RECORD REWIND: PGTC Picks, 8/21 – 8/27

Record Rewind - August 28, 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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CAPE CUB – “All I Need” (iTunes) (Spotify)
It’s amazing to have a new song from Chad Male, who released his Closer EP back in the spring. That set yielded great singles like “Keep Me In Mind” and “Swim”. His return marks a fuller sound and more of a new wave sensibility, one that fits with the singer.

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FLETCHER – “Wasted Youth” (iTunes) (Spotify)
She’s a queen of streams, and she’s back where she belongs: on your favorite Spotify New Music Friday playlist. Leaping towards a total of 42 million plays at the service, her latest single is perhaps her best since “War Paint”. It’s certainly not a wasted release.

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GOLDEN COAST – “Recess” (iTunes) (Spotify)
Do you ever wish you were back on the swings or the monkey bars, reliving the joy of being young again? The Los Angeles duo of Denny White and Steven Mudd want to take you out of the darkness and onto this pop playground. I hope this slides onto radio.

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PHANGS – “Cul De Sac” (iTunes) (Spotify)
From leading the Cardboard Kids to debuting his new solo project, Jake Germany has plenty of sounds to make the rounds. That consistent output provides us with another cool single. His song title might be a dead-end street, but his career is one open road.

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ROYAL TONGUES – “Overdose” (iTunes) (Spotify)
The boys from Buffalo, Aaron Bonus and Justin Gammella, are back with their first new release in nearly four months. In May, it was “Oblivion”. Now, sticking with the “O” titles, their prescription for energetic production and indie pop goodness will heal all.

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THE NEW COAST – “Slow Down” (iTunes)
We last heard from Nick Blyth and Chris Cheater earlier this year, when “Lost In Your Love” had its debut on blogs and playlists. Their Paraga Beach EP comes out November 4, but given these two great tracks, the other half of the EP should be just as solid.

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YOUNG SUMMER – “Fallout” (iTunes) (Spotify)
At this point, you know I’m excited about the upcoming EP from Bobbie Allen. Each cut released so far is different musically, and I can’t wait to hear the full thing. She released this lush ballad earlier this week, soothing with its dulcet tones and pretty melody.

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For more new music, these tunes are worth a listen…
KIAH VICTORIA – “Hollow” (SoundCloud)
MYZICA featuring EZRA CAREY – “Drive” (SoundCloud)
TRUITT – “Fallback” (SoundCloud)

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Highlights from Adam’s Top 40: August 28, 2016

11 at the 1.

“Blocks” is a lock for #1 again.

DEBUTS
40. Kenny Chesney featuring P!nk – Setting The World On Fire
39. Cody Fry – Go
38. James TW – When You Love Someone | HIGHEST DEBUT

TOP GAINERS
35. Bon Jovi – This House Is Not For Sale (40)
29. The Griswolds – Out Of My Head (35)
27. Michael Bublé – Nobody But Me (39) | BIGGEST MOVER
26. Saint Motel – Move (31)
23. OneRepublic – Kids (28)

THIS WEEK’S TOP TEN
10. Katy Perry – Rise (12) | PEAK: #10
09. Britney Spears featuring G-Eazy – Make Me… (10) | PEAK: #09
08. Ingrid Michaelson – Hell No (07) | PEAK: #04
07. Justin Timberlake – Can’t Stop The Feeling (06) | PEAK: #01 for five weeks
06. Troye Sivan featuring Alessia Cara – Wild (08) | PEAK: #06
05. Phantogram – You Don’t Get Me High Anymore (05) | PEAK: #05
04. Bastille – Good Grief (03) | PEAK: #01 for three weeks
03. Passenger – Somebody’s Love (02) | PEAK: #01 for one week
02. Shawn Mendes – Treat You Better (04) | PEAK: #02
01. Wrabel – 11 Blocks (01) | PEAK: #01 for two weeks

