Monthly Archives: November 2016

RECORD REWIND: PGTC Picks, 11/20 – 11/26

Record Rewind - November 27, 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 – “Easily” (iTunes) (Spotify)
Major’s latest single is off to a quick launch at Spotify, where it was added on several prominent New Music Friday playlists. For all you Rewind readers out there, you know how much I like his voice and writing style, so I’d easily recommend a listen to his catalog.

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LEX LOW – “Drifting” (iTunes) (Spotify)
It’s been a moment since we’ve heard from this performer, but he has a number of reposts on my SoundCloud feed to date. His EP Mystery was released almost exactly a year ago, and it’s a solid effort overall. His new 80’s R&B-influenced song is a real cool tune.

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SAD PALACE – “Breeze” (iTunes) (Spotify)
This is the first time on the Rewind for this English band, who released their first single, “Rainbow Melt”, a little over a month ago. I think there’s more reason to be happy than Sad, but a name is a name. Their groovy and energetic Alternative sound is promising.

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THE NIGHT CAFÉ – “You Change With The Seasons” (iTunes) (Spotify)
“Change” can be a good thing, but when it comes to these four Liverpool guys, they certainly haven’t changed my opinion of all that great music they’ve been creating. Their new track, a mellow indie rock standout this week, will continue to do well through the fall.

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For more great new music, these tunes are worth a listen…
ALEXANDERSON – “Issues” (SoundCloud)

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Highlights from Adam’s Top 40: November 27, 2016

"Someone" new at the top.

More “Love” to close out the chart year.

DEBUTS
40. Martin Luke Brown – Shadow & Light
39. Julia Brennan – Inner Demons | HIGHEST DEBUT

TOP GAINERS
32. Daya – Words (37)
31. Milky Chance – Cocoon (38)
24. Kelly Clarkson – It’s Quiet Uptown (29)
19. John Mayer – Love On The Weekend (27) | BIGGEST MOVER
(see #8 below)

THIS WEEK’S TOP TEN
10. Maroon 5 – Don’t Wanna Know (11) | PEAK: #10
09. Calum Scott – Dancing On My Own (12) | PEAK: #09
08. Captain Cuts featuring Nateur – Love Like We Used To (14) | PEAK: #08
07. Adele – Water Under The Bridge (07) | PEAK: #07
06. Train – Play That Song (06) | PEAK: #06
05. Sting – I Can’t Stop Thinking About You (05) | PEAK: #05
04. Andrew McMahon In The Wilderness – Fire Escape (04) | PEAK: #04
03. Niall Horan – This Town (03) | PEAK: #03
02. Emeli Sandé – Hurts (02) | PEAK: #02
01. James TW – When You Love Someone (01) | PEAK: #01 for six weeks

Top 10 Next In Line:
1. Tom Chaplin – Quicksand (1)
2. Bobby Bazini – C’est La Vie (4)
3. Stevie Wonder featuring Ariana Grande – Faith (8)
4. Gabrielle Aplin – Miss You (7)
5. Grace VanderWaal – I Don’t Know My Name (10)
6. Phantogram – Same Old Blues (9)
7. Jukebox The Ghost – Keys In The Car (Live) (-)
8. Anna Kendrick & Justin Timberlake – True Colors (-)
9. Lolo – Shine (-)
10. Britney Spears featuring Tinashe – Slumber Party (-)

In The Mix:
Calum Scott – Rhythm Inside (new)
Coldplay – Everglow
DNCE – Truthfully (new)
Jacob Whitesides – Focus
James Hersey – Miss You
MAGIC! – No Regrets
Måns Zelmerlöw – Glorious (new)
Matt Nathanson – Bill Murray (new)
matt pond PA – Whoa
Olly Murs – Grow Up
OneRepublic – Let’s Hurt Tonight (new)
Passenger – When We Were Young
Ricky Reed – Express Myself
Ryan Corn – The Pressure (new)
Seeb featuring Jacob Banks – What Do You Love

Chart Notes:

  • This week’s Highest Debut is by a newcomer, Minnesota native Julia Brennan. She’s new at #39 with “Inner Demons”. It’s been a big year for Brennan, who recently signed to Columbia Records after her song was aired (and now, added) on KDWB, the influential CHR/Top 40 station in the Minneapolis area. “Demons” has also been spun during specialty programming on SiriusXM station The Pulse.
  • London singer Martin Luke Brown has his fifth top 40 entry on my chart with “Shadow & Light”, illuminating at #40. His biggest chart hit so far is “Nostalgia”, which reached #7. Though he’s back to independent status, Brown continues to make a lot of great (and meaningful) songs.
  • That’s it for the 2016 Chart Year, and what a year it’s been. Check back for more details on my Top 100 of 2016 soon!

