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RECORD REWIND 2019: PGTC Picks, Week Nineteen

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…

(Due to Mother’s Day, full commentary will return next week. Enjoy this week’s selections!)

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PICK OF THE WEEK: ONE
BAHARI – “:( (Sad Face)” (Spotify)
Previously on the Rewind: Fourth appearance

The former trio, now duo, certainly isn’t sad to see their latest release in our weekly recap. The darker electro-pop cut is a good one.

PICK OF THE WEEK: TWO
CXLOE – “Low Blow” (Spotify)
Previously on the Rewind: Third appearance

This Australian performer continues to prove herself as a cool emerging name in pop music. “Low” is certainly a high point for her.

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For more great new music, these songs are worth a listen…
BAUM – “Fuckboy”
ISAAC DUNBAR – “Cologne”
JOE JANIAK – “The Big One”
KIM PETRAS – “Blow It All”
SVRCINA – “Pages”
TONES AND I – “Dance Monkey”

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RECORD REWIND: PGTC Picks, July 8 – 14, 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 independe2nt songs of the week…

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CAPE CUB – “Moonglow” (Spotify)
Previously on the Rewind: Four previous appearances
Notes: Following a run with LAB Records, this act, now recording as a band, returns to the Rewind with a lovely radio-ready sound.

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DES ROCS – “Let Me Live / Let Me Die” (Spotify)
Previously on the Rewind: Two previous appearances
Notes: Keeping the energy alive with song after song, this New York musician is a future hard rock hero with another dynamite cut.

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MOONTOWER – “Leaving You Behind” (Spotify)
Previously on the Rewind: One previous appearance
Notes: This Los Angeles trio made a great first impression with “William” in April. They continue to stand out with this solid single.

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For more great new music, these songs are worth a listen…
BAHARI – “Chasers”
BENJAMIN POSS – “Vulture”
CAROLINE KOLE – “What If”
EMILY VAUGHN – “Strangers”
OPIA – “Strings Attached”
TOP BUNK – “Toothbrush”

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RECORD REWIND: PGTC Picks, April 15-21, 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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CONFETTI – “When I Grow Up” (Spotify)
Previously on the Rewind: One previous mention, “People Suck” (February 2018)
Notes: Though not nearly as polarizing as their last release, the new song from this act is just as fun, touching on a universal theme.

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RYAN PULFORD – “Better Off Alone” (Spotify)
Previously on the Rewind: First time featured
Notes: Originally a SoundCloud discovery from a couple of years back, Pulford’s first release since 2016 is a super house music jam.

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ZAYDE WØLF – “Rule The World” (Spotify)
Previously on the Rewind: Three previous mentions, “Higher Than High” (October 2017) being the most recent entry
Notes: With another hit to howl about, that Wolf man returns with this anthemic and energetic release. (We’ll rate his record high.)

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For more great new music, these songs are worth a listen…
BAHARI – “Savage”
CRUISR – “Mind Eraser”
JOHNNY STIMSON – “End Of Time”
JON LEMMON – “Something True”
KATELYN TARVER – “LY4L”
MALIA CIVETZ – “Little Victories”
SHAE JACOBS – “Space”
VHS COLLECTION – “One”

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RECORD REWIND: PGTC Picks, February 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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BAHARI – “F**ked Up” (Spotify)
Previously on the Rewind: none; Bahari was previously signed to an imprint of Interscope Records
Notes: The trio of Ruby Carr, Natalia Panzarella and Sidney Sartini peaked at #10 on my chart in 2016 with a great psychedelic pop track called “Dancing On The Sun”. (It just missed the top 50 on the pop radio chart.) The darker update to their sound works well.

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FINNEAS – “Break My Heart Again” (Spotify)
Previously on the Rewind: “I’m In Love With You” (September 2017) was noted as an extra
Notes: Known for his role during the sixth season of Glee, credited as Finneas O’Connell, this performer is also the older brother of Darkroom/Interscope artist Billie Eilish, whom he also works with. “Break” is a beautiful piano-pop ballad that really strikes deep.

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JESSE SAINT JOHN – “Move” (Spotify)
Previously on the Rewind: none; debut artist single
Notes: John has written for and/or with plenty of top artists in the last year, including album cuts and stand-alone singles for Andy Grammer, Camila Cabello, Lauv and more. “Move” does, well, just that: makes you want to get up and shake to his intense pop cut.

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For more great new music, these songs are worth a listen…
CHELSEA CUTLER – “You’re Not Missing Me” (SoundCloud)
CHELSEA LANKES – “Easy” (SoundCloud)
DONOVAN WOODS – “Burn The Bridge” (SoundCloud)
TIM HALPERIN – “Weightless” (SoundCloud)
YOUNGBLOOD HAWKE – “Trust” (SoundCloud)

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Highlights from Adam’s Top 40: June 5, 2016

Send my song (to your new record book.)

