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RECORD REWIND: PGTC Picks, December 9-15, 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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AIDAN ALEXANDER – “Melancholia” (Spotify)
Previously on the Rewind: First appearance
Notes: Actor and singer Alexander has a notable fan base already, and he makes the weekly post with this intriguing smooth sound.

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CARLIE HANSON – “Numb” (Spotify)
Previously on the Rewind: Sixth appearance
Notes: Rewind regular Hanson shifts from the more poppy “Toxins” to this hard-hitting hip hop jam, another great single from her.

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DELANEY JANE – “Psycho” (Spotify)
Previously on the Rewind: First appearance
Notes: Coming off the radio hit “Bad Habits” up north, CanCon queen Jane and her new pop tune should be a winner on the charts.

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JT ROACH – “Shivers” (Spotify)
Previously on the Rewind: First appearance
Notes: He’s written for plenty of pop chart favorites, but Roach’s latest song as an artist sounds like it could go the distance in 2019.

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For more great new music, these songs are worth a listen…
AARON TAOS – “Loneliness”
BRIGETTA – “Sick”
EDEN XO – “Dirty Blonde”
JACKSON HARRIS – “Tired Of Being Lonely”
SOFI DE LA TORRE – “Voicebreaks”
THE BAND CAMINO – “Less Than I Do”

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RECORD REWIND: PGTC Picks, 10/29 – 11/4/17

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 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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ALY & AJ – “I Know” (Spotify)
Well, if you asked me in the beginning of the year, I wouldn’t have thought that this duo would be making some of the best music of 2017, but, as far as female-led pop goes, they’ve had some cool tunes. The retro-tinged hit makes for a nice part of a fall soundtrack.

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EDEN XO featuring TRAVIS MILLS – “Say That Again” (Spotify)
I’ll always be sad that “Too Cool To Dance” didn’t fully translate at Top 40 radio, even if it hit the top ten on my own chart, though I am glad to see this performer back in action with another pop bop. “Say” is instant and catchy; it’s a natural fit for any CHR station.

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KYLE REYNOLDS – “Money For Tonight” (Spotify)
For the playful pop fan in all of us, we have the newest single from singer and songwriter Reynolds, who was previously featured on the Rewind with “Friday Saturday Sunday” five months ago. Working his magic, he carves a nice niche for himself in the pop scene.

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For more great new music, these songs are worth a listen…
FUTURE FATHERS – “False Information” (SoundCloud)
LO – “Good Good” (SoundCloud)
LOUISA WENDORFF – “Wildfire” (SoundCloud)
WHOLE DOUBTS featuring KEVIN GARRETT – “Leave” (SoundCloud)

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RADIO REPORT: POP! Goes The Picks (March 2015)

It’s time once again to analyze the airwaves and find out if your favorite new singles will be lighting up the national charts in 2015. Which tracks will climb to the top and which ones will hit a stop? Here’s a selection of new singles being serviced in March on the AAA, Alternative, CHR and Hot AC formats in this month’s Radio Report:

CHR (*) and HOT AC (**)

The Airborne Toxic Event
THE AIRBORNE TOXIC EVENT – “California” (March 2) (**)
Label: Epic
Best known for their 2009 hit “Sometime Around Midnight”, their only charting single on the Hot AC survey to date, the Los Angeles band is looking to rank again with a song named after their home state. Their latest album is Dope Machines.

Eden XO
EDEN XO – “The Weekend” (March 2) (*)
Label: Virgin/Capitol
Late in 2014, “Too Cool To Dance” was gaining airplay at the CHR format, but its sales were never spectacular and as the new year began, it quickly fell off playlists. Luckily, there’s now a follow-up on the air, another glossy girl’s night anthem.

Scars On 45
SCARS ON 45 – “Tasted Every Tear” (March 2) (**)
Label: Nettwerk
The English quartet have a split single release in action for the moment, with “Take You Home” still climbing at the AAA format and “Tasted” now being serviced at Hot AC. Both songs are taken from Safety In Numbers, released last October.

