• Hello and welcome to your Saturday serve of The Purge! We’re kicking it off this weekend with ‘Perfect’, the new collaboration between German DJ Topic and Fifth Harmony songstress Ally Brooke. The track was released at the end of last month, but it’s only now been serviced to Australian media. Topic previously hit the big time in Australia via his double platinum smash ‘Home’ (with Nico Santos).
• Not content with tickling our disco fancy with her latest single ‘Til I’m Done’, Paloma Faith has now teamed up with fellow UK talent Sigala for his new single ‘Lullaby’. “This was a track I initially wrote a while ago and I loved it immediately, but knew I needed to find the right person to collaborate on it with,” Sigala explains. “I love to find unique voices, so it was a perfect match when Paloma got involved! I’m so excited to release this one, and it’s a great track to preview the sound of my upcoming album.” The single dropped digitally yesterday.
• Aussie favourite Joel Fletcher is another with a new single out this week; the Melburnian yesterday dropping his latest flavour, ‘Where’s The Love’. “When I was touring in Europe recently I did a writing session with Glen Faria who is a super talented singer/songwriter from Amsterdam,” he explains. “I played him a couple of different ideas to work on and we both caught a vibe on this song. We basically wrote the whole song in a couple of hours which was crazy.” Joel plays Brisbane’s Lost City Underage festival today before heading to Melbourne for gigs at Cloud Nine and Tramp later tonight. The track’s out now.
• Melbourne songstress Woodes has dropped her new EP entitled ‘Golden Hour’ (cover pictured above), which features her recently-released single ‘Origami’. “‘Golden Hour’ was a concept I’ve had in my head throughout the whole writing process,” Woodes explains. “It stemmed from the gold light that flooded my studio at the end of the day. This time of day is also often called ‘Magic Hour’.” Fans will have the chance to hear tracks from it live when Woodes kicks off her three date East Coast tour this Friday.
• The domination of Post Malone is set to continue, thanks to the release of his new single ‘Psycho’. According to his label Universal, he’s notched up quadruple platinum success with his former No.1 smash ‘Rockstar’, triple platinum with ‘I Fall Apart’ and platinum with ‘Candy Paint’. ‘Psycho’ is out now; presumably the aforementioned singles will get their certifications tweaked on tonight’s ARIA charts.
• Aussie singer songwriter Xavier Rudd returned with new music yesterday in the form of his latest single ‘Walk Away’. It’s the first single plucked from his upcoming album project entitled ‘Storm Boy’, which his label Warner tells us we should expect later in the year. To celebrate the release of ‘Walk Away’, however, Xavier has confirmed live headline shows in Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane in the middle of April. He’ll play The Triffid in Brisbane on April 12, the Factory Theatre in Sydney on April 13 and the Thornbury Theatre in Melbourne on April 15. He’ll then zip across to Perth for an appearance at the Reverb Festival on Sunday April 15. Tickets for the headline shows are on sale this Wednesday.
• Youtube sensations The Piano Guys will be down under in September this year to embark on their first ever Australian tour. “We have been trying to meet up with our wonderful and devoted fans in Australia for years,” the band said in a statement. “Finally, everything came together for it to happen. The Piano Guys are beyond excited to come see you all in our first visit to the land down under!” The tour kicks off at Brisbane’s Convention & Exhibition Centre on Friday September 28 before stopping at the Perth Concert Hall on September 29, the Sydney Opera House on October 01 and The Plenary in Melbourne on October 02. Tickets for all shows are on sale at 10am local time on Friday, March 02.
• Speaking of first ever Australian tours… Dermot Kennedy’s upcoming visit to our shores is going gangbusters, with his April 05 show at Howler in Melbourne now fully sold out. But demand from Brisbanites has twisted Secret Sounds’ arm to add a show in the Queensland capital to the run; Dermot now confirmed to play Woolly Mammoth on Saturday April 07. Tickets are on sale now.
• With their debut album ‘Lost Friends’ set to roll into retailers on Friday May 04, Sydney outfit Middle Kids have confirmed they’ll take it on the road for a national tour hot on the heels of its release. The band is already giving audiences at Sydney’s Oxford Art Factory and Melbourne’s Howler a taste of the new material with sold out shows on March 11 and 19 respectively. But the national tour takes them further afield; Perth’s Rosemount Hotel (May 09), Mojo in Fremantle (May 10), Fat Controller in Adelaide (May 11), Woolly Mammoth in Brisbane (May 18), Karova Lounge in Ballarat (May 25) and Melbourne’s Corner Hotel (May 26). Tickets for all dates are on sale now.
• The upper echelon of the UK singles chart is still spookily steady this week, with Drake continuing his reign in the No.1 position with ‘God’s Plan’ and Rudimental, Jess Glynne and Macklemore still in position two with ‘These Days’. Dua Lipa’s ‘IDGAF’, Portugal The Man’s ‘Feel It Still’ and Kendrick Lamar and SZA’s ‘All The Stars’ are all in the ascendancy, however… up from No.4 to No.3, No.6 to No.4 and No.11 to No.5 respectively. Marshmello and Anne-Marie’s ‘Friends’ bullets ten places to No.9 and Camila Cabello is into the top ten with her latest, ‘Never Be The Same’ (No.14 to No.10).
• The UK No.1 single remains the same, as does the UK No.1 album this week; ‘The Greatest Showman’ soundtrack maintaining position for another week, again ahead of Ed Sheeran’s ‘÷’. Albums from Dua Lipa, Rag ‘N’ Bone Man and Camila Cabello all bound into the top five behind them. Temperance Movement score the week’s only top ten debut – in positions six with ‘A Deeper Cut’. Stormzy’s ‘Gang Signs & Prayer’ rockets from No.41 to No.10.
• Drake still rules the roost on the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart with his single ‘God’s Plan’. In fact the entire top five remains steady for a third successive week (Ed Sheeran, Bruno Mars, Camila Cabello and Post Malone in positions two through five respectively). BlocBoy JB’s new single ‘Look Alive’ (featuring Drake) rocks the top ten with a debut at No.6, while the Kendrick Lamar/SZA track ‘All The Stars’ bullets from No.31 to No.9.
• Justin Timberlake was enjoying the view from the top of the Billboard 200 albums chart with his latest long player ‘Man Of The Woods’ last week. But his LP has been displaced by the soundtrack for the new movie smash ‘Black Panther’, which debuts in the No.1 spot on this week’s countdown. Justin’s not gone too far, however… just down to number two. Soundtracks are in positions one, three and five on the Billboard chart this week; ‘The Greatest Showman’ at No.3 and a No.5 debut for ‘Fifty Shades Freed’.
• The Purge is done for a Saturday morning, but we’ll be back this afternoon at 5pm with Chart Watch. It’s our regular weekly look at the ARIA top 100s. We’ll catch you then.
MONDAY FEBRUARY 26 : Tha Dogg Pound (Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane)
WEDNESDAY FEBRUARY 28 : Xavier Rudd (Nationally)
FRIDAY MARCH 02 : The Piano Guys (Nationally)