Monthly Archives: January 2017

RECORD REWIND: PGTC Picks, 1/22 – 1/28/17

Record Rewind - January 29, 2017

Sunday afternoon means it’s time for the Record Rewind, highlighting the top new tracks that you might’ve missed during the work week, all from my favorite independent acts out there. If it’s on the site, it’s something that you need to check out!

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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AARON TAOS – “Off My Mind” (iTunes) (Spotify)
Taos came onto my radar back in the fall of 2015 with songs like “Hands” and “Simple & Sober”, which got some repost action on my SoundCloud feed. His more pop-driven delivery, while still maintaining the usual indie sensibilities, makes for one enjoyable single.

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KEVIN GARRETT – “Little Bit Of You” (iTunes) (Spotify)
Well, what do you know? Two weeks in a row, two songs from Garrett. With an EP due next week, titled False Hope, it is a true hope that he delivers with, what I think will be, another excellent set of tracks. That lush vocal and smooth arrangement are just heavenly.

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KNGDAVD – “Medicine” (iTunes) (Spotify)
Something told us we needed a prescription for a little pop power this week, and now we’re just itching to get a refill. This New York act continues to impress me, but you already knew that from my support of “Poppies” and “Say My Name” last year. It’s a good one.

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RUSS MACKLIN featuring KYLE REYNOLDS – “Natural” (iTunes) (Spotify)
Macklin is a new name on the Rewind, but Reynolds was last on here about four months ago with a sync song called “Alive”. If you’re familiar with that tune, he takes a bit of a musical leap here. Luckily, both Macklin and Reynolds put in some super work on this jam.

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For more great new music, these tunes are worth a listen…
Cody Lavaas – “Lie” (SoundCloud)
Jeffrey James – “Hand Grenade” (SoundCloud)
Jenna Kyle – “Dust” (SoundCloud)
Satellite Mode – “Secrets” (SoundCloud)
Smith & Thell – “February” (SoundCloud)
Tom Speight – “Willow Tree” (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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Kings Of The Hill: Touring The Top 40 Terrain

Chill with the Hills.

Chill with the Hills.

After some massive gains all week long at the CHR/Top 40 format, the Philadelphia duo Marian Hill, consisting of Jeremy Lloyd and Samantha Gongol, soars into the top 40 with the song “Down”. You’ve probably heard it in the latest Apple commercial. When the spot first began to air, the track shot into the top five on iTunes, and it continues to sit in the top ten as of the published time. I think it’ll stick around, even if it was initially released nearly a year ago. (Don’t we all just to want to dance on walls and cars while a song like that plays?)

As the latest Hill act collects their first top 40 single, let’s take a look back at some of the other musical mounds to reach the king of the hill, a dune full of ditties that we call the pop chart:

(All chart data is taken from the CHR/Pop listing published by trade magazine Radio & Records, which ran from 1973 to 2009.)

DAN HILL
Toronto’s Hill was on Canada’s national charts by the mid-70’s, but it wasn’t until 1977 that “Sometimes When We Touch” touched U.S. radio, reaching #2 on the CHR list in February 1978. By September 1987, he returned to the top ten with a surprise hit: “Can’t We Try”, a #8 duet with Vonda Shepard. “Never Thought (That I Could Love)” (#36, February 1988) marked his last chart song.

FAITH HILL
She made her debut on the Country chart in 1993 with “Wild One”, but it wasn’t until 1998 that she crossed to the CHR survey with a catchy track called “This Kiss”. It peaked at #12 in October 1998. In April 2000, she achieved her only top ten single at the format with “Breathe”, a #8 hit. “The Way You Love Me” (#19, January 2001) and “There You’ll Be” (#22, June 2001) also had good runs.

JORDAN HILL
This Hill was 17 when her first (and only) top 40 hit, “Remember Me This Way”, was featured on the soundtrack to Casper. Well, a friendly ghost couldn’t quite help her get a friendly reaction at CHR radio, and the song stalled at #36 in July 1995. A second entry, “For The Love Of You”, did even worse, topping out at #48 nearly a year later. She would find some larger success on the AC chart.

LAURYN HILL
After rising to #1 in June 1996 with “Killing Me Softly”, as a part of the Fugees, Hill reached the top 50 two times on her own. Just as her cover of “Can’t Take My Eyes Off You” peaked at #46 in September 1998, single “Doo Wop (That Thing)” entered and began a slow climb to #29 by January 1999. The two singles were featured on her chart-topping album The Miseducation Of Lauryn Hill.

Of course, you can always count on some “Hill” hits to extend your Top 40 excursion: “The Fool On The Hill”, “The Hills”, etc., but I’m sure these Hill acts are more than enough to get you started.

So, where will Marian Hill‘s “Down” peak at the format? Only time will tell. However, I’ll be telling you all over our social feeds…

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Highlights from Adam’s Top 40: January 29, 2017

He's the Man.

