Saturday, November 1, 2014

SAMMI JADE'S A SWEET TALKER

Aussie pop starlet Samantha Jade will release a new single in just weeks.
She unveiled the cover image for her new tune 'Sweet Talk' on her social media platforms yesterday, confirming that her second solo single of the year is "a really fun, feel-good summer track".
It's reportedly been co-penned by Andrew Bolooki, who's previously worked on music for Selena Gomez and will be released both digitally and physically.
'Sweet Talk' is out on Friday November 21.

CHART WATCH

'X Factor' runner-up Dean Ray debuts top five with his debut single, but the week's really all about Taylor Swift. Not only does she claim the prized scalp of the No.1 position on the ARIA albums chart after just a few days of sales, but she also dominates the ARIA singles chart, with no less than nine songs throughout the top 100. But that's just for starters. Find out who comes up smelling of roses and who's on the nose in this week's Chart Watch.

SINGLES
Ed Sheeran continues his chart dominance on this week's ARIA singles chart; 'Thinking Of You' in the top spot again and sporting a shiny new double platinum accreditation.
'X Factor' winner Marlisa is certainly no slouch, however; 'Stand By You' maintains its No.2 position for the second week in succession and goes gold (35,000 sales).
The halo effect surrounding the release of Taylor Swift's album '1989' pays dividends for 'Shake It Off', which pops back up to No.3, swapping places with The Veronicas' 'You Ruin Me'.
As mentioned, 'X Factor' runner-up Dean Ray nabs the highest debut of the week; 'Coming Back' premiering at No.5, just two spots ahead of Meghan Trainor's new tune 'Lips Are Movin' (on debut at No.7).
Justice Crew will be hoping their new single 'Rise & Fall' does more rising than falling, after debuting just outside this week's ARIA top ten; No.11 is where their new track starts its chart journey.
Big jumps this week for Calvin Harris and Ellie Goulding's 'Outside' (up from a No.49 debut to No.14) and Marlon Roudette's 'When The Beat Drops Out' (up 13 places from No.28), but the Alesso/Tove Lo collaboration 'Heroes (We Could Be)' tumbles nine spots, despite picking up a shiny new gold sales accreditation.
Guy Sebastian and Olly Murs' new tunes 'Mama Ain't Proud' and 'Wrapped Up' (respectively) both fall slightly after the artists' performances on last week's 'X Factor' grand final, but One Direction's 'Steal My Girl' picks up seven spots and the new Timmy Trumpet single 'Nightmare' gets some post-Halloween chart love at No.26 on debut.
Calvin Harris' 'Blame' is newly platinum, Brothers3's chart story opens with a No.29 debut for 'The Lucky Ones' and though AJR's 'I'm Ready' falls nine places, it picks up a double platinum accreditation (140,000 copies now sold down under).
Taylor's album release sees highlight songs 'Welcome To New York' and 'Out Of The Woods' tumble (No.23 to No.36 and No.19 to No.38 respectively), but The Magician weaves his spell over Australian audiences with his illuminating new single 'Sunlight', which improves from No.51 to No.37.
The Waze, Odyssey and R Kelly collaboration 'Bump & Grind 2014' rockets from a No.97 debut to No.49.
We're seriously impressed by the new single by Imagine Dragons, but the Aussie public is taking a little while to cotton on to the fact the band has a new tune. It's called 'I Bet My Life' and we bet it won't be the highest point for the single in the weeks ahead.
Hilary Duff's 'All About You' slides 16 spots (No.38 to No.54), Taylor Swift's 'Blank Space' fills the No.57 position on debut and the Charli XCX single 'Break The Rules' gets a second breath, jumping from No.93 to No.61.
More debuts follow; No.62 for Taylor Swift's 'Style', No.63 for Sheppard's 'Smile' and No.67 for San Cisco's 'Run'. Carmada's 'Maybe' premieres at No.73 and Taylor Swift's 'Bad Blood' is new at No.76.
But Dean Ray's cover of 'Budapest' plummets 37 places post-'X Factor' (No.40 to No.77) and Jessie J's 'Burnin' Up' is down 18 spots to No.81.
Taylor Swift's dominance of this week's chart continues with a debut at No.84 for 'Wonderland'.
Foo Fighters may make 'Something From Nothing', but the single plunges from a No.53 debut to No.90 in its second week. Their new track 'Congregation' meanwhile, was sitting atop the iTunes chart earlier today.
More debuts follow; No.91 for Odd Mob's 'Is It A Banger?', No.92 for Taylor Swift's 'Wildest Dreams', No.95 for Iggy Azalea's 'Iggy Szn', No.98 for Banks' 'Beggin For Thread' and No.99 for Taylor Swift's 'All You Had To Do Was Stay'.

