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NEW MUSIC FRIDAY: Releases For The Week of July 1, 2016

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At this time one year ago, the last New Music Tuesday (technically, a special Monday date on June 29) was taking place. It certainly was an interesting transition to Friday, but we got through it! Back then, rapper Meek Mill rocketed to #1 on the album chart. It’s time to see which acts are in the mix for the next chart-topper on the Billboard 200:

  • MAXWELL — blackSUMMERS’night (iTunes)
    • Waiting seven years to release an album is a mighty long time. I suppose that wait is better than the eight years that it took for his 2009 album to see the light of day. The leadoff single from the second album in this R&B singer’s trilogy, “Lake By The Ocean”, holds at #1 on the Urban AC chart. Can this set finally knock Drake off the top?
  • SNOOP DOGG — COOLAID (iTunes)
    • The legendary rapper’s latest set is an Apple Music exclusive, where it’s been streaming in full for the last two days. It features “Point Seen Money Gone”, featuring Jeremih, which was recently serviced to Rhythmic and Urban radio. A good look across iTunes could give this a larger total than expected, so stay tuned.
  • BLINK-182 — California (iTunes)
    • They’ve got their first #1 single on the Alternative chart since 2004’s “I Miss You”, and the California trio is definitely excited about having their first album in nearly five years hit stores. Look for it somewhere in the top five next week.
  • AMERICAN AUTHORS — What We Live For (iTunes)
    • The New York quartet is out with their second album, featuring three singles that hit the top 30 on Hot AC radio. The most recent of the three is the title track. You can also find the act in a media campaign for Wendy’s.
  • More albums out this week: Bat For Lashes‘s The Bride (iTunes), Grace‘s FMA (iTunes), MAGIC!‘s Primary Colours (iTunes)
  • More EPs out this week: Secret Weapons‘s SW (iTunes)

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

  • “Alright”, Young Summer (iTunes)
  • “Backroad”, VOKES featuring Nevve (iTunes)
  • “Body Say”, Demi Lovato (iTunes)
  • “Christina’s Song”, MAX (iTunes)
  • “Fool’s Gold”, Dagny featuring BØRNS (iTunes)
  • “Good Company”, Jake Owen (iTunes)
  • “Mad About U”, CAPPA (iTunes)
  • “Sunshine”, POWERS (iTunes)

We’ll see you next week for new releases from Kenny Chesney, ScHoolboy Q, Switchfoot and more.

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RECORD REWIND: PGTC Picks, 6/19 – 6/25

Record Rewind - June 26, 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. We’ll be testing it out this month, so 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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AIRPLANE MAN – “We’re On Fire” (iTunes) (Spotify)
Mystery rules when it comes to this new act, one that virtually appeared out of nowhere on some major Spotify lists over the last few days. However, there’s no need to be alarmed here: there’s a co-pilot on this plane, and the two have flown this route before.

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BILLIE EILISH – “Six Feet Under” (iTunes) (Spotify)
Eilish’s “Ocean Eyes” opened up a lot of eyes (and ears) when it took over the blogs and Viral charts earlier this year. So, it’s not a surprise that she’s bound for big numbers again with this pretty pop track. Did I mention that she’s done all this at age 14? Crazy!

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CAMERON ERNST – “My Village” (iTunes) (Spotify)
Ernst is a fairly new name for me, though I did like his song “Wild” a few months back. However, with a music catalog dating back to 2010, maybe I’m just late to the party. The sound is familiar, but if you like some Troye Sivan or Years & Years, this is for you.

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FLETCHER – “Avalanche” (iTunes) (Spotify)
You know her, you love her, you’ve probably dabbled in painting your face while belting out her big streaming single. (Really, it’s okay. We all do it.) Her new single is headed down the musical mountainside, but can it reach the force of “War Paint”? We’ll see.

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LANKS – “Bitter Leaf” (iTunes) (Spotify)
Melbourne musician Will Cuming follows his single “Golden Age” with another golden tune, a soulful electronic song that takes a lot of elements and creates one robust song. There is certainly nothing bitter about the Triple J and playlist love it’s had thus far.