(See my full chart on Crownnote)

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ADAM’S TOP 40 FLASHBACK: November 23, 2008

“Keeps” that nostalgia going.

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 eight years and find out what was topping my chart for the week of November 23, 2008…

Debuts:
40. THE FRAY, “You Found Me”
38. HINDER, “Without You”
35. LEONA LEWIS, “Run”

Biggest Mover(s):
COLDPLAY, “Lovers In Japan” (34-22, twelve spots)

10. THE ALL-AMERICAN REJECTS, “Gives You Hell” (up 2)
Album: When The World Comes Down (2008, DGC/Interscope Records)
Peak: #4 for three weeks

09. CHRISTINA AGUILERA, “Keeps Gettin’ Better” (up 2)
Album: Keeps Gettin’ Better: A Decade Of Hits (2008, RCA Records)
Peak: #7

08. LIFEHOUSE, “Broken” (down 2)
Album: Who We Are (2007, Geffen Records)
Peak: #3 for two weeks

07. NICKELBACK, “Gotta Be Somebody” (up 3)
Album: Dark Horse (2008, Roadrunner/Atlantic Records)
Peak: #1 for two weeks

06. O.A.R., “Shattered (Turn The Car Around)” (down 2)
Album: All Sides (2008, Atlantic Records)
Peak: #2 for five weeks

05. DAUGHTRY, “What About Now” (down 2)
Album: Daughtry (2006, 19/RCA Records)
Peak: #3 for two weeks

04. BRITNEY SPEARS, “Womanizer” (up 1)
Album: Circus (2008, Jive Records/Zomba Music Group)
Peak: #1 for four weeks

03. DAVID COOK, “Light On” (up 4)
Album: David Cook (2008, 19/RCA Records)
Peak: #1 for five weeks

02. PINK, “So What” (down 1)
Album: Funhouse (2008, LaFace Records/Zomba Music Group)
Peak: #1 for six weeks

01. SIMON COLLINS, “Unconditional” (up 1)
Album: U-Catastrophe (2008, Razor & Tie Records)
Peak: #1 for one week

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NEW MUSIC FRIDAY: Releases For The Week of November 25, 2016

Hymn for The Weeknd.

Hymn for The Weeknd.

You made it through the turkey, the stuffing, the sweet potatoes and the pies. Now, we’ll make it through the end of November. A small set of releases are out this week, but some good names are in the mix. Here are the notable album and single releases:

THE WEEKND — Starboy (iTunes)
26-year-old Abél Tesfaye is back with one of the most anticipated albums of 2016, and it’s looking to do some crazy numbers next week. The title track recently went top ten at CHR/Top 40, Hot AC, Rhythmic and Urban radio, while “I Feel It Coming” is picking up some notable airplay in a number of major markets. It’ll certainly be at the top of the Billboard 200.

GARTH BROOKS — Gunslinger (AmazonMP3)
If you already bought Brooks’s updated The Ultimate Collection box set, then you have a copy of this album. However, the stand-alone edition is due this week. It includes the single “Baby, Let’s Lay Down And Dance”, which is dancing toward the top 20 on the Country radio chart.

PRINCE — 4Ever (iTunes)
A new greatest hits compilation, featuring the previously unreleased track “Moonbeam Levels”, debuted earlier this week. It’s not likely to do much on the charts, but if you need some essential tunes from The Purple One, this is a good set to check out.

