• Welcome to your Saturday edition of The Purge – and welcome to ‘Young Minds’, the latest single from new Aussie duo Dreams. The track features on the band’s upcoming album ‘No One Defeats Us’, which is due to land at retailers everywhere on Friday September 14. It was one of a handful of singles serviced to Australian media yesterday.
• Also new yesterday is ‘Death Of A Hero’, the new single for up and coming US performer Alec Benjamin. You might recall our recent INTERVIEW with the singer songwriter, in which he hinted that more music was to come. “‘Death Of A Hero’ is a story about one of my childhood heroes and how they let me down,” Alec explains. “It’s about the moment I realized that I wasn’t a kid anymore.” No word at this stage on that proposed Australian promotional visit.
• Sydney duo Carmada have teamed up with Georgi Kay for their latest single ‘Lay It Down’, which arrived at digital retailers across the planet yesterday. The new tune comes after their ‘Ready For It’ remix EP and just three weeks before the boys hit the road for their national tour. That tour kicks off at Mr Wolf in Canberra on Friday September 14 and makes its way through most of the major centres (no Melbourne) before wrapping at Fat Controller in Adelaide on Saturday October 20.
• Mojo Juju has celebrated the release of her third album ‘Native Tongue’ by announcing a national tour in support of it. 21 dates feature on the run across the country, with venues locked in seven of our eight states and territories. The tour will also see Mojo team up with Plus1, a charity that supports Aboriginal Legal Service to provide culturally appropriate legal services to Aboriginal and Torres Straight Islander people. All the tour dates are available on Mojo’s WEBSITE.
• Sister Bliss from Faithless will be in Australia later this year for a very special one-off appearance in Sydney. For the first time in ten years, she’ll be playing an exclusive Faithless DJ set for audiences at The Ivy Courtyard on Sunday December 02. Tickets (including VIP entry) are on sale this Tuesday at 9am AEST.
• New Orleans duo $uicideboy$ will be in Australia early in the new year for shows in Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane. They’ll be performing tracks from their upcoming album ‘I Want To Die In New Orleans’, which is set for release on September 07. Tickets for the three dates (170 Russell in Melbourne on Jan 09, Eatons Hill Hotel in Brisbane on Jan 10 and Enmore Theatre in Sydney on Jan 11) are on sale from 10am on Monday.
• Bring Me The Horizon (left) have announced an Australian tour. The UK outfit will be in the country in April next year in support of their just-announced new album ‘amo’. That album is due to land on January 11, with lead single ‘Mantra’ dropping this week. Fans ordering the album from JB Hifi before September 03 will get priority access to pre-sale tickets starting on September 04. A Live Nation pre-sale kicks off at 1pm on Thursday September 06, with general sales to follow at 9am on Friday September 07.
• Brisbane’s Dead Letter Circus are also heading out on tour in support of their new album. Their self-titled set will drop on September 21; the extensive national tour (with dates in Bunbury, Margaret River, Perth, Coolangatta, Maroochydore, Brisbane, Newcastle, Sydney, Wollongong, Canberra, Bendigo, Geelong, Melbourne and Adelaide) taking place from November 29 to December 22. Tickets for all dates (see www.deadlettercircus.com for all of them) are on sale from 9am this Thursday.
• And the line-up for the Good Things Festival has landed. Alternative music fans will be salivating at the thought of catching bands like The Offspring, Stone Sour, All Time Low, Dropkick Murphys, Bullet For My Valentine, The Used, Babymetal, Dashboard Confessional, Tonight Alive, Northlane, The Smith Street Band and many more in early December. The Good Things Festival will swing by the Melbourne Showgrounds on December 07, Parramatta Park on December 08 and Brisbane Showgrounds on December 09. Tickets are on sale from 9am this Thursday.
• It’s steady as she goes on the UK singles chart this week, with George Ezra’s track ‘Shotgun’ holding on to the No.1 position for a second successive week. It leads the race ahead of Drake’s ‘In My Feelings’ and Benny Blanco’s ‘Eastside’, while the superstar pairing of Calvin Harris and Sam Smith (‘Promises’) results in a very decent No.4 debut. Ariana Grande scores two tracks in the top ten; ‘God Is A Woman’ up from No.12 to No.6 and ‘Breathin’ (clearly the second most popular track on her new album) premiering in the No.8 spot. The new Jess Glynne single ‘All I Am’ misses the top ten on debut, but pops into the countdown at No.16. The Marshmello/Bastille single ‘Happier’ is new at No.31. ‘I Say A Little Prayer’ is the best-performed of the Aretha Franklin tracks this week, entering at No.51.
• So… Ariana No.1 on the UK albums chart? You betcha. ‘Sweetener’ premiering atop the top 100 in ol’ Blighty, displacing the ‘Mamma Mia : Here We Go Again’ soundtrack (No.1 to No.2). The rest of the top five is made up of the ‘Greatest Showman’ soundtrack, George Ezra’s ‘Staying At Tamara’s’ and Drake’s ‘Scorpion’. They’re followed by a trio of top ten debuts; Bugzy Malone’s ‘B Inspired’ at No.6, Gabrielle’s ‘Under My Skin’ at No.7 and Slaves’ ‘Acts Of Fear And Love’ at No.8. Aretha Franklin’s ‘Soul Queen’ bullets from No.67 to No.15, while her ’30 Greatest Hits’ enters at No.16. ‘Respect… The Very Best Of’ re-enters the UK top 100 at No.27
• Drake makes it six week on the fly at No.1 on the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart in the US this week; his track ‘In My Feelings’ dominating all comers again. This week it’s ahead of Maroon 5 ftg. Cardi B’s ‘Girls Like You’ and Cardi B ftg. Bad Bunny and J Balvin’s ‘I Like It’ in positions two and three respectively. 6ix9ine’s ‘Fefe’, Post Malone’s ‘Better Now’ and Juice WRLD’s ‘Lucid Dreams’ all edge one position higher at the expense of Travis Scott’s ‘Sicko Mode’, which falls from a No.4 debut to No.7. Nicki Minaj scores the week’s highest debut with ‘Barbie Dreams’ (No.18).
• Despite a concerted effort, the new Nicki Minaj album ‘Queen’ is no match for Travis Scott’s ‘Astroworld’, which maintains its No.1 heading for a second successive week. It displaces Drake’s ‘Scorpion’ even more (No.2 to No.3), while the new Trippie Red album ‘Life’s A Trip’ enters the countdown at No.4. After her death during the week, Aretha Franklin’s ’30 Greatest Hits’ re-emerges on the Billboard 200 albums chart at No.7 (a new peak), while the new Jason Mraz album ‘Know’ premieres in the No.9 spot.
• And that’s all we have for you this Saturday morning, but there’ll be more coming your way this afternoon when we drop the latest edition of ARIA Chart Watch, our weekly wrap of the ARIA top 100 charts. We’ll catch you at 5pm AEST.
MONDAY AUGUST 27 : Randy Houser (Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane)
MONDAY AUGUST 27 : $uicideboy$ (Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane)
MONDAY AUGUST 27 : Teenage Fanclub (Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane)
TUESDAY AUGUST 28 : Faithless (Sydney)
WEDNESDAY AUGUST 29 : Showtek (Melbourne)
THURSDAY AUGUST 30 : Dead Letter Circus (Nationally)
THURSDAY AUGUST 30 : Good Times Festival (Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane)
FRIDAY AUGUST 31 : Shawn Mendes (Melbourne)