• Your weekend Purge kicks off this morning with the new Jennifer Lopez single ‘Dinero’ (which is Spanish for ‘Money’). The track features vocal appearances by both DJ Khaled and the so-hot-right-now Cardi B and was produced by both Skrillex and Poo Bear (so it’s bang on trend). It comes just over three months after the release of J-Lo’s last single ‘Us’ and the promotion for it will kick off with a performance at the Billboard Music Awards tomorrow.
• ‘Hell Or High Water’ is the new single from Irish singer songwriter Passenger. He reveals that the track was the first song penned for his upcoming ninth studio album (the follow-up to last year’s ‘The Boy Who Cried Wolf’). It also serves as the first single and the opening track on the new LP, more details of which are expected to land in the weeks ahead. ‘Hell Or High Water’ is out now.
• It’s been a couple of years since we were last graced with new music from French chanteuse Christine & The Queens, but the wait is over, with the release yesterday of her new single ‘Girlfriend’. “I felt I had to address female desire and its diversity,” the songstress (real name Héloïse Letissier) explains. “How sometimes it’s blacked out or ignored. It’s still something quite suspicious or slightly dirty. I felt like it was important to be more unapologetic about that. There are hints of nights spent having sex and coming back covered in sweat.” ‘Girlfriend’ is out now.
• Who wouldn’t want to kick back with a delicious, refreshing serve of Sangria wine for the weekend. Pharrell and Camila Cabello are certainly hoping you will, dropping their new collaboration yesterday. No doubt the pair is hoping that the same combination of performers that brought about the seven times platinum smash ‘Havana’ is able to bring about the same level of success a second time around. As with J-Lo, they’ll be performing the track at the Billboard Music Awards tomorrow night.
• King Princess, who’s currently doing big things with her current single ‘1950’, has confirmed the release next month of her debut EP ‘Make My Bed’. It will feature said single, along with its follow-up ‘Talia’, which dropped last month, as well as three other new tracks, making for five in total. Look for it at your favourite DSP on Friday June 15.
• British outfit The Kooks have confirmed they’ll release their first album ‘Let’s Go Sunshine’ at the end of August. It’s been a big four year wait for a new long player from the band; their last (2014’s ‘Listen’) peaked at No.15 on the ARIA chart. The countdown is on in earnest, however, with two new songs – ‘All The Time’ and ‘No Pressure’ – released earlier this week. ‘Let’s Go Sunshine’ will drop at retailers everywhere on Friday August 31.
• British songstress Paloma Faith has been added to Sam Smith’s upcoming Australian tour. Sam will be down under for the local leg of his ‘The Thrill Of It All’ world tour in November, with shows locked in in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane and Perth. All will now get the added superstar punch of Paloma. “I’m delighted to be supporting Sam,” she said in a statement. “He’s an artist whose success I admire profoundly and his talent undeniable. A beautiful soul. I think we will be a great match, really looking forward to meeting his vibrant and loyal fans!” The tour kicks off at Melbourne’s Rod Laver Arena on November 06.
• Snow Patrol will return to our shores in early August for a special one-off show at Melbourne’s Palais Theatre to coincide with the release of their new album ‘Wildness’. But the team at Live Nation wants to ensure that the band’s fans are those who’ll get their hands on tickets. You’ll need to register your interest via THIS WEBSITE before 10pm tomorrow. If you’re successfully verified, you’ll receive an email on Wednesday. You’ll then be sent a one-time access code for the pre-sale which begins on Wednesday afternoon at 2pm. The remaining general tickets will hit the sales desk at 2pm on Friday, May 25.
• Mark it in your diary. Newcastle’s This That Festival will be back for its third outing on Saturday November 03. Organisers are once again promising “a veritable feast of local and international artists”, with the full line-up due to be revealed early next month. In the meantime, however… November 03. Diary.
• It doesn’t happen especially often these days, but the entire top five on the this week’s UK singles chart is entirely steady. No movement. Nada. Nil. So that means is still Calvin Harris/Dua Lipa, Drake, Ariana Grande, Lil Dicky/Chris Brown and Anne-Marie in positions one through five respectively. But there is movement in the No.6 position thanks to the new Childish Gambino single ‘This Is America’. That track bullets from No.14 to take up position in the top ten, just ahead of Banx & Ranx, which it displaces from No.6. David Guetta and Sia’s ‘Flames’ is now top ten (No.11 to No.9), while the Shawn Mendes track ‘In My Blood’ finally finds its feet, bulleting from No.12 to No.10. There are three Arctic Monkeys debuts in the top 50, which is wrapped with debuts for Netta’s ‘Toy’ and SuRie’s ‘Storm’ (new at Nos.49 and 50 respectively).
• The three debuts for Arctic Monkeys in the top 50 should have given you some indication as to how the UK albums chart is rolling this week; the UK group premiering in the No.1 spot here with their latest long player ‘Tranquility Base Hotel & Casino’. Their No.1 debut sees ‘The Greatest Showman’ soundtrack and Post Malone’s ‘Beerbongs & Bentleys’ slip one position each, before Charlie Puth dots the UK top ten with a No.4 debut for his new album ‘Voicenotes’. Ry Cooder’s ‘The Prodigal Son’ is the week’s only other top ten debut (No.10).
• No surprises to see Childish Gambino’s ‘This Is America’ take the No.1 spot in America really. Gambino’s new track debuts and displaces Drake’s ‘Nice For What’ after its four week stay at the peak. That said, Drake’s not going too far; his single picking up the biggest gain in airplay (which counts towards the US chart) during the past week. The rest of the US top ten is relatively uninteresting, though Ed Sheeran’s ‘Perfect’ edges from No.12 to No.9. Travis Scott’s ‘Watch’ enters the countdown at No.16 (no doubt he’ll be hoping it ticks over into the top ten next week).
• Post Malone scores a second week in the Billboard 200 albums chart No.1 position with his album ‘Beerbongs & Bentleys’, which holds off J Cole’s ‘KOD’ and a No.3 debut for the new Leon Bridges album ‘Good Thing’. Cardi B holds at four with her ‘Invasion Of Privacy’ before another debut, this time at No.5 for Shinedown’s ‘Attention Attention’. Rae Sremmurd’s ‘Sr3mm’ is new at No.6, Lake Street Dive’s ‘Free Yourself Up’ is new at No.7, but Keith Urban’s ‘Graffiti U’ tumbles from its No.2 debut to No.18.
• And that’s your lot for another exciting Saturday serve of The Purge. We shall, however, be back at 5pm AEST to keep you abreast of all the happenings on the ARIA top 100 singles and albums chart with our regular weekly ARIA Chart Watch. Join us then.
MONDAY MAY 21 : Wolf Alice (Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane)
WEDNESDAY MAY 23 : Bob Dylan (Nationally)
THURSDAY MAY 24 : Listen Out Festival (Nationally)
FRIDAY MAY 25 : Snow Patrol (Melbourne)