• It’s your Saturday serve of The Purge and it’s the original studio recording of Prince’s classic ‘Nothing Compares 2 U’ that kicks us off this morning. Released to digital service providers everywhere yesterday, this recording pre-dates the classic Sinead O’Connor version by some six years. The Prince Estate vault archivist Michael Howe says, “I spotted the 2″ multitrack reel in the vault some weeks back while doing a 1984-era inventory. After retrieving my jaw from the floor, we took the reel upstairs, analysed it, put it up on the Studer 24 track machine, and digitized it to 24/192. Even our ‘faders up’ rough mix was compelling enough to indicate that this was something very special indeed.” Super-fans also have the chance to purchase picture disc and black vinyl formats from the OFFICIAL STORE.
• Sydney songstress Odette will release her long-awaited debut album ‘To A Stranger’ at the start of July. Triple J audiences may know the performer for her 2017 debut single ‘Watch Me Read You’, which made the Hottest 100 earlier this year. There’s a whole body of work to follow that, however. “It was written over the last few years, which for me held a myriad of traumatic experiences but also beautiful moments,” Odette says of the album. “I over-analyse most things in my life so I wanted to be able to openly and honestly talk about what I’ve been through so I’m so proud and excited to be showing everyone ‘To A Stranger’. It’s been a long time coming and I’m ready to share this insight into my experiences and who it’s crafted me into as a person and a writer.” Look for it at your favourite retailer on Friday July 06.
• Another new release for 16 year old performer Billie Eilish, who yesterday dropped her latest single ‘Lovely’, which features a vocal appearance from US rap star Khalid and was co-penned by her brother Finneas. According to her local label Universal, Billie’s currently hard at work on her debut album.
• Country superstar Carrie Underwood will release her new album ‘Cry Pretty’ in September. The campaign for the new long player kicked off recently with the release of the album’s title track, which scored the most added song at country radio in the US. “At this point in my career, I feel stronger and more creative than ever,” Carrie says in a statement. “I think you can hear that in this new album. “It’s emotional, it’s soulful, it’s real, and we also have some fun on there too. I hope everyone loves it as much as I have loved making it.” You’ll be able to pick up ‘Cry Pretty’ the album at retailers globally on Friday September 14.
• Dan Sultan will release a collaborative EP entitled ‘Killer Under A Blood Moon’ on Friday May 18. The six tracker sees both Dan and other musicians (Meg Mac, Camp Cope, AB Original and Dave Le’aupepe of Gang Of Youths fame) tackling tracks from Dan’s album ‘Killer’, along with two “bonus tracks” in ‘Pitchfork’ and ‘Coming Back’. Lead single ‘Drover’ (featuring Dave Le’aupepe’) is out now.
• Ruby Boots has released ‘Believe In Heaven’, the latest single from her recently-released album ‘Don’t Talk About It’. To celebrate it and its music video (watch HERE), Ruby’s confirmed that she’s heading home for a trio of live shows early next month. She’s at the Northcote Social Club in Melbourne on May 04, Leadbelly in Sydney on May 05 and at the Rosemount Hotel in Perth on May 11. Tickets for all three dates are on sale now.
• British dance star SG Lewis will make his Australian debut in the middle of the year, with live shows locked in for Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane. He’ll be playing tracks from his latest release ‘Dusk’ at the gigs, which will hit The Zoo in Brisbane on July 25, the Oxford Art Factory in Sydney on July 26 and Howler in Melbourne on July 27. Live Nation pre-sale tickets are on sale until midday on Monday. General public tickets then hit the sales desk at 1pm local time, also on Monday.
• The Rubens will hit the road for a regional tour in support of their recently-released single ‘Never Ever’ and their upcoming album ‘Lo La Ru’. The run of dates kicks off with the already announced gig at The Beery in Terrigal on Friday May 18, but will then continue up through Queensland, across to Western Australia (Dunsborough, Rockingham and Geraldton on June 07, 08 and 09), before wrapping in Mulgrave and Frankston in Melbourne on June 14 and 15. Tickets are on sale now.
• Organisers of the annual Listen Out Festival have advised punters to whip out their diaries and lock in the all-important dates for 2018. Melbourne’s first up – on Saturday September 22 – followed by Perth (Sunday September 23), Sydney (Saturday September 29) and Brisbane (Sunday September 30). Further details, including ticketing information and the all-important line-up are still forthcoming.
• Just when you thought Drake was virtually untouchable on the charts, along come Calvin Harris and Dua Lipa; the UK pair edging two places higher to take the No.1 spot on the UK single chart overnight with their collaboration ‘One Kiss’. Drake’s not gone too far, however, down to No.2 with ‘Nice For What’. Sigala and Paloma Faith’s ‘Lullaby’ also improves two this week (No.9 to No.7), while further down Zayn’s new single ‘Let Me’ stumbles into the countdown at No.20. No doubt he’ll be wanting an improvement on its fortunes in the weeks ahead. Nicki Minaj’s ‘Chun-Li’ and ‘Barbie Tingz’ are in at positions 26 and 31 respectively.
• Kylie Minogue has relinquished her grip on the UK No.1 spot after one week; the singer’s album ‘Golden’ falling to No.4, allowing the soundtrack to ‘The Greatest Showman’ to return to the pinnacle after Kylie overtook it last week. Manic Street Preachers’ latest long player ‘Resistance Is Futile’ premieres in the No.2 spot (their second No.2 album in succession), with George Ezra’s ‘Staying At Tamara’s’ steady at No.3. Damned score a top ten debut with ‘Evil Spirits’ (No.7), while albums from both Dua Lipa and Sam Smith are back in the top ten. Take That frontman Gary Barlow’s first solo album ‘Open Road’ re-enters the countdown at No.25 after the release of an anniversary edition.
• Can you believe it… After eleven straight weeks in the No.1 position on the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart, the dominance of Drake’s track ‘God’s Plan’ is finally at an end. Don’t worry though, because Drake’s been replaced in the No.1 spot by (yep, you guessed it) Drake! The Canadian superstar’s new single ‘Nice For What’ doing the business big time, premiering at No.1. ‘God’s Plan’ is only down to No.2, mind you, giving Drake the US 1-2. Cardi B’s ‘I Like It’ premieres very healthily at No.8, while she’s back at No.11 with ‘Be Careful’ (up from No.16). Not great news for The Weeknd, however, with his latest single ‘Call Out My Name’ dropping from last week’s No.4 debut to No.20.
• Of course, all that love for Cardi B on the singles chart has meant that her debut album ‘Invasion Of Privacy’ has debuted at No.1 on the Billboard 200 album chart. She held off a concerted challenge from Thirty Seconds To Mars, whose new long player ‘America’ debuts in the No.2 position. With those two new entries, The Weeknd’s ‘My Dear Melancholy’ EP slides from No.1 to No.3. Debuts in positions 10 (Lil Xan’s ‘Total Xanarchy’), 11 (Flatbush Zombies’ ‘Vacation In Hell’), 12 (Famous Dex’s ‘Dex Meets Dexter’) and 13 (the Elton John tribute album ‘Revamp’).
• That’s all we’ve got for you this Saturday morning, but never fear… we shall return at 5pm on the East Coast this afternoon with our weekly look at the Australian top 100 charts. It’s a little segment we call ‘ARIA Chart Watch’ and you’ll find it live here on the site at 5pm today. See you then.
MONDAY APRIL 23 : SG Lewis (Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane)
TUESDAY APRIL 24 : The Preatures (Nationally)