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RECORD REWIND: PGTC Picks, 10/15 – 10/21/17

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…

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FLEURIE, DALTON DIEHL & RUSLAN – “Take Me With You” (Spotify)
There’s a lot of Nashville power charging this musical ménage à trois, though Diehl (previously Young Brother) is now found in The Golden State. Regardless of location, this new collaboration is a nice treat, a soft pop indulgence that you need for your fall playlist.

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MATT WOODS – “Tongues” (Spotify)
We were certainly wagging our tongues at the idea of a new release from Woods, and our mouths were watering by the time this cut was confirmed. Following “Nervous” and “Stop”, his latest single continues to deliver an exquisite soulful experience. Lovely sound.

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For more great new music, these songs are worth a listen…
BRYCE FOX – “Punches” (SoundCloud)
ERIN MCCARLEY featuring BODYTALKR – “Blackout” (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 October 20, 2017

Horan is scorin’ this week.

Picking apples at the orchard? Carving pumpkins with the kids? Whatever you’re doing this weekend, don’t forget to refresh that playlist of yours with some new tunes! Here are the albums and singles you need to know this Friday:

NIALL HORAN – Flicker (iTunes)
Of course, it’s the One Direction member gone solo leading off this week’s post, now in stores with his debut album. The latest single from it is “Too Much To Ask”, but “This Town” and “Slow Hands” (a #1 single on both the Hot AC and Top 40 lists) can be found on here as well. Will it give him the edge for #1? Will that surprise mixtape dash his hopes of the top spot? Stay tuned.

CHRIS YOUNG – Losing Sleep (iTunes)
The title track from Young’s latest studio album has been struggling up the Country radio survey for several months now, though it’s currently in the top 20 and building. All six of Young’s studio albums thus far, including a Christmas set from last year, made their way into the top ten on the genre-specific albums chart, three hitting the top five on the Billboard 200.

DARIUS RUCKER – When Was The Last Time (iTunes)
Along with Young’s new album, another notable release from the genre this week comes from the Hootie & The Blowfish lead singer, who got his first break at the format in 2008. It features “If I Told You”, which had a slow rise to #1 earlier this year. (The current single off it, “For The First Time”, is below the top 40.)

More albums out this week: Future & Young Thug‘s Super Slimey (iTunes), Jessie Ware‘s Glasshouse (iTunes), Keyshia Cole‘s 11:11 Reset (iTunes), Margo Price‘s All American Made (iTunes), Tyminski‘s Southern Gothic (iTunes), Tegan And Sara Present The Con X: Covers (iTunes)

More holiday albums out this week: 98°‘s Let It Snow (iTunes), Cheap Trick‘s Christmas Christmas (iTunes), Lindsey Stirling‘s Warmer In The Winter (iTunes), Pentatonix‘s A Pentatonix Christmas Deluxe (iTunes)

More EPs out this week: Bryce Fox‘s Heaven On Hold (iTunes), Lewis Capaldi‘s Bloom (iTunesMiC LOWRY‘s Mood (iTunes)