Jacquie Lee
JACQUIE LEE – “Tears Fall” (March 9) (*)
Label: 300/Atlantic
No need to cry over two tearful titles on the schedule this month, that’s just how it happens sometimes. This new single, a second radio attempt from the former The Voice contestant, is the follow-up to 2014’s “Broken Ones” and a Sia co-write.

DJ Snake and AlunaGeorge
DJ SNAKE & ALUNAGEORGE – “You Know You Like It” (March 16) (*)
Label: Interscope
The French DJ/producer, born as William Grigahcine, was behind one of last spring and summer’s big party anthems, the top five single “Turn Down For What”. The English duo, known overseas, is enjoying their first chance at a CHR radio hit.

Rihanna
RIHANNA – “Towards The Sun” (from Home(March 16) (*)
Label: Westbury Road Ent.
While “FourFiveSeconds” continues to climb up the charts, the Barbadian performer has another single on deck with this release from the forthcoming DreamWorks film Home. She also voices the lead character, a lovable teenager named Tip.

Carly Rae Jepsen
CARLY RAE JEPSEN – “I Really Like You” (March 23) (*)
Label: Interscope
We really, really, really, really, really, really liked “Call Me Maybe” and “Good Time” back in 2012, and her album Kiss is still highly regarded in the pop community. Needless to say, the fast reaction has been really positive for Jepsen’s return.

Avril Lavigne
AVRIL LAVIGNE – “Give You What You Like” (March 30) (**)
Label: Epic
Nearly two years after her self-titled era launched with the moderate success of “Here’s To Never Growing Up” and a few smaller releases, Lavigne is getting a fourth U.S. single from the project. The mellow cut went to Canadian radio last year.

ALTERNATIVE (*) and AAA (**)

Life In Film
LIFE IN FILM – “Get Closer” (March 2) (*)
Label: +1/300
Here’s a new name on the list of acts going for adds. Several years ago, these four indie rockers formed their band in East London, and after a couple of EPs, Dominic, Edward, Micky and Sam land their first American single. Look out for more.

Nate Ruess
NATE RUESS – “Nothing Without Love” (March 2) (* + **)
Label: Fueled By Ramen/RRP
It’s no fun without fun., and so, lead singer Ruess is putting together a solo project, which will be released later this year. The anthemic song is already impacting (and charting) at multiple formats and looks like a sure winner during the spring.

Imagine Dragons
IMAGINE DRAGONS – “Shots” (March 9) (*)
Label: Interscope
Breathing fire once again onto the format are these four fellows and their recent #1 album, Smoke + Mirrors. If “I Bet My Life” could only reach #3, bets might be off for this one going to the top, but its initial sales suggest that it’ll still peak well.

jamesbay
JAMES BAY – “Hold Back The River” (March 9) (*)
Label: Republic
Newcomer Bay’s song is already a top ten hit in his native England, along with Australia and New Zealand, and that buzz is translating well here in the States. Cruising well into the top 30 at AAA, this will be on the Alternative airwaves very soon.

Delta Rae
DELTA RAE – “Scared” (March 16) (**)
Label: Sire/ADA
The pride of North Carolina broke onto the AAA scene in 2012 with “Bottom Of The River”, to minor chart numbers, and “If I Loved You”, making a run at the top five in 2013. Their haunting hit leads an anticipated sophomore set due in April.

Hozier
HOZIER – “Work Song” (March 16) (* + **)
Label: Columbia
Coming off two big singles at the AAA format (“From Eden” lacked Alternative support), the soon-to-be 25-year-old Irish singer’s third U.S. release seems like a no-brainer at both formats. Will it lead the “Church” of programmers? We will see.

BØRNS
BØRNS – “Electric Love” (March 23) (*)
Label: Interscope
If you’ve been living under a rock, then you’ve missed all the co-signs, syncs and other hype on this talented newcomer, a Michigan native that’s now based in sunny California. Given all that prior love, this could be a monster as 2015 continues.

