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RECORD REWIND 2019: PGTC Picks, Week Forty Two

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…

FRANKIE – “Underdog” (Spotify)
Previously on the Rewind: Fifth appearance

After appearing on the Rewind a couple of times earlier this year following a run with RCA imprint Gold’n Retriever, this performer has another good pop song that fits neatly with the rest of her catalog. The cut flourishes with a radio-ready sound and a great lyric.


For more great new music, these songs are worth a listen…
ALLIE X – “Rings A Bell”
BAHARI – “Gameboy”
CODY SIMPSON – “Golden Thing”
HUX – “Heavy”
LEON ELSE – “Couldn’t Do It”
RAINSFORD – “Open Open”
VÉRITÉ – “Think Of Me”

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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NEW MUSIC FRIDAY: Releases For The Week of March 15, 2019

Pop charts and portraits.

Take a Chance on these new albums and you may just have yourself a fabulous New Music Friday. As SXSW starts to come to a close, these are all the notable releases hitting the market this Friday:

Notable albums out this week: Benjamin Francis Leftwich‘s Gratitude (iTunes), Greyson Chance‘s Portraits (iTunes), Jack Savoretti‘s Singing To Strangers (iTunes), Karen O & Danger Mouse‘s Lux Prima (iTunes), Lauren Jenkins‘s No Saint (iTunes), Nico Santos‘s Streets Of Gold (Unforgettable Edition) (iTunes), Steve Perry‘s Traces (Deluxe Edition) (iTunes)

Notable EPs out this week: Cody Simpson‘s B-Sides: Part The Seas (iTunes), Huntly‘s Low Grade Buzz (iTunes), Johnny Orlando‘s Teenage Fever (iTunes), Rachel Wammack‘s Enough (iTunes), Spencer Sutherland‘s NONE of this has been about you (iTunes)

New digital singles that you can buy this week include:
“90’s Country (Remix)” and “You Broke Up With Me (Remix)”, Walker Hayes (iTunes)
“All My Friends Are Rich”, Filous featuring Louis III (iTunes)
“All The Lies”, Alok, Felix Jaehn & The Vamps (iTunes)
“Babe, It Just Happens”, Trent Dabbs (iTunes)
“Baby Mine”, Arcade Fire (iTunes)
“Bacc At It Again”, Yella Beezy featuring Gucci Mane & Quavo (iTunes)
“Birthday Party”, AJR (iTunes)
“Bitch (Takes One To Know One)”, Lennon Stella (iTunes)
“BKLYNLDN”, Shura (iTunes)
“Bust Down Cartier”, Lil Mosey (iTunes)
“Call Back”, nothing,nowhere. (iTunes)
“Contra La Pared”, Sean Paul & J Balvin (iTunes)
“Dancing On My Own”, Elle Fanning (iTunes)
“Después Que Te Perdí”, Enrique Iglesias & Jon Z (iTunes)
“Dirty AF1s”, Alexander 23 (iTunes)
“DNA”, Apollo LTD (iTunes)
“Fawn”, Crywolf (iTunes)
“Fear Of Lonely”, Benedict Cork (iTunes)
“Heavy Snow”, Christian French (iTunes)
“Hideaway”, Grace VanderWaal (iTunes)
“Horrid”, Lady Leshurr (iTunes)
“Hypnotized”, The Giving Moon (iTunes)
“I Need To Be Alone”, Girl In Red (iTunes)
“I See You”, Missio (iTunes)
“King James”, Anderson .Paak (iTunes)
“Knock Knock”, Laleh (iTunes)
“Lemonade”, Alec Bailey (iTunes)
“Lonely Baby”, Hyphen Hyphen featuring Kiiara (iTunes)
“Lost”, Clara Mae (iTunes)
“Love Again”, RuthAnne (iTunes)
“Miles Apart”, Dante Palminteri (iTunes)
“Missed Connection”, The Head And The Heart (iTunes)
“My Miracle”, Brad Paisley (iTunes)
“My Motto”, Jade Bird (iTunes)
“Nervous”, Juliander (iTunes)
“Nikes”, Jake Miller (iTunes)
“Never Really Liked Your Friends”, Mags (iTunes)
“No New Friends”, LSD (iTunes)
“No One (Jonas Blue Remix)”, Jess Glynne (iTunes)
“Numb Numb Juice”, ScHoolboy Q (iTunes)
“Playas Ball”, T.I. featuring Snoop Dogg (iTunes)
“R.I.P.”, Sofia Reyes featuring Rita Ora & Anitta (iTunes)
“Running From”, Kevin Garrett (iTunes)
“Sally Walker”, Iggy Azalea (iTunes)
“Say (Acoustic)”, Ruel featuring Jake Meadows (iTunes)
“Sparrow”, Emeli Sandé (iTunes)
“Starry Eyes”, Young Bombs (iTunes)
“Swear To God”, Blackbear (iTunes)
“The Bed You Made”, Hannah Grace (iTunes)
“Tic Toc”, Rich The Kid & Tory Lanez (iTunes)
“Told You So”, HRVY (iTunes)
“Turn It Up”, Armin Van Buuren (iTunes)
“Violet Sky”, Lostboycrow (iTunes)
“Wasteland”, Tierra Whack (iTunes)
“When Love Don’t Love Your Back”, Christian Paul (iTunes)
“When You Leave”, Nikki Vianna x Matoma (iTunes)
“Who’s Got Your Love”, Cheat Codes featuring Daniel Blume (iTunes)
“Win”, Nasty Cherry (iTunes)
“Without Me (Live/Orpheum)”, The Maine (iTunes)
“Your Love”, Drama Relax featuring Tory Lanez & Lil Tjay (iTunes)

