Tuesday, October 19, 2010


• There have been so many different Gorillaz tracks being flung towards an expectant Aussie radio in the past few weeks that we've lost sight of which is actually the official new single. We're led to believe, however, that it is indeed 'Doncamatic', one of a number of brand new singles taken out to local radio this week.
• EMI has also serviced The Count & Sinden's new track 'Addicted To You', Robbie Williams' 'Heart And I', Little Dragon's 'My Step', Katy Perry's 'Firework' and Chiddy Bang's 'The Good Life'.
• Universal doesn't have too much to speak of this week, but what they do have is decidedly pop. In addition to the aforementioned Potbelleez track 'Shake It', Universal have also whipped out the new Duffy single 'Well Well Well', Nicki Minaj's 'Right Thru Me' and Mariah Carey's new Christmas single 'Oh Santa!'.
• Remixes of the latest Ting Tings single 'Hands' are the order of the day for Sony this week, along with the brand new single for Irish outfit The Script - 'Nothing' and 'Suspicious Minds' - the lead single from the forthcoming Elvis album 'Viva Elvis' (below).
• Speaking of Sony Music, the company has branched out into the wonderful online worlds of Facebook and Twitter in an effort to further connect with their audience. Hit HERE for their Twitter account and HERE for their Facebook page.
• Shock Records wasted no time in crowing their No.1 album debut this week for death metal group Bring Me The Horizon, with band frontman Oli Sykes quoted as saying "To have a number one album, in a country we don't even live in, is amazing. We feel like David Hasslehoff now. He's big in Germany, we're big in Oz." Perhaps no-one told him not to get too big a head too early - and that his band's album was only No.1 due to possibly the lowest sales week in Australian chart history, selling just 3600 copies nationally for its place.
• US rapper Mos Def will visit Australian shores early in the new year for four performances along the east coast. He'll kick it off at Hobart's Soundscape Festival on January 08 before hitting Sydney, Brisbane and Melbourne.
• Seems like Melburnians love The Lemonheads, with the band selling out their forthcoming date in the Victorian capital. As such, they've announced a second show - at the city's Esplanade Hotel on Friday December 03.
• It's a very special night for Aussie outfit The Cat Empire. In the midst of their European tour, the band tonight celebrates their 800th show - a pretty staggering effort considering that total's come about in just nine years. The 800th show takes place at the O2 Academy in Bournemouth.
• MAX has announced encore screenings of the very amazing MAX Sessions special with Guns & Roses guitarist Slash. The first is tonight at 8:30pm, tomorrow at 10:30pm and Saturday and Sunday at noon and 8:30pm respectively.
• The Telstra Road To Tamworth hit Geelong in Victoria over the weekend, with 17 year old songstress Gena Rose Bush taking out the heat. She moves to Sydney for a boot camp in the hope of making it through to the Tamworth finals in January.
• Simon Cowell predicted Duck Sauce's new club hit 'Barbra Streisand' would be No.1 in the UK this week, especially after his steeds 'Diva Fever' (who performed the track on this weekend's UK X Factor) were booted off the show. But it seems he might have been a little off the mark, with the single debuting at No.3 behind Cee Lo Green's 'Fuck You' and Bruno Mars' 'Just The Way You Are'. A worrying sign for last year's X Factor winner Joe McElderry is that his debut single proper 'Ambitions' could only manage a No.6 debut, while Mike Posner and Usher surge.
• And on the British albums chart, Robbie Williams crapped it into the No.1 position (not sure whether 'crapped it in' is a technical term or not) with his greatest hits package 'In And Out Of Consciousness'. Cliff Richard's new album 'Bold As Brass' is in at No.3, Magnetic Man at No.5, Belle & Sebastian at No.8 and Alter Bridge at No.9. Jason Donovan hits No.20 with his new '80s covers album.


BloodySickOfIt!!!!! said...

Just checked Sony's follow list on their twitter account. They don't seem to be following Guy Sebastian, despite him being their biggest representive at this year's ARIA Awards. But then again not all that surprising. They haven't even bothered to promote or put a voting link for the public voted awards onto his website. Poor form Sony. But why am I not surprised.

Anonymous said...

To be fair, though, to have the highest selling album in the entire country is still a massive achievement, regardless of the number of copies sold. While the sales may be woeful, the fact remains that more people were motivated to buy that particular album than anything else that was available this week. It's a reflection on the state of the industry rather than the quality of the artist and Shock has every right to crow. Few would argue that Rihanna's "Only Girl" is a bigger hit than "Umbrella", yet given the different sales climate today (when a single that barely scrapes the Top 20 can go Gold if it sticks around for long enough), "Only Girl" will outsell "Umbrella" by a massive margin. At the end of the day, charts are a ranked list and being #1 on that list is still an achievement.