Top 10 Next In Line:
1. Jordan Fisher – Lookin’ Like That (-)
2. Tegan And Sara – Stop Desire (4)
3. COIN – Talk Too Much (2)
4. Judah & The Lion – Take It All Back (5)
5. Ellie Goulding – Still Falling For You (-)
6. The Score – Unstoppable (10)
7. Tom Chaplin – Hardened Heart (9)
8. AURORA – I Went Too Far (8)
9. Nick Fradiani – All On You (-)
10. The Strumbellas – We Don’t Know (-)

In The Mix:
Adele – Water Under The Bridge
Astrid S – Hurts So Good (new)
Barns Courtney – Glitter & Gold
Calum Scott – Dancing On My Own
Idina Menzel – Queen Of Swords
JoJo – No Apologies
Joshua Radin – High & Low
KT Tunstall – Maybe It’s A Good Thing
Matt Simons – Lose Control (new)
New District – Ain’t Got Money
Norah Jones – Carry On
Olly Murs – You Don’t Know Love
Tom Chaplin – Quicksand (new)
Tyler Glenn – Shameless

Chart Notes:

  • The week’s Highest Debut is from 18-year-old singer/songwriter James Taylor-Watts, better known as James TW. New at #38, “When You Love Someone” marks his first time on my chart. The original version is on his EP First Impressions, and a new acoustic mix is available as a stand-alone single. It’s been a moment since James Taylor was on my chart; his last song to reach my top 40 was “It’s Growing”, which went to #25 for two weeks in late 2008.
  • Nashville newcomer Cody Fry makes my top 40 at #39 with his single “Go”. He appeared as a contestant on American Idol in 2015. You can catch Fry playing in Ben Rector‘s band on his The Biggest Tour I Have Done So Far Tour, which goes into the fall. We’ll see if he can beat Rector’s #5 peak for “Brand New” from earlier this year.
  • Finally, at #40, is a big hit from the Country radio listing. Looking to crossover to the pop world, it’s “Setting The World On Fire” by Kenny Chesney, which features P!nk. It’s Chesney’s second single to reach my chart; “Somewhere With You” hit #23 for two weeks in 2011. His Cosmic Hallelujah album is due October 28.

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ADAM’S TOP 40 FLASHBACK: August 25, 2002

"Just A" touch of 2002.

“Just A Little” touch of 2002.

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 fourteen years and find out what was topping my chart for the week of August 25, 2002…

Debuts:
40. SAMANTHA MUMBA, “I’m Right Here”
39. AMANDA LATONA, “Can’t Take It Back”
36. CAM’RON featuring JUELZ SANTANA, FREEKEY ZEEKEY and TOYA, “Hey Ma”
32. NICK CARTER, “Help Me”

Biggest Mover(s):
JUSTIN TIMBERLAKE, “Like I Love You” (33-18, fifteen spots)

10. BRYAN ADAMS, “Here I Am” (down 4)
Album: Spirit: Stallion Of The Cimarron (2002, A&M/Interscope Records)
Peak: #1 for two weeks

09. NELLY featuring KELLY ROWLAND, “Dilemma” (down 5)
Album: Nellyville (2002, Fo’ Reel/Universal Records)
Peak: #4 for two weeks

08. ELVIS PRESLEY vs. JXL, “A Little Less Conversation” (up 2)
Album: ELV1S: 30 #1 Hits (2002, RCA Records)
Peak: #7

07. BBMAK, “Out Of My Heart (Into Your Head)” (steady, second week)
Album: Into Your Head (2002, Hollywood Records)
Peak: #7 for two weeks

06. DANIEL BEDINGFIELD, “Gotta Get Thru This” (up 1)
Album: Gotta Get Thru This (2002, Island Records)
Peak: #1 for three weeks

05. AMY STUDT, “Just A Little Girl” (up 6)
Album: False Smiles (2003, 19/Universal Records)
Peak: #1 for one week

04. OUR LADY PEACE, “Somewhere Out There” (up 1)
Album: Gravity (2002, Columbia Records)
Peak: #2

03. VANESSA CARLTON, “Ordinary Day” (down 2)
Album: Be Not Nobody (2002, A&M/Interscope Records)
Peak: #1 for two weeks

02. PINK, “Just Like A Pill” (up 1)
Album: M!ssundaztood (2001, Arista Records)
Peak: #2

01. MICHELLE BRANCH, “Goodbye To You” (up 1)
Album: The Spirit Room (2001, Maverick/Warner Bros. Records)
Peak: #1 for two weeks

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NEW MUSIC FRIDAY: Releases For The Week of August 26, 2016

Keep tabs on Babs.

