Monthly Archives: November 2016

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…

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…


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.


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.


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.


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.


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!)


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 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.

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

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)

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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ADAM’S TOP 40 FLASHBACK: November 2, 2003

"Down" and up this week's chart.

“Down” and up this week’s chart.

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 13 years and find out what was topping my chart for the week of November 2, 2003…

40. MICHAEL MCDONALD, “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough”
35. LINKIN PARK, “Numb”

Biggest Mover(s):
(see below, #9)

10. SHERYL CROW, “The First Cut Is The Deepest” (steady, second week)
Album: The Very Best Of Sheryl Crow (2003, A&M Records)
Peak: #10 for two weeks

09. CHRISTINA AGUILERA, “The Voice Within” (up 22)
Album: Stripped (2002, RCA Records)
Peak: #4 for four weeks

08. DASHBOARD CONFESSIONAL, “Hands Down” (up 6)
Album: A Mark, A Mission, A Brand, A Scar (2003, Vagrant Records)
Peak: #1 for two weeks

07. BRITNEY SPEARS featuring MADONNA, “Me Against The Music” (up 1)
Album: In The Zone (2003, Jive Records)
Peak: #6 for two weeks

06. MAROON 5, “Harder To Breathe” (down 3)
Album: Songs About Jane (2002, Octone/J Records)
Peak: #2 for five weeks

05. CLAY AIKEN, “Invisible” (steady, second week)
Album: Measure Of A Man (2003, RCA Records)
Peak: #5 for two weeks

04. NELLY FURTADO, “Powerless (Say What You Want)” (steady, second week)
Album: Folklore (2003, DreamWorks Records)
Peak: #2 for three weeks

03. FOUNTAINS OF WAYNE, “Stacy’s Mom” (down 2)
Album: Welcome Interstate Managers (2003, S-Curve/EMI Records)
Peak: #1 for six weeks

02. DIDO, “White Flag” (steady, second week)
Album: Life For Rent (2003, Arista Records)
Peak: #2 for three weeks

01. NO DOUBT, “It’s My Life” (up 5)
Album: The Singles 1992–2003 (2003, Interscope 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 4, 2016

Looking for a Home at the top.

House hunters.

What’s new in November? Mix some rockers and R&B stars, some pop singers and producers, and you’ll get a healthy hit mix for this weekend. Here are the notable albums and singles released this week:

BON JOVI — This House Is Not For Sale (iTunes)
After a “fan album” release in 2015, which you likely forgot about or didn’t realize happened, the iconic New Jersey rockers have a new set out this week. Once again, it was produced by leader Jon Bon Jovi and John Shanks. Songwriter Billy Falcon returns as well. The title track is a solid top ten single on the AC chart, while it continues to slowly rise into the top 30 on Hot AC radio. (It’s also in the top ten on my personal chart!) Look for a top ten debut next week.

ALICIA KEYS — Here (iTunes)
This is Keys’s first studio album in four years, but the radio singles from it haven’t done nearly as well as her past material. On a deluxe version of the set, you’ll find “In Common”, which was a moderate Urban hit, as well as a top ten song at Urban AC. Now, “Blended Family (What You Do For Love)” (featuring A$AP Rocky) is trying to find its footing. Though it’s been a messy era, a top ten bow on the Billboard 200 is probably a safe bet.

KUNGS — Layers (iTunes)
This French DJ and producer’s single “This Girl”, a remix of a song originally performed by Australia’s Cookin’ On 3 Burners, hit the top 15 on CHR/Top 40 radio recently. However, it fell short of the huge success it experienced in Europe, including #1 peaks in France, Germany and Scotland. Don’t expect this set to do huge numbers in the U.S., but it could do well digitally.

Christmas albums out this week: Kris Allen‘s Somethin’ About Christmas (iTunes)

More albums out this week: Birds Of Tokyo‘s BRACE (iTunes), Common‘s Black America Again (iTunes), Jim James‘s Eternally Even (iTunes), Lions Head‘s LNZHD (iTunes), Mother Love Bone‘s On Earth As It Is: The Complete Works (iTunes), Robbie Williams‘s Heavy Entertainment Show (iTunes), Susan Boyle‘s A Wonderful World (iTunes), The Fray‘s Through The Years: The Best Of The Fray (iTunes), ZAYDE WØLF‘s Golden Age (iTunes), NOW That’s What I Call Music!, Vol. 60 (iTunes)

More EPs out this week: Badflower‘s Temper (iTunes), Beach Weather‘s Chit Chat (iTunes), Cape Cub‘s 6AM (iTunes), Keke Palmer‘s Lauren (iTunes), TENDER‘s III (iTunes), The Chainsmokers‘s Collage (iTunes), The New Coast‘s Paraga Beach (iTunes)

