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RECORD REWIND 2019: PGTC Picks, Week Forty Eight

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…

PAIGE CAVELL – “Lost & Found” (Spotify)
Previously on the Rewind: First appearance

Signed to a label affiliated with the accomplished production and songwriting team Xenomania, best known for their work with top pop groups like Girls Aloud and the Sugababes, Cavell is carving a exciting path in the music world as the new decade approaches.


For more great new music, these songs are worth a listen…
ALEX AIONO – “Be Alright Forever”
CODY JON – “What’s Up”

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 ACTIVE — A Weekly Chart CHRonicle (November 5, 2017)

Welcome to Radio Active, a Sunday evening report from POP! Goes The Charts that gets to the chart of the matter: all the highlights from the CHR/Top 40 chart, as published by Mediabase 24/7 and Mediabase Research. How does the extra hour of sleep feel? Well, I sure thought it was good. However, you better not sleep on any of these songs! They’re all making moves on this week’s pop chart:

MAKING THE RIGHT CALL: After nearly stalling halfway up the Top 40 chart, then miraculously saved by a giant performance on MTV’s Video Music Awards, Logic‘s “1-800-273-8255” leaps into the top spot in its 19th week in the top 40. That powerful song, climbing 3-1, features Alessia Cara and Khalid, the former artist scoring her fourth #1 at the format, with the latter artist, as well as Logic, each scoring their first. Everybody, the third album by the main-credited performer, peaked at #1 on the Billboard 200. At this time, “1-800-273-8255” is also in the top 40 on both the AC and Hot AC charts. (It peaked at #3 on the Rhythmic radio survey.)

For more logical fun and chart runs, you can head back in the Radio & Records archives from 1979 to find that Supertramp‘s “The Logical Song” spent a week at #1 on the pop chart that June, knocking out Donna Summer‘s “Hot Stuff”. (“Logical” also ranked at #1 for a week on the Gavin Report, one week after its frame on R&R, though it missed on the other major trade charts.) It’s certainly too early to tell if “1-800-273-8255” will be able to hold for a second week at the top, with multiple hot tunes on the rise, but it could happen. Stay tuned!

GET IN, LINE: As they rise up the Country survey with “Smooth”, which isn’t a hot Santana featuring Rob Thomas remake, the duo Florida Georgia Line finds themselves with two collaborations on Top 40 radio stations. Of course, they’ve been climbing up the top 40 for a few weeks at this format on “Let Me Go” (credited to Hailee Steinfeld & Alesso featuring the duo & watt) and on this week’s chart, they debut at #43 as the featured act on “Meant To Be” by Bebe Rexha. The singer and songwriter is still looking for her first main-credited top ten at the format, though she’s appeared in the region in a featured slot, so perhaps this new tune will finally be the one to do it.

Adding a touch of sweetness to the chart, “Kiwi” from Harry Styles debuts a few spots below “Meant”, launching at #48 this week. It’s the third radio single to be released off his self-titled #1 album from earlier this year. “Kiwi” hits the top 50 at the same time that another single called “Lemon”, performed by N.E.R.D and Rihanna, is starting up at a small group of stations on the pop panel. If any other selections from the fruit basket of bops make their way onto the format, we’ll make sure to peel, wash and add them to the tasty salad we’re making. Meanwhile, in non-food related music, the final top 50 entry on the new chart belongs to newcomers Alex Aiono and Trinidad Cardona. “Does It Feel Like Falling” falls into place at #50. Cardona also breaks the top 50 on the Rhythmic chart this Sunday with “Jennifer”.

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ADD LIB — Brace For (CHR) Impact (October 24, 2017)

Welcome to Add Lib, your Tuesday report on POP! Goes The Charts that’s mad about CHR/Top 40 adds, based on the station data provided by Mediabase 24/7 and Add Board. This week: at least nine singles ended up officially impacting this week… yes, nine, so adds were pretty split all around. That being said, new titles from Liam Payne and NF were among the big winners of that battle. Check them all out below:

“DOWN” FOR THE CROWN: Format newcomer NF, already popular in the Christian world, takes the Most Added title on this week’s report with “Let You Down”, scoring 38 new stations on impact. This achievement comes after plenty of early commitments came in for the song over the last month (its impact date was even moved up a week) and its debut in the top 50 over the weekend. “Down” is searching to become the first crossover release by a Christian performer to reach the top 40 on Top 40 radio since Britt Nicole‘s “Gold”, which peaked at #29 in February 2013. Based on current gains, it could do it as early as this weekend. (I guess he was looking to a higher power for some help!)

