• Welcome to your weekend edition of The Purge and welcome to a new single from Rita Ora. ‘Anywhere’ was released to digital retailers across the planet yesterday, around the same time that it was being delivered to media outlets. The success of her previous single ‘Your Song’ (which is certified double platinum in Australia) has paved the way for future success. She’s also popped up on a new Avicii single called ‘Lonely Together’, which was also delivered to Australian media yesterday.
• Also making their way to radio networks across the country late this week were Liam Payne’s ‘Bedroom Floor’, Jai Waetford’s ‘Girl With A Suntan’, the new Naughty Boy/Joe Jonas collaboration ‘One Chance To Dance’ and the cool new Tiesto remix of Pink’s former No.1 smash ‘What About Us’.
• Daya is also back with some new music. The 18 year old US songstress hit the top ten down under with her breakout smash ‘Hide Away’ and achieved further success elsewhere with ‘Sit Still, Look Pretty’. She was also the vocalist for The Chainsmokers on their hit single ‘Don’t Let Me Down’. Now she’s back with ‘New’, her first new music in almost 12 months. Check it out HERE.
• UK teenage performer YungBlud will be in Australia next month for a whirlwind promotional visit. Details are a little scarce at the moment, but his label Universal tells us that he’ll be here from November 13 for the first time ever and will perform live for audiences at a secret show in Sydney.
• Aunty Meredith has revealed a roll-call of top name talent who’ll take to the stage at the Meredith Supernatural Amphitheatre on March 10, 11 and 12 next year. The Avalanches are in, as too are The Preatures, Kamasi Washington, Grizzly Bear, King Krule, Waterfall Person, The Black Angels, Jen Cloher and more. The ticket ballot is open until 10pm this Tuesday.
• In other festival news this week, the Blue Mountains Music Festival Of Folk, Roots and Blues will be back on March 16, 17 and 18 and it’s coming back with a line-up that includes Missy Higgins, Kate Miller-Heidke, Archie Roach, Paul Grabowsky and the Grigoryan Brothers. Early bird tickets are on sale now from www.bmff.org.au.
• The line-up has arrived for Party In The Paddock, which will take over White Hills in Tasmania from February 08 to 10. And it’s a pretty impressive one to boot; Gang Of Youths, Grouplove, The Avalanches, Meg Mac, Client Liaison, The Preatures, Tkay Maidza, Holy Holy, Tired Lion, Ball Park Music and many more. Tickets are on sale from 8am AEDT this Tuesday, October 24 from HERE.
• And more acts have been added to the Falls Festival line-up in Marion Bay, Tasmania. In addition to the already impressive line-up (which includes Flume, Peking Duk, Liam Gallagher, Fleet Foxes, Run The Jewels, Foster The People, Daryl Braiwtwaite etc etc), new additions are Grinspoon, San Cisco, Nina Las Vegas, Waax, Maddy Jane, The Teskey Brothers and Press Club. With Lorne and Byron Bay already sold out, tickets are only left for the Marion Bay and Fremantle events.
• 22 year old rapper Joey Bada$$ will tour Australia in January. Frontier Touring has announced that the performer, famous for his hits ‘Temptation’ and ‘Devastated’, will play headline shows in Sydney, Brisbane and Perth in addition his previously-announced appearance at Melbourne’s Sugar Mountain Festival. He’ll be at Eatons Hill Hotel in Brisbane on January 13, Metro City in Perth on January 16 and the Enmore Theatre in Sydney on January 18 before heading to the Victorian capital for the January 20 festival. Pre-sales for the headline dates are go from 11am AEDT on Tuesday October 24 before general public tickets go live at 10am local time on Thursday October 26.
• Rock and roll legend Gene Simmons is coming to Australia for a series of concerts in February next year; his first ever without the support of his Kiss bandmates. He’s going to play the AEC Theatre in Adelaide on February 01, the Enmore Theatre in Sydney on February 02, Margaret Court Arena in Melbourne on February 03 and The Tivoli in Brisbane on February 06. Tickets are on sale from midday this Wednesday, October 25.
