Monday, September 1, 2014

TOURING : Paloma Faith

It's official. Paloma Faith has used her appearance on tonight's edition of 'The X Factor' to confirm that she'll tour Australia next year.
And we've got all the juicy deets you need to ensure you're ready to be one of the first to snap up tickets.
Live shows are locked in for each of the five main cities, with the tour kicking off in Melbourne on Tuesday May 05 and wrapping in Perth eleven days later.
Naturally, Paloma will be performing tracks from her latest album 'A Perfect Contradiction', including her recent No.1 smash 'Only Love Can Hurt Like This', which has surged back up the iTunes charts in the wake of tonight's performance.
A Live Nation pre-sale kicks off from 9am this Friday, with general public tickets available from 9am on Friday September 12.

May 05 : Melbourne (Palais Theatre)
May 08 : Brisbane (QPAC Concert Hall)
May 10 : Sydney (Opera House)
May 14 : Adelaide (AEC Theatre)
May 16 : Perth (Concert Hall)


It's been five years since the release of her last album 'Ellipse', but new music is exceptionally close for British singer songwriter Imogen Heap. As in this Friday close.
It's been revealed today that the singer will release the new album 'Sparks' exclusively via iTunes in Australia this Friday ahead of a wider release of the album early next month.
"The album began with someone sending in the sound of a striking match for what became Lifeline in March 2011," the singer says of 'Sparks'. "I then dived into the most immense, intense creative two and a half years of my life that took me all over the planet, collaborating on so many projects with so many people and often totally spontaneously. The album is then in some ways for me grounded with fans’ footprints bringing the finishing touch for the album art, as so many of them came along for the ride."
Comprising 14 tracks (listing below), the album drops via iTunes on Friday, with a wider digital and physical release incoming on Friday October 10.

01. You Know Where to Find Me
02. Entanglement
03. The Listening Chair
04. Cycle Song
05. Telemiscommunications 06. Lifeline
07. Neglected Space
08. Minds Without Fear
09. Me The Machine
10. Run-Time
11. Climb To Sakteng
12. The Beast
13. Xizi She Knows
14. Propeller Seeds


One-time member of CDB and winner of the 2012 edition of 'Australia's Got Talent', Andrew De Silva, is back.
Now a fully independent artist, the singer has today released 'Now That I Believe', a new six track EP that touches on the subject of faith... a topic that's incredibly important to him.
"Faith is very personal and these songs are just what I’ve experienced," Andrew said in a statement supporting its release, "So I hope it inspires others no matter where they are with their faith."
The EP is an equal mixture of the uptempo ('Now That I Believe', 'Dark Clouds' and 'Burn It Out') and the downtempo ('Greater', 'Back Of The Church' and 'When I Lose Myself') and while 'Dark Clouds' is quite an interesting listen, it's clear to see why 'Now That I Believe' was chosen as the lead single and title track... it's the most universally accessible.
Though it might not be to everyones' tastes lyrically, the 'Now That I Believe' EP gifts us another glorious opportunity to hear Andrew's spectacular vocals at their most soulful.

01. Now That I Believe
02. Greater
03. Back Of The Church
04. Dark Clouds
05. When I Lose Myself
06. Burn It Out

ALBUM REVIEW : Ariana Grande - My Everything

Ariana Grande is having an amazing year.
She’s successfully gone from Nickelodeon starlet to video vixen, without even having to take her clothes off!
‘My Everything’ is her second album (her first, ‘Yours Truly’, went top ten last year) and is a feature-heavy effort that utilizes Ariana’s premier vocals yet feels a bit confused at times.
You’ve no doubt heard singles ‘Problem’ and ‘Break Free’ by now, so let’s crack on with the others.
The Max Martin-produced ‘One Last Time’ is another surefire hit-in-waiting with its throbbing chorus and we’ve had ‘Break Your Heart Right Back’ on repeat for the best part of a week due to its brilliant use of a Diana Ross ‘I’m Coming Out’ sample (which makes sense once you hear the lyrics). We also like the soulful early 1990s R&B vibe of ‘Be My Baby’.
One song we didn’t appreciate for a few listens, but is now one of our favourites, is ‘Love Me Harder’. We’re suckers for emotional electro dance pop, and this wouldn’t sound out of place on a Robyn album. We even like The Weeknd on it.
There are a few mis-steps though. For instance, ‘Hands On Me’ fails to impress. It has a bit of a ‘Problem’ vibe before diverting into a try-hard effort to turn Ariana into the new Mariah (a comparison she has received a lot since the album came out).
We also didn’t care much for the title tack, preferring the Christina Perri-esque ‘Just A Little Bit Of Your Heart’ in the ballad stakes.
All in all, there are quite a few avenues for Ms. Grande to consider when picking a signature sound when it comes to future albums. We quite like the idea of her becoming an American Robyn/Agnes (as seen on ‘Break Free’).
Sure, ‘Problem’ worked once, but we’re not sure it will continue to work for Ariana in the long term.

