• It’s your Saturday edition of The Purge and it’s a new remix of 5 Seconds Of Summer’s Aussie No.1 hit ‘Youngblood’. The track has been firmly ensconced in the ARIA No.1 singles position for the past five weeks on the fly and the boys’ label EMI clearly wants to ensure that it remains there for a few weeks yet, dropping the R3hab remix of the track to Australian media yesterday. It’s available at all DSPs now.
• UK singer songwriter Tom Odell has confirmed the October release of his new long player ‘Jubilee Road’. It’s his third long player, following on from his 2013 debut ‘Long Way Down’ and his 2016 sophomore project ‘Wrong Crowd’ and has been preceded by lead single ‘If You Wanna Love Somebody’. “I wrote this album in a house on a quiet terraced street in East London,” Tom explains. “The lyrics are inspired by the lives of the friends I made whilst living there. I recorded most the songs in the living room of the house and if I listen back closely, I can still hear the sound of the old man’s television shows coming through the walls from next door, the kids from the house opposite playing football in the street below and the sound of my girlfriend’s footsteps on the wooden floorboards above.” Look for the ten track ‘Jubilee Road’ at your favourite retailer from Friday October 12.
• Kota Banks yesterday unveiled a surprise mixtape. The “self-assured, beat-heavy mixtape” (according to her peeps) is entitled ‘Prize’ and it features ten new KB recordings, including the title track, which also plays the role of the mixtape opener. Get your eyes on the ‘Prize’ at your favourite digital retailer now. In the meantime, you’ll also get the chancer to see Kota live in the coming months, with shows announced in Brisbane (Bigsound from September 04 to 07), Adelaide (Rocket Bar on September 07), Melbourne (Workers Club on September 14) and Sydney (Oxford Art Factory on September 15).
• Paul Dempsey will play a one-off solo acoustic show in Adelaide in the middle of September. According to his label EMI, it’s his first in the South Australian capital in five long years, so anticipation for the gig (at Governor Hindmarsh on September 15) is bound to be ultra high. Tickets hit the sales desk just yesterday, so if you’re quick, you might get your hands on one!
• Rapper Rick Ross will be in Australia later this year for the very first time and will perform for 18+ audiences in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane and Perth. He’ll be playing tracks from throughout his career at Metro City in Perth on September 19, at Eatons Hill Ballroom in Brisbane on September 21, at the Forum Theatre in Melbourne on September 22 and in Sydney at the Enmore Theatre on September 23. Frontier Touring members get first dibs on pre-sales from 11am on Monday before general tickets go live from midday local time this Thursday, July 05.
• Melbourne songwriter Darling James will play half a dozen gigs across the East Coast from early August in support of his just-released new EP ‘Mood Eyes’. The run of shows kicks off with a freebie event at NightQuarter on the Gold Coast on August 03. It’s then on to the Milk Factory in Brisbane (August 04), The Brewery in Byron Bay (August 05), The Workers Club in Melbourne (August 09), Waywards in Sydney (August 16) and Selina’s in Coogee Bay (August 17).
• The Pleasure Garden will be back in the Melbourne bayside suburb of St Kilda in early December and once again, organisers are raring to go with a great line-up of musical talent. Their first line-up announcement includes the likes of Haiku Hands, Sampa The Great, Northeast Party House and Katchafire, among others, with over 25 more acts still to be revealed. Earlybird tickets for the December 08 event are on sale now. Details HERE.
• Client Liaison is the headline act on the latest Red Bull Music event, which will take over the poolside area of the Thredbo Alpine Hotel on Saturday July 28. The business class boys will be supported by Retiree, Flexmami and Silver Linings at the one-off show, tickets for which are free! All the extra details HERE.
• Country music superstar Carrie Underwood has been confirmed as the headline act of the 2018 Deni Ute Muster. To be held in the Victorian country town of Deniliquin on September 28 and 29, the event this year celebrates its 20th anniversary, so organisers are pulling out the big guns. Carrie headlines an impressive line-up of talent, which also includes Kasey Chambers, Busby Marou, Thirsty Merc, Travis Collins, Amber Lawrence, Troy Cassar-Daley and many more. All the info, including ticketing, is available at www.deniutemuster.com.au.
