• Good morning and welcome to your weekend edition of The Purge. We’re kicking it off this morning with the new Alison Wonderland remix album. The local dancefloor dynamo released her album ‘Awake’ to much acclaim earlier this year; the album peaking inside the top ten on the ARIA albums chart. Seven months on from its release, however, we’re about to get a remixed version of the long player, albeit in digital-only format. To be released this Friday, the eleven tracker features remixes of tracks from the original album from the likes of Paces, Fracture, Kid Froopy and many more.
• Great news for Montaigne too, with the release yesterday of her new single ‘For Your Love’. Co-penned alongside Kyle Shearer and Mozella (the latter co-penning Miley’s comeback smash ‘Wrecking Ball’), the single is a deeply personal one. “I was reflecting on my first and so far only boyfriend,” Montaigne explains. “It was a short relationship, but it was long enough. The whole song is supposed to emphasise being dehumanised. Retroactively that is how it felt. Especially me as a fiercely independent person. To have gotten sucked into that, I know I’m better than that.” Montaigne’s also confirmed she’ll hit the road in support of the new single in April next year. Shows are locked in for Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide, Fremantle and Brisbane, along with an appearance at Bleach Festival at Currumbin on the Gold Coast on Sunday April 28. Tickets are on sale now.
• Star of ‘The Real Housewives Of Melbourne’, Gamble Breaux, has this week unleashed ‘Fire & Fury’, her latest single. The track was penned for Adelaide’s Feast Festival, which kicks off today. “‘Fire & Fury’ is about empowerment, to embrace who you are and proudly show it to the rest of the world,” Gamble said in a statement. It’s available now.
• Iconic Aussie outfit Mondo Rock will be rolling out the hits for audiences across Australia on their ‘Hits! Baby! Hits!’ tour late next year. They kick things off at Anita’s Theatre in Thirroul on Friday August 02, will head to Sydney’s Enmore Theatre the following night before a double date at The Palms At Crown in Melbourne on August 09 and 10. There are also two shows at the Governor Hindmarsh in Adelaide on August 16 and 17 and a gig at The Tivoli in Brisbane on August 23, before they wrap things up at The Star on the Gold Coast on Saturday August 24. Tickets are on sale now.
• British rock royalty Arctic Monkeys clearly enjoy a high level of support in Australia, with tickets to their recently announced shows in Sydney and Melbourne being snapped up in super-quick time this week. To satiate demand, the team at Frontier Touring immediately added second and final shows in both capitals; Melbourne’s second date hits Rod Laver Arena on February 27, while the new Qudos Bank Arena gig in Sydney takes place on Saturday March 02. Tickets are on sale now.
• Aussie favourite James Reyne is taking his ‘A Crawl To Now’ tour on the road to regional centres across the country early in the new year. With Josh Owen in tow, James will kick the next run of dates off at the Wangaratta Performing Arts Centre in Victoria on Friday February 08. From there it’s on to Warrnambool, Thirroul, Shoalhaven, Wyong, Ballina, Coffs Harbour, Dubbo, Orange, Taree, Port Macquarie, Gosford, Cessnock, Toowoomba, Ipswich and Horsham, before it all wraps up at Sir Robert Helpmann Theatre in Mount Gambier on Saturday May 25. Tickets are on sale now.
• Little town; big country. The Big Country event is set to take over the New South Wales coastal town of Berry in May next year. The inaugural event will feature a top notch line-up of country music talent, including Lee Kernaghan, The McClymonts, Travis Collins, Sunny Cowgirls, The Wolfe Brothers and Caitlyn Shadbolt. Tickets for the May 11 event are on sale at midday local time on Thursday November 15.
• Not good news for fans of US performer T-Pain. He’s withdrawn from the RNB Fridays Live events across the country, which kicked off last night in Perth. It’s due to an illness in the family. “I want to deeply apologize to my fans for not being able to make it to Australia,” he said in a statement. “I have a close family member in the hospital whose condition just got severely worse and it is important for me to be home with him in this super difficult time. I hope you understand and I promise to make it up to y’all soon.”
• Local hip hop outfit Butterfingers will celebrate their 15 year anniversary with an extensive national tour. Their whip across Australia kicks off at Villa Noosa on Friday March 01 and makes a further 19 stops in all states (but not the Territories). Fan club and venue pre-sales are live now, ahead of general tickets, which hit the sales desk at 9am local time this Thursday.
• Britain, say hello to your new number one single… Ariana Grande premiering atop this week’s UK singles chart with her surprise new single ‘Thank U, Next’. Its entry sees each of last week’s top three falling just one position each, but Rita Ora’s back into the top five with her latest tune ‘Let You Love Me’. There’s a big move for the new Jess Glynne track ‘Thursday’ (No.18 to No.7) and there’s another bullet for Halsey’s ‘Without Me’, which leaps from No.22 to No.9. The Jonas Blue track with Liam Payne (‘Polaroid’) snaps into a higher chart gear too, leaping from No.44 to No.16.
• After one week in the No.1 position on the UK albums chart with his latest ‘Si’, Andrea Bocelli relinquishes it to The Prodigy, who score a big No.1 debut with their new long player ‘No Tourists’. It’s there ahead of the soundtracks of ‘A Star Is Born’ and ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’, while that for ‘The Greatest Showman’ sits at No.5 (Andrea’s LP at No.4). Barbra Streisand’s newbie ‘Walls’ begins to build its UK chart story in the No.6 position on debut, while Bob Dylan scores another UK top ten with ‘More Blood More Tracks’ at No.9. New albums from Sheridan Smith and Metro Boomin enter the countdown in positions 15 and 16.
• The reign of Maroon 5 continues unabated on the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart; the band’s latest smash ‘Girls Like You’ this week spending its seventh consecutive week at No.1 on the US countdown. Travis Scott’s ‘Sicko Mode’ is unmoved too (at two), while that Marshmello/Bastille single ‘Happier’ gains another position to No.3. The latest singles from Halsey (‘Without Me’) and Sheck Wes (‘Mo Bamba’) improve their fortunes; both up into the top ten (No.12 to No.9 and No.16 to No.10). Panic! At The Disco’s ‘High Hopes’ is on the move (No.21 to No.11), as is the new Cardi B single ‘Money’, which rockets from No.54 to No.13.
• Have Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper been knocked off the No.1 spot on this week’s Billboard 200 album chart? Si. Yes, it’s the new Andrea Bocelli album ‘Si’ which has claimed pole position this week, but Gaga and Cooper haven’t gone too far… just to No.2. Joji scores a No.3 debut with ‘Ballads 1′, while the new Trey Songz’ long player ‘Love Me Now’ enters the US countdown at No.4. Those three are the only debuts in the US top 20; next best being a No.26 debut for the John Legend festive collection ‘A Legendary Christmas’.
• And that’s your lot for another serve of The Purge. Our regular weekly ARIA Chart Watch will be live at 5pm AEDT. It’s our weekly wrap of the ARIA top 100 charts. We look forward to your company then.
MONDAY NOVEMBER 12 : Julien Baker (Nationally)
WEDNESDAY NOVEMBER 14 : Maggie Rogers (Nationally)
THURSDAY NOVEMBER 15 : Big Country (Berry)
THURSDAY NOVEMBER 15 : Butterfingers (Nationally)
FRIDAY NOVEMBER 16 : David Gray (Sydney, Melbourne, Perth)
FRIDAY NOVEMBER 16 : Missy Higgins (Gold Coast)
FRIDAY NOVEMBER 16 : Julia Jacklin (East Coast)