• Hi there and welcome to your Saturday edition of The Purge, which starts this week with ‘Get It Right’, the new single from US producer Diplo. Serviced to Australian media on Thursday, the track sees Diplo teaming up once again with Danish pop darling MØ (the pair worked together on Mø’s tracks ‘XXX 88’ in 2013 and ‘Kamikaze’ in 2014). The track was released digitally ten days ago.
• The guys from Ball Park Music will release their new album ‘Good Mood’ early in the new year. They revealed the title, COVER and released date of their new album on Thursday. It’s preceded by lead single ‘Exactly How You Are’, which dropped at retailers back in September. The album lands February 23.
• Great news for fans of legendary outfit the Eurythmics, with confirmation that all eight of their classic albums will be re-released in vinyl between April and October next year. The run of re-releases kicks off with ‘In The Garden’, ‘Sweet Dreams’ and ‘Touch’ on April 13, followed by ‘Be Yourself Tonight’, ‘Revenge’ and ‘Savage’ on July 06 and finally ‘We Too Are One’ and ‘Peace’ on October 05. The latter will be enjoying its first ever released in vinyl. To celebrate the announcement, DJ Earworm has dropped a superb 11 minute video megamix; EURYTHMIX.
• UK performer James Arthur has dropped his new single ‘Naked’. After hitting big time with his single ‘Say You Won’t Let Go’ (seven times platinum and still within the top 100 on the ARIA singles chart after an incredible 61 week run), ‘Naked’ marks the beginning of the next chapter for the singer. And it’s a collaboration with some of the biggest names in pop; Johan Carlsson, Savan Kotecha and Max Martin. “The four chords that introduce the song are key, I think,” James explains. “Then you get the crescendo, the middle eight, the huge final chorus, but there’s no sense of overload; it stays true to the simplicity of those four chords. It’s like a hymn, that devotional aspect. The minute you hear those chords, you want to sing over them.” James’ third album is currently slated for released next year.
• Fifth Harmony starlet Lauren Jauregui is the latest member to branch out solo, teaming up with dance music dynamo Steve Aoki on his new single ‘All Night’. “I’m such a fan of Lauren and her incredible voice,” Steve says in a statement. Working together was a no-brainer for me – she is crazy talented and I’m so proud of this song. I can’t wait for you all to hear it.” The single is out now.
• Melbourne duo Saatsuma will play a handful of live shows late next month, with the first (a gig at The Gasometer in their home town on December 21) to be a benefit concert, with funds raised going to the Asylum Seeker Resource Centre. From there, they’re on to The Foundry in Brisbane (December 22), the Botany View Hotel in Sydney (December 23) and the Cambridge Hotel in Newcastle on Christmas Eve. Tickets are on sale now.
• Extra shows have been added to Angus & Julia Stone’s upcoming national tour. They’ve already announced shows in Brisbane, Sydney and Melbourne in April and May next year. But now there are more regional dates so they can spread their wings to their country brethren. They’ll play Rockhampton’s Pilbeam Theatre on April 29, the Mackay Entertainment Centre on May 01, Townsville Entertainment Centre on May 02, Munro Martin Parklands in Cairns on May 04, Darwin Ski Club on May 05, Anita’s Theatre in Wollongong on May 09, UC Refectory in Canberra on May 10, Newcastle’s Civic Theatre on May 11, Bendigo’s Ulumbarra Theatre on May 17, Costa Hall in Geelong on May 18, the Odeon in Hobart on May 22, Launceston’s Princess Theatre on May 23, Flinders University Plaza in Adelaide on May 25 and the Fremantle Arts Centre on May 26. Pre-sales are already live; general public tickets are on sale from 9am on Monday.
• Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide and Canberra are on the tour schedule for Jackson Browne, when he returns to our shores early in the new year. Presented by Live Nation, the run of dates kicks off at the State Theatre in Sydney on March 19. It then makes stops at AEC in Adelaide on March 22, Canberra Theatre on March 28, the Palais Theatre in Melbourne on March 29 and the QPAC Concert Hall in Brisbane on Sunday April 01. A show is also locked in at Leeuwin Estate in Margaret River on Saturday March 24. Live Nation pre-sales hit from 2pm on Wednesday ahead of general public tickets, which are on sale from 10am local time on Friday December 01.
• Lupe Fiasco will be in Australia early in the new year for shows in the five main capital cities. He kicks his run of dates off at Eatons Hill Hotel in Brisbane on January 11 before making his way to the Forum Theatre in Melbourne (January 12), the Enmore Theatre in Sydney (January 13), Governor Hindmarsh in Adelaide (January 14) and finally Metro City in Perth (January 17). Tickets for all shows are on sale now.