Ruen Brothers
RUEN BROTHERS – “Summer Sun” (March 23) (*)
Label: Republic
This is the debut U.S. single from English siblings Henry and Rupert, which was pushed back from an initial radio date of a few weeks ago. Several Alternative outlets are soaking it all in so far, and as temperatures build, so will the song’s gains.

Which songs would you like to see do well from the list above? Let me know! Comment below or click the “Get Social!” tab to find PGTC on social media.

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Highlights from Adam’s Top 40: December 21, 2014

Spending their "Days" at the top.

Spending their “Days” at the top.

DEBUTS
39. Modest Mouse – Lampshades On Fire
38. Prince Royce featuring Snoop Dogg – Stuck On A Feeling
37. Matt Simons – Catch And Release | HIGHEST DEBUT

TOP GAINERS
34. Olly Murs featuring Demi Lovato – Up (39) BIGGEST MOVER (tie)
30. Rixton – Hotel Ceiling (35) BIGGEST MOVER (tie)

THIS WEEK’S TOP TEN
10. Eden XO – Too Cool To Dance (08) | PEAK: #06
09. Mark Ronson featuring Bruno Mars – Uptown Funk (12) | PEAK: #09
08. The Script – No Good In Goodbye (10) | PEAK: #08
07. Bleachers – Rollercoaster (06) | PEAK: #03
06. Jamie Scott – Unbreakable (04) | PEAK: #01 for six weeks
05. Olly Murs featuring Travie McCoy – Wrapped Up (07) | PEAK: #05
04. Ed Sheeran – Thinking Out Loud (05) | PEAK: #04
03. Walk The Moon – Shut Up And Dance (01) | PEAK: #01 for three weeks
02. Taylor Swift – Blank Space (03) | PEAK: #02
01. Take That – These Days (02) | PEAK: #01 for one week | NEW #1

Top 10 Next In Line:
1. Milky Chance – Flashed Junk Mind (5)
2. Nick Gardner – Lose You (1)
3. Sheppard – Smile (3)
4. Scott Helman – Bungalow (8)
5. The Griswolds – If You Wanna Stay (6)
6. Maroon 5 – Sugar (-)
7. Smallpools – Karaoke (-)
8. Kelly Clarkson – Wrapped In Red (4)
9. Lifehouse – Flight (-)
10. Coldplay – Miracles (-)

In The Mix:
Kim Churchill – Backwards Head (new)
Madonna – Living For Love (new)
Mikey Wax – Only One
Taylor Swift – Style (new)
Train – Bulletproof Picasso

Chart Notes:

  • Commentary will be back next week due to my ongoing Top 100 of 2014. Until next Sunday, you can check out what’s been revealed so far below:
  • 100-81
  • 80-61
  • 60-41
  • 40-31
  • 30-21
  • 20-11

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Adam’s Top 100 of 2014: #100-81

The cream of the pop!

The cream of the pop for 2014.

Another year is in the books and it’s time for the annual listing of the 100 biggest songs that ranked among my weekly top 40 chart from December 2013 to November 2014. It was magical year full of MAGIC! and “Magic” and a lovely twelve months of lovable hits from James Blunt and The Fray. We went “home” with A Great Big World and Andy Grammer, spun around in a “dance” with Milky Chance and Walk The Moon and ended up here with all that was awesome in the year we called 2014.

Peak positions listed are as of the last chart included in the year dated November 30, 2014. Those entries marked with a plus sign (+) had not yet reached their peak position as of the 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, I think it’s time to start the countdown. Ready? Let’s dig in.

Take That
100. TAKE THAT, “These Days” (#7 +)
Writers: Gary Barlow, Mark Owen, Howard Donald, Jamie Norton, Ben Mark / Producer: Greg Kurstin
Label: Polydor (U.K.)

