RADIO REPORT: POP! Goes The Picks (December 2016)

Radio Report - December 2016

It’s time once again to analyze the airwaves and find out if your favorite new releases will be lighting up your local station’s playlist during the month. Which tunes will climb to the top and which ones will hit a stop? Here’s a selection of new singles being serviced in December in this month’s Radio Report.

BEBE REXHA – “I Got You” (Warner Bros., December 6 – CHR/Top 40)
Album: TBA
Past CHR History: Despite her various accomplishments as a writer and a featured singer, Rexha’s two main-credited chart entries have barely scratched the top 30 at the format. This one is gaining some solid early stations, but will radio give her another chance?

PHANTOGRAM – “Same Old Blues” (Republic, December 6 – Alternative)
Album: Three (2016)
Past ALT History: This New York City duo, consisting of Sarah Barthel and Josh Carter, recently hit the top ten on this format with a song that also reached #2 on my personal chart, “You Don’t Get Me High Anymore”. Their latest single should be another winner.

RAG’N’BONE MAN – “Human” (RCA, December 6 – Alternative)
Album: Human (2017)
Past ALT History: This massive international single is currently top ten on iTunes in at least 20 countries around the globe, with #1 peaks in Austria, Belgium, Germany and Switzerland. Needless to say, all that momentum should help spread the buzz here quickly.

LOST KINGS featuring EMILY WARREN – “Phone Down” (Disruptor/RCA, December 13 – CHR/Top 40)
Album: TBA
Past CHR History: Robert Gainley and Dr. No are best known for their remixes, much like how The Chainsmokers began. (The two acts share a manager.) Warren was the featured vocalist on FRENSHIP’s “Capsize”, which just missed the top 20 several weeks ago.

Which of these new songs would you like to see atop the charts? Let me know! Comment below or click the “Get Social!” tab above to find PGTC on social media.

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RECORD REWIND: PGTC Picks, 11/27 – 12/3

Record Rewind - December 4, 2016

Our new Record Rewind is about highlighting the top new songs that you may have missed, or should discover, from many of my favorite independent acts out there. If you like what you see, let me know what you think!

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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ADAM FRIEDMAN – “Sad” (iTunes) (Spotify)
Santa Monica singer and songwriter Friedman returns with his follow-up to “Lemonade”, and how sweet it is to have him back. This track had a fair amount of love from Spotify’s New Music Friday playlists a few days ago, including the popular U.S. list. Get happy!

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MATT WOODS – “If You Forget Me” (iTunes) (Spotify)
This gorgeous ballad from Woods is off his EP called Ain’t No Use, which is amazing from start to finish. Of course, I’ve spent some time with his past material, and his voice is just spectacular. He could sing the phone book and I would stream it. Yes, it’s that great.

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PUBLIC – “4Her” (iTunes – n/a) (Spotify – n/a)
This Cincinnati group quickly hit the top of Hype Machine’s Twitter list a few days ago, and that should bode well for their single on SoundCloud (and more services soon, hopefully!) “4Her” has a fresh and fun vibe that should appeal to indie pop and tropical fans.

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WANDERER – “Make You Feel” (iTunes) (Spotify)
I wandered into this Arizona performer’s catalog earlier this year, and I’m certainly glad I did. Adam Simons has a great set of songs with his C I T Y EP, one of which was highlighted on the Rewind in September: “Call Me Crazy”. Call me a big fan of his music so far.

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For more great new music, these tunes are worth a listen…
LONELY BENSON – “Leave You Mama” (SoundCloud)
P O P F I L T E R – “In Love Again” (SoundCloud)
THE DUNWELLS – “It’s OK This Time” (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: December 4, 2016

"Someone" new at the top.

Different month, same James.

