• It’s your Saturday edition of The Purge and it’s ‘Musika’, the new single from Aussie dance duo Yolanda Be Cool. Released yesterday, the track is a collaboration with African duo Kwanzaa Posse, who the boys have been fans of for years. “We’re stoked to be able to collab with them on Musika,” they explain. “With this song, we wanted to combine everything we love of the underground house scene with the epically catchy vocals from the Posse and throw in some musical hooks of our own to create something special, a song that could work on a huge festival stage but also a small little club.”
• Ed Sheeran kicked off the local leg of his ‘Divide’ world tour last night in Perth with quite the touring record under his belt. Frontier Touring confirmed on the eve of his visit that he’s sold in excess of one million tickets on his Australian/New Zealand tour, making it the biggest concert tour in A/NZ history. It’s also achieved the highest ticket sales for a single concert tour in Australian history, the biggest stadium tour of Australia and New Zealand ever and has smashed attendance records at various stadiums across the country. Ed plays Perth’s Optus Stadium again tonight before the tour shifts to Adelaide on Wednesday.
• Speaking of Ed, Frontier has also confirmed updated certification numbers for some of the tracks from ‘÷’. Latest single ‘Perfect’ has hit seven times platinum (490,000 units), ‘Shape Of You’ has achieved a staggering ten times platinum (700,000 units), ‘Castle On The Hill’ has been updated to six times platinum (420,000 copies) and ‘Galway Girl’ maintains its four times platinum accreditation (280,000 units). We presume these new certifications will be tweaked on tonight’s ARIA charts, which go live at 5pm AEDT. We’ll bring you the latest info on the ARIA top 100s as part of ARIA Chart Watch here on the site, also at 5pm AEDT.
• Celebrated indigenous artist Gurrumul, who sadly passed away last year, has left us with one final album; ‘Djarimirri (Child of the Rainbow)’ completed in the weeks prior to his death. Publicists have described the new long player as “an astounding achievement of music” and it won’t be too long before we’ll be able to own it; it’s out on Friday April 13. A documentary tracking the singer’s extraordinary life, will make it into cinemas on April 25.
• Melbourne starlet Eliott yesterday dropped her gorgeous new single ‘Over & Over’, produced by Jack Grace and co-penned by Lucianblomkamp. “It’s a love song,” Eliott explains. “Not necessarily a romantic love, but a relationship between two people that no matter how much time they spend apart, days, months, years, they’ve always got your back – a kind of love you very rarely find.” The track is set to feature on Eliott’s forthcoming debut EP, which we’re told to expect a digital service providers on Friday April 20.
• Jason Owen will hit the road to perform his covers of John Denver tracks throughout June, July and August. The former ‘X Factor’ singer released his album ‘Jason Owen Sings John Denver’ in the middle of last year, but will play for audiences across New South Wales, from the Ex Services Club in Macksville on June 08 to Lizotte’s in Newcastle August 18. There’s one stop outside New South Wales… to the Harmonie German Club in the ACT on June 16. Tickets are on sale now.
• Once again there’s no change to the No.1 position on the UK singles chart. In fact the top three is unchanged this week; ‘Drake’s ‘God’s Plan’, Rudimental, Jess Glynne, Macklemore and Dan Caplen’s ‘These Days’ and Dua Lipa’s ‘IDGAF’ maintaining positions one through three respectively. It’s Drake’s sixth successive week in the No.1 spot in the UK. Post Malone thunders into the top ten in the UK with his latest single ‘Psycho’, which enters at No.4 ahead of Marshmello and Anne-Marie’s ‘Friends’, which is up from No.9 to No.5. There’s a big move too for the Justin Timberlake/Chris Stapleton track ‘Say Something’, which bullets from No.22 to No.10. Our own 5 Seconds Of Summer are back on the UK charts, debuting at No.22 with their comeback single ‘Want You Back’. Kylie’s ‘Dancing’ re-enters at No.50.
• There’s no budging the soundtrack for ‘The Greatest Showman’ either. The album continues to dominate the UK chart for an eighth successive week, with Ed Sheeran, Dua Lipa and Rag ‘N’ Bone Man in positions two through four. Stormzy’s ‘Gang Signs & Prayer’ is up to No.5 from No.10. Pete Tong’s ‘Ibiza Classics’ rockets from No.63 to No.11
• Steady all stations on the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart again this week, with Drake still wedged in the No.1 position with ‘God’s Plan’. The three singles following (Ed Sheeran, Bruno Mars and Camila Cabello) are also steady this week, with the only change in the top five a one place rise to No.5 for BlocBoy JB ftg Drake’s ‘Look Alive’. The Weeknd & Kendrick Lamar’s ‘Pray For Me’ muscles its way into the Billboard top ten, edging from No.11 to No.9.
• The popularity of the ‘Black Panther’ soundtrack shows no sign of abating; the album maintaining its No.1 advantage on the Billboard 200 album chart for a second successive week. Migos’ ‘Culture II’ is up from No.4 to No.2, with the soundtrack for ‘The Greatest Showman’ steady at No.3. Nipsey Hussle does quite the ‘Victory Lap’ with a debut at No.4, as does Brandy Carlile, whose new album ‘By The Way, I Forgive You’ enters the countdown in the No.5 spot.
• Love your charts? Then you’re going to love ARIA Chart Watch. It’s our weekly wrap of the ARIA top 100s, both singles and albums charts. Who’s ruling the roost locally this week? Who’s bagged a new certification and who’s plunging? Find out with our latest wrap at 5pm AEDT tonight.
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