• Ball Park Music are following up the release of their latest single ‘Exactly How You Are’ by heading out on the road in February in support of it. It’ll be the band’s first nation-wide trek in two years and will take in dates in all five capital cities; The Tivoli in Brisbane on Feb 23, The Zoo in Brisbane on Feb 24, Governor Hindmarsh in Adelaide on Mar 01, Forum Theatre in Melbourne on Mar 02, Badlands Carpark in Perth on Mar 04 and the Enmore Theatre in Sydney on March 09. Tickets are on sale now.
• It’s an unusual week on the UK singles chart, with the entire top three (Post Malone, Camila Cabello and Sam Smith respectively) remaining unmoved. But there is movement elsewhere. Avicii and Rita Ora’s ‘Lonely Together’, for example, shifts from No.5 to No.4 and the Little Mix/CNCO collaboration ‘Reggaeton Lento’ improves from No.7 to No.5. Also on the way up are Marshmello and Khalid’s ‘Silence’ (No.17 to No.9) and Mabel and Kojo Funds’ ‘Finders Keepers’ (No.19 to No.10). Dua Lipa’s ‘New Rules’, however, takes a tumble from the top ten, dropping 12 to No.16.
• It’s pretty much guaranteed that Pink will debut at No.1 on tonight’s ARIA albums chart and possibly with a decent certification alongside it. But that success isn’t always guaranteed for the US superstar in the UK, where only her 2008 album ‘Funhouse’ has made the No.1 position. ‘Funhouse’ now has a No.1 UK companion, however, with ‘Beautiful Trauma’ premiering at No.1 on this week’s UK albums chart. There wasn’t a massive amount of competition really; Liam Gallagher’s album down from No.1 to No.2, a No.3 debut for Robert Plant’s ‘Carry Fire’ and a No.5 entry for the new Beck LP ‘Colors’. St Vincent’s ‘Masseduction’ premieres at No.6, while the George Michael best-of ‘Ladies And Gentlemen’ re-enters the countdown at No.9 as the buzz surround the deluxe re-release of ‘Listen Without Prejudice’ grows. Our very own Courtney Barnett just misses out on a top ten placing, debuting at No.11 with her Kurt Vile collaboration ‘Lotta Sea Lice’.
• Cardi’s out in the cold this week; the US performer’s single ‘Bodak Yellow (Money Moves)’ giving away to Post Malone’s global smash ‘Rockstar’, which swaps places to claim No.1 on the US Hot 100 singles chart. Logic’s ‘1-800-273-8255’ is up to No.3, joined in the top five by Taylor Swift and Portugal The Man. Sam Smith’s new single ‘Too Good At Goodbyes’ finally makes its move into the US top ten, jumping from No.13 to No.7. Charlie Puth’s ‘Attention’ regains some ground from No.15 to No.12, while Lin Manuel-Miranda scores a No.20 debut with ‘Almost Like Praying’.
• Over on the Billboard 200 album chart, NF’s ‘Perception’ claims the No.1 position on debut (wonder whether he saw perceived that happening?). Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers are steady at No.2, while Lil Pump’s self-titled set premieres in the No.3 spot. Post Malone’s ‘Stoney’ is up from No.5 to No.4 and is followed up the chart by Kane Brown’s self-titled album, which bullets from No.56 to No.5. The new Marilyn Manson album ‘Heaven Upside Down’ enters the top ten at a respectable No.8. The new August Burns Red album ‘Phantom Anthem’ also cracks the top 20 on debut, albeit just (No.19).
• That would be the end of another bulging Saturday edition of The Purge. But just like clockwork, we’ll be swinging back through at 6pm AEDT tonight with our regular weekly ARIA Chart Watch. It’s a wrap of the Aussie top 100s. And it’s almost here.
MONDAY OCTOBER 23 : Jimmy Barnes (Nationally)
MONDAY OCTOBER 23 : Mariah Carey (Nationally)
MONDAY OCTOBER 23 : Lana Del Rey (Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane)
MONDAY OCTOBER 23 : Storm Festival (Parramatta)
TUESDAY OCTOBER 24 : Party In The Paddock (Tasmania)
TUESDAY OCTOBER 24 : Zoo Twilights (Melbourne)
WEDNESDAY OCTOBER 25 : Gene Simmons (Nationally)
THURSDAY OCTOBER 26 : Joey Bada$$ (Sydney, Brisbane, Perth)