Saturday, December 20, 2014

SATURDAY NEWS WRAP #180

• Celebrations, no doubt, in the EMI offices yesterday before the staff broke for the Christmas/New Year period, with news that off the back of her Australian tour, Katy Perry's album 'Prism' has smashed through the five times platinum mark. Though its predecessor 'Teenage Dream' is also at the five times platinum mark, EMI tells us that 'Prism' has now surpassed its sales and has also delivered Katy her biggest ever Aussie hit in 'Roar', which is now certified eleven times platinum (770,000 copies).
• Kate Ceberano and David Campbell have combined their immense vocal talents to record a cover of 'Falling Slowly', the Oscar-winning song from the award-winning musical 'Once'. The musical is currently showing in Melbourne and the single is available digitally now.
• UK outfit The Wombats will release their third album 'Glitterbugs' in April. The follow-up to their top two album 'This Modern Glitch', the album and its themes were inspired by frontman Matthew Murphy's experiences in Los Angeles. "The album’s about the envy and the struggle and the pretence and the worry and the fear that L.A. – and every major city in the world – encompasses," he said in a statement. 'Glitterbugs' is due to drop in Australia on Friday April 03.

• US R&B superstar Nelly (left) has added an Adelaide date to his forthcoming Australian tour. Due in the country early in the new year for shows in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Perth and Newcastle, Various Artists yesterday confirmed that the performer would take to the stage at Thebarton Theatre on January 15. The tour is Nelly's first visit to Australia in four years and tickets for all dates are on sale now.
• Speaking of Adelaide, there's been a venue upgrade to the Nas show in the city of churches. It was due to hit HQ on January 29, but to cope with demand for tickets (they sold out in one day), the show has now been shifted to the larger Thebarton Theatre on the same day.
• And a Foo Fighters concert is also on the move. The band was slated to play Perth's NIB Stadium on March 07 next year, but due to "scheduling conflicts", the show has been pushed back just one day - to Sunday March 08.
• Alison Wonderland has been confirmed as the headline act for February's Mountain Sounds Festival on the New South Wales Central Coast. She'll be joined by the likes of Safia, The Kite String Tangle, TK Maidza and The Griswolds for the event, which will take over the Mount Penang Parklands in Kariong on February 21.

• No change to the No.1 spot again on this week's Billboard Hot 100 singles chart over in the United States. Taylor Swift holds for a fifth week in succession with her 'Blank Space', with Hozier behind in the No.2 spot with 'Take Me To Church'. Shuffling up to No.3, however, is Mark Ronson and Bruno Mars' collaboration 'Uptown Funk', but they're not the only ones on the move; Meghan Trainor's 'Lips Are Movin' is up from No.8 to No.4, Sam Smith's 'I'm Not The Only One' is up two to No.5 and Ed Sheeran's 'Thinking Out Loud' bullets from No.24 to No.6.
• Albums-wise, J Cole debuts in the top spot Stateside with his new album '2014 Forest Hills Drive', edging Taylor Swift from the No.1 position just a week out from Christmas. The Carrie Underwood best-of pops into the countdown at No.4 and K Michelle's 'Anybody Wanna Buy A Heart?' debuts at No.6.
• Yes most of the Australian recorded music industry is now on holidays, but we're still here, gifting you little regular nuggets like the Chart Watch, which will be back again from 6pm AEDT tonight. Get your fix of the Aussie top 100s right here.

Friday, December 19, 2014

A FRESH NIP OF BRANDI

US songstress Brandi Carlile will release a new album in March.
Comprising a dozen new recordings, the singer's fifth album is entitled 'The Firewatcher's Daughter' and come almost three years after 'Bear Creek'.
Though it's yet to be confirmed for an Australian release, given the lead single from it, 'The Eye' was made available on our iTunes store earlier this week and the fact that it's already confirmed to drop overseas within the first few days of March, we can expect to see it rolling at retail here towards the end of February.

