Friday, November 28, 2014

TEXAS TURNS 25

It's not often these days that a band is afforded the luxury of being in the music business for a quarter of a century. But Glaswegian outfit Texas, with lead vocalist Sharleen Spiteri (above) out front, is no ordinary outfit.
Although their sales, here in Australia at least, have slowed somewhat since the heady days of the late '80s, '90s and '00s when they weren't ever too far from the charts with songs like their breakout hit 'I Don't Want A Lover', 'Say What You Want', 'Summer Son', 'Put Your Arms Around Me', 'Inner Smile' and 'Getaway', they've certainly not lost any of their relevance.
With more than 30 million global album sales already under their belt, they're sure to add a few more to the tall with the release of 'Texas 25' early in the new year.
The new album comprises a selection of the band's biggest hits re-worked for the new year, but there are also four new recordings to have long-time fans excited enough to put a circle around its Friday February 20 release date.

01. Start A Family
02. Black Eyed Boy
03. Say What You Want
04. Supafly Boy
05. Halo
06. Inner Smile
07. The Conversation
08. Say Goodbye
09. When We Are Together
10. Are You Ready
11. I Don’t Want A Lover
12. Summer Son

AT RETAIL ON FRIDAY NOVEMBER 28, 2014

AC/DC – Rock Or Bust
Dame Shirley Bassey – Hello Like Before
Beyoncé – Beyoncé (Platinum Edition Box Set)
Mary J Blige – The London Sessions
Bustamental – Intercontinental Journal 7
Circa Survive – Descensus
Leonard Cohen – Live In Dublin
Leonard Cohen – Live In Dublin (DVD)
Collarbones – Return
Idris Elba – Mi Mandela
Selena Gomez – For You
Horseman – Dawn Of The Dread
Jethro Tull – Warchild (40th Anniversary Deluxe Edition)
Jethro Tull – Warchild (40th Anniversary Edition)
Jools Holland & His Rhythm & Blues Orchestra – Sirens Of Song
Justice Crew – Live By The Words
Demi Lovato – Demi (Deluxe Edition)
McBusted – McBusted
Metallica – Some Kind Of Monster (DVD)
One Direction – Where We Are : Live From San Siro Stadium (DVD)
OST – Gone Girl
OST – Interstellar
Paul Smith & Peter Brewis – Frozen By Sight
Pitbull – Globalization
CJ Ramone – Last Chance To Dance
Simon & Garfunkel – The Complete Albums Collection
Frank Turner – The Third Three Years
The Vamps – Meet The Vamps (Christmas Edition)
Various – Future Disco Presents : All Day Dancing
Various – So Frenchy So Chic 2015
Various – So Fresh : The Hits Of Summer 2015
Various – So Fresh : The Hits Of Summer 2015 & The Best Of 2014
Various – Sounds Of The 80s
Wu-Tang Clan – A Better Tomorrow : 20th Anniversary Album

DIGITAL RELEASE
The Amazing Snakeheads – Can’t Let You Go
Bastille vs Grades – Torn Apart
Fiona Bevan – They Sang Silent Night
Mikky Ekko – Time
Chet Faker – iTunes Session
Ella Henderson – Yours
Hiatus Kaiyote – By Fire
Paul Kelly – The Merri Soul Sessions Vol.4
Little Boots – Business Pleasure EP
MLHLND – Clothes Off
Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds – In The Heat Of The Moment
Northlane – Rot
R3hab & Nervo ftg. Ayah Marar – Ready For The Weekend
Showtek ftg. Tryna – Wasting Our Lives
Nathan Thomson – Allstar
Tiga – Bugatti
Undertow – Finer Things
Tim Walker – Things I’ve Seen
Yard Apes – Night Of The Living Dead EP
Yolanda Be Cool & DCup – Sugar Man

TOURING : Demi Lovato

Live Nation promised to bring US pop songstress Demi Lovato to Australia for her first ever live tour. And this morning they've come good on that promise, confirming that Ms Demi will indeed be headed down under in April next year for shows in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane and Perth.
Her local Lovatics will be treated to a show full of the starlet's most recognisable hits, from the 'Camp Rock' days to more recent offerings including 'Skyscraper', 'Heart Attack' and her rendition of 'Let It Go' from the 'Frozen' soundtrack.
A fan club pre-sale kicks off at midday on Tuesday, followed by Live Nation's own pre-sale from 2pm on Wednesday. General public tickets are on sale from midday on Friday December 05.