Download : Problem, Break Free, Break Your Heart Right Back, Love Me Harder


You may recall us introducing you to the delights of up and coming Brisbane native Elesia Iimura at the start of last month. It was then that her debut single 'Believe' was on the verge of making an impact at Aussie media.
Well, one month on and the official video has now seen the light of day and it picks up where the single left off... highly confident urban/R&B pop that oozes with style.
Elesia's incredibly comfortable in front of the camera and she's got no problem sexing things up in order to get the numbers ticking over a little quicker.
Styling-wise, there's a bed on fire, plenty of cheek and even some impressive shots of the under utilised Brisbane skyline.


A little cryptic title for our first story of September... A play, obviously, on the new Olympic Ayres single sharing the same name as one of Destiny's Child's biggest hits (no, it's not a cover), but a little tip of our hat to the future success of the Sydney duo, what with the imminent release of their debut EP and all.
Nathan Mifsud and Kamaliza Salamba continue to impress us with their polished electronic productions and disco beats and 'Say My Name' is offered up as the latest instalment from their 'Leisureplex' EP, which drops on Thursday September 18.
So excited are the boys about the EP's release, they're hitting the road for a series of launch dates, showcasing their synthesised stylings at Brisbane's Bigsound later this month, but also at shows in Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide, Gold Coast and Canberra. Tickets for all shows are on sale now.

October 03 : Brisbane (Alhambra Lounge)
October 04 : Sydney (Newtown Social Club)
October 05 : Adelaide (Rhino Room)
October 09 : Melbourne (Boney)
October 10 : Gold Coast (Elsewhere)
October 11 : Canberra (Transit Bar)

Sunday, August 31, 2014



Monday : Common/Mos Def (Perth)
Monday : Hilltop Hoods (Nationally)
Tuesday : Aqua (Nationally)
Wednesday : Souls Of Mischief (Nationally)
Thursday : Kimbra (Sydney, Melbourne)