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LOSTBOYCROW – “Where It All Goes” (iTunes) (Spotify)
Making his home in Los Angeles, singer Chris Blair has put out plenty of jams in the last 18 months, including “Love Won’t Sleep” and “Thursday”. So, where is he going? To the top, of course. Blair’s knack for a good melody and great production shines again.

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OFELIA K – “I Love My Lawyer” (iTunes) (Spotify)
Out of my selections this week, this takes the prize as best title of the bunch. Hey, if Fall Out Boy and Jackson Browne can make it into the top 40 with cuts about the profession, I think we can have another. Any judge would rule that “Lawyer” is a pop windfall.

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PETER WISE – “Sweet Solitude” (iTunes) (Spotify)
Brooklyn-based Wise came onto my radar last summer with a song called “On The Ground”, and would you believe that this song is his first original release in nearly a year? Despite the long wait, he doesn’t disappoint, achieving a more intimate lyric and vibe.

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STALKING GIA – “Second Nature” (iTunes) (Spotify)
New York singer Tiffany Giardina had some minor success under her given name several years ago, including a charting album in No Average Angel. Since her identity change last year, several of her songs have gained some traction online. Watch out for this.

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For more new music, we suggest…
CARDBOARD KIDS – “Social” (Spotify)
CHERRYADE – “Fractured Fairytales” (Spotify)
TRENT DABBS – “Optimists” (Spotify)

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Highlights from Adam’s Top 40: June 26, 2016

Rock and Troll dreams come through.

“Feeling” real good.

DEBUTS
39. The 1975 – Somebody Else
38. Lukas Graham – Mama Said
36. Phantogram – You Don’t Get Me High Anymore
35. Troye Sivan featuring Alessia Cara – Wild | HIGHEST DEBUT

TOP GAINERS
29. Dagny – Backbeat (34)
19. Bastille – Good Grief (31) | BIGGEST MOVER (tie)
17. Passenger – Somebody’s Love (29) | BIGGEST MOVER (tie)

THIS WEEK’S TOP TEN
10. OneRepublic – Wherever I Go (14) | PEAK: #10
09. Ingrid Michaelson – Hell No (13) | PEAK: #09
08. DNCE – Toothbrush (06) | PEAK: #06
07. Tegan And Sara – Boyfriend (08) | PEAK: #07
06. Fitz & The Tantrums – HandClap (07) | PEAK: #03
05. Barns Courtney – Fire (04) | PEAK: #01 for four weeks
04. Jordan Fisher – All About Us (05) | PEAK: #04
03. P!nk – Just Like Fire (03) | PEAK: #03
02. Adele – Send My Love (To Your New Lover) (02) | PEAK: #01 for two weeks
01. Justin Timberlake – Can’t Stop The Feeling (01) | PEAK: #01 for three weeks

Top 10 Next In Line:
1. Florida Georgia Line – H.O.L.Y. (1)
2. The Wind + The Wave – Grand Canyon (3)
3. MUNA – Loudspeaker (2)
4. Weathers – Happy Pills (8)
5. Brendan James – Bring My Love Home (5)
6. St. Lucia – Help Me Run Away (6)
7. Adam Friedman featuring Mike Posner – Lemonade (-)
8. Cobi – Darker Than Dawn (Don’t You Cry For Me) (4)
9. Rob Thomas – Pieces (-)
10. X Ambassadors featuring Jamie N Commons – Low Life (7)

In The Mix:
Christina Aguilera – Change
COIN – Talk Too Much
Elton John – A Good Heart
Eric Hutchinson – Anyone Who Knows Me
Hailey Knox – Geeks (new)
High Dive Heart – Misfit
Kungs vs. Cookin’ On 3 Burners – This Girl (new)
Mary Lambert – Hang Out With You
Miike Snow – My Trigger
Sara Hartman – Satellite
Serena Ryder – Got Your Number (new)
The Avett Brothers – Ain’t No Man
Tom Odell – Magnetised

Chart Notes:

  • Troye Sivan has one of the biggest songs on my chart so far this year with “Youth”, a three-week #1 that currently falls to #37, down a spot from last week. This week, he lands my Highest Debut at #35 with an updated version of “Wild”. The new mix features singer Alessia Cara. Both of those tracks (“Wild” in its original form) can be found on Blue Neighbourhood, which Sivan released last year.
  • The New York duo Phantogram had a big top five Alternative hit in 2014 with “Fall In Love”. That song didn’t quite make my chart, but their new single is definitely catching on with me. “You Don’t Get Me High Anymore” comes in at #36. It’s off to a great start at radio, and should continue to do well through the late summer and early fall.
  • Following their international smash “7 Years”, the Danish quartet Lukas Graham is hitting U.S. radio with “Mama Said”. It’s a new entry at #38 this week. The song interpolates the popular “It’s The Hard Knock Life” from the musical Annie.
  • Lastly, at #39, is the third top 40 single from The 1975‘s I like it when you sleep, for you are so beautiful yet so unaware of it album. “Somebody Else” follows “The Sound”, which recently hit #3 and comes in at #31 this week.

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ADAM’S TOP 40 FLASHBACK: June 28, 2009

Dave, David and more dudes.

Dave, David and more dudes.

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 seven years and find out what was topping my chart for the week of June 28, 2009…

Debuts:
39. BOYS LIKE GIRLS, “Love Drunk”

Biggest Mover(s):
HOWIE DAY, “Be There” (30-22, eight spots)

10. THE SCRIPT, “The Man Who Can’t Be Moved” (down 1)
Album: The Script (2008, Epic Records)
Peak: #1 for eight weeks

09. KATY PERRY, “Waking Up In Vegas” (up 1)
Album: One Of The Boys (2008, Capitol Records)
Peak: #1 for five weeks

08. CAROLINA LIAR, “Show Me What I’m Looking For” (down 1)
Album: Coming To Terms (2008, Atlantic Records)
Peak: #6 for two weeks

07. DAVE MATTHEWS BAND, “Funny The Way It Is” (up 1)
Album: Big Whiskey & the GrooGrux King (2009, RCA Records)
Peak: #7 for two weeks

06. DAVID COOK, “Come Back To Me” (down 1)
Album: David Cook (2008, 19/RCA Records)
Peak: #2 for three weeks

05. SHINEDOWN, “Second Chance” (down 1)
Album: The Sound Of Madness (2008, Atlantic Records)
Peak: #2 for three weeks

04. NICKELBACK, “If Today Was Your Last Day” (down 1)
Album: Dark Horse (2008, Roadrunner/Atlantic Records)
Peak: #3 for three weeks

03. PINK, “Please Don’t Leave Me” (down 1)
Album: Funhouse (2008, LaFace/Zomba Records)
Peak: #2

02. THE FRAY, “Never Say Never” (up 4)
Album: The Fray (2009, Epic Records)
Peak: #2 for four weeks

01. ROB THOMAS, “Her Diamonds” (steady, sixth week)
Album: Cradlesong (2009, Emblem/Atlantic Records)
Peak: #1 for eight 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 June 24, 2016

"Ain't" beating Drake, but still a strong competitor.

“Ain’t” beating Drake… or will it?

Worried about the “Brexit” situation overseas? Well, regardless of the result, we’ll “Remain” giving you the top new releases every week. On with the show! Here are this week’s new albums and singles:

  • THE AVETT BROTHERS — True Sadness (iTunes)
    • In one of the lighter weeks of 2016 thus far, the North Carolina foursome is looking to score the highest new entry on next week’s list. “Ain’t No Man” is currently in the runner-up spot on the Triple A chart, while it’s approaching the top 30 on Alternative radio. A top five entry is pretty much a given, but just how high will it land? Stay tuned.
  • BROODS — Conscious (iTunes)
    • The New Zealand sibling duo is back with their second album and a new single, “Free”, which is this close to reaching a new career peak for them on the Alternative chart. Their last album cracked the top 50 two years ago, and this one is a likely top 30 contender (if not greater.)
  • More albums out this week: Cash Cash‘s Blood, Sweat & 3 Years (iTunes), Hot Hot Heat‘s Hot Hot Heat (iTunes), Marian Hill‘s ACT ONE (iTunes), Mindless Behavior‘s #officialMBmusic (iTunes), Riff Raff‘s Peach Panther (iTunes)
  • More EPs out this week: Brandyn Burnette‘s State I’m In (iTunes), Hailey Knox‘s A Little Awkward (iTunes)