More albums out this week: Josh Garrels‘s The Light Came Down (iTunes), Rumer‘s This Girl’s In Love (A Bacharach & David Songbook) (iTunes)

More EPs out this week: Bon’Qui’Qui‘s Merry Hoodmas (iTunes), Flume‘s Skin Companion (iTunes), Gavin James‘s Winter Songs (iTunes)

New digital-only singles that you can buy this week include:
“Bone Marrow”, G-Eazy featuring Danny Seth (iTunes)
“Damage Done”, Kita Alexander (iTunes)
“Easily”, Bruno Major (iTunes)
“Glorious”, Måns Zelmerlöw (iTunes)
“I Know Better”, John Legend (iTunes)
“Prodigal Son”, Rationale (iTunes)
“Real Slow”, Aloe Blacc (iTunes)
“Ride ‘Em On Down”, The Rolling Stones (iTunes)
“Rhythm Inside”, Calum Scott (iTunes)
“Shed A Light”, Robin Schulz & David Guetta featuring Cheat Codes (iTunes)
“Still”, G-Eazy (iTunes)

We’ll see you next week for new releases from HamiltonJohn Legend, The Rolling Stones and more.

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RECORD REWIND: PGTC Picks, 11/13 – 11/19

Record Rewind - November 20, 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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BROADHURST – “Bones” (iTunes) (Spotify)
From Sneaky Sound System to sound systems all over the globe, Nick Broadhurst has just about four million Spotify streams for a super single of his, “Little Lover”, and all of the remixes that accompanied it. His latest song, a strong pop ballad, will intrigue you.

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COURTSHIP. – “Love For Everyone” (iTunes) (Spotify)
This is the first time on the Rewind for the duo of Eli Hirsch and Micah Gordon, and I think it’s a safe bet that this track will find its way into a commercial real soon. It’s just too catchy to be ignored, and the timely message makes it an even more important single.

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KYKO – “Nature” (iTunes) (Spotify)
The last time London’s Scott Verrill was on the Rewind was in September; that’s when his track “Horizon” debuted. That single is a few days away from reaching 600,000 streams on Spotify. Pretty impressive! His tropical pop meets indie rock sound is a winner.

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PATTERNIST – “Give It Up” (iTunes) (Spotify)
Musician Gabe Mouer has been making sweet sounds under this name for a couple of years now, so I guess I’m overdue for putting one of his songs on the Rewind. Luckily, this catchy indie pop bop is definitely on repeat for me. Check out his new EP next month.

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PRETTY SISTER – “Thirsty” (iTunes) (Spotify)
Zak Waters continues to impress with this fun and funky number that’ll leave you parched for more pop perfection. Of course, I’ve been following the project for over a year now, and with excellent tracks like “Come To LA” and “West Coast”, he’s doing real well.

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THØSS – “Submarine” (iTunes) (Spotify)
It’s great to have this performer return with a quality single. In June, the title track from his Benchwarmer EP was included on the Rewind, but the whole set is a pretty solid listen. In an ocean full of indie rock acts, this submarine is certainly making some waves.

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For more great new music, these tunes are worth a listen…
ALLMAN BROWN featuring LIZ LAWRENCE – “Palms” (SoundCloud)
ANDIE CASE – “So Low” (SoundCloud)
BRAYTON BOWMAN – “Puff Puff Pass” (SoundCloud)
GRIFF’S ROOM BAND – “Part Of Me” (SoundCloud)
LIZZY LAND – “Sweet Melodies” (SoundCloud)
NATIVES – “Passion” (SoundCloud)
RKCB – “Enough” (SoundCloud)
VALLEY – “Drive” (SoundCloud)

Everybody had to get their new singles delivered and uploaded before Thanksgiving… well, at least there’s plenty to listen to now!

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: November 20, 2016

"Someone" new at the top.

“Someone” is still at the top.

DEBUTS
40. Sheppard – We Belong
38. Milky Chance – Cocoon
27. John Mayer – Love On The Weekend | HIGHEST DEBUT

TOP GAINERS
33. James Arthur – Say You Won’t Let Go (39)
29. Kelly Clarkson – It’s Quiet Uptown (37) | BIGGEST MOVER
26. Rag’n’Bone Man – Human (31)
24. Alex Da Kid featuring X Ambassadors & Elle King – Not Easy (30)
16. LP – Lost On You (21)
14. Captain Cuts featuring Nateur – Love Like We Used To (19)

THIS WEEK’S TOP TEN
10. Jordan Fisher – Lookin’ Like That (11) | PEAK: #10
09. OneRepublic – Kids (04) | PEAK: #03
08. Michael Bublé – Nobody But Me (05) | PEAK: #01 for four weeks
07. Adele – Water Under The Bridge (10) | PEAK: #07
06. Train – Play That Song (07) | PEAK: #06
05. Sting – I Can’t Stop Thinking About You (08) | PEAK: #05
04. Andrew McMahon In The Wilderness – Fire Escape (06) | PEAK: #04
03. Niall Horan – This Town (03) | PEAK: #03
02. Emeli Sandé – Hurts (02) | PEAK: #02
01. James TW – When You Love Someone (01) | PEAK: #01 for five weeks

