RECORD REWIND: PGTC Picks, 1/15 – 1/21/17

Record Rewind - January 22, 2017

Sunday afternoon means it’s time for the Record Rewind, highlighting the top new tracks that you might’ve missed during the work week, all from my favorite independent acts out there. If it’s on the site, it’s something that you need to check out!

Across the PGTC SoundCloud page and my playlists on Spotify, these stuck out as my favorite independent songs of the week…

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CASTLECOMER – “If I Could Be Like You” (iTunes) (Spotify)
Sydney’s smashing Alternative quintet keeps on making great music, with this song being one of their more accessible tracks to date. I guess it’s because you can both rock out and dance to it, which is always a good thing. The catchy jam is ready to make some moves.

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KEVIN GARRETT – “Strangehold” (iTunes) (Spotify)
A surprise release from New York’s Garrett, still making quite a name for himself in the blog and streaming worlds, gives us another great entry this week. The soulful sound of Garrett’s vocals and musicality is so enticing that you’ll be wishing for more. I know I am.

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MAX AND THE MOON – “Killing Time” (iTunes) (Spotify)
It’s a bittersweet moment for this Rewind entry, as the Los Angeles quartet is going their separate ways. However, their last single is actually my favorite of theirs, ironically enough, combining anthemic rock and pop into a lush sound for their fans. We’ll miss them.

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REYNA – “Matinee” (iTunes) (Spotify)
This Milwaukee duo came onto the PGTC radar in the spring of last year with a song called “Ink On My Skin”, which is closing in on a solid 200,000 streams on Spotify. Their latest guitar-driven single digs into some late 80’s roots, inspiring one smooth pop dream.

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For more great new music, these tunes are worth a listen…
AUGUST – “Ghosts” (SoundCloud)
Eliason – “Heaven Knows” (SoundCloud)
Hundred Handed – “Vibe” (SoundCloud)
Pierre Stemmett – “Unfair” (SoundCloud)
Sabrina Parker – “Write You Down” (SoundCloud)
Sam Seg – “Lover” (SoundCloud)

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Highlights from Adam’s Top 40: January 22, 2017

He's the Man.

He’s no ordinary Man.

DEBUTS
40. Gavin DeGraw – Something Worth Saving
39. Nathan Sykes – There’s Only One Of You | HIGHEST DEBUT

TOP GAINERS
31. Julia Michaels – Issues (37) | BIGGEST MOVER (tie)
23. Ed Sheeran – Shape Of You (28)
19. Ed Sheeran – Castle On The Hill (25) | BIGGEST MOVER (tie)

THIS WEEK’S TOP TEN
10. Julia Brennan – Inner Demons (11) | PEAK: #10
09. Captain Cuts featuring Nateur – Love Like We Used To (07) | PEAK: #05
08. James TW – When You Love Someone (05) | PEAK: #01 for seven weeks
07. Kelly Clarkson – It’s Quiet Uptown (08) | PEAK: #07
06. ZAYN & Taylor Swift – I Don’t Wanna Live Forever (09) | PEAK: #06
05. LP – Lost On You (06) | PEAK: #05
04. Train – Play That Song (03) | PEAK: #02
03. John Mayer – Love On The Weekend (04) | PEAK: #03
02. Adele – Water Under The Bridge (02) | PEAK: #01 for three weeks
01. Rag’n’Bone Man – Human (01) | PEAK: #01 for three weeks

Top 10 Next In Line:
1. Alice Merton – No Roots (1)
2. The Head And The Heart – All We Ever Knew (5)
3. Grace VanderWaal – I Don’t Know My Name (2)
4. Ryan Corn – The Pressure (6)
5. Jukebox The Ghost – Keys In The Car (Live) (4)
6. Sigma featuring Birdy – Find Me (10)
7. The Shins – Name For You (-)
8. Sting – One Fine Day (-)
9. Keith Urban – Blue Ain’t Your Color (-)
10. Walk Off The Earth – Fire In My Soul (-)