Liam Payne‘s “Bedroom Floor” (#3, 26 new stations) also has a significant group of adds, as the former One Direction singer is trying for his second solo #1 on the pop chart, following the Quavo-assisted “Strip That Down”, which held there for a single week about two weeks ago. A couple of interesting collaborations also join the party in the top ten this week, with “Meant To Be” (#5, 22 new stations) by pop singer Bebe Rexha and country duo Florida Georgia Line pacing just ahead of “Feels Great” (#6, 20 new stations) from EDM trio Cheat Codes and rapper Fetty Wap. Look for both of those future hits, along with Payne’s solo track, to chart in the coming weeks.

1. NF, “Let You Down” (Capitol CMG/Caroline)
2. NIALL HORAN, “Too Much To Ask” (Capitol)
3-T. CHARLIE PUTH, “How Long” (Atlantic)
3-T. LIAM PAYNE, “Bedroom Floor” (Republic)
5. BEBE REXHA featuring FLORIDA GEORGIA LINE, “Meant To Be” (Warner Bros.)
6. CHEAT CODES featuring FETTY WAP, “Feels Great” (300 Entertainment/in2une)
7. ALEX AIONO featuring TRINIDAD CARDONA, “Does It Feel Like Falling” (Interscope)
8. MACKLEMORE featuring KESHA, “Good Old Days” (Warner Bros.)
9. POST MALONE featuring 21 SAVAGE, “rockstar” (Republic)
10-T. DAYA, “New” (Interscope)
10-T. TAYLOR SWIFT, “…Ready For It?” (Big Machine/Republic)

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RADIO REPORT: What’s Popping At Top 40 Radio This Week (October 23-24, 2017)

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 seven fresh singles impacting this week at the Top 40 format:

ALEX AIONO featuring TRINIDAD CARDONA – “Does It Feel Like Falling” (Interscope)
Album: TBA
Past T40 History: Both soloists are newcomers here. Cardona’s song “Jennifer” has some minor airplay from the Rhythmic panel.

BEBE REXHA featuring FLORIDA GEORGIA LINE – “Meant To Be” (Warner Bros.)
EP: All Your Fault: Pt. 2 (2017)
Past T40 History: Rexha’s had ten top 40 titles since her first in 2014, one going to #1. The country duo has three pop hits to date.

CHEAT CODES featuring FETTY WAP – “Feels Great” (300 Entertainment/in2une)
Album: TBA
Past T40 History: The EDM trio is coming off a #6 song in “No Promises”, while the New Jersey rapper looks for his sixth pop hit.

CNCO & LITTLE MIX – “Reggaetón Lento (Remix)” (Syco/Columbia)
Album: Primera Cita (2016) (original version)
Past T40 History: The male quintet is new here, while the female quartet has three top 40 singles to date. In the U.K., it got to #5.

LIAM PAYNE – “Bedroom Floor” (Republic)
Album: TBA
Past T40 History: Payne topped the pop chart two weeks ago with “Strip That Down”, which falls to #4 on the most recent survey.

LORDE featuring POST MALONE, KHALID & SZA – “Homemade Dynamite (Remix)” (Lava/Republic)
Album: Melodrama (2017) (original version)
Past T40 History: The New Zealand performer has four top 40 songs to date. Her previous entry, “Green Light”, hit #19 in March.

NF – “Let You Down” (Capitol CMG/Caroline)
Album: Perception (2017)
Past T40 History: “Down” just made top 50 at this format, becoming his first chart single. His latest album recently entered at #1.

Next week: The latest singles from Avicii and Rita Ora, as well as Harry Styles, are among next Tuesday’s top contenders.

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

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