Monthly Archives: February 2017

Vital Titles: The CHRonicles Of A “Night”

Here comes the "Night".

Here comes the “Night”.

As it sometimes happens on the CHR/Top 40 format, there are two songs with the same title, but a different melody, competing for slots across the panel. In this case, there are two “All Night” releases freshly reaching the top 60, with each steadily gaining week-to-week. I think I’ll grab some popcorn while they duke it out. (Just grab the fat-free kind, I’m on a diet after award season.)

These acts, a solo rapper and a pop quartet, may not share the same fan base in terms of core demographics and other statistics, but they do have plenty of supporters globally. Will radio’s gatekeepers give them the green light? Let me know what you think!

CHANCE THE RAPPER featuring KNOX FORTUNE – “All Night” (in2une)

PEAK: #56 (as of 2/26/17)

KEY STATIONS TO DATE: WBMP/New York, WBBM and WKSC/Chicago, KMVQ/San Francisco, additional airplay in Boston and Orlando
PRIOR CHART ACTION: no top 50 hits to date; “No Problem” (featuring Lil Wayne and 2 Chainz) and his feature on “All My Friends” (Snakehips) impacted at the format, but failed to chart.
STREAMS TO DATE: 43+ million on Spotify
ADDITIONAL INFO: “All Night” now ranks in the top 30 on Rhythmic radio, where it’s being played in some prominent markets.

PREDICTION: Cloudy with a chance of Chance; in2une’s inconsistent track record at the format with independent artists could be the biggest issue holding “Night” back, but the Best New Artist winner may surprise with a sleeper hit. Stream a little stream of him.

VS.

THE VAMPS & MATOMA – “All Night” (Island/Republic)

PEAK: #57 (as of 2/26/17)

KEY STATIONS TO DATE: Hits 1/SiriusXM, Radio Disney/Los Angeles, additional airplay in Las Vegas and Phoenix
PRIOR CHART ACTION: “Somebody To You” (featuring Demi Lovato) got as high as #50 for two weeks in September 2014; a reissued uptempo remix of “Can We Dance” and “Wake Up” failed to chart.
STREAMS TO DATE: 143+ million on Spotify
ADDITIONAL INFO: “All Night” has reached the top 40 in four countries overseas, including a lone top ten (#6) peak in Ireland.

PREDICTION: Re-vamped image and sound is a streaming winner, but minimal U.S. support makes this “Night” less memorable. Will the U.S. audience ever fully appreciate The Vamps? It is just too hard to tell at the moment. Hey, there’s always the next single.

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RECORD REWIND: PGTC Picks, 2/19 – 2/25/17

Record Rewind - February 26, 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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BEN HOBBS – “Shame” (iTunes) (Spotify)
This is the third time on the Rewind for London singer Hobbs, who last appeared in October with the song “Take The Blame”. At this point, I think I’m probably verging on a stan. Anyways, for me, this tune recalls 1987 in pop music, which makes for a fantastic result.


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BRUNO MAJOR – “Just The Same” (iTunes) (Spotify)
Major’s had a major presence on the Rewind with his lovely lunar project, and his latest piece of moon music is a super blend of R&B and gospel roots, mixed with a hint of pop. The pure and emotional cut is one of his best of the set so far. Can’t wait for the next one.


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EMMA DEWING – “Buttons” (iTunes) (Spotify)
Making her debut on the Rewind is a California singer that got a SoundCloud repost from me in 2016 on her remake of 1991’s “Don’t Cry” by Guns N’ Roses. Her latest single is a change of pace, a bouncy bop that’s equal parts poppy and theatrical. Watch out for her.


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For more great new music, these tunes are worth a listen…
Benjamin Poss – “Brainwashed” (SoundCloud)
BIYO – “Focus” (SoundCloud)
Daniel Feels x Robert Gillies – “On My Way” (SoundCloud)
Lyon Hart – “Delusional” (SoundCloud)

Want to be featured on this weekly wrap-up? Submit your music to adamfsoybel@gmail.com and I’ll check our your tunes. Thanks!

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Highlights from Adam’s Top 40: February 26, 2017

Swiftly taking the top spot.

In-Zayn in the brain.

