Sunday, April 20, 2014

COUNTDOWN TO EUROVISION : Russia

It's a little over three weeks 'til the 59th Eurovision Song Contest kicks off in Denmark. Of course, we're off to the capital Copenhagen this year as a result of Emmelie de Forest's win with 'Only Teardrops' in Malmö, Sweden last year. The semi finals this year take place on May 06 and May 08, with voting from across Europe to decide which ten countries from each will make it through to the all-important Grand Final on Saturday May 10, where they'll come up against the perennial "big five" of Germany, France, Italy, Spain and the United Kingdom, along with the host nation Denmark.
Here at auspOp, we're continuing our coverage of Eurovision 2014 by taking a look at each of the entries in the run-up to this year's contest.

TOMALCHEVY SISTERS : Shine

Eurovision has a proud history of uncovering amazing, quirky pop songs. And while votes will undoubtedly fly because of Russia's entry 'Shine', it's the recent annexation of Crimea, the current military tension on the eastern border of Ukraine, the marginalisation of the country's gay community and the ensuing political voting that may end Russia's hopes of getting anywhere near the Grand Final this year. The Tomalchevy Sisters - aged just 17 - will potentially be thrown to the wolves in the first of the semi finals and we can only assume that the audience will be less than welcoming. Awkwardly, they're on stage just two spots before the Ukrainians, who might be worried by the lyrics of 'Shine'; "Now maybe there's a place, maybe there's a time, maybe there's a day you'll be mine." On its merits, 'Shine' isn't a bad song. But we can't help but think that most of Europe won't give a toss and will vote with their hearts.


http://youtu.be/MPI7AnD_QS8

Saturday, April 19, 2014

CHART WATCH

Sheppard remains in the top spot on our Easter Saturday ARIA chart, but another Aussie favourite slides into position two behind them. In fact, 50% of this week's ARIA top ten singles belongs to Australian artists. Wonders will never cease. On the albums chart, out of the top ten albums this week, six are from Aussie acts; one on debut at No.1 Who is it? Check out this week's Chart Watch to find out.

SINGLES
Brisbane outfit Sheppard continue their reign in the No.1 spot on the ARIA singles chart this week with their single 'Geronimo'. And after just the two weeks on top - and four weeks in overall - they've managed an impressive gold sales accreditation.
Sia moves in behind them with her 'Chandelier', which also has a fresh golden sheen to it this week after five weeks of chart action.
Jess Mauboy must be doing something very right with her latest single 'Never Be The Same Again' which, after a swag of television advertising, jumps from No.17 to No.6 this week. Clean Bandit slips four, but Zendaya's 'Replay' improves three to now be within the Aussie top ten (No.8).
Coldplay's 'Magic' is up from No.16 to No.11, Justin Timberlake's 'Not A Bad Thing' improves ten places to No.15 and the week's highest debut is 'Up!' at No.18 - all thanks to Ms Samantha Jade. The Chainsmokers' '#Selfie', however, slides from No.10 to No.21.
New music from The Amity Affliction premieres at No.28 ('Pittsburgh'), Ellie Goulding's 'Beating Heart' pulses its way into the top 50 (No.52 on debut to No.38) and Katy Perry's 'Birthday' parties its way to No.42 on debut, right ahead of Passenger's 'Hearts On Fire' (No.43).
The return of Short Stack has their 'Television' switching on to chart action at No.47.
London Grammar's 'Strong' drops 19 to No.55 and Joelle's 'Save Me' premieres at No.56, ahead of a quartet of debuts in the 60s; Lily Allen's 'Our Time' (No.60), Pitbull ftg. Jennifer Lopez' 'We Are One' (No.61), Lana Del Rey's 'West Coast' (No.64) and Timmy Trumpet's 'Freaks' (No.67).
The Vamps' 'Last Night' suffers a worrying third week sales slump (down from No.41 to No.69), but Havana Brown's new tune 'Whatever We Want' is also on the slide prematurely (No.57 to No.72, also in week three).
Glass Animals' 'Gooey' drops 37 spots, Enrique & Kylie's brand of 'Beautiful' loses its shine (No.47 to No.79), Chet Faker's '1998' debuts at No.81 and Magic!'s earworm 'Don't Kill The Magic' might be perfect for radio, but it seems the Aussie public isn't buying it; down from No.53 to No.82 in its second week.
Showtek's 'We Like To Party' premieres at No.88 and First Aid Kit's 'My Silver Lining' is in at No.95, but Christina Perri's 'Human' is out of the top 100 after sitting pretty at No.56 last week. It spent just six weeks on the ARIA charts.

