• Welcome to your Grand Final weekend edition of The Purge. And we’re kicking it off today with the announcement of the 2017 ARIA Awards Nominations event. It’s set to take place on the morning of Tuesday October 10 at the Art Gallery Of New South Wales. The winners of Producer Of The Year, Engineer Of The Year, Best Cover Art, Best Comedy Release, Best Classical Album, Best Jazz Album, Best Original Soundtrack/Cast/Show Album and Best World Music Album will be announced on the day, while the nominees will be unveiled in the remaining categories for this year’s ARIA Awards. The 2017 ARIA Awards ceremony is locked down for Tuesday November 28.
• New music this week for Newcastle native Just A Gent in the form of his new single ‘Hold’, a collaboration with Sydney performer Thief. “It was a really cool experience working with Thief,” JAG explains. “I got to go to his home studio and we knocked out the original idea forever ago and it was cool to go back in on that track and polish it up to be one of my favourite tracks I have finished ever.” Just A Gent will play the support role on the upcoming San Holo tour across the country, which kicks off at Howler in Melbourne on October 12.
• Ne-Yo has returned with new music. An ode to falling in love, the song is simply titled ‘Another Love Song’ and was co-penned and produced by Dr Luke and Cirkut. The track was serviced to Australian media yesterday.
• The new Macklemore single is the Kesha-featuring ‘Good Old Days’ and it’s been serviced to Australian media as the latest track to be lifted from his new album ‘Gemini’. The performer is in the country this weekend for his NRL Grand Final performance, a performance which will include his former No.1 smash ‘Same Love’. It’s that very song that’s caused a ruckus this week, after former Prime Minister Tony Abbott suggested that it shouldn’t be played at the Grand Final, given its pro marriage equality message. Naturally, the NRL backs marriage equality and Macklemore himself has shrugged off the controversy. Subsequently people have been purchasing the song en masse, sending the single to No.1 on iTunes.
• Banks is back with a new single. Premiered in the UK late this week, ‘Underdog’ isn’t featured on the US singer’s 2016 album ‘The Altar’, but gives audiences a sweet new taster of what else she’s got in her bag of tricks moving forward.
• Golden Plains will be back at the Meredith Supernatural Amphitheatre in 2018; organisers confirming that the 12th edition of the popular event will take place on March 10, 11 and 12. Punters have until 10pm on Monday October 16 to get themselves in the ticket ballot by heading HERE. The line-up is coming soon.
• Before we get to the US chart wrap (that’s below), a little spoiler; Cardi B has claimed the No.1 spot on the Hot 100 singles chart with her smash hit ‘Bodak Yellow (Money Moves)’, just days after it smashed through the million mark in that market. But she’s broken a long-standing record by making No.1… she’s the first female rapper to claim the position since Lauryn Hill’s ‘Doo Whop (That Thing)’ way back in 1998. Locally, the single is currently sitting at No.61, but we’ll update that position for you as part of ARIA Chart Watch tonight at 6pm.
• Good news for Liam Gallagher, with his recently announced Falls Festival sideshows in Sydney and Melbourne selling extremely well. So well, in fact, that they’ve sold out and organisers have now upgraded the venues in both cities. The Sydney gig has shifted from the Enmore Theatre to the larger Hordern Pavilion, with extra tickets on sale now. The Melbourne gig has moved from the Forum Theatre to the larger Festival Hall, with extra tickets for that show on sale this Tuesday.
• UK outfit Nothing But Thieves will be in Australia later this year, confirming a trio of headline shows across the East Coast in support of their recently-released album ‘Broken Machine’. The band is set to play The Brightside in Brisbane on December 13, the Corner Hotel in Melbourne on December 14 and the Factory Theatre in Sydney on December 15. Tickets for all three dates are already on sale.
• That’s now three weeks in the No.1 position for UK soul/pop singer Sam Smith and his new single ‘Too Good At Goodbyes’, though his tenure in the top position may be coming to an end, if the march by Post Malone’s ‘Rockstar’ is anything to go by. It debuted at No.5 last week and solidifies its position this week by soaring to No.2. Camila Cabello is into the top five with ‘Havana’ (No.7 to No.4), as are Little Mix and CNCO with ‘Reggaeton Lento’ (No.6 to No.5).
• Wonderful wonderful news for The Killers this week, with confirmation that their new album ‘Wonderful Wonderful’ has debuted at No.1 on the UK albums chart. The Foo Fighters, who debuted at No.1 last week with ‘Concrete And Gold’, are down to No.2, Ed Sheeran’s at No.3, while the Nos.4 and 5 positions are taken up by new entries; Van Morrison’s ‘Roll With The Punches’ at No.4, Enter Shikari’s ‘The Spark’ at No.5. Black Country Communion takes over the No.7 position on debut with ‘BCCIV’ and Horrors’ new LP ‘V’ is a new entry in position VIII. Missing the top ten on entry this week are Reverend & The Makers’ ‘Death Of A King’ (11), Macklemore’s ‘Gemini’ (13) and Marc Almond’s ‘Shadows And Reflections’ (14).
• As mentioned above, it’s a big week for Cardi B in the US, who hits No.1 on the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart with her track ‘Bodak Yellow (Money Moves)’ and becomes the first female rapper in 19 years to do so. But how long will she wear the crown? Post Malone premieres with a bang in the No.2 spot with his new groove ‘Rockstar’, with Taylor Swift falling to No.3. Yo Gotti’s ‘Rake It Up’ is lapping up some top ten attention (No.16 to No.8), while Portugal The Man hits the US top ten with ‘Feel It Still’ (No.14 to No.10). And though his single ‘Too Good At Goodbyes’ achieves the greatest gain in airplay this week, Sam Smith’s latest is down 11 from last week’s No.5 debut.
• The Billboard 200 albums chart this week is all about ‘Concrete And Gold’, the new album from Foo Fighters, which claims the No.1 position on debut. Lil Uzi Vert’s long player is up from No.4 to No.2, with Thomas Rhett’s ‘Life Changes’ down from one to three. There are two other top ten entries in the UK this week… BTS’s ‘Love Yourself : Her’ at No.7 and Big & Rich’s ‘Did It For The Party’ at No.9.
• And yes, we’ll be back tonight with another edition of ARIA Chart Watch, our weekly look at the ARIA top 100s. Just a reminder, however, that things will change slightly next week as daylight savings kicks in. Don’t forget that your clocks should be put forward one hour tonight before you hit the hay.
TUESDAY OCTOBER 03 : Liam Gallagher (Melbourne)
TUESDAY OCTOBER 03 : The Killers (Nationally)
TUESDAY OCTOBER 03 : RNB Fridays Live After Parties (Nationally)
FRIDAY OCTOBER 06 : Porchland (Adelaide)