• New music from Prince? Yep, that’s kicking off our Saturday edition of The Purge this week; confirmation of the release of a new album from The Purple One in the form of ‘Piano & A Microphone 1983’. It’s a nine track 35 minute collection of unreleased home studio cassette recordings, including the incredible ‘Mary Don’t You Weep‘, which is available now as a grat track with the album pre-order. The album’s out September 21.
• Bright Light Bright Light is back with new music, this week dropping a new single entitled ‘How I Feel’. It’s Rod’s first new music for 2018 and is lifted from a forthcoming EP called ‘Tough Love’, which is due to land in September this year. More details of that (and more tracks from it) are due in the coming months.
• With the Queen’s Birthday public holiday taking over every state except Queensland and Western Australia this Monday, things are a little light on in terms of new music being serviced to media at this stage. Betty Who’s ‘Taste’ is one track out there, along with a re-service of the Billie Eilish track ‘Lovely’ and New Zealand singer Thomston’s ‘Acid Rain’. Also a little quieter in terms of ticket sales this week, but you’ll discover a couple of those right down at the end.
• US songstress Jhené Aiko will visit Australia in September this year, performing for audiences in Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane. Audiences in the latter will be the first to see her, with a show at Eatons Hill Hotel locked on on September 22. Then it’s on to Margaret Court Arena in Melbourne on September 23 and Hordern Pavilion in Sydney on September 26. Tickets for all three are on sale now.
• Tickets for Flight Facilities’ 2018 tour might have only gone on sale on Thursday afternoon, but they’re already going gangbusters. Second dates have been added in both Sydney and Brisbane after the boys’ first in both cities sold out. In Melbourne, meantime, a second show which was immediately added at the city’s Forum Theatre (on September 14) has also already sold out. We’re told that more shows may be added in the weeks ahead.
• It’s official… Wollongong’s Yours & Owls Festival is a bonafide smash. Tickets for the 2018 event (to be held at the city’s Stuart Park on September 29 & 30) only went on sale at 9am on Tuesday, but just 24 hours later, the whole shebang had sold out. The likes of Peking Duk, Angus & Julia Stone, Alison Wonderland and Cub Sport are among the acts included on the 2018 bill.
• And speaking of selling out, the upcoming Gang Of Youths national tour is proving to be a monster, with tickets for more shows exhausted and extra shows added to cope with demand. They’re now onto a staggering sixth Sydney show at the Enmore Theatre and an astonishing seventh at Melbourne’s Forum Theatre. 13 dates on the October/November tour have now fully sold out. No doubt more will follow.
• Once again it’s Calvin Harris shining brightly in the UK No.1 position, thanks to a little help from fellow UK dancefloor favourite Dua Lipa. But it’s another UK dancefloor favourite that might be taking the spoils next week, if the jump from No.5 to No.2 for Jess Glynne’s ‘I’ll Be There’ is any indication. Anne-Marie is steady at No.3 with ‘2002’, while Drake’s ‘Nice For What’ finally falters, dropping from No.2 to No.4. Clean Bandit and Demi Lovato are also on the up with their new collaboration ‘Solo’ (No.10 to No.6), while George Ezra’s ‘Shotgun’ rockets from No.20 to No.8. Big moves also for both ‘Yikes’ and ‘All Mine’ from Kanye West, which debuts in positions 10 and 11 respectively. ‘Ghost Town’ joins the parade of debuts from his surprise new release, entering at No.17.
• But even with a trio of debuts in the UK top ten, Kanye’s surprise new long player can’t quite crack the No.1 spot in Britain, having to settle for No.2 behind the all-conquering soundtrack to ‘The Greatest Showman’. George Ezra’s ‘Staying At Tamara’s’ edges a little higher ahead of a No.4 debut for the new Ben Howard set ‘Noonday Dream’. Roger Daltrey (‘As Long As I Have You’) and Ghost (‘Prequelle’) are the other new entries in the UK top ten this week, debuting in positions eight and ten respectively. Father John Misty and Lump score top 20 debuts; at Nos.12 and 14 respectively.
• No change on this week’s Billboard Hot 100 singles chart, with Drake maintaining advantage for a second successive week with his No.1 smash ‘Nice For What’. But another former favourite makes its move this week; Post Malone’s ‘Psycho’ taking advantage of a couple of tracks’ falls from grace by shifting from No.4 to No.2. Drake’s still steady at three, meantime, with ‘God’s Plan’. A little further down, Cardi B’s new single ‘I Like It’ comes bounding into the top ten, bulleting from No.19 to No.7. Shawn Mendes’ ‘In My Blood’ also bullets (No.20 to No.11) as his self-titled album impacts the US chart.
• And speaking of Shawn Mendes’ new self-titled album… the Canadian superstar premieres atop the Billboard 200 album chart this week with said LP, knocking off BTS’s ‘Love Yourself : Tear’ after just the one week. BTS only fall to number six, however, leaving Post Malone in the No.2 position and a No.3 spot filled by a debut for the new Pusha T album ‘Daytona’. It’s just ahead of another new entry – that for A$AP Rocky’s ‘Testing’. The new Chvrches album ‘Love Is Dead’ just misses the US top ten on debut, having to make do with No.11 on entry. J Balvin’s ‘Vibras’ also places top 20 for its first week (No.15).
• And with the UK and US charts now taken care of, it’s over to the Australian charts. And we’ll have a full wrap of the ARIA top 100s at 5pm AEST this afternoon with our weekly ARIA Chart Watch. Won’t you join us then?
THURSDAY JUNE 14 : Conrad Sewell (Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane)
FRIDAY JUNE 15 : The Black Queen (Sydney, Melbourne)