ALBUMS
After peppering the singles charts with his tracks over the past few weeks, Chet Faker's gone and scored himself a No.1 album on debut with his debut long player 'Built On Glass'. In doing so, he knocks INXS from the top spot, with last week's No.3 - the 'Frozen' soundtrack' remaining (ahem) frozen in place. Last week's No.2 (Ball Park Music's 'Puddinghead' on debut) slides to No.14.
There's a duo of premieres at Nos.4 and 5... Russell Morris' 'Van Diemen's Land' and Harrison Craig's 'L.O.V.E.' respectively, while the 'ABBA Gold' anniversary edition improves three spots on last week's No.13 debut and is now a top ten Aussie album.
With Bliss N Eso's national tour in full swing, their album 'Circus In The Sky' benefits on the charts; up 11 places to No.13 this week. Albums from London Grammar and Skrillex, however, ease.
TV advertising is paying big dividends for Jessica Mauboy at the moment, both on the singles chart, where her current smash 'Never Be The Same Again' is into the top ten) and here on the albums chart, where 'Beautiful' bullets from No.42 to No.17.
The 'Divergent' soundtrack is also bulleting and improves on last week's No.54 debut to place at No.18.
A TV interview sees Cliff Richard's 'The Fabulous Rock 'N' Roll Songbook' bullet from No.94 to a new peak of No.27, but Steel Panther's 'All You Can Eat' falters in its third week of chart action; down from No.11 to No.28.
Debuts in the 30s from Black Label Society ('Catacombs Of The Black Vatican' at No.31), American Authors ('Oh, What A Life' at No.35) and Rachael Leahcar ('Here Comes The Sun' at No.38). Saskwatch's 'Nose Dive' rounds out the top 50 debuts at No.46.
George Michael's 'Symphonica' slides some more (No.26 to No.53), Triple J's 'Like A Version 9' re-emerges in the top 100 at No.63 and with his new album rolling at retail, there's a bump for Russell Morris' previous album 'Sharkmouth', which improves from No.95 to No.70.
Robbie Williams' 'Swings Both Ways' drops from No.46 to No.72, Kate Miller-Heidke's 'O Vertigo!' slips from No.44 to No.81 and Shakira's 'Shakira' plunges 47 places to No.95.
For the second week in a row, however, an album debuting at No.12 on the ARIA charts has plummeted out of the top 100 entirely after just one week. This week it's The Used's LP 'Imaginary Enemy'.
Also gone from the top 100 entirely are last week's new entries from Tim Campbell, Marcia Hines, Manchester Orchestra, Sohn and Ronnie James Dio.

For a full run down of the ARIA top 50s, head over to the ARIA CHARTS WEBSITE, every Saturday from 7:00pm AEST.

COUNTDOWN TO EUROVISION : Portugal

The Eurovision Song Contest is once again almost upon us. In just a few week's time, the eyes of Europe will be focused on the Danish capital Copenhagen for the 59th annual competition, where all of Europe gets to decide who's the fairest of them all.
The Portuguese return to the competition in 2014 after taking a year off last year and will get their chance to shine in front of the continent as part of the first semi final on Tuesday May 06. No doubt they'll be hoping to do enough to make it through to the Grand Final on May 10.

