RECORD REWIND: PGTC Picks, 2/12 – 2/18/17

Record Rewind - February 19, 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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JESSIE EARLY – “Holy Ghost” (iTunes) (Spotify)
Nashville native Early came to our attention a few weeks ago with a track called “Heart”, and we were happy to see that a dreamy pop song of hers also dropped during the week, mixing 80’s melodies and 90’s vocal stylings. Check out her Wild Honey EP on March 31!


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PAPERWHITE – “Human Nature” (iTunes) (Spotify)
Siblings Ben and Katie Marshall have had plenty of reposts on our SoundCloud page, and a number of songs on our Spotify playlists, but this is their first tune to be released while the Rewind has been around. As always, the synth-pop duo has some killer production.


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SARAH SOLOVAY – “Rough Draft” (iTunes) (Spotify)
New York singer/songwriter Solovay last released new music during the year PGTC began: 2012. Yes, the wait’s been real, but all the pop goodness of a single like this is also really real. We’re looking forward to much more from her. (P.S. Go see her live, she’s great!)


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For more great new music, these tunes are worth a listen…
Jenna Kyle – “Lovelorn” (SoundCloud)
Nicholas Roberts – “The Pioneers” (SoundCloud)
Violet Days – “Suck At Love” (SoundCloud)

Want to be featured on this weekly wrap-up? Submit your music to adamfsoybel@gmail.com and I’ll check our your tunes. Thanks!

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Highlights from Adam’s Top 40: February 19, 2017

Swiftly taking the top spot.

Swiftly taking the top spot.

DEBUTS
39. Take That – Giants
35. Maroon 5 – Cold
33. Michael Bublé – I Believe In You
32. James TW – Ex | HIGHEST DEBUT

TOP GAINERS
22. Imagine Dragons – Believer (28)
16. Katy Perry featuring Skip Marley – Chained To The Rhythm (31) | BIGGEST MOVER
(see #7 below)

THIS WEEK’S TOP TEN
10. Julia Michaels – Issues (13) | PEAK: #10
09. Passenger – Anywhere (11) | PEAK: #09
08. OneRepublic – Let’s Hurt Tonight (10) | PEAK: #08
07. Ed Sheeran – Castle On The Hill (12) | PEAK: #07
06. Daniel Powter – Delicious (06) | PEAK: #06
05. MUNA – I Know A Place (05) | PEAK: #05
04. LP – Lost On You (03) | PEAK: #02
03. Julia Brennan – Inner Demons (04) | PEAK: #03
02. Rag’n’Bone Man – Human (01) | PEAK: #01 for six weeks
01. ZAYN & Taylor Swift – I Don’t Wanna Live Forever (02) | PEAK: #01 for one week | NEW #1

Top 10 Next In Line:
1. Jonathan Roy – Good Things (2)
2. Sigma featuring Birdy – Find Me (1)
3. Michelle Branch – Hopeless Romantic (5)
4. The Strumbellas – Young & Wild (4)
5. JP Cooper – September Song (-)
6. Alice Merton – No Roots (3)
7. Rag’N’Bone Man – Skin (9)
8. Skip Marley – Lions (-)
9. Walk Off The Earth – Fire In My Soul (6)
10. Lady Antebellum – You Look Good (10)

In The Mix:
FRENSHIP – 1000 Nights
LeAnn Rimes – Long Live Love
MisterWives – Machine (new)
Ruth B – Superficial Love (new)
Tavish Crowe – Fire
The Band Perry – Stay In The Dark
Wrabel – Bloodstain (new)

Chart Notes:

  • There’s a new one at the top this week! ZAYN and Taylor Swift‘s “I Don’t Wanna Live Forever” marches up a notch, giving Malik his third #1 on my chart, while Swift lands her seventh. As a result, the Fifty Shades Of Grey franchise (this song being from Fifty Shades Darker) is now the only series of films to have #1 hits on my chart from each of its two (so far) companion soundtracks. “Don’t” is also in the top three on the CHR/Top 40 chart. Should it reach #1 there, it’ll be the first male-female duet from a film to hit the top since Peabo Bryson and Regina Belle‘s “A Whole New World” (from Aladdin) in 1993.
  • He has a former #1 track that’s still in the countdown after 26 weeks, and he takes this week’s Highest Debut. For 19-year-old James TW, I’d say that’s a pretty great start to his run on Adam’s Top 40. “Ex” marks the spot at #32, following “When You Love Someone”, which slips to #23 on the current chart. “Ex” was co-written with Nolan Sipe, who claims has fifth (including previous single “When”) top 40 single on my chart as a writer.
  • “I Believe In You” is the latest single from chart regular Michael Bublé, and I certainly believe in it. It makes its entrance at #33. Bublé topped my list for four weeks with “Nobody But Me” last September and October, becoming his fifth #1 since the single “Everything” reached the top in June 2007. A music video starring dancer Derek Hough debuted earlier this month. It looks to pass four million views on YouTube soon.
  • Though Maroon 5 continues to reach the top ten on my chart fairly consistently, they haven’t hit #1 in just under five years. Will their new single “Cold” be the one to make some moves into the top spot? It’s too early to tell, but the song does make a debut at #35 this week. Their previous single, “Don’t Wanna Know”, reached #1 on both the CHR/Top 40 and Hot AC charts recently.
  • Finally, at #39, is a new entry from Take That. “Giants” is the lead single from their upcoming album Wonderland, which is due on March 24. The guys are the only act in the history of my chart to reach the top ten as a trio, quartet and quintet. Their current single is the fourth to make my top 40 under their current arrangement as a trio, as well as their 12th overall.

