• Welcome to your Saturday edition of The Purge, which begins this weekend with ‘Lemon’, the new single from N.E.R.D. It’s been seven long years since Pharrell and the boys last furnished us with new music and they’ve enlisted the vocal services of superstar Rihanna to ensure this one hits with maximum impact. The single’s out now and as of late yesterday, it was teetering on the brink of the top ten on the Australian iTunes store.
• Great news for fans of Vance Joy, with confirmation that his new album is to be called ‘Nation Of Two’ and it will be released in February next year. It’s the performer’s second long player; the anticipation for which rose a little yesterday with the release of a new track called ‘Like Gold’. “I wrote ‘Like Gold’ after coming off the road at the start of 2016,” Vance reveals. “It started with a simple melody I was humming and the idea of looking back at a relationship.” That’s out now.
• LA producer Tokimonsta will be in the country early next year as part of the Laneway Festival line-ups across the country. But given she enjoys a decent level of popularity down under, she’s announced headline shows in both Sydney and Melbourne as part of her visit. She’ll play Manning Bar in Sydney on Thursday February 08 before zipping down to Melbourne for a show at Max Watt’s the following night. Tickets are on sale now.
• Rapper Lil Uzi Vert will make his first trip to Australia in February next year for live shows in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane and Perth. He will, of course, be performing tracks from his debut album ‘Luv Is Rage 2’ for audiences at the Forum Theatre in Melbourne on Feb 22, the Enmore Theatre in Sydney on Feb 25, Metro City in Perth on Feb 28 and Eatons Hill Hotel in Brisbane on March 02. Frontier members will be the first to get their mitts on tickets when the pre-sale kicks off at 11am AEDT on Monday. General public tickets then hit the sales desk at 11am local time on Thursday November 09.
• Crooner Roy Orbison will tour Australia in May. Naturally it’s not the real Roy Orbison (he died back in 1988), but Australia’s first ever hologram concert tour. Accompanied by a full (live) symphony orchestra, the shows will trek through Roy’s impressive back catalogue, which includes hit singles like ‘Only The Lonely’, ‘I Drove All Night’, ‘Oh, Pretty Woman’ and ‘You Got It’. Tickets are on sale from Tuesday November 14 for the shows at the Brisbane Entertainment Centre (May 04), Sydney’s ICC Theatre (May 06), Melbourne’s Hisense Arena (May 08), Perth Arena (May 11) and the Adelaide Entertainment Centre (May 13).
• Good news for Neil and Liam Finn, whose two shows as part of Melbourne’s Zoo Twilights series have fully sold out. The boys will now play a third and final show at the zoo on Sunday February 25. Organisers have confirmed that this is the first time in the event’s two decade plus history that an act has played three shows.
• Organisers of the NYE On The Hill event in the hills of South Gippsland have added a second swag of talent to their already bulging line-up. Also now set to take the stage at the three day event are Dean Lewis, Jordan Rakei, Lanks, Haiku Hands, Cousin Tony’s Brand New Firebird and many more. They’re in addition to the already impressive roster, which includes Ball Park Music, Japanese Wallpaper, Gold Class, Regurgitator and more. Tickets are on sale now.
• More shows have been added to Jimmy Barnes’ upcoming ‘Working Class Man : An Evening of Stories & Songs’ tour. Extra dates have been slated for Sydney (Centennial Hall on May 02), Melbourne (Palais Theatre on June 09), Brisbane (City Hall on April 10), Adelaide (Thebarton Theatre on June 10), Newcastle (Civic Theatre on June 06) and Canberra (March 18); tickets are on sale now.
• Speaking of Barnsey, his former band Cold Chisel has confirmed a one-off ‘Made In SA’ concert in honour of the 20th anniversary of the Adelaide 500. Kasey Chambers and Bad//Dreems will join the iconic outfit for the one-off show, which is set to take place on Friday March 02. Tickets are on sale now.
• And continuing with the Jimmy Barnes theme… he’ll be joined by Daryl Braithwaite, Ian Moss, Diesel and Mental As Anything for a one-off show in Wollongong on February 11. They’ll take to the stage at McCabe Park for the gig, tickets for which are on sale now.
• Former Fifth Harmony starlet Camila Cabello’s persistence has paid off; her single ‘Havana’, which has been comfortable in its No.2 position for the past few weeks, has now overtaken Post Malone’s ‘Rockstar’ and claimed the UK No.1 position. Post Malone is down to No.2, with positions three and four steady. Zayn and Sia improve to No.5 with ‘Dusk Till Dawn’, while Ed Sheeran’s ‘Perfect’ also improves one (No.7 to No.6). The new Charlie Puts single, ‘How Long’, is also now a UK top ten hit, jumping from No.17 to No.9. Rita Ora’s ‘Anywhere’ also jumps, from No.20 to No.11.
• It seems that the Brits can’t get enough of Alfie Boe and Michael Ball, whose latest album ‘Together’ premieres in the No.1 position on this week’s UK albums chart. They won’t be there for long, of course, given Sam Smith’s new album is out now. But it’s a No.1 and we’re sure they’ll take it. Stereophonics’ ‘Scream Above The Clouds’ is new at No.2 and Gregory Porter’s ‘Nat King Cole And Me’ makes it an entirely new top three. George Michael’s ‘Listen Without Prejudice’ repackage drops from No.1 to No.4 and there’s a re-entry for the Steps album ‘Tears On The Dancefloor’ at No.8 after its repackage. Chris Brown scores a No.10 debut for new LP ‘Heartbreak On A Full Moon’, while the new Kelly Clarkson album ‘Meaning Of Life’ lobs at No.11.
• It’s a familiar-looking top ten in the US this week and especially the top five, which remains entirely steady. Post Malone retains his No.1 position with ‘Rockstar’, with Cardi B, Logic, Portugal The Man and Imagine Dragons in positions two through five. It’s good news for former Fifth Harmony starlet Camila Cabello this week, with her single ‘Havana’ rocketing from No.20 to No.7. Ed Sheeran’s new single ‘Perfect’ also enjoys a sizeable bump this week, rising from No.18 to No.10. And as the days tick down to the release of the new Taylor Swift album, the latest grat track from it (‘Gorgeous’) premieres at a respectable No.13.
• His dreams of a number one album in Australia may have been dashed by P!nk last week, but former One Direction star Niall Horan has had no such problem in the USA, premiering in top spot on the Billboard 200 albums chart with his debut solo record ‘Flicker’. No.2 is also new this week, thanks to Future & Young Thug’s ‘Super Slimey’, while last week’s No.1 (P!nk’s ‘Beautiful Trauma’) drops to No.3. Chris Young’s ‘Losing Sleep’ is new at No.5 and Darius Rucker scores a No.8 debut with his new LP ‘When Was The Last Time’.
• And that brings us to the end of your Saturday Purge. But, just like clockwork, we’ll be back with you this evening with our comprehensive wrap of the ARIA top 100 singles and albums charts in ARIA Chart Watch. It’s live from 6pm AEDT.
THURSDAY NOVEMBER 09 : Days Like This Festival (Sydney)
THURSDAY NOVEMBER 09 : Lil Uzi Vert (Nationally)
FRIDAY NOVEMBER 10 : Rick Price & Jack Jones (Nationally)