The “Love” for Adele continues.

DEBUTS
40. Shawn Mendes – Treat You Better
39. Dagny – Backbeat | HIGHEST DEBUT

TOP GAINERS
34. LÉON – Tired Of Talking (39)
32. FRANKIE – New Obsession (38)
23. American Authors – What We Live For (29)
21. Zayn – Like I Would (28) | BIGGEST MOVER

THIS WEEK’S TOP TEN
10. Bahari – Dancing On The Sun (11) | PEAK: #10
09. BANNERS – Start A Riot (07) | PEAK: #07
08. Daya – Sit Still, Look Pretty (08) | PEAK: #08
07. DNCE – Toothbrush (09) | PEAK: #07
06. The Strumbellas – Spirits (06) | PEAK: #02
05. Fitz & The Tantrums – HandClap (05) | PEAK: #03
04. P!nk – Just Like Fire (04) | PEAK: #04
03. Barns Courtney – Fire (02) | PEAK: #01 for four weeks
02. Justin Timberlake – Can’t Stop The Feeling (03) | PEAK: #02
01. Adele – Send My Love (To Your New Lover) (01) | PEAK: #01 for two weeks

Top 10 Next In Line:
1. MUNA – Loudspeaker (1)
2. Cobi – Darker Than Dawn (Don’t You Cry For Me) (2)
3. Florida Georgia Line – H.O.L.Y. (4)
4. AudioDamn! – Don’t Call Me When It’s Over (6)
5. Brendan James – Bring My Love Home (3)
6. St. Lucia – Help Me Run Away (5)
7. The Wind + The Wave – Grand Canyon (8)
8. Sara Hartman – Satellite (9)
9. X Ambassadors featuring Jamie N Commons – Low Life (10)
10. Wrabel – 11 Blocks (-)

In The Mix:
Elton John – A Good Heart (new)
Garbage – Empty
Greyson Chance – Back On The Wall
Haley Reinhart – Better
Justin Klump – Loved You Good
Red Hot Chili Peppers – Dark Necessities
Six60 – Don’t Forget Your Roots
The Avett Brothers – Ain’t No Man
Tom Odell – Magnetised
Weathers – Happy Pills (new)

Chart Notes:

  • Chart action: New trio Bahari‘s first top 40 hit becomes their first top ten, as “Dancing On The Sun” climbs 11-10. It sits a few spots below the top 50 on the pop radio chart. Zayn claims the week’s Biggest Mover with “Like I Would”, up 28-21, a gain of seven notches. Most chart movement is slow to moderate this week, thanks in part to few new releases and the day off on Monday.
  • This week’s Highest Debut is from newcomer Dagny, who bows at #39 with “Backbeat”. She’s from Norway, and her song has already racked up some major streams at Spotify since it was released in the fall of last year. In a few weeks, it goes for adds at Hot AC radio. Other Norwegian acts to make my chart include a-haA1, and M2M.
  • One notch below that is the latest from Shawn Mendes. “Treat You Better” debuts at #40, and it leads his upcoming set, due sometime later this year. The song was co-written by Teddy Geiger, who also co-wrote “Stitches” (#5) and had a pair of top 40 hits on my chart in 2006. “These Walls” was the bigger hit, peaking at #3.

(See my full chart on the M4BCC message board) (Listen to this week’s chart and more on Spotify)

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RADIO REPORT: POP! Goes The Picks (May 2016)

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 during the month. Which tunes will climb to the top and which ones will hit a stop? Here’s a selection of new singles being serviced in May in this month’s Radio Report:

Ingrid Michaelson
INGRID MICHAELSON – “Hell No” (May 2) (Hot AC)
Label: Cabin 24/RED
If you use the app Snapchat, you’ll probably love the music video for Michaelson’s latest track, which features her having some fun with the many filters on the service. “No” is already on many radio stations in large markets, so expect a nice first week of adds. It’s the first single to be taken from It Doesn’t Have To Make Sense, but what does make sense is that it will be released later this year.

Marian Hill
MARIAN HILL – “I Want You” (May 2 / 3) (Triple A / Alternative)
Label: Photo Finish/Republic
This Philadelphia duo of Jeremy Lloyd and Samantha Gongol first released music together in 2013, but it wasn’t until late last year that they first made the Alternative top 40 with “One Time”. It stalled in the 30’s, and fell off after the Christmas freeze. Now, they soldier on with this single, taken from their album ACT ONE. The June 24 release date should give this enough time to get started.