New digital-only singles that you can buy this week include:
“Anywhere”, Rita Ora (iTunes)
“Badi Boum”, Felix Snow featuring Tsunami (iTunes)
“Bedroom Floor”, Liam Payne (iTunes)
“Before Anyone Knew Our Name”, Stereophonics (iTunes)
“Blackout”, Erin McCarley featuring Bodytalkr (iTunes)
“Bloodstone”, Guy Sebastian (iTunes)
“bright pink tims”, blackbear featuring Cam’ron (iTunes)
“Buttons”, Sara Hartman (iTunes)
“Candy Paint”, Post Malone (iTunes)
“Caving”, Justin Caruso featuring James Droll (iTunes)
“Christmas Eve” and “Meaning Of Life”, Kelly Clarkson (iTunes)
“Collide”, Rachel Platten (iTunes)
“Confidence” and “Only 4 Me”, Chris Brown (iTunes)
“Darts In The Dark”, MAGIC! (iTunes)
“Don’t Be A Fool (Unplugged)”, Shawn Mendes (iTunes)
“Don’t Turn Around”, Milow (iTunes)
“Everybody Here Wants You”, George Maple (iTunes)
“Forever”, Martin Garrix and Matisse & Sadko (iTunes)
“Forever”, Sigma featuring Quavo & Sebastian Kole (iTunes)
“Friends (Remix)”, Justin Bieber & BloodPop® featuring Julia Michaels (iTunes)
“Gorgeous”, Taylor Swift (iTunes)
“Happy Hour”, Weezer (iTunes)
“High Rollin'”, Jaira Burns (iTunes)
“Home”, Nick Jonas (iTunes)
“It’s My House”, MIKA (iTunes)
“Kids In Love”, Kygo featuring The Night Game & Maja Francis (iTunes)
“Light The Way”, Mikky Ekko (iTunes)
“Lose My Mind (Acoustic)”, Dean Lewis (iTunes)
“Mamita”, CNCO (iTunes)
“Miss Me More”, Kelsea Ballerini (iTunes)
“New Rules (Acoustic)”, Dua Lipa (iTunes)
“One Chance To Dance”, Naughty Boy featuring Joe Jonas (iTunes)
“Sunglasses In The Rain”, John Gibbons (iTunes)
“Take Me With You”, Fleurie x Dalton Diehl x Ruslan (iTunes)
“The Star”, Mariah Carey (iTunes)
“Tongues”, Matt Woods (iTunes)
“What About Us (Tiësto’s AFTR:HRS Remix)”, P!nk (iTunes)
“Whiskey”, Maroon 5 featuring A$AP Rocky (iTunes)
“You & Me”, Marshmello (iTunes)

We’ll see you next week for new albums from Kelly Clarkson, Kenny Chesney and more. Listen to the PGTC Friday Faves list on Spotify!

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RECORD REWIND: PGTC Picks, 10/8 – 10/14/17

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…

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BRASKO – “Take Me” (Spotify)
As Jordan Gable, he provided plenty of tasty tunes for several PGTC playlists, including two Rewind appearances with “Fool Of Me” (June 2016) and “Didn’t Mean It” (September 2016). Now, as a second era begins, his edgy new wave-influenced pop sound shines.

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GOLDEN COAST – “Float On By” (Spotify)
Singer and songwriter Denny White has been on the Rewind with a pair of tunes this year, including a feature for “Traces” (January 2017). So, it’s also good to have his duo back in action! Their catchy rhythmic pop song floats toward the top of this week’s releases.

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VOKES – “Screens” (Spotify)
Don’t worry, your vision is fine! This act is now a quintet, having previously hit the Rewind as a solo project (musician Mike Harris) with “Wrong” (August 2016). Focused in a more alternative direction, the transition is flawless and the single is worth a few listens.

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ZAYDE WØLF – “Higher Than High” (Spotify)
Hungry like the Wolf? Us too! “High” is the Nashville performer’s third cut on the Rewind in 2017, with “The Jungle” (August 2017) marking his last appearance to date. With a radio-ready and anthemic pop/rock sound, you’ll be blasting this track through the fall.

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For more great new music, these songs are worth a listen…
CHRIS JOBE – “Thank You Internet” (SoundCloud)
LEO KALYAN – “No Man’s Land (Part 1)” (SoundCloud)
LUKR – “Secrets” (SoundCloud)

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NEW MUSIC FRIDAY: Releases For The Week of October 13, 2017

Think P!nk!

What a Beautiful week for a new batch of excellent releases in the music world… question is, which one will you dive into first? I have some suggestions! Here are the albums and singles you need to know this Friday:

P!NK – Beautiful Trauma (iTunes)
What about us? What about her new album? The pop superstar returns with her first studio release in just over five years, and at this point, it should be a worthy contender for the #1 spot on next week’s Billboard 200. Of course, it’s led by ‘What About Us”, a hit at AC, Hot AC and Top 40 radio (and still building nicely.) I’ll certainly be picking up a physical copy.

BECK – Colors (iTunes)
Making his way up the top ten on Alternative and Triple A top ten with “Up All Night”, this performer’s 13th studio album comes just under four years after his last one. It also features “Dreams” and “Wow”, two of his previous hits at the formats over the past couple of years. Could this set make a run for #1? Stay tuned.