DEBUTS
40. Bastille – Blame
36. Passenger – Anywhere | HIGHEST DEBUT

TOP GAINERS
33. Julia Brennan – Inner Demons (39)
26. Milky Chance – Cocoon (31)
17. Rag’n’Bone Man – Human (23)
11. John Mayer – Love On The Weekend (19) | BIGGEST MOVER — two weeks

THIS WEEK’S TOP TEN
10. Maroon 5 – Don’t Wanna Know (10) | PEAK: #10
09. Calum Scott – Dancing On My Own (09) | PEAK: #09
08. Captain Cuts featuring Nateur – Love Like We Used To (08) | PEAK: #08
07. Train – Play That Song (06) | PEAK: #06
06. Andrew McMahon In The Wilderness – Fire Escape (04) | PEAK: #04
05. Adele – Water Under The Bridge (07) | PEAK: #05
04. Sting – I Can’t Stop Thinking About You (05) | PEAK: #04
03. Emeli Sandé – Hurts (02) | PEAK: #02
02. Niall Horan – This Town (03) | PEAK: #02
01. James TW – When You Love Someone (01) | PEAK: #01 for seven weeks

Top 10 Next In Line:
1. Tom Chaplin – Quicksand (1)
2. Stevie Wonder featuring Ariana Grande – Faith (3)
3. Grace VanderWaal – I Don’t Know My Name (5)
4. Gabrielle Aplin – Miss You (4)
5. Bobby Bazini – C’est La Vie (2)
6. Phantogram – Same Old Blues (6)
7. Jukebox The Ghost – Keys In The Car (Live) (7)
8. DNCE – Truthfully (-)
9. OneRepublic – Let’s Hurt Tonight (-)
10. Anna Kendrick & Justin Timberlake – True Colors (8)

In The Mix:
Britney Spears featuring Tinashe – Slumber Party
Calum Scott – Rhythm Inside
Coldplay – Everglow
James Hersey – Miss You
Lolo – Shine
MAGIC! – No Regrets
Måns Zelmerlöw – Glorious
Matt Nathanson – Bill Murray
Olly Murs – Grow Up
Ricky Reed – Express Myself
Ryan Corn – The Pressure
Seeb featuring Jacob Banks – What Do You Love

Chart Notes:

  • On the chart dated June 19, the first singles from the latest albums by Bastille and Passenger debuted on my chart. At #31 was the former group’s “Good Grief”, while the latter singer’s “Somebody’s Love” leaped in at #29. Well, those two acts have a second battle in the works, as their next U.S. radio singles both debut this week, albeit lower than the June entries. Coming in at #36 is Passenger‘s “Anywhere”, which goes for Triple A adds on January 30, while Bastille‘s “Blame” is at #40, and it goes for Alternative adds on January 17. Who will be the winner of round two? Stay tuned.
  • Unconfirmed next singles from DNCE and OneRepublic take their spots in the Next In Line this week, but the two songs in question are already receiving some airplay in several prominent radio markets. Grace VanderWaal and the collaboration from Stevie Wonder and Ariana Grande may try for top 40 status next week. We’ll see how they do!
  • For the first time since 2011, it appears there will be no Christmas or other holiday-related songs making the weekly chart. At least it was a good run! The biggest seasonal song to reach my survey during this period was Kelly Clarkson‘s “Underneath The Tree”, which hit #12 in late 2013.

(See my full chart on Crownnote)

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ADAM’S TOP 40 FLASHBACK: December 3, 2006

One word says it all.

From “Boston” to Chart Land…

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 December 3, 2006…

Debuts:
39. REGINA SPEKTOR, “Fidelity”
38. ELTON JOHN, “Tinderbox”
35. AVRIL LAVIGNE, “Keep Holding On”
34. RELIENT K, “Must Have Done Something Right”

Biggest Mover(s):
JOHN MAYER, “Belief” (26-18, eight spots)

10. SNOW PATROL, “Chasing Cars” (down 3)
Album: Eyes Open (2006, A&M/Interscope Records)
Peak: #1 for four weeks

09. NICKELBACK, “Far Away” (down 4)
Album: All The Right Reasons (2005, Roadrunner Records/Island Def Jam Music Group)
Peak: #1 for one week

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

07. FIVE FOR FIGHTING, “World” (up 4)
Album: Two Lights (2006, Aware/Columbia Records)
Peak: #1 for three weeks

06. CHRISTINA AGUILERA, “Hurt” (up 2)
Album: Back To Basics (2006, RCA Records)
Peak: #5 for four weeks

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

04. JOHN MAYER, “Waiting On The World To Change” (steady, second week)
Album: Continuum (2006, Aware/Columbia Records)
Peak: #1 for four weeks

03. DANIEL POWTER, “Love You Lately” (down 1)
Album: Daniel Powter (re-release) (2006, Warner Bros. Records)
Peak: #2 for seven weeks

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

01. ROB THOMAS, “Streetcorner Symphony” (up 3)
Album: …Something To Be (2005, Atlantic Records)
Peak: #1 for one week

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 December 2, 2016

Who hits, who flops, who tells your (chart) story?

