Saturday, September 20, 2014


• Sony Music has confirmed the Australian release of the new Nicole Scherzinger album 'Big Fat Lie'. Containing the new single 'On The Rocks', the album gets its title from the song of the same name, which Nicole says, holds special meaning. "‘Big Fat Lie’ is about how we mask what’s really going on. This album is about me revealing some of my personal struggles and facing them head on. Once you realize something is a lie you are on your way to the truth, where you will find your own clarity, peace and acceptance," she said in a statement. 'Big Fat Lie' is out in Australia on Friday October 24.
• Melbourne DJ Dirty South (aka Dragan Roganovic) will also release his new album at the end of next month. Entitled 'With You', the album complements a short film of the same name which was created to give a visual context to the musical project. Both will be released on October 31.
• Diplo and Skrillex have combined their extraordinary talents to create a new project entitled 'Jack Ü'. Teaming up with Canadian vocalist Kiesza, the duo has unveiled their lead single 'Take Ü There' to rapturous applause, particularly from tastemaker DJ Zane Lowe, who's deemed it worthy of his 'Hottest Record In The World' badge. The single's out now.

• This (left) is Olly Murs. He uploaded this photo of his time in the recording studio early last month. Could he have been laying down vocals for the soon-to-be-released lead single from his forthcoming fourth studio album? And could said lead single feature Travie McCoy in a guest role? Maybe. We hear preparations for the single project are all but wrapped up.
• The Living End will play three intimate shows from late next month. They'll play Canberra's ANU Bar on October 30, Waves in Wollongong on October 31 and the Metro Theatre in Sydney on November 06. Tickets for all three are on sale this Thursday. The band is also supporting Jimmy Barnes on his upcoming A Day On The Green shows.
• Organisers of the Beyond The Valley new years festival in Victoria have added a swag more talent to the roster for this year's event. Allday, Tourist, Hermitude and Indian Summer are among the handful of new additions, taking to 48 the number of acts to take to the stage during the two day event.

• Meghan Trainor is No.1 for the second week in a row on this week's Billboard Hot 100 singles charts over in the US. There's still no shaking Taylor Swift out of the No.2 spot, however and Nicki's 'Anaconda' is still shaking at No.3. Charli XCX's 'Boom Clap' is back into the top ten at No.10.
• It's a heck of a big week on the Billboard 200 albums chart, with seven new entries in this week's top ten. The best performing of the bunch was Lecrae's 'Anomaly', which premiered in the top spot, prising Maroon 5's 'V' out after just one week. From there, the run of top ten entries goes as follows; No.3 - Jhene Aiko's 'Souled Out', No.4 - Ryan Adams' 'Ryan Adams', No.5 - Lee Brice's 'I Don't Dance', No.7 - Interpol's 'El Pintor', No.8 - Dustin Lynch's 'Where It's At' and No.10 - Robert Plant's 'Lullaby... And The Ceaseless Roar'. The debuts kept coming in the top 20, with Banks' 'Goddess' new at No.12, Rittz' 'Next To Nothing' new at No.14, Meghan Trainor's 'Title EP' in at No.15 and our very own Vance Joy's 'Dream Your Life Away' - a new entry at No.17.
• Don't forget we're back at 7pm on the East Coast with a full wrap up of all things chart here in Australia with our weekly Chart Watch!

Friday, September 19, 2014


More details have come to hand about the new Bonnie Anderson single 'Rodeo', which we revealed on the site two weeks ago.
Though its release has been delayed by two weeks, 'Rodeo' has been described as "an upbeat pop track that oozes sass" and now has a cover image (above).
It was co-written and produced by Billy Mann, who's previously worked with P!nk and John Legend, along with Ricki-Lee on her single 'Raining Diamonds'.
'Rodeo' will be released on Friday October 10.

