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NEW MUSIC FRIDAY: Releases For The Week of March 30, 2018

What’s new for this Weeknd.

The weekend has finally arrived, and so has The Weeknd with an unexpected gift for Passover and Easter. Don’t be melancholy; here are the albums and singles you need to know on digital services and in stores this Friday:

THE WEEKND – My Dear Melancholy (iTunes)
Confirmed mid-Thursday on his social media accounts, the Canadian superstar delivers his first album since the fall of 2016. Don’t call it a comeback, however: The Weeknd’s soundtrack hit with Kendrick Lamar, “Pray For Me”, is still performing well at several radio formats here and up north, as Black Panther continues to dominate at the box office. Few details are known about the project at this time. Look for it to debut at #1 on the Billboard 200 chart, replacing Jack White.

KACEY MUSGRAVES – Golden Hour (iTunes)
Backed by a healthy dose of critical acclaim and a passionate fan base, this album by Musgraves should become her third top five title since 2013 on the Billboard 200 chart. All three songs released prior to the album’s debut, “Butterflies”, “High Horse” and “Space Cowboy”, have performed solidly at both sales and streaming services. It’ll likely top the country-specific survey with ease.

RICH THE KID – The World Is Yours (iTunes)
After a series of notable mixtapes in the last few years, this performer puts his first studio album out into the World, featuring appearances by Kendrick Lamar, Khalid and many others. With streaming hit “Plug Walk” leading the way, look for consumption units of this effort to trend significantly higher than pure album sales.

Notable albums out this week: Ashley McBryde‘s Girl Going Nowhere (iTunes), Hayley Kiyoko‘s Expectations (iTunes), Her‘s Her (iTunes), Jukebox The Ghost‘s Off To The Races (iTunes)

Notable EPs out this week: Harrison Brome‘s Body High (iTunes), Weathers‘s Kids In The Night, Pt. 1 (iTunes)

New digital singles that you can buy this week include:
“Backbone”, Daughtry (iTunes)
“Bad Company”, A$AP Rocky featuring BlocBoy JB (iTunes)
“Better With You”, Michl (iTunes)
“bitches broken hearts”, Billie Eilish (iTunes)
“Carry You”, Ruelle featuring Fleurie (iTunes)
“Change”, Charlie Puth featuring James Taylor (iTunes)
“Chasing Fire”, Lauv (iTunes)
“Clearly”, Grace VanderWaal (iTunes)
“Crossing A Line” and “Nothing Makes Sense Anymore”, Mike Shinoda (iTunes)
“For The F^_^k Of It”, Snakehips featuring Jeremih & Tinashe (iTunes)
“Glass Houses”, The Beach (iTunes)
“GoodMorning, Goodbye”, FRENSHIP (iTunes)
“Hallucinogenics”, Matt Maeson (iTunes)
“Holding On”, Phora (iTunes)
“I Do”, Kyle Reynolds featuring Kirsten Arian (iTunes)
“I Don’t Want To Know”, Sigrid (iTunes)
“I Wish I Knew How It Would Feel To Be Free”, Andra Day (iTunes)
“Like They Do On The TV”, Kimbra (iTunes)
“Long Live The Billionaire”, Sam Martin (iTunes)
“Long Way Down”, Taylor Phelan (iTunes)
“Love Song”, Zak Abel (iTunes)
“Me So Bad”, Tinashe featuring Ty Dolla $ign & French Montana (iTunes)
“My Name Is Mars”, Capital Cities (iTunes)
“Never Say Die”, CHVRCHES (iTunes)
“Nostalgia”, (iTunes)
“On The Line”, Julian Perretta (iTunes)
“Philly, Forget Me Not”, Daryl Hall & John Oates with Train (iTunes)
“Pray”, Sam Smith featuring Logic (iTunes)
“Push Back”, Ne-Yo featuring Bebe Rexha & Stefflon Don (iTunes)
“Queue Jumping”, Plan B (iTunes)
“Raining Glitter”, Kylie Minogue (iTunes)
“Rescue Me”, Thirty Seconds To Mars (iTunes)
“Room Service”, Emily Vaughn (iTunes)
“Runaway”, Tayla Parx featuring Khalid (iTunes)
“Say It”, Daniel Skye & Baby Ariel (iTunes)
“Say Love”, James TW (iTunes)
“Say My Name” and “Tokyo Nights”, Digital Farm Animals featuring IMAN / featuring Shaun Frank & Dragonette (iTunes)
“Somebody Special (R3hab Remix)”, Nina Nesbitt (iTunes)
“Sweet Sensation”, Flo Rida (iTunes)
“that was then”, isaac gracie (iTunes)
“the broken hearts club”, gnash (iTunes)
“TMYLM (Tell Me You Love Me)”, Brasko (iTunes)
“Too Late”, Janine (iTunes)
“Two High (Sofi Tukker Remix)”, Moon Taxi (iTunes)
“Us”, James Bay (iTunes)
“Victory”, Safetysuit (iTunes)
“What Kind Of Love”, TOMI (iTunes)
“When The Night Is Over”, Lord Huron (iTunes)
“Your Song”, Lady Gaga (iTunes)