In The Mix:
A R I Z O N A – Oceans Away
Causes – Where Does Love Go (new)
Jonathan Roy – Good Things (new)
Lady Antebellum – You Look Good (new)
LeAnn Rimes – Long Live Love
MAGIC! – No Regrets
Pat Benatar – Shine (new)
Tavish Crowe – Fire (new)
The Heydaze – Hurt Like Hell
The Strumbellas – Young & Wild
Tyler Hilton – Next To You

Chart Notes:

  • Four active hits sit just below the top ten this week: “I Know A Place” (14-11) by MUNA, “Anywhere” (13-12) by Passenger, “Say You Won’t Let Go” (15-13) by James Arthur and “Let’s Hurt Tonight” (16-14) by OneRepublic. With two newcomers and two chart veterans in the mix, it’ll be a fight to the finish to enter the region next week. Who makes it? Stay tuned.
  • This week’s Highest Debut is the latest solo hit from Nathan Sykes, who previously recorded with The Wanted. “There’s Only One Of You” is new at #39. It’s the third track to reach the top 40 from Unfinished Business, following “Kiss Me Quick” and “Give It Up”, which both garnered some minor CHR/Top 40 and Hot AC airplay for a short time.
  • Just below Sykes is Gavin DeGraw, who comes in at #40 with “Something Worth Saving”. It’s the title track from his latest set, and the second single from it. (First single “She Sets The City On Fire” peaked at #7 last year.) DeGraw first made my top 40 in 2003 with “Follow Through”. His biggest hit, 2005’s “Chariot”, went to #2.

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ADAM’S TOP 40 FLASHBACK: January 24, 2010

You, you, you.

We all “Need” a flashback this weekend.

It’s the start of another weekend, which means it’s time for another trip back into the archives on Adam’s Top 40 Flashback! Every Saturday, the day before my latest top 40 goes up for the week, I feature the highlights of a past countdown. They’re all here — the hit songs, the songs that flopped, and the songs that may be a little embarrassing to reflect on.

This week, we stroll back 7 years and find out what was topping my chart for the week of January 24, 2010…

Debuts:
40. GLORIANA, “How Far Do You Wanna Go?”
39. COLBIE CAILLAT, “I Never Told You”
38. BARENAKED LADIES, “You Run Away”
37. FIVE FOR FIGHTING, “Slice”

Biggest Mover:
MELISSA ETHERIDGE, “Fearless Love” (39-33, six spots)

10. TAYLOR SWIFT, “Fifteen” (down 1)
Album: Fearless (2008, Big Machine/Universal Republic Records)
Peak: #9

09. ADAM LAMBERT, “Whataya Want From Me” (up 1)
Album: For Your Entertainment (2009, 19/RCA Records)
Peak: #1 for two weeks

08. MUSE, “Uprising” (steady, third week)
Album: The Resistance (2009, Warner Bros. Records)
Peak: #8 for three weeks

07. ORIANTHI, “According To You” (steady, second week)
Album: Believe (2009, Geffen Records)
Peak: #2 for three weeks

06. NORAH JONES, “Chasing Pirates” (down 1)
Album: The Fall (2009, Blue Note Records)
Peak: #4 for two weeks

05. DAUGHTRY, “Life After You” (up 1)
Album: Leave This Town (2009, 19/RCA Records)
Peak: #5 for six weeks

04. OWL CITY, “Fireflies” (steady, second week)
Album: Ocean Eyes (2009, Universal Republic Records)
Peak: #1 for six weeks

03. LIFEHOUSE, “Halfway Gone” (steady, fifth week)
Album: Smoke And Mirrors (2010, Geffen Records)
Peak: #3 for eight weeks

02. THE SCRIPT, “Breakeven” (steady, second week)
Album: The Script (2008, Epic Records)
Peak: #1 for one week

01. LADY ANTEBELLUM, “Need You Now” (steady, second week)
Album: Need You Now (2010, Capitol Nashville Records)
Peak: #1 for eleven weeks

Check back next Saturday for another Adam’s Top 40 Flashback countdown and don’t forget to follow the blog by using the tab below or find PGTC on social media by clicking the “Get Social!” tab at the top of the page.