SUZY : Quero Ser Tua

One of only a handful of tracks in this year's competition that will be performed solely in the native tongue, singer Suzy (real name Susana Guerra) will perform 'Quero Ser Tua' ('I Want To Be Yours') at the first of the semi finals. Suzy has been performing in her homeland for well over a decade, releasing her first album back in 2002.
'Quero Ser Tua' is a dance/pop party anthem that is infused with Mediterranean flourishes that remind us quite a bit of Kaoma's 'Lambada'. We're not sure a trio of drummers will be spectacular enough on the Eurovision stage to send Portugal through.


http://youtu.be/CcTiPW-X8q4

Friday, April 18, 2014


AT RETAIL ON FRIDAY APRIL 18, 2014

The Afghan Wigs – Do To The Beast
Iggy Azalea – The New Classic
Sebastian Bach – Give ‘Em Hell
Bee Gees – The Warner Bros Years (boxset)
Bonjah – Beautiful Wild
Celtic Thunder – My Land
Jesse Davidson – Ocean EP
Jason Derulo – Tattoos (Special Edition)
Placido Domingo – Amore Infinito
Duck Sauce – Quack
Eels – The Cautionary Tales Of Mark Oliver Everett
Forever The Optimist – Arecibo
Bobby Fox – The Fantastic Mr Fox
Future – Honest
Horse Thief – Fear In Bliss
Engelbert Humperdinck – Engelbert Calling
Aled Jones – The Essential
Kelis – Food
Amaya Laucirica – Sway
Ziggy Marley – Fly Rasta
NAS – Illmatic XX
New Empire – In A Breath
Paolo Nutini – Caustic Love
OST – The Amazing Spider-Man 2
Perfect Pussy – Say Yes To Love
Plaza Francia – A New Tango Songbook
Andre Rieu – Magic Of The Musicals
Tycho – Awake
Various – Eurovision 2014
Various – Like A Woman

DIGITAL RELEASE
Blood Orange – Uncle Ace (remixes)
Eagle & The Worm – It’s Automatic
Marika Hackman – Deaf Heat
Jason Herd ftg. Sherry St.Germain – This Is What We Came For
Neon Jungle – Welcome To The Jungle

COUNTDOWN TO EUROVISION : Slovenia

It's been a daily feature on the site since the end of last month, but there are still plenty of days left and plenty of entries to get our pop chops around before the start of the 59th Eurovision Song Contest. Held in Copenhagen, Denmark this year after Emmelie de Forest's win last year, the competition is again split into two semi finals (May 06 and 08) and the all-important Grand Final (May 10), with countries from across Europe competing for ultimate glory.

TINKARA KOVAČ : Round And Round

Today we're having a quick squizz at the Slovenian entry. As we've mentioned before, Eurovision is held in such high regard throughout Europe that some competitors see it as the be all and end all. 35 year old Tinkara has attempted to represent Slovenia three times previously. She came closest back in 1999, placing second in her country's national selection. But in 2014, 17 years after her first attempt, she'll finally be on stage at the second semi final for all of Europe to see.
So what's the song like? Sang in English with a splash of Slovene, 'Round And Round' is (apart from the flute) a pretty decent straightforward pop offering that's accompanied by a stunning video clip shot on the country's coast.


http://youtu.be/ZMpNkCOMaGU

Thursday, April 17, 2014

JOELLE : Save Me

But we thought the old lady dropped it into the ocean in the end?
Look, while the little gold locket that ends up in Sydney Harbour as part of the video for Joelle's debut single 'Save Me' is no 'heart of the ocean' and Joelle's no old lady - not by a long, long shot, what that locket is is a symbol of her love for her chap. Sadly, regularly distracted by his mobile phone, he's clearly a chap who's found something (or perhaps someone) else to occupy his time, and it's not Joelle.
Gorgeously shot, great locations, a storyline and a bit of eye candy for all of us all rolled into three minutes and 37 seconds.
We've seen clips from the major labels nowhere near the standard of this, so fully independent Joelle and her team ought to be congratulated.


http://youtu.be/mJ7xdSOZBzg

RÜFÜS : Sundream

As we settle in for the beginning of what we all hope will be a somewhat mild winter, those lovely chaps from Sydney trio Rüfüs have gifted us another glorious burst of dazzling pop sunshine in the form of the video for their new single 'Sundream'.
It's more dreamy, summery, luscious pop finery from the band's breakout album 'Atlas' and its accompanying video clip, through incredibly simple, turns up the style factor to eleven through its kaleidoscopic treatments, as evidenced via the screen grab below.
And whether you're lucky enough to be lazing on a beach this weekend, or merely dreaming of doing so, 'Sundream' will perfectly fill the role of your soundtrack.