Next week: look out for new albums from Kylie Minogue, Thirty Seconds To Mars 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, March 18-24, 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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7CHARIOT – “Danger In Me” (Spotify)
Previously on the Rewind: Previously featured as Clairity; first time featured under new project
Notes: Though I do miss her Clairity project from several years ago, including pop bops like “Velcro”, the new tune from 7Chariot is worth a chariot ride (or seven) over to your streaming service of choice. “Danger” isn’t dangerous at all, with its cool tropical sound.

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BEN HOBBS – “Simple Life” (Spotify)
Previously on the Rewind: Five previous appearances, “Two Pieces” (February 2018) being the most recent feature
Notes: The London-based performer, who frequently makes the Rewind, issued a double a-side single on Friday, featuring the song noted here and “Blind To You”. Both tracks are quality for different reasons, but this new wave-influenced cut really caught my ear.

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MARC SCIBILIA – “Over You” (Spotify)
Previously on the Rewind: Three previous appearances, including “Believer” (July 2016) and “Summer Clothes” (February 2017)
Notes: Scibilia’s been slaying the independent game for several years now, picking up several million streams in the process, as well as a massive hit in parts of Europe with DJ/producer Robin Schulz. His latest track sounds like a future hit on the Hot AC airwaves.

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For more great new music, these songs are worth a listen…
FINNEAS – “Heaven”
GRIZFOLK – “Endless Summer”
RUTHANNE – “The Vow”

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 March 23, 2018

You don’t know Jack about this week’s releases.

It’s looking white outside after another snowstorm on the East Coast, and next week’s album chart is looking pretty White too. Here are the albums and singles you need to know on digital services and in stores this Friday:

JACK WHITE – Boarding House Reach (iTunes)
Featuring the radio singles “Connected By Love” and “Over And Over And Over”, the former in the top 20 at Triple A radio and the latter in the top 30 at Alternative radio, White hopes to bring his streak of solo #1 albums to three with his current set. Can he do it? Stay tuned.

JORDAN DAVIS – Home State (iTunes)
Davis’s first single to make the Country radio chart, “Singles You Up”, has enjoyed a slow ride into the top ten and is currently closing in on the top five. Look for this set to have a good chance of becoming the top title on that genre’s album chart next week.

Notable albums out this week: Chloe x Halle‘s The Kids Are Alright (iTunes), George Ezra‘s Staying At Tamara’s (iTunes), Jordan Feliz‘s Future (iTunes), Lissie‘s Castles (iTunes), Toni Braxton‘s Sex And Cigarettes (iTunes)

Notable EPs out this week: Diplo‘s California (iTunes), Hudson Taylor‘s Feel It Again (iTunes), Svrcina‘s Svrcina (iTunes), Timeflies‘s To Dream (iTunes)