• Already confirmed to play as part of the Zoo Twilights series at Sydney’s Taronga Zoo, Evan Dando and his band The Lemonheads will play three headline shows as part of their visit. They’re set to hit Wollongong’s Rad Bar on Friday March 02 and will then make their way to Melbourne for a show at the Corner Hotel on March 07 and to Adelaide’s Governor Hindmarsh on Thursday March 08. Tickets are on sale now.
• He’s already confirmed as part of the line-up for Melbourne’s Sugar Mountain Festival and for headline shows in Sydney, Brisbane and Perth as part of his 2018 visit. Now US rapper Joey Bada$$ has added a Melbourne headline show to the mix. The 22 year old performer will now play Melbourne’s Forum Theatre in an 18+ show on Friday January 19. Frontier members have access from a pre-sale from 2pm AEDT this Tuesday before general public tickets go on sale at 2pm AEDT on Thursday November 30.
• Country stars Kip Moore and Lee Brice will play co-headline shows in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane and Tamworth in April. The pair is here as part of the line-up for the Way Out Fest in Winton on April 20, but will also take the opportunity to play at the Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre on April 21, Sydney’s Enmore Theatre on April 22, TRECC in Tamworth on April 23 and the Forum Theatre in Melbourne on April 25. Tickets go live at 10am local time on Monday, November 27.
• It’s Camila Cabello one, Rita Ora two for a second consecutive week; the ladies both holding off Marshmello and Khalid’s ‘Silence’, which improves from No.5 to No.3. Ed Sheeran’s ‘Perfect’ is up from No.6 to No.4, while Big Man Shaq’s ‘Man’s Not Hot’ improves from No.8 to No.6. Stormzy and MNEK’s second part of ‘Blinded By Your Grace’ is into the top ten after jumping five places to No.7 and there’s a big jump from No.17 to No.9 for the Selena Gomez/Marshmello collaboration ‘Wolves’. Mariah Carey’s ‘All I Want For Christmas Is You’ is back into the UK top 40 this week, leaping from No.88 to No.34.
• Thought Taylor Swift would be settling in for a long stay in the top spot on the UK albums chart? Think again. ‘Reputation’ loses its No.1 position after one week, tumbling to No.8! Tay’s album is replaced in pole position by the new album from Paloma Faith, ‘The Architect’. ‘Britain’s Got Talent’ winner Tokio Myers debuts at No.4 with ‘Our Generation’ and the new Morrissey album ‘Low In High School’ enters at No.5. Jeff Lynne’s ELO’s ‘Wembley or Bust’ scores the only other top ten debut of the week (No.9).
• It’s week number six in pole position on the Hot 100 singles chart in the US this week for Post Malone and his global smash ‘Rockstar’. Again, he’s held Camila Cabello at bay with her hit ‘Havana’ (steady at No.2), but Lil Pump’s ‘Gucci Gang’ is most definitely in high fashion, rocketing from No.12 to No.3. Imagine Dragons’ ‘Thunder’ rolls from No.5 to No.4. Beyond this week’s US top ten, Eminem and Beyoncé’s new collaboration ‘Walk On Water’ is the highest new entry; it’s in at No.14.
• And with more than 1.23 million album units sold across the United States this week, Taylor Swift not only bags herself another number one on the Billboard 200 albums chart, but she achieves the biggest week for an album so far in 2017. ‘Reputation’ debuts on top, knocking Sam Smith’s ‘The Thrill Of It All’ from its perch after one week. Chris Brown, Post Malone and Ed Sheeran occupy positions three through five respectively, while there’s a No.8 debut for the new Evanescence album ‘Synthesis’. Elton John’s new best-of, ‘Diamonds’, lobs at No.23.
• The UK and US charts are wrapped – as is another huge Saturday edition of The Purge. But never fear… we’ll be back at 6pm AEDT with our regular weekly ARIA Chart Watch, our look at the ARIA top 100s. See you then!
MONDAY NOVEMBER 27 : Kip Moore & Lee Brice (East Coast)
MONDAY NOVEMBER 27 : Angus & Julia Stone (Nationally)
WEDNESDAY NOVEMBER 29 : James Blunt (Sydney)
WEDNESDAY NOVEMBER 29 : Chris Botti (Nationally)
THURSDAY NOVEMBER 30 : Joey Bada$$ (Melbourne)
THURSDAY NOVEMBER 30 : LCD Soundsystem (Nationally)
THURSDAY NOVEMBER 30 : Nothing Compares To Prince (Sydney, Melbourne)
THURSDAY NOVEMBER 30 : Seal (Nationally)
FRIDAY DECEMBER 01 : Jackson Browne (Nationally)