Wednesday, October 22, 2014

BACK TO THE CLUB

It's official. '90s pop outfit S Club 7 is back in business, confirming tonight that they've been chosen to deliver this year's Children In Need charity single for the UK market.
And while there's no snippet of the song below, you do get a little taste of the band, one of their most infectious pop hits, 'Bring It All Back' (also their debut single), and a full roll call.
It'll be S Club's third Children In Need single after 2000's 'Never Had A Dream Come True' and 2001's 'Have You Ever'.
The band achieved four UK No.1 singles from 1999 to 2002 and every single one of their tracks hit the top five. Here in Australia, their biggest hit was a tie between 'S Club Party' and 'Don't Stop Movin', both of which hit the No.2 position.
In 2012, three members of the band came to Australia for a national tour, but this is the first time the entire band has been back recording together in more than ten years.
According to a statement, the band said, "We're massive fans of BBC Children in Need and it was great to be able to support the charity all those years ago. We're really looking forward to bringing it all back for Pudsey, for BBC Children In Need and for all our fans who have been so great over the years. This is going to be the mega S Club party of all time!


https://soundcloud.com/sclub7official/s-club-7-children-in-need

LINE-UP OF THE FUTURE IS HERE


True to their word, organisers of next year's Future Music Festival have moments ago used the magic of the national NOVA network to confirm the all-important line-up for their 2015 events. And it's a doozy.
After confirming that Kiesza would form part of the line-up early this morning and dropping another hoot of a hint (Drake) late this afternoon, the line-up for the national tour comprises a swag of mammoth names. Avicii's in. The Prodigy's coming. There's Afrojack, Example, Nero, Martin Garrix and Die Antwoord.
Add in Sigma, 2 Chainz, Klingande, Gorgon City and more and you've got arguably one of the hottest tickets of the Aussie summer.
The Future jaunt across the country begins at Sydney's Royal Randwick Racecourse on Saturday February 28 before popping off to Perth, Brisbane, Melbourne and, finally, Adelaide on Monday March 09.
Tickets are on sale at noon local time on Thursday October 30.

February 28 : Sydney (Royal Randwick Racecourse)
March 01 : Perth (Arena Joondalup)
March 07 : Brisbane (RNA Showgrounds)
March 08 : Melbourne (Flemington Racecourse)
March 09 : Adelaide (Adelaide Showground)

RICKY MARTIN : Adios

After premiering it via Twitter yesterday morning, Latin superstar Ricky Martin has gifted the magic of the video for his latest single 'Adios' to the rest of the planet via the Vevo/YouTube platforms.
And, as promised, Ricky plays the roles of five different characters... from the bouncer to the bartender, to the singer (there's a surprise!), then later a mobster and a police officer.
It's a visual treat; rich with colour and resplendent with burlesque dancers (from L.A. troupe Harlow Gold, no less) and a soundtrack that sounds like it could've been lifted straight from the streets of Cuba.
'Adios' is the first taste of Ricky's new studio album, which Sony hints we'll see early in the new year.


http://youtu.be/ubRja-HWntc

TRAINOR'S TITLE LP CONFIRMED

Sony Music has this afternoon confirmed the Australian release of Meghan Trainor's debut album 'Title'.
Following on from her global smash 'All About That Bass', which remains at No.1 on the UK and US charts, along with her 'Title' EP back in February and her new single 'Lips Are Movin', Meghan's debut album will be among the first releases of the new year.
'Title', which is already up for pre-order on iTunes, will be released in standard and deluxe editions, the latter featuring four extra songs. Fans who pre-order the album will get 'Lips Are Movin' as a grat track.
'Title' will be released in Australia on Friday January 09.

01. The Best Part (Interlude)
02. All About That Bass
03. Dear Future Husband
04. Close Your Eyes
05. 3am
06. Like I'm Gonna Lose You
07. Dem Sticks
08. Walkashame
09. Title
10. What If I
11. Lips Are Movin
12. No Good For You * Deluxe bonus track
13. Mr. Almost * Deluxe bonus track
14. My Selfish Heart * Deluxe bonus track
15. Credit * Deluxe bonus track

GWEN STEFANI : Baby Don't Lie

As mentioned on the site recently, No Doubt frontwoman Gwen Stefani is back, with her first release of new solo material in six years (eight years since her last album 'The Sweet Escape'.
Given the amount of time that's passed since she last dipped her toes into the water, there's no doubt (see what we did there?) a lot riding on the new release.
She's quickly followed up the single's release with the unveiling of the official video overnight Australian time.
But while it's great to see her back in the music game, we can't help but feel a little (i.e. a lot) underwhelmed by the clip. A green-screen production, it's essentially Gwen reclining, walking or pretending to be swallowed up by a tornado. Admittedly, she looks incredible. And she is sporting the latest headphones, phone and kicks, but will it all be enough to get her back to the upper echelons of the charts?
It's currently sitting outside the top 50, so it might be one for the fans.


http://youtu.be/9uo9oy-Eqo4

TOURING : Macy Gray

Soul singer Macy Gray will return to Australia early in the new year with the local leg of her 'The Way' international tour.
In celebration of her recently-released album 'The Way', Macy will play shows in Sydney, Brisbane, Perth and Adelaide, along with stops in Darwin, Newcastle, Port Macquarie and Lismore, but she'll kick things off with a date in Melbourne on Saturday March 07.
Macy first hit the big time in Australia via her 1999 smash 'I Try' and the album it was plucked from, 'On How Life Is', both achieving number one placings down under on their respective charts. Further top 40 success followed with singles 'Still', 'Sweet Baby' and 'When I See You' over ensuing years.
And although it's been more than a decade since Macy troubled the ARIA charts, there's still a great local affinity for the husky-voiced songstress.
Pre-sales are go as of today, with general public tickets on sale from 10am local time on Wednesday October 29.

