Saturday, November 1, 2014

SATURDAY NEWS WRAP #173

• Sony Music has confirmed the Australian release of 'Time', the new album from US singer songwriter Mikky Ekko. Perhaps best known for his featuring role on the Rihanna smash 'Stay', the singer has since collaborated with David Guetta and Chris Malinchak on their respective projects but 'Time', on which he collaborates with Ryan Tedder, Blood Diamonds, Stargate and Benny Blanco (among others) is his first solo LP. It's due down under on Friday January 23.
• Also confirmed for an Australian release early in the new year is the new album from Swedish indie folk singer José Gonzaléz. The singer piqued our interest with his cover of Kylie's classic 'Hand On Your Heart' back in 2006 and has been quietly carving out a career in recent years. 'Vestiges & Claws' is the name of the new record. February 20 is its release date in Australia.
• Speaking of Kylie, check out Peking Duk's beguiling cover of 'Can't Get You Out Of My Head' for Triple J's 'Like A Version' HERE.
• US indie duo She & Him will release a new album next month. 'Classics' is a covers set, comprising 13 renditions of songs originally recorded between the 1930s and 1970s, including lead single 'Stay Awhile', a cover of Dusty Springfield's 1959 single. 'Classics' drops on Friday December 05.

• ARIA week is back and it's bigger than ever. In the lead-up to this year's ARIA Awards, Sydney will come alive with a host of ARIA week events, including live performances from some of the biggest names in the Australian music industry, including Hilltop Hoods, Megan Washington, The Potbelleez, Jackie Onassis, Holy Holy, Broods, Kingswood and more. We know you want to get amongst the action, so you'd best head HERE for all the guff.
• Aussie hip hoppers 1200 Techniques have launched a Pledge Music campaign to assist them with funding to create their new EP 'Time Has Come'. The first fruit from the new EP is the title track (which will be released on November 14), but they're after your help in finishing off the EP, due in January. Lend your assistance HERE.

• Foo Fighters are returning to Australia in February next year, announcing headline stadium dates in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Perth, Adelaide and... Hobart. The band will kick the visit off with a show at Brisbane's Suncorp Stadium on February 24 before working their way through the other capitals. Frontier pre-sale kicks off on Tuesday November 11, with general public tickets live from 10am local time on Thursday November 13.
• Extra tickets have been released for the Live Nation-produced shows as part of Paul Simon & Sting's upcoming Australian tour. That means fans now have the chance to nab extra tickets to the gents' arena dates in Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane, along with their Hope Estate show in the Hunter Valley.
• Danish outfit Ice Age has been added to the line-up to Melbourne's upcoming Sugar Mountain Festival. The festival will take over the Victorian College Of The Arts on Saturday January 24. Tickets are on sale now.

• Meghan Trainor's run atop the Billboard 100 Singles chart is getting to be a bit ridiculous. 'All About That Bass' maintains its No.1 heading for an eighth consecutive week, with Taylor Swift hanging on in the bridemaid's position for a similar amount of time with 'Shake It Off'. Though Jessie J's 'Bang Bang' improved from No.5 to No.3 last week, it's down one spot to No.4, with Tove Lo's 'Stay High' improving from No.5 to No.3 this week. Hozier's 'Take Me To Church' is a big improver; No.33 to No.9.
• A No.1 debut for Slipknot on the Billboard 200 albums chart this week with their latest album '5: The Gray Chapter'. It's another big week on the Stateside albums chart, with seven of the top ten albums made up of new entries, including all of the top four. No.2 on debut is T.I's 'Paperwork'. Premiering at No.3 is Neil Diamond's 'Melody Road' and new at No.4 is Logic's 'Under Pressure'. From there, the new top ten entries come from; Little Big Town's 'Pain Killer' (No.7), Pentatonix' 'That's Christmas To Me' (No.9) and Annie Lennox' 'Nostalgia' (No.10).
• Now don't forget, there's a new time for the unveiling of the weekly ARIA charts. They now go live at 6pm AEDT each Saturday. As such, we'll be here with our Chart Watch at the very same time each week. 6pm. Saturday. It's a date.

