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RADIO REPORT: What’s Popping At Top 40 Radio This Week (September 16-17, 2019)


It’s time once again to analyze the airwaves and find out if your favorite new releases will be lighting up your local station’s playlist this week. Which tunes will climb to the top and which ones will hit a stop? Here are five singles impacting this week at the Top 40 format:

5 SECONDS OF SUMMER – “Teeth” (Interscope)
Album: 13 Reasons Why (Season 3) (Soundtrack) (2019)
Past T40 History: This will be the third song from the series to chart here, following cuts by Selena Gomez and Lauv/Anne-Marie.

ARIANA GRANDE, MILEY CYRUS & LANA DEL REY – “Don’t Call Me Angel” (Republic)
Album: Charlie’s Angels (Soundtrack) (2019)
Past T40 History: The biggest song from this franchise, “Independent Women, Pt. 1” by Destiny’s Child, held at #1 for nine weeks.

HALSEY – “Graveyard” (Capitol)
Album: Manic (2020)
Past T40 History: The performer has four #1 songs to date on the Top 40 chart, but her past two releases have missed the top ten.

LINDSEY STIRLING featuring ELLE KING – “The Upside” (Lindseystomp/BMG/in2une)
Album: Artemis (2019)
Past T40 History: Stirling has not charted at this format before; King’s biggest hit to date, “Ex’s & Oh’s”, hit #7 in November 2015.

LOUD LUXURY & BRYCE VINE – “I’m Not Alright” (Sire/Warner-Armada)
Album: TBA (2019)
Past T40 History: The duo and Vine have three top 20 entries between them at this format, though none have entered the top ten.

Next week: due to the Labor Day holiday, no songs are currently listed as impacting at the format for next Tuesday.

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RECORD REWIND 2019: PGTC Picks, Week Thirty Seven


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: ONE
JT ROACH – “Make It Up To You” (Spotify)
Previously on the Rewind: Second appearance

After his win on the NBC show Songland, leading to his original composition “Somebody To Love” being cut by OneRepublic, the Los Angeles-based singer and songwriter delivers another cool lyric and song with a much softer production, which flows very well.

PICK OF THE WEEK: TWO
WRABEL – “Flying” (Spotify)
Previously on the Rewind: Eighth appearance

A few cuts from this performer’s new EP titled One Of Those Happy People (which came out on Friday) have already been included on the Rewind since the spring. This track, a groovy and glitzy gem that was written with Jesse Shatkin and Jesse Thomas, is a bop.

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For more great new music, these songs are worth a listen…
DRUMAQ – “Granola”
EMILY VAUGHN – “Baddie”
GABRIELLE APLIN – “Kintsugi”
PRETTY SISTER & MARCLO – “Tequila”
YOUR SMITH – “Man Of Weakness”

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RADIO REPORT: What’s Popping At Top 40 Radio This Week (September 9-10, 2019)


It’s time once again to analyze the airwaves and find out if your favorite new releases will be lighting up your local station’s playlist this week. Which tunes will climb to the top and which ones will hit a stop? Here are three new hits impacting this week at the Top 40 format:

CAMILA CABELLO – “Liar” and “Shameless” (Syco/Epic)
Album: TBA (2019)
Past T40 History: Cabello’s dual single release is starting off well with both songs charting by Sunday, though “Liar” is in the lead.


WHY DON’T WE – “What Am I” (Signature Ent./Atlantic)
Album: TBA (2019)
Past T40 History: This boy band has managed to place three songs in the top 40 here, though they’ve all fallen short of the top 20.

Next week: new singles from 5 Seconds Of Summer and Halsey are gritting their Top 40 teeth, as they lead a very busy week.

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RECORD REWIND 2019: PGTC Picks, Week Thirty Six


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: ONE
DRUMAQ – “Innit” (Spotify)
Previously on the Rewind: Third appearance

Just ahead of his mixtape Vitamin D, which debuts on Friday, this performer unleashes a very groovy side to the project on the new single to be released from it. The disco-tinged production packs a little nostalgia, but remains contemporary enough to sound fresh.

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For more great new music, these songs are worth a listen…
DANIELLA MASON – “Woman Lover Powerful”

DELACEY – “Actress”
DES ROCS – “Living Proof”
FLY BY MIDNIGHT – “I Need You More Than You Want Me”
KEVIN GARRETT – “Factor In”
LAUV (as WOOF! IT’S BILLY) – “Light Rain”
LIFE OF DILLON – “Surrender”
WANDERER – “Know Your Heart”
WRABEL – “Flickers”

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RADIO REPORT: What’s Popping At Top 40 Radio This Week (September 2-3, 2019)


It’s time once again to analyze the airwaves and find out if your favorite new releases will be lighting up your local station’s playlist this week. Which tunes will climb to the top and which ones will hit a stop? Here’s the one new title impacting this week at the Top 40 format:

POST MALONE – “Circles” (Republic)
Album: Hollywood’s Bleeding (2019)
Past T40 History: Circle this song as the likely winner on Tuesday’s adds report. It quickly entered the top 40 on Sunday’s update.

Next week: with lots of early action at the format, Why Don’t We‘s “What Am I” should keep its momentum going on impact.

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RECORD REWIND 2019: PGTC Picks, Week Thirty Five


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 holiday weekend, commentary will return next weekend. Enjoy your Labor Day festivities!)
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PICK OF THE WEEK: ONE
DELANEY JANE & CALL ME KARIZMA – “Hello My Loneliness” (Spotify)
Previously on the Rewind: Fifth appearance (Call Me Karizma is signed to Arista Records)

PICK OF THE WEEK: TWO
SVRCINA – “Runaway W. You” (Spotify)
Previously on the Rewind: 12th appearance

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For more great new music, these songs are worth a listen…
CLARK BECKHAM – “I Hurt Too Much”
FINISH TICKET – “Ceiling Won’t Break”
JOEL ADAMS – “Kingdom”
KYAN PALMER & NICOPOP. – “Ms. Last Night”
SAFETYSUIT – “Stuck To You”

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RADIO REPORT: What’s Popping At Top 40 Radio This Week (August 26-27, 2019)


It’s time once again to analyze the airwaves and find out if your favorite new releases will be lighting up your local station’s playlist this week. Which tunes will climb to the top and which ones will hit a stop? Here are four tracks impacting this week at the Top 40 format:

AJ MITCHELL featuring AVA MAX – “Slow Dance” (Epic)
Album: Slow Dance (EP) (2019)
Past T40 History: Mitchell’s made the top 40 twice to minor success; Max’s hit “Sweet But Psycho” spent two weeks at #3 in May.

ALESSIA CARA – “Rooting For You” (Def Jam)
Album: This Summer (EP) (2019)
Past T40 History: Cara’s last three chart releases have missed the top ten at the format. However, she still has four #1 hits to date.

KHALID featuring A BOOGIE WIT DA HOODIE – “Right Back” (Right Hand/RCA)
Album: Free Spirit (original solo version, 2019)
Past T40 History: In the last eleven months, Khalid’s put three titles (two collaborations and one solo hit) at the top of the survey.

SAWEETIE – “My Type” (ICY/Artistry/Warner)
Album: ICY (EP) (2019)
Past T40 History: The rapper hasn’t charted here before. Her track samples 2004’s “Freek-A-Leek” by Petey Pablo, which hit #18.

Next week: due to the Labor Day holiday, no songs are currently listed as impacting at the format for next Tuesday.

Which of these new songs would you like to see top the charts? Let me know!

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