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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…


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.


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”
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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RECORD REWIND 2020: PGTC Picks, Week Fifteen

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…

JESSE MCCARTNEY – “Yours” (Spotify)
Previously on the Rewind: Second appearance

With a new single out and rumors that he may be a fan of turtles, particularly singing turtles, the former Dream Street member and actor is having a moment with his reignited solo music career. This release, with a particularly personal set of lyrics, is quality stuff.

SHY MARTIN – “Can I Call You Back?” (Spotify)
Previously on the Rewind: Sixth appearance

This is the third song of 2020 by Swedish singer/songwriter Martin to be featured on the Rewind, with “Slow” and “Still The Same” (a collaboration with Rewind alum Boy In Space) also catching my attention in prior weeks. We’ll call her new tune a very good cut.


For more great new music, these songs are worth a listen…
AARON SMITH – “Brother”
ALFIE TEMPLEMAN – “Happiness In Liquid Form”
JORDAN FISHER – “Walking On The Ceiling”

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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TURN IT UP TUESDAY: What’s New In Stores This Week (July 22)

It's about time this came out.

It’s about time this came out.

While you’re out shopping for some American Apparel underwear down at the mall, you’ll need a designer CD or two to complete the trip. (Maybe.) Here’s what albums and singles are in stores for the week of July 22:

  • Get ready to scream your lungs out: the Australian boy band known as 5 Seconds Of Summer have a hot album on shelves this week, their self-titled full-length set. The current radio release from it is “Amnesia”, which recently went top 50 at CHR radio. There’s no doubt that the quartet’s set will enter at #1 on the Billboard 200 and replace whomever wins this week’s battle for the top between Jason Mraz and “Weird Al” Yankovic. (iTunes)
  • In a relatively quiet week, there aren’t a whole lot of notable releases, but one that’s caught my attention as of late is Jesse McCartney‘s In Technicolor, featuring a great single in “Superbad”. It’s an independent release, so don’t expect it to be debuting pretty high up, but given the pre-release tracks from the effort so far, it sounds like a very exciting set. Definitely check this one out. (iTunes)
  • There’s Trouble In Paradise… at least that’s the title of La Roux‘s latest album. Best known for their 2010 single “Bulletproof”, the former duo is now just soloist Elly Jackson. Unlikely to repeat success of their self-titled set, it’s still garnering praise from the blogosphere and critics. (iTunes)
  • Other releases out this week include: Anberlin‘s Lowburn (iTunes), Common‘s Nobody’s Smiling (iTunes), Fozzy‘s Do You Wanna Start A War (iTunes), Kaskade‘s I Remember (iTunes), R5‘s Heart Made Up On You (EP) (iTunes), Yes‘s Heaven & Earth (iTunes) and Young Rising Sons‘s Young Rising Sons (EP) (iTunes).

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

  • “Bend Ova”, the new single from rapper Lil Jon featuring Tyga. (iTunes)
  • “Burnin’ It Down”, new from Country star Jason Aldean. (iTunes)
  • “Cool Kid”, a debut from rockers The Eeries. (iTunes)
  • “Shell Shocked”, a collaboration between Juicy J, Wiz Khalifa and Ty Dolla $ign. (iTunes)
  • “Tough Love”, the latest single from singer Jessie Ware. (iTunes)
  • “Wait On Me”, a new U.S. release from U.K. band Rixton. (iTunes)

Next week, both Eric Clapton and Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers try for the crown on the album chart — you’d think it was 1978 all over again. How will they do against newcomer Shawn Mendes and hard rockers Theory Of A Deadman? A preview is coming in seven!

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Highlights from Adam’s Top 40: June 1, 2014

"Something" more than the hit single.

Just hold on, we’re going “Home”.

