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NEW MUSIC FRIDAY: Releases For The Week of May 17, 2019

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It’s a divine week for all sorts of new music, including these amazing releases that’ll take over the global charts in no time. Here are the top new albums and singles hitting the market:

DJ KHALED – Father Of Asahd (iTunes)
Features: collaborations with Cardi B, John Legend, SZA and more (and probably a lot of DJ Khaled yelling, what else is new?)

LEWIS CAPALDI – Divinely Uninspired To A Hellish Extent (iTunes)
Features: “Someone You Loved”, a recent #1 song in the United Kingdom that ranks in the top 25 on the Hot AC chart

THE HEAD AND THE HEART – Living Mirage (iTunes)
Features: “Missed Connection”, the current #1 song on the Triple A chart that also ranks in the top 20 on the Alternative chart

Notable albums out this week: Alex Lahey‘s The Best Of Luck Club (iTunes), Carly Rae Jepsen‘s Dedicated (iTunes), Conrad Sewell‘s Life (iTunes), Dionne Warwick‘s She’s Back (iTunes), FRENSHIP‘s Vacation (iTunes), Maddie Poppe‘s Whirlwind (iTunes), Paul McCartney‘s Egypt Station (Explorer’s Edition) (iTunes), Rammstein‘s Rammstein (iTunes), The Heavy‘s Sons (iTunes), The National‘s I Am Easy To Find (iTunes), Tyler, The Creator‘s Igor (iTunes)

Notable EPs out this week: Duckwrth‘s The Falling Man (iTunes), Interpol‘s A Fine Mess (iTunes)

New digital singles that you can buy this week include:
“(I’m Gonna) Love Me Again”, Elton John & Taron Egerton (iTunes)
“A Lot To Lose”, 24kGoldn (iTunes)
“A Thousand Ways”, Phoebe Ryan (iTunes)
“All The Queen’s Horses”, Shakespear’s Sister (iTunes)
“Better Now” and “Grow Up To Be You”, Måns Zelmerlöw (iTunes)
“Big Mouth”, Citizen (iTunes)
“Blame It On Your Love”, Charli XCX featuring Lizzo (iTunes)
“Both”, Ingrid Andress (iTunes)
“Calm Me Down”, Top Bunk (iTunes)
“Can’t Do It”, Loren Gray featuring Saweetie (iTunes)
“Comfort Zone”, Alle Farben featuring Quarterhead (iTunes)
“Daddy AF”, Slayyyter (iTunes)
“Dear Society”, Madison Beer (iTunes)
“Dirty Churches”, Washington (iTunes)
“Do I”, Luke Christopher (iTunes)
“Does Your Girlfriend Know You’re Single”, Clara Bond (iTunes)
“Doin’ Time”, Lana Del Rey (iTunes)
“Don’t Leave Me Lonely”, Mark Ronson featuring YEBBA (iTunes)
“Don’t Let Her”, Walker Hayes (iTunes)
“Drugs & The Internet (CHVRCHES Remix)”, Lauv (iTunes)
“Fade Out”, Seeb with Olivia O’Brien & Space Primates (iTunes)
“Fire (Dave Audé Remix)”, Sara Bareilles (iTunes)
“Forever And A Day”, Molly Rainford (iTunes)
“Future”, Madonna featuring Quavo (iTunes)
“Go”, The Black Keys (iTunes)
“Good As You (Digital Farm Animals Remix)”, Kane Brown (iTunes)
“Good Things Fall Apart”, Illenium & Jon Bellion (iTunes)
“Head First”, Christian French (iTunes)
“Help Me Stranger”, The Saboteurs (iTunes)
“Hide & Seek”, Sam Feldt & SRNO featuring Joe Housley (iTunes)
“Higher” / “Streaming My Consciousness”, Sj (iTunes)
“Holiday”, Dana Williams (iTunes)
“Hollywood Whore”, Machine Gun Kelly (iTunes)
“Hurt People”, Gryffin & Aloe Blacc (iTunes)
“I Feel Ya”, Cheat Codes, Danny Quest & Ina Wroldsen (iTunes)
“I Found U”, Passion Pit featuring Galantis (iTunes)
“Inappropriate Behaviour”, Lime Cordiale (iTunes)
“Into Your Heart”, Snowblood (iTunes)
“JFK”, Ryann (iTunes)
“Kingdom In The Valley”, Pretty Sister (iTunes)
“Letter To Myself”, Aaron Unknown (iTunes)
“Leviathan”, Volbeat (iTunes)
“Life In The City”, The Lumineers (iTunes)
“Like A Virgin”, Tep No (iTunes)
“Little Bit Of Love”, Tritonal featuring Rachel Platten (iTunes)
“Naked Alone”, L Devine (iTunes)
“New Eyes”, Adam Lambert (iTunes)
“Nightmare”, Halsey (iTunes)
“Obsessed”, Hatchie (iTunes)
“One More Touch”, Joan (iTunes)
“Only Everything (Acoustic)”, Quinn Lewis (iTunes)
“Places + Faces”, Aminé (iTunes)
“Rescue Me”, OneRepublic (iTunes)
“Ride Or Die”, XYLØ (iTunes)
“Run With The Giants”, Sam Tinnesz featuring Built By Titan (iTunes)
“Same (Alternate)”, Josie Dunne (iTunes)
“Safe”, NUUXS (iTunes)
“See Through”, The Band CAMINO (iTunes)
“Sex On Fire”, Overstreet (iTunes)
“Sick Of You”, Elle Winter (iTunes)
“Sick Thoughts”, Lewis Blissett (iTunes)
“SOS (Laidback Luke Remix)”, Avicii featuring Aloe Blacc (iTunes)
“Straight For The Kill”, UNSECRET featuring Anna Renee (iTunes)
“Stronger”, Raveena (iTunes)
“Superman”, RuthAnne (iTunes)
“Sweet Spot”, Kim Petras (iTunes)
“Talk So Much”, AJ Mitchell (iTunes)
“The Tuxedo Way”, Tuxedo (iTunes)
“There Goes My Miracle”, Bruce Springsteen (iTunes)
“Throw Fits”, London On Da Track & G-Eazy featuring City Girls & Juvenile (iTunes)
“Tomorrow Tonight”, Loote (iTunes)
“Unbelievable”, Why Don’t We (iTunes)
“Unjudge Me”, Calboy featuring Moneybagg Yo (iTunes)
“Unsainted”, Slipknot (iTunes)
“We Were”, Keith Urban (iTunes)
“What If I Never Get Over You”, Lady Antebellum (iTunes)
“Where Do You Go”, Shaun Frank featuring Lexy Panterra (iTunes)

