Monthly Archives: October 2016

RECORD REWIND: PGTC Picks, 10/23 – 10/29

Record Rewind - October 30, 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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DAN OWEN – “Moonlight” (iTunes) (Spotify)
A few months ago, Owen did some damage on a number of Viral charts with a lovely ballad called “Made To Love You”. It stands at over 1.7 million plays to date on Spotify. His Open Hands And Enemies EP reveals more to the artist, including this standout song.

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GREAT GOOD FINE OK – “Get Away” (iTunes) (Spotify)
Jon Sandler and Luke Moellman have been doing their thing for some time now, and with a new EP due at the top of the year, it’s a release to look forward to, especially with the consistency of their previous two EPs. This single is another catchy electropop tune.

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JESSE RUBEN – “Scared Of America” (iTunes) (Spotify)
Ruben provided some sunny pop rays with his delightful “First Day Of Summer” in mid-July, but this release is much more serious in tone. It’s real life, and it’s raw. Released in acoustic form, rather than a studio cut, it underscores the solemn nature of the tales.

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SLOW SUGAR – “Shotgun” (iTunes) (Spotify)
They might have slow in their act name, but this New York City duo is quickly becoming a favorite of mine. This is their third track to appear on the Rewind since August, and it’s a wicked musical weapon that pierces the pop world in all its edgy glory. Great song.

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YOUNG SUMMER – “Heart In Slo Mo” (iTunes) (Spotify)
After a solid run of four EP cuts to be included in the Rewind, let’s extend that total to five. Featured on You Would Have Loved It Here, which came out two days ago, “Heart” is Bobbie Allen in her element, gliding over the beat of a new wave-influenced winner.

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For more great new music, these tunes are worth a listen…
ANDREW BELLE – “You” (SoundCloud)
JAKIL – “Unforgivable” (SoundCloud)
SCOTT QUINN – “Delicate” (SoundCloud)
YOUNG TIDES – “Easy Love” (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: October 30, 2016

"Someone" new at the top.

TWo weeks for James.

DEBUTS
38. LP – Lost On You

TOP GAINERS
35. Lukas Graham – You’re Not There (40)
30. Adele – Water Under The Bridge (38) | BIGGEST MOVER
28. Captain Cuts featuring Nateur – Love Like We Used To (33)
21. Maroon 5 – Don’t Wanna Know (28)
18. The Strumbellas – We Don’t Know (23)
14. Sting – I Can’t Stop Thinking About You (19)

THIS WEEK’S TOP TEN
10. Bon Jovi – This House Is Not For Sale (10) | PEAK: #10
09. Niall Horan – This Town (11) | PEAK: #09
08. Colbie Caillat – Goldmine (05) | PEAK: #04
07. Wrabel – 11 Blocks (06) | PEAK: #01 for five weeks
06. Andrew McMahon In The Wilderness – Fire Escape (09) | PEAK: #06
05. Saint Motel – Move (07) | PEAK: #05
04. Emeli Sandé – Hurts (04) | PEAK: #04
03. OneRepublic – Kids (03) | PEAK: #03
02. Michael Bublé – Nobody But Me (02) | PEAK: #01 for four weeks
01. James TW – When You Love Someone (01) | PEAK: #01 for two weeks

Top 10 Next In Line:
1. Bobby Bazini – C’est La Vie (4)
2. Nathan Sykes – Famous (2)
3. Matt Simons – Lose Control (3)
4. Goo Goo Dolls – Over And Over (5)
5. Maty Noyes – In My Mind (10)
6. Third Eye Blind – Company Of Strangers (8)
7. James Arthur – Say You Won’t Let Go (-)
8. Rag’n’Bone Man – Human (-)
9. Alex Da Kid featuring X Ambassadors and Elle King – Not Easy (-)
10. Daya – Words (-)

In The Mix:
Capital Cities – Vowels
for KING & COUNTRY – Priceless
Jacob Whitesides – Focus
Justin Klump – Keep On, Keepin’ On
Olly Murs – Grow Up
Ricky Reed – Express Myself (new)
Seeb featuring Jacob Banks – What Do You Love (new)
The Last Bandoleros – Where Do You Go?
Tom Chaplin – Quicksand

Chart Notes:

  • Sting‘s “I Can’t Stop Thinking About You” sees a notable boost this week, up 19-14. If he makes the top ten, he’ll be the first artist over 60 since 67-year-old Elton John in 2014, and the second oldest act (at 65) ever to hit the region. Singles by two Adam’s Top 40 favorites, Adele (“Water Under The Bridge”, 38-30) and Maroon 5 (“Don’t Wanna Know”, 28-21), look as though they’ll be searching for a spot in the top ten as well. Lots of action heading into the end of the year…
  • In August 2012, the singer named LP ranked In The Mix with her song “Into The Wild”. It had been running in a Citibank ad for some time. Well, that single never made it onto my top 40, but just over four years later, her current hit in Europe does. “Lost On You” is this week’s lone debut at #38. It’s currently in rotation at a handful of Alternative and Triple A outlets. Will it become one of 2017’s big U.S. radio records? Stay tuned.
  • Only four more weeks until the end of 2016 Chart Year! It’ll be here before you know it! Have a safe and fun Halloween, and don’t forget to check out the debut episode of Crowncast, featuring yours truly, on Crownnote.

