• Welcome to edition #272 of The Purge. And we’re kicking your weekend edition off with news of ‘Numb’, the latest single from hot-as Sydney producer Hayden James. On this latest single, he’s teamed up with fellow Sydney-sider Graace and the result is another stunning piece of home-grown electronic pop. It’s seriously worth a few moments of your weekend, so take a listen HERE.
• Speaking of hot producers, Brisbane’s Young Franco also has a new groove doing the rounds. Released yesterday, the local superstar’s new single is called ‘About This Thing’, which includes a guest vocal appearance from UK vocalist Scrufizzer and has been described as “an energetic concoction of house, grime and Franco’s signature drum beats”. We’ve been told to expect a new EP early in the new year, but for the time being, enjoy ‘About This Thing‘.
• We have another new P!nk track to call our own ahead of the release of her No.1 album (how’s that for foresight!?) ‘Beautiful Trauma’ next week. We’ve already had the No.1 smash ‘What About Us?’ and the album’s title track. Now ‘Whatever You Want’ has dropped digitally and has been serviced to Australian media in the hope of scoring more airplay points ahead of the album’s release this Friday.
• You might not be able to attend the event physically, but ARIA will stream its nominations event this Tuesday live on their Facebook, Twitter and Youtube accounts. Kicking off at 10am AEDT on Tuesday and hosted by Channel 9’s Richard Wilkins, the event will also be streamed live on 9NOW.
• The classic INXS album ‘Kick’ is set for a deluxe re-issue next month to coincide with its landmark 30th anniversary. To be released in Dolby Atmos, the new version will comprise the original album fully remastered, a second disc of demos, mixes, live tracks and more and a third disc of additional remixes and b-sides. But if that’s still not enough to whet your whistle, there’s also a Blu-Ray comprising the Dolby Atmos audio mix, along with the promo videos for some of the band’s biggest hits including ‘New Sensation’, ‘Need You Tonight’ and ‘Never Tear Us Apart’. It’ll land at retailers on Friday November 03.
• US rapper Yelawolf will release his new album ‘Trial By Fire’ on October 27. The performer confirmed the news yesterday at the same time as the video for his latest single ‘Punk’ (which features Travis Barker and Juicy J) was hitting YouTube/Vevo.
• Though details are scant at the moment, pop diva Mariah Carey has confirmed via her social media platforms that she’ll be back in Australia and New Zealand in February next year. Though specifics haven’t been made public just yet, she revealed that she’s bringing her ‘#1s’ tour to us, playing all the hits that have made her a global superstar. Further details are expected in the next couple of weeks.
• Good news for fans of Aussie pop superstar Sia yesterday, with release of new seated tickets for her upcoming stadium dates in Sydney and Melbourne. She’s supported at both shows by Charli XCX, MØ and Amy Shark and will be joined on stage by her ridiculously talented serial collaborator Maddie Ziegler. Sia plays Melbourne’s AAMI Park on November 30 and Sydney’s Allianz Stadium on December 02. New tickets are on sale now.
• Touch Sensitive is following up the release of his debut album ‘Visions’ by taking it on the road later this year. Kicking off at The TBC Club in Brisbane on December 08, the tour is set to make stops in Adelaide, Sydney, Melbourne, Geelong, Perth, Newcastle, Sydney (again) and Wollongong before he wraps his touring commitments with festival appearances in Byron Bay and Kariong. Tickets are on sale now.
• It’s been almost 20 years since Billy Ray Cyrus (father of Miley and Noah) last play headline shows in Australia. But the wait is almost over, with confirmation of three gigs on Australia’s East Coast early next year. In addition to his appearance at the new Crossroads In The Vines event in the NSW Hunter Valley on March 24, Billy Ray will now also play The Palms At Crown in Melbourne on March 22 and Brisbane’s Sandstone Point Hotel on March 25. Tickets for all are on sale now.
• Speaking of country music, the first artist reveal is in for the 2018 CMC Rocks Queensland event. And it’s a cracker. Luke Bryan, Darius Tucker and Kelsea Ballerini, all from the US, are the first headliners confirmed, but they’ll be joined by a cavalcade of top country talent including Luke Combs, Old Dominion, Dustin Lynch, Travis Collins, The Sunny Cowgirls, Casey Barnes, Missy Lancaster and many more. Next year’s edition takes over Willowbank in Ipswich from March 15 to 18. General public tickets are on sale from 9am Queensland time this Monday, October 09.