Friday, October 31, 2014

UNION J ALBUM II

British boyband Union J, who've achieved top ten success in their homeland via singles 'Carry You', 'Beautiful Life' and 'Tonight (We Live Forever)', along with their debut album 'Union J' (how they came up with that, we have no idea), have today revealed that they'll release their all-important sophomore album 'You Got It All - The Album' at the start of next month.
The album's yet to be confirmed for an Aussie release at this stage, however, but we reckon it'll only be a matter of time before Sony confirms it here.
'You Got It All - The Album' was written and recorded both in the UK and the US and the band's enlisted some big name songwriters for the project, including Nasri, Jamie Scott and even the legendary Diane Warren.
The album (tracklist below) will be released in Ol' Blighty on Monday December 08.

01. Tonight (We Live Forever)
02. You Got It All
03. All About A Girl
04. One More Time
05. Together
06. I Can't Make You Love Me
07. She's In My Head
08. Midnight Train
09. I Love To Watch You Sleep
10. Central Park
11. Girl Like You
12. Yolo
13. Get It Right
14. Song For You And I
15. It's Beginning To Look A Lot Like Christmas * Bonus Track

TAKE THAT : These Days

Well here's something that's put a spring in our step on a Friday evening... the official video for the new Take That single 'These Days'.
To be released in just a few weeks time (one week ahead of their new album 'III', due November 28), 'These Days' is the first taste of the new-look, slimmed-down Take That since Jason Orange decided to call it quits just over a month ago.
Clearly the remaining three members (Gary, Mark and Howard) have bonded significantly since we last caught up with them... they kick off proceedings here in bed together before going about their daily business, which includes showering, catching up on the news, cycling, gettin' their hairs did, preaching to the choir, sleeping and dancing, all in the confines of a studio. Super-entertaining to watch, super-catchy song. Could it get them back on Australian airwaves? Doubtful, but it's worth a shot.


http://youtu.be/I43R3jIFE74

ERASURE : Dead Of Night

Trick or treat? To mark today's Halloween celebrations, British electropop duo Erasure have seemingly delved into the black and white film archives to unearth imagery of some of the most ghoulish and ghostly beasts ever to appear on celluloid. They've paired the imagery with the aptly-titled song 'Dead Of Night', lifted from their recently-released album 'The Violet Flame'.
Werewolves, zombies, vampires, goblins, mummies, Frankenstein's monster and all manner of other spooky beings haunt the three minute 13 second clip. Happy Halloween...


http://youtu.be/-4xbyJbSjqk

ANJA NISSEN FTG. WILL.I.AM & CODY WISE : I'm So Excited

When we interviewed 'The Voice' winner Anja Nissen at the start of August, she made mention that her hopes for her debut single were that she would "come out with something that surprises people".
"They’ll say ‘I didn’t expect that’. And I think that’s what’s going to happen," she said.
What we knew by then was that she'd already been in the studio to work on music with her coach Will.I.Am before he jetted out of the country.
Today, three months later, her debut single 'I'm So Excited' has finally been released, but is the single the right choice? And, more importantly, has Anja left it too late?
Perhaps she has, if the iTunes chart is anything to go by (it's at No.98).
While the concept of the video is nothing new (Lene's 'Pretty Young Thing' comes to mind), there's certainly something very slick and international-looking about it. And Anja's virtually unrecognisable from her almost vanilla-favoured persona on the show. But again, that question keeps rearing its head... has she left her run too late?


http://youtu.be/n_5BxskumuE

AT RETAIL ON FRIDAY OCTOBER 31, 2014

Anthrax – Chile On Hell (CD/DVD)
Kasper Bjorke – After Forever
Black Veil Brides – Black Veil Brides
Dean Blunt – Black Metal
Anna Calvi – One Breath (Deluxe Edition)
Celtic Thunder – Holiday Symphony
Clark – Clark
Collabro – Stars
Richard Dawson – Nothing Important
Dels – Petals Have Fallen
Dirty South – With You
Frazey Ford – Indian Ocean
Hand Of Mercy – Resolve
Calvin Harris – Motion
Lee Kernaghan – Driving Home For Christmas
King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard – I’m In Your Mind Fuzz
Lagwagon – Hang
Led Zeppelin – Houses Of The Holy (Deluxe Edition)
Led Zeppelin – Led Zeppelin IV (Deluxe Edition)
Annie Lennox – Nostalgia
Theophilus London – Vibes
Sarah McKenzie – We Could Be Lovers
The Ocean Party – Soft Focus
The Once – Departures
Eros Ramazzotti – Eros 30 : Greatest Hits
Eros Ramazzotti – Eros 30 : Greatest Hits (Deluxe Edition)
Darius Rucker – Home For The Holidays
Superfood – Don’t Say That
Trophy Eyes – Mend, Move On
TV On The Radio – Nebulous * November 04
Various – Home For Christmas
Various – Wild Summer 2015
Stevie Ray Vaughan – The Complete Epic Recordings Collection
The Who – Who Hits 50
Neil Young – Storytone
Yusuf – Tell ‘Em I’m Gone