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FLASHBACK: Commanders-In-Chart, 2009-2017

On my ballot of bops.

On my ballot of bops.

Saying farewell to a President is hard after eight years in office. In fact, a number of us are saying “don’t leave.” Still, there are people out there who desire a change, someone who more accurately fits their views. Though I don’t get too political on here, I got to vote in my first election in 2008, and I was happy to vote for President Obama both then and in 2012. Needless to say, I appreciated his time and effort in office, and thank him for the work he did. (Let’s be respectful on here, kids, we can all have differing opinions.)

As January 20 brings new leadership and a new sense of uncertainty to many people in the U.S., I thought it would be nice to address something that is certain, at least when it comes my top 40. During the past eight years, a lot of memorable songs reached the #1 spot on my chart, but just a dozen claimed runs of seven weeks or higher at the summit. It takes strong leadership, whether you’re running the country or a personal chart, to build momentum and keep on top, and that’s what these excellent tracks did. Sure, at least a few of these songs didn’t get the national attention that I hoped they would, but as far as my musical universe goes, they’re all classics. What songs will hold this long at #1 during the next president’s time in Washington? I guess we’ll have to wait and see.

For now, enjoy all these musical treasures from January 2009 to January 2017: the presidents of pop, the leaders of longevity and all the other members of the chart cabinet.

SEVEN WEEKS
Coldplay
COLDPLAY, “Every Teardrop Is A Waterfall”
July 10, 2011 – August 21, 2011
Album: Mylo Xyloto
Label: Capitol

Gotye and Kimbra
GOTYE featuring KIMBRA, “Somebody That I Used To Know”
February 12, 2012 – March 25, 2012
Album: Making Mirrors
Label: Universal Republic

A Great Big World
A GREAT BIG WORLD, “Already Home”
May 11, 2014 – June 22, 2014
Album: Is There Anybody Out There?
Label: Epic

Jukebox The Ghost
JUKEBOX THE GHOST, “Postcard”
May 31, 2015 – July 12, 2015
Album: The Great Unknown
Label: Cherrytree/Interscope

Adele
ADELE, “Hello”
November 22, 2015 – January 3, 2016
Album: 25
Label: XL/Columbia

James TW
JAMES TW, “When You Love Someone”
October 23, 2016 – December 4, 2016
Album: First Impressions (EP)
Label: Island/Republic

EIGHT WEEKS
The Script
THE SCRIPT, “The Man Who Can’t Be Moved”
March 29, 2009 – May 17, 2009
Album: The Script
Label: Epic

Rob Thomas
ROB THOMAS, “Her Diamonds”
May 24, 2009 – July 12, 2009
Album: cradlesong
Label: Atlantic

Fun.
FUN., “Some Nights”
July 22, 2012 – September 9, 2012
Album: Some Nights
Label: Fueled By Ramen/Atlantic

FUN., “Carry On”
December 2, 2012 – January 20, 2013
Album: Some Nights
Label: Fueled By Ramen/Atlantic

ELEVEN WEEKS
Lady Antebellum
LADY ANTEBELLUM, “Need You Now”
January 17, 2010 – March 28, 2010
Album: Need You Now
Label: Capitol Nashville

TWELVE WEEKS
Passenger
PASSENGER, “Let Her Go”
May 12, 2013 – July 28, 2013
Album: All The Little Lights
Label: Nettwerk/Warner Bros.

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NEW MUSIC FRIDAY: Releases For The Week of January 20, 2017

Lovin' every minute of it.

Everything you need for NMF.

The country may be turning more orange, sadly, but when it comes to New Music Friday, we embrace all colors of music. So, as far as this post is concerned, here are the notable albums and singles that we’re electing you to check out this week:

JOHN MAYER – The Search For Everything (Wave One) (EP) (iTunes)
Search no more: Mayer’s soundtrack to “The Weekend” is just the first taste of his new material this year, which is bound to be great. Given the lighter sales as of late, this will hopefully have an easy ride to the top of the charts next week. It’s certainly our top pick.