Next week, look out for new albums and EPs from Flora Cash, Wallows and more. For Adam’s personal picks of the week, listen to the PGTC Friday Faves list on Spotify!

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NEW MUSIC FRIDAY: Releases For The Week of July 10, 2015

A fine way to "Shine".

A fine way to “Shine”.

We’ve made it to Friday! Yes, the Global Release Day is now in effect and rolling out worldwide. I guess we’ll see how this whole thing goes. There are several notable items out, so, here are this week’s new album and single releases:

  • YEARS & YEARS — Communion (iTunes)
    • Though “King” stalled out as it hit the top 40 on CHR radio, the English trio is going for their second #1 in a row in the U.K. with “Shine”. It should be next week’s top-selling album in that country given its momentum, but it’ll have to settle for a much lower debut here, perhaps in the top 20 or 30. We’ll see if that changes in the coming days.
  • R5 — Sometime Last Night (iTunes)
    • Disney’s pop/rock band, made up of four of the Lynch siblings (Riker, Rocky, Ross and Rydel) and friend Ellington Ratliff, pumps it up Louder on their sophomore album. Leadoff release “Let’s Not Be Alone Tonight” recently gave the five their first top 40 single (#38) on the CHR chart, thanks in part to a Cumulus block add.
  • VARIOUS ARTISTS — Paper Towns: Music From The Motion Picture (iTunes)
    • The film based on the John Green novel doesn’t debut until July 24, but this soundtrack, which features new tracks by Grouplove and Vance Joy, as well as Sam Bruno and her single, “Search Party”, should keep you satisfied a little while longer.
  • More albums out this week: Anderson East‘s Delilah (iTunes), Civil Twilight‘s Story Of An Immigrant (iTunes), Cody Simpson‘s Free (iTunes), Ezra Furman‘s Perpetual Motion People (iTunes), Hunter Hunted‘s Ready For You (iTunes), Kidz Bop Kids‘s Kidz Bop 29 (iTunes), Owl City‘s Mobile Orchestra (iTunes), Tyrese‘s Black Rose (iTunes) and the Various Artists compilation, Nina Revisited… A Tribute To Nina Simone (iTunes)
  • More EPs out this week: Flagship‘s Faded (iTunes), Jake Miller‘s Rumors (iTunes), Poema‘s Pretty Speeches (iTunes), ROMANS‘s Overthinking, Pt. 1 (iTunes)