Sep 01 : BRISBANE – Queen + Adam Lambert (Entertainment Centre)
Sep 02 : BRISBANE – Kasey Chambers (Lefties Old Time Music Hall)
Sep 02 : MELBOURNE – The Dandy Warhols (Corner Hotel)
Sep 03 : BRISBANE – Boyce Avenue (The Tivoli)
Sep 03 : BRISBANE – Celia Pavey (Black Bear Lodge)
Sep 03 : BUNDABERG – Illy (Sugarland Tavern)
Sep 03 : CANBERRA – 360 (UC Refectory)
Sep 03 : CANBERRA – Icehouse (Southern Cross Club)
Sep 03 : FREMANTLE – Anberlin (Metropolis)
Sep 03 : HOBART – Tina Arena (Wrest Point Entertainment Centre)
Sep 03 : MELBOURNE – Boy & Bear (Palais Theatre)
Sep 03 : MELBOURNE – Kasey Chambers (Northcote Social Club)
Sep 03 : MELBOURNE – The Dandy Warhols (Corner Hotel)
Sep 03 : MOUNT BULLER – Kingswood (Kooroora Hotel)
Sep 03 : SALE – Adam Brand (Wellington Entertainment Centre)
Sep 03 : SYDNEY – Steve Clisby (Oxford Art Factory)
Sep 03 : SYDNEY – Bob Dylan (State Theatre)
Sep 04 : ADELAIDE – Anberlin (Governor Hindmarsh)
Sep 04 : BENDIGO – The Kite String Tangle (Star Bar)
Sep 04 : BRISBANE – Biffy Clyro (The Tivoli)
Sep 04 : BRISBANE – Movement (Alhambra Lounge)
Sep 04 : BYRON BAY – King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard (Great Northern)
Sep 04 : BYRON BAY – Steve Smyth (The Rails)
Sep 04 : GLADSTONE – Illy (Harvey Road Tavern)
Sep 04 : KINCUMBER – O’Shea (Lizotte’s)
Sep 04 : MELBOURNE – The Aston Shuffle (Corner Hotel)
Sep 04 : MELBOURNE – The Wonder Years (The HiFi)
Sep 04 : MOUNT HOTHAM – Kingswood (Swindlers Bar)
Sep 04 : PERTH – Bone Thugs N Harmony (Metro City)
Sep 04 : SYDNEY – The Amity Affliction (Hordern Pavilion)
Sep 04 : SYDNEY – Kasey Chambers (Newtown Social Club)
Sep 04 : SYDNEY – Bob Dylan (State Theatre)
Sep 04 : SYDNEY – Celia Pavey (The Vanguard)
Sep 04 : SYDNEY – Elana Stone (Brighton Up Bar)
Sep 04 : WARRAGUL – Adam Brand (West Gippsland Arts Centre)
Sep 05 : ADELAIDE – Client Liaison (Crown & Anchor)
Sep 05 : ADELAIDE – Luca Brasi (Pirie & Co Social Club)
Sep 05 : ADELAIDE – Spookyland (Rocket Bar)
Sep 05 : AIRLIE BEACH – Illy (Magnums)
Sep 05 : BALLARAT – Icehouse (Regent Theatre)
Sep 05 : BALLARAT – The Kite String Tangle (Karova Lounge)
Sep 05 : BRISBANE – The Amity Affliction (Riverstage)
Sep 05 : BRISBANE – DevilDriver (The HiFi)
Sep 05 : BRISBANE – King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard (Alhambra Lounge)
Sep 05 : BRISBANE – Steve Smyth (Bearded Lady)
Sep 05 : COFFS HARBOUR – Alison Wonderland (Plantation Hotel)
Sep 05 : INVERELL – The McClymonts (Inverell RSM Club)
Sep 05 : LAUNCESTON – Marcia Hines (Country Club)
Sep 05 : MANDURAH – Kav Temperley (Players Bar)
Sep 05 : MELBOURNE – The Aston Shuffle (Corner Hotel)
Sep 05 : MELBOURNE – Robert Babicz (Brown Alley)
Sep 05 : MELBOURNE – Boy & Bear (Palais Theatre)
Sep 05 : MELBOURNE – Boyce Avenue (Princess Theatre)
Sep 05 : MELBOURNE – Vance Joy (Athenaeum Theatre)
Sep 05 : MELBOURNE – Movement (Northcote Social Club)
Sep 05 : MELBOURNE – One Day (170 Russell)
Sep 05 : MELBOURNE – The Wonder Years (Phoenix YC)
Sep 05 : MOUNT EVELYN – Adam Brand (York On Lilydale)
Sep 05 : PERTH – Kanye West (Perth Arena)
Sep 05 : SYDNEY – 360 (Hordern Pavilion)
Sep 05 : SYDNEY – Biffy Clyro (Enmore Theatre)
Sep 05 : SYDNEY – Bob Dylan (State Theatre)
Sep 05 : SYDNEY – O’Shea (The Vanguard)
Sep 05 : TAMWORTH – Tina Arena (TRECC)
Sep 05 : TWEED HEADS – Shannon Noll (Twin Towns)
Sep 05 : WAGGA WAGGA – Kingswood (Union Club Hotel)
Sep 06 : ADELAIDE – Boy & Bear (Her Majesty’s Theatre)
Sep 06 : ADELAIDE – The Wonder Years (Fowlers Live)
Sep 06 : ARMIDALE – Kingswood (Armidale Club)
Sep 06 : BRISBANE – 360 (The Arena)
Sep 06 : BRISBANE – Anberlin (The HiFi)
Sep 06 : BRISBANE – Shannon Noll (Kedron Wavell Services Club)
Sep 06 : BUNBURY – Kav Temperley (Prince Of Wales)
Sep 06 : BYRON BAY – Steve Clisby (Byron Theatre)
Sep 06 : CANBERRA – Tina Arena (Llewellyn Hall)
Sep 06 : CASINO – The McClymonts (Casino RSM Club)
Sep 06 : GEELONG – Adam Brand (Gateway Hotel)
Sep 06 : GOLD COAST – King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard (Soundlounge)
Sep 06 : HOBART – Marcia Hines (Wrest Point Entertainment Centre)
Sep 06 : HOBART – One Day (Waratah Hotel)
Sep 06 : MELBOURNE – The Kite String Tangle (Corner Hotel)
Sep 06 : MOOLOOLABA – Steve Smyth (Taps)
Sep 06 : NEWCASTLE – Celia Pavey (Lizotte’s)
Sep 06 : PERTH – Client Liaison (The Bakery)
Sep 06 : PERTH – Howling Bells (Amplifier)
Sep 06 : PERTH – Velociraptor (The Causeway)
Sep 06 : PERTH – Alison Wonderland (Villa Nightclub)
Sep 06 : SUNSHINE COAST – Taylor Henderson (Lake Kawana Community Centre)
Sep 06 : SYDNEY – Robert Babicz (Arthouse)
Sep 06 : SYDNEY – Boyce Avenue (Enmore Theatre)
Sep 06 : SYDNEY – DevilDriver (The HiFi)
Sep 06 : SYDNEY – Luca Brasi (Spectrum)
Sep 06 : SYDNEY – Movement (Newtown Social Club)
Sep 06 : TOWNSVILLE – Illy (The Venue)
Sep 07 : ADELAIDE – Kanye West (Entertainment Centre)
Sep 07 : ALBANY – Kav Temperley (Rumours)
Sep 07 : BANGALOW – Taylor Henderson (A&I Hall)
Sep 07 : BRISBANE – Andy Bull (Spiegeltent)
Sep 07 : CAIRNS – Illy (Brothers Leagues)
Sep 07 : CRONULLA – Celia Pavey (Brass Monkey)
Sep 07 : FREMANTLE – Velociraptor (Newport Hotel)
Sep 07 : MELBOURNE – Biffy Clyro (Palais Theatre)
Sep 07 : MELBOURNE – DevilDriver (170 Russell)
Sep 07 : MELBOURNE – The Kite String Tangle (Corner Hotel)
Sep 07 : NEWCASTLE – Tina Arena (Civic Theatre)
Sep 07 : PERTH – Boyce Avenue (Astor Theatre)
Sep 07 : PERTH – The Wonder Years (Amplifier)
Sep 07 : SYDNEY – Anberlin (UNSW Roundhouse)
Sep 07 : SYDNEY – Bob Dylan (Opera House)

Saturday, August 30, 2014


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!

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.

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.