Sheppard
099. SHEPPARD, “Hold My Tongue” (#1 for two weeks – 2013)
Writers: Jay Bovino, Amy Sheppard, George Sheppard / Producer: Stuart Stuart
Label: Republic

Nickelback
098. NICKELBACK, “What Are You Waiting For?” (#20)
Writers: Chad Kroeger, Ryan Peake, Jacob Kasher, Gordon “Gordini” Sran / Producers: C. Kroeger, Peake, Mike Kroeger, Daniel Adair, Chris Baseford, Brian Howes, Jason “JVP” van Poederooyen, Sran
Label: Republic

Big Data and Joywave
097. BIG DATA featuring JOYWAVE, “Dangerous” (#23 for four weeks)
Writer: Daniel Armbruster, Alan Wilkis / Producer: Wilkis
Label: Wilcassettes/Crush Music/Warner Bros.

Passenger
096. PASSENGER, “Let Her Go” (#1 for twelve weeks – 2013)
Writers: Mike Rosenberg / Producer: Rosenberg, Chris Vallejo
Label: Nettwerk/Warner Bros.

James Blunt
095. JAMES BLUNT, “When I Find Love Again” (#12 +)
Writers: Steve Mac, Benjamin Levin, Ammar Malik, Daniel Omelio, Ross Golan, Charlotte Aitchison / Producer: Mac, Levin, Robopop
Label: Atlantic

Olly Murs and Travie McCoy
094. OLLY MURS featuring TRAVIE MCCOY, “Wrapped Up” (#9 +)
Writers: Olly Murs, Travie McCoy, Steve Robson, Claude Kelly / Producer: Robson
Label: Columbia

Michael Jackson and Justin Timberlake
093. MICHAEL JACKSON & JUSTIN TIMBERLAKE, “Love Never Felt So Good” (#18 for two weeks)
Writers: Michael Jackson, Paul Anka / Producers: Jackson, Timbaland, Justin Timberlake, Jerome “J-Roc” Harmon
Label: Epic

Sheppard

092. SHEPPARD, “Geronimo” (#19 for two weeks)
Writers: Jay Bovino, Amy Sheppard, George Sheppard / Producer: Stuart Stuart
Label: Republic

Lilly Wood & The Prick and Robin Schulz
091. LILLY WOOD & THE PRICK and ROBIN SCHULZ, “Prayer In C” (#14 +)
Writers: Benjamin Cotto, Nili Hadida / Producers: Pierre Guimard, Robin Schulz
Label: Big Beat/Atlantic

Smallpools
090. SMALLPOOLS, “Over & Over” (#17 for two weeks)
Writers/Producers: Sean Scanlon, Mike Kamerman, Joe Intile, Beau Kuther, Benjamin Berger, Ryan McMahon
Label: RCA

The Madden Brothers
089. THE MADDEN BROTHERS, “We Are Done” (#14)
Writers: Eric Valentine, Benji Madden, Joel Madden / Producer: Valentine
Label: Capitol

Cobra Starship and Icona Pop
088. COBRA STARSHIP featuring ICONA POP, “Never Been In Love” (#18 for two weeks)
Writers/Producers: Norman Cook, Camille Yarbrough, Eric Frederic, John Ryan
Label: Fueled By Ramen

Coldplay
087. COLDPLAY, “Atlas” (#1 for three weeks – 2013)
Writers: Guy Berryman, Jonny Buckland, Will Champion, Chris Martin / Producer: Berryman, Buckland, Champion, Martin, Daniel Green, Rik Simpson
Label: Republic

Imagine Dragons
086. IMAGINE DRAGONS, “On Top Of The World” (#4 for two weeks – 2013)
Writers/Producers: Ben McKee, Dan Platzman, Dan Reynolds, Wayne Sermon, Alexander Grant
Label: KIDinaKORNER/Interscope

Jess Glynne
085. JESS GLYNNE, “Right Here” (#19 for two weeks)
Writers: Jessica Glynne, Janee Bennett, Kye Gibbon, Matthew Robson-Scott / Producer: Gorgon City
Label: Atlantic