DIGITAL RELEASE
Fergie ftg. YG – L.A. Love (la la)
DJ Fresh ftg. Ellie Goulding – Flashlight
Generik ftg. Nicky Van She – The Weekend
Henry Jackman – Microbots
Mari Jean – If Only EP
KLP – Medicine
Krunk! – De Zooya
Madeon – Imperium
Monks Of Mellonwah – Hide Away (Pulse)
Anja Nissen ftg. Will.I.Am & Cody Wise – I’m So Excited
Paces ftg. Youth – On My Mind
PhysiQue – Same Mistakes
Poolclvb ftg. Erin Marshall – Here You’re Mine
Robin Schulz – Sun Goes Downx
Sunset Sons – No Bad Days
Tei Shi – Bassically
Timomatic ftg. Pusha T – Delilah

ALBUM REVIEW : Nicole Scherzinger - Big Fat Lie

Nicole Scherzinger just cannot catch a break this decade. For some reason, whenever she releases a solo album under the name ‘Pussycat Dolls’ it’s a hit, but should she try to release it under her own name it just doesn’t work like it ought to. You know she basically sang everything on ‘PCD’ right?
Anyways. ‘Big Fat Lie’. What’s there to say? The two singles were a bit disappointing, yes?
‘Your Love’ starts off sounding a bit 1990s (in a good way) but then Nicole’s strange vocals on the verses make our ears swell, whilst ‘On The Rocks’ sounds like a Cheryl Cole reject. Clearly stealing her job on 'X Factor USA' wasn’t vindictive enough for Nicole.
Elsewhere, we’re digging the minimalism on ‘Heartbreaker’ and the electro R&B of ‘God Of War’. We especially like ‘Girl With A Diamond Heart’ that has a piano-led bit that Mariah would kill for. It’s basically the most Pussycat Dolls-sounding of the songs on here, making it an obvious standout.
At this point, we should also give props to Nicole and co. for only using the one production team (The Dream and Tricky Stewart for those who are wondering) to give her album a consistent sound, but the drawback of that is that some tracks are clear leftovers. We’re looking at you ‘First Time’ with all of its Rihanna-isms.
Lyrically speaking, it’s the usual love and bedroom-time songs here, besides from the title track.
The title track is hard-hitting with its words, but Nicole’s vocals sound so void of emotion during the chorus that the effect of almost-rhymes such as ‘I’m never alone, I’m so famous, but still I’m prescribed pills to make it painless’ falls flat.
Better is closing track ‘Run’, where Nicole is kept company by piano and strings to let her voice do all the heavy lifting, which it does with ease.
To conclude this review, we figure it’s best to paraphrase lyrics from ‘Run’... "Here’s some advice for the next one...". Hire four backing singer/dancers and rename yourselves Pussycat Dolls... we hear Mutya Keisha Siobhan might be available...

Download : Girl With A Diamond Heart, Run.

TULISA : Living Without You

It's been a while since we last had new music from former 'X Factor UK' judge Tulisa. But new music is just around the corner (well, just over a month away) with new tune 'Living Without You'.
Available for pre-order on the Aussie iTunes store, the track's official video premiered just over 24 hours ago.
It's got dancing boys, it's got glam outfits, it's got luxurious sets, it's got a '90s-leaning dance/pop beat that's so hot right now, all seemingly thanks to Clean Bandit.
And, of course, it's got our leading lady, who knows precisely what it takes to ensure she gets us all hot under the collar.


http://youtu.be/QIvKgPOwrig