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NEW MUSIC FRIDAY: Releases For The Week of August 19, 2016

Bravely battling for #1.

Bravely battling for #1.

Some of you may be headed back to college in the coming days, but before you hit the books, study up on these top new releases! I think it’ll be easier than a midterm, don’t you? Here are the new and notable albums and singles up for sale this week:

  • LINDSEY STIRLING — Brave Enough (iTunes)
    • Violinist Stirling is back with her third studio album, her first since 2014’s Shatter Me. That set entered at #2, and it’s looking like she could be in the running for a large sales frame next week. Will it debut at #1? Time will tell. The radio single from it is “Something Wild”, a Hot AC hit that features Andrew McMahon In The Wilderness.
  • TORY LANEZ — I Told You (iTunes)
    • Lanez is best known for radio hits like “Say It”, which topped both the Rhythmic and Urban charts, and “LUV”, a song that’s accumulating major gains at those two formats and the Top 40 airwaves. Stream and track-equivalent units are likely to boost its placement on the Billboard 200.
  • DOLLY PARTON — Pure & Simple (iTunes)
    • With a new joint venture in place, Parton releases her latest studio album. Though she’s far beyond the days of major hits on the Country radio chart, this one will certainly rank high on the albums survey.
  • More albums out this week: Amos Lee‘s Spirit (iTunes), Crystal Castles‘s Amnesty (iTunes), Kiefer Sutherland‘s Down In A Hole (iTunes), The Color Morale‘s Desolate Divine (iTunes), Thom Sonny Green‘s High Anxiety (iTunes)
  • More EPs out this week: EDEN‘s I Think You Think Too Much Of Me (iTunes), Jake Miller‘s Overnight (iTunes), Jordan Fisher‘s Jordan Fisher (iTunes)

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

  • “Ain’t Got Money”, New District (iTunes)
  • “Anywhere”, Passenger (iTunes)
  • “It Took Me So Long To Get Here, But Here I Am”, KT Tunstall (iTunes)
  • “Mercy”, Shawn Mendes (iTunes)
  • “Nobody But Me”, Michael Bublé (iTunes)
  • “Out Of My System (Galantis Remix)”, Youngr (iTunes)
  • “Precious”, Kevin Garrett (iTunes)
  • “Still Falling For You”, Ellie Goulding (iTunes)
  • “The Long Goodbye”, Sarah McLachlan (iTunes)
  • “The Very Thought Of You”, Kristen Chenoweth featuring Dave Koz (iTunes)
  • “Whiskey And You”, Aaron Lewis (iTunes)
  • “You Don’t Know Love (Cheat Codes Remix)”, Olly Murs (iTunes)

We’ll see you next week for new releases from Barbra Streisand, Britney Spears, Florida Georgia Line, Ingrid Michaelson and more.

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RECORD REWIND: PGTC Picks, 8/7 – 8/13

Record Rewind - August 14, 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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EZA – “Alive” (iTunes) (Spotify)
Following her big tune “Off The Record”, Ellery Bonham is back with a sensual little song from her forthcoming Dead Reckoning EP, due on September 16. (I’ve heard the full set and highly recommend it!) Embracing an urban pop feel, it’s a real slow burner.


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JUNIOR EMPIRE – “Decide” (iTunes) (Spotify)
You’ve seen this act on many larger blogs and playlists since the summer began. Both this song and previous single “West Coast” are currently on the overall Hype Machine chart, with the prior release actually outperforming the new one. It’s all quality stuff.

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KID RUNNER – “Illuminate” (iTunes) (Spotify)
You know I’m still a firm believer that “Give Me Something To Love” is bound to be a huge Alternative hit, but this Columbus act has plenty of other great cuts on an EP that was released on Friday. This track delivers on the synthpop goodness, but still rocks.

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LUKR – “Scarecrow” (iTunes) (Spotify)
Whether you enjoyed the original version on Lightning 100 back in 2014, or you’re digging this new mix now, Luke Foley is quite the talent. Spotify’s New Music Friday lists think so too. I think he’ll continue to follow the yellow brick road to big chart success.

