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NEW MUSIC FRIDAY: Releases For The Week of June 12, 2020

One release date at a time.

On this hot June weekend, we have hot new releases from Chloe x Halle, Gone West, Mondo Cozmo and more, while fresh singles from AJ Mitchell, Gorillaz, Surfaces and others keep things toasty too. This is what New Music Friday sounds like this week:

Notable albums out this week: Chloe x Halle‘s Ungodly Hour (iTunes), Gone West‘s Canyons (iTunes), Iann Dior‘s I’m Gone (iTunes), Jack Garratt‘s Love, Death & Dancing (iTunes), Kodaline‘s One Day At A Time (iTunes), Liam Gallagher‘s MTV Unplugged (Live At Hull City Hall) (iTunes), Lil Peep‘s Crybaby (iTunes), Mondo Cozmo‘s New Medicine (iTunes), Norah Jones‘s Pick Me Up Off The Floor (iTunes), RMR‘s Drug Dealing Is A Lost Art (iTunes), Spacey Jane‘s Sunlight (iTunes)

Notable EPs out this week: Alt Bloom‘s Astronaut Complex (iTunes), Clare Dunn‘s Honestly: A Personal Collection (iTunes), Dua Saleh‘s Rosetta (iTunes), Nea‘s Some Say (iTunes), WILD‘s Yours & Mine (iTunes)