DEBUTS
40. Noah Kahan – Young Blood
37. JP Cooper – September Song | HIGHEST DEBUT

TOP GAINERS
33. Take That – Giants (39)
28. Maroon 5 – Cold (35)
25. James TW – Ex (32)
21. Michael Bublé – I Believe In You (33) | BIGGEST MOVER
17. Imagine Dragons – Believer (22)
(see #10)

THIS WEEK’S TOP TEN
10. Katy Perry featuring Skip Marley – Chained To The Rhythm (16) | PEAK: #10
09. Julia Michaels – Issues (10) | PEAK: #09
08. OneRepublic – Let’s Hurt Tonight (08) | PEAK: #08
07. LP – Lost On You (04) | PEAK: #02
06. Ed Sheeran – Castle On The Hill (07) | PEAK: #06
05. Daniel Powter – Delicious (06) | PEAK: #05
04. Julia Brennan – Inner Demons (03) | PEAK: #03
03. MUNA – I Know A Place (05) | PEAK: #03
02. Rag’n’Bone Man – Human (02) | PEAK: #01 for six weeks
01. ZAYN & Taylor Swift – I Don’t Wanna Live Forever (01) | PEAK: #01 for two weeks

Top 10 Next In Line:
1. Jonathan Roy – Good Things (1)
2. The Strumbellas – Young & Wild (4)
3. Michelle Branch – Hopeless Romantic (3)
4. Skip Marley – Lions (8)
5. Rag’N’Bone Man – Skin (7)
6. Lady Antebellum – You Look Good (10)
7. Walk Off The Earth – Fire In My Soul (9)
8. The Band Perry – Stay In The Dark (-)
9. MisterWives – Machine (-)
10. Wrabel – Bloodstain (-)

In The Mix:
Adele – All I Ask (new)
Bea Miller – Song Like You (new)
FRENSHIP – 1000 Nights
Gavin DeGraw – Making Love With The Radio On
John Mayer – Still Feel Like Your Man (new)
LeAnn Rimes – Long Live Love
Ruth B – Superficial Love
The Chainsmokers & Coldplay – Something Just Like This (new)

Chart Notes:

  • Two newcomers make their way into the top 40 this week. The higher of the two is English performer JP Cooper, coming in at #37 with “September Song”. You might know the name from Jonas Blue‘s single “Perfect Strangers”, which was released last year and charted well across Europe. Though a number of “September” titles have hit the top 40 over the decades, many of them have peaked in other months. (For example, Earth, Wind & Fire‘s “September” reached #5 in Radio & Records in January 1979, while Neil Diamond‘s “September Morn” hit #6 in February 1980.) We’ll see how Cooper’s track does at the Hot AC format very soon.
  • At #40 is the week’s other entry, “Young Blood” by Vermont native Noah Kahan. His debut track recently topped a million streams at Spotify, while it impacts at the Triple A radio format on March 13. (A late birthday present, perhaps?) Kahan is on the road with Milky Chance for several shows next month. By the way, it was in 2004 that Vermont-born JoJo reached #2 on my chart with “Leave (Get Out)”, which remains the highest-charting song by an act from the state.
  • As I turn 27 (eek!) on Wednesday, I feel that it’s best to remind you that I’ve had two chart songs since 1999 that contain “27” in their titles. In December 2014, Passenger hit #10 with “27”, and in December 2007, Mike Doughty peaked at #28 with “27 Jennifers”. I know what you’re saying, “27! That’s still young!” Just wait, 30 is coming up in a few years…

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ADAM’S TOP 40 FLASHBACK: February 23, 2003

"Girls" of the 40.

“Girls” of the 40.

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 14 years and find out what was topping my chart for the week of February 23, 2003…

Debuts:
40. GINUWINE, “Hell Yeah”
38. MATCHBOX TWENTY, “Unwell”
37. OK GO, “Get Over It”

Biggest Movers:
STACIE ORRICO, “Stuck” (24-18, six spots)

10. 3 DOORS DOWN, “When I’m Gone” (up 3)
Album: Away From The Sun (2002, Universal Republic Records)
Peak: #3 for three weeks

09. DIXIE CHICKS, “Landslide” (down 3)
Album: Home (2002, Columbia Records)
Peak: #4

08. 50 CENT, “In Da Club” (up 6)
Album: Get Rich Or Die Tryin’ (2003, Shady/Aftermath/Interscope Records)
Peak: #4 for two weeks

07. COUNTING CROWS featuring VANESSA CARLTON, “Big Yellow Taxi” (down 3)
Album: Hard Candy (2002, Geffen Records)
Peak: #2 for three weeks

06. TELEPOPMUSIK, “Breathe” (up 1)
Album: Genetic World (2002, Capitol Records)
Peak: #6

05. LUCY WOODWARD, “Dumb Girls” (up 6)
Album: While You Can (2003, Atlantic Records)
Peak: #2 for three weeks

04. VI3, “Eyes Closed So Tonight” (up 8)
Album: …So Tight (2002, MCA Records)
Peak: #3

03. JENNIFER LOPEZ featuring LL COOL J, “All I Have” (steady, fifth week)
Album: This Is Me… Then (2002, Epic Records)
Peak: #3 for five weeks

02. DF DUB, “Country Girl” (steady, second week)
Album: Country Girl (2003, Columbia Records)
Peak: #2 for three weeks

01. BOOMKAT, “The Wreckoning” (steady, second week)
Album: Boomkatalog.One (2003, DreamWorks 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 February 24, 2017

Ready to paint the Town.