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OTIS ENGLISH – “Young Kids, Old Love” (iTunes) (Spotify)
It’s the first time for English on my weekly post, a 21-year-old singer and songwriter from Los Angeles. He has an awesome track on his hands with this energetic indie pop song, featuring solid writing and production. Look out for more music from him soon.

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OYSTER KIDS – “Gum (Everybody’s My Friend)” (iTunes) (Spotify)
It’s been five months since these Kids dropped their last release, “Lips”, and now their lips are singing a different tune. It’s a cool one too. Embodying a laid-back West Coast sound, their new song is great for any hot and lazy summer day. Chew on this flavor.

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For more new music, these tunes are worth a listen…
DAN OWEN – “Made To Love You” (SoundCloud)
HANNAH JANE LEWIS – “Hide And Go Seek” (SoundCloud)
JAKE DAVIS – “Saying It Right” (SoundCloud)
KINDER – “Light” (SoundCloud)

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Highlights from Adam’s Top 40: August 14, 2016

"Somebody's" been here before.

“Somebody’s” been here before.

DEBUTS
39. The Griswolds – Out Of My Head
38. Saint Motel – Move
36. OneRepublic – Kids | HIGHEST DEBUT

TOP GAINERS
30. Andy Grammer – Fresh Eyes (35)
27. Colbie Caillat – Goldmine (32)
17. Serena Ryder – Got Your Number (22)
13. Katy Perry – Rise (19) | BIGGEST MOVER

THIS WEEK’S TOP TEN
10. LÉON – Tired Of Talking (10) | PEAK: #10
09. Jordan Fisher – All About Us (06) | PEAK: #01 for one week
08. Coldplay – Up&Up (08) | PEAK: #08
07. Justin Timberlake – Can’t Stop The Feeling (05) | PEAK: #01 for five weeks
06. Phantogram – You Don’t Get Me High Anymore (09) | PEAK: #06
05. Ingrid Michaelson – Hell No (04) | PEAK: #04
04. Shawn Mendes – Treat You Better (07) | PEAK: #04
03. Wrabel – 11 Blocks (03) | PEAK: #03
02. Bastille – Good Grief (01) | PEAK: #01 for three weeks
01. Passenger – Somebody’s Love (02) | 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 (4)
3. Hailey Knox – Geeks (3)
4. Kenny Chesney featuring P!nk – Setting The World On Fire (8)
5. Judah & The Lion – Take It All Back (5)
6. Tegan And Sara – Stop Desire (10)
7. Adam Friedman featuring Mike Posner – Lemonade (2)
8. AURORA – I Went Too Far (6)
9. Cody Fry – Go (-)
10. Bon Jovi – This House Is Not For Sale (-)

In The Mix:
Adele – Water Under The Bridge (new)
JoJo – No Apologies (new)
Joshua Radin – High & Low (new)
KT Tunstall – Maybe It’s A Good Thing
Marc Scibilia – Believer
New District – Ain’t Got Money (new)
Nick Fradiani – All On You (new)
Norah Jones – Carry On
Olly Murs – You Don’t Know Love
Stanaj – Romantic
The Score – Unstoppable
The Strumbellas – We Don’t Know
Tom Chaplin – Hardened Heart (new)
Tyler Glenn – Shameless (new)

Chart Notes:

  • Scoring his fifth #1 on my personal chart, Passenger is up 2-1 with “Somebody’s Love”. It’s the first single from the album Young As The Morning, Old As The Sea, due September 23. While not a record, the performer is nearing that magic seven, which two acts (Adele and Coldplay) are currently sitting at. Given the set’s release date in a few weeks, we’ll see what the era is capable of soon.
  • This week’s Highest Debut, at #36, is a new one from OneRepublic. “Kids” follows “Wherever I Go”, which quickly hit the top ten a few weeks ago. (It recently crashed at several radio formats due to poor testing.) The group’s fourth studio album is due sometime later this year, and a music video for their new single should make its debut soon.
  • Sounding like a TK Records release circa 1976, “Move” from Saint Motel debuts at #38 this week. It’s the band’s third top 40 hit on my chart, and it’ll be featured on their forthcoming saintmotelevision album, due October 21. Of course, the guys are best known for “My Type”, which spent four weeks at #1 last year.
  • Finally, at #39, is the third top 40 hit for The Griswolds, a four-man band out of Sydney, Australia. Their newest entry is “Out Of My Head”. They previously reached my top ten in 2014 with “Beware The Dog”, which held at #9 for four weeks.