No Bone to pick with him, Man.

DEBUTS
40. Keith Urban – Blue Ain’t Your Color
38. The Head And The Heart – All We Ever Knew | HIGHEST DEBUT

TOP GAINERS
30. Bon Jovi – Roller Coaster (35)
24. Grouplove – Good Morning (32)
22. Julia Michaels – Issues (31) | BIGGEST MOVER — two weeks

THIS WEEK’S TOP TEN
10. James Arthur – Say You Won’t Let Go (13) | PEAK: #10
09. MUNA – I Know A Place (11) | PEAK: #09
08. Julia Brennan – Inner Demons (10) | PEAK: #08
07. Train – Play That Song (04) | PEAK: #02
06. Kelly Clarkson – It’s Quiet Uptown (07) | PEAK: #06
05. ZAYN & Taylor Swift – I Don’t Wanna Live Forever (06) | PEAK: #05
04. LP – Lost On You (05) | PEAK: #04
03. John Mayer – Love On The Weekend (03) | PEAK: #03
02. Adele – Water Under The Bridge (02) | PEAK: #01 for three weeks
01. Rag’n’Bone Man – Human (01) | PEAK: #01 for four weeks

Top 10 Next In Line:
1. Alice Merton – No Roots (1)
2. The Shins – Name For You (7)
3. Grace VanderWaal – I Don’t Know My Name (3)
4. Ryan Corn – The Pressure (4)
5. Sigma featuring Birdy – Find Me (6)
6. Sting – One Fine Day (8)
7. Walk Off The Earth – Fire In My Soul (10)
8. Jonathan Roy – Good Things (-)
9. The Strumbellas – Young & Wild (-)
10. Tavish Crowe – Fire (-)

In The Mix:
A R I Z O N A – Oceans Away
Causes – Where Does Love Go
James Blunt – Love Me Better (new)
Lady Antebellum – You Look Good
LeAnn Rimes – Long Live Love
Michael Bublé – I Believe In You (new)
Pat Benatar – Shine
Rag’N’Bone Man – Skin (new)
The Heydaze – Hurt Like Hell

Chart Notes:

  • For the second week in a row, singer and songwriter Julia Michaels has the week’s Biggest Mover with “Issues”. On my last chart, she tied for the title, moving 37-31. Now, she holds it by herself, jumping from 31-22. Michaels, born in Davenport, IA before moving west, also enters the top 40 on the CHR/Top 40 chart this week, joining a list of Iowa-born musicians to rank on the national pop list that includes Andy Williams, C.W. McCall, Glenn MillerNate Ruess and Tracie Spencer.
  • Two recent crossovers to the Hot AC format break into the top 40 this week: at #38, “All We Ever Knew” marks the debut of Seattle’s The Head And The Heart on my chart. The song topped the Alternative radio chart for a week in November. At #40 is the recent chart-topping Country hit by Keith Urban, “Blue Ain’t Your Color”. His song got some key adds recently, and it looks like it’s bound to see some more action in the coming weeks.
  • New singles from Sting and The Shins seem like the most likely candidates to debut in my top 40 next week, at least at the current time. Remember, anything can change. Check back next Sunday to see what happens!

(See my full chart on Crownnote)

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ADAM’S TOP 40 FLASHBACK: January 27, 2008

Simply the

“Home” is where the chart is.

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 nine years and find out what was topping my chart for the week of January 27, 2008…

Debuts:
39. ROONEY, “I Should’ve Been After You”
38. JOSH KELLEY, “Unfair”
36. FIVE TIMES AUGUST, “The Good Life”

Biggest Mover:
DARREN HAYES, “Casey” (20-15, five spots)

10. DURAN DURAN, “Falling Down” (down 2)
Album: Red Carpet Massacre (2007, Epic Records)
Peak: #4

09. MICHAEL BUBLÉ, “Lost” (up 2)
Album: Call Me Irresponsible (2007, Reprise Records)
Peak: #9 for two weeks

08. LIFEHOUSE, “Whatever It Takes” (up 2)
Album: Who We Are (2007, Geffen Records)
Peak: #1 for one week

07. MAROON 5, “Won’t Go Home Without You” (steady, second week)
Album: It Won’t Be Soon Before Long (2007, A&M/Octone Records)
Peak: #4 for three weeks

06. ONEREPUBLIC, “Stop And Stare” (steady, second week)
Album: Dreaming Out Loud (2007, Mosley/Interscope Records)
Peak: #6 for two weeks

05. TAYLOR SWIFT, “Teardrops On My Guitar” (steady, second week)
Album: Taylor Swift (2006, Big Machine Records)
Peak: #3 for three weeks

04. MATT NATHANSON, “Car Crash” (steady, second week)
Album: Some Mad Hope (2007, Vanguard Records)
Peak: #1 for three weeks

03. TIMBALAND presents ONEREPUBLIC, “Apologize” (down 1)
Album: Dreaming Out Loud (2007, Mosley/Interscope Records)
Peak: #1 for three weeks

02. GRAHAM COLTON, “Best Days” (up 1)
Album: Here Right Now (2007, Universal Republic Records)
Peak: #1 for three weeks

01. EMERSON HART, “I Wish The Best For You” (steady, third week)
Album: Cigarettes And Gasoline (2007, Manhattan Records)
Peak: #1 for four 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 January 27, 2017

Coming down the track with new tracks...

