RECORD REWIND: PGTC Picks, 7/17 – 7/23

Record Rewind - July 24, 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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BEST NIGHT EVER – “Fire Me Up” (iTunes) (Spotify)
Tropical vibes for a cause? Yes, it’s true. The Trevor Project (U.S.) and Kids Help Phone (Canada) are earning the proceeds from sales and streams of this song. So, feel good about digging that summery sound, and feel better knowing that kids are aided by it.


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KNGDAVD – “Say My Name” (iTunes) (Spotify)
They may be lacking a few vowels in their name, but this New York City duo makes up for it with some punchy pop songs that will get you energized. Their latest tune sounds like a sync waiting to happen; don’t be surprised if you hear it on TV soon. Get into it!

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LAVOY – “Smile” (iTunes) (Spotify)
Though they released their first EP two years ago, it wasn’t until earlier this week that I discovered this Spokane quintet and that nostalgic 80’s pop influence shining like a sunny afternoon. If you’re looking for a song that will perk you up, this is a great listen.

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PIERRE STEMMETT – “No Sweat”
Stemmett’s been on my radar since last year, when he uploaded a single called “Sleep Anthem”. So, if you’ve been sleeping on the South African singer up until now, you should probably take a listen to his tropical pop jam. “No” leads his upcoming EP, Outset.

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STEFAN ALEXANDER – “Skeleton” (iTunes) (Spotify)
Making a good first impression with his debut single, Alexander searches through the shadows of a love gone wrong to find a way to begin anew in this dark cut. Early contender for a new Halloween playlist? I think so. I’m looking forward to more of his songs.

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THE ELECTRIC SONS – “Cool”
Last year, I discovered a handful of great tracks from this Atlanta band, including “Into The Night” and “Tell Me What To Say”. It takes good timing to release a single called “Cool” during a major heat wave, and that electropop goodness is some needed relief.

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YOUNG SUMMER – “Paused Parade” (iTunes) (Spotify)
Earlier this month, I featured “Alright” from this D.C. singer in the Rewind. Now, musical chameleon Bobbie Allen returns with a light piece of pleasurable pop, influenced by jazz elements. If a picture of a summer day came alive, it would sound like this track.

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For more new music, these tunes are worth a listen…
ANNA MAE – “Just Watch” (SoundCloud)
JAMES DELANEY – “Please Don’t Go” (SoundCloud)
STALGIA – “In The Trees” (SoundCloud)
SVRCINA – “Island” (SoundCloud)

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Highlights from Adam’s Top 40: July 24, 2016

All "Good" at #1.

All “Good” at #1.

DEBUTS
40. Mary Lambert – Hang Out With You
39. Gavin DeGraw – She Sets The City On Fire
32. Grouplove – Welcome To Your Life | HIGHEST DEBUT

TOP GAINERS
33. Nathan Sykes – Give It Up (38)
31. Kungs vs. Cookin’ On 3 Burners – This Girl (36)
30. Katy Perry – Rise (39)
24. Britney Spears featuring G-Eazy – Make Me… (35) | BIGGEST MOVER
17. Phantogram – You Don’t Get Me High Anymore (22)
07. Wrabel – 11 Blocks (13)

THIS WEEK’S TOP TEN
10. P!nk – Just Like Fire (07) | PEAK: #03
09. American Authors – What We Live For (11) | PEAK: #09
08. Shawn Mendes – Treat You Better (12) | PEAK: #08
07. Wrabel – 11 Blocks (13) | PEAK: #07
06. Adele – Send My Love (To Your New Lover) (06) | PEAK: #01 for two weeks
05. Ingrid Michaelson – Hell No (05) | PEAK: #05
04. Passenger – Somebody’s Love (04) | PEAK: #04
03. Jordan Fisher – All About Us (01) | PEAK: #01 for one week
02. Justin Timberlake – Can’t Stop The Feeling (02) | PEAK: #01 for five weeks
01. Bastille – Good Grief (03) | PEAK: #01 for one week | NEW #1

