• Welcome to your Saturday edition of The Purge and welcome to a new version of Niall Horan’s song ‘On The Loose’. The track has been given a reworking by pop maestro Mark “Spike” Stent, whose back catalogue of work reads like a who’s who of the pop world (Madonna, Spice Girls, Beyonce, Lady Gaga, Ed Sheeran, P!nk, Gwen Stefani, One Direction, Take That, Goldfrapp etc etc). It was one of a number of singles serviced to media yesterday.
• The Chainsmokers’ last single ‘Sick Boy’ didn’t exactly set the charts on fire the way that their previous singles had done, so the US duo have quickly followed it up with their second new track of 2018, ‘You Owe Me’. The boys previously hit the top ten in Australia with their singles ‘#Selfie’, ‘Roses’, ‘Don’t Let Me Down’, ‘All We Know’, ‘Paris’ and ‘Something Just Like This’ (with Coldplay), along with their No.1 smash ‘Closer’. ‘You Owe Me’ was also serviced to Australian media yesterday.
• Canberra outfit Safia are also back with new music this week. The boys dropped their new track ‘Freakin’ Out’ yesterday, just ahead of their return to the stage at the Mountain Sounds Festival today.
• Great news for Dean Lewis yesterday, with confirmation that his latest single ‘Need You Now’ has been certified gold for sales in excess of 35,000 copies. The track joins the previous singles from his ‘Same Kind Of Different’ EP (‘Waves’ and ‘Lose My Mind’) in being certified; ‘Lose My Mind’ also gold and ‘Waves’ triple platinum.
• We’ve got new music from Muse to call our own; the UK rockers yesterday dropping a new single entitled ‘Thought Contagion’. “The meaning of the song ‘Thought Contagion’ is about how other people’s thoughts, ideas and beliefs can sometimes infect your mind, get into your head and change the way you think yourself,” explains the band’s lead singer Matt Bellamy. It’s been almost three years since the release of the band’s last album ‘Drones’, so we’re expecting a new one to land in the not-too-distant future.
• Courtney Barnett is another act with new music out this week. She’s released a new single called ‘Nameless, Faceless’, at the same time as confirming the May 18 release of her new album ‘Tell Me How You Really Feel’.
• Dutch producer Sam Feldt will be in Australia in early March for shows predominantly across the East Coast. His commitments on his return visit to our shores begins with a show at Treat dance club in Melbourne on March 03, before he zips across to Adelaide (Zhivago on March 04), up to Brisbane (Victory Hotel on March 08) and finally lands in Sydney (Ministry Of Sound on March 10). Sam hit the top 20 in Australia with his breakout smash ‘Show Me Love’ back in 2015. Tickets are on sale now.
• 23 year old performer Jacob Collier enjoys an incredible amount of popularity in Australia, if ticket sales to his upcoming Australian shows are any indication. His originally announced Sydney show (at The Basement on April 30) has been upgraded to the larger Metro Theatre on the same night, while his Melbourne show – at Howler on May 01 – will be joined by another show at Howler on May 02. New tickets are on sale at 11am on Monday.
• Prince’s sister Tyka Nelson has confirmed that she’ll be taking part in the world premiere event ‘Nothing Compares 2 Prince’, which will debut in both Sydney and Melbourne in April. The shows will take place at the Sydney Opera House on April 27 and Melbourne’s Hamer Hall on April 29. “I am very excited about coming to Australia to celebrate the life of my brother with you,” Tyka said in a statement. “Prince loved your country and enjoyed playing there! I look forward to joining the other wonderful singers and musicians on stage and I hope to see and hug as many of Prince’s fans as I can off stage.”
• It looks as though Drake might be in for a little stay in the No.1 position on the UK singles chart; ‘God’s Plan’ maintaining its advantage over all comers again this week, with Rudimental, Jess Glynne and Macklemore still in position two with ‘These Days’. Keala Settle’s track (‘This Is Me’) from the soundtrack to ‘The Greatest Showman’ improves from No.6 to No.3, but the big movers into the UK top ten this week is ‘For You’, the lead single from the ‘Fifty Shades Freed’ soundtrack from Liam Payne and Rita Ora. It’s up from No.18 to No.8. The new Kendrick Lamar/SZA single is also on the move. ‘All The Stars’ shining in the No.11 spot after leaping from No.28.
• On the UK albums chart, the soundtrack for ‘The Greatest Showman’ continues to sparkle, maintaining its No.1 position over Ed Sheeran’s ‘÷’. Right behind them, however, is a quartet of new entries; Wombats’ ‘Beautiful People Will Ruin Your Life’ at No.3, Mist’s ‘Diamonds In The Dirt’ at No.4, Fredo’s ‘Tables Turn’ at No.5 and Franz Ferdinand’s ‘Always Ascending’ at No.6. Justin Timberlake’s album ‘Man Of The Woods’ falls from its No.2 debut to No.8, while Brian Fallon’s ‘Sleepwalkers’ is into the countdown with a debut at No.15.
• It’s steady as she goes again at No.1 on the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart Stateside this week, with Drake still in the No.1 position with ‘God’s Plan’. As a matter of fact, the entire top five remains steady this week, with Dua Lipa’s ‘New Rules’ edging from No.7 to No.6 and The Weeknd & Kendrick Lamar’s ‘Pray For Me’ premiering in the No.7 position. Migos spice up the top ten with ‘Stir Fry’, which improves from No.12 to No.8, while Bebe Rexha and Florida George Line’s ‘Meant To Be’ is also into the top ten, up from No.11 to No.9.
• He may not have managed the feat on the UK or Australian charts last weekend, but Justin Timberlake has premiered at No.1 on the Billboard 200 albums chart, no doubt helped along by his performance at the Superbowl. ‘Man Of The Woods’ prises out Migos’s ‘Culture II’, which drops to two ahead of ‘The Greatest Showman’ soundtrack, Ed Sheeran and Bruno Mars. The 65th edition of the ever popular ‘NOW’ compilation series is the only other top ten debut in the US this week; it’s into the countdown at No.10.
• That’s all we’ve got for you in this edition of The Purge, but we’re regular as clockwork here at auspOp and shall therefore return at 5pm AEDT this afternoon to bring you your regular weekly ARIA Chart Watch. It’s our weekly look at the ARIA top 100s. And we’ll deliver it to you on schedule later today.
MONDAY FEBRUARY 19 : Jacob Collier (Sydney, Melbourne)
MONDAY FEBRUARY 19 : Celine Dion (Nationally)
MONDAY FEBRUARY 19 : Bill Murray, Jan Vogler & Friends (Nationally)
FRIDAY FEBRUARY 23 : Vance Joy (Nationally)