Keep tabs on Babs.

The old and the new converge on this last New Music Friday of August, and there’s plenty of time to sample all of that late summer rush of music. The question is, who will you listen to first? Here are the notable albums and singles released this week:

  • BARBRA STREISAND — Encore: Movie Partners Sing Broadway (iTunes)
    • Several of the titles in this week’s report could end up at #1 on the Billboard 200 next week, with this new set of duets from the legendary Streisand and friends looking like it might follow 2014’s Partners to the top of the chart. She’ll be on The Tonight Show later this evening to promote the album with a performance featuring actor Alec Baldwin.
  • FLORIDA GEORGIA LINE — Dig Your Roots (iTunes)
    • The popular male duo has a crossover hit in “H.O.L.Y.”, a recent #1 on the Country radio chart that currently sits just under the top 20 at Hot AC radio, with “May We All” now racing up the top 40 at their core format. The set will likely have a solid first week, but will probably be under what 2014’s Anything Goes did in its debut frame.
  • BRITNEY SPEARS — Glory (iTunes)
    • After 2013’s Britney Jean and a series of radio singles failed to make a lasting impact on the charts, the superstar has a chance to reclaim her former chart glory with her ninth studio album. It’s led by “Make Me…”, a recent top 20 song on the CHR/Top 40 radio chart.
  • INGRID MICHAELSON — It Doesn’t Have To Make Sense (iTunes)
    • As “Hell No” remains in the top 20 on Hot AC radio, Michaelson is out with her seventh studio album. She’s hit a high of #5 on the Billboard 200 with her previous two releases. Can she make it three in a row?
  • CARLY RAE JEPSEN — E•MO•TION: Side B (iTunes)
    • Are we worthy of another pop music treasure? This set commemorates the first anniversary of E•MO•TION, released worldwide on August 21 of last year. It’s sure to be another fun listen.
  • More albums out this week: Banks & Steelz‘s Anything But Words (iTunes), Butch Walker‘s Stay Gold (iTunes), Cassius‘s Ibifornia (iTunes), Celine Dion‘s Encore Un Soir (iTunes), CNCO‘s Primera Cita (iTunes), DREAMERS‘s This Album Does Not Exist (iTunes), Futuristic‘s As Seen On The Internet (iTunes), Glass Animals‘s How To Be A Human Being (iTunes), Tesla‘s Mechanical Resonance (Live) (iTunes), Unspoken‘s Follow Through (iTunes), Young Thug‘s No, My Name Is JEFFREY (iTunes), XOXO (TV Soundtrack) (iTunes)
  • More EPs out this week: Prophets Of Rage‘s The Party’s Over (iTunes)

New digital-only singles that you can buy this week include:

  • “Atlantis”, Bridgit Mendler featuring Kaiydo (iTunes)
  • “Crazy”, James TW (iTunes)
  • “Homeland”, Chord Overstreet (iTunes)
  • “Hurt Like Hell”, The Heydaze (iTunes)
  • “La La”, Laura Marano (iTunes)
  • “Lose Control”, Matt Simons (iTunes)
  • “Nobody Better”, Jakubi (iTunes)
  • “Perfect Story”, Idina Menzel (iTunes)
  • “Quicksand”, Tom Chaplin (iTunes)
  • “Rhythm & Blues”, The Head And The Heart (iTunes)
  • “Something Wrong”, Timeflies (iTunes)
  • “Tag Team”, Lawrence Taylor (iTunes)
  • “Traumatized”, Grouplove (iTunes)
  • “Wish That You Were Here”, Florence + The Machine (iTunes)

We’ll see you next week for new releases from A Day To Remember, Dagny, James Vincent McMorrow and more.