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ADAM’S TOP 40 FLASHBACK: October 30, 2005

A "Beautiful" batch of songs.

A “Beautiful” batch of songs.

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 11 years and find out what was topping my chart for the week of October 30, 2005…

Debuts:
40. BONNIE RAITT, “I Will Not Be Broken”
39. KEANE, “Bend & Break”
38. EURYTHMICS, “I’ve Got A Life”
37. LINDSAY LOHAN, “Confessions Of A Broken Heart (Daughter To Father)”
33. BRUCE HORNSBY featuring ELTON JOHN, “Dreamland”

Biggest Mover(s):
KELLY CLARKSON, “Gone” (39-31, eight spots)

10. CHARLOTTE CHURCH, “Call My Name” (steady, second week)
Album: Tissues And Issues (2005, Sony BMG Records)
Peak: #10 for two weeks

09. NATASHA BEDINGFIELD, “Unwritten” (up 4)
Album: Unwritten (2005, Epic Records)
Peak: #1 for ten weeks

08. SHERYL CROW, “Good Is Good” (steady, third week)
Album: Wildflower (2005, A&M Records)
Peak: #8 for three weeks

07. JAMIE CULLUM, “Get Your Way” (up 5)
Album: Catching Tales (2005, Verve Records)
Peak: #4

06. DANIEL POWTER, “Bad Day” (steady, second week)
Album: Daniel Powter (2005, Warner Bros. Records)
Peak: #1 for six weeks (2005) + #1 for ten weeks (2006)

05. JAMES BLUNT, “You’re Beautiful” (steady, second week)
Album: Back To Bedlam (2005, Custard/Atlantic Records)
Peak: #1 for eight weeks

04. SANTANA featuring MICHELLE BRANCH and THE WRECKERS, “I’m Feeling You” (steady, second week)
Album: All That I Am (2005, Arista Records)
Peak: #3

03. MADONNA, “Hung Up” (down 2)
Album: Confessions On A Dance Floor (2005, Warner Bros. Records)
Peak: #1 for one week

02. KELLY CLARKSON, “Because Of You” (up 1)
Album: Breakaway (2004, 19/RCA Records)
Peak: #1 for three weeks

01. DARREN HAYES, “So Beautiful” (up 1, sixth week)
Album: Truly Madly Completely: The Best Of Savage Garden (2005, 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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NEW MUSIC FRIDAY: Releases For The Week of October 28, 2016

A Cosmic chart debut.

A Cosmic chart debut.

It’s an early Christmas on the schedule this week, as this year’s big seasonal titles look to cheer up the chart with holiday hits. It’s time to deck the halls with ditties, because here are the notable albums and singles:

KENNY CHESNEY — Cosmic Hallelujah (iTunes)
He’s been a presence on the Country chart for decades now, and his recent #1 with P!nk, “Setting The World On Fire”, could set a few other formats on fire, including a current run inside the top 25 on the Hot AC listing. To date, he’s had seven #1 albums on the Billboard 200, and it looks like an eighth may be on its way.

EMPIRE OF THE SUN — Two Vines (iTunes)
Sydney’s dynamic duo of Luke Steele and Nick Littlemore scored a surprise Alternative radio smash in 2016 with “Walking On A Dream”, a single that was originally released in 2008. Remember the Honda commercial? Their current radio single, “High And Low”, is top 15 at the format.

TOVE LO — Lady Wood (iTunes)
The Swedish singer is back with her second album, but the sophomore slump could be real with this set. “Cool Girl” barely made the top 40 at pop radio, and its international peaks are pretty low too. Can she turn things around?

