• Good morning and welcome to your midweek edition of The Purge. We’ve got a new Ariana Grande single to call our own this week. Despite releasing her new album ‘Sweetener’ only a couple of months ago, ‘Thank U, Next’ dropped on digital platforms over the weekend, marking a) even more new musical output from the chart favourite and b) an opportunity for her to move on musically after what’s reportedly been a tough year personally for her.
• The soundtrack to the new Dolly Parton movie ‘Dumplin’ now has a release date. We’ve already had our first taste of the release, via the digital drop of the Dolly/Sia number ‘Here I Am’, but there’s more on the way, including collaborations with Miranda Lambert, Mavis Staples, Macy Gray, Alison Krauss and Elle King. Look for the ‘Dumplin’ soundtrack landing at your favourite retailer from Friday November 30.
• Fans of The Carpenters will have a new collection of the band’s greatest hits later this year. ‘Carpenters With The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra’ brings together some of the duo’s most beloved classics (such as ‘Yesterday Once More’, ‘(They Long To Be) Close To You’, ‘Top Of The World’ and ‘We’ve Only Just Begun’). They’ve been reimagined, backed by the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, conducted by Richard Carpenter and recorded at the iconic Abbey Road studios. Look for it landing at your favourite retailer on December 07. A double vinyl set will follow on February 08.
• It’s been a big few days for the boys from Slumberjack, with the reveal of their latest video, the confirmation of a new EP entitled ‘Sarawak’ and the announcement of a tour in support of it. The new EP will land early in the new year and the national tour (tickets for which are on sale from 9am local time tomorrow) will see the boys hitting the road from early March. Adelaide’s first up; a gig at Governor Hindmarsh on March 08. It’s followed by Perth (Metro City on March 09), Melbourne (170 Russell on March 15), Sydney (Enmore Theatre on March 16) and Brisbane (The Tivoli on March 23).
• California native RL Grime has been in the country on a national tour and though he’s bobbed across the ditch for a show in Auckland tonight, he’s coming back tomorrow for another show in Sydney. His original date – at the city’s Hordern Pavilion on Friday night – is fully sold out. But there’s still demand for tickets, so he’s added another show! He’s set to play the Metro Theatre tomorrow night. Tickets are on sale now.
• And ARIA week is coming. The biggest week on the Australian music calendar is on the way from Friday November 16, with a host of amazing events set to take place across the city of Sydney. Apple Music’s Zane Lowe will be headed our way to help shine the spotlight on Australian music throughout the seven days. “I’m excited to return to Sydney for the ARIAs and celebrate the best of Australian music,” Zane said in a statement. “I’ll be collaborating with local artists to bring The New Australia playlist to life at the ARIA Masterclass, and along with the Beats 1 team, share the best Australian music to a global audience of music fans.”
• But it’s not just Zane celebrating the best of homegrown music… RocKwiz rolls into town on Tuesday November 20, ARIA will present the annual ‘Women In Music Sydney’ event on November 20, NOVA will bring their Red Room series to the Landsdowne Hotel on November 21 and there’s even a Western Sydney showcase at the Blacktown Arts Centre. Discover everything you need to know about ARIA week by visiting www.ariaawards.com.au/aria-week.
WEDNESDAY NOVEMBER 07 : Arctic Monkeys (Nationally)
THURSDAY NOVEMBER 08 : Postmodern Jukebox (Nationally)
THURSDAY NOVEMBER 08 : Slumberjack (Nationally)
FRIDAY NOVEMBER 09 : Post Malone (Sydney, Melbourne)