Coming down the track with new tracks…

When it comes to executive orders to better the state of our music industry, I think we can sign off on getting all of you readers out in the blog world up-to-date with the latest releases. After all, it’s not a wall. Here are some of this week’s new album and singles:

TRAIN – a girl a bottle a boat (iTunes)
All aboard! The latest set from this San Francisco band features “Play That Song”, which recently went top ten on Hot AC radio. That sounds like some chart and soul to me! It also features a collaboration with Priscilla Renea, who hit the pop chart as an artist in 2009 with “Dollhouse”. Pat Monahan and crew have earned five top ten albums on the Billboard 200 since 2001, and the sixth could be on its way soon.

MIGOS – Culture (iTunes)
If you’re into raindrops and drop-tops, then you probably know the chart-topping song “Bad And Boujee” by this Georgia rap trio. As it ranks at #1 on the Billboard Hot 100, it’s also a top ten hit on the Rhythmic and Urban radio listings. This album will receive a large boost due to stream and track-equivalent units, which is not “Bad” at all when it comes to chart placement.

KEHLANI – SweetSexySavage (iTunes)
With cuts like “CRZY” and “Distraction” building up millions of plays at streaming services, the California performer is bound to find some nice support at those platforms for release week. It’s likely to perform much better than her last mixtape, You Should Be Here.

More albums out this week: Aquilo‘s Silhouettes (iTunes), Bell Biv Devoe‘s Three Stripes (iTunes), Brantley Gilbert‘s The Devil Don’t Sleep (iTunes), Erik Hassle‘s Innocence Lost (iTunes), Japandroids‘s Near To The Wild Heart Of Life (iTunes), Joshua Radin‘s The Fall (iTunes), Lauren Alaina‘s Road Less Traveled (iTunes), NOW That’s What I Call Music, Vol. 61 (iTunes)

More EPs out this week: Stanaj‘s From A Distance (iTunes), Whissell‘s Old Souls, Young Bodies (iTunes)

New digital-only singles that you can buy this week include:
“21 Days”, Scott Helman (iTunes)
“Anymore”, Goldfrapp (iTunes)
“Be The 1”, Ricky Reed (iTunes)
“Don’t Speak For Me (True)”, Andrew McMahon In The Wilderness (iTunes)
“Hand Grenade”, Jeffrey James (iTunes)
“Love Is The Beast”, RØMANS featuring Avelino (iTunes)
“Love Me Better”, James Blunt (iTunes)
“Medicine”, KNGDAVD (iTunes)
“Mercy (Acoustic Guitar Version)”, Shawn Mendes (iTunes)
“Natural”, Russ Macklin featuring Kyle Reynolds (iTunes)
“No Matter”, Frances (iTunes)
“Off My Mind”, Aaron Taos (iTunes)
“Pipe Dreams”, Nelly Furtado (iTunes)
“Play”, SoMo featuring Maty Noyes (iTunes)
“Run Up”, Major Lazer featuring PARTYNEXTDOOR & Nicki Minaj (iTunes)
“Scared To Be Lonely”, Martin Garrix featuring Dua Lipa (iTunes)
“Skin”, Rag’N’Bone Man (iTunes)
“Sleep Deprived”, LÉON (iTunes)
“So Good”, Zara Larsson featuring Ty Dolla $ign (iTunes)
“Testify”, Citizen Four (iTunes)
“Young Blood”, Noah Kahan (iTunes)

We’ll see you next week for new albums from Big Sean, MUNAReba McEntire and more. Listen to the PGTC Friday Faves list on Spotify!

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RECORD REWIND: PGTC Picks, 1/15 – 1/21/17

Record Rewind - January 22, 2017

Sunday afternoon means it’s time for the Record Rewind, highlighting the top new tracks that you might’ve missed during the work week, all from my favorite independent acts out there. If it’s on the site, it’s something that you need to check out!

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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CASTLECOMER – “If I Could Be Like You” (iTunes) (Spotify)
Sydney’s smashing Alternative quintet keeps on making great music, with this song being one of their more accessible tracks to date. I guess it’s because you can both rock out and dance to it, which is always a good thing. The catchy jam is ready to make some moves.

