We kick off The Purge this morning with the massive news that broke late last night that Swedish supergroup ABBA has confirmed they’ve been working on new music together after a staggering 35 year hiatus. The statement, released to their socials, says, “The decision to go ahead with the exciting ABBA avatar tour project had an unexpected consequence. We all four felt that, after some 35 years, it could be fun to join forces again and go into the recording studio. So we did.
“And it was like time had stood still and that we only had been away on a short holiday. An extremely joyful experience! It resulted in two new songs and one of them, ‘I Still Have Faith In You’, will be performed by our digital selves in a TV special produced by NBC and the BBC aimed for broadcasting in December. We may have come of age, but the song is new. And it feels good.” Roll on December.
• ‘Happier’ is now officially the fifth single from Ed Sheeran’s monster album ‘÷’. Serviced to Australian media yesterday, the track follows on from multi-platinum smashes ‘Castle On The Hill’, ‘Shape Of You’, ‘Galway Girl’ and ‘Perfect’ and is already certified platinum itself. No doubt those numbers will continue to kick over now that it’s been granted single status.
• Norwegian producers Stargate have bounced back from the unexpectedly underwhelming chart performance of their Sia and P!nk collaboration ‘Waterfall’ with a new groove called ‘1Night’. This time around, they’ve collaborated with PartyNextDoor, 21 Savage and Murda Beatz; the track co-penned by all and produced by Stargate, Murda Beatz and Sir Nolan. The track’s out now.
• The boys from Cosmo’s Midnight have ended the week with a bang, dropping a new single called ‘Polarised’. The track follows on from ‘Get To Know’ and marks the first time that Pat has ever contributed vocals to one of their songs. “We were just riffing on keys and bass and I had a melody running through my head – instead of running it through a synth or something I plugged in my shitty mic and sang the first thing that came to mind,” he reveals. ‘Polarised’ is set to feature on their upcoming debut album entitled ‘What Comes Next’, which is due for release on Friday June 15.
• Drum and bass dynamos Pendulum have announced that they’ll perform their first Australian shows in eight long years in the middle of the year. They’ll be playing dates across the country in support of their upcoming album ‘The Reworks’, which is due to land at retailers everywhere on Friday June 29. The tour kicks off at The Tivoli in Brisbane on June 26 before moving on to Melbourne’s Forum Theatre on June 28, the AEC Theatre in Adelaide on June 29, Metro City in their hometown of Perth on June 30 and Sydney’s Enmore Theatre on July 03. Tickets are on sale at 10am local time on Wednesday, May 02.
• British outfit The Charlatans have announced an Australian tour. Though the band has never really achieved mainstream success down under, their albums have hit No.1 three times in the UK and their last (2017’s ‘Different Days’ – their 13th studio LP) entered the countdown there at No.4. They’re playing Brisbane (The Triffid on August 24), Sydney (Metro Theatre on August 25), Melbourne (170 Russell on August 26), Adelaide (Governor Hindmarsh on August 28) and Perth (Capitol on August 29) during their visit. Pre-sale tickets are live now ahead of general tickets, which are on sale from 9am local time on Monday.
• The annual Groovin The Moo Festivals are underway; the 2018 edition kicking off at the Adelaide Showgrounds yesterday, with online tickets sold out. The festivities continue today with the long sold out Maitland edition before shifting to Canberra tomorrow. The Canberra event is also sold out; so too Bendigo’s event next Saturday. Tickets are still available for the Townsville Moo, due to hit the Murray Sports Complex on Sunday May 06 and for the Western Australian edition at Hay Park in Bunbury on Saturday May 12.
• Hip hop superstar Kendrick Lamar will play Australian headline shows on his ‘Damn’ world tour this July, confirming dates in Sydney, Melbourne, Perth and Adelaide to co-incide with his star turn at Splendour In The Grass. His latest album, after which the tour is named, hit No.2 on its release down under and has easily surpassed gold sales locally. He also topped Triple J’s Hottest 100 with its lead single, the four times platinum ‘Humble’. Kendrick’s visit kicks off at Perth Arena on July 10 before touching down at Rod Laver Arena in Melbourne (July 13), the Adelaide Entertainment Centre (July 15) and Qudos Bank Arena in Sydney (July 24). Tickets are on sale for all this Monday; Sydney (12pm), Melbourne (1pm), Perth (2pm) and Adelaide (3pm).
