Monthly Archives: November 2018

RADIO REPORT: What’s Popping At Top 40 Radio This Week (November 19-20, 2018)

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 this week. Which tunes will climb to the top and which ones will hit a stop? Here are two singles impacting this week at the Top 40 format:

MADISON BEER featuring OFFSET – “Hurts Like Hell” (First Access/in2une)
Album: TBA (2018/2019?)
Past T40 History: Despite minimal week-to-week sales action, Beer’s single “Home With You” reached the top 20 in late summer.

ZAYN featuring NICKI MINAJ – “No Candle No Light” (RCA)
Album: TBA (2018/2019?)
Past T40 History: Zayn’s now had several consecutive top ten misses on the Top 40 chart: his last, “Let Me”, reached #22 in June.

Next week: Bad Bunny and Drake‘s current top ten Rhythmic smash “MIA”, which has flirted with the lower rungs of the top 50 at this format, officially impacts next Tuesday.

Which of these new songs would you like to see top the charts? Let me know!

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RADIO ACTIVE — A Weekly Chart CHRonicle (November 18, 2018)

Welcome to Radio Active, a Sunday evening report from POP! Goes The Charts that gets to the chart of the matter: all the highlights from the CHR/Top 40 chart, as published by Mediabase 24/7 and Mediabase Research. Are we happy about Thanksgiving? We may know a few guys who are happier than most this week, but it’s merely a rumor. Anyways, here’s all the action this Sunday:

BASTILLE’S DAY: After topping the Alternative chart two weeks ago, “Happier” by Marshmello x Bastille becomes the new #1 song at the Top 40 format, advancing from #2 last week. It’s the first song by both acts to lead the pop chart. It’s also the first title to reach the top at both formats since “Thunder” by Imagine Dragons during the fall of last year. The collaboration still has a chance at topping the Hot AC survey, up 9-7 on the current chart. Meanwhile, on the Top 40 airwaves, Ariana Grande‘s “Breathin” (up 8-4) and Panic! At The Disco‘s “High Hopes” (up 10-5) should battle it out for the next chart-topper in the coming weeks.

HITS RUN “DEEP”: Making a move from 43-39 this week, Zara Larsson‘s “Ruin My Life” becomes her seventh top 40 single at the format and leads a pair of new entries to the region. The other title, “Waste It On Me”, crawls up one notch from 41-40 and gives both Steve Aoki and BTS their third top 40 titles here. Additionally, Aoki previously remixed BTS’s first single to reach the Top 40 chart, “MIC Drop”, which spent two weeks at #24 in January.

Further down the list, prominent re-entries by Bad Bunny featuring Drake (“MIA”, #44) and Rita Ora (“Let You Love Me”, #45) lead the way with notable moves back into the region. The highest new song of the week, checking in at #48, is the debut chart entry for singer Ava Max. “Sweet But Psycho” has been a Viral hit on Spotify for some time and is reacting very well nationally in parts of Europe. Additionally, Logan Henderson‘s “Pull Me Deep” breaks in at #50, his second solo single to reach the region. In May, the first of his two entries, “Bite My Tongue”, got to #38. He also sang on three top 40 songs for the boy band Big Time Rush.

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RECORD REWIND: PGTC Picks, November 11-17, 2018

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 small label and 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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BETTY WHO – “Between You And Me” (Spotify)
Previously on the Rewind: Fifth appearance
Notes: Always great to have the latest track from Who in the mix! The acoustic-heavy pop sound and subtle arrangement work well.

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FRANKIE – “You Decided” (Spotify)
Previously on the Rewind: Second appearance
Notes: With the follow-up to “When I’m Ready”, this artist’s second independent release after a period with RCA is a solid pop gem.

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HANNAH JANE LEWIS – “Do It Without You” (Spotify)
Previously on the Rewind: Third appearance
Notes: First included in 2016, then signed to Polydor and now back in the independent spotlight, Lewis keeps the pop bops coming.

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MAGDALENA BAY – “Ghost” (Spotify)
Previously on the Rewind: Fifth appearance
Notes: Back on the Rewind for the first time since January, the duo’s sweet synth-pop sound and 80’s influence is as strong as ever.

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MAX STYLER & THE GRISWOLDS – “Light Me Up” (Spotify)
Previously on the Rewind: First appearance for both acts
Notes: The U.S. meets Australia in this worldly dance collaboration, a nice addition to the latter group’s reinvented sound as of late.

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PHIL GOOD – “Put It All On Me” (Spotify)
Previously on the Rewind: Second appearance
Notes: Good’s latest tracks are all good with me, as “Be Somebody” and now “Put” showcase an amazing side of the singer’s catalog.