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ADAM’S TOP 40 FLASHBACK: February 15, 2009

Don't

Sobering chart stats and more.

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 eight years and find out what was topping my chart for the week of February 15, 2009…

Debuts:
40. SIMPLY RED, “Go Now”

Biggest Movers:
RYAN STAR, “Last Train Home” (39-30, nine spots)

10. KELLY CLARKSON, “My Life Would Suck Without You” (up 5)
Album: All I Ever Wanted (2009, 19/RCA Records)
Peak: #2 for four weeks

09. KAISER CHIEFS, “Good Days Bad Days” (up 1)
Album: Off With Their Heads (2008, Universal Motown Records)
Peak: #8

08. TAKE THAT, “Greatest Day” (down 3)
Album: The Circus (2008, Polydor Records – U.K.)
Peak: #4 for four weeks

07. BRITNEY SPEARS, “Circus” (steady, second week)
Album: Circus (2008, Jive Records)
Peak: #7 for four weeks

06. LILY ALLEN, “The Fear” (up 3)
Album: It’s Not Me, It’s You (2009, Capitol Records)
Peak: #4 for two weeks

05. DAVID COOK, “Light On” (down 1)
Album: David Cook (2008, 19/RCA Records)
Peak: #1 for five weeks

04. PINK, “Sober” (up 2)
Album: Funhouse (2008, LaFace Records)
Peak: #4 for two weeks

03. THE FRAY, “You Found Me” (steady, second week)
Album: The Fray (2009, Epic Records)
Peak: #1 for three weeks

02. NICKELBACK, “Gotta Be Somebody” (down 1)
Album: Dark Horse (2008, Roadrunner/Atlantic Records)
Peak: #1 for two weeks

01. TAYLOR SWIFT, “Love Story” (up 1)
Album: Fearless (2008, Big Machine Records)
Peak: #1 for three 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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NEW MUSIC FRIDAY: Releases For The Week of February 17, 2017

A look into the Future...

A look into the Future…

Try to wrap your head around all these rap releases… some big names are in the mix this time around! For more Friday fun, here are some of this week’s new albums and singles:

FUTURE – Future (iTunes)
The release of this set was announced just days ago, but it looks like it could be the highest new entry (and likely #1) on the Billboard 200 next week. No tracks from it are currently on the radio, with “Used To This” remaining a stand-alone release, but I’m guessing a few of them will show up on the charts within the next few days. Look for a massive streaming presence for this album.

FAT JOE & REMY MA – Plata O Plomo (iTunes)
From last year’s “All The Way Up” to current single “Money Showers”, the two New York rappers have found some major success on the Rhythmic and Urban formats, which comes years after their last notable radio hits. Full of plenty of featured guests, this is likely to achieve some good numbers and placement next week. Just how high will it go? Stay tuned.

RYAN ADAMS – Prisoner (iTunes)
This is singer/songwriter Adams’s first studio album since the fall of 2015, and with four top ten albums to date, he’s hoping to make it five with this one. Lead single “Do You Still Love Me?” seems to have stalled just under the top ten on the Triple A chart, so I guess the answer is “maybe not.” However, the album should still have a solid debut.

CHARLIE WILSON – In It To Win It (iTunes)
Wilson, the former leader of The Gap Band, recently scored another top ten solo single on the Urban AC chart with “I’m Blessed”. At the current time, it’s at #10 and gaining. The 64-year-old singer’s album should debut in the top 40, perhaps closer to the top 20.

