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RECORD REWIND 2019: 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
BRUNS – “Never Go Back” (Spotify)
Previously on the Rewind: Second appearance

If you remember the Colorado quintet Churchill, best known for their top five Triple A radio tune “Change”, then you might like the new single from former member Tim Bruns and his duo. One of their poppier efforts to date, the track is a pretty catchy spring jam.

PICK OF THE WEEK: TWO
HEARTS & COLORS – “Lion” (Spotify)
Previously on the Rewind: First appearance

Previously signed to Casablanca Records in the U.S. and now headed down the independent route, the new cut by this Swedish duo roars into the zoo that we know as Rewind. Breezing through a lighter tropical pop single, this act’s catalog remains just as colorful.

PICK OF THE WEEK: THREE
THE NGHBRS – “Almost There” (Spotify)
Previously on the Rewind: Second appearance

We’re sure the nghbrhd won’t mind if you bump the current single from Griffin Oskar and Ryan Dominic, who previously appeared on the Rewind with a cut called “All Or Nothing” last June. With a catchy and bright pop sound, it’s like I loved them all over again!

PICK OF THE WEEK: FOUR
WRABEL – “I Want You” (Spotify)
Previously on the Rewind: Second appearance

Over the last few years, this talented singer/songwriter has been signed with the Island Def Jam Music Group and Epic Records. At the latter, he managed to score a #1 song on my personal chart, 2016’s “11 Blocks”. This remixed version of an old cut is a good one!

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For more great new music, these songs are worth a listen…
ADAM MELCHOR – “Means To A Mend”
KEVIN GARRETT – “Smoke”
MOONTOWER – “Lay With Me”
STEFAN ALEXANDER – “Don’t Speak”

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RADIO REPORT: What’s Popping At Top 40 Radio This Week (March 18-19, 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 tunes impacting this week at the Top 40 format:

BRYCE VINE featuring YG – “La La Land” (Sire/Warner Bros.)
Album: TBA (2019)
Past T40 History: Vine’s hit “Drew Barrymore” swung up to #15 last fall after a lengthy chart run. Will his follow-up song do well?

CNCO – “Pretend” (RCA)
Album: TBA (2019)
Past T40 History: The Latin boy band has one prior top 40 entry to date: 2017’s “Reggaetón Lento”, climbing to #35 at the format.

TWENTY ONE PILOTS – “Chlorine” (Fueled By Ramen/EMG)
Album: Trench (2018)
Past T40 History: This act piloted to #30 in January with “My Blood”. Their new release should earn them their fifth top 40 entry.

Next week: Stand by! No new singles have been announced as of yet for next Tuesday’s impact date.

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

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RECORD REWIND 2019: PGTC Picks, Week Eleven

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
ALEC BAILEY – “Lemonade” (Spotify)
Previously on the Rewind: Second appearance

Back in January, this performer’s past single “Grip” had its grip on that week’s edition of the Rewind. Now, his tangy new title gives Bailey another refreshing highlight to add to his collection of cool pop tunes. Stir it all together and you’ve got a talented rising star.

PICK OF THE WEEK: TWO
GREYSON CHANCE – “Seasons Nineteen” (Spotify)
Previously on the Rewind: Seventh appearance

On a slow week in music, Chance’s new album Portraits is one of the top sets from Friday. Several titles from the project have been mentioned on the Rewind during the past few weeks, including “Shut Up” and “Timekeeper”. It’s the season(s) for taking a Chance!

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For more great new music, these songs are worth a listen…
BENEDICT CORK – “Fear Of Lonely”
KEVIN GARRETT – “Running From”
RUTHANNE – “Love Again”

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RADIO REPORT: What’s Popping At Top 40 Radio This Week (March 11-12, 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 new titles impacting this week at the Top 40 format:

ANDY GRAMMER – “Don’t Give Up On Me” (S-Curve/Hollywood)
Album: Five Feet Apart (Soundtrack) (2019)
Past T40 History: Grammer’s past two singles both stalled at #41 on the Top 40 survey. Will this soundtrack song perform better?

BENNY BLANCO, TAINY, SELENA GOMEZ & J BALVIN – “I Can’t Get Enough” (NEON15/Friends Keep Secrets/Interscope)
Album: TBA (2019)
Past T40 History: The collaboration is now in the top 50 ahead of its adds date. Blanco spent two weeks at the top with “Eastside”.

