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RADIO REPORT: What’s Popping At Top 40 Radio This Week (September 24-25, 2018)

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 – “Girls” (Epic)
EP: Hopeful (2018)
Past T40 History: Mitchell is a newcomer here. It’s unrelated to a 2014 song with the same title by The 1975, which reached #28.

DEAN LEWIS – “Be Alright” (Island/Republic)
Album: TBA (2018)
Past T40 History: Lewis is a newcomer here. His single, which is nearing the top 20 at Hot AC radio, hit #1 in his native Australia.

GRYFFIN & ELLEY DUHÉ – “Tie Me Down” (Darkroom/Geffen)
Album: TBA (2018)
Past T40 History: Gryffin has received Top 40 airplay in the past, but hasn’t charted. Duhé sings on Zedd‘s release “Happy Now”.

YG featuring 2 CHAINZ, BIG SEAN & NICKI MINAJ – “Big Bank” (Def Jam)
Album: Stay Dangerous (2018)
Past T40 History: Three of the artists (excluding Minaj) on this single have only reached the top ten here as a featured performer.

Next week: It all falls on ODESZA and Sasha Sloan to slay the panel with their collaboration. Find out how it does on Tuesday.

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

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RECORD REWIND: PGTC Picks, September 16-22, 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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ALLIE X – “Little Things” (Spotify)
Previously on the Rewind: Fifth appearance
Notes: Ahead of the album Super Sunset, due at the end of next month, Allie X continues to serve her bold pop singles to the world.

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MATT SIMONS – “Made It Out Alright” (Spotify)
Previously on the Rewind: Second appearance
Notes: Previously on the Rewind this past spring with an energetic pop jam called “We Can Do Better”, Simons delivers another hit.

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For more great new music, these songs are worth a listen…
ALL THE REST – “Waste My Money”
MILKK – “Thinkin Bout U”
PRINCE FOX – “Fake It”
SIZZY ROCKET – “Juicy Fruit”
STARLEY – “Signs”

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RADIO REPORT: What’s Popping At Top 40 Radio This Week (September 17-18, 2018)

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:

DAN + SHAY – “Tequila” (Warner Bros.)
Album: Dan + Shay (2018)
Past T40 History: This is the male duo’s first time crossing to the pop airwaves. “Tequila” is a former #1 single on the Country list.

DAVID GUETTA featuring ANNE-MARIE – “Don’t Leave Me Alone” (Big Beat/Atlantic)
Album: 7 (2018)
Past T40 History: Guetta and Anne-Marie haven’t previously collaborated together. Both musicians have singles already charting.

MIKE POSNER – “Song About You” (Island/Republic)
Album: TBA (2018)
Past T40 History: Posner has three top ten singles to date at the format; “I Took A Pill In Ibiza” had a two-week run at #1 in 2016.

NINA NESBITT – “Loyal To Me” (Cooking Vinyl/RED)
Album: TBA (2018)
Past T40 History: Nesbitt’s song “Somebody Special” received some minor airplay earlier this year; it did not enter the chart here.

Next week: Things really heat up next Tuesday with an Alternative crossover hit by Twenty One Pilots, a Hot AC crossover track by Dean Lewis, and additional impacting titles from newcomer AJ Mitchell and the first collaboration from Gryffin and Elley Duhé. At this point, it’s anyone’s game, so stay tuned to see who wins it all.

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

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RECORD REWIND: PGTC Picks, September 9-15, 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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ALYSON STONER – “Fool” (Spotify)
Previously on the Rewind: First appearance
Notes: No foolin’ around here, as the multi-talented Stoner delivers with one of the best pop singles of the week with a strong hook.

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JESSE MCCARTNEY – “Wasted” (Spotify)
Previously on the Rewind: First appearance
Notes: After a nice run with “Better With You” earlier this year, McCartney’s follow-up song will make you whistle and dance along.

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For more great new music, these songs are worth a listen…
ASHLEE + EVAN – “Paris”
CALL ME LOOP – “Cut & Run”
DANIELLA MASON – “Public Places”
JOHNNY STIMSON – “Sprinkle”
PHIL GOOD – “Be Somebody”

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RADIO REPORT: What’s Popping At Top 40 Radio This Week (September 10-11, 2018)

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 lone song impacting this week at the Top 40 format:

SILK CITY & DUA LIPA – “Electricity” (Columbia)
Album: TBA (2018)
Past T40 History: We’ll see if this electric hit can join past tracks by Eddy Grant, Icehouse and Debbie Gibson in the top ten.

Next week: Pour some “Tequila” for three, as the recent Country radio smash from Dan + Shay faces off against a jam from Nina Nesbitt called “Loyal To Me”. Who is the panel more loyal to? We shall see.

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RECORD REWIND: PGTC Picks, September 2-8, 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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CHELSEA CUTLER – “Cold Showers” (Spotify)
Previously on the Rewind: Five previous appearances
Notes: Pop darling Cutler cuts through the competition once again with a quality release that quenches our musical thirst for a bop.

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FINNEAS – “College” (Spotify)
Previously on the Rewind: Six previous appearances
Notes: There’s a ton of weight behind those lyrics, but Finneas’s new one delivers a solid punch that could translate into a radio hit.

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LAUREN AQUILINA – “Psycho” (Spotify)
Previously on the Rewind: First appearance
Notes: You could say we’re crazy over Aquilina’s first new song since 2016, but her pop banger is certainly a welcome addition here.

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PHANGS – “Bathroom Floor” (Spotify)
Previously on the Rewind: Seven previous appearances
Notes: Yes, he’s a regular here on the Rewind, but the new EP from this artist (titled N°1 Loves You) is another dreamy pop winner.

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For more great new music, these songs are worth a listen…
AARON TAOS – “Summer Sleep” (SoundCloud)
ALUNAGEORGE featuring CAUTIOUS CLAY – “Superior Emotion” (SoundCloud)
ASHLEE + EVAN – “I Do” (SoundCloud)
BRIGETTA – “Tic Tac Toe” (SoundCloud)
CORA JANE – “Growing Pains” (SoundCloud)
DES ROCS – “Maybe, I” (SoundCloud)
FERGUS – “Willow” (SoundCloud)
FLY BY MIDNIGHT x CARLY PAIGE – “I Feel It” (SoundCloud)
LYON HART – “Half Light” (SoundCloud)
TALKER – “Changes” (SoundCloud)
TEDDY<3 – “Body And Soul” (SoundCloud)
TOP BUNK – “Karma” (SoundCloud)
WANDERER – “How Will I Know” (SoundCloud)

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RADIO REPORT: What’s Popping At Top 40 Radio This Week (September 3-4, 2018)

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 lone song impacting this week at the Top 40 format:

JASON DERULO x DAVID GUETTA featuring NICKI MINAJ and WILLY WILLIAM – “Goodbye” (Warner Bros.)
Album: TBA (2018)
Past T40 History: The pairings of Guetta and Minaj (two prior top 40 hits) and Derulo and Minaj (one) are familiar to this format.

Next week: No songs are currently on the schedule just yet, but watch out for new singles from Dan + Shay (“Tequila”) and Nina Nesbitt (“Loyal To Me”) as they impact in two weeks.

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