GUCCI MANE – Mr. Davis (iTunes)
Mane’s Droptopwop mixtape narrowly missed the top ten on the Billboard 200 earlier this year, so the rapper is likely to get this release, at the very least, well into the region. His new studio album is led by the Migos-assisted “I Get The Bag”, bulleted at #11 on the most recent Urban chart.

CARLY PEARCE – Every Little Thing (iTunes)
Pearce is one of 2017’s most promising newcomers at Country radio format, as she climbs the top ten there with her track “Every Little Thing”. It should have a solid entry on the overall chart, and could be in the mix for #1 on the Country-specific survey.

More albums out this week: Courtney Barnett/Kurt Vile‘s Lotta See Lice (iTunes), Jessie James Decker‘s Southern Girl City Lights (iTunes), Marc E. Bassy‘s Gossip Columns (iTunes), Robert Plant‘s Carry Fire (iTunes), Russell Dickerson‘s Yours (iTunes), The Score‘s Atlas (iTunes), Wu-Tang‘s The Saga Continues (iTunes)

More EPs out this week: Kodaline‘s I Wouldn’t Be (iTunes), Nick Fradiani‘s Where We Left Off (iTunes)

New digital-only singles that you can buy this week include:
“Blood On The Surface”, Mikky Ekko (iTunes)
“Dream”, Bishop Briggs (iTunes)
“Fall From Glory”, Causes (iTunes)
“Feels Great”, Cheat Codes featuring Fetty Wap and CVBZ (iTunes)
“Find You (Acoustic)”, Nick Jonas (iTunes)
“First Love”, Lost Kings featuring Sabrina Carpenter (iTunes)
“Headphones”, Walk The Moon (iTunes)
“High End”, Chris Brown featuring Future and Young Thug (iTunes)
“Higher Than Higher”, ZAYDE WØLF (iTunes)
“Holy Mountain”, Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds (iTunes)
“House Party”, The Knocks featuring Captain Cuts (iTunes)
“I Love You But I’m Lost”, Tears For Fears (iTunes)
“If You Want To Make Money”, Will Joseph Cook (iTunes)
“Just Like You”, Louis Tomlinson (iTunes)
“Leave A Light On”, Tom Walker (iTunes)
“Let You Down”, Peking Duk featuring Icona Pop (iTunes)
“Love You Like That”, Dagny (iTunes)
“Medusa”, Kailee Morgue (iTunes)
“Must Be Hard Being You”, Clark Beckham (iTunes)
“My Name (Say It)”, Citizen Four (iTunes)
“New”, Daya (iTunes)
“No Man’s Land”, Leo Kalyan (iTunes)
“Paper Doll”, FRANKIE (iTunes)
“Passion”, AWOLNATION (iTunes)
“Personal”, The Vamps featuring Maggie Lindemann (iTunes)
“Please Stay”, Bryan Adams (iTunes)
“Phone Calls”, Jessie Reyez (iTunes)
“Playboy Sh*t”, Blackbear featuring Lil Aaron (iTunes)
“Poking Holes”, Emily Warren (iTunes)
“Real Thing”, Tory Lanez featuring Future (iTunes)
“Same Boat”, Albin Lee Meldau (iTunes)
“Secrets”, Lukr (iTunes)
“Silence (Tiësto’s Big Room Remix)”, Marshmello featuring Khalid (iTunes)
“Sucker for You”, Matt Terry (iTunes)
“Take Me”, Brasko (iTunes)
“That Don’t Impress Me Much (Like A Version)”, HAIM (iTunes)
“Thorns”, Lo Moon (iTunes)
“Too Much To Ask (Cedric Gervais Remix)”, Niall Horan (iTunes)
“Touch”, Kehlani (iTunes)
“Under A Million Lights”, Tom Chaplin (iTunes)
“Vault”, Keyshia Cole (iTunes)
“We Could Go Back”, Jonas Blue featuring Moelogo (iTunes)
“Wishlist”, Kiiara (iTunes)

We’ll see you next week for new albums from Lindsey Stirling, Niall Horan and more. Listen to the PGTC Friday Faves list on Spotify!