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

  • “Blue Bandana”, new from Jerrod Niemann. (iTunes)
  • “New Americana”, new from Halsey. (iTunes)
  • “Soap”, an instant grat track from Melanie Martinez. (iTunes)

Next Friday, our preview will include fresh releases from Alan Jackson, Sublime With Rome and Tame Impala. See you then!

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TURN IT UP TUESDAY: What’s New In Stores This Week (March 18)

What's my "Age" again?

Foster on the roster.

Feels like, feels like it’s coming… that is, a rush to buy some new singles and albums this week, right? Here’s what you need to know about on the schedule for the week of March 18:

  • In 2011, Foster The People scored a major pop and rock hit with “Pumped Up Kicks” from their album Torches. Three years later, the trio returns with their sophomore album, Supermodel, and are currently riding high on the Alternative chart with the top 5 single “Coming Of Age”. Look for the album to debut at #1 next week ahead of the soundtrack to Frozen; the cold never bothered them anyways. (iTunes)
  • After several EPs released over the past few years, DJ and GRAMMY winner Skrillex is out with his first full-length album, Recess, which was just announced mere days ago. Pre-orders have been strong on this one; I’m expecting it to be top 5 on the album chart next week. (iTunes)
  • SEX + LOVE is the title of the latest album from Enrique Iglesias, but he hasn’t been receiving the latter at radio. All three of the English singles from the record have tanked, largely due to their generic nature. However, with the kind of fan base he has, they may come through for him and deliver a top ten debut. (iTunes)
  • Believe it or not, superstar George Michael has a new effort out this week, titled Symphonica. The largely live album features new takes on some of his hits, as well as cover versions, as performed on his tour of the same name. (iTunes)
  • Other releases out this week include: Black Lips‘s Underneath The Rainbow (iTunes), Jo Dee Messina‘s Me (iTunes), John Oates‘s Good Road To Follow (iTunes), Ronnie Milsap‘s Summer Number Seventeen (iTunes), Taking Back Sunday‘s Happiness Is (iTunes), The Pretty Reckless‘s Going To Hell (iTunes), The War On Drugs‘s Lost In The Dream (iTunes), YG‘s My Krazy Life (iTunes) and the soundtrack from Muppets Most Wanted (iTunes).

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

  • “Chandelier”, a new release from super songwriter and singer Sia. (iTunes)
  • “Me And My Broken Heart” (+ EP), the first release from new U.K. boy band Rixton. (iTunes)
  • “Sirens”, a second single from Cher Lloyd‘s delayed Sorry, I’m Late album. (iTunes)
  • “Summer”, the first single from Calvin Harris‘s forthcoming album. (iTunes)
  • “Surfboard”, a new single from teen singer Cody Simpson. (iTunes)

Next week, Shakira shakes it up with a self-titled album on the schedule, plus Karmin and the soundtrack from Rio 2 arrive in stores. A full preview is coming in seven!

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TURN IT UP TUESDAY: What’s New In Stores This Week (July 16)

Bravely entering the release ring.

Bravely entering the release ring.

