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NEW MUSIC FRIDAY: Releases For The Week of November 18, 2016

Gettin' heavy in Q4.

Gettin’ heavy in Q4.

Before you take a taste of that turkey, get your fill of this musical meal, including healthy portions of country, pop, rock and more great melodies. Here are a number of this week’s great album and single releases:

METALLICA — Hardwired… To Self-Destruct (iTunes)
Next week’s #1 album on the Billboard 200 should come from this legendary hard rock group. It’s their first studio album in eight years, and three songs from it, “Atlas, Rise!”, “Hardwired” and “Moth Into Flame”, are all on the Active Rock survey. Though they have a number of large opening frames historically, the first week sales from this album probably won’t approach them. Still, a #1 is a #1, and this will be their sixth if it happens.

BRUNO MARS — 24K Magic (iTunes)
Mars’s first studio album in four years is one of the more anticipated releases of the fourth quarter, and its title track is definitely moving some units. “Versace On The Floor”, which was released as an instant grat track, is also grabbing notable attention from a number of tastemaker CHR/Top 40 stations. With a debut in the top two almost certain at this point, can it get to #1? We’ll see.

MIRANDA LAMBERT — The Weight Of These Wings (iTunes)
While Country radio programmers failed to lift Lambert’s “Vice” into the top ten, her new double album is sure to please her fans into next year. The singer, who just turned 33 last week, recently started an imprint called Vanner Records. The set should have a strong top five debut on the Billboard 200, while opening at #1 on the Country chart.

DNCE — DNCE (iTunes)
The quartet’s debut album was delayed several months, but it should do some solid numbers through the holiday season. Current single “Body Moves” has seen some slow progress in sales and airplay. It’ll likely enter somewhere in the lower half of the top ten.

Christmas albums out this week: TBA

More albums out this week: Disturbed‘s Live At Red Rocks (iTunes), E-40‘s The D-Boy Diary (iTunes), Faith Hill‘s Deep Tracks (iTunes), High Valley‘s Dear Life (iTunes), Highly Suspect‘s The Boy Who Died Wolf (iTunes), Justice‘s Woman (iTunes), Little Mix‘s Glory Days (iTunes), Sixx:A.M.‘s Prayers For The Blessed (iTunes), Moana (Soundtrack) (iTunes), The Edge Of Seventeen (iTunes)

More EPs out this week: Bridgit Mendler‘s Nemesis (iTunes), dodie‘s Intertwined (iTunes), Ella Mai‘s Change (iTunes), Lamb Of God‘s The Duke (iTunes), Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats‘s A Little Something More From (iTunes), Royal Teeth‘s Amateurs (iTunes)

New digital-only singles that you can buy this week include:
“Brooklyn, You’re Killing Me”, Andrew McMahon In The Wilderness (iTunes)
“Cringe”, Matt Maeson (iTunes)
“Dancing With Your Shadow”, Sheryl Crow (iTunes)
“Don’t Waste Your Wishes”, The Killers (iTunes)
“Don’t You Worry ‘Bout A Thing”, Tori Kelly (iTunes)
“G Train”, Thirdstory featuring Pusha T (iTunes)
“Give It Up”, Patternist (iTunes)
“Holy Ground”, BANNERS (iTunes)
“I Don’t Know My Name”, Grace VanderWaal (iTunes)
“I Feel It Coming”, The Weeknd featuring Daft Punk (iTunes)
“Keys In The Car (Live)”, Jukebox The Ghost (iTunes)
“Kids”, OneRepublic featuring Lin-Manuel Miranda (iTunes)
“Love On The Weekend”, John Mayer (iTunes)
“Nature”, KYKO (iTunes)
“No Lie”, Sean Paul featuring Dua Lipa (iTunes)
“Party Monster”, The Weeknd (iTunes)
“Patient”, Post Malone (iTunes)
“Submarine”, THØSS (iTunes)
“Tek Weh Yuh Heart”, Sean Paul featuring Tory Lanez (iTunes)
“Thirsty”, Pretty Sister (iTunes)
“What Side Of Love (Acoustic)”, Parachute (iTunes)

We’ll see you next week for new Black Friday releases from The Weeknd and more.

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RECORD REWIND: PGTC Picks, 11/6 – 11/12

Record Rewind - November 13, 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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JEREMY THURBER – “Find You In The Dark” (iTunes) (Spotify)
Thurber, a Los Angeles-based singer and songwriter, is a new name for me. However, he seems eager to get some music out there. After the release of his Deliverance EP in August, this is his new song, which should appeal to fans of Jon Bellion and Troye Sivan.

