• What’s new? Well your Saturday morning edition of The Purge for one, but a new single from British dance diva Jess Glynne for another. ‘I’ll Be There’ arrived at both digital retail and Australian media yesterday, giving us our first taste of solo music from the songstress since her debut album dropped back in 2015. According to her local label Warner, “‘I’ll Be There’ is the start of the next chapter for Jess Glynne.”
• US pop starlet Julia Michaels is another artist returning with new music this week. Julia first burst onto planet pop via her breakout smash ‘Issues’, which hit four times platinum status here in Australia. Since then she’s hoocked up with the likes of Clean Bandit and is currently in the charts alongside Noah Kahan on the single ‘Hurt Somebody’. But ‘Jump’ is the first leap into the world of her upcoming debut album, more details of which are expected soon.
• James Arthur pops up on ‘You Can Cry’, the latest single from chart sensation Marshmello. The US producer’s career continues to go from strength to strength as he cherry picks some of the world’s best pop talent to work with him on his singles (Selena Gomez, Anne-Marie, Noah Cyrus, Khalid and more). Now it’s James Arthur’s turn, popping up alongside Juicy J on the new single, which was serviced to Australian media yesterday.
• There’s good news and bad news for fans of The Presets this week. The bad news first, however, is that the boys have delayed the release of their new album ‘Hi Viz’ by two weeks to Friday June 01. The good news is that it’s because of the filming of the video for the next single from it. “We’re currently putting together the film clip for our next single ‘Downtown Shutdown’,” they explain. “It’s a labor of love, and it has taken longer than we had hoped. Because we want you to feel the full force of the song with the visual alongside the record, we’ve decided to push ‘HI VIZ’ to the new release date of June 1. We guarantee it’s worth the wait.” They’ll subsequently head off on their national tour with the new songs fresh in their fans’ minds.
• The boys from Set Mo will wrap up their national tour tonight at the Byron Bay Brewery, but they’ll do so armed with a new banger in ‘Communicate’, which dropped digitally yesterday. “‘Communicate’ was written while on a ten day writing trip in country NSW, Australia,” they reveal. “We decided to head out to the bush for some fresh air and time away from the city life. So we set up the studio out there in a house which was completely off the grid – no phone reception and no internet. We wrote a lot of different music and this particular driving house record come about one afternoon.” ‘Communicate’ is the fourth in eleven new songs the boys will release across 2018.
• ’80s outfit The Romantics are heading to Australia in October this year for shows in Sydney and Melbourne. Best known for their hits ‘Talking In Your Sleep’ and the inimitable ‘What I Like About You’, the US outfit will be on our shores for the first time in more than two decades to play for audiences at the Factory Theatre in Sydney on October 31, before heading to Melbourne for shows at the Chelsea Heights Hotel on November 02, Shoppingtown Hotel on November 03 and the Corner Hotel (matinee performance) on November 04. They’ll be supported at all gigs by our very own Pseudo Echo, with tickets on sale now.
• Ben Howard’s upcoming Australian tour looks like being a big, fat hit. His two shows (July 24 at the Palais Theatre in Melbourne and July 26 at the Sydney Opera House) have already sold out entirely. So the team at Secret Sounds have had no option but to add second and final dates in both cities – July 25 at Melbourne’s Palais Theatre and July 27 at the Sydney Opera House. No further dates will be added to the tour and tickets are already on sale.
• With his new album ‘Empire’ now in the stores, William Crighton has confirmed a national tour in support of it. It all gets underway on Saturday July 14 at the Northern in Byron Bay before the zip across the country touches down in Bellingen (Bello Winter Music Festival on July 15), Adelaide, Melbourne, Hobart, Newcastle and Sydney, before things wrap up at the Black Bear Lodge on Thursday August 02. Tickets are on sale now.
• The UK singles chart top four remains unchanged this week; Calvin Harris & Dua Lipa at one, Ariana at two, Drake and Lil Dicky in positions three and four respectively. But Anne Marie joins them in this week’s top five, her new tune ‘2002’ shifting three places higher from its No.8 debut. Post Malone’s ‘Psycho’ is also up (No.10 to No.6), while ‘Better Now’ and ‘Paranoid’ premiere in positions nine and eleven as his new album ‘Beerbongs & Bentleys’ makes its presence felt.
• With all that action in and around the top ten on the UK singles chart, it should come as no surprise to see Post Malone’s album ‘Beerbongs & Bentleys’ premiering at No.1 on the UK albums chart. It knocks off ‘The Greatest Showman’ soundtrack, but that hasn’t gone too far, sliding to No.2 and sandwiched between new entries. In at No.3 is the new Anne Marie album ‘Speak Your Mind’ and right behind her is a No.4 debut for Blossoms’ new long player ‘Cool Like You’. George Ezra’s ‘Staying At Tamara’s’ holds it place in the top five. Janelle Monae also scores some top ten love with her ‘Dirty Computer’ (No.8 on debut), while Sydney’s own DMA’s hit No.13 on entry with their sophomore album ‘For Now’.
• The upper reaches of the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart is looking rather familiar; Drake continuing his reign for a third straight week at No.1 (and No.2) with ‘Nice For What’ and ‘God’s Plan’ respectively. But Ariana Grande joins them in the top five – and how – with a No.3 debut for her new single ‘No Tears Left To Cry’. Its debut sees both Florida Georgia Line and Post Malone’s singles lose one position apiece, while J Cole enters the top 100 at No.6 with ‘ATM’. But that’s not all J Cole’s been up to this past week, with his new album in the stores. Yes, Drake owns 20% of the US top ten, but J Cole owns 30% of it, with ‘Kevin’s Heart’ new at No.8 and ‘KOD’ new at No.10. Other tracks from the new album premiere at Nos.14, 15, 20, 28, 30, 41, 46, 47 and 53.
• No surprises then to see J Cole shining at No.1 on debut on the Billboard 200 album chart this week. ‘KOD’ knocks Jason Aldean off top spot after just one week and debuts ahead of Cardi B’s ‘Invasion Of Privacy’ and a No.3 debut for A Perfect Circle’s ‘Eat The Elephant’. ‘The Greatest Showman’ soundtrack is steady at No.4, ahead of Jason Aldean’s LP, which slips from one to five. The only other new entry in the top ten this week comes courtesy of Lord Huron, whose new album ‘Vide Noir’ premieres at No.9.
• And that’s your lot for your Saturday morning edition of The Purge. Don’t be too despondent, though. We’ll be back this afternoon with our regular weekly look at what’s happening on the charts here at home. It’s ARIA Chart Watch and it’s live on the site from 5pm AEST.
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