March 07 : Melbourne (Palais Theatre)
March 08 : Perth (Concert Hall)
March 10 : Darwin (Entertainment Centre)
March 11 : Adelaide (Convention Centre)
March 13 : Lismore (City Hall)
March 14 : Brisbane (The Tivoli)
March 17 : Newcastle (Lizotte's)
March 18 : Port Macquarie (Glasshouse Theatre)
March 19 : Sydney (Enmore Theatre)

MIDWEEK NEWS WRAP

• We'd picked her as an outside chance of winning the competition, but it seems the Australian record buying public has responded kindly to Marlisa's crowning as this year's 'X Factor' winner, sending her debut single 'Stand By You' straight to the top of the iTunes charts after its release on Monday night. But it wasn't just Marlisa who benefited from the Grand Finale... Jessica Mauboy's amazing performance of new single 'Can I Get A Moment' propelled it to the top of the iTunes chart briefly, while Guy Sebastian's 'Mama Ain't Proud', Taylor Swift's 'Shake It Off' and Olly Murs' 'Wrapped Up', which were performed live on the show, also made their presence felt in the iTunes top ten.
• Marisa's track was rushed to Australian media immediately after her Monday night win, but she's not alone in battling for coveted airtime this week; The new Banks single 'Beggin For Thread' is in there. So too Janet Devlin's 'Creatures Of The Night', Guy Sebastian's 'Mama Ain't Proud', Foo Fighters' 'Something From Nothing' and Wilkinson's 'Dirty Love'. Check out our FACEBOOK page tomorrow for your regular, more comprehensive wrap of this week's new tunes.

• Sony Music has confirmed the local release of the new Pitbull album 'Globalization'. Already doing the business with the lead single 'Fireball' (featuring vocals by John Ryan), there are plenty more collaborations on the long player, with appearances revealed by Jennifer Lopez, Jason Derulo, Sean Paul, G.R.L and Chris Brown. The album will drop in Australia on Friday November 28.
• In the same genre, Californian emcee G-Eazy has confirmed his first Australian headline tour. It's not a national tour, however, with dates locked in for Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane on February 14, 16 and 13 respectively. Tickets for all three shows are on sale at 10am tomorrow.
• Brisbane outfit Millions are also heading out on the road. Supported by Triple J, the chaps will perform the 'For Your Leisure & Pleasure' tour around the country from late November, kicking off at Adelaide's Pirie & Co Social Club on November 21. Tickets are on sale now.

• There's no budging Meghan Trainor from the No.1 spot in the UK, with her mammoth smash 'All About That Bass' maintaining its dominance on the British singles chart for the third successive week. When it comes to their love of Taylor Swift's latest single, it seems the Brits can't quite 'Shake It Off'; the single improving from No.4 to No.2, ahead of a strong debut by One Direction's 'Steal My Girl' at No.3. Speaking of boybands, The Vamps' new single 'Oh Cecilia (Breaking My Heart)' bullets from No.46 to No.9 after its official digital release, while Eminem and Sia notch up some more chart success; 'Guts Over Fear' debuting in the No.10 spot.
• And former 'X Factor' starlet Ella Henderson has claimed the No.1 spot on this week's British albums chart with her debut long player 'Chapter One'. She's a long way ahead of Jessie J's 'Sweet Talker', which debuts in the No.5 position, with further top ten debuts courtesy of U2's 'Songs Of Innocence' (No.6), 'The Best Of' Spandau Ballet (No.8), Jessie Ware's 'Tough Love' (No.9) and Rose Avenue's 'You + Me' (No.10).

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

IMOGEN STRIKES HER MATCH

You might recognise Imogen Brough her from her appearance on 'The Voice' last year, when she impressed the judges with her rendition of Florence & The Machine's 'Never Let Me Go'.
All four judges turned their chairs for the 21 year old starlet, but she chose to take her place on Team Ricky, progressing all the way through to the Showdown stage, where her journey in the competition came to an end.
Imogen has been treading the independent path since the days of 'The Voice' and has just released her second single for the year, 'Love Is Like A Match' (cover image above), which followed on from 'Heart' back in February.
She's also recently dipped her toes in the Pozible waters, in the hope of finding fans passionate enough to assist in financing the production of her second EP, which she hopes to release by the end of the year.
Imogen tells us she needs a total of $10,000 to make the EP2 dream a reality and has put together a range of rewards, including a slew of signed merchandise, for people who pledge their support.
Find out all your need to know about the Pozible campaign HERE.
'Love Is Like A Match', meanwhile, is available digitally now.