Top 10 Next In Line:
1. Tom Chaplin – Quicksand (8)
2. Julia Brennan – Inner Demons (6)
3. Matt Simons – Lose Control (2)
4. Bobby Bazini – C’est La Vie (1)
5. Martin Luke Brown – Shadow & Light (10)
6. Nathan Sykes – Famous (4)
7. Gabrielle Aplin – Miss You (9)
8. Stevie Wonder featuring Ariana Grande – Faith (-)
9. Phantogram – Same Old Blues (-)
10. Grace VanderWaal – I Don’t Know My Name (-)

In The Mix:
Anna Kendrick & Justin Timberlake – True Colors (new)
Britney Spears featuring Tinashe – Slumber Party (new)
Capital Cities – Vowels
Coldplay – Everglow
Jacob Whitesides – Focus
James Hersey – Miss You
Jukebox The Ghost – Keys In The Car (Live) (new)
Lolo – Shine (new)
MAGIC! – No Regrets (new)
matt pond PA – Whoa
Olly Murs – Grow Up
Passenger – When We Were Young
Ricky Reed – Express Myself
Seeb featuring Jacob Banks – What Do You Love

Chart Notes:

  • This week marks a huge return to the countdown for John Mayer, debuting all the way up at #27 with his new single “Love On The Weekend”. His forthcoming album, The Search For Everything, is due next year. Mayer last made my top ten with a single from the album Battle Studies, “Half Of My Heart”, which reached #3. Judging by his high entry this week, I think he’s due for a place in the top ten sometime next month.
  • The German act Milky Chance says “Guten tag” to the top 40 for the third time with “Cocoon”, new at #38. Their latest hit also jumps into the top 40 at Alternative radio this week. Will it reach the heights of their international hit “Stolen Dance” in the new year? Stay tuned!
  • Finally, at #40, is the fifth entry to reach my chart for Sheppard, the four-man, two-woman band from Brisbane, Australia. They’re in with “We Belong”, and no, it’s not a hot Pat Benatar remake. However, it is a great original song, so check it out.

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ADAM’S TOP 40 FLASHBACK: November 21, 2010

"Stuck" in 2010.

“Stuck” in 2010.

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 six years and find out what was topping my chart for the week of November 21, 2010…

Debuts:
39. ADELE, “Rolling In The Deep”

Biggest Mover(s):
TAKE THAT, “The Flood” (31-25, six spots)

10. KYLIE MINOGUE, “Get Outta My Way” (up 1)
Album: Aphrodite (2010, Capitol Records)
Peak: #6 for four weeks

09. PLAIN WHITE T’S, “Rhythm Of Love” (down 1)
Album: Wonders Of The Younger (2010, Hollywood Records)
Peak: #7

08. NEON TREES, “Animal” (down 3)
Album: Habits (2010, Mercury Records)
Peak: #1 for four weeks

07. KATY PERRY, “Teenage Dream” (down 4)
Album: Teenage Dream (2010, Capitol Records)
Peak: #2 for six weeks

06. TAYLOR SWIFT, “Mine” (down 2)
Album: Speak Now (2010, Big Machine/Universal Republic Records)
Peak: #1 for two weeks

05. PINK, “Raise Your Glass” (up 4)
Album: Greatest Hits… So Far!!! (2010, LaFace/Jive Records)
Peak: #2 for seven weeks

04. SUGARLAND, “Stuck Like Glue” (up 2)
Album: The Incredible Machine (2010, Mercury Nashville Records)
Peak: #4

03. JAMES BLUNT, “Stay The Night” (up 4)
Album: Some Kind Of Trouble (2011, Atlantic Records)
Peak: #1 for five weeks

02. RYAN STAR, “Start A Fire” (steady, second week)
Album: 11:59 (2010, Atlantic Records)
Peak: #2 for two weeks

01. MICHAEL BUBLÉ, “Hollywood” (steady, second week)
Album: Crazy Love (Hollywood Edition) (2010, 143/Reprise Records)
Peak: #1 for two weeks

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