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RADIO REPORT: What’s Popping At Top 40 Radio This Week (April 6-7, 2020)

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 tunes impacting this week at the Top 40 format:

DRAKE, “Toosie Slide” (OVO/Republic)
Album: TBA (2020)
Past T40 History: Drake’s new release slid into the top 40 with ease last Sunday, becoming his 29th entry to reach the region here.

MEGAN THEE STALLION, “Savage” (1501 Certified Ent./300 Ent.)
Album: Suga (2020)
Past T40 History: Stallion’s had success at the Rhythmic and Urban radio formats, but her highest-charting title here went to #38.

POWFU featuring BEABADOOBEE, “Coffee For Your Head (Death Bed)” (Robots & Humans/Columbia)
Album: TBA (2020)
Past T40 History: As this song flies towards the top 20 at the Alternative radio format, “Coffee” is ready to brew on the Top 40 list.

With a larger amount of shifting adds dates given the current pandemic, we’ll see what new titles head to the format on Monday.

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RECORD REWIND 2020: PGTC Picks, Week Fourteen

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
JAKE SCOTT – “Like No One Does” (Spotify)
Previously on the Rewind: Fourth appearance

Singer and songwriter Scott continues a year-long musical journey with his third release of 2020 and the fourth to make the weekly Rewind, which also included a duet with singer Brigetta. The rhythmic pop song is another good chapter in this already great cycle.

PICK OF THE WEEK: TWO
STELA COLE – “Love Like Mine” (Spotify)
Previously on the Rewind: Second appearance

Yes, the woman of the hour is extending her hours on the Rewind, so you can take three minutes and eight seconds to stop and bop to her second song of 2020. Co-written with Gigi Grombacher and producer Nicki Adamsson, the tune is bold, hooky and a winner.

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For more great new music, these songs are worth a listen…
ANSON SEABRA – “Can You Hear Me”
LIZ HUETT – “Far Away From Here”
WOLF – “Ghost”

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RADIO REPORT: What’s Popping At Top 40 Radio This Week (March 30-31, 2020)

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 two singles impacting this week at the Top 40 format:

DUA LIPA, “Break My Heart” (Warner)
Album: Future Nostalgia (2020)
Past T40 History: Lipa’s newest single just became the second top 40 hit from her most recent studio album and her tenth overall.

PARTYNEXTDOOR & RIHANNA, “Believe It” (OVO Sound/Warner)
Album: PartyMobile (2020)
Past T40 History: Rihanna’s return to the format could also earn PartyNextDoor his highest-charting tune… if it goes beyond #20.

JoJo‘s “Man”, along with a few other songs performed by men (including Pink Sweat$ and Powfu), impact here next week.

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RECORD REWIND 2020: PGTC Picks, Week Thirteen

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
MOKITA & ELLA VOS – “Take It Back” (Spotify)
Previously on the Rewind: Fourth appearance / Third appearance

You’ll have to take it back to late last year to find the most recent Rewind appearances for these two artists, who were both featured on their respective weeks with collaborative efforts. Now, their new release together is a low key pop bop: a bit simple, but effective.

PICK OF THE WEEK: TWO
NEW RULES – “Pasta” (Spotify)
Previously on the Rewind: first appearance

While we’re craving a nice pasta dish from a fancy restaurant while self-isolating, the new song called “Pasta” is certainly filling too, as this young male group continues to build a passionate fan base with their charm and quality tunes. Our compliments to the chef!

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For more great new music, these songs are worth a listen…
KENNEDI – “Apology”
R3HAB & ANDY GRAMMER – “Good Example”
SAM CREIGHTON – “Go To Hell”

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RADIO REPORT: What’s Popping At Top 40 Radio This Week (March 23-24, 2020)

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 a pair of tunes impacting this week at the Top 40 format:

ELLIE GOULDING featuring BLACKBEAR, “Worry About Me” (Interscope)
Album: TBA (2020)
Past T40 History: This singer’s third collaboration in a row with a featured labelmate rapper should score some decent adds here.

THE WEEKND, “In Your Eyes” (XO/Republic)
Album: After Hours (2020)
Past T40 History: This performer’s newest single is looking to join “Blinding Lights” and “Heartless”, which remain in the top ten.

OneRepublic has one record to look out for next Tuesday, as “Didn’t I” heads for adds at the Top 40 format.

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RECORD REWIND 2020: PGTC Picks, Week Twelve

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
SOFIA QUINN – “Anyway” (Spotify)
Previously on the Rewind: first appearance

Known for co-writing songs for JoJo and Kiana Ledé, this talented newcomer is stepping into the spotlight as an artist with her first release independently. After teasing a clip on TikTok, which has earned more than 875,000 views thus far, the full track is a winner.

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For more great new music, these songs are worth a listen…
JOHNNY STIMSON – “Hard To Say Goodbye”
MOONTOWER – “Bury Me”

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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RADIO REPORT: What’s Popping At Top 40 Radio This Week (March 16-17, 2020)

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 titles impacting this week at the Top 40 format:

BAZZI, “Young & Alive” (APG/Atlantic)
Album: TBA (2020)
Past T40 History: After a pair of larger top ten hits, Bazzi has struggled at the format recently. Will this song take him back there?

BENEE featuring GUS DAPPERTON, “Supalonely” (Republic)
EP: Stella & Steve (2019)
Past T40 History: Both performers are new to the format. Benee’s already had several larger chart hits in her native New Zealand.

SAM FISCHER, “This City” (RCA)
EP: Not A Hobby (2018)
Past T40 History: Fischer is a newcomer to the format. He was a co-writer on previous format releases for MAX and Rachel Crow.

Don’t worry about Ellie Goulding and Blackbear… the adds will be coming in for their collaboration on next Tuesday’s report.

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