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NEW MUSIC FRIDAY: Releases For The Week of January 18, 2019

“Life” on the charts.

From “Alaska” to Allentown and everywhere in-between, here are all the notable albums and singles hitting the market this Friday:

ALICE MERTON – Mint (iTunes)
Features: “Funny Business”, currently in the top 40 at Alternative radio (as well as prior singles “Lash Out” and “No Roots”)

CODY JOHNSON – Ain’t Nothin’ To It (iTunes)
Features: “On My Way To You”, nearing the top 20 at Country radio

MAGGIE ROGERS – Heard It In A Past Life (iTunes)
Features: “Light On”, a recent #1 at Triple A radio (as well as prior single “Alaska”)

PAPA ROACH – Who Do You Trust? (iTunes)
Features: “Who Do You Trust?”, currently in the top five at Active Rock radio

Notable albums out this week: Alexander Oscar‘s Highs & Lows (iTunes), Christina Perri‘s Songs For Carmella: Lullabies & Sing-A-Longs (iTunes), Cub Sport’s Cub Sport (iTunes), Fever 333‘s Strength In Numbb333rs (iTunes), Future‘s The WIZRD (iTunes), Guster‘s Look Alive (iTunes), James Blake‘s Assume Form (iTunes), KONGOS‘s 1929, Pt. 1 (iTunes), Mabel‘s Ivy To Roses (iTunes), Mike Posner‘s A Real Good Kid (iTunes), Pedro The Lion‘s Phoenix (iTunes), Switchfoot‘s Native Tongue (iTunes), Tyler Hilton‘s City On Fire (iTunes), Kidz Bop 39 (iTunes)

Notable EPs out this week: Dodie‘s Human (iTunes), G Flip‘s Drink Too Much (iTunes), Gone West‘s Tides (iTunes), Krowns‘s Fake It (iTunes), Utada‘s Face My Fears (iTunes)

Notable remix packages out this week:
“1999 (Remixes)”, Charli XCX featuring Troye Sivan (iTunes)
“Feeling Of Falling (Remixes)”, Cheat Codes x Kim Petras (iTunes)