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KEVIN GARRETT – “Strangehold” (iTunes) (Spotify)
A surprise release from New York’s Garrett, still making quite a name for himself in the blog and streaming worlds, gives us another great entry this week. The soulful sound of Garrett’s vocals and musicality is so enticing that you’ll be wishing for more. I know I am.

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MAX AND THE MOON – “Killing Time” (iTunes) (Spotify)
It’s a bittersweet moment for this Rewind entry, as the Los Angeles quartet is going their separate ways. However, their last single is actually my favorite of theirs, ironically enough, combining anthemic rock and pop into a lush sound for their fans. We’ll miss them.

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REYNA – “Matinee” (iTunes) (Spotify)
This Milwaukee duo came onto the PGTC radar in the spring of last year with a song called “Ink On My Skin”, which is closing in on a solid 200,000 streams on Spotify. Their latest guitar-driven single digs into some late 80’s roots, inspiring one smooth pop dream.

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For more great new music, these tunes are worth a listen…
AUGUST – “Ghosts” (SoundCloud)
Eliason – “Heaven Knows” (SoundCloud)
Hundred Handed – “Vibe” (SoundCloud)
Pierre Stemmett – “Unfair” (SoundCloud)
Sabrina Parker – “Write You Down” (SoundCloud)
Sam Seg – “Lover” (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: January 22, 2017

He's the Man.

He’s no ordinary Man.

DEBUTS
40. Gavin DeGraw – Something Worth Saving
39. Nathan Sykes – There’s Only One Of You | HIGHEST DEBUT

TOP GAINERS
31. Julia Michaels – Issues (37) | BIGGEST MOVER (tie)
23. Ed Sheeran – Shape Of You (28)
19. Ed Sheeran – Castle On The Hill (25) | BIGGEST MOVER (tie)

THIS WEEK’S TOP TEN
10. Julia Brennan – Inner Demons (11) | PEAK: #10
09. Captain Cuts featuring Nateur – Love Like We Used To (07) | PEAK: #05
08. James TW – When You Love Someone (05) | PEAK: #01 for seven weeks
07. Kelly Clarkson – It’s Quiet Uptown (08) | PEAK: #07
06. ZAYN & Taylor Swift – I Don’t Wanna Live Forever (09) | PEAK: #06
05. LP – Lost On You (06) | PEAK: #05
04. Train – Play That Song (03) | PEAK: #02
03. John Mayer – Love On The Weekend (04) | PEAK: #03
02. Adele – Water Under The Bridge (02) | PEAK: #01 for three weeks
01. Rag’n’Bone Man – Human (01) | PEAK: #01 for three weeks

Top 10 Next In Line:
1. Alice Merton – No Roots (1)
2. The Head And The Heart – All We Ever Knew (5)
3. Grace VanderWaal – I Don’t Know My Name (2)
4. Ryan Corn – The Pressure (6)
5. Jukebox The Ghost – Keys In The Car (Live) (4)
6. Sigma featuring Birdy – Find Me (10)
7. The Shins – Name For You (-)
8. Sting – One Fine Day (-)
9. Keith Urban – Blue Ain’t Your Color (-)
10. Walk Off The Earth – Fire In My Soul (-)

In The Mix:
A R I Z O N A – Oceans Away
Causes – Where Does Love Go (new)
Jonathan Roy – Good Things (new)
Lady Antebellum – You Look Good (new)
LeAnn Rimes – Long Live Love
MAGIC! – No Regrets
Pat Benatar – Shine (new)
Tavish Crowe – Fire (new)
The Heydaze – Hurt Like Hell
The Strumbellas – Young & Wild
Tyler Hilton – Next To You

Chart Notes:

  • Four active hits sit just below the top ten this week: “I Know A Place” (14-11) by MUNA, “Anywhere” (13-12) by Passenger, “Say You Won’t Let Go” (15-13) by James Arthur and “Let’s Hurt Tonight” (16-14) by OneRepublic. With two newcomers and two chart veterans in the mix, it’ll be a fight to the finish to enter the region next week. Who makes it? Stay tuned.
  • This week’s Highest Debut is the latest solo hit from Nathan Sykes, who previously recorded with The Wanted. “There’s Only One Of You” is new at #39. It’s the third track to reach the top 40 from Unfinished Business, following “Kiss Me Quick” and “Give It Up”, which both garnered some minor CHR/Top 40 and Hot AC airplay for a short time.
  • Just below Sykes is Gavin DeGraw, who comes in at #40 with “Something Worth Saving”. It’s the title track from his latest set, and the second single from it. (First single “She Sets The City On Fire” peaked at #7 last year.) DeGraw first made my top 40 in 2003 with “Follow Through”. His biggest hit, 2005’s “Chariot”, went to #2.

(See my full chart on Crownnote)

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