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RECORD REWIND 2020: PGTC Picks, Week Twenty One

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
R3HAB x HRVY – “Be Okay” (Spotify)
Previously on the Rewind: Seventh appearance (HRVY is signed to Virgin/Capitol)

Both R3HAB and HRVY have had plenty of great tracks included on our Friday Faves list, so combining their talents on one song is obviously a pretty good way to earn a spot on our recap. In an era when we want to be okay ourselves, the song has a good message.

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For more great new music, these songs are worth a listen…
CALL ME LOOP – “Strike”
CHRIS WALLACE – “Insecurities”
CIAN DUCROT – “Anyone But Her”
COREY HARPER – “Fade To Black”
JESSE MCCARTNEY – “Friends”
MOKITA – “Over You”
SHY MARTIN – “Nobody Likes Moving On”
WANDERER – “Give It Up”
WOLF – “Pillow”

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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ADAM’S TOP 40 FLASHBACK: August 5, 2012

Landing “Close” to the top of my chart.

It’s the start of another weekend, which means it’s time for another trip back into the archives on Adam’s Top 40 Flashback! Every Saturday, the day before my latest top 40 goes up for the week, I feature the highlights of a past countdown. They’re all here — the hit songs, the songs that flopped, and the songs that may be a little embarrassing to reflect on.

This week, we stroll back seven years and find out what was topping my chart for the week of August 5, 2012…

Debuts:
40. CHEYENNE JACKSON, “Before You”
39. KARMIN, “Hello”

Biggest Mover(s):
THE SCRIPT featuring WILL.I.AM, “Hall Of Fame” (36-24)
NO DOUBT, “Settle Down” (24-12, twelve spots)

10. P!NK, “Blow Me (One Last Kiss)” (up 2)
Album: The Truth About Love (2012, RCA Records)
Peak: #2 for two weeks

09. CHRIS WALLACE, “Remember When (Push Rewind)” (up 1)
Album: Push Rewind (2012, ThinkSay Records)
Peak: #4 for three weeks

08. ALEX CLARE, “Too Close” (up 1)
Album: The Lateness Of The Hour (2012, Universal Republic Records)
Peak: #7

07. MAROON 5, “Payphone” (down 2)
Album: Overexposed (2012, A&M/Octone/Interscope Records)
Peak: #1 for one week

06. OWL CITY & CARLY RAE JEPSEN, “Good Time” (up 1)
Album: The Midsummer Station (2012, Republic Records) and Kiss (2012, 604/School Boy/Interscope Records)
Peak: #1 for two weeks

05. MATCHBOX TWENTY, “She’s So Mean” (up 1)
Album: North (2012, Emblem/Atlantic Records)
Peak: #5 for five weeks

04. KATY PERRY, “Wide Awake” (steady, second week)
Album: Teenage Dream: The Complete Confection (2012, Capitol Records)
Peak: #4 for three weeks

03. TRAIN, “50 Ways To Say Goodbye” (steady, second week)
Album: California 37 (2012, Columbia Records)
Peak: #2 for six weeks

02. GROUPLOVE, “Tongue Tied” (steady, third week)
Album: Never Trust A Happy Song (2011, Canvasback/Atlantic Records)
Peak: #1 for two weeks

01. FUN., “Some Nights” (steady, third week)
Album: Some Nights (2012, Fueled By Ramen/Atlantic Records)
Peak: #1 for eight weeks

Check back next Saturday for another Adam’s Top 40 Flashback countdown and don’t forget to follow the blog by using the tab below or find PGTC on social media by clicking the “Get Social!” tab at the top of the page.

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ADAM’S TOP 40 FLASHBACK: July 29, 2012

"Close" to the top.

“Close” to the top.

It’s the start of another weekend, which means it’s time for another trip back into the archives on Adam’s Top 40 Flashback! Every Saturday, the day before my latest top 40 goes up for the week, I feature the highlights of a past countdown. They’re all here — the hit songs, the songs that flopped, and the songs that may be a little embarrassing to reflect on.