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KATELYN TARVER – “Hate To Tell You” (iTunes) (Spotify)
Tarver’s previous two singles, a cover of Jeremih’s “Planez” and original song “What Do We Know Now”, were featured in Rewind posts during the late summer. Though “Weekend Millionaires” remains her most successful single, her new one has a great sound.

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MARTIN LUKE BROWN – “Shadow & Light” (iTunes) (Spotify)
Once in the major label system, and now doing it on his own, London singer Brown delivers a poignant pop anthem that’s certainly a fitting one, given the political events of last week. Heavy on an acoustic arrangement and gospel influence, it’s a pleasant release.

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PASSPORT TO STOCKHOLM – “Shooting Stars” (iTunes) (Spotify)
This London trio has been on my radar for over a year now, and their last single was a great folk/pop track called “Better Days”. In their latest release, they go for more anthemic indie rock, which isn’t a bad thing. That chorus could be giant when performed live!

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For more great new music, these tunes are worth a listen…
PAPER PILOTS – “Automatic” (SoundCloud)
ROYAL TEETH – “Only You” (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: November 13, 2016

"Someone" new at the top.

“Love” is still in the air.

DEBUTS
40. Daya – Words
39. James Arthur – Say You Won’t Let Go
37. Kelly Clarkson – It’s Quiet Uptown | HIGHEST DEBUT

TOP GAINERS
31. Rag’n’Bone Man – Human (36)
30. Alex Da Kid featuring X Ambassadors & Elle King – Not Easy (37)
22. Shawn Mendes – Mercy (27)
21. LP – Lost On You (29) | BIGGEST MOVER
(see #10 below)

THIS WEEK’S TOP TEN
10. Adele – Water Under The Bridge (15) | PEAK: #10
09. Saint Motel – Move (05) | PEAK: #05
08. Sting – I Can’t Stop Thinking About You (09) | PEAK: #08
07. Train – Play That Song (08) | PEAK: #07
06. Andrew McMahon In The Wilderness – Fire Escape (06) | PEAK: #06
05. Michael Bublé – Nobody But Me (03) | PEAK: #01 for four weeks
04. OneRepublic – Kids (04) | PEAK: #03
03. Niall Horan – This Town (07) | PEAK: #03
02. Emeli Sandé – Hurts (02) | PEAK: #02
01. James TW – When You Love Someone (01) | PEAK: #01 for four weeks

Top 10 Next In Line:
1. Bobby Bazini – C’est La Vie (1)
2. Matt Simons – Lose Control (2)
3. Sheppard – We Belong (6)
4. Nathan Sykes – Famous (4)
5. Goo Goo Dolls – Over And Over (3)
6. Julia Brennan – Inner Demons (10)
7. Milky Chance – Cocoon (-)
8. Tom Chaplin – Quicksand (-)
9. Gabrielle Aplin – Miss You (-)
10. Martin Luke Brown – Shadow & Light (-)

In The Mix:
Capital Cities – Vowels
Coldplay – Everglow (new)
for KING & COUNTRY – Priceless
Jacob Whitesides – Focus
James Hersey – Miss You
John Mayer – Love On The Weekend (new)
matt pond PA – Whoa
Olly Murs – Grow Up
Passenger – When We Were Young (new)
Phantogram – Same Old Blues (new)
Ricky Reed – Express Myself
Seeb featuring Jacob Banks – What Do You Love
Stevie Wonder featuring Ariana Grande – Faith

Chart Notes:

  • In 2011, Reeve Carney and pals Bono and The Edge (of U2) took “Rise Above 1” to #6 on my chart. It was a song from a musical titled Spider-Man: Turn Off The Dark. Last year, Sara Bareilles‘s “She Used To Be Mine”, featured in the musical Waitress, got as high as #10. Now, another song adapted from a musical makes into the top 40. “It’s Quiet Uptown” is a new entry at #37 this week for Kelly Clarkson, originally from Hamilton: An American Musical and included on The Hamilton Mixtape, due December 2.
  • “Say You Won’t Let Go” has already hit #1 in countries like Australia, Ireland, New Zealand, Scotland, Sweden and the U.K., which means James Arthur is ready for some U.S. chart success. He debuts at #39 on my chart this week. In 2012, he won the ninth season of the U.K. version of The X Factor, and his new album, Back From The Edge, just debuted at #1 there.
  • Finally, at #40, is the third top 40 song from Daya‘s Sit Still, Look Pretty album, which was released last month. “Words” is about to impact at CHR/Top 40 radio this Tuesday. Both The Monkees (#11, 1967) and the Bee Gees (#15, 1968) charted in the top 40 on the Hot 100 with the same title, but all three songs are different.