• Queens Of The Stone Age are also headed down under this year, confirming shows in our five biggest cities, along with Hobart and Newcastle from late August. Their Australian commitments kick off with a show at Riverstage in Brisbane on August 28 before they shuffle across the rest of the country; Newcastle (Entertainment Centre on August 30), Sydney (Hordern Pavilion on August 31), Hobart (Derwent Entertainment Centre on September 04), Melbourne (Margaret Court Arena on September 07), Adelaide (Entertainment Centre on September 09) and Perth Arena on September 12. Frontier Touring pre-sale tickets are live from 2pm AEST on Tuesday ahead of general sales, which go live from midday local time on Thursday May 03.
• And Def Leppard will tour Australia in November, with special guests Scorpion in town. Their tour kicks off at Perth Arena on November 02 before hitting the Adelaide Entertainment Centre on November 04, Brisbane Entertainment Centre on November 06, Rod Laver Arena in Melbourne on November 08 and the ICC Sydney Theatre on November 10. Tickets for all shows are on sale at 1pm local time on Friday May 04.
• There’s special bond between Ariana Grande and the UK, after she returned to Manchester for a fundraising concert to support the victims of the horrific bombing following her show in the city almost one year ago. The Brits have sent her new single ‘No Tears Left To Cry’ into the No.2 position on debut, kept out of the number one spot by Calvin Harris and Dua Lipa. Ariana’s debut sees positions two, three and four all slide one position apiece, leaving Drake, Lil Dicky and George Ezra in spaces three through five. There’s a big move for the Banx & Ranx track ‘Answerphone’, which bullets from No.18 to No.7 and a No.8 debut for the new Anne Marie single ‘2002’.
• A big effort from J Cole this week hasn’t quite been enough to secure him the No.1 position on the UK album chart; that position belonging to the ‘Greatest Showman’ soundtrack for a second successive week. J Cole’s ‘KOD’, however, debuts at No.2, just ahead of a No.3 debut for The Shires’ ‘Accidentally On Purpose’. Nines’ ‘Crop Circle’ dials in a No.5 entry, while there are further top ten debuts for Black Stone Cherry (‘Family Tree’) at No.7 and Sting & Shaggy (’48/876′) at No.9. New albums from A Perfect Circle and The Who miss the top ten, but are new in the top 20 in positions 12 and 15 respectively.
• No surprise to see Drake maintaining his position at No.1 on the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart with his latest track ‘Nice For What’. He’s steady in position two too; ‘God’s Plan’ seemingly now ready to go too far just yet after its eleven week stay in the No.1 position. Zedd’s ‘The Middle’ is the only change in the Stateside top five this week, improving just one position to No.5. Nicki Minaj’s ‘Chun-Li’, however, is flying; the track rocketing from No.92 to No.10 (her other new track ‘Barbie Tingz’ is up from No.82 to No.25).
• Country star Jason Aldean scores some chart love with his new album ‘Rearview Town’, which debuts in top spot on the Billboard 200 albums chart. In doing so, the LP dislodges Cardi B’s ‘Invasion Of Privacy’, which falls to No.2, with the new Breaking Benjamin album ‘Ember’ coming in at No.3, also on debut. John Prine also scores from top five chart love with his album ‘The Tree Of Forgiveness’, which enters at No.5, while vocal group Pentatonix are back in the US top ten mix with their ‘PTX Presents: Top Pop, Vol.I’, which is new at No.10.
• So that’s your UK and US charts taken care of. Naturally you’ll be wanting to know what’s been happening on the Australian charts, so we’ll be preparing a tasty little morsel known as ARIA Chart Watch, a complete wrap of the new entries, the big moves and the new certifications home-grown style. It’ll go live here on the site at 5pm AEST this very afternoon. We look forward to your company then.
MONDAY APRIL 30 : The Charlatans (Nationally)
MONDAY APRIL 30 : Kendrick Lamar (Nationally)
MONDAY APRIL 30 : Raekwon & Slick Rick (Nationally)
MONDAY APRIL 30 : Suzanne Vega (Nationally)
THURSDAY MAY 03 : Queens Of The Stone Age (Nationally)
WEDNESDAY MAY 02 : Pendulum (Nationally)
FRIDAY MAY 04 : Def Leppard (Nationally)