• Good day to you and welcome to your Saturday edition of The Purge, which we’re kicking off today with the new Steve Aoki single ‘Waste It On Me’. We know that Mr Aoki is always right up to the minute as far as being on trend is concerned and they don’t come much hotter at the moment than South Korean boyband BTS. It’s they who vocally feature on Steve’s new track. “I’m so psyched to share this collaboration with one of the most exciting and inspiring group of guys I’ve met in the past few years,” Steve said in a statement. “It’s an absolute honor to work with them once again on ‘Waste It On Me’.” Also featuring on his new album are Mike Posner, Blink 182, Lady Antebellum, Ina Wroldsen and Louis Tomlinson. The album ‘Neon Future III’ is out November 09.
• Rudimental have returned with a new single from their upcoming album ‘Toast To Our Differences’. This time around, they’ve teamed up with Tom Walker, who’s currently riding high on the ARIA singles chart with his breakout hit ‘Leave A Light On’. ‘Walk Alone’ follows on from the band’s previous singles ‘Sun Comes Up’ (with James Arthur) and ‘These Days’ (with Macklemore, Jess Glynne and Dan Caplen. ‘Toast To Our Differences’ is due to land at retailers everywhere on Friday January 25.
• Kygo has dropped his new single ‘Happy Now’. The Norwegian DJ superstar was in the country recently for shows in both Sydney and Melbourne and played the new track to audiences in both cities. The single was co-penned by the DJ and Swedish performer Sandro Cavazza, who also contributes vocals to the single. It’s available now.
• Arctic Monkeys will be back in Australia in February next year for the local leg of their world tour. They’ll no doubt be playing tracks from their latest album ‘Tranquility Base Hotel & Casino’, along with nuggets from their previous five albums, for audiences in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane and Perth. The tour kicks off in the Western Australian capital at RAC Arena on February 23. It then heads across to Rod Laver Arena in Melbourne on February 26 before heading north to Sydney’s Qudos Bank Arena (March 01) and the Brisbane Entertainment Centre (March 03). Arctic Monkeys’ fans will join Telstra Thanks customers be the first to have access to a pre-sale from 10am local time on Tuesday. Frontier members then get access to a second pre-sale from 2pm local time on Thursday November 01. General tickets then hit the sales desk from 2pm local time on Wednesday November 07.
• The Jesus & Mary Chain will also be back in Australia early in the new year, locking away shows in all five main capital cities. They kick things off at the Sydney Opera House on March 07 before heading to The Tivoli in Brisbane (March 08), the Forum Theatre in Melbourne (March 12), Governor Hindmarsh in Adelaide (March 15) and the Astor Theatre in Perth (March 16). Pre-sale tickets are go from this Wednesday at 9am local time. General sales hit the market from 9am local time on Friday, November 02. The band is due in the country early next year for a national tour, kicking off at Margaret Court Arena in Melbourne on February 08.
• Those Taronga Twilights are selling well, seemingly. They only went on sale yesterday, but already the Hoodoo Gurus gig on February 09 is sold out (with a second show on February 10 added to cope with demand). The Bjorn Again gig on February 02 is also almost sold out, so organisers have added a second show on Sunday February 03 due to ongoing demand. Tickets are on sale now.
• They’ve been yo-yoing out of the No.1 spot for the past couple of weeks as stronger contenders throw everything at them, but Calvin Harris and Sam Smith have once again tumbled from top spot on the UK singles chart, displaced by Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper, who improve from No.3 to No.1 with their single ‘Shallow’ from the soundtrack to ‘A Star Is Born’. It marks Gaga’s first UK No.1 since her Beyonce duet ‘Telephone’ way back in 2010. Calvin and Sam’s ‘Promises’ hasn’t gone too far, however… just down to No.2. Rita Ora regains her place in the top five, up one to No.5 with ‘Let You Love Me’, while the Post Malone/Swae Lee track ‘Sunflower’ premieres at a rather respectable No.7. The new Zara Larsson single ‘Ruin My Life’ just misses the top 30 on entry, debuting at No.31.
• And after dropping to No.2 last week, the ‘A Star Is Born’ soundtrack retakes the No.1 spot on the UK albums chart as the movie starts making its presence felt at cinemas. Even the ‘The Greatest Showman’ edges higher again this week (No.3 to No.2), leaving last week’s No.1 from Jess Glynne (‘Always In Between’) down to No.3. The new Richard Ashcroft album ‘Natural Rebel’ is the week’s highest new entry (No.4), followed directly behind by a debut for the ‘Queen : Bohemian Rhapsody’ soundtrack (No.5). Disturbed also score a top ten debut this week with ‘Evolution’ at No.7, while Dua Lipa’s self-titled LP is flying high, rocketing from No.56 to No.9. The Overtones and Greta Van Fleet just miss the top ten on entry; their latest albums premiering at Nos.11 and 12 respectively.
• Still no change at No.1 on the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart this week, with the Maroon 5 single ‘Girls Like You’ holding for a fifth successive week. Kodak Black, Travis Scott and Offset score a huge No.2 debut with their single ‘Zeze’, however. Could they have the No.1 single next week? Time will tell. Bad Bunny and Drake’s ‘MIA’ also scores a top ten debut this week, coming in at No.5 behind Juice WRLD and Post Malone. Those two top ten debuts are enough to send our 5 Seconds Of Summer dropping two places to No.9. And on current trajectory, Ella Mai’s latest should take a ‘Trip’ into the top ten next week; it improves from No.16 to No.11.
• It was No.1 on debut last week and it’s No.1 again for a second week in a row. It is, of course, the ‘A Star Is Born’ soundtrack, featuring vocal appearances from Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper. But it came under attack this week from the Quavo album ‘Quavo Huncho’, which rocketed from a No.66 debut last week to No.2. Ella Mai’s self-titled set lobs at No.5 on debut, with improvements from Drake, Travis Scott, Post Malone and Eminem. TobyMac scrapes into the top 20 on debut (No.18) with his latest long player ‘The Elements’.
• And that’s just about all we have for you this Saturday morning. But don’t fret, pet! We’ll be back at 5pm AEDT to bring you the latest wrap of the ARIA top 100s with ARIA Chart Watch. In the meantime, however… want tickets?
MONDAY OCTOBER 29 : Bananarama (Nationally)
MONDAY OCTOBER 29 : Bryan Ferry (Nationally)
MONDAY OCTOBER 29 : Rufus Wainwright (Nationally)
TUESDAY OCTOBER 30 : Post Malone (Nationally)
TUESDAY OCTOBER 30 : Zoo Twilights (Melbourne)
WEDNESDAY OCTOBER 31 : Deep Sea Arcade (Nationally)
WEDNESDAY OCTOBER 31 : Eagles (Melbourne, Brisbane)
THURSDAY NOVEMBER 01 : The Prodigy (Nationally)
FRIDAY NOVEMBER 02 : Craig David/All Saints (Sydney, Gold Coast, Canberra)
FRIDAY NOVEMBER 02 : The Jesus & Mary Chain (Nationally)
FRIDAY NOVEMBER 02 : RNB Vine Days (Nationally)