(See my full chart on Crownnote)

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ADAM’S TOP 40 FLASHBACK: November 15, 2009

"Gonna" head back to 2009.

“Gonna” head back to 2009.

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 7 years and find out what was topping my chart for the week of November 15, 2009…

Debuts:
40. DIANE BIRCH, “Nothing But A Miracle”

Biggest Mover(s):
NORAH JONES, “Chasing Pirates” (26-18, eight spots)

10. DAVE MATTHEWS BAND, “You And Me” (steady, second week)
Album: Big Whiskey And The GrooGrux King (2009, RCA Records)
Peak: #9

09. PINK, “Funhouse” (down 1)
Album: Funhouse (2008, LaFace/Zomba Records)
Peak: #8

08. NICKELBACK, “Never Gonna Be Alone” (up 1)
Album: Dark Horse (2008, Roadrunner/Atlantic Records)
Peak: #7 for three weeks

07. FIVE FOR FIGHTING, “Chances” (down 1)
Album: Slice (2009, Aware/Columbia Records)
Peak: #1 for two weeks

06. THE SCRIPT, “Breakeven” (up 1)
Album: The Script (2008, Epic Records)
Peak: #1 for one week

05. TRAIN, “Hey, Soul Sister” (steady, second week)
Album: Save Me, San Francisco (2009, Columbia Records)
Peak: #4 for four weeks

04. OWL CITY, “Fireflies” (steady, second week)
Album: Ocean Eyes (2009, Universal Republic Records)
Peak: #1 for six weeks

03. KELLY CLARKSON, “Already Gone” (steady, second week)
Album: All I Ever Wanted (2009, 19/RCA Records)
Peak: #2

02. ROB THOMAS, “Someday” (steady, third week)
Album: Cradlesong (2009, Emblem/Atlantic Records)
Peak: #2 for four weeks

01. MICHAEL BUBLE, “Haven’t Met You Yet” (steady, fourth week)
Album: Crazy Love (2009, 143/Reprise Records)
Peak: #1 for five 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 November 11, 2016

"Thinking" of a large debut.

“Thinking” of a large debut.

We occasionally have the quiet week in Q4, but there are still some great releases on the schedule this week. Here are the notable albums and singles to take a listen to:

STING — 57th & 9th (iTunes)
With the recent death of Leonard Cohen, next week’s chart is likely to be a little more unpredictable than expected. However, the new release by this performer will probably be in the running for a top ten debut, or possibly higher. The current single from it is “I Can’t Stop Thinking About You”, which is headed towards #1 on the Triple A radio chart.

EMELI SANDÉ — Long Live The Angels (iTunes)
Sandé’s latest set is her first studio album since 2012, but she’s worked with a number of different acts since that release. “Hurts” has been a mid-charting song in some countries, and it’s receiving some minor airplay at Hot AC radio here. This should do much better than the #28 peak of her debut effort.

Christmas albums out this week: Leslie Odom Jr.‘s Simply Christmas (iTunes)

More albums out this week: A Tribe Called Quest‘s We Got It From Here… Thank You 4 Your Service (iTunes), Enigma‘s The Fall Of A Rebel Angel (iTunes), Joe‘s #MyNameIsJoeThomas (iTunes), Nathan Sykes‘s Unfinished Business (iTunes), Olly Murs‘s 24 HRS (iTunes), Ronnie Dunn‘s Tattooed Heart (iTunes), The Griswolds‘s High Times For Low Lives (iTunes)

More EPs out this week: Bibi Bourelly‘s Free The Real, Pt. #2 (iTunes)

New digital-only singles that you can buy this week include:
“Be Mean”, DNCE (iTunes)
“Close”, Ryan Kinder (iTunes)
“Cocoon”, Milky Chance (iTunes)
“Dance”, Leon Else (iTunes)
“Ghost In The Wind”, Birdy (iTunes)
“Gravity”, Timeflies (iTunes)
“Human Touch”, Betty Who (iTunes)
“I Would Like”, Zara Larsson (iTunes)
“In My Dreams”, Ruth B (iTunes)
“Life Goes On”, Fergie (iTunes)
“Miss You”, Gabrielle Aplin (iTunes)
“On Hold”, The xx (iTunes)
“One Shot”, Robin Thicke featuring Juicy J (iTunes)
“Satisfied”, Sia featuring Miguel and Queen Latifah (iTunes)
“Shadow & Light”, Martin Luke Brown (iTunes)
“Too Keen”, Youngr (iTunes)

We’ll see you next week for new releases from Bruno Mars, DNCE, Metallica and more.

