• Welcome to your Saturday edition of The Purge, which we’re kicking off with ‘Graffiti U’, the brand new album from Australian country superstar Keith Urban. The 13 tracker is the follow up to 2016’s ‘Ripcord’ and has been preceded by lead single ‘Parallel Line’. It’ll impact at retailers across the planet on Friday April 27. Keith will be back in Australia early next month for a whirlwind promotional visit in support of the new LP. No doubt the visit will also include a performance on ‘The Voice’, on which he was a former judge.
• The countdown to the release of Tove Styrke’s new album ‘Sway’ ramped up a gear yesterday with the released of her new single ‘On The Low’. “If ‘Sway’ is a body of work, ‘On The Low’ is like the heart,” Tove explains. “It’s the smallest song in terms of how it sounds but in another way it’s the biggest. It’s just a straight up love song, but what else do you really need.” Tove is due to land in Australia shortly ahead of her shows at Sydney’s Oxford Art Factory on Tuesday night and Melbourne’s Howler on Thursday.
• The Kite String Tangle will release a mini album entitled ‘The Kite String Tangle Presents : In A Desperate Moment’ at the end of next week. The releases comprises 11 tracks (there’s an intro, an interlude and an outro), including his latest single ‘The Heights Of Trees’, which dropped digitally yesterday. KST (aka Danny Harley) will play Brisbane’s Wave Festival on Saturday April 21.
• The release of the new Potbelleez single couldn’t have been more perfectly timed to coincide with the opening of the 2018 Commonwealth Games on the Gold Coast. The track dropped to both radio and retail on Wednesday, the same day as the Opening Ceremony of the event at Carrara Stadium. Despite its name and inspiration message, however, it’s not connected with the Games in any way. “‘Go For Gold’ is about the anchors, whether it be people or surfing or reading or whatever that keeps you in pace with the universe when it’s spinning out of control,” frontman Ilan Kidron explains. “So that when the world presents you with something incredible, you are ready to receive it.”
• Aussie duo Set Mo have enlisted the vocal stylings of Asta for their latest single ‘Near’, which was released yesterday. “The original piece of music, before there were any lyrics, we gave the working title of ‘Near’ as the track had a warm, comforting feel to it,” the boys reveal. “When we got in the studio with Asta we explored this concept and the broader idea of feeling someone’s presence and aura. This is when the song Near truly came to life.” Set Mo are currently on their Australian tour and are due to play Fat Controller in Adelaide tonight and the Manly Wharf Hotel in Sydney tomorrow.
• Arctic Monkeys will release their sixth album ‘Tranquility Base Hotel & Casino’ on Friday May 11. It’s the band’s first long player release in five long years and has been described as a “bold and brilliant album”. You’ll be able to get it on CD, vinyl and digitally, along with a special fan edition in limited silver vinyl.
• Lock September 04 to 07 in your diary; that’s when the annual Bigsound Festival will return to Fortitude Valley in Brisbane later this year. Artist applications for this year’s proceedings are now open. And at the same time, organisers have revealed tweaks to how the festival will run in 2018; an expanded music tech component, along with new student ticket rate and, most importantly, a new welcome event on the Tuesday afternoon that will “put Indigenous music front and centre of the Bigsound experience”. All the details are available at www.bigsound.org.au
• Welsh outfit Stereophonics have added a second and final Brisbane show to their upcoming national tour, after their first in the Queensland capital sold out almost instantly. The second date will take place at The Tivoli on Sunday April 29. Due to the addition of the new Brisbane date, however, the band’s Melbourne show has been forced to move 24 hours later. It’ll still take place at the Forum Theatre, now on Tuesday May 01 instead of Monday April 30. Tickets to Stereophonics’ new Brisbane show are on sale now.
• Josh Pyke, Tim Rogers, Chris Cheney and Phil Jamieson will come together in the second half of July to celebrate The Beatles’ classic ‘White Album’. The tour features more than 20 musicians and singers and will see the boys performing tracks like ‘Blackbird’, ‘While My Guitar Gently Weeps’ and the classic ‘Back In The USSR’. Pre-sale tickets are live from Monday, with general public tickets on sale from this Friday, April 13. Details at www.whitealbumconcert.com.
• Playboi Carti is back in business. He recently postponed his Australian tour citing exhaustion; Frontier Touring saying at the time that they were working on rescheduling dates. True to their word, they have rescheduled and the rapper will be here in late May. Shows in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane and Perth are still go, although the Brisbane show has shifted from The Tivoli to Eatons Hill Hotel. Existing tickets are valid for entry at the rescheduled dates.
