Saturday, August 30, 2014

CHART WATCH

We have a new No.1 single and a new No.1 album. Nicki Minaj's 'Anaconda' slithers its way into our top ten, there are accreditation updates and a rather worrying second week drop for Kimbra's album 'The Golden Echo'. But let's not give all the juicy goss away in the opener... Sheesh! Read on! It's Chart Watch!

SINGLES
So who's nabbed the No.1 spot on the ARIA singles chart this week? Naturally, that's Taylor Swift who, after only three days on sale last week, nabs the top spot this week with her new single 'Shake It Off' (No.5 to No.1). And there's even better news for the former country songstress, with the single notching up a gold sales accreditation after just ten days (35,000 copies).
The track she replaces - Meghan Trainor's 'Shake It Off' - is certainly no sales slouch, however. Yes, it's only been in the charts for six weeks, yes it does drop from the top spot this week, but yes, the song also picks up a mighty double platinum certification (140,000).
And Meghan's not the only one; G.R.L. certainly benefited from that promo tour a couple of weeks back and their single 'Ugly Girl' also now wears the double platinum badge as a result (No.3).
Even Klingande's 'Jubel' in position four shines a little brighter this week (platinum). So too Timmy Trumpet's 'Freaks' (gold), Lilly Wood's 'Prayer In C' (gold) and AJR's 'I'm Ready' (gold).
The new Nicki Minaj clip, cover... the whole package really... might be causing quite the controversy, but it seems to be working sales-wise, with 'Anaconda' sailing into the top ten this week. It's up 14 places from last week's No.22 position.
Gabrielle Aplin's 'Please Don't Say You Love Me' gets another lease on life thanks to her performance of the track on 'X Factor' earlier in the week. It resurges eight positions to No.11 and picks up a shiny new platinum certification for sales in excess of 70,000 copies.
Iggy Azalea's 'Black Widow' now comes with a golden bite at No.17, Ed Sheeran's 'Don't' jumps from No.25 to No.19 and thanks to Reigan's performance of the track on 'X Factor' earlier in the week, Sia's 'Chandelier' starts swinging again... up 13 places to No.23.
The track certainly doesn't have the same chart sparkle as its predecessor 'Let's Get Ridiculous', but Redfoo's new tune 'New Thang' is the week's highest debut, premiering in the No.24 position, but fellow reality judge Will.I.Am hits platinum with 'It's My Birthday' at No.27.
There's a debut to follow from Eminem ftg. Sia at No.29 ('Guts Over Fear'), Troye Sivan's 'Happy Little Pill' tastes a little more bitter this week, slumping 21 positions from No.10 to No.31 in week No.5, but Becky G's 'Shower' comes up smelling of roses - up 19 positions to No.34.
Maroon 5's 'Maps' jumps from No.57 to No.40, Vance Joy's 'Wasted Time' debuts at No.43, Pitbull's new single 'Fireball' bursts into the countdown at No.44 and Dean Ray's cover of 'Reckless' on 'The X Factor' premieres highest of all of the contestants this week - at the even No.50.
More debuts follow after the '50 jump'; Echosmith's 'Cool Kids' at No.60 and 'X Factor's Sydnee Carter and her cover of 'Video Killed The Radio Star' at No.63.
360 ftg. Gossling's 'Price Of Fame' drops 15 places to No.67, Broods' 'Mother & Father' lifts 19 to No.70 and more debuts for Chris Brown ('X' at No.75), Maroon 5 ('Animals' at No.78) and Reigan Derry ('Chandelier' at No.81).
Not such good second-week news for Will Sparks' new single 'This Is What The Bounce Is', however. After premiering at No.55 last week, it's down 27 places to No.82 this week and on its current trajectory, will be out of next week's top 100.
Brothers 3 certainly have their fans on 'The X Factor'; their cover of 'Happy Birthday Helen' debuting at No.86. There's a debut for Slipknot's 'The Devil In I' at No.88 and more for Jimmy Barnes ('I'd Die To Be With You Tonight' at No.93), SBTRKT ('New Dorp. New York' at No.94), Japanese Wallpaper ('Breathe In' at No.98) and Ariana Grande ('Just A Little Bit Of Your Heart' at No.99).
Good Jason Derulo news? His new single 'Bubblegum' popped up from No.79 to No.38 last week. Bad Jason Derulo news? This week it's gone from the top 100 entirely.