http://youtu.be/-75cTvn8gXQ

WHAT WILL BE FOR JUSTICE CREW

Justice Crew have announced the upcoming release of their new single 'Que Sera'.
Sony tells us that the new single, penned by the boys with LA-based Canadian songwriting outfit The Messengers (who've previously worked with Christina Aguilera, Jason Derulo, Lea Michele, Justin Bieber etc), will showcase a more "emotional side" to Justice Crew's music as they explore deeper lyrics which aim to inspire a celebration of life.
"We are so excited for 'Que Sera' to be released," says crew member John Pearce. "It has such a powerful message which relates to our journey as Justice Crew and I think that many people will be able to relate to it with their life experiences."
Available for pre-order now, the track will be released digitally on Friday May 09, with a physical single to follow on Friday May 16.

LAURYN'S MELBOURNE SECONDS

Seems as though Ms Lauryn Hill has lost none of her star power, selling out her Melbourne and Fremantle shows as part of her recently announced Australian tour.
In Australia as part of Sydney's Vivid Festival (with two shows at the Opera House), Lauryn was slated to play a Palais Theatre show in Melbourne, as well as a Fremantle Arts Centre gig. Both have sold out.
But demand for tickets in Melbourne has been so strong that Niche Productions has today confirmed that a second show in the Victorian capital has been added to the schedule - on Thursday May 22 - at the city's Hamer Hall.
Tickets for the new Melbourne show are on sale this from 9am on Wednesday April 23.

May 21 : Melbourne (Palais Theatre)
May 22 : Melbourne (Hamer Hall) NEW SHOW
May 24 : Fremantle (Arts Centre)
May 27 : Sydney (Opera House)
May 28 : Sydney (Opera House)

NEW RELEASE SCHEDULE



THE AUSTRALIAN CD NEW RELEASE SCHEDULE

April 25
Damon Albarn – Everyday Robots
Astronomy Class – Mekong Delta Sunrise
Michael Bublé – To Be Loved (Deluxe Australian Tour Edition)
Cameron Carpenter – If You Could Read My Mind
Brody Dalle – Diploid Love
Robert Davi – Davi Sings Sinatra
Melanie De Biasio – No Deal
Ghost Beach – Blonde
Harry Hookey – Misdiagnosed
Miss May I – Rise Of The Lion
Neon Trees – Pop Psychology
Pixies – Indie Cindy
Pixies – Indie Cindy (Deluxe Edition)
Rodrigo Y Gabriella – 9 Dead Alive
Joe Satriani – The Complete Studio Recordings
Sol3 Mio – Sol3 Mio
Curtis Stigers – Hooray For Love
The Vamps – Meet The Vamps
Various – Disney DConstructed
Mark Vincent – Best So Far

DIGITAL RELEASE
Diana Rouvas – Heart Of Goodbye
Ed Sheeran – Sing


May 02
Lily Allen – Sheezus
Lily Allen – Sheezus (Deluxe Edition)
Frankie Ballard – Sunshine & Whiskey
Mariah Carey – Title TBA * May 06
Claire Browne & The Bangin’ Rockettes – Baby Caught The Bus
Jacob Cooper – Silver Threads
Brody Dalle – Diploid Love
DZ Deathrays – Black Rat
Brian Eno & Karl Hyde – Someday World
Ben & Ellen Harper – Childhood Home
The Horrors – Luminous
Hoy – Aquaslum
Kronos Quartet – A Thousand Thoughts
Little Hurricane – Gold Fever
Little Matador – Little Matador
Natalie Merchant – Natalie Merchant
The Middle Names – I Need Space
Caitlin Park – The Sleeper
Darren Percival – Lovelife
Gruff Rhys – American Interior
Thundamentals – So We Can Remember
Tiny Ruins – Brightly Painted One
Tune Yards – Nikki Nack
Chad VanGaalen – Shrink Dust

DIGITAL RELEASE
Our Man In Berlin – Is It Right EP
Ricki-Lee – All We Need Is Love


