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NEW MUSIC FRIDAY: Releases For The Week of January 19, 2018

A musical maniacal Friday.

Don’t fall out of touch with all the new releases coming out this week. There’s so much music to listen to! Here’s what you’ll find on digital services and in stores this Friday:

FALL OUT BOY – M A N I A (iTunes)
Featuring radio singles like “Young And Menace”, “Champion” and “Hold Me Tight Or Don’t”, which is now in the top 30 on the Hot AC chart, these four Illinois rockers are back with their seventh studio album. Depending on how Camila Cabello‘s album and the soundtrack to The Greatest Showman drop next week, this could be the biggest threat from this week’s new sets to grab the top spot a week from now..

More albums out this week: Bahamas‘s Earthtones (iTunes), Black Label Society‘s Grimmest Hits (iTunes), Caitlyn Smith‘s Starfire (iTunes), Devin Dawson‘s Dark Horse (iTunes), EDEN‘s vertigo (iTunes), First Aid Kit‘s Ruins (iTunes), Glen Hansard‘s Between Two Shores (iTunes), LANCO‘s Hallelujah Nights (iTunes), Moon Taxi‘s Let The Record Play (iTunes), Of Mice & Men‘s Defy (iTunes), Phillip Phillips‘s Collateral (iTunes), Rend Collective‘s Good News (iTunes), The Shins‘s The Worms Heart (iTunes), Van William‘s Countries (iTunes)

More EPs out this week: Kailee Morgue‘s Medusa (iTunes), MILCK‘s This Is Not The End (iTunes)

New digital singles that you can buy this week include:
“2nd To None”, Dreezy & 2 Chainz (iTunes)
“Alfie’s Song (Not So Typical Love Song)”, Bleachers (iTunes)
“Aura”, SG Lewis featuring J. Wander (iTunes)
“Calabasas”, Tritonal + SJ (iTunes)
“Dancing”, Kylie Minogue (iTunes)
“Don’t Got One”, Hailey Knox (iTunes)
“Everybody’s Lonely”, Jukebox The Ghost (iTunes)
“Far From Falling”, Super Duper (iTunes)
“Handyman”, AWOLNATION (iTunes)
“Heart Beat Here”, Dashboard Confessional (iTunes)
“Human”, Kimbra (iTunes)
“I’m Alive”, Beth Ditto (iTunes)
“Ignore Me”, Betty Who (iTunes)
“Kings & Queens”, Mat Kearney (iTunes)
“Little Bit”, Timeflies (iTunes)
“Lower The Tone”, Rae Morris (iTunes)
“Melanin Magic (Pretty Brown)”, Remy Ma featuring Chris Brown (iTunes)
“Mind Pop”, The Shantics (iTunes)
“Miss You”, Cashmere Cat featuring Major Lazer and Tory Lanez (iTunes)
“No Drama”, Tinashe featuring Offset (iTunes)
“Not The One”, Mikky Ekko (iTunes)
“Paradise”, George Ezra (iTunes)
“Parallel Line”, Keith Urban (iTunes)
“Sick Boy”, The Chainsmokers (iTunes)
“Sober”, Tom Grennan (iTunes)
“Supplies”, Justin Timberlake (iTunes)
“The Good Side”, Troye Sivan (iTunes)
“The Wolf”, The Spencer Lee Band (iTunes)
“These Days”, Rudimental featuring Jess Glynne, Macklemore and Dan Caplen (iTunes)
“This City”, Sam Fischer (iTunes)
“Wait (Chromeo Remix)”, Maroon 5 (iTunes)
“Wild World”, Johnny Stimson (iTunes)
“Woman, Amen”, Dierks Bentley (iTunes)
“You Are The Reason (John Gibbons Remix)”, Calum Scott (iTunes)

Next week: look out for new albums from Migos and more. 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, 1/7-13/18

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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DENNY WHITE – “Torn Up” (Spotify)
Previously on the Rewind: Three appearances last year, with notable features for “Traces” (January) and duo Golden Coast’s “Float On By” (October)
Notes: In a note to his Instagram followers, White talked about how “Torn” was the first release that he wrote, produced and mixed without the help of additional personnel. Spotify added the single to its New Music Friday lists in Canada and the United Kingdom.