LAUV & TROYE SIVAN – “I’m So Tired…” (in2une/AWAL)
Album: TBA (2019)
Past T40 History: With a combined six top 40 titles and some massive streaming numbers, the format isn’t tired of these guys yet.

MARSHMELLO featuring CHVRCHES – “Here With Me” (Joytime Collective/Glassnote-Republic)
Album: TBA (2019)
Past T40 History: Marshmello is on a hot streak, but the featured band only had their first top 50 single weeks ago with “Miracle”.

Next week: new titles from Bryce Vine, CNCO and Twenty One Pilots are among the songs flying onto the Top 40 airwaves.

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

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RECORD REWIND 2019: PGTC Picks, Week Ten

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
BRUCE WIEGNER – “IDK” (Spotify)
Previously on the Rewind: First appearance

Wiegner makes the Rewind for the first time, though he first came onto my radar a few months back with a solid track titled “Better Off This Way” (as The Weekend Riot) and co-writes for acts like Annalia and Gatsby. IDK what you think, but I’m enjoying this cut.

PICK OF THE WEEK: TWO
KYAN PALMER & NICOPOP. featuring YURI JONESS – “Antisocial Socialites” (Spotify)
Previously on the Rewind: Third appearance, second appearance, first appearance

Of the three artists combining their talents for this single, Palmer returns to the Rewind with his first track since “Pretend That You Love Me” from last September, one of the great cuts from on his set Burn Mona Lisa. This collaboration is a groovy throwback jam.

PICK OF THE WEEK: THREE
LO LO – “Sweater Collection” (Spotify)
Previously on the Rewind: Second appearance

The Canadian soloist that gave us the great pop bop “Convenient” last year, as well as the minor radio hit “Yours” up north, gets her second appearance on the Rewind with a fashionable single that’s just the right fit. The sound is familiar, but it’s irresistibly catchy!

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For more great new music, these songs are worth a listen…
ADAM MELCHOR – “Plan On You”
DENNY WHITE – “Like It Was”
GREYSON CHANCE – “Timekeeper”

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RADIO REPORT: What’s Popping At Top 40 Radio This Week (March 4-5, 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:

AJ MITCHELL – “All My Friends” (Epic)
Album: TBA (2019)
Past T40 History: Mitchell’s one prior top 40 single, “Girls”, got as high as #38 in December. We’ll see if this new one goes higher.

GALANTIS featuring ONEREPUBLIC – “Bones” (Big Beat/EMG)
Album: TBA (2019)
Past T40 History: Though OneRepublic has plenty of hits to their credit, the Swedish duo has just two minor top 50 songs to date.

JONAS BROTHERS – “Sucker” (Republic)
Album: TBA (2019)
Past T40 History: The sibling trio recently earned their first top 40 entry since the summer of 2013. How high will this release go?

NOTD, FELIX JAEHN & CAPTAIN CUTS featuring GEORGIA KU – “So Close” (Island/Republic)
Album: TBA (2019)
Past T40 History: The four-way collaboration already went to #1 on the Dance list, as it ranks in several other territories overseas.

P!NK – “Walk Me Home” (RCA)
Album: Hurts 2B Human (2019)
Past T40 History: With nine #1 songs and nearly 20 top ten hits since her first in 2000, this superstar’s newest cut should do well.

Next week: emerging titles from Benny Blanco, James Bay and Lauv are among the songs on the schedule for next Tuesday. It could be a fierce battle between all three collaborations, but who will end up on top? Stay tuned.

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RECORD REWIND 2019: PGTC Picks, Week Nine

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
EMILY BURNS – “Too Cool” (Spotify)
Previously on the Rewind: Second appearance

If I said I wasn’t a big fan of Burns’s latest track, then I would be a, ahem, damn good liar. (Not really.) The follow-up to that bop is also good and comes with a fun and colorful video too. Co-written by a PGTC alum, Martin Luke Brown, this release is cool with us.

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For more great new music, these songs are worth a listen…
ASTN – “Feel Nothing”
BRUNS – “In The Garden”
CHRIS AYER – “Mad Eye”
DES ROCS – “Dead Ringer”
HUGO HELMIG – “Don’t Wait Up”
JOEL ADAMS – “A Big World”
XYLØ – “Should Have Known”

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