Top 10 Next In Line:
1. Adam Friedman featuring Mike Posner – Lemonade (2)
2. Weathers – Happy Pills (3)
3. High Dive Heart – Misfit (7)
4. The Wind + The Wave – Grand Canyon (4)
5. Hailey Knox – Geeks (8)
6. Miike Snow – My Trigger (10)
7. MAGIC! – Red Dress (-)
8. O.A.R. – I Go Through (-)
9. James TW – When You Love Someone (-)
10. X Ambassadors featuring Jamie N Commons – Low Life (9)

In The Mix:
AURORA – I Went Too Far (new)
Bronze Radio Return – Only Temporary
COIN – Talk Too Much
Olly Murs – You Don’t Know Love
Stanaj – Romantic

Chart Notes:

  • There’s a familiar name taking the throne on my personal chart. The London quartet Bastille has their third #1 single with “Good Grief”, which climbs 3-1 in its sixth week in the countdown. It’s taken from their upcoming album Wild World, which is released on September 9. (You’ll find that release date to be a common one in this week’s notes.) Their previous #1 songs were 2013’s “Pompeii” and 2014’s “Of The Night”, which each spent two weeks at the top. We’ll see if this can get to three.
  • This week’s Highest Debut is a new hit for the Los Angeles act called Grouplove. “Welcome To Your Life” comes in at #32. It leads their forthcoming third album, Big Mess, due on September 9. It was four years ago this month that “Tongue Tied” led my chart for two weeks. Though they’ve hit the top five a couple of times since that single, they haven’t been back to the top spot. Will this be the song to do it? Stay tuned.
  • In the fall of 2003, singer/songwriter Gavin DeGraw scored his first top 40 hit on my chart with “Follow Through”. It hit a peak of #11. This week, his new single enters the top 40 at #39. It’s “She Sets The City On Fire”, featured on the upcoming album Something Worth Saving, due September 9. DeGraw’s biggest hit on my chart remains “Chariot”, which reached #2 in 2005.
  • Finally, at #40, is Seattle singer Mary Lambert and “Hang Out With You”. It’s her first single to be released since her exit from Capitol Records earlier this year. (She’s now under the independent Tender Heart label.) In 2014, “Secrets” got to #8 on my chart, the only charting song from the Heart On My Sleeve album.

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ADAM’S TOP 40 FLASHBACK: July 22, 2007

Roaming in the chart "World".

Roaming in the chart “World”.

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 nine years and find out what was topping my chart for the week of July 22, 2007…

Debuts:
39. SILVERCHAIR, “Straight Lines”
36. DAUGHTRY, “Over You”
17. MATCHBOX TWENTY, “How Far We’ve Come”

Biggest Mover(s):
MATT NATHANSON, “Car Crash” (22-14, eight spots)

10. DBCLIFFORD, “Don’t Wanna” (down 3)
Album: Recyclable (2007, Sony BMG Records – Canada)
Peak: #2 for three weeks

09. DARREN HAYES, “On The Verge Of Something Wonderful” (up 3)
Album: This Delicate Thing We’ve Made (2007, Powdered Sugar Records)
Peak: #2 for three weeks

08. BOYS LIKE GIRLS, “The Great Escape” (up 3)
Album: Boys Like Girls (2007, Columbia Records)
Peak: #3 for three weeks

07. JAMES MORRISON, “Wonderful World” (up 1)
Album: Undiscovered (2007, Polydor/Interscope Records)
Peak: #7

06. BRANDI CARLILE, “The Story” (down 2)
Album: The Story (2007, Columbia Records)
Peak: #3 for two weeks

05. MICHAEL BUBLÉ, “Everything” (down 3)
Album: Call Me Irresponsible (2007, 143/Reprise Records)
Peak: #1 for four weeks

04. AMY WINEHOUSE, “Rehab” (down 3)
Album: Back To Black (2007, Universal Republic Records)
Peak: #1 for one week

03. ROZ BELL, “Yesterday Man” (steady, second week)
Album: The First Sunbeams (2007, Universal Records – Canada)
Peak: #2 for three weeks

02. LIFEHOUSE, “First Time” (up 3)
Album: Who We Are (2007, Geffen Records)
Peak: #2

01. EMERSON HART, “If You’re Gonna Leave” (up 5)
Album: Cigarettes And Gasoline (2007, Manhattan Records)
Peak: #1 for eight weeks

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NEW MUSIC FRIDAY: Releases For The Week of July 22, 2016

All rapped up.