40. Young Rising Sons – High
39. Jesse McCartney – Superbad | HIGHEST DEBUT

35. American Authors – Believer (39)
34. Milky Chance – Stolen Dance (38)
28. Jamie Scott – My Hurricane (35) | BIGGEST MOVER
24. Christina Perri – Burning Gold (28)
22. Michael Jackson & Justin Timberlake – Love Never Felt So Good (26)
14. Coldplay – A Sky Full Of Stars (18)

10. SecondCity – I Wanna Feel (13) | PEAK: #10
09. Coldplay – Magic (07) | PEAK: #01 for three weeks
08. Bleachers – I Wanna Get Better (06) | PEAK: #01 for one week
07. Graffiti6 – The Bridge (09) | PEAK: #07
06. Foster The People – Best Friend (08) | PEAK: #06
05. Clean Bandit featuring Jess Glynne – Rather Be (05) | PEAK: #05
04. Passenger – Scare Away The Dark (04) | PEAK: #04
03. Ed Sheeran – Sing (03) | PEAK: #03
02. Rixton – Me And My Broken Heart (02) | PEAK: #02
01. A Great Big World – Already Home (01) | PEAK: #01 for four weeks

Top 10 Next In Line:
1. Us The Duo – No Matter Where You Are (5)
2. Kiesza – Hideaway (4)
3. Hudson Taylor – Battles (3)
4. George Ezra – Budapest (6)
5. Saint Raymond – Everything She Wants (2)
6. Stu Larsen – Thirteen Sad Farewells (8)
7. Jason Mraz – Love Someone (-)
8. Lady Antebellum – Bartender (9)
9. Jacquie Lee – Broken Ones (10)
10. Jess Glynne – Right Here (-)

In The Mix:
Alex Clare – War Rages On (new)
Clean Bandit featuring Sharna Bass – Extraordinary
Colbie Caillat – Try
Emerson Hart – Hurricane (new)
James Blunt – Postcards
Janelle Monáe – Heroes
John Mayer – XO (new)
Kim Churchill – Window To The Sky (new)
La Roux – Uptight Downtown (new)
Marc Broussard – Hurricane Heart
Neon Trees – Text Me In The Morning (new)
Paloma Faith – Only Love Can Hurt Like This
Sara Bareilles – Chasing The Sun
Sarah McLachlan – In Your Shoes
The Griswolds – Beware The Dog (new)
Twin Atlantic – Heart And Soul (new)

Chart Notes:

  • Looking to hold the top spot in the U.K. this week after a midweek report put him at #1, the Chicago DJ based in London named SecondCity jumps 13-10 on my chart this week with “I Wanna Feel”. It’s his first entry. The song is a flip of Toni Braxton‘s 1995 hit “You’re Makin’ Me High”. Though Braxton’s most successful days came before my chart began in 1999, she had a top ten hit of her own when “He Wasn’t Man Enough” peaked there in 2000.
  • The week’s Biggest Mover is from a familiar name, Jamie Scott with “My Hurricane”. In its second week in the top 40, “My” rises from 35-28. It leads off the album of the same name, due in stores on September 9. Scott also sings lead on “The Bridge” by his duo Graffiti6, up to #7 this week, while he co-wrote the #16 song, “You & I” by One Direction. That’s one hurricane full of hits!
  • He first made my chart as a part of the group Dream Street when “It Happens Every Time” charted for two weeks in 2001. Now, a 27-year-old Jesse McCartney earns this week Highest Debut with a solo number, “Superbad”, in at #39. His latest album, In Technicolor, is due in July. McCartney’s song officially goes to radio in a week and a half at the CHR format via label Eight0Eight and the INgrooves Music Group.
  • Also debuting in the top 40 is a group that’s gaining a lot of attention online and on SiriusXM’s Alt Nation. They’re a quartet who call themselves Young Rising Sons, entering at #40 with “High”. They’re the latest act to work with Dirty Canvas Productions, the same group behind the rise of American Authors. Terrestrial radio will eventually catch onto this one over the summer and fall; it’s catchy and ready to break ahead of the pack.