VARIOUS ARTISTS – 2017 Grammy Nominees (iTunes)
The yearly set is now out, featuring big hits and notable artists of the past year. The actual show airs February 12. It could make some moves in the top ten, especially closer to the air date.

More albums out this week: AFI‘s AFI (The Blood Album) (iTunes), Bryan Lanning‘s Us (iTunes), Starset‘s Vessels (iTunes), Kidz Bop 34 (iTunes)

More EPs out this week: Chris Miles‘s Milestones (iTunes), Jacob Sartorius‘s The Last Text (iTunes)

New digital-only singles that you can buy this week include:
“Afraid Of Everything”, Milo Greene (iTunes)
“Bite My Tongue (Acoustic)”, The Beach (iTunes)
“Burning Man”, Watt featuring Post Malone (iTunes)
“Crying On The Bathroom Floor”, MUNA (iTunes)
“Doomsday”, Ryan Adams (iTunes)
“Drink Up”, Train (iTunes)
“Enough For You”, Joshua Radin (iTunes)
“I’m Born To Run (Remix)”, American Authors (iTunes)
“Move (Jenaux Remix)”, Saint Motel (iTunes)
“Oceans Away (Sam Feldt Remix)”, A R I Z O N A (iTunes)
“On + Off”, Maggie Rogers (iTunes)
“Quit You”, Lost Kings featuring Tinashe (iTunes)
“Reciprocate”, Rationale (iTunes)
“Revolution”, The Score (iTunes)
“Still Waiting (Acoustic)”, Tom Chaplin (iTunes)
“Strangehold”, Kevin Garrett (iTunes)
“Text From Your Ex”, Tinie Tempah featuring Tinashe (iTunes)
“Thinking ‘Bout You (Decco Remix)”, Dua Lipa (iTunes)
“Vibe”, Hundred Handed (iTunes)
“Where Does Love Go”, Causes (iTunes)
“You Look Good”, Lady Antebellum (iTunes)

We’ll see you next week for new albums from Kehlani, Train and more. Listen to the PGTC Friday Faves list on Spotify!

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RECORD REWIND: PGTC Picks, 1/8 – 1/14/17

Record Rewind - January 15, 2017

Sunday afternoon means it’s time for the Record Rewind, highlighting the top new tracks that you might’ve missed during the work week, all from my favorite independent acts out there. If it’s on the site, it’s something that you need to check out!

Across the PGTC SoundCloud page and my playlists on Spotify, these stuck out as my favorite independent songs of the week…

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FLORIO – “Wait” (iTunes) (Spotify)
New York (formerly Boston) performer Dominic Florio has received some love from our SoundCloud feed in the past, but based on the recent relaunch of his project, it looks like he wants to start anew. Well, at least this chapter begins with a synth-driven pop jam.

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MAGDALENA BAY – “Neon” (iTunes) (Spotify)
The duo of Matthew Lewin and Mica Tenenbaum is a new name on the blog, though Lewin plays in a group that I featured in several Rewind posts last year, Tipling Rock. The twosome bottles the magic of 80’s pop nostalgia in just over two minutes and 30 seconds.

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PHANGS – “One & Lonely” (iTunes) (Spotify)
Last year, Nashville’s Jake Germany went solo with the track “Cul De Sac”, which landed on both notable blogs and playlists. It’s out now in a stripped version, which is just as cool as the original, but his newest tune really stands out for some great production work.

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VÉRITÉ – “Phase Me Out” (iTunes) (Spotify)
This New York City singer has been counting up her millions of Spotify streams lately, thanks in part to strong playlist support for a cover of The 1975’s “Somebody Else”. Back to originals, “Phase” has a great lead vocal, and feels like it could do really well as a sync.

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For more great new music, these tunes are worth a listen…
FLAGSHIP – “Mexican Jackpot” (SoundCloud)
GRETA ISAAC – “Intro (Creatures Of Habit)” (SoundCloud)
MATING RITUAL featuring LIZZY LAND – “Night Lies” (SoundCloud)
TEAMMATE – “Damage” (SoundCloud)

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Highlights from Adam’s Top 40: January 15, 2017

He's the Man.