New digital singles that you can buy this week include:
“(F*ck A) Silver Lining” and “Say Amen (Saturday Night)”, Panic! At The Disco (iTunes)
“Back In The Water”, HAEVN (iTunes)
“Bad In Common”, SHY Martin (iTunes)
“Battlefield”, Joe Taylor (iTunes)
“Believe”, Don Diablo featuring Ansel Elgort (iTunes)
“Better With You”, Jesse McCartney (iTunes)
“Blind To You/Simple Life”, Ben Hobbs (iTunes)
“Bridges Burn”, NEEDTOBREATHE (iTunes)
“Candy”, Doja Cat (iTunes)
“Coming Home”, Keith Urban featuring Julia Michaels (iTunes)
“Crash”, Burak Yeter (iTunes)
“Creeping”, Lil Skies featuring Rich The Kid (iTunes)
“Danger in Me”, 7Chariot (iTunes)
“Diamonds Or Twine”, Ryan Hurd (iTunes)
“Differently”, Marian Hill (iTunes)
“Endless Summer”, Grizfolk (iTunes)
“Father Father”, Cole Redding (iTunes)
“Flames”, David Guetta & Sia (iTunes)
“Follow Your Fire”, Kodaline (iTunes)
“Friends”, NONONO (iTunes)
“FRIENDS (R3hab Remix)”, Marshmello & Anne-Marie (iTunes)
“H.O.L.Y.”, Alle Farben & RHODES (iTunes)
“Hide”, Rainbow Kitten Surprise (iTunes)
“High Horse”, Kacey Musgraves (iTunes)
“Holding On”, Nightly (iTunes)
“Honest”, Bazzi (iTunes)
“I Don’t Know”, Jack & Jack (iTunes)
“Imagination”, Lovespeake (iTunes)
“In My Blood” and “Lost In Japan”, Shawn Mendes (iTunes)
“Kansas City”, The Mowgli’s (iTunes)
“Let It Rain”, Causes (iTunes)
“Lonely”, Matoma featuring MAX (iTunes)
“Love Me Still”, BLVK JVCK featuring Jessie Reyez (iTunes)
“Love Struck”, WSTRN featuring Tiwa Savage & Mr Eazi (iTunes)
“One Track Mind”, Thirty Seconds To Mars featuring A$AP Rocky (iTunes)
“Over You”, Marc Scibilia (iTunes)
“Playinwitme”, KYLE featuring Kehlani (iTunes)
“Running Up That Hill”, Matthew Young (iTunes)
“Sanctuary”, Welshly Arms (iTunes)
“Self Control”, Lion (iTunes)
“Signs”, Chris Watts (iTunes)
“Such A Simple Thing”, Ray LaMontagne (iTunes)
“Symphony”, Josh Groban (iTunes)
“Take You Back (To Basics)”, Cale Dodds (iTunes)
“The Vow”, RuthAnne (iTunes)
“Think About You (Olsen Remix)”, Delta Goodrem (iTunes)
“This Is Me (Alan Walker Remix)”, Keala Settle & The Greatest Showman Ensemble (iTunes)
“This Morning”, Picture This (iTunes)
“Thoughts & Prayers”, grandson (iTunes)
“Time”, Colouring (iTunes)
“Waiting For You”, The Aces (iTunes)
“You From The Rest”, Adam French (iTunes)

Next week: look out for new albums from Hayley Kiyoko, Kacey Musgraves 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, March 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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EMILY BURNS – “Girlfriend At The Time” (Spotify)
Previously on the Rewind: First time featured
Notes: Burns is known to both the SoundCloud and Spotify crowd, with thousands of streams for tracks like “Bitch” and “Take It Or Leave It”. Ahead of her Seven Scenes From The Same Summer set, due in July, this new release is a pop lover’s dream. Very catchy!

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THE DRIVER ERA – “Preacher Man” (Spotify)
Previously on the Rewind: First time featured
Notes: If you were a fan of the pop group R5, who recorded for Hollywood Records, then you already know Ross and Rocky Lynch’s current project, whose track climbed into top 100 on iTunes during its release day. Your pop prayers have certainly been answered!

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For more great new music, these songs are worth a listen…
EMMA MCGRATH – “Butterfly”
SASHA SLOAN – “Hurt”

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 March 16, 2018

A Change at the top.

It’s time for another week of winners from the music world, including notable names from the genres of country, rap, rock and more. Here are the albums and singles you’ll find on digital services and in stores this Friday:

SCOTTY MCCREERY – Seasons Change (iTunes)
Former American Idol winner McCreery recently topped the Country radio list for the first time with “Five More Minutes”, with “This Is It” (the follow-up single) ready to take over the charts when it impacts in late April. The performer’s now had four albums reach the top ten on the Billboard 200 list, and this is pretty likely to make it five.