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SPAZZ CARDIGAN – “DOIDOIT” (Spotify)
Previously on the Rewind: Fifth appearance
Notes: Emerging as one of Nashville’s most promising new artists, Cardigan’s current track is quirky, catchy and one of his best yet.

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For more great new music, these songs are worth a listen…
AARON TAOS – “Control”
FLY BY MIDNIGHT – “Heart”
GIRL WILDE – “Nervous Breakdown”
JOE JANIAK – “Heaven Knows”
JULIA KNIGHT – “Cool For You”
PAPERWHITE – “Count On You”
WYLDER – “Ready To Break”

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Highlights from Adam’s Top 40: November 18, 2018

It’s a Marshmello world.

DEBUTS
39. P!nk – A Million Dreams

TOP GAINERS
29. Scott Helman – Hang Ups (34)
27. Kelly Clarkson – Heat (32)
19. Zara Larsson – Ruin My Life (25) | BIGGEST MOVER (tie) — two weeks
(see #9 below)

THIS WEEK’S TOP TEN
10. KT Tunstall – The River (13) | PEAK: #10
09. Maggie Rogers – Light On (15) | PEAK: #09
08. Sigrid – Sucker Punch (09) | PEAK: #08
07. Lady Gaga & Bradley Cooper – Shallow (11) | PEAK: #07
06. Dave Matthews Band – Again And Again (06) | PEAK: #06
05. Dean Lewis – Be Alright (04) | PEAK: #01 for four weeks
04. Avril Lavigne – Head Above Water (05) | PEAK: #04
03. Shawn Mendes – Lost In Japan (03) | PEAK: #03
02. Nina Nesbitt – Loyal To Me (02) | PEAK: #02
01. Marshmello x Bastille – Happier (01) | PEAK: #01 for three weeks

Top 10 Next In Line:
1. Jack & Jack – No One Compares To You (3)
2. Dermot Kennedy – Power Over Me (5)
3. Tom Walker – Angels (1)
4. Logan Henderson – Pull Me Deep (4)
5. George Ezra – Hold My Girl (7)
6. Brandi Carlile featuring Sam Smith – Party Of One (8)
7. Sara Bareilles – Armor (10)
8. Foster The People – Worst Nites (-)
9. Charli XCX featuring Troye Sivan – 1999 (-)
10. Benny Blanco & Calvin Harris – I Found You (-)

In The Mix:
Broods – Peach
Elle King – Baby Outlaw (new)
James Arthur – Empty Space
James TW – Soldier
Jess Glynne – Thursday (new)
Little Mix – Woman Like Me
Olly Murs featuring Snoop Dogg – Moves
Sabrina Carpenter – Sue Me (new)
Snow Patrol – What If This Is All The Love You Ever Get?

Chart Notes:

  • Due to the loss of my grandfather this week, a fuller commentary will return for next week. In the meantime, “Happier” remains at #1 for the third week for Marshmello x Bastille, while P!nk debuts at #39 with “A Million Dreams”, the first cut to land on my chart from The Greatest Showman: Reimagined. The song is closing in on the top 50 at Hot AC radio, though it’s only being played on a handful stations at the moment. (It hasn’t been officially serviced to the format as of yet.) Look for that release to hit the top five on the Billboard 200 list next week.

(See my full chart on Crownnote)

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ADAM’S TOP 40 FLASHBACK: November 19, 2006

“Life” in 2006.

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 12 years and find out what was topping my chart for the week of November 19, 2006…

Debuts:
40. ROCCO DELUCA & THE BURDEN, “Colorful”
28. BLUE OCTOBER, “Into The Ocean”
24. MATT DUSK, “Back In Town”

Biggest Mover(s):
JOHN MAYER, “Belief” (up 40-32)
ROBBIE WILLIAMS, “Lovelight” (up 27-19, eight spots)

10. MAT KEARNEY, “Nothing Left To Lose” (steady, third week)
Album: Nothing Left To Lose (2006, Aware/Columbia Records)
Peak: #2 for two weeks

09. CHRISTINA AGUILERA, “Hurt” (up 1)
Album: Back To Basics (2006, RCA Records)
Peak: #5 for four weeks

08. SNOW PATROL, “Chasing Cars” (steady, fourth week)
Album: Eyes Open (2006, A&M Records)
Peak: #1 for four weeks

07. EVANESCENCE, “Call Me When You’re Sober” (down 2)
Album: The Open Door (2006, Wind-up Records)
Peak: #4

06. AUGUSTANA, “Boston” (steady, fourth week)
Album: All The Stars And Boulevards (2005, Epic Records)
Peak: #1 for six weeks