New digital singles that you can buy this week include:
“7 Minutes”, Dean Lewis (iTunes)
“7 Rings”, Ariana Grande (iTunes)
“All Over Now”, The Cranberries (iTunes)
“Almost (Sweet Music)”, Hozier (iTunes)
“Always”, Gavin James featuring Philippine (iTunes)
“Arrow”, half•alive (iTunes)
“BAD!”, R3HAB (iTunes)
“Barcelona”, Jack & Jack (iTunes)
“Be Fine” / “Old Times Sake”, RØMANS (iTunes)
“Better Man”, Juliander (iTunes)
“Big Plans”, Why Don’t We (iTunes)
“Body To Body”, Lilly Ahlberg (iTunes)
“Breathe”, Backstreet Boys (iTunes)
“Bridges”, Johnnyswim (iTunes)
“Cavity”, Jake Germain featuring That Kid (iTunes)
“Don’t Feel Like Crying”, Sigrid (iTunes)
“Drugs”, Upsahl (iTunes)
“Fences”, Vicetone featuring Matt Wertz (iTunes)
“FU4E”, Lost Kings featuring Lauren Aqualina (iTunes)
“Genius”, LSD (Labrinth/Sia/Diplo) featuring Lil Wayne (iTunes)
“Girl”, Maren Morris (iTunes)
“Gold”, Robbie Williams (iTunes)
“Gold”, Sam Feldt x Kate Ryan (iTunes)
“Grip”, Alec Bailey (iTunes)
“Gum”, Sam Setton (iTunes)
“Hanging On”, Quinn Lewis (iTunes)
“Heart Club”, Luke Christopher (iTunes)
“Heave Ho”, Ben Howard (iTunes)
“Hold Your Fire”, Bad Suns (iTunes)
“Hurt”, Witt Lowry featuring Deion Reverie (iTunes)
“Hurts Like Hell (Acoustic)”, Madison Beer (iTunes)
“If Looks Could Kill”, Lauren Aqualina (iTunes)
“Is It Anything?”, Aaron Taos featuring Khary (iTunes)
“Is She Gonna Be There?”, Violet Skies (iTunes)
“Jonesing”, Myylo (iTunes)
“Keanu Reeves”, Logic (iTunes)
“Land Of The Free”, The Killers (iTunes)
“LBD”, Becky G (iTunes)
“Lick Shot”, Gorgon City (iTunes)
“Loner”, Yungblud (iTunes)
“Love Me The Same”, Dan Caplen (iTunes)
“Mi Rumba”, Sofi Tukker featuring ZHU (iTunes)
“My Love Goes On”, James Morrison featuring Joss Stone (iTunes)
“My Name Isn’t”, LOVA (iTunes)
“Never Let You Go”, Slushii featuring Sofia Reyes (iTunes)
“Nightmares”, Yung Pinch featuring Lil Skies (iTunes)
“Numb Without You”, The Maine (iTunes)
“Only Just Begun”, The Moth & The Fame (iTunes)
“Outta My Mind”, Des Rocs (iTunes)
“Pray”, Alok featuring Conor Maynard (iTunes)
“Pretty”, Terror Jr. (iTunes)
“Pure Water”, Mustard x Migos (iTunes)
“Rendezvous”, Miss Benny (iTunes)
“Runaway”, Mike Perry (iTunes)
“Sabotage”, Sam Martin (iTunes)
“Say You’ll Be There”, Campsite Dream (iTunes)
“Scared Of Love (Preditah Remix), Rudimental featuring Ray BLK & Stefflon Don (iTunes)
“Shadows”, Mansionair (iTunes)
“Shine A Light”, Bryan Adams (iTunes)
“Silly Boy”, Call Me Loop (iTunes)
“Sugar”, Peking Duk & Jack River (iTunes)
“Sweet Lie”, Max Jury (iTunes)
“Temporary”, Ella Vos (iTunes)
“That’s What I’d Do”, Wrabel (iTunes)
“The Other Side”, Jukebox The Ghost (iTunes)
“Thief”, Alice Chater (iTunes)
“Throwback”, Delaney Jane & Shaun Frank (iTunes)
“Thursday”, Jess Glynne featuring H.E.R (iTunes)
“Unofficial Lover”, Kyan Palmer & nicopop. featuring Yung Lamby (iTunes)
“Wanted A Name”, FRENSHIP featuring Yoke Lore (iTunes)
“Warm Animal”, Sure Sure (iTunes)
“We Appreciate Power (BloodPop Remix)”, Grimes featuring HANA (iTunes)
“What Are We Waiting For”, VAX featuring Ellise (iTunes)
“Who’s Gonna Love You (New Version)”, Wanderer (iTunes)
“You & Me”, James TW (iTunes)
“Young”, Parachute (iTunes)

For Adam’s personal picks of the week, listen to the PGTC Friday Faves list on Spotify!

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RECORD REWIND 2019: PGTC Picks, Week Two

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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PICK OF THE WEEK
BETTY WHO – “I Remember” (Spotify)
Previously on the Rewind: Sixth appearance

Just weeks away from the highly-anticipated album Betty, due February 15, Who scores her latest appearance on the Rewind with a memorable pop song that will definitely get you moving. It’s just two weeks into the year, but this single is setting the bar very high.

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For more great new music, these songs are worth a listen…
BRASSTRACKS featuring R.LUM.R – “I’m Alright”
CUB SPORT – “Party Pill”
MATHES featuring CAROLINE KOLE – “Backbone”

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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NEW MUSIC FRIDAY: Releases For The Week of January 11, 2019

“Stranger” things have happened.