ALBUMS
There was never really any doubt as to who would debut at No.1 on this week's ARIA albums chart. The whole campaign leading up to the release of Taylor Swift's album '1989' has been perfectly orchestrated to ensure the LP will be one of the year's biggest sellers, despite it landing at retailers just a couple of months before 2015 arrives.
Yes, she's new at No.1 (no accreditation to speak of, however), but there's great news for a couple of Aussie acts who are in right behind her.
New at No.2 is 'Jukebox' from the Human Nature boys. It's the highest chart debut from the boys in seven years and is sandwiched perfectly between Taylor and... Flight Facilities.
No doubt there'll be champagne corks popping in FFHQ this week, with the boys' debut album 'Down To Earth' striking a chord with local audiences... premiering at No.3.
Ed Sheeran's 'X' gets a rare (these days) double platinum accreditation at No.4 and Slipknot (who were all tied up in the No.1 spot last week) are down to No.5.
There's a debut at No.9 for Ben Howard's 'I Forget Where We Were' and a No.11 premiere for Susan Boyle's 'Hope'.
Neil Diamond's 'Melody Road' is down from No.8 to No.13; Karise Eden's 'Things I've Done' is down from No.5 to No.15, but Tony Bennett and Lady Gaga's 'Cheek To Cheek' improves from No.25 to No.16.
Also down is Dami Im's new LP 'Heart Beats' (No.7 on debut to No.20), but Maroon 5's 'V' picks up steam (No.64 to No.26).
Taylor Mania also results in her previous album 'Red' bulleting back up the charts (No.42 to No.29). She's followed by three debuts in the 30s; Aretha Franklin ('Aretha Sings The Great Diva Classics' at No.30), Dillon Francis ('Money Sucks, Friends Rule' at No.33) and Rancid ('Honor Is All We Know' at No.34).
CW Stoneking sinks like a... you get the gist (No.17 to No.38), Lanie Lane's 'Night Shade' has the No.42 position covered on debut and T.I.'s 'Paperwork' shuffles into the No.43 spot.
Not such good news for Ella Henderson, however. Despite her amazing single 'Ghost' being a bonafide Aussie smash, her album 'Chapter One' is on the verge of disappearing. It's down from No.11 on debut to No.54. Ouch.
Florida Georgia Line is another act suffering the second week sales blues this week (No.20 to No.58).
Pentatonix' 'That's Christmas To Me' is new at No.60, Banks' 'Goddess' slides from No.32 to No.67 and Bush's 'Man On The Run' appears in the countdown at No.73.
'The Year Of The Wolf' is over for The Game; the album plunging from a No.27 debut to No.79.
Spandau Ballet's 'The Story : The Very Best Of' is new at No.83, but the story for Ricki Lee doesn't look like having a happy ending. Despite a high profile appearance on 'Dancing With The Stars' and the unveiling of her new clip for 'Mirage', the album plummets 72 places from last week's No.14 debut to No.86.
Planetshakers also plunge (60 spots from No.30) and Husky's 'Ruckers Hill' is in freefall (No.29 on debut to No.94).

For a full run down of the ARIA top 50s, head over to the ARIA CHARTS WEBSITE, now every Saturday from 6:00pm AEDT.

