ‘Process’ (also a new peak).
• You know what they’re like in the US… they don’t like things changing too much. And the same can be said for the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart this week, which belongs to Taylor Swift’s ‘Look What You Made Me Do’ for a third successive week. Cardi B maintains her position at No.2 with ‘Bodak Yellow (Money Moves)’, while Logic’s ‘1-800-273-8255’ surges again, up from No.5 to No.3. Sam Smith scores his third US top five hit with his new single ‘Too Good At Goodbyes’, which premieres at a respectable No.5, while countryman and former One Directioner Niall Horan is on the move with ‘Slow Hands’ (No.15 to No.11). Though Taylor Swift is still flying high at No.1 Stateside, her other new single ‘…Ready For It?’ plunges from No.4 on debut to No.21.
• There’s a brand new No.1 on the Billboard 200 Albums chart, with Thomas Rhett claiming the spoils with his new album ‘Life Changes’. It’s actually an entirely new top three Stateside, with The National debuting at No.2 with ‘Sleep Well Beast’ and Odesza coming in at No.3 with ‘A Moment Apart’. And there’s a new No.5, with Jack Johnson’s ‘All The Light Above It Too’ also on debut. Dustin Lynch and Kip Moore join the top ten debut party, with ‘Current Mood’ and ‘Slowheart’ debuting in positions seven and ten respectively. Gregg Allman just misses the top ten, however, premiering in the No.11 spot with ‘Southern Blood’. The news isn’t so great for LCD Soundsystem, however; their album ‘American Dream’ debuted at No.1 last week. It’s plummeted to No.56 in week two.
• And that’s another Saturday edition of The Purge wrapped for you. And again, join us at 6pm on the East Coast for our weekly ARIA Chart Watch, a scintillating gaze into the ARIA top 100 singles and albums charts.
MONDAY SEPTEMBER 25 : A Day On The Green (Nationally)
MONDAY SEPTEMBER 25 : Veruca Salt (Sydney, Melbourne)
WEDNESDAY SEPTEMBER 27 : George Thorogood & The Destroyers (Sydney, Melbourne)
THURSDAY SEPTEMBER 28 : Mountain Sounds Festival (Kariong)
THURSDAY SEPTEMBER 28 : Secret Garden Festival (NSW)