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ADAM’S TOP 40 FLASHBACK: August 14, 2011

"Talk" about retro.

“Talk” about retro.

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 five years and find out what was topping my chart for the week of August 14, 2011…

Debuts:
38. JACK’S MANNEQUIN, “My Racing Thoughts”
37. PARACHUTE, “Kiss Me Slowly”
36. SKYLAR GREY, “Invisible”

Biggest Mover(s):
CAROLINA LIAR, “Drown” (33-25, eight spots)

10. BRITNEY SPEARS, “I Wanna Go” (steady, second week)
Album: Femme Fatale (2011, Jive Records)
Peak: #8 for three weeks

09. TRAIN, “Save Me, San Francisco” (steady, second week)
Album: Save Me, San Francisco (2009, Columbia Records)
Peak: #7 for two weeks

08. MAT KEARNEY, “Hey Mama” (down 2)
Album: Young Love (2011, Aware/Universal Republic Records)
Peak: #3 for four weeks

07. THE SCRIPT, “Nothing” (up 1)
Album: Science & Faith (2011, Epic Records)
Peak: #1 for four weeks

06. REEVE CARNEY featuring BONO & THE EDGE, “Rise Above 1” (up 1)
Album: Music from Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark (2011, Interscope Records)
Peak: #6 for three weeks

05. DARREN HAYES, “Talk Talk Talk” (steady, third week)
Album: Secret Codes and Battleships (2011, Mercury Records)
Peak: #4 for two weeks

04. KATY PERRY, “Last Friday Night (T.G.I.F.)” (down 2)
Album: Teenage Dream (2010, Capitol Records)
Peak: #2 for five weeks

03. MAROON 5 featuring CHRISTINA AGUILERA, “Moves Like Jagger” (up 1)
Album: Hands All Over (re-issue) (2011, A&M/Octone Records)
Peak: #1 for three weeks

02. LADY ANTEBELLUM, “Just A Kiss” (up 1)
Album: Own The Night (2011, Capitol [Nashville] Records)
Peak: #2

01. COLDPLAY, “Every Teardrop Is A Waterfall” (steady, sixth week)
Album: Mylo Xyloto (2011, Capitol Records)
Peak: #1 for seven 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 August 12, 2016

Young and giants.

Young and giants.

We have a mixed bag of music for the middle of August. On this week’s schedule, you’ll find fresh sounds in Rock, Rap, R&B… and there’s even Moore in the mix. (See what I did there?) Here are the new and notable albums and singles for the week:

  • YOUNG THE GIANT — Home Of The Strange (iTunes)
    • Looking to score one of next week’s top debuts is this California band’s third studio album, led by the new Alternative radio hit “Something To Believe In”. Their last set debuted in the top ten, and this one could get into the top five. The peak, should it be accomplished, would be a new high for them on the Billboard 200.
  • JUSTIN MOORE — Kinda Don’t Care (iTunes)
    • Moore recently hit the top ten on the Country radio chart with “You Look Like I Need A Drink”, but it took him a very long time (and maybe a few drinks) to get there. Will it be enough to propel his album up into the top ten next week?
  • RAE SREMMURD — SremmLife 2 (iTunes)
    • This Mississippi sibling duo had a big debut in 2014, and a very successful 2015, but their radio and retail success just hasn’t been the same in their sophomore era. Despite the slump, there’s still interest for the project.
  • More albums out this week: Atmosphere‘s Fishing Blues (iTunes), Blind Pilot‘s And Then Like Lions (iTunes), Cody Jinks‘s I’m Not The Devil (iTunes), Dylan Scott‘s Dylan Scott (iTunes), Of Montreal‘s Innocence Reaches (iTunes), PARTYNEXTDOOR‘s PARTYNEXTDOOR 3 (iTunes), The Amity Affliction‘s This Could Be Heartbreak (iTunes), The Get Down (Soundtrack) (iTunes)
  • More EPs out this week: Florence + The Machine‘s Songs From Final Fantasy XV (iTunes), Kid Runner‘s Body Language (iTunes), Michl‘s Michl (iTunes), SonReal‘s The Name (iTunes), Stanaj‘s The Preview (iTunes)