• The UK No.1 spot changed hands last week… from Jess Glynne’s ‘I’ll Be There’ (one week) to Clean Bandit and Demi Lovato’s ‘Solo’. Now the latter’s stay in top spot has been cut short at just one week, overtaken overnight by the George Ezra single ‘Shotgun’, his first No.1. The XXXTentacion single ‘Sad’ bullets into the top five (No.31 to No.5) following his recent shooting death. It’s a new peak for the single, which previously hadn’t troubled the UK top 10. His single ‘Moonlight’ also makes a move, jumping from No.32 to No.17. Ariana Grande’s ‘No Tears Left To Cry’, meantime, takes a tumble – from No.5 to No.23.
• Doesn’t seem to matter what the rest of the music industry throws at it in recent weeks, there’s still no budging the soundtrack of ‘The Greatest Showman’ from the No.1 spot on the UK albums chart. This week it’s Panic! At The Disco who do their darndest with ‘Pray For The Wicked’, entering at No.2 on debut. George Ezra, XXXTentacion and Ed Sheeran make up the rest of the top five with their latest offerings, while Jane McDonald goes ‘Cruising With’ the No.6 position on debut. Nine Inch Nails and Kamashi Washington just miss the top ten on debut with their new long players ‘Bad Witch’ and ‘Heaven & Earth’ at Nos.12 and 13 respectively. The 5SOS album ‘Youngblood’ drops from No.3 to No.15.
• The sudden shooting death of rapper XXXTentation recently has seen his Stateside fans flocking to their favourite digital retailer to snap up copies of his single ‘Sad!’, sending it rocketing to the No.1 position on the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart from a lowly No.52 last week. Drake’s ‘Nice For What’ slides from No.1 to No.3, allowing Cardi B to rise from No.3 to No.2 with ‘I Like It’. The Carters’ new album sees the lead song from it, ‘Apeshit’, premiere at No.13 (unlucky for some). XXXTentacion’s ‘Moonlight’ debuts at No.16, but there are plenty more songs from the late rapper peppering the top 50; ‘Changes’ debuts at No.18, ‘Jocelyn Flores’ is new at No.19, ‘F**k Love’ enters at No.28 and ‘Everybody Dies In Their Nightmares’ is new at No.42. Our own 5 Seconds Of Summer are up 30 places (No.79 to No.49) with their Aussie No.1 ‘Youngblood’.
• It takes a heck of an effort to be able to keep Beyoncé and Jay Z out of the No.1 spot on the Billboard 200 albums chart, but that’s precisely what the boys from 5 Seconds Of Summer have done, debuting at No.1 with their third album ‘Youngblood’. But what’s even more impressive is that in doing so, they become the first act in Billboard chart history to have their first three albums all debut at No.1 Stateside. The Carters are new at No.2 with ‘Everything Is Love’, while the XXXTentacion album ‘?’ rockets from No.24 to No.3 following his death. Nas’s ‘Nasir’ enters at No.5, right ahead of the new Christina Aguilera album ‘Liberation’ (No.6) and XXXTentation’s ’17’ (No.60 to No.7).
• And that’s your lot for your Saturday edition of The Purge, but we will be back this afternoon as always with ARIA Chart Watch, our regular weekly wrap of the ARIA top 100s. Can 5SOS hold at No.1 on both charts for a second week?
MONDAY JULY 02 : Ball Park Music/San Cisco (Nationally)
MONDAY JULY 02 : Bloc Party (Nationally)
MONDAY JULY 02 : Foreigner (Melbourne)
WEDNESDAY JULY 04 : Hotter Than Hell (Nationally)
THURSDAY JULY 05 : Belinda Carlisle (Nationally)
THURSDAY JULY 05 : Rick Ross (Nationally)
THURSDAY JULY 05 : Spilt Milk Festival (Canberra)
THURSDAY JULY 05 : Why Don’t We (Sydney, Melbourne)