• Speaking of rappers, Night Lovell’s first ever Australian tour kicks off in Perth on April 28. But ahead of his visit, he’s confirmed the addition of a one-off show in the City Of Churches. The Adelaide gig will take place at Governor Hindmarsh on Sunday April 29 and a Frontier members pre-sale for it is on sale now. General public tickets are live from 11am local time on Monday.
• James Reyne will celebrate the 35 year anniversary of his iconic single ‘Reckless’ with a national tour straddling two months at the end of the year. The run of dates across the country kicks off at the Enmore Theatre in Sydney on October 13 and will make stops in Perth (Astor Theatre on November 02 and 03), Melbourne (Palais Theatre on November 24), Brisbane (The Tivoli on November 30 and December 01) and Adelaide (Thebarton Theatre on December 08). Venue pre-sales are currently live ahead of general sales, which kick in at 9am on Monday.
• Right, so there’s some serious shuffling going on over on the UK singles chart. Rudimental, Jess Glynne, Macklemore and Dan Caplen finally knocked Drake off the No.1 spot last week with their single ‘These Days’. One week on, however, and they too have lost their hold on top spot, replaced by Lil Dicky’s single ‘Freaky Friday, which debuted at No.16 two weeks back, jumped to No.5 last week and is now up to No.1. Keala Settle’s ‘This Is Me’ is up from No.8 to No.3, meaning singles from George Ezra, Portugal The Man and Marshmello all slide back. Love for the tracks on the new Weeknd EP; ‘Call Out My Name’ is new at No.7, with debuts also for ‘Try Me’ and ‘Wasted Times’ within the top 20 (Nos.17 and 18 respectively).
• George Ezra’s stay at the top of the UK albums chart was brief. After debuting at No.1 last week, ‘Staying At Tamara’s’ slips to No.2 this week, replaced at the helm by ‘The Greatest Showman’ soundtrack, which George himself replaced. There are three top ten debuts in the UK this week, the highest of which is the aforementioned new EP from The Weeknd, ‘My Dear Melancholy’, which enters at No.3. Vaccines’ ‘Combat Sports’ is also new this week (No.4); so too Kacey Musgraves’ ‘Golden Hour’ (No.6). Levellers’ ‘We The Collective’ misses a top ten berth by only two. It’s new at No.12.
• Guess what’s No.1 in the US this week? Just guess… Yes, of course it’s Drake and his smash hit ‘God’s Plan’, which is wedged there in the Billboard Hot 100 No.1 spot for a tenth consecutive week. He’s steady, Bebe Rexha and Florida Georgia Line are steady (No.2), but Ed Sheeran’s ‘Perfect’ slides, allowing Bruno Mars and Post Malone to edge one place higher apiece. BlocBoy JB’s ‘Look Alive’ is on the move, however, bolting from No.11 to No.6. Bazzi’s ‘Mine’ is on track for a top ten berth this time next week, improving from No.15 to No.11. Keep an eye out for Shawn Mendes’ ‘In My Blood’, however, ’cause that’s in a big hurry, rocketing 50 places from No.72 to No.22.
• The No.1 spot on the Billboard 200 Albums chart this week belongs to Jack White’s new album ‘Boarding House Reach’. The XXXTentacion album ‘?’ only drops to No.2, with the rest of the top five occupied by the soundtracks for ‘Black Panther’ and ‘The Greatest Showman’ (No.3 and No.4) and Migos. Albums from Imagine Dragons and Camila Cabello are up into the top ten and the new Toni Braxton album ‘Sex & Cigarettes’ premieres at No.22.
• And that’s your overflowing Saturday edition of The Purge today. But like clockwork, we’ll be back on the site at 5pm AEST with our regular weekly ARIA Chart Watch.
MONDAY APRIL 09 : Lil Dicky (Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane)
MONDAY APRIL 09 : Night Lovell (Adelaide)
MONDAY APRIL 09 : James Reyne (Nationally)
MONDAY APRIL 09 : Unknown Mortal Orchestra (Nationally)
TUESDAY APRIL 10 : Vance Joy (Melbourne, Brisbane)
TUESDAY APRIL 10 : Tesseract (Nationally)
WEDNESDAY APRIL 11 : The Presets (Nationally)
WEDNESDAY APRIL 11 : Radnor & Lee (Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane)
FRIDAY APRIL 13 : Shania Twain (Sydney)
FRIDAY APRIL 13 : The White Album Concert (Nationally)