• Things are certainly slowing down prior to the Christmas and New Year period, but there’s still a little bit of music news left in the tank for 2018, including the announcement that the new Avril Lavigne album has a title, a cover image (above) and a release date. It’s called ‘Head Above Water’, its cover image is above and it will contain 12 new Avril Lavigne recordings (including lead single and title track ‘Head Above Water’ and new single ‘Tell Me It’s Over’. Available for pre-order now, you’ll find Avril’s ‘Head Above Water’ surfacing at retailers across the planet on Friday February 15.
• UK performer Jack Savoretti has dropped a new single entitled ‘Candlelight’. The song is the lead single from his forthcoming new album ‘Singing To Strangers’, which is set to drop at retailers everywhere on Friday March 15. The album follows on from his 2016 long player ‘Sleep No More’ and his recent duet with our own Kylie Minogue on her album ‘Golden’, ‘The Music’s Too Sad Without You’.
• Big news for Queen during the week, with confirmation that their iconic single ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ has become the most streamed song from the 20th century. Since streaming services began, the classic track has been streamed more than 1.6 billion times. “So the river of rock music has metamorphosed into streams! Very happy that our music is still flowing to the max,” founding member Brian May said in a statement.
• Eves Karydas’ upcoming national tour has grown, with the addition of a second show in Melbourne and the upsizing of the venue in Adelaide. First and foremost is the second date at Melbourne’s Corner Hotel; on Sunday February 17 (the night after the original date). Then comes news that her show at Adelaide has been shifted to the larger Lions Arts Factory to satiate demand for tickets. Tickets for both are on sale now.
• Newcastle’s Up/Down Festival now has a line-up. And, it has to be said, it’s a pretty impressive one. Hitting Camp Shortland on the Newcastle Foreshore on Sunday March 17 will be the likes of Kota Banks, Basenji, The Bloody Beetroots, Carmada, Nina Las Vegas, Set Mo, Motez, Go Freek, Adrian Lux and many more. General tickets are on sale right now.
• More acts have been added to the line-up for the Lorne edition of Falls Festival, due to hit the Victorian seaside town from December 28. Set Mo, Running Touch, The Babe Rainbow, Ceres, Kinder, Godlands and nine others have been added to the bill, which will see festival-goers see the new year in in style.
• No change again atop the UK singles chart, with Ariana Grande’s ‘Thank U, Next’ staving off all challengers. In fact, the Nos.2 and 3 positions (Ava Max’s ‘Sweet But Psycho’ and Halsey’s ‘Without Me’) are also unchanged this week. But there’s movement in position four (the new Mark Ronson/Miley Cyrus collaboration ‘Nothing Breaks Like A Heart’ up from No.10 on debut to No.4) and in position five (Mariah Carey’s seminal classic ‘All I Want For Christmas Is You’ up from No.6 to No.5). Jumping into the top ten this week are Wham’s ‘Last Christmas’ (No.14 to No.7), Post Malone’s ‘Sunflower’ (No.16 to No.9) and The Pogues ftg Kirsty MacColl’s ‘Fairytale In New York’ (No.18 to No.10).
• Change atop the UK albums chart, however, with the soundtrack to ‘The Greatest Showman’ retaking the No.1 position, knocking last week’s No.1 (from The 1975) flying. The rest of the UK top five is made up of George Ezra, Michael Bublé (though ‘Love’, not ‘Christmas’), Roy Orbison and Take That. The Carpenters score the only top ten debut of the week with their collaboration with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra (No.8), while the new Coldplay live album ‘Live In Buenos Aires’ enters at No.15. Last week’s No.1 album (The 1975’s ‘A Brief Inquiry Into Online Relationships’) takes quite the tumble, plunging from No.1 to No.33.
• Ariana Grande was displaced from the No.1 spot on the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart on the US last week (by Travis Scott’s ‘Sicko Mode’), but she’s come bounding back this week, retaking the top spot Stateside, while Travis is down to two. Marshmello & Bastille and Halsey swap places in positions three and four, the latter’s ‘Without Me’ improving one to No.3. Meek Mill scores the US chart love with ‘Going Bad’, which debuts at No.6, just ahead of a fast-charging ‘All I Want For Christmas Is You’ by Mariah Carey (No.14 to No.7).
• The good news continues for Meek Mill over on the Billboard 200 albums chart, with his fourth album ‘Championships’ ruling the roost; a No.1 debut. There are three other new entries into the top ten Stateside this week; Lil Baby’s ‘Street Gossip’ premiering at No.2, The 1975’s ‘A Brief Inquiry Into Online Relationships’ new at No.4 and Ski Mask The Slump God’s ‘Stokeley’ new at No.6. Earl Sweatshirt’s ‘Some Rap Songs’ enters also, but down at No.17.
• That’s the UK and US charts wrapped for another week. You’ll now no doubt be wanting some Aussie chart action too. You’re in luck; our ARIA Chart Watch due to go live at 5pm AEDT this afternoon.
MONDAY DECEMBER 17 : R Kelly (Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane)
MONDAY DECEMBER 17 : John Mayer (Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane)
FRIDAY DECEMBER 21 : Karise Eden (Sydney, Melbourne, Thirroul)