01. Wherever Is Your Heart
02. The Eye
03. The Things I Regret
04. Mainstream Kid
05. Beginning To Feel The Years
06. Wilder (We're Chained)
07. Blood Muscle Skin & Bone
08. I Belong To You
09. Alibi
10. The Stranger At My Door
11. Heroes And Songs
12. Murder In The City

AT RETAIL ON FRIDAY DECEMBER 19, 2014

OST – Gone Girl
Ed Sheeran – Thinking Out Loud EP
Will Sparks – Another Land EP
Charli XCX – Sucker
XTC – Drums & Wires (Expanded Edition)
Yes – Relayer (Expanded Edition)

DIGITAL RELEASE
Asaf Avidan – Little Parcels Of An Endless Time
Chasing Kurt – From The Inside
Dank – Get It
Loopers – Seoul
The Similou – All This Love (2014 remixes)

GIRL FRIEND : Stop

No, it's not a typo. No, Robyn Loau and company aren't making a comeback. There's a very purposeful space between the words 'Girl' and 'Friend' and there's something oddly familiar about 'Stop', the new single from the up and coming London-based outfit.
Though the band only came together earlier this year, and they've still to crack the 500 'Like' mark on Facebook, their music sounds both familiar and assured; born from a mutual love and respect for the music of David Bowie and Roxy Music to name but two.
We're hearing subtle New Order-style influences in here too, so while it's rather retro, it's something we reckon the cool kids might just get their teeth into too.


http://youtu.be/BnQgWx_gcqQ

Thursday, December 18, 2014

HAPPY LITTLE MIXMAS

We can't be sure whether it's the numbness that sets into your outer extremities, the lights in every street or that sometimes, just sometimes, there may even be a slight dusting of snow, but the northern hemisphere seriously does Christmas brilliantly.
The ladies from Little Mix are celebrating the festive season this year by giving their social media followers a series of little gifts, the latest of which is this cute little live rendition of 'Christmas (Baby Please Come Home)', complete with cheeky elves, tinsel, some of the kitschest Christmas jumpers you're ever likely to clap eyes on and the obligatory garland of fairy lights.
It's certainly worth the watch, particularly if you're a Mixer. But it gives the wider pop community a real sense of how vocally competent this foursome really is.


http://youtu.be/6Tzrh0v-i5M

CLIENT LIAISON : Groove The Physical

Nice to see Harvey and Monte of Melbourne electronic duo Client Liaison getting into the festive spirit (above), with their stockings hanging from the fireplace and a mince tart and a nice glass of sherry before bed.
But they've decided to serve up one more little pre-Christmas treat for their Aussie fandom, with the release earlier today of the video for 'Groove The Physical'; lifted from their recently-released eponymous EP.
The new clip was shot in a night club in Melbourne, inspired by director Thomas Moody's recent trip to the nightclubs of Tokyo.
Lots a bright lights and neon, but a little low on the energy spectrum, it allows us to concentrate on the infinitely likeable soundtrack of retro-inspired electronic beats. Merry Christmas, chaps!


http://youtu.be/tMXYUqfAM7I

IN SHORT, IT'S A NEW LAURA MARLING LP

British singer songwriter Laura Marling has confirmed the early 2015 release of her fifth studio album, 'Short Movie'.
The songstress made the announcement overnight Australian time, with confirmation that the new LP will see her move into a slightly different stylistic direction that will feature a bigger "electric feel".
Lyrically, it deals with a period in Laura's life in which she made a conscious attempt to change routine.
"I realised that I hadn’t been in place for longer than two or three weeks since I was 16,” she explains, “I thought I wonder what will happen if I try and root myself somewhere? Look back over the past eight years."
Comprising 13 tracks in all, 'Short Movie' will see an Australian release on Friday March 20.

01. Warrior
02. False Hope
03. I Feel Your love
04. Walk Alone
05. Strange
06. Don’t Let Me Bring You Down
07. Easy
08. Gurdjieffs’s Daughter
09. Divine
10. How Can I
11. Howl
12. Short Movie
13. Worship Me

DARUDE LOOKS TO THE FUTURE

Finnish dance music legend Darude has been added to the line-up for the 2015 Future Music Festival.
The band behind the 1999 club classic 'Sandstorm' joins a host of formidable EDM talent who'll take the stage in each of the five main centres in February and March.
Drake, Avicii, The Prodigy, Afrojack, Martin Garrix, Knife Party, Nero, Example and Die Antwoord are among the host of top name talent who'll be on our shores; the Future Music Festival jaunt kicking off in Sydney on Saturday February 28.

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)