Apart from Sam Smith’s ongoing Australian tour (which makes pit stops in Sydney tonight and tomorrow night), and Bebe Rexha’s upcoming swing which starts in Brisbane next Saturday night, I don’t know of any other international acts that are touring the country this month.
Guess we’d know more as the month goes on.
With Taylor Swift, Pink, Louis Tomlinson and Niall Horan touring here next year, 2024 shapes as a huge concert season for Australia.
Robbie Williams is mid month
A little bit further afield, the Foo Fighters are here in December
The Corrs are currently touring the country. Going to see them at Rod Laver on Monday night
Forgot about Robbie Williams and The Corrs
Lauren Spencer Smith was also here recently, performing shows on the east coast.
Matchbox Twenty and Goo Goo Dolls will also be here in the first quarter of next year while Bring Me the Horizon are due here in April.
Taylor Swift dominated the ARIA charts again.
No surprises there, especially as her run of shows in Melbourne and Sydney are just over 100 days away from now.
She and Olivia Rodrigo have had every single song from their recent albums (1989: Taylor’s Version and GUTS, respectively) chart in the ARIA Top 50. Making Rodrigo’s feat all the more remarkable is that she has just turned 20; when Swift was that age, she wasn’t as dominant on the charts as she is now.
Also Coldplay are doing 2 shows just in Perth on November 18 and 19.
Good to hear radio stations start playing this new song by Mia Wray (who turned 28 last Saturday):
In Australia, Now and Then debuted at No.6 on the ARIA singles chart yesterday.
Timothee Chalamet does Troye Sivan
The morning after Coldplay’s second and final Perth concert, the band announced it would return to Australia next year, performing this time at Melbourne and Sydney. It will also visit Auckland.
I was at the Coldplay Concert last night. Last night’s Coldplay Concert was excellent. I sang a lot of good songs including Yellow, Fix You, The Scientist, Viva La Vida, Clocks, Paradise. The crowd was huge!
Off the back of Coldplay’s recent pair of shows in Perth, and this week’s announcement that they’ll be performing a pair of shows in Melbourne and Sydney next year, three of their classics have re-entered the Singles chart:
- Viva La Vida (#28)
- Yellow (#42)
- A Sky Full of Stars (#43)
Meanwhile, on the Albums chart, “Fallen” by Evanescence (which topped the charts in 2003) has made a re-entry at 21.
Also on the albums chart, Coldplay: Live in Buenos Aires has jumped 36 spots to #7 this week.
Meanwhile, Dolly Parton’s latest album Rockstar has debuted at #16.
Some very interesting information in that SBS special last night Stock Aitken and Waterman: Legends of Pop.
Their first number one single in the UK was Dead or Alive’s You Spin Me Round (Like a Record). The single was released in November 1984 but didn’t hit number one until March 1985. The problem in those days was they couldn’t print enough singles to keep up with demand. There were three 22 inch remixes of the song and once they printed enough those vinyl records, the song hit number on on the charts.
Simon Cowell mentioned that back in the late 80s a number one or number two single could sell one or one and half million copies in the UK alone. There was so much money “sloshing around”. Also, some singles like Venus by Banarama only reached number 8 in the UK but in America, Australia and worldwide it was No.1 smash.
By comparison, Kylie Minogue’s first single Locomotion was number one in Australia for seven weeks, sold 100,000 copies in Australia but was the biggest selling single of the decade. Very interesting how SAW ended up working with Kylie. She had flown to the UK for a week to work with SAW but they were so flat out working with so many other artists that they kept fobbing her off. They had six artists in the top ten.
But on the last day she just turned up at the studio so they had to do something. They wrote a last minute track called I Should Be So Lucky on that day. Kylie being so quick with learning scripts on Neighbours, learnt the song in a flash and recorded it that day.
When they finally released it, it went gangbusters and hit no.1. They said Woolworths alone ordered 200,000 copies. It was the first time they saw how much money a big artist and record company could make. It sold millions of copies and made millions and millions of pounds.