05. ROB THOMAS, “Streetcorner Symphony” (up 2)
Album: …Something To Be (2005, Atlantic Records)
Peak: #1 for one week

04. JOHN MAYER, “Waiting On The World To Change” (down 1)
Album: Continuum (2006, Aware/Columbia Records)
Peak: #1 for four weeks

03. NICKELBACK, “Far Away” (down 2)
Album: All The Right Reasons (2005, Roadrunner Records)
Peak: #1 for one week

02. DANIEL POWTER, “Love You Lately” (steady, third week)
Album: Daniel Powter (re-release) (2006, Warner Bros. Records)
Peak: #2 for seven weeks

01. THE FRAY, “How To Save A Life” (up 3)
Album: How To Save A Life (2005, Epic Records)
Peak: #1 for four weeks

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NEW MUSIC FRIDAY: Releases For The Week of November 16, 2018

Show us a chart-topper…

As the competitors begin their quest to claim the greatest consumption total of the week, only one will win the challenge. Who is vying for first place? Take a look below, because these are the notable digital and physical releases out this Friday:

VARIOUS ARTISTS – The Greatest Showman: Reimagined (Soundtrack) (iTunes)
Given how huge the original soundtrack to this film was in the last year, as well as the artists featured on this set, there’s a pretty good chance you’ll be seeing this title at #1 on the Billboard 200 next week. Featuring covers by artists like Kelly Clarkson and P!nk, along with many others, the release should have a solid hold on the charts through the holiday season.

MARIAH CAREY – Caution (iTunes)
With a fan-led campaign lifting the 2001 soundtrack to Glitter to #1 on iTunes and “All I Want For Christmas Is You” making its annual spike ahead of the holidays, look for Carey’s latest set to have a solid debut in the coming days. The album features “With You”, a current top ten hit on the AC chart that’s also nearing the region at Urban AC radio.

LITTLE MIX LM5 (iTunes)
After an unexpected label shift in their native U.K., the four-woman group is ready to slay the charts with their new release. That album is led by the Nicki Minaj-assisted “Woman Like Me”, a top five smash in England that hasn’t done nearly as well here. A decent sales week is still likely for the ladies.

MUMFORD & SONS Delta (iTunes)
Now out with their fourth studio album, the British act shines a “Guiding Light” towards #1 on the Billboard 200 chart. The lead single from the project is a very strong chart-topper on the Triple A survey, while also entering the top five at Alternative radio.

MICHAEL BUBLÉ ❤️ (iTunes)
Canadian singer Bublé is learning about emojis just like the rest of us; in fact, he’s named his newest album with one of them. Its radio single, “Love You Anymore”, impacts at the AC format in January. (It’s already charting up north.)

Notable albums out this week: Alec Benjamin‘s Narrated For You (iTunes), Allan Rayman‘s Harry Hard-On (iTunes), Fly By Midnight‘s Rerunning (iTunes), Hailey Knox‘s Hardwired (iTunes), Just Loud‘s Just Loud (iTunes), Paloma Faith‘s The Architect (Zeitgeist Edition) (iTunes), Rozzi‘s Bad Together (iTunes), Trent Dabbs‘s Postiano (iTunes)

Notable EPs out this week: Conan Gray‘s Sunset Season (iTunes), FRND‘s Before U I Didn’t Exist (iTunes), Isaac Gracie‘s Close Up – Looking Down (iTunes), Kulick‘s Hydroplane (iTunes), L Devine‘s Peer Pressure (iTunes), Lennon Stella‘s Love, me (iTunes), Leo Kalyan‘s The Edge (iTunes), Lido‘s I O U 2 (iTunes), Marc Scibilia‘s 7th & Christopher (iTunes)