The mix of collaborations are hot this Friday, as January’s release schedule slowly starts to heat up. Here are all the notable albums and singles hitting the market today:

Notable albums out this week: Asiahn‘s Love Train 2 (iTunes), Gnash‘s We (iTunes), Randy Houser‘s Magnolia (iTunes), Taking Back Sunday‘s Twenty (iTunes)

Notable EPs out this week: Ben Rector‘s MPLS Magic (iTunes), Hunter Roberson‘s It’s Okay, I’m Fine (iTunes)

Notable remix packages out this week: TBA

New digital singles that you can buy this week include:
“1999 (Stripped)”, Charli XCX featuring Troye Sivan (iTunes)
“All Night”, Example (iTunes)
“American Spirit”, Washington (iTunes)
“Anti-Everything”, Lost Kings featuring Loren (iTunes)
“Backbone”, Mathes featuring Caroline Kole (iTunes)
“Believer (Remix)”, Imagine Dragons featuring Lil Wayne (iTunes)
“Blur (Felix Cartal Remix)”, (iTunes)
“Break The Rules”, UNSECRET featuring Anna Mae (iTunes)
“Candlelight (Remix)”, Zhavia featuring Jeremih (iTunes)
“Complicated”, Raiche (iTunes)
“Dancing With A Stranger”, Sam Smith & Normani (iTunes)
“Dead End”, Anna Clendening (iTunes)
“Drive”, Charlotte Cardin (iTunes)
“Find Somebody Else”, Secondhand Serenade (iTunes)
“Getting Closer (Acoustic)”, Justin Jesso (iTunes)
“Giant”, Calvin Harris & Rag’N’Bone Man (iTunes)
“Hello My Love”, Westlife (iTunes)
“High Hopes (Don Diablo Remix)”, Panic! At The Disco (iTunes)
“Holding Out For You”, Fedez featuring Zara Larsson (iTunes)
“Hope Is A Dangerous Thing For A Woman Like Me To Have – But I Have It”, Lana Del Rey (iTunes)
“Hospitalized”, Broods (iTunes)
“I Remember”, Betty Who (iTunes)
“I Want It All”, Coin (iTunes)
“I’m Alright”, Brasstracks featuring R.LUM.R (iTunes)
“I’m Not In Love”, Kelsey Lu (iTunes)
“If You Wanna Be Loved”, Picture This (iTunes)
“Jumpin On A Jet”, Future (iTunes)
“Just You And I (2019)”, Tom Walker (iTunes)
“Kinder Eyes”, Ryan Riback featuring Ryann (iTunes)
“Learn To Let Go”, Welshly Arms (iTunes)
“Let Me Down Slowly”, Alec Benjamin + Alessia Cara (iTunes)
“Longshot”, Catfish And The Bottleman (iTunes)
“Lost In The Fire”, Gesaffelstein & The Weeknd (iTunes)
“More Than That”, Lauren Jauregui (iTunes)
“New Man”, BloodPop (iTunes)
“Nights Like This”, Kehlani featuring Ty Dolla $ign (iTunes)
“Numb”, Jaira Burns (iTunes)
“Orange Juice” and “Stargazing With Patrick Bateman”, Lostboycrow (iTunes)
“Over My Head”, Judah & The Lion (iTunes)
“Party Pill”, Cub Sport (iTunes)
“People”, Short Pier (iTunes)
“Playinwithme (Remix)”, KYLE featuring Jay Park (iTunes)
“Queen Of Hearts”, Cary Brothers (iTunes)
“Saturday Nights (Remix)”, Khalid featuring Kane Brown (iTunes)
“Scared Of Love”, Rudimental featuring RAY BLK & Stefflon Don (iTunes)
“Speechless (Acoustic)” and “Tequila (Acoustic)”, Dan + Shay (iTunes)
“Spendin'”, ILoveMakonnen featuring Gucci Mane (iTunes)
“Stay Around”, American Authors (iTunes)
“Tension”, Jack & Jack (iTunes)
“This Land”, Gary Clark Jr. (iTunes)
“Thoughtless”, Monica Martin (iTunes)
“Timebomb”, Walk The Moon (iTunes)
“Want You Back”, Grey featuring LÉON (iTunes)
“When I Was Older”, Billie Eilish (iTunes)
“Without Me”, Halsey featuring Juice WRLD (iTunes)
“Woman (Live)”, Wrabel (iTunes)

Next week, look out for new albums from Alice Merton, Cody Johnson, Maggie Rogers and many more. For Adam’s personal picks of the week, listen to the PGTC Friday Faves list on Spotify!