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

  • “Alive”, EZA (iTunes)
  • “Anything But Words”, Banks & Steelz (iTunes)
  • “Back To Free”, Drake White (iTunes)
  • “Bang Bang”, Green Day (iTunes)
  • “Black Crow”, Brent Cobb (iTunes)
  • “Clumsy”, Britney Spears (iTunes)
  • “Cold Hard Love”, Tory Lanez (iTunes)
  • “Colors”, The Head And The Heart (iTunes)
  • “Cross My Mind”, A R I Z O N A (iTunes)
  • “Cruel World”, Phantogram (iTunes)
  • “Good Thing”, Jake Miller (iTunes)
  • “Grief And Praise”, Glen Phillips (iTunes)
  • “Gum (Everybody’s My Friend)”, Oyster Kids (iTunes)
  • “Hardened Heart”, Tom Chaplin (iTunes)
  • “Hide And Go Seek”, Hannah Jane Lewis (iTunes)
  • “Hold On, I’m Coming”, Melissa Etheridge (iTunes)
  • “Island”, Florida Georgia Line (iTunes)
  • “Kids”, OneRepublic (iTunes)
  • “Live My Life”, Aloe Blacc (iTunes)
  • “Making Love With The Radio On”, Gavin DeGraw (iTunes)
  • “Move”, Saint Motel (iTunes)
  • “Out Of My Head”, The Griswolds (iTunes)
  • “Pray (Empty Gun)”, Bishop Briggs (iTunes)
  • “Pure”, Hey Violet (iTunes)
  • “Shameless”, Tyler Glenn (iTunes)
  • “Small Bill$”, Regina Spektor (iTunes)
  • “Speechless”, GLADES (iTunes)
  • “Super Natural”, Danny L Harle featuring Carly Rae Jepsen (iTunes)
  • “This House Is Not For Sale”, Bon Jovi (iTunes)
  • “Trust Issues”, Olivia O’Brien (iTunes)
  • “Young Kids, Old Love”, Otis English (iTunes)

We’ll see you next week for new releases from Dolly Parton, French Montana, Tory Lanez and more.

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RECORD REWIND: PGTC Picks, 7/31 – 8/6

Record Rewind - August 7, 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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CAPPA featuring JON SANTANA – “Wannabe” (iTunes) (Spotify)
Spice up your life with this cool cover by Carla Cappa and producer Jon Santana, who was also credited as a featured act last year on her update of “No Scrubs”. Who will be next: Blaque? Dream? 702? Regardless of what she chooses, I’m definitely here for it.


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LYON HART – “Falling For You” (iTunes) (Spotify)
Hart’s been on my radar since last year, when he released an EP called With Or Without Me. After focusing on featured slots, this New York City singer has a new release. Combining a smooth R&B-flavored melody with an impassioned vocal, it’s a great effort.

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MYZICA – “We Belong Together” (iTunes) (Spotify)
The talented Nashville duo of Isaaca Byrd and Micah Tawlks has another delicious pop sound to go around. Before you ask, no, it isn’t a Mariah Carey cover. This is, however, an electric ride into the era of Kim Wilde and The Bangles. So, jam out and have fun.

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PETER WISE – “Denial”
It’s wise to listen to Peter… at least, that’s what I believe. I enjoyed his “Sweet Solitude” single in June, and while that release saw him digging into some silky soul, this song is a pop tune with some solid tempo. Look out for more from the versatile singer soon.

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RALPH – “Something More” (iTunes) (Spotify)
We all asked for “something more” from this Toronto singer after “Cold To The Touch” did so well earlier this summer, and it’s a great feeling to know she delivered with her latest track. Singer Raffa Weyman has another synthpop jam with a meaningful lyric.

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SATCHMODE – “State Of Mind” (iTunes) (Spotify)
Los Angeles’s dynamic dream pop duo just got a little more dreamier with their new single. They’ve had millions of streams and a plethora of blogs behind them, so their “state of” career is also looking quite whimsical. Love Hz is due to be released in October.