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

  • “11 Blocks”, Wrabel (iTunes)
  • “Closer”, Ferras (iTunes)
  • “Deserve Better”, Jump Smokers featuring Austin Mahone (iTunes)
  • “Everybody We Know Does”, Chase Rice (iTunes)
  • “Ghostbusters (I’m Not Afraid)”, Fall Out Boy featuring Missy Elliott (iTunes)
  • “Gods”, Maxwell (iTunes)
  • “Got Your Number”, Serena Ryder (iTunes)
  • “Light Me Up”, Ingrid Michaelson (iTunes)
  • “Lost 2.0”, HØØNCH (iTunes)
  • “Make It Up”, Shura (iTunes)
  • “Oasis”, Jasmine Thompson (iTunes)
  • “Rivals”, Usher featuring Future (iTunes)
  • “Six Feet Under”, Billie Eilish (iTunes)
  • “Social”, Cardboard Kids (iTunes)
  • “Sucker For Pain”, Lil Wayne, Wiz Khalifa & Imagine Dragons with Logic & Ty Dolla $ign featuring X Ambassadors (iTunes)
  • “The Story”, LeAnn Rimes (iTunes)
  • “There’s A Girl”, Trent Harmon (iTunes)
  • “Where It All Goes”, Lostboycrow (iTunes)
  • “Wild”, Troye Sivan featuring Alessia Cara (iTunes)

We’ll see you next week for new releases from American Authors, Blink-182, Maxwell and more.

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RECORD REWIND: PGTC Picks, 6/12 – 6/18

Record Rewind - June 19, 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. We’ll be testing it out this month, so 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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BOH DORAN – “Breathe” (iTunes) (Spotify)
Last year, we posted about Doran’s first couple of singles, “Rainbow” and “White Knuckles”, the latter of which hit the top ten on several Spotify Viral lists. Two days ago, she issued her latest single with no fanfare at all. It’s a pretty ballad with radio potential.

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DANIEL FEELS – “Parachute”
New York-based singer/songwriter Dan Goldberger adds to his Distractions, pt. I EP with this cut, which also premiered in video form on the same day. The musical chameleon has given us a big range of genres and textures so far, and this certainly adds to it.

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DECO – “Apollo” (iTunes) (Spotify)
Can our pop bops from King Deco exist at the same time as another act simply called Deco? The answer is, yes. Well, I hope so. It actually marks the third cut we’ve enjoyed from the English act, following “Turn Around” and “Tell Me Lies”. No lie, they’re cool.

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JORDAN GABLE – “Fool Of Me” (iTunes) (Spotify)
Gable took it way back to the 60’s on his previous single, “Want U Anyway”, and now, he takes his time machine forward and into the 80’s. The indie pop record sits nicely with many recent blog songs, with a pleading hook that really brings it home. Get into it.

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KINGTIDES – “Silhouettes”
This North Carolina duo has been on our radar since last year, when “Drive Through The Night” first appeared online. Riding on a synth pop vibe that explodes into an energetic chorus, this new song has not been fully appreciated yet, so get those reposts up.

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MAGGIE ROGERS – “Alaska” (iTunes) (Spotify)
It’s amazing what a co-sign from Pharrell Williams can do, but the act in question has to be an extra special one that can also hold their own. For newcomer Rogers, she seems to be doing alright so far. Ethereal and pleasant, “Alaska” is the current state of pop.

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NAWAS – “Wrong” (iTunes) (Spotify)
This Nashville act has been getting some huge buzz over the last few months, as their second single shines with major playlists, as well as a top ten peak on Hype Machine’s overall chart. Jake Nawas and his pals can pump out a powerful production. Stay tuned.

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SAY SAY – “Summer Girl” (iTunes) (Spotify)
Los Angeles’s Adam Reiter and Jesse Gurtis have teamed up for a new single that I’d say (say) is great for the season. Beyond that obvious title, it’s a cheery record, beaming a bright pop ray down on the music world. Pool party, anyone? Soak this hot track up.

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SERAMIC – “The Things You Do” (iTunes) (Spotify)
Smooth. We love smooth. Singer Marcus Foster keeps his momentum going with this retro gem, the last song to be released off a new EP called Found. Imagine listening to your favorite soul album late at night, alone, swaying to the groove. It’s a good feeling.