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RECORD REWIND 2019: PGTC Picks, Week One

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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PICK OF THE WEEK
FLEUR EAST – “Favourite Thing” (Spotify)
Previously on the Rewind: First appearance

The former X Factor winner may on the independent route now, but her international support is still strong. Now in the top five on iTunes in Ireland and the U.K., with chart action at the service in over a dozen countries, East’s new song is a “Favourite” this week.

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For more great new music, these songs are worth a listen…
DAN TALEVSKI – “Home Alone”
HUGO HELMIG – “Young Like This”

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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NEW MUSIC FRIDAY: Releases For The Week of January 4, 2019

He’s powering into 2019.

Welcome to 2019 and another year of exciting new releases! These are all the notable albums and singles hitting the market this Friday:

DERMOT KENNEDY – Dermot Kennedy (iTunes)
Features: “Power Over Me”, currently in the top 20 at Triple A radio (prior single “Glory” also reached the top 20 at the format)

Notable albums out this week: Old Sea Brigade‘s Ode To A Friend (iTunes)

Notable EPs out this week: Lost Kings‘s Paper Crowns (iTunes)

Notable remix packages out this week:
“Don’t Know You (Remixes)”, Justin Caruso featuring Jake Miller (iTunes)
“Emoji (Remixes)”, Galantis (iTunes)
“Rumors (Remixes)”, R3HAB & Sofia Carson (iTunes)

New digital singles that you can buy this week include:
“A Tight Ship”, David Gray (iTunes)
“A Thousand Years (Lullaby)”, Christina Perri (iTunes)
“Better Than Today”, Rhys Lewis (iTunes)
“Being Alive”, Hardwell featuring JGUAR (iTunes)
“Brand New Day (2019)”, Sting (iTunes)
“Breathe Easy”, Sval (iTunes)
“Brown Cow Stunning”, Monique Heart (iTunes)
“Clean Eyes (Acoustic)”, SYML (iTunes)
“Don’t Speak”, PANG! (iTunes)
“Favourite Thing”, Fleur East (iTunes)
“Get Enough”, Paul McCartney (iTunes)
“Halfway There”, ROZES (iTunes)
“Heaven”, Dzeko vs. Riggi & Piros featuring Veronica (iTunes)
“Home Alone”, Dan Talevski (iTunes)
“Human Error”, Oh Land (iTunes)
“I Do (String Version)”, Douwe Bob (iTunes)
“I Found You / Nilda’s Story”, Benny Blanco & Calvin Harris with Miguel (iTunes)
“I Want To Know What Love Is”, Foreigner with the Shriners Hospitals Kids Choir (iTunes)
“I Want You (Live)”, Wrabel (iTunes)
“I’m Never Gonna Let You Down Again”, Balthazar (iTunes)
“It’s All Yours”, Luke Christopher (iTunes)
“Juice”, Lizzo (iTunes)
“Kiss That Girl Goodbye”, Aaron Watson (iTunes)
“Lonely”, Jada (iTunes)
“Move On”, Mike Posner (iTunes)
“My Mistake (Piano Version)”, Gabrielle Aplin (iTunes)
“My People”, James Hersey x Jeremy Loops (iTunes)
“Night Train”, Graeme James (iTunes)
“No Place”, Backstreet Boys (iTunes)
“Nothing Breaks Like A Heart (Acoustic)”, Mark Ronson featuring Miley Cyrus (iTunes)
“Purpose (Stripped)”, Etham (iTunes)
“Rad Drugz”, Missio (iTunes)
“Raised On Country”, Chris Young (iTunes)
“Sound Of An Orchestra”, MIKA (iTunes)
“Spoonful”, Grizfolk (iTunes)
“Steady”, Mark Diamond (iTunes)
“Undecided”, Chris Brown (iTunes)
“Unshaken”, D’Angelo (iTunes)
“Unstoppable”, The Him (iTunes)
“Whole (Demo)”, Sody (iTunes)
“Would You Understand”, 3LAU featuring Carly Paige (iTunes)
“Young Like This”, Hugo Helmig (iTunes)