This week, we stroll back four years and find out what was topping my chart for the week of July 29, 2012…

Debuts:
40. MAT KEARNEY, “Sooner Or Later”
39. BIG TIME RUSH, “Windows Down”
38. GREEN DAY, “Oh Love”
37. ANDY GRAMMER, “Miss Me”
36. THE SCRIPT featuring WILL.I.AM, “Hall Of Fame”

Biggest Mover(s):
NO DOUBT, “Settle Down” (34-24, ten spots)

10. CHRIS WALLACE, “Remember When (Push Rewind)” (up 3)
Album: Push Rewind (2012, ThinkSay Records)
Peak: #4 for three weeks

09. ALEX CLARE, “Too Close” (up 1)
Album: The Lateness Of The Hour (2012, Universal Republic Records)
Peak: #7

08. GRAFFITI6, “Stare Into The Sun” (down 3)
Album: Colours (2012, Capitol Records)
Peak: #1 for three weeks

07. OWL CITY & CARLY RAE JEPSEN, “Good Time” (up 4)
Album: The Midsummer Station (2012, Republic Records) and Kiss (2012, 604/School Boy/Interscope Records)
Peak: #1 for two weeks

06. MATCHBOX TWENTY, “She’s So Mean” (up 1)
Album: North (2012, Emblem/Atlantic Records)
Peak: #5 for five weeks

05. MAROON 5, “Payphone” (down 3)
Album: Overexposed (2012, A&M/Octone/Interscope Records)
Peak: #1 for one week

04. KATY PERRY, “Wide Awake” (up 2)
Album: Teenage Dream: The Complete Confection (2012, Capitol Records)
Peak: #4 for three weeks

03. TRAIN, “50 Ways To Say Goodbye” (up 1)
Album: California 37 (2012, Columbia Records)
Peak: #2 for six weeks

02. GROUPLOVE, “Tongue Tied” (steady, second week)
Album: Never Trust A Happy Song (2011, Canvasback/Atlantic Records)
Peak: #1 for two weeks

01. FUN., “Some Nights” (steady, second week)
Album: Some Nights (2012, Fueled by Ramen/Atlantic Records)
Peak: #1 for eight weeks

Check back next Saturday for another Adam’s Top 40 Flashback countdown and don’t forget to follow the blog by using the tab below or find PGTC on social media by clicking the “Get Social!” tab at the top of the page.

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ADAM’S TOP 40 FLASHBACK: August 26, 2012

A "rewind" to three years ago.

A “rewind” to three years ago.

It is time for yet another trip back into the archives on Adam’s Top 40 Flashback! Every Saturday, the day before my latest top 40 goes up for the week, I’ll be featuring a past countdown straight from chart files of Adam’s Top 40. They’re all here — the hit songs, the songs that flopped, and the songs that may be a little embarrassing to reflect on. Alright, let’s get a move on back to the summer after I graduated from college and take a look at my favorite songs from this week in 2012…

Debuts:
40. AEROSMITH, “What Could Have Been Love”
39. ONEREPUBLIC, “Feel Again”
38. ZEDD featuring MATTHEW KOMA, “Spectrum”

Biggest Mover:
KARMIN, “Hello” (29-20) (9 spots)

10. MAROON 5, “One More Night” (up 1)
Album: Overexposed (2012, A&M/Octone Records)
Peak: #7 for three weeks

09. NO DOUBT, “Settle Down” (up 1)
Album: Push And Shove (2012, Interscope Records)
Peak: #9 for three weeks

08. KATY PERRY, “Wide Awake” (down 2)
Album: Teenage Dream: The Complete Confection (2012, Capitol Records)
Peak: #4 for three weeks

07. GROUPLOVE, “Tongue Tied” (down 3)
Album: Never Trust A Happy Song (2011, Canvasback/Atlantic Records)
Peak: #1 for two weeks

06. PINK, “Blow Me (One Last Kiss)” (up 3)
Album: The Truth About Love (2012, RCA Records)
Peak: #2 for two weeks

05. MATCHBOX TWENTY, “She’s So Mean” (steady, fourth week)
Album: North (2012, Emblem/Atlantic Records)
Peak: #5 for five weeks

04. CHRIS WALLACE, “Remember When (Push Rewind)” (up 3)
Album: Push Rewind (2012/2014, ThinkSay Records)
Peak: #4 for three weeks

03. OWL CITY & CARLY RAE JEPSEN, “Good Time” (steady, second week)
Album: The Midsummer Station (2012, Republic Records) and Kiss (2012, 604/School Boy/Interscope Records)
Peak: #1 for two weeks

02. TRAIN, “50 Ways To Say Goodbye” (steady, second week)
Album: California 37 (2012, Columbia Records)
Peak: #2 for six weeks

01. FUN., “Some Nights” (steady, sixth week)
Album: Some Nights (2012, Fueled by Ramen/Atlantic Records)
Peak: #1 for eight weeks

Check back next Saturday for another Adam’s Top 40 Flashback countdown and don’t forget to follow the blog by using the tab below or find PGTC on social media by clicking the “Get Social!” tab at the top of the page.