All rapped up.

We’ve hit the summer doldrums of the music industry this week. Unless Frank Ocean or Travis Scott drop their new albums, a superstar has a surprise set, or we somehow end up in a time warp to 1999, things are pretty barren. Here’s a quick look at the new and notable albums and singles this week:

  • LIL DURK — Durk 2X (iTunes)
    • The 23-year-old Chicago rapper is likely to have one of the higher debuts on next week’s chart, as his last set made its entrance in the top 20 on the Billboard 200. The current single from it is “Money Walk”, sitting just below the top 40 at Urban radio.
  • GUCCI MANE — Everybody Looking (iTunes)
    • This is the Alabama rapper’s first studio album since being released from prison, and several of the tracks are gaining nicely at streaming platforms. It’s hard to tell where it’ll place, but there’s definitely interest.
  • KEITH SWEAT — Dress To Impress (iTunes)
    • Sweat recently topped the Urban AC chart with “Good Love”. It could end up in the top 40 on the album listing, but it will likely be much bigger on the R&B survey.
  • More albums out this week: Crown The Empire‘s Retrograde (iTunes), HONNE‘s Warm On A Cold Night (iTunes), Periphery‘s Periphery III: Select Difficulty (iTunes), Relient K‘s Air For Free (iTunes), Stephen Marley‘s Revelation Part II: “The Fruit Of Life” (iTunes), Trent Dabbs‘s The Optimist (iTunes), Twisted Sister‘s Metal Meltdown (Live) (iTunes), Us The Duo‘s Just Love (iTunes)
  • More EPs out this week: (coming soon…)

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

  • “Activated”, Cher Lloyd (iTunes)
  • “American Love”, Jake Owen (iTunes)
  • “Bleeding Heart”, Regina Spektor (iTunes)
  • “Cold Water”, Major Lazer featuring Justin Bieber &  (iTunes)
  • “Goldmine”, Colbie Caillat (iTunes)
  • “Greenlight”, Pitbull featuring Flo Rida and LunchMoney Lewis (iTunes)
  • “Hometown Girl”, ZHU (iTunes)
  • “Painting (Masterpiece)”, Lewis Del Mar (iTunes)
  • “Purple Lamborghini”, Skrillex & Rick Ross (iTunes)
  • “Sunday Smile”, Jake Troth (iTunes)

We’ll see you next week for new releases from DJ Khaled, Jake Owen, Jason DeruloZHU and more.

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RECORD REWIND: PGTC Picks, 7/10 – 7/16

Record Rewind - July 17, 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 world of SoundCloud and my Indie Summer Mix on Spotify, these records stuck out as my favorite independent tunes of the week…

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CARDBOARD KIDS – “I Don’t Need Love” (iTunes) (Spotify)
Several tracks by this Nashville quartet have been featured in the Rewind over these last few weeks, and if you’re in the mood for a new band suggestion, they have a good thing going with their new EP, Mint. “Don’t” is one of the highlights in the five-track set.


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GREER – “Love Me Less”
Boston’s Greer Wilson recently uploaded a pair of tracks, collaborating once again with Christian Medice, a co-writer on a couple of top ten hits on my personal chart from 2014. With a good lyric and a good bounce, he’s got a nice jam for the blog community.

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HARLETSON – “Say Our Goodbyes (Quarter Song)” (iTunes) (Spotify)
The trio of Weston Wilson, Jackson Singleton and Nathan Harrington is off to a great start with their debut single, which follows a number of cover videos since last fall. You’ll want to invest more than a few quarters in this future radio hit. Look out for them.