Next Friday, look out for new releases from Gnash, Jack & Jack and others. For Adam’s personal picks of the week, listen to the PGTC Friday Faves list on Spotify!

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RECORD REWIND: PGTC Picks, December 23-29, 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…

Due to the holidays and fewer prominent new releases, commentary will return next week. Happy (almost) new year!

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CASSIE MARIN – “Disrespect” (Spotify)
Previously on the Rewind: First appearance

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JOHNNY MAC – “Forever” (Spotify)
Previously on the Rewind: First appearance

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NICHOLAS ROBERTS – “I Know Enough” (Spotify)
Previously on the Rewind: Eleventh appearance

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For more great new music, these songs are worth a listen…
HIGH DIVE HEART – “Love Me Back To Life”
JASON REEVES – “Before We Knew”
KINA GRANNIS – “When The Party’s Over”

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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NEW MUSIC FRIDAY: Releases For The Week of December 28, 2018

Not many releases to “wow” you this week.

Just ahead of the new year, and plenty of new releases, here are all the notable albums and singles hitting the market this Friday:

Notable albums out this week: Bad Bunny‘s X 100PRE (iTunes), Palisades‘s Erase The Pain (iTunes)

Notable EPs out this week: 24hrs‘s B4 Xmas (iTunes), DeJ Loaf‘s Go DeJ Go (Vol. 1) (iTunes), Jaryd Lane‘s Dust N Bones (Vol. 1) (iTunes), Jill Martin‘s The Locals (iTunes), Russ‘s Just In Case (iTunes)

Notable remix packages out this week: Martin Garrix‘s “Dreamer” (Vol. 2) (iTunes), R3HAB x Conor Maynard‘s “Hold On Tight” (iTunes)

New digital singles that you can buy this week include:
“Beach House (Ashworth Remix)”, The Chainsmokers (iTunes)
“Before We Knew”, Jason Reeves (iTunes)
“Block Party”, New Kids On The Block (iTunes)
“Cry Like Kim K”, Davai & Call Me Loop featuring Lisa Ajax (iTunes)
“Don’t Know You (Dzeko Remix)”, Justin Caruso featuring Jake Miller (iTunes)
“Fire In My Soul (Gil Sanders Remix)”, Oliver Heldens featuring Shungudzo (iTunes)
“Forever”, Johnny Mac (iTunes)
“I Just Want People To Like Me”, Robbie Williams (iTunes)
“In The Morning”, Christian Rich featuring Yoshi Flower (iTunes)
“Lay By Me”, Ruben (iTunes)
“Love Me Back To Life”, High Dive Heart (iTunes)
“Make You Forget”, Luke Christopher (iTunes)
“No Complaints No Conversation”, Watsky (iTunes)
“Nothing Breaks Like A Heart (Dimitri From Paris Remix)”, Mark Ronson featuring Miley Cyrus (iTunes)
“Say My Name (Lucas & Steve Remix)”, David Guetta featuring Bebe Rexha & J Balvin (iTunes)
“Summer Lover”, Cub Sport (iTunes)
“Way Too Good”, Lucas Estrada (iTunes)
“When The Party’s Over”, Kina Grannis (iTunes)
“Wow.”, Post Malone (iTunes)

For Adam’s personal picks of the week, listen to the PGTC Friday Faves list on Spotify!

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