Disturbed
DISTURBED – “The Sound Of Silence” (May 3) (CHR/Top 40)
Label: Warner Bros.
A few weeks ago, I highlighted “Sound” and many of the other chart-topping Active Rock crossovers since 2000. Record Store Day brought us a 12″ picture disc of the single, which I may have purchased a copy of. This is the closest the four men have come to pop success in their long career, and it’s performing in the few markets that have been playing it (and their label wants you to know it!)

Sofia Carson
SOFIA CARSON – “Love Is The Name” (May 3) (CHR/Top 40)
Label: Hollywood/Republic
Nothing says “song of the summer” like a looped sample of Opus’s 1986 hit “Live Is Life”… at least that’s what Carson and her team are hoping. The Austrian act’s only U.S. entry topped out at #36 on the Radio & Records pop listing, but it was a much bigger hit in Europe. Carson was previously featured on the soundtrack to Descendants, which entered at #1 on the Billboard 200 list last year.

Coldplay
COLDPLAY – “Up&Up” (May 9 / 10) (Triple A / Alternative)
Label: Parlophone/Atlantic
While “Hymn For The Weekend” continues to climb at Hot AC radio, “Up&Up” is scheduled to head to these two formats. For that single release, nearly three minutes of the track were shaved off the version found on A Head Full Of Dreams. Until “Adventure Of A Lifetime” hit the top spot earlier in 2016, the guys had been without a #1 at the format since 2011. Can they make it two in a row?

Bahari
BAHARI – “Dancing On The Sun” (May 10) (CHR/Top 40)
Label: Interscope
This California trio’s song has already been on my chart for a month now, and it’s looking to heat up the pop airwaves later in May. The group consists of members Natalia Panzarella, Ruby Carr and Sidney Sartini, and all three ladies met in California with a little help from the production duo Rock Mafia. They’re currently on an extensive radio tour (dubbed the Bahari Safari) at the moment.

Kiiara
KIIARA – “Gold” (May 10) (CHR/Top 40)
Label: Atlantic
“Gold” has been a huge hit on the blogs since its release last year. On Spotify, it’s accumulated nearly 84 million streams, which is a pretty large number for the little airplay it’s gained so far. The question is, will the online buzz translate into a pop radio hit for the summer? It’s hard to tell at this point, but there are several early believers spinning it. We’ll see if she, indeed, goes for the “Gold”.

Cobi
COBI – “Darker Than Dawn” (May 16) (Triple A)
Label: 300 Entertainment
Formerly of Gentlemen Hall, Cobi had a couple of SoundCloud songs that I enjoyed about a year ago called “Walking Through The Fire” and “First Snow”. (Both were credited to Cobi Mike at the time.) Since then, he’s signed with 300 Entertainment, and while it appears he won’t have the next “Trap Queen” on his hands, it’s certainly great to see that he’ll be getting another shot at some play.

BØRNS
BØRNS – “American Money” (May 17) (Alternative)
Label: Interscope
24-year-old Garrett Borns has a solid following and solid sales to date… so, why has a top ten single at the format eluded him? It is a little surprising that “Electric Love” stalled in the teens, given all the co-signs and acclaim. “10,000 Emerald Pools” never made a big splash when it charted late in 2015 and earlier this year. They say that third time is the charm, so let’s hope it’s on the “Money”.

St. Lucia
ST. LUCIA – “Help Me Run Away” (May 17) (Alternative)
Label: Columbia
South African musician Jean-Philip Grobler’s act is back for a second taste of the Alternative chart with a new song from Matter. It follows “Dancing On Glass”, which slowly hit top 30 at the format (but should’ve done way better!) The band performed “Help” on Jimmy Kimmel Live a month ago, and tour dates/steady summer festival dates should help the song grow at both radio and retail.

Zayn Malik
ZAYN – “Like I Would” (May 17) (CHR/Top 40)
Label: RCA
“Pillowtalk” is at the top of the CHR radio listing for the second week, but Malik’s record label is wasting no time in getting his next single out there and on the air. “Like” is featured on the deluxe edition of Mind Of Mine, a peculiar move, even if it was available as an instant grat song prior to the album’s release. It’s sure to be another notable radio hit for the 23-year-old singer from Bradford.

X Ambassadors
X AMBASSADORS featuring JAMIE N COMMONS – “Low Life” (May 24) (Alternative)
Label: KIDinaKORNER/Interscope
After an 11-week #1 in “Renegades” last year and a recent #3 in “Unsteady”, the Ithaca quartet is aiming high with “Low”. The track features Commons, who has previously worked with the band, and had a Triple A hit in 2013 with “Rumble And Sway”. Both of the previous singles continue to get substantial recurrent play, and that may become an issue during the “Life” of this one. Stay tuned!

May is an unpredictable month when it comes to A-list releases… so, expect a few surprises along the way!

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