ONE DIRECTION TO HIT THE ARIAS

Cue the deafening squeals... The team at ARIA have late this afternoon confirmed that British supergroup One Direction will perform at the 2014 ARIA Awards later this month.
The ever-smooth Mister Harry Styles said in a statement, "Australia is one of our favourite places in the world, and we’re so excited to be coming to see you to celebrate 'FOUR' and perform our single ‘Steal My Girl’ at the ARIAs on November 26!"
The band joins the already impressive roll call of star performers at the event, including our own 5 Seconds Of Summer, Justice Crew, Sheppard, Hilltop Hoods and Chet Faker, who's widely tipped to sweep this year's awards.
Channel 10 will telecast the ceremony from Sydney's Star Events Centre on Wednesday, November 26.


http://youtu.be/1f0_PE5LLo8

STEREOSONIC ALBUM WINNERS

Can you believe it? It's now less than 30 sleeps before this year's doubled-up Stereosonic Festival takes over both Sydney and Perth. Kicking off on either sides of the country on November 29, this year's festival is serving up a raft of big name dance music talent, including superstars Calvin Harris and Tiesto, Diplo, Disclosure, Alesso, NERVO, Kaz James (read our recent interview HERE) and many, many more.
So it stands to reason that with so many big names incoming, they're wanting to get you in the mood. And they're hoping to do that via their amazing new compilation album 'Stereosonic : Festival Anthems 2014'.
Released just over a week back, it contains 42 tracks and some of the hottest names in the EDM game, including all of the aforementioned artists. And to celebrate its release, we were lucky enough to be gifted five copies. Naturally, we're not going to hold onto them for posterity, so we're winging them out to these five lucky duckies...;

Sonia from Katoomba in New South Wales, Katrina from Glengowrie in South Australia, Val from Seaview Downs in South Australia, Nicole from Metford in New South Wales and Joe from Griffith in New South Wales.

Congratulations ladies & gent. A copy of the new Stereosonic album 'Festival Anthems 2014' will be nestling its way into your box shortly.

Thanks to all who entered - and keep your eyes peeled for more fab giveaways in that there sidebar shortly!

SATURDAY NEWS WRAP #173

• Sony Music has confirmed the Australian release of 'Time', the new album from US singer songwriter Mikky Ekko. Perhaps best known for his featuring role on the Rihanna smash 'Stay', the singer has since collaborated with David Guetta and Chris Malinchak on their respective projects but 'Time', on which he collaborates with Ryan Tedder, Blood Diamonds, Stargate and Benny Blanco (among others) is his first solo LP. It's due down under on Friday January 23.
• Also confirmed for an Australian release early in the new year is the new album from Swedish indie folk singer José Gonzaléz. The singer piqued our interest with his cover of Kylie's classic 'Hand On Your Heart' back in 2006 and has been quietly carving out a career in recent years. 'Vestiges & Claws' is the name of the new record. February 20 is its release date in Australia.
• Speaking of Kylie, check out Peking Duk's beguiling cover of 'Can't Get You Out Of My Head' for Triple J's 'Like A Version' HERE.
• US indie duo She & Him will release a new album next month. 'Classics' is a covers set, comprising 13 renditions of songs originally recorded between the 1930s and 1970s, including lead single 'Stay Awhile', a cover of Dusty Springfield's 1959 single. 'Classics' drops on Friday December 05.

• ARIA week is back and it's bigger than ever. In the lead-up to this year's ARIA Awards, Sydney will come alive with a host of ARIA week events, including live performances from some of the biggest names in the Australian music industry, including Hilltop Hoods, Megan Washington, The Potbelleez, Jackie Onassis, Holy Holy, Broods, Kingswood and more. We know you want to get amongst the action, so you'd best head HERE for all the guff.
• Aussie hip hoppers 1200 Techniques have launched a Pledge Music campaign to assist them with funding to create their new EP 'Time Has Come'. The first fruit from the new EP is the title track (which will be released on November 14), but they're after your help in finishing off the EP, due in January. Lend your assistance HERE.

• Foo Fighters are returning to Australia in February next year, announcing headline stadium dates in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Perth, Adelaide and... Hobart. The band will kick the visit off with a show at Brisbane's Suncorp Stadium on February 24 before working their way through the other capitals. Frontier pre-sale kicks off on Tuesday November 11, with general public tickets live from 10am local time on Thursday November 13.
• Extra tickets have been released for the Live Nation-produced shows as part of Paul Simon & Sting's upcoming Australian tour. That means fans now have the chance to nab extra tickets to the gents' arena dates in Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane, along with their Hope Estate show in the Hunter Valley.
• Danish outfit Ice Age has been added to the line-up to Melbourne's upcoming Sugar Mountain Festival. The festival will take over the Victorian College Of The Arts on Saturday January 24. Tickets are on sale now.

