Insider Scoop
July 2005

By Danny Canak, [07-10-2005]


Some massive releases have hit the stores in recent weeks creating lots of activity in the National ARIA charts. On the albums front, Coldplay's X&Y rocketed straight to #1 in its first week of release and has already gone double platinum in Australia. It also scored a #1 debut in 27 other countries, which is quite a remarkable achievement. In the US, the album sold close to 740,000 copies in its first week, which makes it 2005's highest selling rock debut to date. A week later, Australia became the first territory to knock Coldplay’s new record from the top spot when the Foo Fighter’s double album, In Your Honor', debuted at #1. According to Sony BMG, its first week sales were the biggest first week album sales so far this year. In the same week, the Backstreet Boys came back with a bang when their first single in five years, “Incomplete,” debuted at #1 on the ARIA singles chart. It's the first single from their brand new album, Never Gone, which apparently took over a year to record. The album is out now.


Sony BMG has announced that they will be releasing another single from Casey Donovan's poor selling debut album, For You. The third single off the album will be a hauntingly beautiful ballad called “Flow,” which happens to be one of Casey’s personal favourites. The Australian Idol winner shot the video for the track during a recent trek through remote communities and wilderness in the Northern Territory. She will be launching the single at her hometown Centro Shopping Centre in Bankstown (Sydney) on Sunday July 24 at midday.


Sydney's Youth Group is currently taking the world by storm with their latest album, Skeleton Jar, which has been receiving rave reviews in the international music press. The band have recently had feature articles in Nylon and Filter magazines, received 5 out of 5 in Alternative Press, and had gushing album reviews in Esquire, Blender, Giant and Time Out New York. Their single “Shadowland” even featured in a pivotal scene on TV show “The OC” recently! The band recently completed a sold out tour of the UK with The Music and are currently touring the US. After completing their international assault, Youth Group will return to Australia for a major headline tour in August before heading off back overseas in September. In the meantime, Skeleton Jar will be re-released in Australia on July 11 with a previously unavailable bonus track, “Someone Else’s Dream.”


Another Sydney band having some success of late is Faker. Just days after the release of their debut album, Addicted Romantic, last month, they not only signed a deal with Mushroom Music Publishing but they were also confirmed as the support act for The Bravery's upcoming Australian tour. The hard work and relentless touring has certainly paid off for the quintet who have become one of Australia’s most exciting bands on the underground scene. Of the signing, Mushroom Music Publishing's Michael Gudinski said, “I’m delighted that Faker has signed with Mushroom. I think they have a huge future ahead of them and we’re looking forward to sharing the journey with them.” You can catch the band supporting The Bravery at the Metro in Sydney on August 10th, the Prince of Wales in Melbourne on August 12th, and the Arena in Brisbane on August 13th.


Andrew, Chris and Myles from local outfit Wolfmother are currently in Los Angeles writing, recording and mixing their debut album. The news should come as a welcome surprise to fans that have been aching to hear some new material from the trio. The album should see the light of day sometime around October.


In a first for the ARIA Awards, the Australian music community will be paying tribute to those artists who have contributed to this country’s musical landscape at the inaugural ARIA Icons: Hall Of Fame event on July 14th. The annual stand-alone event will honour the legendary performers, producers, songwriters and others who have had an impact on music culture in Australia. This year, the artists that will be inducted include: Split Enz, Renee Geyer, Normie Rowe, The Easybeats, Hunters & Collectors, and Smoky Dawson. On their impending hall of fame induction, Tim Finn of Split Enz said, "Australia became our second home in 1975. We of the Enz are proud to accept this honour, and gladly walk the Hall of Fame in memory of every gig we did here.” A chuffed Hunters & Collectors frontman Mark Seymour said, “The boys and myself are excited to be honoured in this way by the Australian music industry. This is a unique gesture of recognition for the work that Hunters and Collectors did, and it will be a rare opportunity for the band to be re-united under very auspicious circumstances.” The event will be taking place at the Plaza Ballroom at Melbourne’s Regent Theatre and will be broadcast on subscription TV channels VH1 (July 17th at 9pm) and FOX8 (July 23rd at 8.30pm).


To celebrate their 25th anniversary as a label, Roadrunner Records are compiling an all-star album that will contain original musical collaborations between past and present Roadrunner artists. The groundbreaking Roadrunner All-Stars record will feature approximately 50 musicians with four central musicians producing and writing all the songs. They are Joey Jordison (Slipknot), Dino Cazares (ex-Fear Factory/Brujeria), Robert Flynn (Machine Head) and 19 year-old metal prodigy Matt Heafy (TRIVIUM). In order to cover as wide a spectrum as possible, no musician will play for more than one writer/producer and each song will feature a different vocalist. Various artists have contributed so far including members of Sepultura, Malevolant Creation, Vision Of Disorder, Sadus, Chimaira, Soulfly, 36 Crazyfists, Obituary, Gruntruck, Type O Negative, Life Of Agony, Deicide, and many more. The album will be released later this year.


Canada's most lovely rockin' sisters, Tegan and Sara, are coming back to Australia for their 2nd visit this August, and they're taking WA's Little Birdy and Bob Evans (Kevin Mitchell of Jebediah) along with them for the ride. The duo will be here to promote their latest album, So Jealous, which has been receiving some rave reviews of late. Little Birdy have also had an amazing year with their debut album bigbiglove reaching Gold status and the band receiving an ARIA nomination. The band has written a bunch of new songs which they will be playing during the shows along with the older favourites. You can catch them in August at Heaven in Adelaide on the 12th, Wrest Point Casino in Hobart on the 13th, Saloon Bar in Launceston on the 14th, Bar On The Hill in Newcastle on the 17th, The Roadhouse in Wollongong on the 18th, Tivoli Theatre in Brisbane on the 19th, Sands Tavern in Maroochydore on the 20th, Great Northern Hotel in Byron Bay on the 21st, Southport RSL in the Gold Coast on the 23rd, The Metro in Sydney on the 25th, HI-FI Bar in Melbourne on the 26th and the ANU Bar in Canberra on the 27th.


Jade Jagger, daughter of Rolling Stone frontman Mick, is making her DJ debut on the upcoming Renaissance Presents Pacha Ibiza compilation. The reformed wild child is one of three DJs that feature on the 3CD set - the others being David Morales and Trevor Nelson. Jagger apparently has thousands of 12-inches, albums and CDs that fill up the walls of her house with a vast glitter ball dangling from the ceiling. She says, “Music is my single, most important habit. It's in my house, in my car; it's in the office. I've pretty much always got it going on.” She also has it going on in the mix where she mixes blues with R&B, soul and hip-hop. The 44-track compilation hits the stores on July 11th.


After celebrating its massive 1st birthday bash recently, Chicks With Decksis set to rock Sydney’s UN Nightclub (DCM) once again when it returns on Saturday July 9th. The all female DJ marathon promises to provide another aural and visual feast in the House room, while the 'Greatest Show On Earth' will occur in the NRG room. We are proud to announce that DJs Sveta, Trinity and Tandra have all been confirmed to appear on the night, so this is a party that you won't want to miss.

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