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Wishing On A Star: Fighting For The Festival

It’s back again! For the fourth year in a row, the iHeartRadio Music Festival will be taking place in Las Vegas. Since the 2012 edition of the now annual event, newer acts have received the chance to perform a small set during the first night of the big event through a partnership with Macy’s and their Rising Star contest. (Check their official website for more information.) It’s any artist’s dream to perform in front of such a wide audience, so the opportunity is huge.

Another 25 acts have entered the ring, but only one of them can be victorious and win that coveted spot. Who will rise to the occasion and sing it out in Sin City this fall? Here are my top ten choices from the pack:

Before You Exit
BEFORE YOU EXIT (Independent)
The Orlando trio have a huge social media presence, though single “I Like That”, despite a servicing to radio, didn’t build much. “Dangerous” saw a digital release in mid-March. The guys are opening for Fifth Harmony on their summer tour.

(Vote for Before You Exit)

Cassio Monroe
CASSIO MONROE (HitShop/Warner Music)
Currently opening for Midnight Red and The Wanted on a tour wrapping up next week, the duo of Jeff Garrison and Tripp Weir are gaining pop airplay for single “Under The Lights”. The two performers have three singles total on iTunes.

(Vote for Cassio Monroe)

Chris Wallace
CHRIS WALLACE (ThinkSay)
Formerly with The White Tie Affair, best known for 2009 single “Candle (Sick And Tired)”, Wallace charted with two other slow-moving solo songs on the CHR airwaves since 2012: “Remember When (Push Rewind)” and “Keep Me Crazy”.

(Vote for Chris Wallace)

Hey Day
HEY DAY (Independent)
Andrew Spelman, Andrew Underberg and Jesse Fink are only two releases into their new project, but with a SoundCloud stream total over 250,000 so far, this New York trio is on the fast track to big success. “Adderall” was released last week.

(Vote for Hey Day)

Jillette Johnson
JILETTE JOHNSON (Wind-Up)
The New York based Johnson is still promoting her 2013 album Water In A Whale. First single “Torpedo” originally went to Hot AC radio last year during a tour with Kris Allen, but in its recent second run at the format, things are picking up.

(Vote for Jillette Johnson)

MAX
MAX (Crush Music/sayMAX)
Singer and YouTube celebrity Schneider is about to release an EP, Say Max, his first release with management company Crush Music. Single “Mug Shot” is already getting play on SiriusXM Hits 1 and his base is lifting him high in the rankings.

(Vote for MAX)

Paradise Fears
PARADISE FEARS (Independent)
Six high school friends from South Dakota have been kicking it together for a few years now in this band. They just ended a winter tour to support an acoustic version of their album Battle Scars. The current single from the project is “Lullaby”.

(Vote for Paradise Fears)

Scavenger Hunt
SCAVENGER HUNT (Independent)
The Los Angeles duo of Jill Lamoureux and Dan Mufson have tour stops opening for Capital Cities and HAERTS in the next few days, while their Hunt goes on for even more fans. Their electro-pop sound comes through in song “Dreamers”.

(Vote for Scavenger Hunt)

The Score
THE SCORE (Independent)
Edan Dover and Eddie Anthony took to YouTube with their #SCORESUNDAYS covers videos last year. 5,000 followers and 600,000 views later, something’s been working! A self-titled EP features nice originals like “Don’t Wanna Wake Up”.

(Vote for The Score)

We Are The In Crowd
WE ARE THE IN CROWD (Hopeless)
From Poughkeepsie, NY, the quintet led by Taylor Jardine has one of the biggest followings in my top ten list. Two years ago, single “Kiss Me Again” got some limited airplay, but songs from new album Weird Kids have kept their fans satisfied.

(Vote for We Are The In Crowd)

Remember, your vote counts! You have 50 votes per day for the next few weeks to get these acts one step closer to a major breakthrough. So, get clicking and let your fan flag fly! Good luck to everyone involved and stay tuned for any results that come in soon.

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TURN IT UP TUESDAY: What’s New In Stores This Week (January 14)

Hoping for a #1.

Hoping for a #1.