New digital-only singles that you can buy this week include:
“Back Around”, Olly Murs (iTunes)
“Ballroom Blitz”, The Struts (iTunes)
“Dog Years”, Maggie Rogers (iTunes)
“dopemang”, Kiiara featuring Ashley All Day (iTunes)
“Easy”, Kingsbury (iTunes)
“F.U.”, Little Mix (iTunes)
“Faith”, Stevie Wonder featuring Ariana Grande (iTunes)
“Find Me”, Sigma featuring Birdy (iTunes)
“Good Day”, DNCE (iTunes)
“Jericho (Recycle Jordan Remix)”, Marc Scibilia (iTunes)
“Kisses Back”, Matthew Koma (iTunes)
“Let Me Know”, Lonely Benson (iTunes)
“Memory Makin’”, High Valley (iTunes)
“Numb”, David Archuleta (iTunes)
“Old Souls, Young Bodies”, Whissell (iTunes)
“Petrol Head”, Sting (iTunes)
“Queen Elizabeth”, Cheat Codes (iTunes)
“Ritual”, Marshmello featuring Wrabel (iTunes)
“The First Thing You See”, Bruno Major (iTunes)
“The Only One”, Bobby Bazini (iTunes)
“Therapy”, Kim Cesarion (iTunes)
“Versace On The Floor”, Bruno Mars (iTunes)
“Wasting Time”, Day Wave (iTunes)

We’ll see you next week for new releases from Emeli Sandé, Ronnie Dunn, Sting and more.

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RADIO REPORT: POP! Goes The Picks (November 2016)

Radio Report - November 2016

It’s time once again to analyze the airwaves and find out if your favorite new releases will be lighting up your local station’s playlist during the month. Which tunes will climb to the top and which ones will hit a stop? Here’s a selection of new singles being serviced in November in this month’s Radio Report.

CAPTAIN CUTS featuring NATEUR – “Love Like We Used To” (Epic, November 1 – CHR/Top 40)
Album: TBA
Past CHR History: The Los Angeles songwriting/production trio has achieved some success at the format, most notably with “Shut Up And Dance” for Walk The Moon, which reached #2 for three weeks last year. Nateur, writer Nate Cyphert, has not charted here.

JACOB WHITESIDES – “Focus” (Double U/ADA, November 1 – CHR/Top 40)
Album: Why? (2016)
Past CHR History: Tennessee teen Whitesides, who turns 19 later this month, stalled out just below the top 50 here earlier in 2016 with “Lovesick”. Though it likely won’t do much heading into the holidays, the singer has a large group of fans to support the single.

ALEX DA KID featuring X AMBASSADORS & ELLE KING – “Not Easy” (RCA, November 7 / 8 – Triple A / Alternative)
Album: TBA
Past AAA/ALT History: Both featured acts are known at the two formats, the former for hits like “Renegades” and “Unsteady”, and the latter for “Ex’s And Oh’s” and “Under The Influence”. With a strong team, it should be an “Easy” sell for crossover play in 2017.

LP – “Lost On You” (Vagrant/BMG, November 7 – Triple A)
Album: Death Valley (EP) (2016)
Past AAA History: Four years ago, “Into The Wild” achieved some airplay at the format after being featured in a Citibank ad, and it had a brief run in the top 40. However, this release comes to the U.S. with huge chart success across Europe. Don’t let it get “Lost”.

LUKAS GRAHAM – “You’re Not There” (Warner Bros., November 7 / 8 – Hot AC / CHR/Top 40)
Album: Lukas Graham (2016)
Past HAC/CHR History: The Danish band has two U.S. hits to date, the larger of the two being chart-topper “7 Years”, which spent three weeks at #1 on the Hot AC chart and one week on the CHR chart. Their newest single will be “There” in the top 40 quite soon.

STING – “I Can’t Stop Thinking About You” (A&M/Interscope, November 7 – Hot AC)
Album: 57th & 9th (2016)
Past HAC History: The 65-year-old musician was last on the chart a decade ago, when he collaborated with Sheryl Crow on “Always On Your Side”. It reached #10. His biggest Hot AC hit is “Desert Rose”, featuring Cheb Mami, which spent ten weeks at #3 in 2000.

CHARLI XCX featuring LIL YACHTY – “After The Afterparty” (Atlantic, November 15 – CHR/Top 40)
Album: TBA
Past CHR History: It’s been nearly two years since this English singer appeared in the top 40 with “Break The Rules”, which peaked at #23 (and was largely forgotten about after the holiday freeze.) With two #1 songs to her credit, we’ll see how this party plays out.

MIIKE SNOW – “The Heart Of Me” (Downtown/Atlantic, November 15 – Alternative)
Album: iii (2016)
Past ALT History: After a year of tragic and senseless gun violence around the world, a single with a title like “My Trigger” had very little opportunity to become a huge hit at Alternative radio. Still, it made the top 40. Now, the trio hopes to reach the top ten again.

Which of these new songs would you like to see atop the charts? Let me know! Comment below or click the “Get Social!” tab above to find PGTC on social media.

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