Chart history has its eyes on you.

When it comes to the album chart, we have so many questions. Will it be a December to remember for new releases? Who’s going to surprise us with a new set? Will 2016’s Christmas albums ho-ho-hold the buying public’s attention and zoom to the top? I don’t have the answers to everything, but I do know this: here are the week’s notable album and single releases!

VARIOUS ARTISTS — The Hamilton Mixtape (iTunes)
Hamilton remains one of the most popular shows on Broadway, and this new set, featuring popular acts remaking songs from the original soundtrack, wants to be elected the president of the pop charts next week. Kelly Clarkson‘s take of “It’s Quiet Uptown” is charting in the lower rungs of the Hot AC chart. While it remains to be seen if these covers from Hamilton will chart as well as a musical like Hair‘s did, with four making the Hot 100’s top ten in 1969, the overall set is sure to be a winner with many.

JOHN LEGEND — Darkness And Light (iTunes)
You can find this performer on the above release, or you can check out his latest studio album this week. While radio shows him a little “Love”, as “Love Me Now” charts at multiple formats, the buying public should as well. Expect a debut somewhere in the top five on the Billboard 200, much like his other solo studio efforts.

THE ROLLING STONES — Blue & Lonesome (iTunes)
The Stones are the Stones, and even a full covers album is going to sell for the legendary rock group. “Just Your Fool” is receiving some minor airplay at the Triple A format. You’ll probably find this in the top ten, with the upper demo driving much of the total.

More albums out this week: Childish Gambino‘s “Awaken, My Love!” (iTunes), deadmau5‘s W:/2016ALBUM/ (iTunes), Kane Brown‘s Kane Brown (iTunes), Hairspray Live! (Soundtrack) (iTunes)

More EPs out this week: Grace VanderWaal‘s Perfectly Imperfect (iTunes), Matt Woods‘s Ain’t No Use (iTunes), Wanderer‘s C I T Y (iTunes)

New digital-only singles that you can buy this week include:
“Able”, Pharrell Williams (iTunes)
“Advice”, Kehlani (iTunes)
“Alone”, Alan Walker (iTunes)
“Angel By The Wings”, Sia (iTunes)
“Blue Christmas”, The Lumineers (iTunes)
“Can’t Take My Eyes Off You”, Jessie J (iTunes)
“Christmas Everyday”, Simple Plan (iTunes)
“Driving Home For Christmas”, The Beach (iTunes)
“From The Other Side Of The World”, Sara Hartman (iTunes)
“Get Closer”, XYLØ (iTunes)
“Good Die Young”, Molly Kate Kestner (iTunes)
“Hallelujah”, Tori Kelly (iTunes)
“Hung Up”, Tritonal + SJ featuring Emma Gatsby (iTunes)
“I Know A Place”, MUNA (iTunes)
“Leave”, Post Malone (iTunes)
“Levitate”, Imagine Dragons (iTunes)
“Sad”, Adam Friedman (iTunes)
“Vacay”, Jake Troth (iTunes)
“War Paint”, BRUNS (iTunes)
“We Kept The Lights On”, Milo Greene (iTunes)
“Working Girl”, Train (iTunes)

We’ll see you next week for new releases from J. Cole, Post Malone and more. Listen to the PGTC Friday Faves list on Spotify!

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RECORD REWIND: PGTC Picks, 11/20 – 11/26

Record Rewind - November 27, 2016

Our new Record Rewind is about highlighting the top new songs that you may have missed, or should discover, from many of my favorite independent acts out there. If you like what you see, let me know what you think!

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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BRUNO MAJOR – “Easily” (iTunes) (Spotify)
Major’s latest single is off to a quick launch at Spotify, where it was added on several prominent New Music Friday playlists. For all you Rewind readers out there, you know how much I like his voice and writing style, so I’d easily recommend a listen to his catalog.