New digital singles that you can buy this week include:
“Baby (Acoustic)”, Bishop Briggs (iTunes)
“Beach House”, The Chainsmokers (iTunes)
“Believe”, Chez Moi (iTunes)
“Between You & Me”, Betty Who (iTunes)
“Black Magic”, Ed Drewett (iTunes)
“Breathe”, CamelPhat x Cristoph featuring Jem Cooke (iTunes)
“Cemetery”, COIN (iTunes)
“Closer To You”, Dan Caplen featuring Sinead Harnett (iTunes)
“Cold In December”, Josie Dunne (iTunes)
“Control”, Aaron Taos (iTunes)
“Count On You”, Paperwhite (iTunes)
“Creatures Of The Night”, AFSHeeN featuring Rebecca Ferguson (iTunes)
“Do It Without You”, Hannah Jane Lewis (iTunes)
“Doidoit”, Spazz Cardigan (iTunes)
“Downtown Fool Around”, Smallpools (iTunes)
“Everything Goes (Wow)”, Broods (iTunes)
“For Me, It’s You”, Lo Moon (iTunes)
“Ghost”, Magdalena Bay (iTunes)
“Heaven Knows”, Joe Janiak (iTunes)
“Hurricanes”, Dido (iTunes)
“I’m Yours”, Mashd N Kutcher featuring False Rumours & Alex Holmes (iTunes)
“Jolene (String Version)”, Dolly Parton (iTunes)
“Kick You Out”, Loren Gray (iTunes)
“Last Christmas”, Ally Brooke (iTunes)
“Light Me Up”, Max Styler & The Griswolds (iTunes)
“Limitless”, Jennifer Lopez (iTunes)
“Love Me For The Weekend”, Party Pupils & Ashe (iTunes)
“Moonwalking”, Kwassa (iTunes)
“Movement”, Hozier (iTunes)
“Nervous Breakdown”, Girl Wilde (iTunes)
“No Candle No Light”, ZAYN featuring Nicki Minaj (iTunes)
“Not Today”, Alessia Cara (iTunes)
“Please Don’t Try To Stop Me”, Kirsten Arian (iTunes)
“Poor Boy”, The Regrettes (iTunes)
“Put It All On Me”, Phil Good (iTunes)
“Ready To Break”, Wylder (iTunes)
“Say Amen”, American Authors featuring Billy Raffoul (iTunes)
“Somebody I’m Not”, Martin Jensen x Bjørnskov (iTunes)
“Speechless”, Robin Schulz featuring Erika Sirola (iTunes)
“Spiritual Man”, LANKS (iTunes)
“Stay”, Le Youth featuring Karen Harding (iTunes)
“Trouble”, Parov Stelar featuring Nikki Williams (iTunes)
“Waves”, Normani x 6LACK (iTunes)
“What Are We Waiting For”, Fergus James (iTunes)
“Who’s Left Behind”, Ryan Egan (iTunes)
“Wintertime”, Norah Jones (iTunes)
“Won’t”, Darci (iTunes)
“Would I”, Maggie Lindemann (iTunes)
“Wrap Me Up Under The Christmas Tree”, A Great Big World (iTunes)
“You Decided”, FRANKIE (iTunes)
“You Make My Dreams”, Tim Halperin (iTunes)
“You Might Be Better”, Anna Mae (iTunes)

Next week: look out for new albums from Kanye WestRita Ora and more. For Adam’s personal picks of the week, listen to the PGTC Friday Faves list on Spotify!

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ADD LIB — Brace For (CHR) Impact (November 13, 2018)

Welcome to Add Lib, your Tuesday report on POP! Goes The Charts that’s mad about CHR/Top 40 adds, based on the station data provided by Mediabase 24/7 and Add Board. This week: we say our thanks for Ariana Grande‘s new single before we settle down for Thanksgiving, but we’re absolutely thankful for plenty of titles in the top ten. Time to add ’em up:

THE “NEXT” BEST THING: After a good start at the format last Tuesday and some bigger sales and streaming gains in the past few days, Grande’s “Thank U, Next” performs very well on this week’s Top 40 adds report, scoring 82 new stations. On Sunday, the song became Grande’s 19th top 40 hit at the format since her debut in 2013, which comes at the same time that “God Is A Woman” is leading the survey and “Breathin” is gaining nicely in the top ten. “Thank”, which is the title cut from her forthcoming set, has all sorts of chart action on Apple Music, iTunes and Spotify, breaking several streaming records in the process recently. As for the Top 40 format, you can probably expect “Thank” at the summit sometime early next year, unless it speeds up before the holidays.

An impacting release of note is by Benny Blanco and Calvin Harris with “I Found You”, which checks in with 26 stations and a second place finish. Blanco’s single “Eastside” (with Halsey and Khalid) recently entered the top ten at the format, while Harris’s single “Promises” (with Sam Smith) just made the top 20. Both songs appear to be winding down, so “Found” will probably enter the top 50 quite easily by the end of this or next week. No word on if an EP or album from Blanco will be surfacing anytime soon.

Elsewhere, look for new hits by Ava Max, Zara Larsson and others to continue their fast ascent at the format as the fall rolls on.