(See my full chart on the M4BCC message board)

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RADIO REPORT: POP! Goes The Picks (June 2014)

If you follow the radio charts like I do, you’ll want to be on top of only the freshest music being serviced across the nation. So, I’m bringing back an early PGTC feature with a bit of a revamp. With this monthly series, I’ll be highlighting some great tracks at a few different radio formats I enjoy that will be fighting for airspace over the next few months. So, what are we waiting for? Let the battles begin.

CHR (*) and HOT AC (**)

AVICII featuring AUDRA MAE – “Addicted To You” (June 3) (*)
Label: PRMD/Island/Republic
Sweden’s Tim Bergling has been having a massive era on the U.S. charts with two hits in a row: “Wake Me Up!”, with a vocal from Aloe Blacc, and “Hey Brother”, featuring Dan Tyminski. Now, he’s out with his third single from True, though “Addicted” hasn’t been nearly as big on the worldwide charts. Still, it should receive some proper airtime here.

Glenn Morrison
GLENN MORRISON featuring ISLOVE – “Goodbye” (June 3) (*)
Label: Robbins
I first discovered “Goodbye” last summer when it was picked up by SiriusXM’s two pop channels before it slowly rose up the radio charts in Morrison’s native Canada, where it has since been certified Platinum. Now, the record is getting a push to multiple U.S. formats. Will radio says “hello” to the 28-year-old or wave him away before the song takes off?

Janelle Monáe
JANELLE MONÁE – “Heroes” (June 3) (**)
Label: Caroline/Capitol
Two years ago, Monáe scored a #1 song at the Hot AC format as a featured act on fun.‘s “We Are Young”, but hasn’t seen any significant action on these airwaves since it. 2013’s The Electric Lady gave her biggest debut thus far on the Billboard 200, and you’ll find this oft-covered David Bowie cut on Pepsi’s Beats Of The Beautiful Game soundtrack.

Jesse McCartney
JESSE MCCARTNEY – “Superbad” (June 10) (*)
Label: Eight0Eight/INgrooves
Previously covered in a post I wrote three weeks ago about former boy band members going the solo route, the single finally goes to radio this month. It follows “Back Together”, which unfortunately didn’t do much last year. Though he is firmly committed to going the independent way, this kind of song would do better on a major. It’s a really hot track.

Jacquie Lee
JACQUIE LEE – “Broken Ones” (June 17) (**)
Label: 300/Atlantic
You may remember Lee from Christina Aguilera‘s team during the fall 2013 season of The Voice. She placed as the runner-up behind Tessanne Chin, but Lee is already making her move with 300 Entertainment, Lyor Cohen’s label. They previously charted with Eric Bellinger at Rhythmic, and have a few dozen spins on Alternative with Panama.

ALTERNATIVE (*) and AAA (**)

American Authors
AMERICAN AUTHORS – “Believer” (June 10) (*)
Label: Mercury/Republic
It barely went top 50 on the Alternative chart last year, but thanks to the enormous numbers put up by “Best Day Of My Life” over the last few months, “Believer” is getting a second chance on the airwaves. It’s already top 40 at Hot AC and should go top 50 here rather soon. You can catch them on tour with OneRepublic and The Script this summer.

Jamie Scott
JAMIE SCOTT – “My Hurricane” (June 10) (**)
Label: Virgin/Capitol
With both a Graffiti6 album and a Scott solo album in 2014, it may just be the best year ever. No lies detected. This first single from effort, due September 9, is going to AAA radio, the same format where “Free” reached the top ten and “Stare Into The Sun” bounced up into the top 20. This storm’s a-brewing and the weather report is calling for a smash.

Stu Larsen
STU LARSEN – “Thirteen Sad Farewells” (June 17) (**)
Label: Nettwerk
If you’re a fan of the musician named Passenger, then you probably know who Larsen is. He and Mr. Rosenberg have been good friends for a while and often perform together. After a few self-released EPs, his debut album for Nettwerk, titled Vagabond, lands in stores on July 15. The performer is currently wrapping up a small U.S. tour in Los Angeles.