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THØSS – “Benchwarmer” (iTunes) (Spotify)
Earlier this year, THØSS scored with the blog and streaming hit “IWITW”, which stands at 450,000+ plays on Spotify. Now, that single and a few additional songs can be found on his first EP. The title cut rocks with some edge and a moody lyric. It’s real solid.

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VINYL THIEF – “Here In The Moment” (iTunes) (Spotify)
The excitement continues for this Nashville quartet’s EP Touch, due on July 8. “Here” is the second song to be released from it, a new wave meets future pop jam that keeps the beat going. If you need a new emerging act with a slick sound, these guys are great.

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ZEKE FINN – “Love Song” (iTunes) (Spotify)
There are just a few new names in our Rewind this week, and this trio from Brooklyn is one of them. It’s not their debut single, as they’ve been releasing tracks for over a year, but it’s one that appears to have broadened their blog audience. It’s a nice pop tune.

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Highlights from Adam’s Top 40: June 19, 2016

Rock and Troll dreams come through.

“Stop” gets the green light again.

DEBUTS
31. Bastille – Good Grief
29. Passenger – Somebody’s Love | HIGHEST DEBUT

TOP GAINERS
32. Wrabel – 11 Blocks (37)
22. Shawn Mendes – Treat You Better (30) | BIGGEST MOVER — two weeks

THIS WEEK’S TOP TEN
10. Chris Ayer – On The Blvd (11) | PEAK: #10
09. The Strumbellas – Spirits (07) | PEAK: #02
08. Tegan And Sara – Boyfriend (10) | PEAK: #08
07. Fitz & The Tantrums – HandClap (05) | PEAK: #03
06. DNCE – Toothbrush (06) | PEAK: #06
05. Jordan Fisher – All About Us (09) | PEAK: #05
04. Barns Courtney – Fire (04) | PEAK: #01 for four weeks
03. P!nk – Just Like Fire (03) | PEAK: #03
02. Adele – Send My Love (To Your New Lover) (02) | PEAK: #01 for two weeks
01. Justin Timberlake – Can’t Stop The Feeling (01) | PEAK: #01 for two weeks

Top 10 Next In Line:
1. Florida Georgia Line – H.O.L.Y. (1)
2. MUNA – Loudspeaker (2)
3. The Wind + The Wave – Grand Canyon (4)
4. Cobi – Darker Than Dawn (Don’t You Cry For Me) (3)
5. Brendan James – Bring My Love Home (5)
6. St. Lucia – Help Me Run Away (6)
7. X Ambassadors featuring Jamie N Commons – Low Life (7)
8. Weathers – Happy Pills (9)
9. Tom Odell – Magnetised (10)
10. Sara Hartman – Satellite (8)

In The Mix:
Christina Aguilera – Change (new)
COIN – Talk Too Much
Elton John – A Good Heart
Eric Hutchinson – Anyone Who Knows Me (new)
Haley Reinhart – Better
High Dive Heart – Misfit (new)
Lukas Graham – Mama Said
Mary Lambert – Hang Out With You
Miike Snow – My Trigger
Phantogram – You Don’t Get Me High Anymore (new)
Rob Thomas – Pieces (new)
The Avett Brothers – Ain’t No Man

Chart Notes:

  • Two of the biggest acts to debut on my personal chart in 2013 return with some massive new songs. The singer/songwriter born in the English town of Brighton claims the Highest Debut of the two, coming in at #29. He’s four-time Adam’s Top 40 chart-topper Passenger, and his single is “Somebody’s Love”. It goes for Triple A adds later this month. His new album is titled Young As The Morning Old As The Sea, and it’s due on September 23. Needless to say, I’m very excited to hear it.
  • The only other debut this week is from rockers Bastille, the English quartet that has a pair of chart-toppers thus far. That could change to three if “Good Grief” makes it to the top, but for now, it’s in at #31. Their new album, Wild World, is set to come out later this year. What kind of weird science awaits us on the new set? I’m sure we’ll find out soon.
  • Next week is looking like a really active chart, with the potential for as many as six debuts! There’s a mix of established acts and newcomers that are waiting in the wings, so check back to see who makes it into the 40.

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