ALBUMS
Yes, they held for two weeks, but Hilltop Hoods' new album 'Walking Under Stars' has buckled beneath the star power of one Ariana Grande and her new album 'My Everything'. Ariana completely eclipses the No.6 peak for her previous album 'Yours Truly' by debuting in the top spot on the ARIA albums chart this week, ahead of four other top ten debuts.
Royal Blood's self-titled set is in at No.3. There's a No.5 debut for Broods' album 'Evergreen' and a No.6 debut fro Kingswood's 'Microscopic Wars'. Adam Harvey also gets a slice of the top ten pie with his long player 'Family Life', which premieres in the No.10 spot.
But even in amongst all the debuts within the top ten, there's still a little time to shine for Sam Smith and his album 'In The Lonely Hour' which, after 14 weeks on the charts, picks up a gold sales certification.
Australians just seemingly can't get enough of Rodriguez. With his upcoming tour announced earlier in the week, punters hit retailers to snap up his albums. As such, there's plenty of re-entry love for his long players this week, but none more so than 'Cold Fact', which re-enters the top 100 at No.11.
Iggy Azalea's 'The New Classic' jumps from No.27 to No.13. Gabrielle Aplin's 'English Rain' leaps from No.29 to No.14 thanks to the promo tour. Paloma Faith's 'A Perfect Contradiction' suffers a not-so-perfect contraction (No.8 to No.15), but expect it to improve next week to coincide with her Australian promotional visit.
Briggs' 'Sheplife' is new at No.16; Opeth's 'Pale Communion' is also new - at No.17.
More Rodriguez love with the album 'Searching For Sugar Man' re-entering at No.22, Sia's album '1000 Forms Of Fear' hits a gold sales accreditation after eight weeks of ARIA chart love, Rodriguez' 'Coming From Reality' is back into the mix at No.25 and Wiz Khalifa's 'Blacc Hollywood' premieres at No.26.
Queen are back in the country for a series of live concerts and it seems people are rediscovering their love for the iconic band at retail too; their 'Greatest Hits' package surging from No.53 to No.27 this week.
Taylor Henderson's 'Burnt Letters' slips 12, ditto George Ezra's 'Wanted On Voyage' and Sheppard's 'Bombs Away' is off 15 places, but Beyoncé's VMAs performance translates into a big sales jump for her self-titled set, which sails straight back into the top 100 at No.32.
A jump too for Russell Morris' 'Van Diemen's Land' (No.52 to No.38), but not such spectacular second-week news for Kimbra and her new album 'The Golden Echo'. After debuting impressively at No.5 on last week's top 100, the singer's sophomore album finds itself languishing at No.41.
Arctic Monkeys' 'AM' also slumps (No.15 to No.46); so too Violent Soho's 'Hungry Ghost' (No.11 to No.47). But DragonForce's 'Maximum Overload' scrapes in with a top 50 debut (No.48).
Lady Gaga's national tour has an impact on sales for her latest album 'ArtPop', which re-enters the top 100 at No.54 this week. But the news isn't quite so spectacular for Shihad, whose new album 'Fvey' plummets from No.9 on debut to No.55.
'The Voice Kids' compilation loses 19 places, Ace Frehley's 'Space Invader' debuts at No.59, INXS' 'Kick' re-enters at No.60, The Griswolds' 'Be Impressive' is new at No.62 and a debut for Pentatonix' 'PTX Vols.1 & 2' (No.63).
More drops; Passenger's 'Whispers' (No.32 to No.69), One Day's 'Mainline' (No.49 to No.70), First Aid Kit's 'Stay Gold' (No.45 to No.71) and The Gaslight Anthem's 'Get Hurt' (No.34 to No.75). Eric Clapton's 'The Breeze' is also off (No.48 to No.79) and there are more drops where they came from;
Imagine Dragons' 'Night Visions' (No.46 to No.83), Avicii's 'True' (No.43 to No.84), Nirvana's 'Nevermind' (No.60 to No.85) and 'The Voice' winner Anja Nissen's self-titled debut (No.62 to No.90).
Basement Jaxx' 'Junto' is the last of the top 100 debuts this week, coming in at No.98. And David Guetta's 'Nothing But The Beat Ultimate', which re-entered the ARIA top 100 at No.25 last week makes a swift exit from the top 100 after a fleeting visit.

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

SATURDAY NEWS WRAP #164

• Could we finally be on the precipice of hearing new music from Brisbane duo The Veronicas? Though new music from the sisters has been a long time coming (more than two years at last count), the girls have hinted on their social media platforms that it's not far away, saying, "Guess who's back, back again". We're hearing rumour that a new single is literally weeks away.
• Melbourne outfit Husky are celebrating the upcoming release of their sophomore album 'Ruckers Hill' by revealing a national tour. The band will take in 18 dates across the country, including appearances at the Queenscliff Music Festival in Victoria and the Mullum Music Festival in Queensland. Tickets for all shows are on sale now.
• Ticket sales for this year's Meredith Music Festival have been postponed. They were due to go on sale yesterday, but there's been a technical hitch with the website, which means the allocation has been postponed for the time being. Organisers will update with a new on-sale date shortly.