After a few weeks of lighter lists, we get back to the good stuff this week. Here’s your releases report for music out today, July 16:

  • With her single “Brave” lighting up the airwaves on a few formats, Sara Bareilles puts out her latest album, The Blessed Unrest. Her last album debuted at #1; this won’t do the same, but it should enter in the top 5. (iTunes)
  • With his first album in two years, singer-songwriter Matt Nathanson is out with Last Of The Great Pretenders, his third album with Vanguard Records. The single “Mission Bells” is still climbing at AAA radio. (iTunes)
  • He may not be a kangaroo, but one of Australia’s hottest exports lately is hopping about in the States. 16-year-old Cody Simpson is back with his latest album, Surfer’s Paradise, featuring “Pretty Brown Eyes”. (iTunes)
  • Also from the land down under, rockers Sick Puppies release Connect, featuring the single “There’s No Going Back”. It’s their first album since 2009’s Tri-Polar. (iTunes)
  • Dancing their way back on the scene, the Pet Shop Boys are Electric on their new album. It’s their twelfth studio album and their first to be self-released. (iTunes)
  • Probably my favorite releases of the week, though it won’t do nearly as well as some of the ones listed here, is Mayer Hawthorne‘s Where Does This Door Go? First single “Her Favorite Song” and current single “The Stars Are Ours” are both on here. (iTunes)
  • For the kiddos this week, two albums are making the cut: the still-popular Kidz Bop 24 (iTunes) and the soundtrack to Disney’s forthcoming TV special, Teen Beach Movie (iTunes).
  • Other albums out this week include Amelita by the Court Yard Hounds (iTunes), Lickety Split by Robert Randolph and the Family Band (iTunes), This Song Is For You by Ronald Isley (iTunes) and With The Whole World Watching (EP) by Tony Lucca (iTunes).

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

  • “Mind Your Manners”, a fresh rocking hit from Pearl Jam. (iTunes)
  • “Miss Movin’ On”, new from The X Factor‘s Fifth Harmony. (iTunes)
  • “Replay”, from Disney actress and now singer Zendaya. (iTunes)
  • “The Heart Of Dixie”, from recent The Voice winner Danielle Bradbery. (iTunes)

Queen of the tweens Selena Gomez will likely be next week’s top debut… but can she make it to #1? A preview is coming in seven!

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“Eyes” On The Prize: Pop Goes To The Pupils

To see or not to see… that’s not really a question, but it is the subject of today’s post. Two songs are taking the field with “eyes” in their song titles: two very different artists from two very different countries going to two very different formats. Whether you’re swaying to the summer breeze of a pop melody or swaying to the dreamy flavor of a romantic rendezvous, we’ve got all sorts of mood music packed up for the beach and the boats. So, take a swim into this look at two new singles and put your goggles on. Your eyes are going to need them. Let’s go on then.

"Pretty" serious stuff.

“Pretty” serious stuff.

CODY SIMPSON – “Pretty Brown Eyes”
Release Date: at radio now

16-year-old Cody Simpson has been recording for three years now, releasing his first single in Australia back in 2010, “iYiYi”, featuring Flo Rida. He’s gained a pretty large fanbase, and since 2011, has been managed by Scooter Braun, who also manages teen singer Justin Bieber. After a few EPs and one studio album last year called Paradise, Simpson is back with a second full-length release in stores on July 16, titled Surfer’s Paradise. I guess he really likes the idea of chilling in a pleasurable place. This is the first single from it, which is not a hot Mint Condition cover (for those of you 90’s fans out there), and was issued to mainstream radio during this past week. In a world of Justin Bieber, Austin Mahone and Conor Maynard, among other young male singers, Simpson has struggled just as the latter two have to break the American scene, especially when it comes to radio. Two of his prior singles have been serviced here, one in the summer of 2011 (“On My Mind”) and one late last year (“Wish U Were Here” featuring Becky G) that have struggled to pick up airplay and never really go anywhere with limited larger market support. A video for the song premiered late last month and has amassed three million views on YouTube thus far. It’s your typical summer video with Simpson shirtless at the pool, trying to impress a few ladies that just happen to be there. We’ll see if the results for this single are “pretty” for Mr. Simpson and crew.

No way to "Close" the era.

No way to “Close” the era.

MICHAEL BUBLÉ – “Close Your Eyes”
Release Date: June 24 (U.K.)

