• Welcome to your weekend edition of The Purge. The return of Conrad Sewell is on in earnest; the Brisbane native this week confirming that he’s inked a new deal with Sony Music. In his time as part of the Warner stable, Conrad released his singles ‘Hold Me Up’, ‘Who You Loving’ and his No.1 smash ‘Start Again’; the latter precisely what he’ll so with his new label home. Conrad gets the chance to press reset on his career, with new music due land within the next couple of weeks.
• Also returning with new music is British outfit Bastille. Their first single release of 2018 is called ‘Quarter Past Midnight’ and it’s the first taste of the band’s next studio album, more details of which are due to be revealed soon. Of the single, frontman Dan Smith says, “It’s just about trying to capture that ‘Sliding Doors’ moment on a night out. Some people are gonna go home; for some this is just the beginning. It became about being in someone’s car, driving through the city, and I wanted to try and capture that sense of excitement, and that rush.”
• Big congratulations are in order for Amy Shark, who this week took out the 2018 Vanda & Young Songwriting Competition for her single ‘Adore’. The win sees the songstress pocket a tidy $50,000. “It’s such an honour to win the 2018 Vanda & Young Song Comp for ‘Adore’,” she said in a statement. “I wrote this song in my bedroom and it’s a testament to what just one piece of music can do and how important it is to keep doing what you love.” Gang Of Youths frontman David Le’aupepe bagged both second and third prizes for both ‘Let Me Down Easy’ and ‘The Heart Is A Muscle’ respectively and bags $10,000 and $5000 respectively for his results. Brisbane’s Mallrat scored the Best Unpublished Work.
• We’ll have a new Beach Boys album to call our own early next month; the legendary US band teaming up with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra for a collection of their biggest hits given an orchestral touch. The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra were recorded at the prestigious Abbey Road Studios in London and those pieces have been combined with The Beach Boys’ original vocal performances for the new release, which will drop in digital, CD and double vinyl formats. The digital and CD versions will be available from Friday June 08, while the vinyl is set to land on August 17.
• Aussie performer Matt Gresham is back with new music, yesterday dropping a new single entitled ‘Rising Up’. “It’s about breaking the chains of what society believes to be success,” Matt says of the song, “and dealing with the judgment of others when you do. True success for me is to accept yourself 100%.” The video for the soulful piece (HERE) features an appearance from world WFC middleweight champion Robert Whittaker. ‘Rising Up’ is available now.
• And Nine Inch Nails have confirmed the release of a new EP in June. Entitled ‘Bad Witch’, the six tracker completes the trilogy of EP releases that began in 2016 with ‘Not The Actual Events’. Look for it at your favourite retailer on Friday June 22.
• British band Neck Deep will be back in Australia later this year for shows in four of our five main capital cities. For the first time in almost four years, the band will play a full headline set, including songs from their 2017 top ten LP ‘The Peace And The Panic’, for audiences in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane and Perth. The run of shows kicks off at Capitol in Perth on November 29 and continues in Sydney (Metro Theatre on December 01), Brisbane (The Triffid on December 02) and finally Melbourne (170 Russell on December 04). Live Nation pre-sale tickets are live from 1pm on Tuesday ahead of general sales, which hit the sales desk at 1pm on Thursday, May 17.
• Great news for the boys from Cosmo’s Midnight, with the previously announced Sydney and Melbourne dates on their ‘What Comes Next’ Australian tour both selling out. To cope with the continuing demand for tickets in both cities, they’ve added second dates. They’ll now play a new show at Melbourne’s Corner Hotel on July 12 (the night prior to the first concert) and will wrap up the run of dates with a new show at the Metro Theatre in Sydney on Saturday August 04. Tickets are on sale now. The boys’ new album ‘What Comes Next’ is out on Friday June 15.