Notable albums out this week: Dorothy‘s 28 Days In The Valley (iTunes), Fickle Friends‘s You Are Someone Else (iTunes), Rich Homie Quan‘s Rich As In Spirit (iTunes), Saweetie‘s High Maintenance (iTunes), Snoop Dogg‘s Bible Of Love (iTunes), Stone Temple Pilots‘s Stone Temple Pilots (2018) (iTunes), The Decemberists‘s I’ll Be Your Girl (iTunes), XXXTENTACION‘s ? (iTunes), Love, Simon (Soundtrack) (iTunes)

Notable EPs out this week: TBA

New digital singles that you can buy this week include:
“Alien”, Sabrina Carpenter x Jonas Blue (iTunes)
“Alone”, Halsey featuring Big Sean and Stefflon Don (iTunes)
“Back When”, Prelow (iTunes)
“Bad Bad News” / “Bet Ain’t Worth The Hand”, Leon Bridges (iTunes)
“Be Like You”, Whethan featuring Broods (iTunes)
“Blackout”, Frank Turner (iTunes)
“Bonita”, CNCO (iTunes)
“Brace”, Twin Shadow featuring Rainsford (iTunes)
“Burn The House Down”, AJR (iTunes)
“Call On Me”, Kim Cesarion (iTunes)
“Cold As Stone”, Kaskade featuring Charlotte Lawrence (iTunes)
“Come Kiss Me”, Tryon (iTunes)
“Crazy World (Live From Dublin)”, The Script featuring Christy Dignam (iTunes)
“Cruzin'”, Snakehips featuring St Rulez (iTunes)
“Don’t Go Breaking My Heart”, Q-Tip & Demi Lovato (iTunes)
“Done For Me”, Charlie Puth featuring Kehlani (iTunes)
“Early Morning Trappin”, Rich The Kid featuring Trippie Redd (iTunes)
“Everyone Hates Me”, The Chainsmokers (iTunes)
“Freaky Friday”, Lil Dicky featuring Chris Brown (iTunes)
“Freshman List”, NAV (iTunes)
“Gimme A Break”, Nicole Millar (iTunes)
“Girlfriend At The Time”, Emily Burns (iTunes)
“Grit Your Teeth”, Martin Luke Brown (iTunes)
“Healthy”, PRETTYMUCH (iTunes)
“Here” and “Hurt”, Sasha Sloan (iTunes)
“I Owe You Nothing” / “Remember”, Seinabo Sey (iTunes)
“I Wanna Know”, NOTD featuring Bea Miller (iTunes)
“I Wanna Know”, RL Grime featuring Daya (iTunes)
“I Want A Miracle”, Fred Rister featuring Sam Martin & Chris Willis (iTunes)
“Let It Be”, Hayley Kiyoko (iTunes)
“Life In Pink”, Kate Nash (iTunes)
“Memorized”, Mat Kearney & RAC (iTunes)
“Mind On It”, Yungen featuring Jess Glynne (iTunes)
“My My My! (Throttle Remix)”, Troye Sivan (iTunes)
“Old Soul”, Hudson Taylor (iTunes)
“Over My Head”, Echosmith (iTunes)
“Preacher Man”, The Driver Era (iTunes)
“Raw”, Sigrid (iTunes)
“Remind Me To Forget”, Kygo featuring Miguel (iTunes)
“Saviour”, George Ezra featuring First Aid Kit (iTunes)
“Sex & Cigarettes”, Toni Braxton (iTunes)
“Somebody New”, VASSY featuring Sultan + Shepard (iTunes)
“Spy”, Kira Kosarin (iTunes)
“With You”, Griffin Stoller featuring Molly Moore (iTunes)
“YES”, Louisa Johnson featuring 2 Chainz (iTunes)

Next week: look out for new albums from George Ezra, Jack White 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, March 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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BETTY WHO – “Look Back” (Spotify)
Previously on the Rewind: one previous appearance, “Ignore Me” (January 2018); previously signed to RCA Records
Notes: Yes, I know that there’s a certain irony in featuring a track called “Look Back” on a weekend when the U.S. has sprung ahead one hour. However, just as much as “Ignore Me” was a bop, “Look” is an incredibly catchy and delectable piece of pop. Sweet times!