Bad to the ‘Bone Man.

DEBUTS
40. American Authors – I’m Born To Run
38. Bon Jovi – Roller Coaster
37. Julia Michaels – Issues
36. Grouplove – Good Morning
35. Broods – Heartlines | HIGHEST DEBUT

TOP GAINERS
28. Ed Sheeran – Shape Of You (35)
25. Ed Sheeran – Castle On The Hill (31)
21. Daniel Powter – Delicious (29) | BIGGEST MOVER
18. Bastille – Blame (23)

THIS WEEK’S TOP TEN
10. Niall Horan – This Town (08) | PEAK: #01 for one week
09. ZAYN & Taylor Swift – I Don’t Wanna Live Forever (11) | PEAK: #09
08. Kelly Clarkson – It’s Quiet Uptown (09) | PEAK: #08
07. Captain Cuts featuring Nateur – Love Like We Used To (06) | PEAK: #05
06. LP – Lost On You (07) | PEAK: #06
05. James TW – When You Love Someone (05) | PEAK: #01 for seven weeks
04. John Mayer – Love On The Weekend (04) | PEAK: #04
03. Train – Play That Song (03) | PEAK: #02
02. Adele – Water Under The Bridge (02) | PEAK: #01 for three weeks
01. Rag’n’Bone Man – Human (01) | PEAK: #01 for two weeks

Top 10 Next In Line:
1. Alice Merton – No Roots (4)
2. Grace VanderWaal – I Don’t Know My Name (2)
3. Phantogram – Same Old Blues (3)
4. Jukebox The Ghost – Keys In The Car (Live) (5)
5. The Head And The Heart – All We Ever Knew (9)
6. Ryan Corn – The Pressure (8)
7. Tyler Hilton – Next To You (7)
8. Nathan Sykes – There’s Only One Of You (-)
9. Gavin DeGraw – Something Worth Saving (-)
10. Sigma featuring Birdy – Find Me (-)

In The Mix:
A R I Z O N A – Oceans Away
LeAnn Rimes – Long Live Love
Lolo – Shine
MAGIC! – No Regrets
Sting – One Fine Day
The Heydaze – Hurt Like Hell
The Strumbellas – Young & Wild
Walk Off The Earth – Fire In My Soul

Chart Notes:

  • With five entries this week, we’ve made it out of the freeze successfully! The week’s Highest Debut is from siblings Caleb and Georgia Nott, better known as Broods, debuting at #35 with “Heartlines”. It’s the second single to chart from Conscious, an album they released last year. (The other entry was “Free”.) The single impacts at Hot AC radio on Monday, so check back on our socials to see how it does.
  • Just below them is Grouplove, who just missed the top ten last year with “Welcome To Your Life”. “Good Morning” lands a good entry at #36 this week. Both singles are taken from the album Big Mess, which became the act’s second top 40 album in the U.S. last fall. Their latest tour (of the same name) begins later this month in Knoxville, TN. “Good” hits Alternative radio on February 7.
  • Last year, singer and songwriter Julia Michaels hit a high of #2 as a co-writer on Gwen Stefani‘s “Make Me Like You”. At the moment, she’s in the top 40 with her first entry as an artist. Debuting at #37, “Issues” has had no issues breaking into the top 200 on iTunes, or getting adds on several prominent Spotify playlists following its release on Friday.
  • New Jersey rockers Bon Jovi ride up and down and straight into the #38 spot with “Roller Coaster”. In 2016, the title track from This House Is Not For Sale got to #10. That set currently holds the record for the largest fall from #1 in Billboard chart history, sinking 1-43 on the album chart in December. Not their finest moment…
  • Finally, at #40, is the sixth chart hit for American Authors. “I’m Born To Run” is the fourth release to grace my top 40 off their album What We Live For. It goes for Alternative adds on February 14. Will the format’s key programmers give it a little love on Valentine’s Day? Stay tuned.

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