May 09
Andrew Jackson Jihad – Christmas Island
Archive – Axiom
The Black Keys – Turn Blue
Black Stone Cherry – Magic Mountain
The Cairos – Dream Of Reason
Cherry Ghost – Herd Runners
Chromeo – White Women
Closure In Moscow – Pink Lemonade
Current Swell – Ulysses
Dan + Shay – Where It All Began
Down – Down IV : Part II EP
Foxes – Glorious (Deluxe Edition)
Kina Grannis – Elements
Michael Jackson – Xscape * May 13
Lykke Li – I Never Learn
Little Bastard – Little Bastard
Little Dragon – Nabuma Rubberband
Sarah McLachlan – Shine On
Nick Mulvey – First Mind
Bo Ningen – Bo Ningen
OCR – Here Lies Love
Schiller – Opus
Various – Late Night Tales : Django Django
Dan Webb – Sandstorm

May 16
Afrojack – Forget The World
Tori Amos – Unrepentant Geraldines
Archie Bronson Outfit – Wild Crush
Kishi Bashi – Lightght
Coldplay – Ghost Stories
Deep Purple – Made In Japan
Deep Purple – Made In Japan (Deluxe Edition)
Deep Purple – Made In Japan (Super Deluxe Box Set)
Flaming Lips – 7 Skies H3
Frente – Marvin The Album (21st Anniversary Edition)
Jeff Lang – I Live A Lot In My Head These Days
LCD Soundsystem : The Long Goodbye (Live At Madison Square Gardens)
Mr Scruff – Friendly Bacteria
Northeast Party House – Any Given Weekend
Oasis – Definitely Maybe (Chasing The Sun Edition)
Conor Oberst – Upside Down Mountain
Sylvan Esso – Sylvan Esso
Wagons – Acid Rain And Sugar Cane

DIGITAL RELEASE
I Know Leopard – Illumina EP


May 23
Hercules & Love Affair – The Feast Of The Broken
Cher Lloyd – Sorry I’m Late
OST – The Fault In Our Stars
Owen Pallett – In Conflict
Plaid – Reachy Prints
Popstrangers – Fortuna
Powerman 5000 – Builders Of The Future
Jenny Queen – Small Town Misfits
Röyksopp & Robyn – Do It Again
Sam Smith – In The Lonely Hour
Sharon Van Etten – Are We There

DIGITAL RELEASE
One Direction – You & I * May 25


May 30
50 Cent – Animal Ambition
The Acid – Liminal
Beaty Heart – Mixed Blessings
Kyla La Grange – Cut Your Teeth
Led Zeppelin – Led Zeppelin (2014 reissue)
Led Zeppelin – Led Zeppelin II (2014 reissue)
Led Zeppelin – Led Zeppelin III (2014 reissue)
Hamilton Leithauser – Black Hours
Taylor McFerrin – Early Riser
Mind Over Matter – This Way To Elsewhere
Parquet Courts – Sunbathing Animal
Soundgarden – Superunknown (20th Anniversary Edition)
Paul Weller – More Modern Classics

June 06
The Amity Affliction – Let The Ocean Take Me
Mia Dyson – Idyllwild
Glass Animals – Zaba
Chrissie Hynde – Stockholm
Klaxons – Love Frequency
Marcus Hook Roll Band – Tales Of Old Grand-Daddy
Morrissey – Vauxhall And I (20th Anniversary Edition)
Passenger – Whispers
Passenger – Whispers (Deluxe Edition)
Remi – Raw X Infinity
Alexis Taylor – Await Barbarians
Tom Vek – Luck

June 13
360 – Utopia
Lower – Seek Warmer Climbs
Martyn – The Air Between Words
Lewis Watson – The Morning
White Lung – Deep Fantasy

June 20
David Gray – Mutineers
How To Dress Well – What Is This Heart?

July 04
Something For Kate – Beautiful Sharks (Deluxe Edition)
Something For Kate – Desert Lights (Deluxe Edition)
Something For Kate – Echolalia (Deluxe Edition)
Something For Kate – Elsewhere For 8 Minutes (Deluxe Edition)
Something For Kate – Leave Your Soul To Science (Deluxe Edition)
Something For Late – The Official Fiction (Deluxe Edition)

July 11
Fink – Hard Believer
Theory Of A Deadman – SaVages
Woman’s Hour – Conversations

August 01
Angus & Julia Stone – Angus & Julia Stone

All release dates subject to change & list is updated weekly.