MOST ADDED — THIS WEEK’S TOP TEN
1. ARIANA GRANDE, “Thank U, Next” (Republic)
2. BENNY BLANCO & CALVIN HARRIS, “I Found You” (Columbia-Interscope)
3. AVA MAX, “Sweet But Psycho” (APG/Atlantic)
4. THE CHAINSMOKERS featuring KELSEA BALLERINI, “This Feeling” (Disruptor/Columbia)
5. ELLIE GOULDING x DIPLO featuring SWAE LEE, “Close To Me” (Interscope)
6-T. KHALID, “Better” (Right Hand/RCA)
6-T. ZARA LARSSON, “Ruin My Life” (TEN/Epic)
8. DJ SNAKE featuring SELENA GOMEZ, OZUNA & CARDI B, “Taki Taki” (Geffen/Interscope)
9-T. LADY GAGA & BRADLEY COOPER, “Shallow” (Interscope)
9-T. LAUV featuring JULIA MICHAELS, “There’s No Way” (Kobalt/AWAL/in2une)

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RADIO REPORT: What’s Popping At Top 40 Radio This Week (November 12-13, 2018)

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 this week. Which tunes will climb to the top and which ones will hit a stop? Here’s the lone song impacting this week at the Top 40 format:

BENNY BLANCO & CALVIN HARRIS – “I Found You” (Interscope)
Album: TBA (2018/2019?)
Past T40 History: Following “Eastside”, which climbed into the top ten at the format, Blanco’s new one also looks to hit the region.

Next week: no new releases are on the schedule as of yet, but that could change…

Which of these new songs would you like to see top the charts? Let me know!

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RADIO ACTIVE — A Weekly Chart CHRonicle (November 11, 2018)

Welcome to Radio Active, a Sunday evening report from POP! Goes The Charts that gets to the chart of the matter: all the highlights from the CHR/Top 40 chart, as published by Mediabase 24/7 and Mediabase Research. The “Woman” of the year strikes again, as a handful of new entries score divine debuts at the bottom. Time to see what’s popping this Sunday:

ALL THAT’S “NEXT”: There’s a whole lot of Ariana Grande on this week’s Top 40 chart, as “God Is A Woman” holds at the top for a second week, “Breathin” rises from 9-8 and “Thank U, Next” debuts way up at #39, giving the performer an updated total of 19 top 40 hits since her first in 2013. Though “God” will depart the top spot next week, with “Happier” by Marshmello x Bastille (up 4-2 on the current chart) taking its place, there’s still plenty of Grande to go around. Meanwhile, parent album Thank U, Next is due before the end of the year.

“LIFE” MOVES PRETTY FAST: Beyond Grande’s chart action, a pair of new songs by foreign acts land in the top 50. The higher of the two singles is “Ruin My Life” by Zara Larsson, entering at #43. The Swedish star has a half-dozen top 40 tunes to date, with “Never Forget You” (a duet with MNEK) scoring the highest with its #5 peak during the spring of 2016. A few spots lower, checking in at #47, “Love Someone” gives Danish act Lukas Graham their fourth chart entry, with the previous three entering the top 40. It was 2-1/2 years ago that “7 Years” spent a week at #1 at the format, which remains their biggest international song. Will either entry return their respective acts to the top ten, or will the songs achieve lower peaks in the top 20 or top 40? We’ll find out next year.

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RECORD REWIND: PGTC Picks, November 4-10, 2018

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 small label and 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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ASHLEY TISDALE – “Voices In My Head” (Spotify)
Previously on the Rewind: First appearance
Notes: “Bop To The Top” never felt more appropriate. Tisdale’s latest track, her first original song release since 2013, is very strong.

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CHELSEA CUTLER – “Love You More” (Spotify)
Previously on the Rewind: Eighth appearance
Notes: With a choice song from her second of two releases this year, Sleeping With Roses II, the slow burner has a pretty nice build.

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DALLASK – “Looking For Your Love” (Spotify)
Previously on the Rewind: First appearance
Notes: Known for his top remixes for some of the biggest artists in the business, his newest dance hit has a great radio-ready sound.

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TRITONAL featuring MOZELLA – “Gonna Be Alright” (Spotify)
Previously on the Rewind: First appearance for both acts
Notes: No amnesia here… we loved Mozella then and are thoroughly enjoying her newest collaboration, an electric feel-good single.

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For more great new music, these songs are worth a listen…
JAMES DROLL – “Last Season”
MARC SCIBILIA – “Waiting On You”
MATT SIMONS – “Amy’s Song”
TYE JAMES – “So Damn Good”

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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