HAVANA BROWN : Better Not Said

Is Havana Brown every red-blooded heterosexual male's wildest fantasy? She's got the looks, she's got the moves, she's got the tunes and - as the newly released video for her latest single 'Better Not Said' shows - she knows how to drift!. But, if the contents of her trunk are any indication, it seems Havana might just have a little dark streak too.
This is Havana's second clip reveal in just two weeks after 'Ba*Bing' last week and along with club appearances and work on the latest edition of 'Crave', she's a hella busy girl.
While it's not written in the stars just yet, we can well imagine that in the weeks ahead, we'll be reporting on 'Better Not Said' scoring Australia's premier female dancefloor vixen her fifth Billboard No.1 dance hit.


It's been a big day in the EMI stable, what with the video for J-Lo's new single going live and Ricki-Lee announcing her new album, but we're certainly not about to forget another one of their local stars, in Alison Wonderland, who's dropped the video for her new single 'Cold'.
It's a rather stark black and white affair, with our Sydney-based starlet arguably the most clothed out of a mob of hot young club-goers, all of whom are gaining varying levels of enjoyment from their dancefloor experience. There's pushing, shoving, punching, snogging, smoking, throwing up.
But in amongst it all, Alison remains 'Cold', calm and collected.


You know what? If it's working gangbusters for Nicki Minaj at the moment with her 'Anaconda', why the hell wouldn't J-Lo and Iggy wanna grab themselves a little slice of the 'Booty' pie, especially when her (rather likeable) previous single 'First Love' didn't garner much attention?
The Hype Williams-directed clip premiered late this morning Australian time; J-Lo (and Iggy to a lesser extent) rolling out their most curvaceous assets for all to see.
'Booty' is arguably more tuneful than 'Anaconda', but it's no less predictable.


What a difference a few hours makes. Overnight, we published the video of Anastacia's latest single 'Staring At The Sun', with no confirmation of her album's release here in Australia. Within hours, the album had been made available for pre-order on the Aussie iTunes store and Sony had confirmed its release both digitally and physically here in Australia.
Anastacia is no stranger to chart success down under, having hit the No.1 spot twice (with 'I'm Outta Love' and 'Left Outside Alone' in 2000 and 2004 respectively) and dusted the top 40 with other hits including 'Not That Kind', 'Sick And Tired', 'One Day In Your Life' and 'Boom'.
Released in standard and deluxe digital formats, along with the deluxe physical edition, 'Resurrection' will begin its life at Aussie retailers on Friday October 10.

TOURING : Lanie Lane

Ivy League recording artist Lanie Lane will support the upcoming release of her new album 'Night Shade' by heading out on the road, giving national audiences their first opportunity to hear material from the LP in the live realm.
The tour kicks off at Melbourne's Corner Hotel on Wednesday October 29 before making stops in Sydney, Wollongong, Perth, Adelaide and finally Brisbane.
Lanie will also perform the support role for the recently-announced Tom Jones gig at Melbourne's Forum Theatre this Wednesday night.
Tickets for her national tour are on sale this Monday; the album 'Night Shade' is out October 24.

October 29 : Melbourne (Corner Hotel)
October 30 : Sydney (Newtown Social Club)
October 31 : Wollongong (Anita's Theatre)
November 07 : Perth (The Bakery)
November 08 : Adelaide (Jive Bar)
November 15 : Brisbane (The HiFi)


There's always a risk in taking an extended break from the music industry in that by the time you've come back, a lot of your fans have moved on with their tastes, their musical idols and their lives. This risk is magnified in the world of pop, where last year's hero artist can become a nobody overnight.
No doubt there'll be a collective sigh of relief blowing through The Veronicas camp today; the release of their new single 'You Ruin Me' and the premiere of the official video (below) met with open arms by their loyal supporters, who've sent the track straight to the top of the iTunes chart.
The clip, filmed at Sydney's divine State Theatre, sees the girls give a spine-tingling performance for an audience of just one... one man who it seems has done the girls wrong. The lesson in all of this? That the Veronicas are still a force to be reckoned with.