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RECORD REWIND: PGTC Picks, November 11-17, 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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BETTY WHO – “Between You And Me” (Spotify)
Previously on the Rewind: Fifth appearance
Notes: Always great to have the latest track from Who in the mix! The acoustic-heavy pop sound and subtle arrangement work well.

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FRANKIE – “You Decided” (Spotify)
Previously on the Rewind: Second appearance
Notes: With the follow-up to “When I’m Ready”, this artist’s second independent release after a period with RCA is a solid pop gem.

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HANNAH JANE LEWIS – “Do It Without You” (Spotify)
Previously on the Rewind: Third appearance
Notes: First included in 2016, then signed to Polydor and now back in the independent spotlight, Lewis keeps the pop bops coming.

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MAGDALENA BAY – “Ghost” (Spotify)
Previously on the Rewind: Fifth appearance
Notes: Back on the Rewind for the first time since January, the duo’s sweet synth-pop sound and 80’s influence is as strong as ever.

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MAX STYLER & THE GRISWOLDS – “Light Me Up” (Spotify)
Previously on the Rewind: First appearance for both acts
Notes: The U.S. meets Australia in this worldly dance collaboration, a nice addition to the latter group’s reinvented sound as of late.

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PHIL GOOD – “Put It All On Me” (Spotify)
Previously on the Rewind: Second appearance
Notes: Good’s latest tracks are all good with me, as “Be Somebody” and now “Put” showcase an amazing side of the singer’s catalog.

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SPAZZ CARDIGAN – “DOIDOIT” (Spotify)
Previously on the Rewind: Fifth appearance
Notes: Emerging as one of Nashville’s most promising new artists, Cardigan’s current track is quirky, catchy and one of his best yet.

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For more great new music, these songs are worth a listen…
AARON TAOS – “Control”
FLY BY MIDNIGHT – “Heart”
GIRL WILDE – “Nervous Breakdown”
JOE JANIAK – “Heaven Knows”
JULIA KNIGHT – “Cool For You”
PAPERWHITE – “Count On You”
WYLDER – “Ready To Break”

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 (November 12-13, 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:

BENNY BLANCO & CALVIN HARRIS – “I Found You” (Interscope)
Album: TBA (2018/2019?)
Past T40 History: Following “Eastside”, which climbed into the top ten at the format, Blanco’s new one also looks to hit the region.

Next week: no new releases are on the schedule as of yet, but that could change…

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

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RECORD REWIND: PGTC Picks, November 4-10, 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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ASHLEY TISDALE – “Voices In My Head” (Spotify)
Previously on the Rewind: First appearance
Notes: “Bop To The Top” never felt more appropriate. Tisdale’s latest track, her first original song release since 2013, is very strong.

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CHELSEA CUTLER – “Love You More” (Spotify)
Previously on the Rewind: Eighth appearance
Notes: With a choice song from her second of two releases this year, Sleeping With Roses II, the slow burner has a pretty nice build.

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DALLASK – “Looking For Your Love” (Spotify)
Previously on the Rewind: First appearance
Notes: Known for his top remixes for some of the biggest artists in the business, his newest dance hit has a great radio-ready sound.

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TRITONAL featuring MOZELLA – “Gonna Be Alright” (Spotify)
Previously on the Rewind: First appearance for both acts
Notes: No amnesia here… we loved Mozella then and are thoroughly enjoying her newest collaboration, an electric feel-good single.

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For more great new music, these songs are worth a listen…
JAMES DROLL – “Last Season”
MARC SCIBILIA – “Waiting On You”
MATT SIMONS – “Amy’s Song”
TYE JAMES – “So Damn Good”

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RADIO REPORT: What’s Popping At Top 40 Radio This Week (November 5-6, 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 three tunes impacting this week at the Top 40 format:

DJ SNAKE featuring SELENA GOMEZ, OZUNA & CARDI B – “Taki Taki” (Interscope)
Album: TBA (2018/2019?)
Past T40 History: “Taki” breaks into the top 40 on this week’s Top 40 and Rhythmic charts. Ozuna earns his first top 40 title here.

ELLIE GOULDING x DIPLO featuring SWAE LEE – “Close To Me” (Interscope)
Album: TBA (2018/2019?)
Past T40 History: Well into the top 50 at the format, this three-way collaboration is a weaker top 40 entry in the U.K. and Ireland.

JACK & JACK – “No One Compares To You” (Island/Republic)
Album: A Good Friend Is Nice (2019)
Past T40 History: After ranking with “Beg” and a feature on Jonas Blue‘s “Rise”, this should become the duo’s third top 40 song.