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RECORD REWIND: PGTC Picks, 8/14 – 8/20

Record Rewind - August 21, 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 – “Wouldn’t Mean A Thing” (iTunes) (Spotify)
Major’s delightfully retro-tinged ballad got some, well, major looks on iTunes and Spotify upon its wide release a few days ago. I think it’ll continue to grow nicely. Though it isn’t his first release to date, it’s certainly an exciting moment for the London singer.


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CASTLECOMER – “Judy” (iTunes) (Spotify)
I’ve reposted a number of songs from this Australia quintet in the past; my favorites include “Fire Alarm” and “The Noise”. Their latest single is another indie rock gem with a catchy chorus. It may even have sync potential down the line. So, get to rocking out!

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CHRIS JAMISON – “Truth” (iTunes) (Spotify)
Jamison was a finalist on The Voice in the fall of 2014, and his super soulful EP I Am Chris Jamison is a smooth reminder of that great artistry he showcased on the program. “Better Man” is on the radio in his hometown, but the production on “Truth” is hot.

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KATELYN TARVER – “Planez” (iTunes) (Spotify)
Last year, Tarver achieved a notable SoundCloud breakout with cuts like “Nobody Like You” and “Weekend Millionaires”. You’ll find that the latter hit had a proper digital release earlier this summer. Her new cover song soars high into the pop stratosphere.

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KEVIN GARRETT – “Precious” (iTunes) (Spotify)
It’s no secret that Garrett has jams for days, and the New York performer, who defines his sound as “odd soul”, has another tune to make you swoon. Exquisitely executed, this release has a great hook and solid build that pulls you in. I can’t wait to hear more.

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For more new music, these tunes are worth a listen…
HUDSON SCOTT – “Get Down” (SoundCloud)
TIM ATLAS – “The Other Side” (SoundCloud)
WAVE & ROME – “Strangers (Acoustic)” (SoundCloud)

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Highlights from Adam’s Top 40: August 21, 2016

11 at the 1.

Willing and Wrabel.

DEBUTS
40. Bon Jovi – This House Is Not For Sale
39. Michael Bublé – Nobody But Me | HIGHEST DEBUT

TOP GAINERS
31. Saint Motel – Move (38)
28. OneRepublic – Kids (36) | BIGGEST MOVER
22. Colbie Caillat – Goldmine (27)

THIS WEEK’S TOP TEN
10. Britney Spears featuring G-Eazy – Make Me… (11) | PEAK: #10
09. LÉON – Tired Of Talking (10) | PEAK: #09
08. Troye Sivan featuring Alessia Cara – Wild (12) | PEAK: #08
07. Ingrid Michaelson – Hell No (05) | PEAK: #04
06. Justin Timberlake – Can’t Stop The Feeling (07) | PEAK: #01 for five weeks
05. Phantogram – You Don’t Get Me High Anymore (06) | PEAK: #05
04. Shawn Mendes – Treat You Better (04) | PEAK: #04
03. Bastille – Good Grief (02) | PEAK: #01 for three weeks
02. Passenger – Somebody’s Love (01) | PEAK: #01 for one week
01. Wrabel – 11 Blocks (03) | PEAK: #01 for one week | NEW #1

Top 10 Next In Line:
1. James TW – When You Love Someone (1)
2. COIN – Talk Too Much (2)
3. Kenny Chesney featuring P!nk – Setting The World On Fire (4)
4. Tegan And Sara – Stop Desire (6)
5. Judah & The Lion – Take It All Back (5)
6. Hailey Knox – Geeks (3)
7. Cody Fry – Go (9)
8. AURORA – I Went Too Far (8)
9. Tom Chaplin – Hardened Heart (-)
10. The Score – Unstoppable (-)