Ready to paint the Town.

We all try to look to the future in some way or another, but this week, we can really look to the Future (and plenty of other acts!) on the new releases schedule. Here are some of this week’s new albums and singles:

LITTLE BIG TOWN – The Breaker (iTunes)
From “Better Man” to even better results, this group’s newest hit looks to be a multi-week #1 on the Country radio chart. Though the set may fall short of #1 on the Billboard 200, it’ll definitely be a strong chart-topper on the Country albums list. It should be another great era for the quartet, who released their first album in 2002.

FUTURE – HNDRXX (iTunes)
I know what you’re saying: “Didn’t he just release an album last week?” He did. Going for two consecutive #1 albums in two weeks is a huge challenge, but this Atlanta rapper certainly has the potential to do it. He does face some competition, however, so stay tuned!

JOHN MAYER – The Search For Everything – Wave Two (EP) (iTunes)
Another month, another Mayer EP. This blog certainly approves! This one features the single “Still Feel Like Your Man”, one of four new songs. It should start out in the top five, just as his last EP did. It’s one of our top choices for the week.

More albums out this week: Aaron Watson‘s Vaquero (iTunes), Old 97’sGraveyard Whistling (iTunes), Prince Royce‘s FIVE (iTunes), The Shack (Soundtrack) (iTunes)

More EPs out this week: Bea Miller‘s Chapter One: Blue (iTunes)

New digital-only singles that you can buy this week include:
“Bellyache”, Billie Eilish (iTunes)
“Buttons”, Emma Dewing (iTunes)
“By Your Side”, The 1975 (iTunes)
“Celebrate”, Hundred Handed (iTunes)
“Crazy (Alison Wonderland Remix)”, Lido (iTunes)
“Focus”, BIYO (iTunes)
“Get Closer (Joe Mason Remix)”, XYLØ (iTunes)
“Going To Mars”, Judah & The Lion (iTunes)
“Heavy”, POWERS (iTunes)
“Heartlines (Mount Remix)”, Broods (iTunes)
“I’m A Lady”, Meghan Trainor (iTunes)
“Just The Same”, Bruno Major (iTunes)
“Light Outside”, Absofacto (iTunes)
“Lonely Again”, gnash (iTunes)
“Open Your Eyes”, Sam Feldt & Hook N Sling (iTunes)
“Playboy”, Trey Songz (iTunes)
“Redrum”, Era Istrefi featuring Felix Snow (iTunes)
“Rocks”, Life Of Dillon (iTunes)
“Say Love”, Julian Jordan featuring Sj (iTunes)
“Secondhand Hurt”, Devin Dawson (iTunes)
“Shape Of You (Major Lazer Remix)”, Ed Sheeran (iTunes)
“Slide”, Calvin Harris featuring Frank Ocean & Migos (iTunes)
“Some Kinda Wonderful (Pretty Sister Remix)”, Betty Who (iTunes)
“Something Just Like This”, The Chainsmokers and Coldplay (iTunes)
“Stay”, ZeddAlessia Cara (iTunes)
“Strangers”, Tritonal (iTunes)
“Superficial Love (2.0)”, Ruth B. (iTunes)
“Swalla”, Jason Derulo featuring Nicki Minaj and Ty Dolla $ign (iTunes)
“Wave Your Flag”, Afrojack featuring Luis Fonsi (iTunes)
“Where The Girls Are”, Josh Turner (iTunes)

We’ll see you next week for new albums from Ed Sheeran, Khalid and more. Listen to the PGTC Friday Faves list on Spotify!

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RECORD REWIND: PGTC Picks, 2/12 – 2/18/17

Record Rewind - February 19, 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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JESSIE EARLY – “Holy Ghost” (iTunes) (Spotify)
Nashville native Early came to our attention a few weeks ago with a track called “Heart”, and we were happy to see that a dreamy pop song of hers also dropped during the week, mixing 80’s melodies and 90’s vocal stylings. Check out her Wild Honey EP on March 31!


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PAPERWHITE – “Human Nature” (iTunes) (Spotify)
Siblings Ben and Katie Marshall have had plenty of reposts on our SoundCloud page, and a number of songs on our Spotify playlists, but this is their first tune to be released while the Rewind has been around. As always, the synth-pop duo has some killer production.


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SARAH SOLOVAY – “Rough Draft” (iTunes) (Spotify)
New York singer/songwriter Solovay last released new music during the year PGTC began: 2012. Yes, the wait’s been real, but all the pop goodness of a single like this is also really real. We’re looking forward to much more from her. (P.S. Go see her live, she’s great!)