• The End Of The Line music festival is coming to Woolloongabba in Brisbane on November 04. The all-ages event will feature Waax, Jeremy Neale, Terry Flowertruck, Slow Dancer and Loose Tooth as part of its line-up and entry is free. It’s all happening from 2pm on Saturday November 04 in Jurgens Street. Details HERE.
• After three weeks on top, Sam Smith reign in the No.1 spot on the UK singles chart is over. ‘Too Good At Goodbyes’ relinquishes its hold this week, succumbing to Post Malone’s ‘Rockstar’. That song, which debuted at No.5 two weeks ago, leapt to No.2 last week and is now flying high in the No.1 position. Camila Cabello edges higher, so too Avicii and Rita Ora. And into the top ten this week are Logic’s ‘1-800-273-8255’ (No.12 to No.9) and Yungen ftg. YXNG Bane’s ‘Bestie’ (No.13 to No.10). Chris & Kem’s ‘Little Bit Leave It’ scores the week’s highest UK chart debut at No.15.
• She’s kept us waiting 15 years for a new album, but it seems there’s been no dulling the love for country crossover star Shania Twain, whose new album ‘Now’ premieres at No.1 on the UK albums chart. Wolf Alice make it two twos in a row with their second album; ‘Visions Of A Life’ premiering in the No.2 position. Dave Gilmour’s ‘Live At Pompeii’ is another new entry in the No.3 spot and a No.5 debut for Demi Lovato’s ‘Tell Me You Love Me’ makes it 80% of this week’s UK top five made up of new entries. More new entries tail the top ten too; Miley Cyrus’ ‘Younger Now’ at No.8, Michael Jackson’s ‘Scream’ at No.9 and the new Feeder best-of at No.10. Albums by Chris Rea and Benny Andersson premiere in positions 11 and 12 respectively, while the Tom Petty greatest hits package re-enters at No.14 after his untimely death during the week.
• Cardi B cracked the big time in the US last week; her single ‘Bodak Yellow (Money Moves)’ ascending to the No.1 position. And it’s there again for the second successive week, managing to hold off Post Malone’s ‘Rockstar’, which is steady at No.2. In fact the entire top six in the US is steady this week, with a further improvement for Portugal The man’s ‘Feel It Still’ (No.10 to No.7) and a leap into the top ten for the new Demi Lovato single ‘Sorry Not Sorry’ (No.15 to No.10). Imagine Dragons’ ‘Thunder’ rumbles up the chart, improving from No.30 to No.17.
• They mightn’t have been in the country for a lot of last week (they were here for a performance at the AFL Grand Final), but The Killers’ new album ‘Wonderful Wonderful’ manages a big No.1 debut on the Billboard 200 albums chart. Staggeringly, it’s the band’s first ever No.1 album; their 2006 album ‘Sam’s Town’ their previous best with a No.2 peak. Ironically, Macklemore, who was also in Australia, performing at the NRL Grand Final, manages a No.2 debut with ‘Gemini’. Lil Uzi Vert’s down to No.3, Kevin Gates’ ‘By Any Means 2’ rockets from No.100 to a new peak of No.4 and there’s a No.5 debut from Jhene Aiko’s ‘Trip’. Lecrae just misses the top ten on debut, premiering at No.11 with his new long player ‘All Things Work Together’. ‘Concrete And Gold’, the new album from Foo Fighters, drops from a No.1 debut to No.17.
• That’s your lot for another jam-packed edition of The Purge, but we’ll be back as always at 6pm on the East Coast with our regular weekly look at the Australian top 100 charts. ARIA Chart Watch is back at six. But do remember, it’s now 6pm daylight savings time.
MONDAY OCTOBER 09 : CMC Rocks Queensland (Ipswich)
MONDAY OCTOBER 09 : Evanescence (Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane)
MONDAY OCTOBER 09 : Colin Hay (East Coast)
TUESDAY OCTOBER 10 : The Church (Nationally)
TUESDAY OCTOBER 10 : Macklemore (Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane)
WEDNESDAY OCTOBER 11 : The Pretenders (Melbourne, Canberra)
THURSDAY OCTOBER 12 : Pitch Music & Arts Festival (Mafeking)