Next week: Benny Blanco and Calvin Harris look to find Top 40 treasure with their new song “I Found You”. (No, it’s not a hot The Wanted cover.) Who else will find a home in this impact date? Stay tuned.

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RECORD REWIND: PGTC Picks, October 28-November 3, 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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BLAKE ROSE – “Hotel Room” (Spotify)
Previously on the Rewind: First appearance
Notes: Known for a few dance and electronic collaborations, Australia’s Rose and his edgy pop release are certainly winners for me.

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FLY BY MIDNIGHT – “You Belong” (Spotify)
Previously on the Rewind: Fifth appearance
Notes: The New York City duo is certainly flying with the latest single from their forthcoming set Rerunning, a dreamy pop delight.

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LIV MIRALDI – “Chromatic” (Spotify)
Previously on the Rewind: Second appearance
Notes: In June, Miraldi made her debut on the Rewind with a cool cover of the 2002 hit “Dilemma”. This tune is another great bop.

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PRETTY SISTER – “My Jam” (Spotify)
Previously on the Rewind: First appearance
Notes: After burning onto the Rewind in July with “New Fire”, the talented performer throws it back with a 90’s R&B-inspired jam.

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For more great new music, these songs are worth a listen…
ALLIE X – “Can’t Stop Now”
CHELSEA CUTLER – “AF1s”
DES ROCS – “The Past Has Passed Away”
MARC SCIBILIA – “Life In My Bones”
WHISSELL – “I’m A Woman”

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RADIO REPORT: What’s Popping At Top 40 Radio This Week (October 29-30, 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 six new tracks impacting this week at the Top 40 format:

AVA MAX – “Sweet But Psycho” (APG/Atlantic)
Album: TBA (2018/2019?)
Past T40 History: Just in time for Halloween, Ava’s spooky single impacts at the Top 40 format. It’s her first radio release to date.

LIL DUVAL featuring SNOOP DOGG & BALL GREEZY – “Smile (Living My Best Life)” (EMPIRE)
Album: TBA (2018/2019?)
Past T40 History: Dogg’s last chart entry here was in 2015 as a featured artist on Prince Royce‘s “Stuck On A Feeling”, a #16 hit.

LIVVIA – “Damn” (12 Tone)
Album: TBA (2018/2019?)
Past T40 History: This performer’s last release at the format, the Quavo-assisted “Catch A Body”, reached #37 for a week in May.

LUKAS GRAHAM – “Love Someone” (Warner Bros.)
Album: 3 (The Purple Album) (2018)
Past T40 History: The Danish band is searching for their fourth top 40 song at the format. “7 Years” spent one week at #1 in 2016.

STEVE AOKI featuring BTS – “Waste It On Me” (Ultra)
Album: Neon Future III (2018)
Past T40 History: The popular DJ/producer and K-pop act have four top 40 tracks at the format between them. How will this do?

ZARA LARSSON – “Ruin My Life” (Epic)
Album: TBA (2018/2019?)
Past T40 History: Larsson has six top 40 songs to date, led by “Never Forget You” (with MNEK), which got as high as #5 in 2016.

Next week: collaborations led by DJ Snake and Ellie Goulding are among the top titles impacting at the format next Tuesday.

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RECORD REWIND: PGTC Picks, October 21-27, 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 – “Girl Of The Year” (Spotify)
Previously on the Rewind: Sixth appearance
Notes: With her latest cut from the highly anticipated Super Sunset, out tomorrow, this Canadian artist serves up another pop jam.

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BIRTHDAY – “Dream” (Spotify)
Previously on the Rewind: Ninth appearance
Notes: Regardless of whether it’s your birthday or not, you can still enjoy this new track, a great indie rock meets electronic release.

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GATSBY – “Brooklyn” (Spotify)
Previously on the Rewind: First appearance
Notes: As one part of a two song release, the other titled “Don’t Look Good”, the great Gatsby impresses with his soulful pop tracks.

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J. HUMAN – “Be Like That” (Spotify)
Previously on the Rewind: First appearance
Notes: For your dose of R&B and pop realness with a little swagger, this Nashville performer has a cool sound and lots of potential.

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For more great new music, these songs are worth a listen…
BRUNS – “Girl”
KEVIN GARRETT – “In Case I Don’t Feel”
LUKR featuring FOSSA BEATS – “Numb”
MARC SCIBILIA – “Wildest Dreams”
NICOPOP. featuring TYLER MANN – “Below The Ceiling”
THE SHANTICS – “Heaven”

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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