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NEW MUSIC FRIDAY: Releases For The Week of January 26, 2018

II becomes one.

Get cultured with the top new releases in genres like pop, rap and more! Here’s what you’ll find on digital services and in stores this Friday:

MIGOS – Culture II (iTunes)
The Atlanta trio is having quite an era at Rhythmic and Urban radio with hits like “MotorSport” and “Stir Fry”, and it won’t stop anytime soon. Already expected to be a monster at streaming services in the coming days, the set will likely be competing with a number of Grammy winners from Sunday night’s telecast for the #1 spot. However, this will definitely have the advantage going into the weekend.

More albums out this week: Burna Boy‘s Outside (iTunes), Cory Asbury‘s Reckless Love (iTunes), Craig David‘s The Time Is Now (iTunes), JONGHYUN‘s Poet | Artist (iTunes), LP‘s Forever For Now (iTunes), Mike Posner & The Legendary Mike Posner Band‘s I Was Born In Detroit On a Very Very Very Very Very Very Very Cold Day (iTunes)

More EPs out this week: Drake‘s Scary Hours (iTunes), Mike Shinoda‘s Post Traumatic (iTunes), State Of Sound‘s Stardust (iTunes)

New digital singles that you can buy this week include:
“9 To 5”, Harrison Brome (iTunes)
“Ancient Names, Pt. II”, Lord Huron (iTunes)
“Bad Vibe”, M.O, Lotto Boyzz & Mr Eazi (iTunes)
“Beg (Acoustic)”, Jack & Jack featuring Olivia O’Brien (iTunes)
“BOOM”, Tiësto, Gucci Mane & Sevenn (iTunes)
“Corporation”, Jack White (iTunes)
“Dance”, DNCE (iTunes)
“Dangerous Night”, Thirty Seconds To Mars (iTunes)
“Don’t Make Me Wait”, Sting & Shaggy (iTunes)
“Fake Nice”, The Aces (iTunes)
“Feels Great (Party Pupils Remix)”, Cheat Codes featuring Fetty Wap & CVBZ (iTunes)
“Focus”, Elias (iTunes)
“Guilt Trip”, Julie Bergan (iTunes)
“Heaven”, Julia Michaels (iTunes)
“Helium”, Sia vs. David Guetta & Afrojack (iTunes)
“High For Me”, Olivia Noelle featuring Kid Ink (iTunes)
“Home”, Matt Gresham (iTunes)
“Hummingbird”, LCAW featuring Sophie Ellis-Bextor (iTunes)
“Joanne (Where Do You Think You’re Goin’?)”, Lady Gaga (iTunes)
“Joyful”, X Ambassadors (iTunes)
“Know This Love”, KREAM featuring Litens (iTunes)
“Lockdown”, LINES (iTunes)
“Lullaby”, R3HAB & Mike Williams (iTunes)
“Merengue”, Kent Jones (iTunes)
“My Name Is The Night (Color Me Black)”, Brian Fallon (iTunes)
“Perfect”, Topic & Ally Brooke (iTunes)
“Potential”, VOKES (iTunes)
“Rocket”, Johnny Stimson (iTunes)
“Sativa”, Jhene Aiko featuring Rae Sremmurd (iTunes)
“Say Something”, Justin Timberlake featuring Chris Stapleton (iTunes)
“Soldier”, Paul Rey (iTunes)
“Suspended”, Elle Watson (iTunes)
“The Middle”, Zedd, Maren Morris & Grey (iTunes)
“The Mountain”, Three Days Grace (iTunes)
“Toxic Love (Acoustic)”, The Beach (iTunes)
“Wait”, Maroon 5 featuring A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie (iTunes)
“Why”, Bazzi (iTunes)
“Your Favorite Song (Loote Remix)”, Eighty Ninety (iTunes)

Next week: look out for new albums from AWOLNATIONJustin Timberlake 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, 1/14-20/18

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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BETTY WHO – “Ignore Me” (Spotify)
Previously on the Rewind: none; previously signed to RCA Records
Notes: Who may now be an independent artist, but she certainly doesn’t miss a beat. In fact, “Ignore Me” wasn’t ignored at all a few days ago, when it was added on several of Spotify’s New Music Friday lists, and the lead position on the PGTC Friday Faves playlist.

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JOHNNY STIMSON – “Wild World” (Spotify)
Previously on the Rewind: “Time Machine” (March) had a prominent feature and “Honeymoon” (June) was noted as an additional pick
Notes: Stimson knows how to get my attention with a great stripped-down release. He says he wrote this single to realize “that even though the world is dark sometimes”, he should “stop and notice the beautiful things” within his world. It’s truly an authentic tune.

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For more great new music, these songs are worth a listen…
LOSTBOYCROW – “I’m A Sailor Not A Salesman” (SoundCloud)
SAM FISCHER – “This City” (SoundCloud)
SUPER DUPER – “Far From Falling” (SoundCloud)
THE SHANTICS – “Mind Pop” (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 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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