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SAM FISCHER – “Smoke” (Spotify)
Previously on the Rewind: Fischer’s two singles from November of 2016, “Getting Older” and “Same Friends”, were both featured
Notes: Fischer’s current release was co-written by a friend, Jamie Hartman, who also co-wrote the #2 entry on my Top 100 of 2017: “Human”, performed by singer Rag’N’Bone Man. (Hartman also produced “Smoke”.) Check it out before it lights up everywhere!

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For more great new music, these songs are worth a listen…
KAPTAN – “Hardest Part” (SoundCloud)
RAYVON OWEN – “Gold” (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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NEW MUSIC FRIDAY: Releases For The Week of January 12, 2018

Camila conquers the chart.

A harmonic week awaits for the latest new releases, both albums and singles, as the industry warms up to some sizzling January jams. Here’s what you’ll find on digital services and in stores this Friday:

CAMILA CABELLO – Camila (iTunes)
From the original lineup of Fifth Harmony to slaying the charts a solo artist, Cabello has been all over the place lately with her multi-format, multi-week #1 single “Havana”. This album also includes her follow-up, “Never Be The Same”, which is headed up the Top 40 radio chart. With a number of prominent looks in the next week, and a passionate group of fans, Cabello has a pretty good chance at leading the Billboard 200 next week.

More albums out this week: Anderson East‘s Encore (iTunes), Black Veil Brides‘s Vale (iTunes), BØRNS‘s Blue Madonna (iTunes), Lil Skies‘s Life Of A Dark Rose (iTunes), The Academic‘s Tales From The Backseat (iTunes), 2018 Grammy Nominees (iTunes)

More EPs out this week: Noah Kahan‘s Hurt Somebody (iTunes), Ryan Egan‘s Fever & Bloom (iTunes), SYML‘s In My Body (iTunes), The Neighbourhood‘s To Imagine (iTunes)

New digital singles that you can buy this week include:
“After The Storm”, Kali Uchis featuring Tyler, The Creator & Bootsy Collins (iTunes)
“Avalanche”, Avi On Fire (iTunes)
“Capital Letters”, Hailee Steinfeld & BloodPop (iTunes)
“Chloraseptic (Remix)”, Eminem featuring 2 Chainz & Phresher (iTunes)
“Connected By Love” and “Respect Commander”, Jack White (iTunes)
“Curious”, Hayley Kiyoko (iTunes)
“Don’t Go”, Goldhouse featuring CAPPA (iTunes)
“EL BAÑO”, Enrique Iglesias featuring Bad Bunny (iTunes)
“En La Cara (Sua Cara Remix)”, Major Lazer featuring Karol G (iTunes)
“Flickin’ Your Hair”, The Hunna (iTunes)
“Gold”, Rayvon Owen (iTunes)
“Hardest Part”, KAPTAN (iTunes)
“Heartworms (Flipped)”, The Shins (iTunes)
“Heaven”, Justine Skye (iTunes)
“Heavy (Acoustic)”, Chris Ayer (iTunes)
“How Long (Jerry Folk Remix)”, Charlie Puth (iTunes)
“Hurtin’ Me (The Remix)”, Stefflon Don featuring Sean Paul, Popcaan and Sizzla (iTunes)
“I’m Evil”, Tep No (iTunes)
“Into The Wild”, Phillip Phillips (iTunes)
“Like We Do” and “Take You Back”, Cale Dodds (iTunes)
“Live In The Moment”, Craig David featuring GoldLink (iTunes)
“My My My!”, Troye Sivan (iTunes)
“My Side (Acoustic)”, Tom Speight (iTunes)
“Not Too Late”, Moon Taxi (iTunes)
“Oh My Dear Lord”, The Unlikely Candidates (iTunes)
“PARAD(w/m)E”, Sylvan Esso (iTunes)
“Ruins”, First Aid Kit (iTunes)
“Run With Me”, Hudson Taylor (iTunes)
“Smoke”, Sam Fischer (iTunes)
“Song For You”, Rhye (iTunes)
“Spotlight”, Marshmello x Lil Peep (iTunes)
“STREET LIVIN'”, Black Eyed Peas (iTunes)
“Streets Of Gold (Ryan Riback Remix)”, Isaiah (iTunes)
“Supernova”, Ansel Elgort (iTunes)
“Symphony”, Towkio featuring Teddy Jackson (iTunes)
“Tequila”, Dan + Shay (iTunes)
“The Champion”, Carrie Underwood featuring Ludacris (iTunes)
“Thinking About You”, Alex Aiono (iTunes)
“This Girl”, Hunter Hayes (iTunes)
“Time Machine”, Fancy Cars & Sophie Rose (iTunes)
“To Rome”, Deepend & Janieck (iTunes)
“Torn Up”, Denny White (iTunes)
“Uphill Battle”, Rozzi (iTunes)
“We’re Going Home”, Vance Joy (iTunes)
“Wilson (Expensive Mistakes)”, Fall Out Boy (iTunes)
“Yellow Lights”, Harry Hudson (iTunes)
“You Worry Me”, Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats (iTunes)