• The Preatures have broken cover on their just-announced debut album 'Blue Planet Eyes'. The boys made the album announcement on Thursday's Triple J breakfast show, confirming that the ten tracker would see the light of day on Friday September 26.
• House legend Mark Farina has announced a very special one-off club appearance in Melbourne this November. The San Francisco-based DJ will hit the decks at the city's New Guernica on November 08 to churn out a four hour set of his trademark "Mushroom Jazz". Tickets are on sale now.
• Rapper Common has announced he'll perform a co-headlining show in Perth in late October. Hitting Metro City on October 22, he'll be performing alongside Yasiin Bey, who's otherwise known as Mos Def. Tickets for the show are on sale this Monday.

• Magic!'s run atop the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart is over. They've been prised out of the top spot in the most spectacular style... by Taylor Swift, whose new crossover hit 'Shake It Off' slams the No.1 spot on debut. But Nicki Minaj was clearly up for the challenge with her new single 'Anaconda', which slithers its way up the charts from No.39 to No.2. Those two tracks alone mean there's some movement down; 'Rude', for example, drops from No.1 to No.5.
• The Billboard 200 Albums chart this week is in the hands of Wiz Khalifa, whose new set 'Blacc Hollywood' debuts in the top spot ahead of last week's No.1 (the 'Guardians Of The Galaxy : Awesome Mix'), a No.3 debut for Chase Rice's 'Ignite The Night', the latest 'NOW' compilation and a No.5 debut for the Motley Crue tribute album 'Nashville Outlaws'. Ace Frehley's 'Space Invaders' is the week's other top ten debut... at No.9.

Friday, August 29, 2014

THE SCRIPT HEADED OUR WAY

Sony Music has confirmed that Irish group The Script will make their way to Australia in October this year for an extensive promotional visit.
"Our Australian fans have been behind us from the very beginning,” band frontman Danny O’Donoghue said. “We can’t wait to come back and see everyone again in one of our favorite countries!"
The band will arrive in Australia on Thursday October 09 and the visit is set to incorporate a special one-off live performance on October 11 at Guineas Day as part of Melbourne's Caulfield Cup racing carnival.
We're presuming television appearances will also feature as part of the band's six day visit, though there's been no confirmation from their label Sony at this stage.
The Script's fourth album 'No Sound Without Silence' is set for release on Friday September 19.

KIMBRA GOES LIVE

We could have trumpeted that Kimbra was touring the country in November this year, but that wouldn't have quite been the case. Live Nation has today confirmed that while yes, the 'Golden Echo' songstress will indeed be performing live shows in late November, only two dates have been announced; one each in Sydney and Melbourne.
Kimbra will roll out tracks from her recently-released album 'The Golden Echo', presumably along with songs from her debut long player 'Vows'.
After playing the Powerstation in Auckland, Kimbra will settle on stage at Sydney's Metro Theatre on November 20 before heading south for a date at The HiFi in Melbourne two nights later.
Tickets for both shows are on sale this Thursday, September 04 at 10am.

November 20 : Sydney (Metro Theatre)
November 22 : Melbourne (The HiFi)

DOWNLOAD : Fe•ki - Nothing Lasts Forever

He describes his tracks as "future chill" and has been spending the past few years conjuring up some super-smooth remixes for other Aussie artists, but we're also incredibly impressed by the original stuff we're hearing from 19 year old Brisbane musician Fe•Ki.
'Nothing Lasts Forever' is his latest effort; a polished electronic production with what his publicists are describing as a "smooth, seductive R&B groove" and some stabs of chipmunk-esque vocals which only serve to deepen the intrigue.
"I wanted to capture the emotion of how it feels to realise that all good things must come to an end, but instead of dwelling on the thought that nothing lasts forever, you make the most of the moment and live with no regrets,” Fe•Ki says of the track.
Even more smashing is the fact that just by giving him a little 'like' on Facebook, 'Nothing Lasts Forever' can be yours free! Listen below; nab it HERE.