• Meghan Trainor's run atop the Billboard 100 Singles chart is getting to be a bit ridiculous. 'All About That Bass' maintains its No.1 heading for an eighth consecutive week, with Taylor Swift hanging on in the bridemaid's position for a similar amount of time with 'Shake It Off'. Though Jessie J's 'Bang Bang' improved from No.5 to No.3 last week, it's down one spot to No.4, with Tove Lo's 'Stay High' improving from No.5 to No.3 this week. Hozier's 'Take Me To Church' is a big improver; No.33 to No.9.
• A No.1 debut for Slipknot on the Billboard 200 albums chart this week with their latest album '5: The Gray Chapter'. It's another big week on the Stateside albums chart, with seven of the top ten albums made up of new entries, including all of the top four. No.2 on debut is T.I's 'Paperwork'. Premiering at No.3 is Neil Diamond's 'Melody Road' and new at No.4 is Logic's 'Under Pressure'. From there, the new top ten entries come from; Little Big Town's 'Pain Killer' (No.7), Pentatonix' 'That's Christmas To Me' (No.9) and Annie Lennox' 'Nostalgia' (No.10).
• Now don't forget, there's a new time for the unveiling of the weekly ARIA charts. They now go live at 6pm AEDT each Saturday. As such, we'll be here with our Chart Watch at the very same time each week. 6pm. Saturday. It's a date.

Friday, October 31, 2014

UNION J ALBUM II

British boyband Union J, who've achieved top ten success in their homeland via singles 'Carry You', 'Beautiful Life' and 'Tonight (We Live Forever)', along with their debut album 'Union J' (how they came up with that, we have no idea), have today revealed that they'll release their all-important sophomore album 'You Got It All - The Album' at the start of next month.
The album's yet to be confirmed for an Aussie release at this stage, however, but we reckon it'll only be a matter of time before Sony confirms it here.
'You Got It All - The Album' was written and recorded both in the UK and the US and the band's enlisted some big name songwriters for the project, including Nasri, Jamie Scott and even the legendary Diane Warren.
The album (tracklist below) will be released in Ol' Blighty on Monday December 08.

01. Tonight (We Live Forever)
02. You Got It All
03. All About A Girl
04. One More Time
05. Together
06. I Can't Make You Love Me
07. She's In My Head
08. Midnight Train
09. I Love To Watch You Sleep
10. Central Park
11. Girl Like You
12. Yolo
13. Get It Right
14. Song For You And I
15. It's Beginning To Look A Lot Like Christmas * Bonus Track

TAKE THAT : These Days

Well here's something that's put a spring in our step on a Friday evening... the official video for the new Take That single 'These Days'.
To be released in just a few weeks time (one week ahead of their new album 'III', due November 28), 'These Days' is the first taste of the new-look, slimmed-down Take That since Jason Orange decided to call it quits just over a month ago.
Clearly the remaining three members (Gary, Mark and Howard) have bonded significantly since we last caught up with them... they kick off proceedings here in bed together before going about their daily business, which includes showering, catching up on the news, cycling, gettin' their hairs did, preaching to the choir, sleeping and dancing, all in the confines of a studio. Super-entertaining to watch, super-catchy song. Could it get them back on Australian airwaves? Doubtful, but it's worth a shot.


http://youtu.be/I43R3jIFE74

ERASURE : Dead Of Night

Trick or treat? To mark today's Halloween celebrations, British electropop duo Erasure have seemingly delved into the black and white film archives to unearth imagery of some of the most ghoulish and ghostly beasts ever to appear on celluloid. They've paired the imagery with the aptly-titled song 'Dead Of Night', lifted from their recently-released album 'The Violet Flame'.
Werewolves, zombies, vampires, goblins, mummies, Frankenstein's monster and all manner of other spooky beings haunt the three minute 13 second clip. Happy Halloween...


http://youtu.be/-4xbyJbSjqk