Next week: look out for new albums from Devin Dawson, Fall Out Boy, LANCO and more. 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, 12/31/17 – 1/6/18

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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NATALIE MAJOR – “Waves” (Spotify)
Previously on the Rewind: First appearance
Notes: Major’s song was recently heard on the second episode of the Freeform series grown•ish. It’s been tagged over 900 times on Shazam since its first airing on Thursday evening, gaining through subsequent re-airings of the episode.

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THE BEACH – “Toxic Love” (Spotify)
Previously on the Rewind: “U.R. Beautiful” and a cover of “Wonderful Christmastime” were noted as additional picks late last year.
Notes: Previously signed with Sony Music’s U.K. division, singer and songwriter George Morgan continues to pump out the quality songs. “Toxic” was added on Spotify’s New Music Friday lists in countries like Denmark, Italy and Spain.

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For more great new music, these songs are worth a listen…
ADAM BARNES – “Hopeful” (SoundCloud)
MIDNIGHT RIOT – “Can’t Hold Back” (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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NEW MUSIC FRIDAY: Releases For The Week of January 5, 2018

Dirty ditties for the new year.

The first Friday in January is a hot one for A-list singles, including collaborations from Bruno Mars and Cardi B, as well as Liam Payne and Rita Ora. Will the new one from Justin Timberlake race past both to become the biggest song in the land? We’ll find out soon, because here are some of the notable releases you’ll find in digital stores and on streaming services today:

Albums and/or compilations out this week: Youngr‘s This Is Not An Album (iTunes)

EPs out this week: Mila J‘s January 2018 (iTunes)

New digital-only singles that you can buy this week include:
“All The Stars”, Kendrick Lamar & SZA (iTunes)
“Bad Boys”, Lilly Ahlberg (iTunes)
“Bad Boys Need Love Too”, Bahamas (iTunes)
“Day By Day”, Robin Bengtsson (iTunes)
“Filthy”, Justin Timberlake (iTunes)
“Finesse (Remix)”, Bruno Mars & Cardi B (iTunes)
“For You (Fifty Shades Freed)”, Liam Payne & Rita Ora (iTunes)
“Girlfriend”, Anderson East (iTunes)
“God Save Our Young Blood”, BØRNS & Lana Del Rey (iTunes)
“Goes To Sh-t”, Prelow (iTunes)
“Harvest Moon”, Handsome Ghost (iTunes)
“Hearts Ain’t Gonna Lie”, Arlissa & Jonas Blue (iTunes)
“Hand It Over”, MGMT (iTunes)
“I Miss You (Yungen Remix)”, Clean Bandit featuring Julia Michaels (iTunes)
“In My Head”, Sophie Elise (iTunes)
“Push Me to My Limit”, Rae Morris (iTunes)
“Red Cold River”, Breaking Benjamin (iTunes)
“Shoot Me Straight”, Brothers Osborne (iTunes)
“Tell Me You Love Me (Dave Audé Remix)”, Demi Lovato (iTunes)
“Tell Somebody”, Kid Ink (iTunes)
“Toxic Love”, The Beach (iTunes)
“Upside Down”, Oliver Tree (iTunes)
“Watch It All Fade”, Gavin James (iTunes)
“Waves”, Natalie Major (iTunes)
“With You”, KDL & Fetty Wap (iTunes)

Next week: look out for new albums from Anderson East, Camila Cabello and more. 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, 12/10 – 12/16/17

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…

(The elves… uh, actually just I, have been pretty this week compiling the Top 100 of 2017, which debuts tomorrow. So, although our weekly look into my favorite independent and unsigned songs will be without commentary, you should still check out every track! A very happy and healthy holiday season to everyone, and see you in the new year.)