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SPAZZ CARDIGAN – “Episode” (Spotify)
Previously on the Rewind: First time featured
Notes: This performer has fallen onto my radar through some mutual friends in Nashville, not to mention his song’s prominent add on Spotify’s New Music Friday playlist. The production on this R&B-flavored track is tight, and a clever lyric definitely doesn’t hurt.

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For more great new music, these songs are worth a listen…
FLETCHER – “I Believe You”
WANDERER – “Miss You More At Night”

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 March 9, 2018

A logical March week.

You might not find 44 more releases you like this week, or on any given week, but there are certainly a lot of great albums and singles ready to hit the market. Here’s what you’ll find on digital services and in stores this Friday:

LOGIC – Bobby Tarantino II (iTunes)
Announced on social media yesterday, this mixtape (a sequel to a 2016 album) is expected this week. The rapper has released several tracks over the last few weeks, including “44 More”, “Overnight” and “Everyday”, a collaboration with DJ/producer Marshmello, which now has airplay at several radio formats. Given that momentum, there’s a good chance it could debut at the top of next week’s album survey.

LIL YACHTY – Lil Boat 2 (iTunes)
This popular rapper is sailing the chart waters once again with a sequel to his 2016 mixtape, featuring collaborations with performers like 2 Chainz, Offset and Quavo of Migos and many others. (A radio single hasn’t been named from the set as of yet.) His last studio album hit #5 in its opening week on the Billboard 200, and this release should easily return him to the top five.

Notable albums out this week: Calum Scott‘s Only Human (iTunes), Jake Miller‘s Silver Lining (iTunes), Liza Anne‘s Fine But Dying (iTunes), Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats‘s Tearing At The Seams (iTunes), The Neighbourhood‘s The Neighbourhood (iTunes), Three Days Grace‘s Outsider (iTunes), A Wrinkle In Time (Soundtrack) (iTunes)

Notable EPs out this week: Apollo LTD‘s Out Of Body (iTunes), Jeremih‘s The Chocolate Box (iTunes), MUNA‘s One Year On (iTunes)

New digital singles that you can buy this week include:
“Acoustic”, Billy Raffoul (iTunes)
“Aftershock (Acoustic)”, Hannah Jane Lewis (iTunes)
“Always”, Dan Farber featuring Boy Matthews (iTunes)
“Baby I’m A Queen”, Sofi Tukker (iTunes)
“Colors”, Jason Derulo (iTunes)
“Dreams (Acoustic)”, Harrison Storm (iTunes)
“Episode”, Spazz Cardigan (iTunes)
“Fire In Me”, John Newman (iTunes)
“Fly”, Marshmello featuring Leah Culver (iTunes)
“Get The F**k Off My D**k”, Vince Staples (iTunes)
“Girl Gang”, Gin Wigmore (iTunes)
“Higher” and “Three”, Lily Allen (iTunes)
“Hold My Girl”, George Ezra (iTunes)
“I Believe You”, FLETCHER (iTunes)
“Just Like That”, The Aces (iTunes)
“Look Back”, Betty Who (iTunes)
“Love Blows”, Lissie (iTunes)
“Minimum Wage”, REMMI (iTunes)
“Miss You More At Night”, Wanderer (iTunes)
“Morning Is Coming”, Sting & Shaggy (iTunes)
“New York City”, Owl City (iTunes)
“No”, Alison Wonderland (iTunes)
“OKOKOK”, Jaira Burns (iTunes)
“Once In My Life”, The Decemberists (iTunes)
“Our Favourite Song (Acoustic)”, The Beach (iTunes)
“Panic Attacks”, Elohim featuring Yoshi Flower (iTunes)
“Pink Lemonade”, James Bay (iTunes)
“Remedy”, Kiah Victoria (iTunes)
“Ride Or Die”, The Knocks featuring Foster The People (iTunes)
“Sanctify”, Years & Years (iTunes)
“Space For Two”, Mr. Probz (iTunes)
“Super Cool”, Prelow (iTunes)
“Supercut (El-P Remix)”, Lorde featuring Run The Jewels (iTunes)
“There’s A Reason”, Wet (iTunes)
“Understood”, Rich Homie Quan (iTunes)
“We Got Love”, Jessica Mauboy (iTunes)
“Young & Free”, Dermot Kennedy (iTunes)
“Your Side Of The Bed”, Loote (iTunes)

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

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