The Griswolds
THE GRISWOLDS – “Beware The Dog” (June 17) (*)
Label: Wind-Up
I saw these guys at CMJ back in October along with the band Sheppard, and although “Heart Of A Lion” failed to take off at Alternative, the Australian four piece is trying again with this single. The blog coverage of the song is off to a fast start and it’s easily their most accessible release to date for the U.S. market. This puppy is barking away for your love.

Twin Atlantic
TWIN ATLANTIC – “Heart And Soul” (June 24) (*)
Label: Red Bull
About to break the top 20 on the Singles Chart in the United Kingdom, “Heart” is already the group’s highest charting single across the pond. With Red Bull’s multi-year campaign for AWOLNATION‘s “Sail”, launching it at Alternative  in the fall of 2011 and then at CHR in the summer/fall of 2013, this could be the label’s next enduring hit. Stay tuned!

Which track(s) 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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Boys Beyond The Band: Three Pop Players This Summer

If you know and love your boy bands, you’re aware that they’re striking it big around the world. From 5 Seconds Of Summer to One Direction to Rixton and beyond, the dudes are still doing it and making the girls swoon from coast to coast. However, going to radio over the next few weeks are a few singles from soloists shedding that sweet image for a more adult sound. Check ’em all out:

They've got the Drive.

They’ve got the Drive.

HEFFRON DRIVE – “Parallel”
Adds Date: May 6 —- Label: TOLBooth

In 2008, friends Kendall Schmidt and Dustin Belt, both living around the same area in Burbank, CA, formed this duo and started promoting their music via social media. Soon after, Schmidt was cast as Kendall Knight on the Nickelodeon series Big Time Rush, and this project was put on hold until the TV show ended production last year. Now, the performer has a release on his own label, TOLBooth Records, which recently picked up a handful of stations, including one in Las Vegas. Comparable to some of the recent singles out of the folk pop renaissance, including One Direction‘s “Story Of My Life”, “Parallel” lands in familiar territory, but is still a pleasant little ditty. Support from the BTR crowd should help this along.

Free from the Factory.

Free from the Factory.

ASHER MONROE featuring CHRIS BROWN – “Memory”
Adds Date: May 13 —- Label: D Empire

This 25-year-old performer from Virginia has been going at it for some time in the entertainment business, from roles on TV shows like Parenthood and The Mentalist to becoming a member in V Factory, a quintet that dented the CHR top 40 in the spring of 2009 with “Love Struck”. Lately, Monroe’s been seeing some action on the Dance Club Songs survey with two #10 singles in a row: “Here With You” and “Hush Hush”. Neither saw much crossover airplay in the process, so could a collaboration with one of the bad boys of R&B help him out? As far as his streak of Dance hits, the song landed at #5 last week, making it his biggest song to date. With over a million views to date, this could be a “Memory” worth remembering.

Looking to "Shake" things up.

Looking to “Shake” things up.

Adds Date: June 10 —- Label: EightOEight/INgrooves

Last year, you may have been grooving to this guy’s danceable number “Back Together”. It got a ton of attention over on satellite radio and picked up some spins in a few minor markets. However, for the former Dream Street vocalist, going the independent route hasn’t proven to be as popular on the charts as his music with the Mouse. It’s been three and a half years since McCartney last garnered a significant amount of CHR airplay with “Shake”, which cracked the top 20 during November of 2010. What was supposed to be his fourth studio album on Hollywood, Have It All, was shelved after many delays, but eventually leaked. Of all of his post-Disney material, this is the strongest yet. Let’s hope it gets a super boost.

Which of these three acts do you thonk will push their pop prowess onto playlists in the next few months? Let me know! Comment below or click on the “Get Social!” tab above to find PGTC on Facebook and Twitter.

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