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RECORD REWIND: PGTC Picks, 10/30 – 11/5

Record Rewind - November 6, 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 – “The First Thing You See” (iTunes) (Spotify)
Here’s a Rewind entry that’s kind of new, but not exactly. A live version of this track appears on an EP from Major that came out in January 2014 on Virgin Records, and it’s actually gaining at streaming services. However, this new mix is super smooth and lovely.

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CAPE CUB – “Heat Of The Night” (iTunes) (Spotify)
As the weather continues to get colder and colder, the more we miss the “Heat” from those glorious summer days. However, a new EP from Chad Male’s glorious project is certainly going to whip up some warmth for the blogs. Wake up to 6AM and a great single.

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KINGSBURY – “Easy” (iTunes) (Spotify)
Here’s a new name from Nashville, a pop duo consisting of Caroline Kingsbury and Will Hess. A few years ago, Kingsbury, the solo performer, released some music as The Red Headed Indian. Now, the two make it sound so “Easy” to craft a cool cut for the blogs.

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THE NEW COAST – “Melbourne” (iTunes) (Spotify)
The London duo of Nick Blyth and Chris Cheater last appeared on the Rewind in August with “Slow Down”, but they certainly have done the opposite of that with the Friday release of an EP titled Paraga Beach. The guys have carved out a great sound for the set.

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WHISSELL – “Old Souls, Young Bodies” (iTunes) (Spotify)
About a month ago, Nashville’s Lauren Whistle made it onto the Rewind with a great track called “Pain Of Love”. Her debut EP is a couple of months away, but that lush pop sound and pleading vocal in her latest release are enough to keep me satisfied (for now!)

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For more great new music, these tunes are worth a listen…
GRETA ISAAC – “Don’t Tell” (SoundCloud)
HUSKY – “Late Night Store” (SoundCloud)
LONELY BENSON – “Let Me Know” (SoundCloud)
SAM TINNESZ featuring YACHT MONEY – “Play With Fire” (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: November 6, 2016

"Someone" new at the top.

It’s all in the James.

DEBUTS
38. Maty Noyes – In My Mind
37. Alex Da Kid featuring X Ambassadors & Elle King – Not Easy
36. Rag’n’Bone Man – Human | HIGHEST DEBUT

TOP GAINERS
29. LP – Lost On You (38)
27. Shawn Mendes – Mercy (32)
23. Captain Cuts featuring Nateur – Love Like We Used To (28)
16. Maroon 5 – Don’t Wanna Know (21)
15. Adele – Water Under The Bridge (30) | BIGGEST MOVER — two weeks
(see #09, #08 below)

THIS WEEK’S TOP TEN
10. Jordan Fisher – Lookin’ Like That (12) | PEAK: #10
09. Sting – I Can’t Stop Thinking About You (14) | PEAK: #09
08. Train – Play That Song (13) | PEAK: #08
07. Niall Horan – This Town (09) | PEAK: #07
06. Andrew McMahon In The Wilderness – Fire Escape (06) | PEAK: #06
05. Saint Motel – Move (05) | PEAK: #05
04. OneRepublic – Kids (03) | PEAK: #03
03. Michael Bublé – Nobody But Me (02) | PEAK: #01 for four weeks
02. Emeli Sandé – Hurts (04) | PEAK: #02
01. James TW – When You Love Someone (01) | PEAK: #01 for three 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:

  • This week’s Highest Debut is by a 31-year-old newcomer who calls himself Rag’n’Bone Man. His first chart hit is in at #36 on the countdown, and it’s called “Human”. The title has previously appeared in the top 40 for Christina Perri (#1, 2014), as well as The Killers (#5, 2008). This “Human” is currently #1 on iTunes in over a dozen countries, so make sure to check it out before it (hopefully) takes over the U.S. charts next year.
  • Producer Alex Da Kid has his first top 40 single as an artist this week, coming in at #37 with “Not Easy”. The song features X Ambassadors and Elle King. Upon release, the version issued to download and streaming platforms contains a section from rapper Wiz Khalifa, but as it heads for adds on Alternative and Triple A radio, that portion has been removed.
  • Also debuting this week is the first chart single for 19-year-old singer Maty Noyes. She’s at #38 with “In My Mind”, a single from her new EP Noyes Complaint. The set features five songs, including one with PGTC favorite Lostboycrow. You’ll see “Mind” in the top 50 on CHR/Top 40 radio soon.

(See my full chart on Crownnote)

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