Next week, look out for new albums from Morrissey, Sting 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 September 2, 2016

One release to Remember this week.

One release to Remember this week.

This year’s Labor Day release schedule is slower than the traffic you’ll inevitably be sitting in on the way to the beach. Will there be any surprise sets coming? We’ll keep you posted. For now, here are the notable albums and singles released this week:

  • A DAY TO REMEMBER — Bad Vibrations (iTunes)
    • This Florida act will likely land one of the week’s higher debuts with their first studio album since 2013. A radio single from it, “Paranoia”, recently reached the top ten on the Active Rock chart.
  • TRAVIS SCOTT — Birds In The Trap Sing McKnight (iTunes)
    • Scott has been teasing the release of this set on social media, which may be debuting on a Beats 1 special tomorrow. If it indeed comes out, look for it to be a contender for #1.
  • More albums out this week: Angel Olsen‘s My Woman (iTunes), Dallas Smith‘s Side Effects (iTunes), Izzy Bizu‘s A Moment Of Madness (iTunes), James Vincent McMorrow‘s We Move (iTunes)
  • More EPs out this week: Dagny‘s Ultraviolet (iTunes), FRENSHIP‘s Truce (iTunes), Ryan Follese‘s Ryan Follese (iTunes)

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

  • “Adrenaline”, Zedd featuring Grey (iTunes)
  • “Ain’t My Fault”, Zara Larsson (iTunes)
  • “Animals”, Ben Hobbs (iTunes)
  • “Come Up For Air”, Skylar Grey (iTunes)
  • “Hard Girls”, KT Tunstall (iTunes)
  • “Horizon”, KYKO (iTunes)
  • “I Believe In You”, Michael Bublé (iTunes)
  • “I Can’t Stop Thinking About You”, Sting (iTunes)
  • “Kite Like Girl”, Gavin DeGraw (iTunes)
  • “Like Tomorrow Never Comes”, Colbie Caillat (iTunes)
  • “Mediator”, AlunaGeorge (iTunes)
  • “Radio”, Sylvan Esso (iTunes)
  • “Ring Around Your Heart”, Graham Colton (iTunes)
  • “Send Them Off!”, Bastille (iTunes)
  • “Undefeatable”, Young Rising Sons (iTunes)
  • “#WHERESTHELOVE”, Black Eyed Peas featuring The World (iTunes)
  • “Words Like Weapons”, Clairity (iTunes)

We’ll see you next week for new releases from Bastille, Jason Aldean, The Head And The Heart and more.