It’s been several months since singer Michael Bublé began on a peppy note with the lead single from To Be Loved: the international hit, “It’s A Beautiful Day”. It’s still going strong here in the U.S. at several music formats. Now comes word via a weekly release schedule that Bublé is moving onto a second single overseas. “Close Your Eyes” is a change of pace from that first release, a full-fledged ballad that’s based around a piano and string accompaniment before gradually adding guitar and drum. The song was co-written by our favorite Canadian crooner, long-time collaborator Alan Chang (who has been behind all of his original song releases) and, in a bit of a surprise, Jann Arden. She’s another Canadian singer, far more successful in her native country, but best known in the States for her 1996 hit in which she looks for some advice to give on how to be “Insensitive”. It went to #12 on the Hot 100. (Sadly, Bublé has never been that high, only going to #24 with his biggest single to date, “Haven’t Met You Yet”.) This choice should come as no surprise to his diehard fans; it’s a favorite among them, with a tender lyrics about a woman who is “one of a kind… an angel dressed an armor/You’re my life and my safe harbor.” Though “Close Your Eyes” only has a release date in Europe at this point, it will likely serve as the second single in the United States as well once 143 and Reprise stop pushing “Beautiful” at radio. His American tour begins in September.

What song will you be keeping your “eyes” on this summer? Don’t blink or you might miss them topping the charts. Comment below or find me on Twitter: @AdamFSoybel.

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TURN IT UP TUESDAY: What’s New In Stores This Week (April 23)

Cool for the pool.

Cool for the pool.

From Canada to France and Scotland to the States, this week’s report is an international affair when it comes to the acts releasing. Here’s what you can expect in stores for the week of April 23:

  • Call him irresponsible… or just call him rich. The latest studio album for Michael Bublé is released this week, To Be Loved. “It’s A Beautiful Day” is the current #1 song on my chart and is also top 20 on Adult Contemporary radio. With a mix of original songs and a few covers, it’s sure to delight some beautiful audiences. It’s a strong contender for the top album next week. (iTunes)
  • American Idol season 3 winner Fantasia delivers her fourth studio album, Side Effects Of You. First single “Lose To Win” is #5 on the Urban Adult Contemporary chart and her next single features Kelly Rowland and Missy Elliott. (iTunes)
  • It was four years ago that the French band Phoenix broke out in the U.S. with big Alternative hits like “1901” and “Listzomania”. Their second album on Glassnote Records, Bankrupt!, is out today, featuring current single “Entertainment”. (iTunes)
  • It’s a Dogg Eat Dogg kind of world, but there’s one less pup on the pop scene today. Snoop Dogg is now Reincarnated as Snoop Lion on his latest efforts, featuring a pack of collaborations that include a first single with Miley Cyrus, “Ashtrays And Heartbreaks”. (iTunes)
  • She may not know the Loch Ness Monster, but her monster smash, “Next To Me”, is still rising here in the States. It also appears on Emeli Sandé‘s new iTunes Session EP. (iTunes)
  • He’s a former X Factor winner and now he’s ready to take on the Country charts. Tate Stevens is out with his self-titled album today, featuring current radio single “Power Of A Love Song”. (iTunes)
  • After being delayed for nearly a year and a half, the second solo album by will.i.am is released this week, #willpower. It features the hits “Scream & Shout” (with Britney Spears) and “#thatpower” (with Justin Bieber.) (iTunes)
  • Rockers Youngblood Hawke Wake Up the music scene with their debut album. (iTunes)
  • His single “Recovery” is hopping up the Alternative chart, and now English singer-songwriter Frank Turner is out with Tape Deck Heart. (iTunes)
  • Comedian and performer Steve Martin collaborates with folk and pop singer Edie Brickell on the album Love Has Come For You. (iTunes)
  • Finally, Rob Zombie‘s fifth studio album and first in three years is out this week, titled Venomous Rat Regeneration. (iTunes)

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

Will Kenny Chesney live a lovely chart life with Life On A Rock, his latest album? A preview is coming in seven!

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