• Welcome to your midweek serve of The Purge! Former Gold Coast native Cody Simpson continues to grow up right before our eyes. He was just 13 years old when he dropped his debut single ‘iYiYi’ back in 2010, but he’s all grown up and has just dropped his new ‘Wave One’ EP, featuring his band The Tide. Lyrically it deals with a range of issues; “‘Waiting For The Tide’ began as a poem that I wrote about the sea level rise and humanity’s attitude towards environmental issues,” he reveals. “‘Tell Me Why’ is really the most vulnerable I’ve ever been, and ‘Ramona’ hinges on this really crazy transition. Every song speaks to a different side of who I am.” The four tracker is out now.
• German producer Felix Jaehn has confirmed that his debut album, simply titled ‘I’, will be released in February. He first piqued our interest back in 2015 with a cover of ‘Ain’t Nobody (Loves Me Better)’ and went on to achieve further success with his remix of OMI’s ‘Cheerleader’. The 22 year old’s latest single, ‘Like A Riddle’, was released on Friday and signals the beginning of the album release campaign. Look for ‘I’ landing on Friday February 16.
• Following on from yesterday’s ARIA nominations event, Aussie dance outfit Pnau (who are nominated in the Single Of The Year and Best Dance Release categories) confirmed that the track they’re nominated for – ‘Chameleon’ – has now been certified triple platinum for sales in excess of 210,000 units. The band’s new album ‘Changa’ will drop on November 10.
• Sydney-based fans of Migos might want to get their butts down to The Old Growler in Wooloomooloo tomorrow, with an exclusive pop-up store entitled ‘Dirty South Australia’. The one-day-only pop-up will feature exclusive merchandise, being released to coincide with the band’s Australian visit. Fans in other cities won’t miss out, however, with limited stocks of the merchandise dropping into Sneakerboy locations in Sydney, Melbourne and the Gold Coast, Lessons in Perth and via the Migos online store. The Migos pop-up store pops up at The Old Growler tomorrow from 11am to 6pm.
• Bec Sandridge has returned with a new single entitled ‘I’ll Never Want A BF’. And according to Bec herself, the clue to its lyrical content is right there in the title. “I’ll never want a boyfriend,” she admits. “Without a doubt this is the most autobiographical song I’ve ever written. My ,um gave my number to a customer (a grandfather) to give to his grand son, when I had a girlfriend. It was pretty delegitimising. Sorry mum (I love you).”
• Good news for fans of The Rolling Stones, with Universal Music confirming that they’ll release a new album called ‘The Rolling Stones – On Air’ in early December. The new LP comprises a selection of “rarely heard” songs from the band’s formative years. Eight of the songs have never been recorded or released commercially. ‘On Air’ will drop on CD, deluxe CD, vinyl, and limited edition colour vinyl versions, as well as digitally. It’s out on Friday December 01.
• Dizzee Rascal will be here in Australia in the middle of February for shows in Sydney, Melbourne and Perth. He’s on the ground down under for a headline appearance the Perth International Arts Festival on February 17 before making the trip east for a show at the Forum Theatre in Melbourne on February 20 and another at the Enmore in Sydney on February 21. Handsome Tours members get access to a pre-sale from tomorrow morning at 9am AEDT before general public tickets go live from 10am AEDT on Friday, October 13.
• Massive news for the team at CMC Rocks Queensland, with confirmation that the 2018 event has officially sold out. Tickets went on sale at 9am AEST on Monday morning, but were all gone within an hour of being available. “To sell out in less than an hour is an amazing testament to the growth of the country music genre in Australia,” Promoter Michael Chugg said in a statement. “We are all very proud, and are looking forward to our eleventh year, and the most amazing line-up yet.” The 2018 edition of CMC Rocks Queensland takes over Willowbank in Ipswich from March 15 to 18.
• And 11 years after the release of their debut album, The Audreys are set to revisit it on a live tour across the East Coast next month. The run of shows kicks off on Saturday November 04 at The Milk Factory in Brisbane and slowly meander its way southwards before wrapping up in St Kilda in Melbourne on Saturday November 25. Tickets are on sale now.
WEDNESDAY OCTOBER 11 : The Pretenders (Melbourne, Canberra)
THURSDAY OCTOBER 12 : Pitch Music & Arts Festival (Mafeking)
FRIDAY OCTOBER 13 : Dizzee Rascal (Sydney, Melbourne, Perth)
FRIDAY OCTOBER 13 : Thursday (Nationally)
MONDAY OCTOBER 16 : Grinspoon (Gold Coast)
MONDAY OCTOBER 16 : Sam Smith (Sydney)