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SLOW SUGAR – “Hypnotic Love” (iTunes) (Spotify)
I’ve been looking for a single from these two (Alex Utay and Danielle Harris) for some time now. They put on a good live show. If they play again in New York City, you should check them out. “Hypnotic” is an enticing and potent pop ballad with nice potential.

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VOKES – “Wrong” (iTunes) (Spotify)
If you haven’t listened to this California musician’s EP titled Fractalism, you’re missing out on a great set of songs. Of course, I’m a little biased, as I’ve supported the project since the beginning of the year. “Wrong” is so right, with its soothing melody shining.

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For more new music, these tunes are worth a listen…
ADAM JENSEN – “Drugs” (SoundCloud)
DELAMARE – “Black And White Space” (SoundCloud)
PAPER LIONS – “My Number” (SoundCloud)
SCAVENGER HUNT – “River Runs Dry” (SoundCloud)

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Highlights from Adam’s Top 40: August 7, 2016

All "Good" at #1.

“Good” for three.

DEBUTS
40. High Dive Heart – Misfit
39. MAGIC! – Red Dress
38. O.A.R. – I Go Through | HIGHEST DEBUT

TOP GAINERS
32. Colbie Caillat – Goldmine (37)
19. Katy Perry – Rise (24)
13. Britney Spears featuring G-Eazy – Make Me… (19) | BIGGEST MOVER

THIS WEEK’S TOP TEN
10. LÉON – Tired Of Talking (11) | PEAK: #10
09. Phantogram – You Don’t Get Me High Anymore (10) | PEAK: #09
08. Coldplay – Up&Up (09) | PEAK: #08
07. Shawn Mendes – Treat You Better (07) | PEAK: #07
06. Jordan Fisher – All About Us (04) | PEAK: #01 for one week
05. Justin Timberlake – Can’t Stop The Feeling (03) | PEAK: #01 for five weeks
04. Ingrid Michaelson – Hell No (06) | PEAK: #04
03. Wrabel – 11 Blocks (05) | PEAK: #03
02. Passenger – Somebody’s Love (02) | PEAK: #02
01. Bastille – Good Grief (01) | PEAK: #01 for two weeks

Top 10 Next In Line:
1. James TW – When You Love Someone (5)
2. Adam Friedman featuring Mike Posner – Lemonade (1)
3. Hailey Knox – Geeks (6)
4. COIN – Talk Too Much (9)
5. Judah & The Lion – Take It All Back (-)
6. AURORA – I Went Too Far (10)
7. Weathers – Happy Pills (3)
8. Kenny Chesney featuring P!nk – Setting The World On Fire (-)
9. Miike Snow – My Trigger (8)
10. Tegan And Sara – Stop Desire (-)

In The Mix:
Bronze Radio Return – Only Temporary
Cody Fry – Go (new)
KT Tunstall – Maybe It’s A Good Thing
Marc Scibilia – Believer (new)
Norah Jones – Carry On (new)
Olly Murs – You Don’t Know Love
Stanaj – Romantic
The Score – Unstoppable (new)
The Strumbellas – We Don’t Know (new)

Chart Notes:

  • Maryland’s O.A.R. has their eighth appearance on my personal chart with “I Go Through”. The song is new at #38, making it this week’s Highest Debut. It’s the first radio single from the hits compilation XX, a two-disc set that includes an album of studio cuts and a second of live tracks. Their biggest chart hit remains “Shattered (Turn The Car Around)”, which spent five weeks at #2 in the fall of 2008.
  • Just below them is an act scoring their fifth top 40 hit this week. MAGIC! comes in at #39 with “Red Dress”. The quartet is following up their recent single “Lay You Down Easy”, which hit #22 about two months ago. Both singles are taken off their album Primary Colours. In 2006, a completely different song called “Red Dress”, sung by the Sugababes, hit my top 20.
  • Finally, at #40, is the duo High Dive Heart and “Misfit”. It’s their first time on my chart, but in 2015, they charted on the Viral lists that Spotify generates with “Vintage”. That song officially reached #50 on the Hot AC listing in March. Last week, the two released a new song called “Playground”. (It’s not a hot Another Bad Creation cover.)

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