Eden XO
084. EDEN XO, “Too Cool To Dance” (#6 for two weeks +)
Writers/Producers: Jessica Malakouti, Fransisca Hall, Ron Fair, Frederick Falke
Label: Virgin/Capitol

Sara Bareilles
083. SARA BAREILLES, “I Choose You” (#18)
Writers: Sara Bareilles, Jason Blynn, Pete Harper / Producer: Mark Endert
Label: Epic

Keane
082. KEANE, “Higher Than The Sun” (#7 for three weeks – 2013)
Writers: Tim Rice-Oxley, Tom Chaplin, Richard Hughes, Jesse Quin / Producer: Dan Grech-Marguerat
Label: Cherrytree/Interscope

James Blunt
081. JAMES BLUNT, “Heart To Heart” (#14)
Writers: James Blunt, Daniel Parker, Daniel Omelio / Producers: Martin Terefe, Robopop
Label: Atlantic

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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Highlights from Adam’s Top 40: December 14, 2014

Doin' their "dance" at #1.

“Up” at the top once more.

DEBUTS
40. Rae Morris – Under The Shadows
39. Olly Murs featuring Demi Lovato – Up | HIGHEST DEBUT

TOP GAINERS
35. Rixton – Hotel Ceiling (40)
33. The Avener – Fade Out Lines (39) | BIGGEST MOVER
12. Mark Ronson featuring Bruno Mars – Uptown Funk (17)

THIS WEEK’S TOP TEN
10. The Script – No Good In Goodbye (13) | PEAK: #10
09. Andrew McMahon In The Wilderness – Cecilia And The Satellite (05) | PEAK: #03
08. Eden XO – Too Cool To Dance (07) | PEAK: #06
07. Olly Murs featuring Travie McCoy – Wrapped Up (08) | PEAK: #07
06. Bleachers – Rollercoaster (03) | PEAK: #03
05. Ed Sheeran – Thinking Out Loud (10) | PEAK: #05
04. Jamie Scott – Unbreakable (02) | PEAK: #01 for six weeks
03. Taylor Swift – Blank Space (06) | PEAK: #03
02. Take That – These Days (04) | PEAK: #02
01. Walk The Moon – Shut Up And Dance (01) | PEAK: #01 for three weeks

Top 10 Next In Line:
1. Nick Gardner – Lose You (1)
2. Prince Royce featuring Snoop Dogg – Stuck On A Feeling (5)
3. Sheppard – Smile (3)
4. Kelly Clarkson – Wrapped In Red (4)
5. Milky Chance – Flashed Junk Mind (9)
6. The Griswolds – If You Wanna Stay (10)
7. Matt Simons – Catch And Release (-)
8. Scott Helman – Bungalow (-)
9. Ben Howard – Conrad (6)
10. Big Data featuring White Sea – The Business Of Emotion (8)

In The Mix:
Coldplay – Miracles (new)
Lifehouse – Flight
Maroon 5 – Sugar
Max Frost – Paranoia
Mikey Wax – Only One
Sam Hunt – Leave The Night On
Smallpools – Karaoke (new)
The Decemberists – Make You Better
Train – Bulletproof Picasso

Chart Notes:

  • Call it a curse, or perhaps just a coincidence, but trio Take That‘s #4 streak on my top 40 is now a thing of the past as “These Days” advances 4-2 this week. As a quartet, they landed at #4 in early 2009 with “Greatest Day”, and then, two of their members each had a solo track hit that peak: Robbie Williams with “Candy” in 2012 and Gary Barlow with “Face To Face” (a duet with Elton John) in 2014. Will they go the distance to #1? Stay tuned.
  • In a week with mostly smaller gains, French DJ/producer The Avener takes the title of Biggest Mover with “Fade Out Lines”, climbing 39-33 in its second week. The deep house single has already gone top five in countries such as Austria, Belgium, Denmark, France, Germany and Switzerland. With a radio date set for next year, it’s sure to break out here in a similar manner.
  • The week’s Highest Debut is in at #39, a duet between Olly Murs and Demi Lovato. “Up” is the second release from Murs’s Never Been Better album, which recently debuted at #1 in the United Kingdom, though it’s fallen sharply in the last few weeks. The single itself recently climbed into the top ten on digital services there thanks to a video premiere.
  • Newcomer Rae Morris is this week’s other debut with “Under The Shadows”, entering at #40. Morris was selected as one of fifteen finalists for BBC’s Sound Of 2015 program, with five winners finalized in the first week of January. Good luck Rae! “Shadows” and album Unguarded are both due for release that month.

