The imminent release of a new Hunger Games flick also means a new soundtrack of songs to overthrow the Capitol to! Previously, Sia, The Weeknd and Diplo teamed up for Catching Fire’s track “Elastic Heart”. Now Lorde has led the upcoming Mockingjay Part 1 with the single “Yellow Flicker Beat”, out now. The 17-year-old Kiwi wunderkind has been put in charge of curating the entire soundtrack and hand-picking each artist.
Kylie Minogue has recorded a cover of one of the 80’s most recognisable synths – Kim Carnes’ “Bette Davis Eyes”. It emerged online just a week after she and former Lady Gaga collaborator Fernando Garibay quietly released a four-song EP online for free. The songs – “Glow”, “Wait”, “Break This Heartbreak” and “Chasing Ghosts” – were uploaded to Kylie’s profile on music streaming website Soundcloud and range stylistically from Kylie’s wheelhouse of electropop to reggae and pop-rock.
Gwen Stefani, Ellie Goulding and Haim are among the featured artists on Calvin Harris’ new album Motion, out November 3. Last month, the album’s lead single “Summer” somehow beat the competition to be named the Song of the Summer by Spotify (the track has been streamed more than 160 million times on the service). Will any of Calvin’s EDM pedigree rub off on Gwen Stefani, who’s also working on her first solo album since 2006’s The Sweet Escape?
Say what you want about the ARIA Awards but if nothing else, they’re great for spotlighting some bonzer local music from the previous year that, for whatever reason, may have slipped your radar. Bearded hipster hunk Chet Faker received nine nominations this year, while Brisbane folk-pop bandSheppar also got seven nominations, including Album of the Year and Song of the Year for their insanely popular “Geronimo”. Kasey Chambers, Iggy Azalea, Sia, 5 Seconds of Summer, Tina Arena, Guy Sebastian, Kate Miller-Heidke and Jessica Mauboy are also vying for gongs at the November 26 ceremony.
Ed Sheeran has announced two more dates on his Australian tour next year, including a third Brisbane show at the Riverstage onMarch 22. The ridiculously talented British singer-songwriter visited Australia last month to promote his new album x (pronounced ‘multiply’) and recently ditched the jeans and hoodies for a tux to go ballroom dancing in the video for new single “Thinking Out Loud.”