Christmas albums out this week: Brett Eldredge‘s Glow (iTunes), Jackie Evancho‘s Someday At Christmas (iTunes), Jennifer Nettles‘s To Celebrate Christmas (iTunes), Jimmy Buffett‘s ‘Tis The SeaSon (iTunes), Jordan Smith‘s ‘Tis The Season (iTunes), Kacey Musgraves‘s A Very Kacey Christmas (iTunes), Neil Diamond‘s Acoustic Christmas (iTunes), She & Him‘s Christmas Party (iTunes), Straight No Chaser‘s I’ll Have Another… Christmas Album (iTunes)

More albums out this week: Cerrone‘s Red Lips (iTunes), CRX‘s New Skin (iTunes), James Arthur‘s Back From The Edge (iTunes), Jeezy‘s Trap Or Die (iTunes), Kate Voegele‘s Canyonlands (iTunes), Memphis May Fire‘s This Light I Hold (iTunes), The Piano Guys‘s Uncharted (iTunes)

More EPs out this week: Cole Swindell’s Down Home Sessions III (iTunes), Kip Moore‘s Underground (iTunes), Maty Noyes‘s Noyes Complaint (iTunes), Tigertown‘s Papernote (iTunes), Young Summer‘s You Would Have Loved It Here (iTunes)

New digital-only singles that you can buy this week include:
“After The Afterparty”, Charli XCX featuring Lil Yachty (iTunes)
“Blown”, DNCE featuring Kent Jones (iTunes)
“Breathing Underwater”, Emeli Sandé (iTunes)
“By Your Side”, Jonas Blue featuring RAYE (iTunes)
“Holy War”, Alicia Keys (iTunes)
“I Got You”, Bebe Rexha (iTunes)
“Room For 2”, Dua Lipa (iTunes)
“Scared Of America”, Jesse Ruben (iTunes)
“So Good”, Louisa Johnson (iTunes)
“You Gotta Not”, Little Mix (iTunes)

We’ll see you next week for new releases from Alicia Keys, Bon Jovi, The Chainsmokers and more.

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RECORD REWIND: PGTC Picks, 10/16 – 10/22

Record Rewind - October 23, 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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BEN HOBBS – “Take The Blame” (iTunes) (Spotify)
Hobbs last appeared on the Rewind two months ago with the song “Animals”, which had a good time in the musical zoo that we call the blog world. Sometimes you don’t know what you’ll get in that jungle of jams, but his consistent output this year is simply great.

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JEFFREY JAMES – “Both Ways” (iTunes) (Spotify)
James recently joined the roster of hot Nashville label South By Sea, and while his Walls EP (released back in April) was a solid set of songs, “Both” is a tasty tune that’s bound to expand his audience. With slick production and strong writing, it’s a winner for me.

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LAUV – “The Story Never Ends (Piano Version)” (iTunes) (Spotify)
Surprise! Just in case “Breathe” wasn’t enough for you this month, the latest track from Los Angeles singer and songwriter Ari Leff is a powerful piano ballad that recently aired during an episode of ABC’s Grey’s Anatomy. Warning: the feels are real. Get a tissue.

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LOSTBOYCROW – “Stay A Little Longer” (iTunes) (Spotify)
This Los Angeles singer was on one of the first Rewinds in June with “Where It All Goes”, and where he keeps going is up! His new single has a very accessible sound that I feel could be a great opportunity for a sync. Can’t wait to watch this track fly up the charts!

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MARK ELLIOTT – “China Doll”
Elliott’s been on my radar since earlier this year, and I really enjoyed his summer single, the clever “Drink To Thunk”. Now, it’s the R&B-flavored “China” that returns him to the Rewind, the title track from his forthcoming EP. The full set should be a good listen.

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MATT WOODS – “Nothing Less” (iTunes) (Spotify)
How can you not love Woods’s voice? He makes it sound so effortless. The soulful London singer has way too many amazing songs to start listing them all, but they include “In The Dark”, “Impression” and “Ain’t No Use”. He has another excellent electronic tune.

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For more great new music, these tunes are worth a listen…
CAMERON JONES – “Rose” (SoundCloud)
JON SANTANA featuring JOHN DAVIS – “Falling Down” (SoundCloud)
LONDUN – “Used To” (SoundCloud)

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Highlights from Adam’s Top 40: October 23, 2016

"Someone" new at the top.

“Someone” new at the top.

DEBUTS
40. Lukas Graham – You’re Not There
39. Ingrid Michaelson – Still The One
38. Adele – Water Under The Bridge | HIGHEST DEBUT

TOP GAINERS
34. Shawn Mendes – Mercy (38)
33. Captain Cuts featuring Nateur – Love Like We Used To (40) | BIGGEST MOVER (tie)
28. Maroon 5 – Don’t Wanna Know (35) | BIGGEST MOVER (tie)
17. Train – Play That Song (21)
11. Niall Horan – This Town (15)
09. Andrew McMahon In The Wilderness – Fire Escape (13)