From a Jersey boy to a Country boy, and from pop queens to Dap-Kings, we’ve got a little bit of everything on the menu this week. Here are all the releases you need to know about for January 14:

  • The Boss is back to take his place at the top of the charts. With his first album since 2012, Bruce Springsteen returns with High Hopes, a collection of remakes, outtakes and re-recorded versions of songs from prior efforts. It’s a first for him, but one that should prove to be popular with his core fans. Look for it to debut at #1 or very close to it. (iTunes)
  • California rockers Switchfoot are Fading West on their latest album, featuring the Alternative single “Who We Are” and Christian radio hit “Love Alone Is Worth The Fight”. Much like their last album, 2011’s Vice Verses, a top ten debut on the Billboard 200 seems likely. (iTunes)
  • She sure is a trooper. Diagnosed with cancer last year and now returning to her musical group, the soulful sounds of Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings are back with Give The People What They Want, their latest for Daptone Records. (iTunes)
  • On the Country circuit this week, check out Jennifer Nettles‘s first solo album apart from Sugarland, That Girl (iTunes), and newcomer Jon Pardi hits the scene with Write You A Song. (iTunes) Both artists are currently on the Country chart with their respective singles; title track “That Girl” for Nettles and “Up All Night” for Pardi. (For some classic Country, you’ll want a listen to Mary Chapin Carpenter‘s Songs From The Movies (iTunes) and Rosanne Cash‘s River And The Thread. (iTunes))
  • Other albums out this week include the U.S. release of Bastille‘s All This Bad Blood (iTunes), James Vincent McMorrow‘s Post Tropical (iTunes), Kidz Bop Kids‘s Volume 25 (iTunes), Mindless Self Indulgence‘s F–k Machine (iTunes), Ryan Star‘s A N G E L S + A N I MA L S (iTunes) and The Crystal Method‘s The Crystal Method. (iTunes)

New digital-only singles that you can buy this week include:

  • “Can’t Remember To Forget You”, a hot duet for Shakira and Rihanna. (iTunes)
  • “Coming Of Age”, new from California rockers Foster The People. (iTunes)
  • “Give Me Back My Hometown”, the latest single from Country singer Eric Church. (iTunes)
  • Hits Like A Hurricane (EP), a five-song effort of the singles and more from Chris Wallace. (iTunes)
  • “I’m A Freak”, a new track by Enrique Iglesias featuring Pitbull. (iTunes)
  • “Rewind”, already racing up the Country charts for Rascal Flatts. (iTunes)
  • “The Heart”, a new single from Southern rockers needtobreathe. (iTunes)

Next week, A Great Big World tries to take over the world with their debut album. Will they make it to #1? A preview is coming in seven.

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Adam’s Top 100 of 2013: 100-81

They're here...

They’re here…

It’s the most wonderful time of the year… no, forget about Christmas, it’s time for another Top 100 of the year based on my personal charts for the 2013 chart year! It’s everything from the year that was, from “Crazy All My Life” to “I Want Crazy” to “Keep Me Crazy”. We had passengers, pits and punks all rank among the top 40 this year, as well as dolls, dragons and more. We travelled to “Pompeii” and “St. Croix”, and now we’re on our way to the “Best Song Ever” on the “Best Day Of My Life”. It could very well be the “Best I Ever Had”. Alright, enough of my yapping, now.

Peak positions listed are as of the last chart included in the year dated November 24, 2013. Those marked with a plus had not yet reached their highest position as of that date. Ties in points were broken based on peak, number of weeks at peak and number of weeks in the top 40.

With all that in mind, let’s start that countdown!

They've lost that lovin' feeling (again.)

100. OneRepublic – “Feel Again” (#7, 2012)
Writers/Producers: Drew Brown, Brent Kutzle, Ryan Tedder, Brent Kutzle, Noel Zancanella

**First of two songs in the top 100

Darling Nikki.

099. Nikki Williams – “Glowing” (#23)
Writers: Arnthor Birgisson, Daniel James, Leah Haywood, Bebe Rexha, Sandy Vee / Producer: Vee

Related Posts: Profile on Williams (February 28, 2013)

Treat her like a Lady.

098. Lady Antebellum – “Downtown” (#23)
Writers: Luke Laird, Shane McAnally, Natalie Hemby / Producers: Lady Antebellum (Dave Haywood, Charles Kelley and Hillary Scott), Paul Worley

Related Posts: On The Rebound (January 23, 2013)

No Taylor Swift remakes here.

097. Matchbox Twenty – “Our Song” (#21)
Writer: Rob Thomas / Producer: Matt Serletic

Related Posts: Third Time Is The Charm (March 27, 2013)
**First of two songs in the top 100

They'll fight for this "Love".