https://soundcloud.com/fekibeats/nothing-lasts-forever

AT RETAIL ON FRIDAY AUGUST 29, 2014

Anti-Flag – A Document Of Dissent
Avenged Sevenfold – Waking The Fallen : Resurrected
Avenged Sevenfold – Waking The Fallen : Resurrected (Special Edition)
Jimmy Barnes – 30/30
Jimmy Barnes – 30/30 (Deluxe Edition)
Blonde Redhead – Barragan
Kasey Chambers – Bittersweet
The Color Morale – Hold On Pain Ends
Freemasons – Shakedown 3 * September 01
Frnkiero And the Cellabration – Stomachaches
R Kelly – The Essential
Kim And Leanne – True West
Lucky Elephant – The Rainy Kingdom
Maroon 5 – V
Maroon 5 – V (Deluxe Edition)
J Mascis – Tied To A Star
*NSYNC – The Essential
OST – If I Stay
Brad Paisley – Moonshine In The Trunk
The Pierces – Creation
Salaam Remi – One : In The Chamber
Guy Sebastian – Come Home With Me (CD single)
Secret Garden – Just The Two Of Us
Shovels & Rope – Swimmin’ Time
Sinkane – Mean Love
The Sunny Cowgirls – My Old Man
Various – 101 Dance Hits
Various – Ministry Of Sound : Anthems 90s Volume 2
Various – Pure : 2000s Party
Various – Pure : 80s Remixes
Various – Pure : American Anthems
Various – Pure : Dance Party
Various – Pure : Metal
Various – Rewind : The 80s Album
The Vines – Wicked Nature * September 02

DIGITAL RELEASE
Bonnie Anderson – Blackout (Santoro remix)
Dead Letter Circus – Stand Apart EP
Duke Dumont – Won’t Look Back
Ella Eyre – Comeback
Godwolf – See It Through
Hardwell – Arcadia
Elesia Iimura – Believe
Kaz James – Show Me All Your Love
Klingande – Jubel Pt.2
The Kooks – Forgive & Forget
Maroon 5 – Animals
Mausi – My Friend Has A Swimming Pool
Sergio Mendes ftg. John Legend – Don’t Say Goodbye
MNEK – Wrote A Song About You
Moroccan Knights – The One For You
My Crazy Girlfriend – Baby Go
New Navy – Rosaline
Jason Owen – Damn Right
Nerina Pallot – Little Bull EP
Celia Pavey – Bodies EP
The Preatures – Somebody’s Talking
Jason Risk – Encore
Secret Someones – I Won’t Follow EP
Set Mo – The Crush EP
Singing For Humans – Singing For Humans EP
Sam Smith – I’m Not The Only One
Tonite Only ftg. Nathan Hudson – Experience
Twinsy – Tear It Down
Uberjak’d – Turn Up The Club EP
Mayra Veronica – Mama Yo!

TOURING : Yacht Club DJs

Say it isn't so!? The party boys from Ballarat - Yacht Club DJs - have announced that they're calling it a day, pulling up stumps after a fun-filled ride that's lasted for the past six years.
But they're certainly not keen on saying their farewell without one heck of a send-off, so they're embarking on the 'Hooroo!' tour to give their national fanbase one last chance to party.
The tour kicks off with a Halloween party at Hobart's Republic Bar on Friday October 31, making stops in all states bar the ACT, before wrapping up with a double date at their beloved Karova Lounge on December 19 and 20.
Tickets for all shows are on sale at 9am today.

October 31 : Hobart (Republic Bar)
November 01 : Hobart (Republic Bar)
November 07 : Byron Bay (Northern Hotel)
November 08 : Brisbane (Brightside)
November 14 : Newcastle (Cambridge Hotel)
November 15 : Sydney (Oxford Art Factory)
November 21 : Geelong (Barwon Club)
November 22 : Melbourne (Corner Hotel)
November 28 : Adelaide (Jive Bar)
November 29 : Darwin (Lost At The Vic)
December 05 : Perth (Amplifier)
December 06 : Mandurah (Toucan Club)
December 19 : Ballarat (Karova Lounge)
December 20 : Ballarat (Karova Lounge)

BROOKE FRASER : Psychosocial

Has it really been three years since New Zealand songstress Brooke Fraser last furnished us with new music? It would appear so... the last mention we have her on the site is the July 22, 2011 release of the deluxe edition of her previous album 'Flags'.
But with the quote, "We tend to see what we want to see, which may sometimes be the exact opposite, or inversion - of the reality of things", the long wait is over, with the video for new single 'Psychosocial' premiering a couple of days back.
It's an artistic black and white affair; barely a passing glance of Brooke, who spends her parts of the clip mostly cloaked, while a topless gent holds most focus and the track is an edgy pop number, resplendent with bursts of gospel in the choruses. Interesting stuff.


http://youtu.be/uQ4_zItAGe0