• Welcome to your Saturday edition of The Purge, which we’re kicking off this week with a new fundraising single from some of Sony Music Australia’s biggest stars. 29 of the label’s performers have come together to cover The Beatles’ classic ‘With A Little Help From My Friends’, with proceeds going to the Sony Foundation to support vulnerable young people. The track features local pop stars Delta Goodrem, Dami Im, Jessica Mauboy, Cyrus, Samantha Jade, Isaiah, Guy Sebastian, Human Nature Jai Waetford, Bielfield, Natalie Bassingthwaighte, Anthony Callea, Justice Crew, Johnny Ruffo and many more. It’s out now.
• Pnau have dropped a new single called ‘Go Bang!’ in the lead-up to the release of their new album ‘Changa’. The track sees the boys once again teaming up with songstress Kira Divine, who appeared on their hit single ‘Chameleon’. The single’s out now; ‘Changa’ follows on Friday November 10.
• Perth performer Ruby Boots has unveiled a new single entitled ‘It’s So Cruel’ and, at the same time, has confirmed that her all-important ten track sophomore album is called ‘Don’t Talk About It’. We’re being promised “echoes of first wave UK power pop and jangly punk and indie folk. The album lands on Friday February 09.
• Franz Ferdinand will release their new album ‘Always Ascending’ at the start of February. The Scottish outfit’s fifth studio album is preceded by the title track and lead single, which is available now. It will be joined on the new LP by nine other songs and there’s a special Australian deluxe edition in the offing, featuring a white vinyl, signed print and a tote bag. It’s out on Friday February 09.
• Ivy League band The Rubens are back with a new single. The track is called ‘Million Man’ and it was premiered on Triple J’s breakfast show on Thursday morning. It’s also the first single from the band’s upcoming third studio album, which their label tells us we should expect sometime next year. It will be the follow-up to their top five sophomore album ‘Hoops’.
• Hot on the heels of their top ten album ‘California Dreaming’, Rick Price and Jack Jones are hitting the road in support of it. The pair will play shows in Brisbane, Wollongong, Tamworth, Narrabri, Adelaide, Geelong, Melbourne, Sydney, Gold Coast, Canberra and Newcastle between May 03 and May 27. “We have been blown away by the reaction to the album and how these songs and our take on them, have resonated with the public,” Rick Price says in a statement. “It’s an amazing opportunity to showcase them on a big stage, with a phenomenal band, in such a vast spread of locations.” Tickets are on sale from midday local time on Friday November 10.
• James Reyne is also hitting the road again next year, to perform songs from his solo career, as well as Australian Crawl classics. His jaunt across the East Coast begins on Friday March 02 at the Manning Entertainment Centre in Taree and will make stops in Port Macquarie, Tamworth, Ballina, Griffith, Mildura, Nowra, Wollongong, Cessnock, Wyong, Springwood, Orange, Shepparton, Wangaratta, Sale, Echuca, Wagga Wagga, Canberra and Warrnambool, before wrapping up in Mount Gambier on May 19. Tickets are on sale now.
• Lupe Fiasco has confirmed that he’ll be in Australia early in the new year for shows in all five main capital cities. He kicks off his run at Eatons Hill Hotel in Brisbane on January 11 before moving through Melbourne (Forum Theatre on January 12), Sydney (Enmore Theatre on January 13) and Adelaide (Governor Hindmarsh on January 14) before he wraps things up at Metro City in Perth on January 17. Select Touring pre-sales are already live ahead of general public sales, which are live at 9am local time this Tuesday, October 31.
• The 25th anniversary celebrations of the 25th anniversary of The Waifs’ breakout album ‘Ironbark’ continue, with confirmation of an extensive regional tour across the country from mid-November. The whip around the country kicks off at Moruya High School on Sunday November 19 and makes stops in Milton, Young, Tamworth, Newcastle, Grafton, Caloundra, Toowoomba, Mossvale, Castlemaine, Adelaide and Perth, before wrapping up at the Albany Entertainment Centre on Saturday December 09. Tickets are on sale now.
• Already confirmed as part of the line-ups for the Meredith, Fairgrounds and Laneway Festivals, Aldous Harding has added new headline shows in both Sydney and Melbourne as part of her upcoming visit. The first will take place at the Spiegeltent on January 25 as part of the Sydney Festival and the second will be at the Croxton Bandroom in Melbourne on February 07. Tickets are on sale now.
• No change to the No.1 position on this week’s UK singles chart, with Post Malone’s ‘Rockstar’ remaining unbudged. Camila Cabello’s ‘Havana’, too, is seemingly comfortable in its No.2 position, while the No.3 spot is taken over by Marshmello and Khalid’s ‘Silence’, which improves from No.9 to No.3. Now that it’s been granted official single status, Ed Sheeran’s ‘Perfect’ makes its way into the UK top ten (No.11 to No.7). ‘Gorgeous’, the latest grat track form Taylor Swift, enters the countdown at No.15 and the new Rita Ora single ‘Anywhere’ makes its presence felt with a No.20 debut.
• Former One Directioner Niall Horan and his label would no doubt have been hoping for a big UK No.1 debut for his debut solo album ‘Flicker’, but the strength of two other albums has prevented that happening. Those albums are the repackage of George Michael’s classic ‘Listen Without Prejudice’, which debuts at No.1, and the P!nk album ‘Beautiful Trauma’, which slips from No.1 to No.2. That leaves Niall to pick up the pieces on debut in position three. There are three other debuts in this week’s UK top ten; Jessie Ware’s ‘Glasshouse’ at No.7, sandwiched between twin debuts for Krept & Konan. ‘7 Days’ is new at No.6, while ‘7 Nights’ enters at No.8.
• No change at the top of the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart in the US this week, with Post Malone’s ‘Rockstar’ in pole position for a second successive week. The top three remains steady this week; Portugal The Man shifting one place higher to No.4 with ‘Feel It Still’ and Imagine Dragons up from No.8 to No.5 with ‘Thunder’. Gucci Mane’s ‘I Get The Bag’ bullets from No.24 to No.11, while P!nk’s ‘What About Us’ rises from No.23 to No.13.
• Speaking of P!nk, it’s a second successive US No.1 album from the US superstar this week; ‘Beautiful Trauma’ premiering in top spot ahead of new albums from Gucci Mane (‘Mr Davis’) and Beck (‘Colors’). Post Malone and Lil Uzi Vert make up the rest of the top five, ahead of a No.10 debut for St Vincent’s ‘Masseduction’. Further top 20 debuts come from Robert Plant’s ‘Carry Fire’ (No.14), Wu-Tang’s ‘The Saga Continues’ (No.15) and Jessie James Decker’s ‘Southern Girl City Lights’ (No.18). Last week’s No.1 – NF’s ‘Perception’ – has plunged to No.25.
• And that’s your lot for another Saturday serve of The Purge! We’ll be back tonight on the site with another exciting edition of ARIA Chart Watch. It’s live from 6pm AEDT. Catch you then.
MONDAY OCTOBER 30 : Bahamas (Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane)
TUESDAY OCTOBER 31 : Lupe Fiasco (Nationally)
TUESDAY OCTOBER 31 : Grace Jones (Melbourne)
WEDNESDAY NOVEMBER 01 : Dua Lipa (Sydney, Melbourne)