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

Radio Report - August 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 August in this month’s Radio Report.

(I’ve reorganized the report a little for August, highlighting two releases from each radio format that I usually cover. It’s just a test, so let me know what you think!)


FRENSHIP featuring EMILY WARREN – “Capsize” (Columbia, August 16)
Album: TBA
Past CHR History: Both acts are newcomers; Warren co-wrote the recent #1 “Don’t Let Me Down” by The Chainsmokers and Daya.
Adam’s Top 40: #35 as of July 31, 2016

ANNE-MARIE – “Alarm” (Major Tom’s/Asylum/RRP, August 23)
Album: TBA
Past CHR History: The Essex singer is new to U.S. radio entirely. Her single is a top ten hit in Australia thanks to iTunes discounts.


ANDY GRAMMER – “Fresh Eyes” (S-Curve/Hollywood, August 15)
Album: TBA (expected later this year)
Past Hot AC History: Grammer’s accumulated a string of six top 40 singles at the Hot AC format, including three top tens and a #1.
Adam’s Top 40: #39 as of July 31, 2016

AURORA – “I Went Too Far” (Glassnote, August 22)
Album: All My Demons Greeting Me As A Friend (2016)
Past Hot AC History: AURORA has never charted at Hot AC, but “Conqueror” was a minor hit at Alternative radio this past spring.
Adam’s Top 40: #10 Next In Line as of July 31, 2016


JUDAH & THE LION – “Take It All Back” (Caroline, August 9)
Album: Folk Hop N’ Roll (2016)
Past Alternative History: Judah & The Lion has no prior chart history at any format, and only minor spins from the Triple A panel.
Adam’s Top 40: In The Mix as of July 31, 2016

DREAMERS – “Sweet Disaster” (Fairfax/Hollywood, August 16)
Album: This Album Does Not Exist (2016)
Past Alternative History: This trio has two minor charting songs to their credit at the format, “Wolves (You Got Me)” and “Drugs”.


O.A.R. – “I Go Through” (Vanguard/Concord, August 8)
Album: XX (2016)
Past AAA History: O.A.R. remains well-liked at Triple A; “Shattered (Turn The Car Around)” held at the top for five weeks in 2008.
Adam’s Top 40: #4 Next In Line as of July 31, 2016

THE SAINT JOHNS – “Testifier” (Kemosabe/RED, August 8)
Album: Dead Of Night (2016)
Past AAA History: The Nashville duo’s previous single, “Lost The Feeling”, made the top 50 earlier this year, their first chart entry.

What’s premiering later this month?
GREEN DAY – “Bang Bang” [Alternative] (Warner Bros., August 16)
NORAH JONES – “Carry On” [Triple A] (Blue Note/Capitol, August 15)
SAINT MOTEL – “Move” [Alternative and Triple A] (Elektra/RRP, August 22/23)

Which of these new songs would you like to see atop the charts? Let me know! Comment below or click the “Get Social!” tab above to find PGTC on social media.

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RECORD REWIND: PGTC Picks, 5/29 – 6/4

Record Rewind - June 5, 2016

Our new Record Rewind is about highlighting the top new songs that you may have missed, or should discover, from many of my favorite independent acts out there. We’ll be testing it out this month, so if you like what you see, let me know what you think!

Across the world of SoundCloud and my Indie Summer Mix on Spotify, these records stuck out as my favorite independent tunes of the week…


Adam Friedman
ADAM FRIEDMAN featuring MIKE POSNER – “Lemonade” (iTunes) (Spotify)
Drink up on the latest single from Friedman and his pal Posner, a tangy track about a man looking for love. (It’s not that simple.)

Alexander Jean
ALEXANDER JEAN – “So Bad” (iTunes) (Spotify)
“Bad” is good when it comes to this highlight from the six-song Head High EP. You’ll be just as tempted as the protagonists here.