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KAPTAN – “Numbers” (iTunes) (Spotify)
The streaming numbers don’t lie; with over six million plays to date, Andrew de Torres’s project is a hit. Of course, you knew that already; he’s been featured on my PGTC playlists for nearly a year. His latest song is a solid addition to his diverse music catalog.

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KIAH VICTORIA – “I Ain’t Goin Nowhere” (iTunes) (Spotify)
Summer never sounded so good for this New York singer and songwriter. With two massive tracks to date, she is definitely going to be around for some time. Serving empowerment and intelligence, it sends an important message during a time of uncertainty.

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TAY SALEM – “Iron” (iTunes) (Spotify)
Salem is a new act on my radar, and the London musician doesn’t disappoint with this track. He could have a cinematic future if a good music supervisor finds his work. He paints with dark and lush tones that will grab you from the first listen. Very cool single.

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VHS COLLECTION – “Ghost” (iTunes) (Spotify)
In a week of Ghostbusters coverage in the media, I ain’t ‘fraid of no “Ghost”. In fact, I’m embracing this one. The New York group pops in a new tape and comes out with a danceable little ditty. If you’re headed to Chicago for Lollapalooza, they play on Sunday.

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For more new music, these tunes are worth a listen…
CHERRYADE – “The Crown” (SoundCloud)
DANIEL FEELS featuring CASSO – “Eyes Closed” (SoundCloud)
FINE PRINT – “Matter” (SoundCloud)
SKIES – “Hold On” (SoundCloud)

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Highlights from Adam’s Top 40: July 17, 2016

"All about" him.

This chart’s “all about” him.

DEBUTS
40. FRENSHIP featuring Emily Warren – Capsize
39. Katy Perry – Rise
38. Nathan Sykes – Give It Up
35. Britney Spears featuring G-Eazy – Make Me… | HIGHEST DEBUT

TOP GAINERS
29. Serena Ryder – Got Your Number (35) | BIGGEST MOVER (tie)
26. Florida Georgia Line – H.O.L.Y. (32) | BIGGEST MOVER (tie)
22. Phantogram – You Don’t Get Me High Anymore (27)

THIS WEEK’S TOP TEN
10. Zayn – Like I Would (11) | PEAK: #10
09. OneRepublic – Wherever I Go (09) | PEAK: #09
08. Tegan And Sara – Boyfriend (05) | PEAK: #05
07. P!nk – Just Like Fire (04) | PEAK: #03
06. Adele – Send My Love (To Your New Lover) (03) | PEAK: #01 for two weeks
05. Ingrid Michaelson – Hell No (07) | PEAK: #05
04. Passenger – Somebody’s Love (05) | PEAK: #04
03. Bastille – Good Grief (06) | PEAK: #03
02. Justin Timberlake – Can’t Stop The Feeling (01) | PEAK: #01 for five weeks
01. Jordan Fisher – All About Us (02) | PEAK: #01 for one week | NEW #1

Top 10 Next In Line:
1. Mary Lambert – Hang Out With You (4)
2. Adam Friedman featuring Mike Posner – Lemonade (3)
3. Weathers – Happy Pills (2)
4. The Wind + The Wave – Grand Canyon (1)
5. Grouplove – Welcome To Your Life (-)
6. Gavin DeGraw – She Sets The City On Fire (-)
7. High Dive Heart – Misfit (8)
8. Hailey Knox – Geeks (10)
9. X Ambassadors featuring Jamie N Commons – Low Life (6)
10. Miike Snow – My Trigger (-)

In The Mix:
Bronze Radio Return – Only Temporary
COIN – Talk Too Much
Eric Hutchinson – Anyone Who Knows Me
James TW – When You Love Someone (new)
MAGIC! – Red Dress (new)
O.A.R. – Follow Me, Follow You
Olly Murs – You Don’t Know Love
Stanaj – Romantic (new)

Chart Notes:

  • After five big weeks at the top, “Can’t Stop The Feeling” from Justin Timberlake is forced down to #2 by a newcomer. At 22 years old, Jordan Fisher has a big future ahead in worlds of film and music. His debut single, “All About Us”, climbs 2-1 in its 11th week on the chart. It’s also in the top 30 at pop radio, where it scored a sizable amount of adds upon impact. It’s been nearly 25 years since his label, Hollywood Records, scored their first top 40 hit at the format: “In My Dreams” by The Party, a #16 hit from late 1991 and early 1992.
  • Four strong debuts make the chart this week, but the situation is looking a little bit different than what I was expecting. The new entries are led by Britney Spears, making her splashy return with “Make Me…”, coming in at #35. The single reached #1 on iTunes shortly after its release, and is currently at #2. It features rapper G-Eazy. This song’s release comes as several clips from its music video leaked a few days ago. Will it become Spears’s first top ten on my chart in five years? Stay tuned!
  • Nathan Sykes has ranked in my top 40 on his own and with his bandmates in The Wanted. This week, it’s another of his solo singles that makes the countdown. “Give It Up” is new at #38. The track impacts at CHR/Top 40 radio this Tuesday. In the history of the pop radio chart, two other singles with that exact title, but a different song, have hit the top 40. In 1984, it was KC (without the Sunshine Band) that got to #19 with it. Then, in 1992, the title reached #17 for Wilson Phillips.
  • Further down the chart, Katy Perry is new at #39 with “Rise”. If you haven’t heard it on the radio yet, chances are that you will soon, as it’ll be featured in NBC’s coverage of the Rio Olympics in August. However, it’s important to note that “Rise” is not the lead single from her forthcoming album. As of this post, it’s #1 at iTunes in over two dozen countries.
  • One spot below Perry is “Capsize” from FRENSHIP and Emily Warren, two newcomers to my top 40, which comes in at #40. It’s been a huge streaming song at Spotify, totaling nearly 69 million plays thus far. The California duo was featured in my 16 For ’16 list, spotlighting emerging acts, in December of last year.

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ADAM’S TOP 40 FLASHBACK: July 18, 2004

Movie magic.

Some movie magic.

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 twelve years and find out what was topping my chart for the week of July 18, 2004…

Debuts:
37. SWITCHFOOT, “Dare You To Move”
33. NELLY featuring JAHEIM, “My Place”

Biggest Mover(s):
KELLY CLARKSON, “Breakaway” (36-30)
TOBY LIGHTMAN, “Real Love” (33-27)
MAROON 5, “She Will Be Loved” (15-9, six spots)

10. TRAPT, “Echo” (steady, second week)
Album: Trapt (20o2, Warner Bros. Records)
Peak: #10 for three weeks

09. MAROON 5, “She Will Be Loved” (up 6)
Album: Songs About Jane (2002, Octone/J/RMG Records)
Peak: #1 for one week

08. LOS LONELY BOYS, “Heaven” (down 4)
Album: Los Lonely Boys (2004, Or Music/Epic Records)
Peak: #4 for five weeks

07. HILARY & HAYLIE DUFF, “Our Lips Are Sealed” (up 1)
Album: A Cinderella Story: Original Soundtrack (2004, Hollywood Records)
Peak: #7

06. COUNTING CROWS, “Accidentally In Love” (up 1)
Album: Shrek 2: Motion Picture Soundtrack (2004, Geffen Records)
Peak: #5

05. TRAIN, “Ordinary” (up 1)
Album: Music from and Inspired by Spider-Man 2 (2004, Columbia Records)
Peak: #5 for two weeks

04. NICKELBACK, “Feelin’ Way Too Damn Good” (up 1)
Album: The Long Road (2003, Roadrunner Records)
Peak: #4 for three weeks

03. RYAN CABRERA, “On The Way Down” (down 1)
Album: Take It All Away (2004, Atlantic Records)
Peak: #1 for six weeks

02. ASHLEE SIMPSON, “Pieces Of Me” (up 1)
Album: Autobiography (2004, Geffen Records)
Peak: #2 for two weeks

01. DARREN HAYES, “Pop!ular” (up 1)
Album: The Tension and the Spark (2004, Columbia Records)
Peak: #1 for three weeks

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