In The Mix:
Adele – Water Under The Bridge
Barns Courtney – Glitter & Gold (new)
Calum Scott – Dancing On My Own (new)
Ellie Goulding – Still Falling For You (new)
Idina Menzel – Queen Of Swords (new)
JoJo – No Apologies
Jordan Fisher – Lookin’ Like That (new)
Joshua Radin – High & Low
KT Tunstall – Maybe It’s A Good Thing
Marc Scibilia – Believer
New District – Ain’t Got Money
Nick Fradiani – All On You
Norah Jones – Carry On
Olly Murs – You Don’t Know Love
The Strumbellas – We Don’t Know
Tyler Glenn – Shameless

Chart Notes:

  • Climbing from 3-1 this week, Wrabel has the new #1 song on my countdown with “11 Blocks”. It’s his first time at the top. A steady set of gains also puts him in the top 20 on Hot AC radio, recently securing additional airplay thanks to iHeartMedia’s On The Verge program. Chart fact, anyone? This is the first time a song title containing a number matches the same amount of weeks it took said song to reach #1 on my survey. Weird? Cool? Perhaps a little of both. Way to go!
  • This week’s Highest Debut marks the return of Canada’s Michael Bublé. He enters at #39 with “Nobody But Me”, the title track from his forthcoming set. Bublé has been to #1 four times on my chart: 2007’s “Everything” started it off, followed by 2009’s “Haven’t Met You Yet”, 2010’s “Hollywood” and 2013’s “It’s A Beautiful Day”. Combined, those chart hits totaled 15 weeks at the top. Is he due for more later this year? We’ll see.
  • The week’s second debut marks another return to the chart, this one for legendary rockers Bon Jovi. At #40, they come in with “This House Is Not For Sale”, the title song from their forthcoming album. The New Jersey band was last in the top 40 three years ago with “Because We Can”, which peaked at #14.

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ADAM’S TOP 40 FLASHBACK: August 24, 2003

"Take" a trip back to 2003.

“Take” a trip back to 2003.

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 thirteen years and find out what was topping my chart for the week of August 24, 2003…

Debuts:
40. JEWEL, “Stand”
38. SIMPLE PLAN, “Perfect”
36. JUSTIN TIMBERLAKE, “I’m Lovin’ It”
30. MANDY MOORE, “Have A Little Faith In Me”

Biggest Mover(s):
GAVIN DEGRAW, “Follow Through” (36-25, eleven spots)

10. 3 DOORS DOWN, “Here Without You” (steady, second week)
Album: Away From The Sun (2002, Universal Republic Records)
Peak: #4

09. SANTANA featuring ALEX BAND or CHAD KROEGER, “Why Don’t You & I” (down 1)
Album: Shaman (2002, Arista Records)
Peak: #2 for four weeks

08. FEFE DOBSON, “Take Me Away” (up 1)
Album: Fefe Dobson (2003, Island Def Jam Records)
Peak: #7

07. VERTICAL HORIZON, “I’m Still Here” (steady, second week)
Album: Go (2003, RCA Records)
Peak: #5 for two weeks

06. LIVE, “Heaven” (down 3)
Album: Birds Of Pray (2003, Radioactive/Geffen Records)
Peak: #3

05. CHRISTINA AGUILERA featuring LIL’ KIM, “Can’t Hold Us Down” (steady, second week)
Album: Stripped (2002, RCA Records)
Peak: #3 for two weeks

04. MAROON 5, “Harder To Breathe” (up 2)
Album: Songs About Jane (2002, Octone Records)
Peak: #2 for five weeks

03. FOUNTAINS OF WAYNE, “Stacy’s Mom” (up 1)
Album: Welcome Interstate Managers (2003, S-Curve/EMI Records)
Peak: #1 for six weeks

02. HILARY DUFF, “So Yesterday” (steady, third week)
Album: Metamorphosis (2003, Buena Vista/Hollywood Records)
Peak: #2 for three weeks

01. JOHN MAYER, “Bigger Than My Body” (steady, third week)
Album: Heavier Things (2003, Aware/Columbia Records)
Peak: #1 for six 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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