• Welcome to your first Saturday Purge of 2018 and it certainly looks as though the industry has hit its new year strides in the latter part of the week, with a swag of new pop information to get your chops into.
• First and foremost, however, is ‘Cruel’, the first new musical output from Aussie boyband In Stereo for 2018. The track dropped at digital service providers yesterday and found its way into the iTunes top 50 overnight. It also marks a new beginning for the band, with the loss of former member Ethan Karparthy. Ethan was a no-show on the ARIAs red carpet at the end of November and broke the news to his fans via his Twitter account between Christmas and new year. Jacob and Chris, of course, will continue on as a duo.
• New music from pop princess Kylie Minogue is just around the corner; KM confirming that her upcoming album project will be called ‘Golden’ and is due for release in the first half of the year. As a matter of fact, we’re anticipating we should hear something about the album’s lead single in the coming days.
• Mardi Gras organisers have revealed that they’ve secured the services of pop megastar Cher to headline the 40th anniversary of the Sydney Gay & Lesbian Mardi Gras.
• You may remember this young woman (left) as Ms Murphy when she appeared on ‘The Voice’ a few years back and subsequently released an EP entitled ‘White Dress & The Spirit’ and an album entitled ‘Dirty Soul’. Now she’s gone back to her real name – Karen Lee Andrews – for her latest release called ‘Higher’. We’re told that the new single, which is set for release this Monday, is lifted from a new EP entitled ‘Far From Paradise’, due next month.
• We’ve got a new Dua Lipa single to call our own; ‘IDGAF’. It’s the latest single to be lifted from her self-titled debut album, which caused some ripples on planet pop on its release last year. Co-penned alongside MNEK (and others), ‘IDGAF’ has already been streamed almost 50 million times across the planet; a figure that’s certain to climb in the weeks ahead.
• Among other singles serviced to Australian media in the last 48 hours are Carrie Underwood’s newbie ‘The Champion’ (being used for the Superbowl coverage in the US), plus Mashd N Kutcher’s ‘Need Me’ (a reworking of The Cardigans’ ‘Lovefool’), Daya’s ‘New’ and the new Taylor Swift/Ed Sheeran/Future single ‘End Game’. Keep your peepers peeled on our FACEBOOK page this Thursday for our weekly wrap of the new tunes doing the rounds at media.
• The boys from Peking Duk have been revealed as the secret headline act at the Mountain Sounds Festival, which is once again set to take over the Mount Penang Gardens on the NSW Central Coast on February 16 and 17. Though the PD boys will be headlining, there’s a swathe of top notch talent also on the bill, including The Preatures, Safia, Grouplove, Amy Shark, Hayden James, Hot Dub Time Machine, Touch Sensitive and many more.
• A new celebration of music, food and culture is coming to Sydney’s Barangaroo Reserve. Entitled ‘Sunset20ºNorth’, the series of four weekend-long events will take place throughout the month of February and will feature performances from some of the country’s brightest talent, including Tigertown, Thandi Phoenix, GL, Caiti Baker, Thelma Plum, Sampa The Great and many more. Best of all, it’s all free! Best you head to www.sunset20north.com for all the guff.
• LA-based trio Lany will be in Australia in March for a trio of shows across the East Coast. They hit Brisbane first… at The Triffid on Friday March 23. Then it’s on to the Melbourne Recital Centre (March 24) and Sydney’s Luna Park Big Top (March 25). Secret Sounds pre-sale tickets are live as we speak, but general tickets are on sale from 9am local time on Monday.
• Things are relatively steady atop the UK top 100 singles chart this week; Ed Sheeran still flying high with his international smash ‘Perfect’ ahead of Eminem’s single ‘River’ at No.2 which features (you guessed it) Ed Sheeran. It’s Rita Ora, Ramz and Clean Bandit in the rest of this week’s UK top five, while ‘Finesse’, the new collaboration between Bruno Mars and Cardi B, is the week’s highest new entry. It premieres at No.7. Also new this week (though just missing the top ten on debut) are the new duet by Liam Payne and Rita Ora from the ‘Fifty Shades Freed’ soundtrack, ‘For You’ (No.11) and Justin Timberlake’s ‘Filthy’ (No.15).
• Over on the UK albums side of things, ‘The Greatest Showman’ is really making waves in cinemas across the world and the same can be said for its accompanying soundtrack. It shifts from No.4 to No.1 on the UK albums chart this week, replacing Ed Sheeran’s ‘÷’, which drops to No.2. Sam Smith, Rag N Bone Man and Eminem occupy positions three through five, while positions five through nine are steady. There are no new entries in the entire UK top 100 this weke, though that’s certain to change next week when some of the year’s first releases start filtering through.
• No change to the No.1 position in the USA this week, with Ed Sheeran holding steady with his latest international smash ‘Perfect’. That said, Camila Cabello’s single ‘Havana’ is still pushing hard, improving from No.3 to No.2, overtaking Post Malone’s ‘Rockstar’ in the process. Halsey’s ‘Bad At Love’ achieves a new peak position (No.6), while Portugal The Man’s ‘Feel It Still’ is on track for a return to the top ten next week on current trajectory. It’s up from No.23 to No.12.
• Looks as though it’s not just us Aussies loving ‘The Greatest Showman’ soundtrack. It claimed the No.1 position down under on last weekend’s chart and follows suit Stateside this week, improving from No.5 to No.1. We’ve got Ed Sheeran in the No.2 spot, Taylor Swift down from one to three and G-Eazy and Kendrick Lamar in positions four and five respectively.
• That’s all we have for you on this weekend’s Saturday Purge, but we’ll be back tonight, shining a light on all things Australian chart with our regular weekly ARIA Chart Watch. We’ll see you from 6pm.
MONDAY JANUARY 15 : Børns (Sydney, Melbourne)
MONDAY JANUARY 15 : Daniel Caesar (Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane)
MONDAY JANUARY 15 : Lany (Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane)
MONDAY JANUARY 15 : Playboi Carti (Nationally)
WEDNESDAY JANUARY 17 : Simple Plan (East Coast)