Bryce Fox
BRYCE FOX – “Voodoo” (iTunes) (Spotify)
This Los Angeles Fox is on the run with his cool third single, an edgy pop cut that just might have you believing in his sonic spirit.

Kiah Victoria
KIAH VICTORIA – “Cold War” (iTunes) (Spotify)
You know that voice from Postmodern Jukebox, and now, Victoria shines through her story of struggle in this smooth soul song.

Mark Elliott
MARK ELLIOTT – “Drink To Thunk”
We got our first taste of Elliott earlier this year with “Dead End Love Affair”. His new electro-pop jam may get us drite to wrunk.

R.LUM.R – “Frustrated” (iTunes) (Spotify)
Reggie Williams is several cuts deep into his project, and if you’re looking for a night drive necessity for your list, this one is hot.

Vinyl Thief
VINYL THIEF – “Healing” (iTunes) (Spotify)
These Nashville guys will not only steal your records, but your attention too. It’s true. The slick song leads their forthcoming EP.


FRENSHIP featuring EMILY WARREN – “Capsize” (iTunes) (Spotify)
The Los Angeles duo is having a major moment on Spotify with this pop gem, but hey, we knew the two would break months ago.

Sody and Martin Luke Brown
SODY & MARTIN LUKE BROWN – “Wasted Youth” (iTunes) (Spotify)
Brown is a blog favorite, and newcomer Sody has some nice potential. Two is better than one on this, and it’s not “Wasted” at all.

Want to be featured on this weekly wrap-up? Submit your music to afsoybel@hotmail.com and I’ll check it out. Thanks!

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16 FOR ’16: New Year, New Acts

Some of the sweet sixteen.

Some of the sweet sixteen for ’16.

After all the endless social media posts about our Spotify mixes and SoundCloud favorites, you’re probably wondering about the top acts in the bunch out of the hundreds of under the radar musicians that we’ve been going through all year. Well, here it is. All year long, we’ve been jamming to the killer tracks released by these great soloists and bands. They have the stats and the support on their side, and it looks like it’ll be a good 2016 for all them. (At least, we’re hoping that it will be.) Here’s the 16 For ’16, a small list of acts we think are due for even bigger success and breakout moments next year:

(Listen to our 16 For ’16 Playlist on Spotify)

Current Location: New Jersey
Most Recent Release: “Where I Wanna Be” (October) (BUY – single)

Recently signed at Atlantic Records, this band named after the Grand Canyon State, but currently based in the Garden State, saw their audience grow off of four ripe single releases. Both their original versions and remixes received love from the blogosphere.

Cape Cub
Cape Cub
Current Location: Newcastle Upon Tyne, United Kingdom
Most Recent Release: “Keep Me In Mind” (October) (BUY – single)

Singer Chad Male released two stellar singles this year, “Swim” and the aforementioned “Keep”, both of which hit the blog world and achieved success. The latter tune was featured on Apple Music and BBC Radio 6. Will this Cub become a lion king? I hope so.

Current Location: Nashville, Tennessee
Most Recent Release: “Goddess” (December) (BUY – single)

Nashville’s Carla Cappa has had some huge support from Spotify’s weekly new releases playlist this year, which jump-started her “No Scrubs” interpolation to over 1.8 million streams, her most successful song in 2015. The pop goodness is bound to continue.

Current Location: Tromsø, Norway
Most Recent Release: “Backbeat” (September) (BUY – single)

She calls herself a “songbird from the north of Norway”, and just like her location, her stats are also headed north. Recently, her outstanding track exceeded 1.6 million streams on Spotify and grabbed some major support from Beats 1 around its launch time.

Current Location: New York City, New York
Most Recent Release: “Live Young Die Free” (November) (BUY – “War Paint”)

When your track has 21 million Spotify streams, 7 of which belong to a remix, you know you have a hit on your hands. This is not some “Paint”-by-numbers pop, people. It is a real story. With no label or radio, this independent campaign was a refreshing one.

Current Location: Los Angeles, California
Most Recent Release: “Knives” [with Matoma] (November) (BUY – single)

This duo returned in 2015 with a series of well-received remixes, an original single titled “Nowhere” and their collaboration with a Norwegian DJ/producer that’s still racking up streams everywhere. Two heads are better than one, and 2016 will be better too.