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LEX LOW – “Drifting” (iTunes) (Spotify)
It’s been a moment since we’ve heard from this performer, but he has a number of reposts on my SoundCloud feed to date. His EP Mystery was released almost exactly a year ago, and it’s a solid effort overall. His new 80’s R&B-influenced song is a real cool tune.

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SAD PALACE – “Breeze” (iTunes) (Spotify)
This is the first time on the Rewind for this English band, who released their first single, “Rainbow Melt”, a little over a month ago. I think there’s more reason to be happy than Sad, but a name is a name. Their groovy and energetic Alternative sound is promising.

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THE NIGHT CAFÉ – “You Change With The Seasons” (iTunes) (Spotify)
“Change” can be a good thing, but when it comes to these four Liverpool guys, they certainly haven’t changed my opinion of all that great music they’ve been creating. Their new track, a mellow indie rock standout this week, will continue to do well through the fall.

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For more great new music, these tunes are worth a listen…
ALEXANDERSON – “Issues” (SoundCloud)

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Highlights from Adam’s Top 40: November 27, 2016

"Someone" new at the top.

More “Love” to close out the chart year.

DEBUTS
40. Martin Luke Brown – Shadow & Light
39. Julia Brennan – Inner Demons | HIGHEST DEBUT

TOP GAINERS
32. Daya – Words (37)
31. Milky Chance – Cocoon (38)
24. Kelly Clarkson – It’s Quiet Uptown (29)
19. John Mayer – Love On The Weekend (27) | BIGGEST MOVER
(see #8 below)

THIS WEEK’S TOP TEN
10. Maroon 5 – Don’t Wanna Know (11) | PEAK: #10
09. Calum Scott – Dancing On My Own (12) | PEAK: #09
08. Captain Cuts featuring Nateur – Love Like We Used To (14) | PEAK: #08
07. Adele – Water Under The Bridge (07) | PEAK: #07
06. Train – Play That Song (06) | PEAK: #06
05. Sting – I Can’t Stop Thinking About You (05) | PEAK: #05
04. Andrew McMahon In The Wilderness – Fire Escape (04) | PEAK: #04
03. Niall Horan – This Town (03) | PEAK: #03
02. Emeli Sandé – Hurts (02) | PEAK: #02
01. James TW – When You Love Someone (01) | PEAK: #01 for six weeks

Top 10 Next In Line:
1. Tom Chaplin – Quicksand (1)
2. Bobby Bazini – C’est La Vie (4)
3. Stevie Wonder featuring Ariana Grande – Faith (8)
4. Gabrielle Aplin – Miss You (7)
5. Grace VanderWaal – I Don’t Know My Name (10)
6. Phantogram – Same Old Blues (9)
7. Jukebox The Ghost – Keys In The Car (Live) (-)
8. Anna Kendrick & Justin Timberlake – True Colors (-)
9. Lolo – Shine (-)
10. Britney Spears featuring Tinashe – Slumber Party (-)

In The Mix:
Calum Scott – Rhythm Inside (new)
Coldplay – Everglow
DNCE – Truthfully (new)
Jacob Whitesides – Focus
James Hersey – Miss You
MAGIC! – No Regrets
Måns Zelmerlöw – Glorious (new)
Matt Nathanson – Bill Murray (new)
matt pond PA – Whoa
Olly Murs – Grow Up
OneRepublic – Let’s Hurt Tonight (new)
Passenger – When We Were Young
Ricky Reed – Express Myself
Ryan Corn – The Pressure (new)
Seeb featuring Jacob Banks – What Do You Love

Chart Notes:

  • This week’s Highest Debut is by a newcomer, Minnesota native Julia Brennan. She’s new at #39 with “Inner Demons”. It’s been a big year for Brennan, who recently signed to Columbia Records after her song was aired (and now, added) on KDWB, the influential CHR/Top 40 station in the Minneapolis area. “Demons” has also been spun during specialty programming on SiriusXM station The Pulse.
  • London singer Martin Luke Brown has his fifth top 40 entry on my chart with “Shadow & Light”, illuminating at #40. His biggest chart hit so far is “Nostalgia”, which reached #7. Though he’s back to independent status, Brown continues to make a lot of great (and meaningful) songs.
  • That’s it for the 2016 Chart Year, and what a year it’s been. Check back for more details on my Top 100 of 2016 soon!

(See my full chart on Crownnote)

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