096. Lawson – “Juliet” (#21)
Writers: Andy Brown, Carl Falk, Eric Turner, Michel Zitron / Producer: Falk

Related Posts: Star-Crossed Singles (August 30, 2013)
**First of three songs in the top 100

A Great Big World
095. A Great Big World – “Say Something” (#8+) [2014 chart year: #4+]
Writers: A Great Big World (Ian Axel and Chad Vaccarino), Mike Campbell / Producer: Dan Romer

Related Posts: Profile on AGBW (January 31, 2013), “Something” Is Better Than Nothing (September 7, 2013)

He wants what he wants.

094. Hunter Hayes – “I Want Crazy” (#23)
Writers: Hunter Hayes, Lori McKenna, Troy Verges / Producers: Hayes, Dann Huff

Related Posts: One Crazy Party (April 5, 2013), Single Premiere (April 7, 2013)
**First of two songs in the top 100

Feelin' the power of two.

093. Armin Van Buuren featuring Trevor Guthrie – “This Is What It Feels Like” (#22)
Writers: Benno De Goeij, John Ewbank, Trevor Guthrie, Luis Raposo, Armin Van Buuren, Jenson Vaughan / Producer: Van Buuren

Related Posts: Fall Into Dance (August 14, 2013)

Be my, be my beanie.

092. Taylor Swift featuring Ed Sheeran – “Everything Has Changed” (#21)
Writers: Ed Sheeran, Taylor Swift / Producer: Butch Walker

Related Posts: “True” Twosomes (May 2, 2013)
**First of two songs in the top 100 (Sheeran) + **First of three songs in the top 100 (Swift)

Read up on this "Story".

091. One Direction – “Live While We’re Young” (#2, 2012)
Writers: Carl Falk, Savan Kotecha, Rami Yacoub, The Clash (Topper Headon, Mick Jones, Paul Simonon and Joe Strummer) for sample of “Should I Stay Or Should I Go?” / Producers: Falk/Yacoub

**First of four songs in the top 100

If you don't Know them by now...

090. Colbie Caillat featuring Gavin DeGraw – “We Both Know” (#18)
Writers/Producers: Colbie Caillat, Gavin DeGraw

Related Posts: Quick Hits (December 14, 2012)
**First of two songs in the top 100 (DeGraw)

Sometimes you wanna go Ware everybody knows your name.

089. Jessie Ware – “Wildest Moments” (#19)
Writers: Tom Hull, Jessie Ware / Producers: Kid Harpoon, Dave Okumu

He's not giving in.

088. John Newman – “Cheating” (#18)
Writers: John Newman, Emily Phillips / Producers: Newman, Mike Spencer, Ant Whiting

Related Posts: Profile on Newman (May 24, 2013)

She's got a ticket to Ryde.

087. Serena Ryder – “Stompa” (#17)
Writers: Jerrod Bettis, Serena Ryder / Producer: Bettis

Related Posts: Easy Ryders (February 22, 2013)

Rolling through the Strangeland of charts.

086. Keane – “Higher Than The Sun” (#7)
Writers: Keane (Tom Chaplin, Richard Hughes, Jesse Quin and Tim Rice-Oxley) / Producer: Dan Grech-Marguerat

Related Posts: Single Premiere (September 27, 2013)

Matt's what matters.

085. Matt Cardle – “Anyone Else” (#17)
Writers: Matt Cardle, Jeff Halatrax / Producer: Cardle

Related Posts: Single Review (December 14, 2012)

"Crazy" little thing called Chris.

084. Chris Wallace – “Keep Me Crazy” (#18)
Writers: Matt Radosevich, Chris Wallace / Producer: Radosevich

Related Posts: Wallace Keeps It “Crazy” (December 11, 2012), Interview with Matt Rad (December 4, 2013)

Blame it on the "Girls".

083. The 1975 – “Girls” (#2+) [2014 chart year: #1 for one week]
Writers/Producers: The 1975 (George Daniel, Adam Hann, Matthew Healy and Ross MacDonald)

Related Posts: “Girls” Hits #1 (December 8, 2013)
**First of two songs in the top 100

Oh say, can't you "See"?

082. The Script featuring will.i.am – “Hall Of Fame” (#1 for 4 weeks, 2012)
Writers/Producers: James Barry, Danny O’Donoghue, Mark Sheehan

**First of two songs in the top 100 (The Script)

Olly olly oxen free.

081. Olly Murs – “Dear Darlin’” (#17)
Writers: Ed Drewett, Jim Eliot, Olly Murs / Producers: Drewett, Eliot

**First of three songs in the top 100

Check back tomorrow for 80-61 on the year-end chart and let me know what you’re liking so far below!

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