THIS WEEK’S TOP TEN
10. Bon Jovi – This House Is Not For Sale (10) | PEAK: #10
09. Andrew McMahon In The Wilderness – Fire Escape (13) | PEAK: #09
08. Serena Ryder – Got Your Number (06) | PEAK: #02
07. Saint Motel – Move (08) | PEAK: #07
06. Wrabel – 11 Blocks (05) | PEAK: #01 for five weeks
05. Colbie Caillat – Goldmine (04) | PEAK: #04
04. Emeli Sandé – Hurts (07) | PEAK: #04
03. OneRepublic – Kids (03) | PEAK: #03
02. Michael Bublé – Nobody But Me (01) | PEAK: #01 for four weeks
01. James TW – When You Love Someone (02) | PEAK: #01 for one week | NEW #1

Top 10 Next In Line:
1. LP – Lost On You (2)
2. Nathan Sykes – Famous (1)
3. Matt Simons – Lose Control (3)
4. Bobby Bazini – C’est La Vie (7)
5. Goo Goo Dolls – Over And Over (8)
6. The Mowgli’s – Bad Thing (4)
7. Royal Teeth – Kids Conspire (5)
8. Third Eye Blind – Company Of Strangers (10)
9. Matt Hires – Fighting A Ghost (9)
10. Maty Noyes – In My Mind (-)

In The Mix:
Capital Cities – Vowels
Daya – Words
for KING & COUNTRY – Priceless
Jacob Whitesides – Focus (new)
James Arthur – Say You Won’t Let Go
Johnnyswim – Let It Matter
Justin Klump – Keep On, Keepin’ On
Olly Murs – Grow Up
The Last Bandoleros – Where Do You Go?
Tom Chaplin – Quicksand

Chart Notes:

  • A number of younger male soloists have reached the top of my chart this year, including 20-year-old Troye Sivan and 22-year-olds Jordan Fisher and Zayn Malik. This week, however, a singer who turns 19 in four days claims both the new #1 song on the countdown and the title of the youngest male soloist to ever reach the summit. He’s James Taylor-Watts, better known as James TW, and his hit is called “When You Love Someone”. The song is up 2-1 in its ninth week on the chart. It’s featured on his EP titled First Impressions, out now. Happy (early) birthday!
  • When it comes to #1 singles on my chart, Adele leads the pack (along with Coldplay) with a total of seven chart-toppers. A chance at that eighth #1 is looking possible now, as “Water Under The Bridge” lands my Highest Debut this week at #38. It’s the fourth single to chart from 25, which was recently certified Diamond. Her U.S. tour continues through next month.
  • Ingrid Michaelson hit #4 earlier this year with “Hell No”, which became her highest-charting song to date on my list. She returns to the chart at #39 with “Still The One”, the second radio single from It Doesn’t Have To Make Sense. We’ll see how it does at Hot AC radio on Halloween, the day when it haunts program directors for a solid adds date.
  • Finally, at #40, is the third top 40 single for Lukas Graham. “You’re Not There” heads to Hot AC radio on November 7. It follows “Mama Said”, which hit the top 15 at the format, and #9 on my personal chart for the Danish group.

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ADAM’S TOP 40 FLASHBACK: October 23, 2011

"Nothing" like 2011.

“Nothing” like 2011.

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 October 23, 2011…

Debuts:
40. WILL YOUNG, “Come On”
39. GRAFFITI6, “Free”

Biggest Mover(s):
BRUNO MARS, “It Will Rain” (29-19, ten spots)

10. BLAKE SHELTON, “God Gave Me You” (steady, third week)
Album: Red River Blue (2011, Warner Bros. Records)
Peak: #10 for three weeks

09. COLBIE CAILLAT, “Brighter Than The Sun” (down 4)
Album: All Of You (2011, Universal Republic Records)
Peak: #4 for three weeks

08. WILL YOUNG, “Jealousy” (down 2)
Album: Echoes (2011, RCA Records – U.K.)
Peak: #3 for three weeks

07. NICKELBACK, “When We Stand Together” (up 6)
Album: Here And Now (2011, Roadrunner Records)
Peak: #2 for three weeks

06. KELLY CLARKSON, “Mr. Know It All” (up 3)
Album: Stronger (2011, 19/RCA Records)
Peak: #3

05. LADY ANTEBELLUM, “We Owned The Night” (up 3)
Album: Own The Night (2011, Capitol Nashville Records)
Peak: #5 for three weeks

04. COLDPLAY, “Paradise” (steady, second week)
Album: Mylo Xyloto (2011, Capitol Records)
Peak: #1 for four weeks

03. ONE DIRECTION, “What Makes You Beautiful” (steady, second week)
Album: Up All Night (2011, Syco/Columbia Records)
Peak: #3 for two weeks

02. THE SCRIPT, “Nothing” (steady, second week)
Album: Science & Faith (2011, Epic Records)
Peak: #1 for four weeks

01. ADELE, “Someone Like You” (steady, second week)
Album: 21 (2011, XL/Columbia Records)
Peak: #1 for three 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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