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For more great new music, these tunes are worth a listen…
Jenna Kyle – “Lovelorn” (SoundCloud)
Nicholas Roberts – “The Pioneers” (SoundCloud)
Violet Days – “Suck At Love” (SoundCloud)

Want to be featured on this weekly wrap-up? Submit your music to adamfsoybel@gmail.com and I’ll check our your tunes. Thanks!

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Highlights from Adam’s Top 40: February 19, 2017

Swiftly taking the top spot.

Swiftly taking the top spot.

DEBUTS
39. Take That – Giants
35. Maroon 5 – Cold
33. Michael Bublé – I Believe In You
32. James TW – Ex | HIGHEST DEBUT

TOP GAINERS
22. Imagine Dragons – Believer (28)
16. Katy Perry featuring Skip Marley – Chained To The Rhythm (31) | BIGGEST MOVER
(see #7 below)

THIS WEEK’S TOP TEN
10. Julia Michaels – Issues (13) | PEAK: #10
09. Passenger – Anywhere (11) | PEAK: #09
08. OneRepublic – Let’s Hurt Tonight (10) | PEAK: #08
07. Ed Sheeran – Castle On The Hill (12) | PEAK: #07
06. Daniel Powter – Delicious (06) | PEAK: #06
05. MUNA – I Know A Place (05) | PEAK: #05
04. LP – Lost On You (03) | PEAK: #02
03. Julia Brennan – Inner Demons (04) | PEAK: #03
02. Rag’n’Bone Man – Human (01) | PEAK: #01 for six weeks
01. ZAYN & Taylor Swift – I Don’t Wanna Live Forever (02) | PEAK: #01 for one week | NEW #1

Top 10 Next In Line:
1. Jonathan Roy – Good Things (2)
2. Sigma featuring Birdy – Find Me (1)
3. Michelle Branch – Hopeless Romantic (5)
4. The Strumbellas – Young & Wild (4)
5. JP Cooper – September Song (-)
6. Alice Merton – No Roots (3)
7. Rag’N’Bone Man – Skin (9)
8. Skip Marley – Lions (-)
9. Walk Off The Earth – Fire In My Soul (6)
10. Lady Antebellum – You Look Good (10)

In The Mix:
FRENSHIP – 1000 Nights
LeAnn Rimes – Long Live Love
MisterWives – Machine (new)
Ruth B – Superficial Love (new)
Tavish Crowe – Fire
The Band Perry – Stay In The Dark
Wrabel – Bloodstain (new)

Chart Notes:

  • There’s a new one at the top this week! ZAYN and Taylor Swift‘s “I Don’t Wanna Live Forever” marches up a notch, giving Malik his third #1 on my chart, while Swift lands her seventh. As a result, the Fifty Shades Of Grey franchise (this song being from Fifty Shades Darker) is now the only series of films to have #1 hits on my chart from each of its two (so far) companion soundtracks. “Don’t” is also in the top three on the CHR/Top 40 chart. Should it reach #1 there, it’ll be the first male-female duet from a film to hit the top since Peabo Bryson and Regina Belle‘s “A Whole New World” (from Aladdin) in 1993.
  • He has a former #1 track that’s still in the countdown after 26 weeks, and he takes this week’s Highest Debut. For 19-year-old James TW, I’d say that’s a pretty great start to his run on Adam’s Top 40. “Ex” marks the spot at #32, following “When You Love Someone”, which slips to #23 on the current chart. “Ex” was co-written with Nolan Sipe, who claims has fifth (including previous single “When”) top 40 single on my chart as a writer.
  • “I Believe In You” is the latest single from chart regular Michael Bublé, and I certainly believe in it. It makes its entrance at #33. Bublé topped my list for four weeks with “Nobody But Me” last September and October, becoming his fifth #1 since the single “Everything” reached the top in June 2007. A music video starring dancer Derek Hough debuted earlier this month. It looks to pass four million views on YouTube soon.
  • Though Maroon 5 continues to reach the top ten on my chart fairly consistently, they haven’t hit #1 in just under five years. Will their new single “Cold” be the one to make some moves into the top spot? It’s too early to tell, but the song does make a debut at #35 this week. Their previous single, “Don’t Wanna Know”, reached #1 on both the CHR/Top 40 and Hot AC charts recently.
  • Finally, at #39, is a new entry from Take That. “Giants” is the lead single from their upcoming album Wonderland, which is due on March 24. The guys are the only act in the history of my chart to reach the top ten as a trio, quartet and quintet. Their current single is the fourth to make my top 40 under their current arrangement as a trio, as well as their 12th overall.

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