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RECORD REWIND: PGTC Picks, 10/1 – 10/7/17

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…

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LAUV – “Easy Love” (Spotify)
As he goes for pop radio domination with “I Like Me Better” and “A Different Way”, a collaboration with DJ Snake, the talented guy is keeping busy with yet another quality single. (It’s not a hot Sigala remix!) The retro-tinged rhythmic release will get you bopping.

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WHISSELL – “Wild Animal” (Spotify)
You could say that I’m wild about this Nashville performer’s catalog, having covered so many of her releases over the last two years. In the zoo we call SoundCloud, it’s refreshing to have fantastic vocalist in the mix with her bluesy rocker of a single. It’s a great one.

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For more great new music, these songs are worth a listen…
BIYO – “Fantasies” (SoundCloud)
COLYER – “Enough” (SoundCloud)

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NEW MUSIC FRIDAY: Releases For The Week of October 6, 2017

Music is our religion.

Say a few pop prayers for our contenders this week, as they all compete for the top debut on next week’s Billboard 200. Here are the albums and singles you need to know:

NF – Perception (iTunes)
The Contemporary Christian hip-hop artist is poised to score his highest-charting album to date with his latest effort, as he looks to score his first crossover hit with “Let You Down”, impacting at CHR/Top 40 radio on Halloween. The album includes the song “10 Feet Down”, featuring PGTC favorite Ruelle, the only collaboration in the mix. Just how high will it go? Stay tuned.

AUGUST BURNS RED – Phantom Anthem (iTunes)
From Pennsylvania, this heavy metal quintet has gone as high as #9 on the Billboard 200 with their last two studio albums, both of them topping the Independent Albums chart. Like NF, they also have a Christian fanbase driving their sales numbers. It could rise above that #9 high mark, assuming streaming numbers are solid for it.

MARILYN MANSON – Heaven Upside Down (iTunes)
Manson and his group have been hitting the Billboard 200 for over 20 years now, and their tenth studio effort is likely to reach a top ten peak next week. Of course, they have two #1 albums to date, their last coming in 2003. Lead single “KILL4ME” is headed toward the top 20 on the Active Rock chart.

More albums out this week: Cody Fry‘s Flying (iTunes), Jeremy Camp‘s The Answer (iTunes), JP Cooper‘s Raised Under Grey Skies (iTunes), Kane Brown‘s Kane Brown (deluxe edition) (iTunes), Liam Gallagher‘s As You Were (iTunes), Lil Pump‘s Lil Pump (iTunes), New Politics‘s Lost In Translation (iTunes), Rationale‘s Rationale (iTunes), Zak Abel‘s Only When We’re Naked (iTunes)

More holiday albums out this week: Blake Shelton‘s Cheers, It’s Christmas. (reissue) (iTunes), Elvis Presley/Royal Philharmonic Orchestra‘s Christmas (iTunes), Fantasia‘s Christmas After Midnight (iTunes), Frank Sinatra‘s Ultimate Christmas (iTunes), Gwen Stefani‘s You Make It Feel Like Christmas (iTunes)

More EPs out this week: Bea Miller‘s chapter three: yellow (iTunes), filous‘s For Love (iTunes), Gabrielle Aplin‘s Avalon (iTunes), Jacob Sartorius‘s Left Me Hangin’ (iTunes), LÉON‘s Surround Me (iTunes), XXXTENTACION/Ski Mask The Slump God‘s Members Only, Vol. 1 (iTunes)

