• It’s another weekend edition of The Purge and it begins this week with a new version of Calum Scott’s latest single ‘You Are The Reason’. The single has experienced only moderate success across the planet at this stage, so Calum and his team have enlisted a bit of extra vocal spice via the addition of UK songstress Leona Lewis on a new duet version. “Working with Leona was a dream come true,” Calum explains. “I first remember watching her on TV before going on to grace the globe with her incredibly beautiful voice. Now having the honour of working with her on one of my own songs is completely surreal and the passion and raw emotion she brings to our duet makes it even more special to me.” It’s out now.
• Calum’s local label EMI has also confirmed that the singer will make the trip to Australia for the first time later this month for a promotional visit ahead of the release of his debut album ‘Only Human’. He’s due to be on the ground in both Sydney and Melbourne from February 28 to March 03. An intimate showcase performance is locked in for Sydney, but he’ll also perform a raft of interviews while on-ground.
• Superstar producer Marshmello has teamed up with British dance diva Anne-Marie for his latest track ‘Friends’. And, if previous chart history is any indication, the track is set to be another smash for the US producer. ‘Friends’ follows on from his top five successes ‘Silence’ (with Khalid) and ‘Wolves’ (with Selena Gomez). The track’s out now.
• A new version of the latest Diplo single ‘Get It Right’ is doing the rounds. Featuring vocals from Danish pop starlet Mø, the single made its way to Australian media recently. Now, however, there’s a tweaked edition featuring a verse from Goldlink; the group performing the track live on ‘The Tonight Show starring Jimmy Fallon’ earlier in the week.
• Brisbane’s Mallrat is back with new music in the form of her new single ‘UFO’. The track sees her teaming up with Adelaide-born rapper Allday and, as Mallrat explains, she couldn’t have envisaged anyone else on it. “I feel like we’re two peas in a pod, so it’s pretty amazing that we can work together,” she says. “I don’t know if there are a lot of other vocalists that I would feel comfortable asking to be on my songs, just because I feel like lyrics are so personal for me. But because he’s such a close friend and we always get where each other are coming from, it felt perfect for the song.” ‘UFO’ is out now.
• Great news for 23 year old ‘I Like Me Better’ singer Lauv, who’s sold out two of the four shows that make up his first ever Australian tour. He’s sold out his Sydney and Melbourne dates already, with his Brisbane show at The Triffid on March 13 not far off. He’s also set to play the Adelaide Festival on Saturday March 17.
• Machine Gun Kelly is making the trek down under in May for shows in our four most populous cities; his first in almost five years. He’ll kick off the run of dates at the Enmore Theatre in Sydney on May 02, before moving on to Brisbane (The Tivoli on May 03), Melbourne (Forum Theatre on May 05) and Perth (Metro City on May 06). Live Nation members get access to a pre-sale from 10am on Monday ahead of general ticket sales, which are live from 10am on Wednesday, February 14.
• Rapper Kyle (SupaDupaKyle), who’s in Australia for the Groovin The Moo festivals this May, has announced sideshows in the same four cities, also in early May. He’ll be playing Manning Bar in Sydney on May 01, the Corner Hotel in Melbourne on May 02, Woolly Mammoth in Brisbane on May 09 and Jack Rabbit Slim’s in Perth on May 10. Tickets for all dates are on sale now.
• Jon Stevens will embark on a national best-of tour across the country starting from this Thursday. The tour kicks off at Governor Hindmarsh in Adelaide on Thursday before making multiple stops in Western Australia, New South Wales, Victoria and Queensland. He’ll be playing tracks from Noiseworks, his solo career… even tracks from INXS. Tickets are on sale now; all dates at www.jonstevens.com
• Once again it’s Drake who claims the No.1 position on the UK singles chart, but it would appear that his title may be under threat, with a huge jump for the Rudimental, Jess Glynne and Macklemore single ‘These Days’ which continues its ascendancy – and how. Last week the track rocketed from No.33 to No.11. This week it’s up another nine places to be sitting pretty at No.2. Portugal The Man’s ‘Feel It Still’ edges into the top ten (No.13 to No.9), as does the new Camila Cabello single ‘Never Be The Same’ (No.14 to No.10). The Weeknd and Kendrick Lamar score the week’s highest UK debut with ‘Pray For Me’ (No.15).
• Over on the UK albums chart, meantime, it’s still ‘The Greatest Showman’ soundtrack outperforming all others, maintaining its No.1 heading. Staggeringly, that album’s sales were enough to hold Justin Timberlake from a No.1 debut; his album ‘Man Of The Woods’ having to settle for a No.2 entry. Ed Sheeran’s at No.3, Simple Minds’ ‘Walk Between Worlds’ debuts at No.4 and there’s a No.5 debut for Don Broco’s ‘Technology’. New albums from Hookworms and Rae Morris also make the top 20 on debut (at Nos.18 and 20 respectively).
• After a couple of successive weeks of change atop the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart in the USA, things are all steady this week; Drake maintaining his advantage over all comers with his latest single ‘God’s Play’. Ed Sheeran is still in No.2 with ‘Perfect’, but the new Bruno Mars single ‘Finesse’ is up from No.5 to No.3 after Bruno’s recent success at the 2018 Grammy Awards. Camila’s ‘Havana’ and Post Malone’s ‘Rockstar’ are in positions four and five. A big debut at No.9, however, for the new Justin Timberlake/Chris Stapleton number ‘Say Something’ and the new Migos track ‘Stir Fry’ rockets from No.52 to No.12 (their ‘Walk It Talk It’ is a new entry at No.18).
• Speaking OF Migos, the superstar trio’s new album ‘Culture III’ scores a huge No.1 debut Stateside this week, replacing Fall Out Boy’s ‘M A N I A’ after just one week atop the Billboard 200 Albums chart. The latter plunges to No.30 in week two, with ‘The Greatest Showman’ soundtrack maintaining No.2 and the new Above & Beyond album ‘Common Ground’ debuting at No.3. Bruno Mars’ Grammy-winning album ’24K Magic’ is up to No.4, with Ed Sheeran’s ‘÷’ making up the top five.
• And don’t you worry… yes we’ve covered the UK and US charts for you, but we’ll also be covering the Aussie ones too; it’s a little weekly segment we like to call ARIA Chart Watch and it’s live on the site tonight from 5pm AEDT.
WEDNESDAY FEBRUARY 14 : Machine Gun Kelly (Nationally)
THURSDAY FEBRUARY 15 : Tonight Alive (Nationally)
FRIDAY FEBRUARY 16 : Jimmy Barnes (Chatswood, Penrith)
FRIDAY FEBRUARY 16 : Celine Dion (Nationally)