Current Location: New York City, New York
Most Recent Release: Lost In The Light EP (September) (BUY – EP)

Summing up Ari Leff’s 2015 as “big” would be an understatement. Four million Spotify streams and a publishing contract later, a lot has been happening for the college kid from New York. Choice cuts from his debut effort include “Reforget” and “The Other”.

Lawrence Taylor
Lawrence Taylor
Current Location: London, United Kingdom
Most Recent Release: Bang Bang EP (November) (BUY – EP)

Taylor’s been posting music online and performing live since 2011, but it was in 2015 that his name really got out there. The buzz is certainly there now thanks to his playlisting across multiple services, syncs, acoustic clips and more. That is a really big “Bang”.

Current Location: Stockholm, Sweden
Most Recent Release: Treasure EP (December) (BUY – EP)

From the country that’s given us so many amazing pop acts over the last four decades comes another one that’s bound to become a big name in 2016. “Nobody Knows” and “Tired Of Talking” lead the way on this shiny set and what should be a solid full-length.

Current Location: Los Angeles, California
Most Recent Release: “Love Won’t Sleep” (December) (BUY – single)

Singer/songwriter Chris Blair has seen his star rise from even the beginning of this year, from mid-charting tracks to unanimous blog acclaim. It comes as no surprise that his most recent song is a former #1 on the Hype Machine survey. This bird is gonna fly.

Mackenzie Thoms
Mackenzie Thoms
Current Location: Los Angeles, California
Most Recent Release: “Hostage” (September) (BUY – “Conviction”)

Former American Idol contestant Thoms released “Conviction” for hot Nashville label South x Sea this year, and it soared to the top of the Hype Machine listing a few days later. Look for his forthcoming “Do Me All Again” to, well, do it all over again in 2016.

Maty Noyes
Maty Noyes
Current Location: Los Angeles, California
Most Recent Release: “Stay” [with Kygo] (December) (BUY – single)

Noyes signed with Lava Records in 2014, but now, she has an international hit on her hands with “Stay”, as mentioned above. On her own, she’s uploaded two songs on SoundCloud and has a soundtrack cut. 2016 is sounding nice if everything comes together.

Michael Blume
Michael Blume
Current Location: New York City, New York
Most Recent Release: “Colors” (October) (BUY – single)

Blume’s future R&B sound and loaded lyrics became a favorite on the blog circuit in July when “Manufactured Love” first hit the web, while follow-up “Colors” expanded his musical palette into the Alternative world. It’s aesthetically and musically intriguing.

Ruth B.
Ruth B.
Current Location: Alberta, Canada
Most Recent Release: The Intro EP (November) (BUY – EP)

Signed this year by Columbia Records, this young singer/songwriter’s “Lost Boy” has nearly 20 million streams on Spotify and is still selling several thousand downloads per week. With some early adds detected at the Hot AC format, this might be huge soon.

Secret Weapons
Secret Weapons
Current Location: New York City, New York
Most Recent Release: “Something New” (September) (BUY – single)

This duo’s catchy single was quickly snapped up by Epic Records a few months ago and finds itself north of 1.6 million streams, a total that continues to grow thanks to some Spotify playlisting. Next up for them… zombies? Get ready for another haunting hit.

Young Brother
Young Brother
Current Location: Nashville, Tennessee
Most Recent Release: Kamikaze EP (June) (BUY – EP)

Singer Dalton Diehl released one of my favorite EPs of 2015 with Kamikaze, and now, a remix of the title track is on the move on Spotify’s U.S. Viral 50 listing. He has an exciting pop and radio-ready sound, one that definitely needs more love in the new year.

(Listen to our 16 For ’16 Playlist on Spotify)

Sixteen more names to look out for in 2016:
Aaron Taos (SoundCloud)
Apollo LTD (SoundCloud)
BANNERS (SoundCloud)
Bibi Bourelly (SoundCloud)
EDEN (SoundCloud)
Gnash (SoundCloud)
Harrison Brome (SoundCloud)
Harrison Storm (SoundCloud)
Jake Troth (SoundCloud)
KYKO (SoundCloud)
Matt Woods (SoundCloud)
Rationale (SoundCloud)
The Mosers (SoundCloud)
WΛVE & ROME (SoundCloud)
Whissell (SoundCloud)

Who are your favorites from the list above? Who else should be check out in 2016? Let us know! Comment below or find us on a social media page of choice by clicking our “Get Social!” tab above.

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