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AARON TAOS – “Twisted” (Spotify)

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BRASKO – “Static” (Spotify)

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PHANGS – “Eyes Off You” (Spotify)

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For more great new music, these songs are worth a listen…
JAMIE SCOTT featuring CARPET BOY – “Feels So Good” (SoundCloud)
PETER WISE – “Want Too Much” (SoundCloud)
TRENT DABBS – “Come Home Safe” (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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NEW MUSIC FRIDAY: Releases For The Week of December 15, 2017

This “River” is flowing to #1.

As we celebrate the third night of Hanukkah, just under two weeks away from Christmas, PGTC wishes you a happy and healthy holiday season! If you still need a present or two for that music fan in the family, here are all the albums and singles you need to know about this Friday:

EMINEM – Revival (iTunes)
Featuring the Beyoncé-assisted lead single “Walk On Water”, and the Ed Sheeran-assisted follow-up “River”, the latest set by this rap superstar is full of big stars and talented producers. It’s hard to tell just how huge this album will be in its first week out, but there’s no doubt that it’ll be entering at the top. Stay tuned!

G-EAZY – The Beautiful & Damned (iTunes)
This rapper is climbing up the Top 40 radio chart in a duet with Halsey titled “Him & I”, while lead single “No Limit”, featuring A$AP Rocky & Cardi B, is still dominating the Rhythmic and Urban airwaves. You can expect this one in the top five as well.

More albums out this week: Asking Alexandria‘s Asking Alexandria (iTunes), Boosie Badazz‘s BooPac (iTunes), Charli XCX‘s Pop 2 (iTunes), Linkin Park‘s One More Light: Live (iTunes), N.E.R.D‘s No One Ever Really Dies (iTunes), Sir Rosevelt‘s Sir Rosevelt (iTunes), Bright: The Album (iTunes)

More holiday albums out this week: TBA

More EPs out this week: Delta Rae‘s The Blackbird Sessions (iTunes), Jessie Ware‘s Your Domino (Live) (iTunes)

New digital-only singles that you can buy this week include:
“&burn”, Billie Eilish & Vince Staples (iTunes)
“Belong”, Cash Cash & Dashboard Confessional (iTunes)
“Boom Boom (Tiësto Remix)”, RedOne, Daddy Yankee, French Montana & Dinah Jane (iTunes)
“Burden Down”, Jennifer Hudson (iTunes)
“Champion (Remix)”, Fall Out Boy featuring RM of BTS (iTunes)
“Do Right”, Glades (iTunes)
“Eyes Off You”, PHANGS (iTunes)
“Flicker”, SJ (iTunes)
“Forever”, Sigma featuring Quavo, Tinie Tempah, Yxng Bane & Sebastian Kole (iTunes)
“I Don’t Want U Back”, BØRNS (iTunes)
“I Know You (Majestic Remix)”, Craig David featuring Bastille (iTunes)
“Last To Leave”, Louis The Child featuring Caroline Ailin (iTunes)
“liability (demo)”, Tove Styrke (iTunes)
“Man’s Not Hot (Christmas Edition)”, Big Shaq (iTunes)
“Miracle Man”, AWOLNATION (iTunes)
“Naked (Acoustic Version)”, James Arthur (iTunes)
“Never The Right Time”, Janine (iTunes)
“Parachute”, Jaymes Young (iTunes)
“Pay The Man (Remix)”, Foster The People featuring J.I.D & Saba (iTunes)
“Perfect”, Ed Sheeran & Andrea Bocelli (iTunes)
“Reckless Lover”, Handsome Ghost (iTunes)
“Scorpio”, Lostboycrow (iTunes)
“Static”, Brasko (iTunes)
“Stuck With Me”, The Neighbourhood (iTunes)
“Tell Me You Love Me (NOTD Remix)”, Demi Lovato (iTunes)
“The Break Up”, Machine Gun Kelly (iTunes)
“The Weekend (Funk Wav Remix)”, SZA & Calvin Harris (iTunes)
“Then”, Anne-Marie (iTunes)
“Trigger Bang”, Lily Allen featuring Giggs (iTunes)
“Twisted”, Aaron Taos (iTunes)
“U.R. Beautiful (Acoustic Version)”, The Beach (iTunes)
“Want Too Much”, Peter Wise (iTunes)

Happy Holidays! Unless any last-minute releases pop up for next week, the NMF report will return in 2018. Listen to the PGTC Friday Faves list on Spotify!

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