• Tex Perkins’ show in Hobart last night has been postponed due to the unprecedented weather event that occurred in the Tasmanian capital on Thursday and Friday. Almost 130mm of rain fell on the city in 24 hours (more than 230mm on nearby Mount Wellington), causing flash flooding across the city. But organisers have advised ticketholders to keep hold of their tickets, as a rescheduled date has been locked in (at the same venue) on Friday June 15. “We apologise for any inconvenience caused and look forward to bringing ‘The Man In Black’ to Hobart on June 15,” the promoter said in a statement. “We hope you are all safe and thank you for your understanding.”
• It’s another week in the No.1 position for Calvin Harris, Dua Lipa and their single ‘One Kiss’ on the UK singles chart. But they’re under challenge from a familiar face; Drake’s ‘Nice For What’ edging one place higher to No.2 at the expensive of Ariana Grande. The rest of this week’s top ten in England is relatively steady, save for a couple of place moves here and there. David Guetta and Sia’s ‘Flames’ is challenging, however, moving up from No.19 to No.11. Childish Gambino’s track ‘This Is America’ is the week’s highest debut – at No.14, followed closely behind by Jess Glynne’s ‘I’ll Be There’ (No.16).
• Post Malone’s album ‘Beerbongs & Bentleys’ could only hold the No.1 position for a week in the UK, now overtaken by the soundtrack to ‘The Greatest Showman’, which re-takes top spot. Frank Turner scores the week’s highest UK debut, with ‘Be More Kind’ debuting in the No.3 position. Plan B’s ‘Heaven Before All Hell Breaks Loose’ joins the top five party, with a debut at No.5. Two more albums make their entry into the UK top ten this week. They are Shinedown’s ‘Attention Attention’ at No.8 and Jon Hopkins’ ‘Singularity’ at No.9. New albums from Gaz Coombes, Parkway Drive, LSO and Slow Readers Club make the top 20 on entry, in positions 12, 14, 15 and 18 respectively.
• Surprise surprise! Yes, Drake continues his dominance of the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart in the USA this week, with ‘Nice For What’ still at number one for a fourth straight week. But his previous No.1 smash – ‘God’s Plan’ – is finally gone from No.2, replaced by Post Malone’s ‘Psycho’, no doubt helped along by the release of Post Malone’s album. It moves from No.5 to No.2. Good news for Camila Cabello with her single ‘Never Be The Same’ leaping from No.13 to No.6. Post Malone makes it three entries within the US top ten; ‘Better Now’ debuting at No.7, just ahead of a No.32 to No.8 jump for ‘Rockstar’. More love for Post Malone peppers the chart, with debuts in positions 11, 14, 15, 16, 17, 20, 23, 24, 29, 34, 40, 46, 47, 57 and 73.
• There’s really no point letting you know who the No.1 album spot in the US belongs to, given all the debuts for Post Malone’s songs. But just in case you were wondering… Post Malone has debuted at No.1 on the Billboard 200 album chart with his latest long player ‘Beerbongs & Bentleys’ (who’d a thunk it!?). It debuts with a bang ahead of our very own Keith Urban, whose ‘Graffiti U’ debuts in the No.2 position. J Cole’s album ‘KOD’ drops from one to three, but there’s another trio of successive debuts in the US top ten; in positions six, seven and eight from Janelle Monae (‘Dirty Computer’), YoungBoy Never Broke Again (‘Until Death Call My Name’) and Godsmack (‘When Legends Rise’) respectively.
• And yes, while The Purge is over for another Saturday, fear not as we’ll be back from 5pm AEST with our weekly look at the top 100 charts here at home. It’s ARIA Chart Watch and it’ll be live late this afternoon. Join us, won’t you?
MONDAY MAY 14 : Katy Perry (Sydney, Adelaide)
TUESDAY MAY 15 : Pnau (Nationally)
THURSDAY MAY 17 : Cheap Trick (Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane)
THURSDAY MAY 17 : Neck Deep (Nationally)
FRIDAY MAY 18 : Cher (Nationally)