More albums out this week: Alison Krauss‘s Windy City (iTunes), Jidenna‘s The Chief (iTunes), Nikki Lane‘s Highway Queen (iTunes), The Orwells‘s Terrible Human Beings (iTunes)

More EPs out this week: Animal Collective‘s The Painters (iTunes), Bebe Rexha‘s All Your Fault: Pt. 1 (iTunes), Jessie James Decker‘s Gold (iTunes), Maggie Rogers‘s Now That The Light Is Fading (iTunes), The Unlikely Candidates‘s Bed Of Liars (iTunes)

New digital-only singles that you can buy this week include:
“A Kindly Reminder”, Passenger (iTunes)
“All On Me”, Devin Dawson (iTunes)
“Bite My Tongue (Kat Krazy Remix)”, The Beach (iTunes)
“Cold”, Maroon 5 featuring Future (iTunes)
“Empty”, Olivia O’Brien (iTunes)
“Everyone’s Talking”, James Hersey (iTunes)
“Ex”, James TW (iTunes)
“Fragments”, Jack Johnson (iTunes)
“Game Time”, Flo Rida featuring Sage The Gemini (iTunes)
“Giants”, Take That (iTunes)
“Hard To Love (Acoustic)”, Matthew Koma (iTunes)
“Heartlines (Acoustic)”, Broods (iTunes)
“Heaven”, Mokita (iTunes)
“Heavy”, Linkin Park featuring Kiiara (iTunes)
“How Would You Feel (Paean)”, Ed Sheeran (iTunes)
“I Don’t Wanna Dance”, Coin (iTunes)
“In The Arms Of A Stranger (Grey Remix)”, Mike Posner (iTunes)
“It Ain’t Me”, Kygo featuring Selena Gomez (iTunes)
“London”, Maty Noyes (iTunes)
“Love Less”, R.LUM.R (iTunes)
“Machine”, Misterwives (iTunes)
“Nimble Bastard”, Incubus (iTunes)
“Options”, Pitbull featuring Stephen Marley (iTunes)
“Praying”, Tom Grennan (iTunes)
“Rough Draft”, Sarah Solovay (iTunes)
“Suit And Jacket”, Judah & The Lion (iTunes)
“Till You’re Loved”, Mr. Probz (iTunes)
“Time Of Our Lives”, James Blunt (iTunes)
“When Someone Stops Loving You”, Little Big Town (iTunes)
“Work Of Art”, Jamie Cullum (iTunes)

We’ll see you next week for new albums from Aaron Watson, Little Big Town and more. Listen to the PGTC Friday Faves list on Spotify!

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RECORD REWIND: PGTC Picks, 2/5 – 2/11/17

Record Rewind - February 12, 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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JOE HICKS – “Best Clothes” (iTunes) (Spotify)
Hicks is a new name for the Rewind, but I think he’s got a sound that’ll stick around for some time on my radar. The retro-tinged jam is equal parts soulful and soft rock, and seems to be picking up some love on SoundCloud. All in all, “Clothes” dresses up very nicely.


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MARC SCIBILIA – “Summer Clothes” (iTunes) (Spotify)
It’s sure nice to have a bit of “Summer” in the middle of winter. Nashville’s Scibilia is doing pretty well for himself as an independent artist, having reached a million streams on two of his songs that were self-released last year. The acoustic pop track is worth a listen.


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RAINSFORD featuring SWIMSUIT ISSUE – “Sweet Spot” (iTunes) (Spotify)
Five months ago, this Los Angeles performer last appeared on the Rewind with a great single called “Too Close”. Needless to say, I’ll satisfy my “sweet” tooth’s craving with this delight, which should be another blog hit. The tropical influence on this tune is excellent.


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WILD – “Hold Us Together” (iTunes) (Spotify)
It’s been a minute since this Los Angeles trio caught my attention, but I really enjoyed their EP All We’ll Ever Have, especially tracks like “Silver & Gold” and “Where Love Lives”. Their radio-ready sound comes through again, a nice blend of light folk and bright pop.


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For more great new music, these tunes are worth a listen…
Adam Friedman – “Signals” (SoundCloud)
Benji Lewis – “Drift” (SoundCloud)
FRND – “Substitute” (SoundCloud)
LEVV – “Collateral Damage” (SoundCloud)
Lukr – “Astronaut” (SoundCloud)

Want to be featured on this weekly wrap-up? Submit your music to afsoybel@hotmail.com and I’ll check it out. Thanks!

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Highlights from Adam’s Top 40: February 12, 2017

He's the Man.

In the mix for six.

DEBUTS
40. Depeche Mode – Where’s The Revolution
39. Blondie – Fun
38. Sting – One Fine Day
31. Katy Perry featuring Skip Marley – Chained To The Rhythm | HIGHEST DEBUT

TOP GAINERS
33. The Shins – Name For You (38)
28. Imagine Dragons – Believer (39) | BIGGEST MOVER
26. The Head And The Heart – All We Ever Knew (30)
13. Julia Michaels – Issues (17)