New digital-only singles that you can buy this week include:
“All The Love”, SAARA featuring Jillionaire (iTunes)
“Bad Habit”, Kid Ink (iTunes)
“Be My Lover”, Sam Feldt x Alex Schulz (iTunes)
“Black And White”, Rudy Mancuso x Poo Bear (iTunes)
“Can’t Lie”, MiC LOWRY (iTunes)
“Control (Secretly Sorry)”, JR JR (iTunes)
“Dear Hate”, Maren Morris featuring Vince Gill (iTunes)
“Easy Love”, Lauv (iTunes)
“Escape My Mind”, Grace VanderWaal (iTunes)
“Eyes Shut”, Isac Elliot (iTunes)
“Fade”, Lewis Capaldi (iTunes)
“Fantasies”, Biyo (iTunes)
“Fly With You”, The Last Bandoleros (iTunes)
“For The Gram”, Craig David (iTunes)
“For You”, James TW (iTunes)
“Go To Work (Acoustic)”, Nadine (iTunes)
“Good Ol’ Boys”, Gazzo & American Authors (iTunes)
“Hair Down (Xenomania Remix)”, Mollie King (iTunes)
“Help Me Out”, Maroon 5 and Julia Michaels (iTunes)
“Hey”, Matthew Young (iTunes)
“How Long”, Charlie Puth (iTunes)
“Ill Nana”, DRAM featuring Trippie Redd (iTunes)
“James Has Changed”, Phoebe Ryan (iTunes)
“Like A Riddle”, Felix Jaehn featuring Hearts & Colors & Adam Trigger (iTunes)
“Love So Soft (Cash Cash & Ryan Riback Remixes)”, Kelly Clarkson (iTunes)
“Más De Lo Que Sabes (More Than You Know)”, Axwell /\ Ingrosso featuring Sebastian Yatra and Cali Y El Dandee (iTunes)
“Mess”, Jordan Fisher (iTunes)
“Milk”, The 1975 (iTunes)
“Mystik”, Tash Sultana (iTunes)
“Nobody Compares To You”, Gryffin featuring Katie Pearlman (iTunes)
“Not My Ex”, Jessie J (iTunes)
“Only You”, Zara Larsson featuring Nena (iTunes)
“Perfect For You”, Rachel Platten (iTunes)
“Raincheck (Jack Fickle Friends Remix)”, Hannah Jane Lewis (iTunes)
“Right To It”, Louis The Child featuring Ashe (iTunes)
“Thin”, Aquilo (iTunes)
“Til I Get Found”, Marc E. Bassy (iTunes)
“Vesuvius”, Guy Sebastian (iTunes)
“Weekend Woman”, Weezer (iTunes)
“Whatever You Want”, P!nk (iTunes)
“Who Am I”, Tayler Buono (iTunes)
“Wild Animal”, Whissell (iTunes)
“Wonder Years”, Fedde Le Grand featuring Adam McInnis (iTunes)
“You Should Be Loved”, Hunter Hayes featuring The Shadowboxers (iTunes)

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

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RECORD REWIND: PGTC Picks, 9/24 – 9/30/17

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…

Due to the Yom Kippur holiday, and the overwhelming amount of quality independent singles this week, the usual commentary will be back next week. Until then, enjoy all the new sounds below!

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BRYCE FOX – “Lucy” (Spotify)
Previously on the Rewind: “Voodoo” (June 2016), “Burn Fast” (Year-End 2016), “Coldhearted” (March 2017)

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DANIELLA MASON – “Butterflies” (Spotify)
Previously on the Rewind: “Cruel Summer” (August 2017)

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MATT WOODS – “Stop” (Spotify)
Previously on the Rewind: “Nothing Less” (October 2016), “If You Forget Me” (December 2016/Year-End 2016), “Nervous” (August 2017), “Craving” (September 2017)

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THØSS – “Two Laces” (Spotify)
Previously on the Rewind: “Benchwarmer” (June 2016), “Submarine” (November 2016), “Work Is A Four Letter Word” (May 2017)

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WANDERER – “So Far Away” (Spotify)
Previously on the Rewind: “Call Me Crazy” (September 2016/Year-End 2016), “Make You Feel” (December 2016), “Dreams” (March 2017), “We Were So Young” (July 2017)

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For more great new music, these songs are worth a listen…
FLETCHER – “You Should Know” (SoundCloud)
GRETA ISAAC – “Tied” (SoundCloud)
NICHOLAS ROBERTS – “Tearing Up My Heart” (SoundCloud)
RAINSFORD – “Flowers In A Vase” (SoundCloud)
RYAN EGAN – “Tongue Of Yours” (SoundCloud)
UNION MOON – “What Would I Leave” (SoundCloud)
WHISSELL – “All Shook Up” (SoundCloud)

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