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Highlights from Adam’s Top 40: December 7, 2014

Doin' their "dance" at #1.

A second Moon landing.

DEBUTS
40. Rixton – Hotel Ceiling
39. The Avener – Fade Out Lines | HIGHEST DEBUT

TOP GAINERS
33. Andy Grammer – Honey, I’m Good (38)
28. A Great Big World – I Want A Hippopotamus For Christmas (35) | BIGGEST MOVER
16. Mat Kearney – Heartbeat (21)
06. Taylor Swift – Blank Space (11)

THIS WEEK’S TOP TEN
10. Ed Sheeran – Thinking Out Loud (13) | PEAK: #10
09. Maroon 5 – Animals (05) | PEAK: #05
08. Olly Murs featuring Travie McCoy – Wrapped Up (09) | PEAK: #08
07. Eden XO – Too Cool To Dance (06) | PEAK: #06
06. Taylor Swift – Blank Space (11) | PEAK: #06
05. Andrew McMahon In The Wilderness – Cecilia And The Satellite (04) | PEAK: #03
04. Take That – These Days (07) | PEAK: #04
03. Bleachers – Rollercoaster (03) | PEAK: #03
02. Jamie Scott – Unbreakable (02) | PEAK: #01 for six weeks
01. Walk The Moon – Shut Up And Dance (01) | PEAK: #01 for two weeks

Top 10 Next In Line:
1. Nick Gardner – Lose You (2)
2. Rae Morris – Under The Shadows (-)
3. Sheppard – Smile (1)
4. Kelly Clarkson – Wrapped In Red (6)
5. Prince Royce featuring Snoop Dogg – Stuck On A Feeling (-)
6. Ben Howard – Conrad (5)
7. Olly Murs featuring Demi Lovato – Up (-)
8. Big Data featuring White Sea – The Business Of Emotion (8)
9. Milky Chance – Flashed Junk Mind (10)
10. The Griswolds – If You Wanna Stay (-)

In The Mix:
Lifehouse – Flight
Maroon 5 – Sugar
Matt Hires – Hold You Up
Max Frost – Paranoia
Mikey Wax – Only One
Sam Hunt – Leave The Night On
The Decemberists – Make You Better
Train – Bulletproof Picasso
U2 – Every Breaking Wave

Chart Notes:

  • After debuting last week at #35, duo A Great Big World score the week’s Biggest Mover with their lovely cover of “I Want A Hippopotamus For Christmas”, up seven notches this week to #28. Though radio and retail support for the cut has been minimal, it’s the only seasonal song to break into my top 40 (so far) this season. Chad Vaccarino and Ian Axel have a few more weeks of wishing before their hopes of a hippo are dashed.
  • The week’s Highest Debut was a recent European hit for an act out of France called The Avener, the stage name used by 27-year-old DJ and producer Tristan Casara. The track is a reworking of “The Fade Out Line” by Phoebe Killdeer & The Short Straws, originally released in late 2011. “Lines” was recently picked up in the U.S. by Republic Records.
  • The only other debut on this week’s chart is at #40, the third top 40 hit for the British band Rixton. “Hotel Ceiling” is another offering from their album Let The Road, due in March, though it was originally featured on an EP from earlier this year. “Ceiling” is the followup to “Wait On Me”, which peaked at #6 in September and October.
  • Next week could feature a couple of British newcomers on the chart like Nick Gardner and Rae Morris, or perhaps the already established Olly Murs will take his duet with American singer Demi Lovato and charge into the survey. Find out next Sunday.

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