THIS WEEK’S TOP TEN
10. OneRepublic – Let’s Hurt Tonight (10) | PEAK: #10
09. Kelly Clarkson – It’s Quiet Uptown (06) | PEAK: #06
08. John Mayer – Love On The Weekend (05) | PEAK: #03
07. Adele – Water Under The Bridge (04) | PEAK: #01 for three weeks
06. Daniel Powter – Delicious (09) | PEAK: #06
05. MUNA – I Know A Place (08) | PEAK: #05
04. Julia Brennan – Inner Demons (07) | PEAK: #04
03. LP – Lost On You (02) | PEAK: #02
02. ZAYN & Taylor Swift – I Don’t Wanna Live Forever (03) | PEAK: #02
01. Rag’n’Bone Man – Human (01) | PEAK: #01 for six weeks

Top 10 Next In Line:
1. Sigma featuring Birdy – Find Me (2)
2. Jonathan Roy – Good Things (4)
3. Alice Merton – No Roots (3)
4. The Strumbellas – Young & Wild (5)
5. Michelle Branch – Hopeless Romantic (10)
6. Walk Off The Earth – Fire In My Soul (7)
7. Michael Bublé – I Believe In You (-)
8. LeAnn Rimes – Long Live Love (-)
9. Rag’N’Bone Man – Skin (-)
10. Lady Antebellum – You Look Good (-)

In The Mix:
FRENSHIP – 1000 Nights (new)
James Blunt – Love Me Better
JP Cooper – September Song (new)
Skip Marley – Lions (new)
Tavish Crowe – Fire
The Band Perry – Stay In The Dark (new)
The Heydaze – Hurt Like Hell

Chart Notes:

  • This week’s Highest Debut is by pop superstar Katy Perry, who brings along newcomer Skip Marley on the song “Chained To The Rhythm”. It enters the chart at #31. Perry was in the top 40 last fall with a quick top ten hit called “Rise”, but it’s a far cry from her four #1 singles: “Waking Up In Vegas”, “California Gurls”, “Firework” and “The One That Got Away”. Marley’s a 20-year-old singer and songwriter, born in Jamaica, who just so happens to be the grandson of reggae icon Bob Marley. At the current time, the song ranks in the top five on iTunes.
  • No, don’t adjust your calendar. It’s still 2017, but in one chart week, Blondie, Depeche Mode and Sting have all managed to place debuting songs in the top 40. Hey, I have to serve that retro realness. Sting’s “One Fine Day” is new at #38, while the new one from Blondie, “Fun”, ranks at #39, and “Where’s The Revolution” from Depeche Mode revolutionizes the #40 spot. In all seriousness, it’s great that all three acts are still creating quality music in 2017. It’s Sting’s seventh chart song, Blondie’s first and Depeche Mode’s third.
  • New radio singles from JP Cooper and Michael Bublé are looking to make some moves in the top 40 soon, but new songs from James TW and Maroon 5 will be also be out by the end of the week. Tough one! Check back to see what gets onto the chart next Sunday.

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ADAM’S TOP 40 FLASHBACK: February 11, 2007

All about that chart "Life".

All about that chart “Life”.

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 ten years and find out what was topping my chart for the week of February 11, 2007…

Debuts:
39. SCISSOR SISTERS, “She’s My Man”
38. ROBIN THICKE, “Lost Without You”
37. TAYLOR HICKS, “Just To Feel That Way”
35. TAKE THAT, “Shine”

Biggest Movers:
ROB THOMAS, “Little Wonders” (32-23, nine spots)

10. MIKA, “Grace Kelly” (steady, third week)
Album: Life In Cartoon Motion (2007, Casablanca Records)
Peak: #10 for three weeks

09. JOHN MAYER, “Belief” (down 1)
Album: Continuum (2006, Aware/Columbia Records)
Peak: #8 for two weeks

08. DAUGHTRY, “It’s Not Over” (up 3)
Album: Daughtry (2006, 19/RCA Records)
Peak: #5 for six weeks

07. THE FRAY, “Look After You” (up 2)
Album: How To Save A Life (2005, Epic Records)
Peak: #2

06. AUGUSTANA, “Boston” (down 2)
Album: All The Stars And Boulevards (2005, Epic Records)
Peak: #1 for six weeks

05. DANIEL POWTER, “Love You Lately” (down 2)
Album: Daniel Powter (re-release) (2006, Warner Bros. Records)
Peak: #2 for seven weeks

04. THE FRAY, “How To Save A Life” (up 1)
Album: How To Save A Life (2005, Epic Records)
Peak: #1 for four weeks

03. BLUE OCTOBER, “Into The Ocean” (up 3)
Album: Foiled (2006, Universal Motown Records)
Peak: #3

02. MAT KEARNEY, “Nothing Left To Lose” (steady, second week)
Album: Nothing Left To Lose (2006, Aware/Columbia Records)
Peak: #2 for two weeks

01. FIVE FOR FIGHTING, “World” (steady, third week)
Album: Two Lights (2006, Aware/Columbia Records)
Peak: #1 for three 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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