April 17 : Brisbane (Convention Centre)
April 18 : Sydney (Hordern Pavilion)
April 21 : Perth (HBF Stadium)
April 24 : Melbourne (Margaret Court Arena)

TOURING : Neil Diamond

Legendary performer Neil Diamond will return to Australia for shows in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide and the Hunter Valley in late October next year.
The Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame member has enjoyed a career that spans more than five decades and includes a cavalcade of beloved hits including 'Sweet Caroline', 'Cherry Cherry', 'Song Sung Blue', 'Cracklin' Rosie' and many more.
And he's not lost his fandom despite his age (he's now in his mid-70s); Neil's latest album 'Melody Road' premiered in the top ten here in Australia on its release recently.
A Telstra Thanks pre-sale will kick off from 10am local time on Monday December 08. General public tickets are on sale from midday local time on Thursday December 11.

October 27 : Melbourne (Rod Laver Arena)
October 31 : Adelaide (Entertainment Centre)
November 03 : Brisbane (Entertainment Centre)
November 07 : Hunter Valley (Tempus Two Winery)
November 09 : Sydney (Allphones Arena)

MAPLES : Stars

Sydney pop starlet Maples recently saw her debut single 'Stars' serviced to Aussie radio networks.
And though we didn't feature it on the site at the time, we're certainly not going to make the same mistake with the video for the track, which premiered yesterday.
The opening scene was filmed at Mount Victoria in the Blue Mountains on a frosty morning. It, and the home where most of the rest of the clip is set, are places that hold a special place in Maples' (real name Gabby Huber) heart.
"The house where we filmed was built by my late great Uncle Fred. He lived there with my Aunt Honey and the bedroom where we filmed was the very room he passed on," Maples reveals. "It was very special to be back in the house I had spent so many weekends as an infant. The driveway at the property was also lined with Maple trees, a memory I am very fond of. The house was also meant to represent suppression, being confined and kept within walls, unable to break free. The song is after all about suppression, and the urge to break free and soar."
Hopeful choruses, crisp vocals and a driving electronic pop beat meld together to create a piece that's all class.


http://youtu.be/MsSWnyDNPHU

LET'S HEAR IT FOR HARRIET

Here's something a little special straight out of the UK from a gorgeous up and coming songstress by the name of Harriet.
Though she may still be quite new to the scene, throughout the year she's been beavering away in the recording studio with the pop genius of Steve Anderson to record not only her recently-released debut EP 'What's Mine Is Yours', but her new four track festive selection 'Maybe This Christmas'.
Vocal comparisons with the iconic Karen Carpenter are virtually assured; the lead single and title track, co-penned with Steve and the iconic Judie Tzuke, had us reminiscing about 'Yesterday Once More'.
There's a cover of 'A Dream Is A Wish Your Heart Makes' from 'Cinderella', one of George Michael's 'December Song (I Dreamed Of Christmas)' and another of the David Foster-penned classic 'Grown Up Christmas List'.
The 'Maybe This Christmas' EP is available digitally now.


https://soundcloud.com/harrietsmusic/sets/harriet-maybe-this-christmas

Thursday, November 27, 2014

BROODS BRISBANE POSTPONED

New Zealand duo Broods have been forced to postpone their show at The HiFi in Brisbane tonight, due to the severe electrical storms which swept through the city earlier this evening.
Power has been cut to a number of homes and businesses across Brisbane, including The HiFi, but the team at Live Nation has been quick to assure fans of the brother/sister duo that they'll be back at the venue on Sunday night to fulfil their touring commitments with their fans of the Queensland capital.
The band plays Perth's Capitol Theatre tomorrow night.

November 28 : Perth (Capitol Theatre)
November 30 : Brisbane (The HiFi) RESCHEDULED DATE

SOMETHING NEW FOR AXWELL ^ INGROSSO

Superstar DJs Axwell and Sebastian Ingrosso (now known simply as Axwell ^ Ingrosso) are now roaring at local media with their new single 'Something New'.
And it's something new in more ways than one for 66% of the former Swedish House Mafia; it also marks the new beginning for the pair, who are set to release a debut album early in the new year.
To be released tomorrow here in Australia, the track has been launched to coincide with a worldwide Christmas campaign for Beats by Dr Dre. The pair will appear in the commercial, alongside a host of stars including Serena Williams, Nicki Minaj, 2 Chainz, Jess Glynne and more.
'Something New' follows on from the reveal of highlight song 'Can't Hold Us Down' earlier in the month.