New digital singles that you can buy this week include:
“(I Can’t Be Your) Medicine”, Sval (iTunes)
“Alien”, Dennis Lloyd (iTunes)
“April”, Thomston (iTunes)
“Bad”, Mokita (iTunes)
“Bad Inna Bed”, Sean Paul (iTunes)
“Better Break My Heart”, Rhys (iTunes)
“Black And White (Oliver Nelson Remix)”, Niall Horan (iTunes)
“Bleed”, A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie (iTunes)
“Blessed”, Buju Banton (iTunes)
“Blue”, Overstreet (iTunes)
“Both Still Young”, Dzeko & Keith Urban (iTunes)
“Boy Dontcha Know”, Joan Osborne (iTunes)
“Break My Heart (Solardo Remix)”, Dua Lipa (iTunes)
“Build Me A Daddy”, Luke Bryan (iTunes)
“Burn”, AJ Mitchell (iTunes)
“Cadillac Drive”, Pink Sweat$ featuring Price (iTunes)
“Caramelo”, Ozuna (iTunes)
“Chico 9”, Afrojack & Chico Rose featuring Jeremih (iTunes)
“Dance With Somebody”, The Midnight (iTunes)
“Dead Inside”, Lo Lo (iTunes)
“Don’t Rush”, Young T & Bugsey featuring DaBaby (iTunes)
“Dreams”, Kyle Lionhart & Billy Otto (iTunes)
“Elephant In The Room”, Mags (iTunes)
“Emily”, Jamie Scott (iTunes)
“End Of Daze”, Spillage Village (iTunes)
“Everything I Did To Get To You”, Ben Platt (iTunes)
“Far Away From Home”, Sam Feldt & VIZE featuring Leony (iTunes)
“Fast Car”, Black Pumas (iTunes)
“Friday 13th”, Gorillaz featuring Octavian (iTunes)
“F*ck Up The Friendship”, Leah Kate (iTunes)
“Get Me”, Anna Clendening (iTunes)
“Get Up”, T-Pain (iTunes)
“Go”, The Kid LAROI & Juice WRLD (iTunes)
“Heroes”, Vera Blue (iTunes)
“Hey There Delilah”, Andrelli (iTunes)
“High On You”, Sigma x John Newman (iTunes)
“Holding Onto The Feeling”, Bobby Bazini (iTunes)
“Hollywood”, Benedict Cork (iTunes)
“Honeysuckle (Julian Lamadrid Remix)”, Greyson Chance (iTunes)
“I Dare You (Arkadi Remix)”, Kelly Clarkson (iTunes)
“If I Have A Son”, Ruth B. (iTunes)
“If I Was A Bar”, Matt Stell (iTunes)
“Jaded”, Kaash Paige (iTunes)
“Just For Now” and “It Takes Two”, Maren Morris (iTunes)
“Last Night”, Ricki-Lee (iTunes)
“Learn To Fly”, Surfaces & Elton John (iTunes)
“Leave Me On Read”, YK Osiris (iTunes)
“Let U Leave”, Kota Banks (iTunes)
“Lighthouse”, Georgia Ku (iTunes)
“Love Is Gone”, G-Eazy featuring Drew Love & JAHMED (iTunes)
“Love Me With Your Lie”, Kiesza (iTunes)
“Make It Rain”, Pop Smoke featuring Rowdy Rebel (iTunes)
“Mistakes”, Paul Rey (iTunes)
“Next 2 Me”, Armaan Malik (iTunes)
“No Mañana”, Black Eyed Peas featuring El Alfa (iTunes)
“No Plans”, Ben Kessler (iTunes)
“No Song Without You”, HONNE (iTunes)
“Nocturnal”, Jens (iTunes)
“On My Own”, Shamir (iTunes)
“Pale Yellow”, Woodkid (iTunes)
“People Watching”, CeeLo Green (iTunes)
“Player 2”, Oli Fox (iTunes)
“Praying For Love”, Elias (iTunes)
“Pretty Girl Hi!”, UMI (iTunes)
“Remember”, King Henry (iTunes)
“Rose Rouge”, Jorga Smith (iTunes)
“Sad In Scandinavia”, Seeb x Zak Abel (iTunes)
“Savage Love”, Jawsh 685Jason Derulo (iTunes)
“Shampoo”, Benjamin Ingrosso (iTunes)
“Shotta Flow 5”, NLE Choppa (iTunes)
“Stuck In A Bubble”, George Alice & Nasaya (iTunes)
“Survival”, NEEDTOBREATHE featuring Drew Holcomb & Ellie Holcomb (iTunes)
“Sweet Temptation”, Hanna Ferm (iTunes)
“Sweeter”, Leon Bridges featuring Terrace Martin (iTunes)
“Take Care Of You”, Ella Henderson (iTunes)
“Take It Back”, Drew Sycamore (iTunes)
“That’s Why I Love Dirt Roads”, Granger Smith featuring Lathan Warlick (iTunes)
“The Bigger Picture”, Lil Baby (iTunes)
“The Man Who Loves You The Most”, Zac Brown Band (iTunes)
“Thinking About You”, Cody Fry (iTunes)
“Tommy Lee”, Tyla Yaweh featuring Post Malone (iTunes)
“Tomorrow”, Tiësto featuring 433 (iTunes)
“Trap (Rompasso Remix)”, SAINt JHN (iTunes)
“Trollz”, 6ix9ine & Nicki Minaj (iTunes)
“Undo My Heart”, Karen Harding featuring Digital Farm Animals (iTunes)
“Vacancy”, Neil Young (iTunes)
“Valentino (Imanbek Remix)”, 24kGoldn (iTunes)
“Vultures Cry 2”, Kodak Black featuring WizDaWizard & Mike Smiff (iTunes)
“Wait For You”, Tom Walker (iTunes)
“Wake Up Love”, Teyana Taylor featuring Iman (iTunes)
“Warrior”, Aluna featuring SG Lewis (iTunes)
“Watch Me Break Your Heart”, Matilda Rose (iTunes)
“Watch Them Fall”, UNSECRET featuring Sam Tinnesz & Tedashii (iTunes)
“You Wouldn’t Know”, John Tucker (iTunes)

Next week, the latest albums from Gabby Barrett, Jason Mraz and John Legend are among the larger releases on the schedule. For Adam’s personal picks of the week, listen to the PGTC Friday Faves list on Spotify!

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RECORD REWIND 2020: PGTC Picks, Week Eighteen

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…


BRUCE WEIGNER – “Say To You” (Spotify)
Previously on the Rewind: Fifth appearance

This Los Angeles-based singer and songwriter has been fairly busy in the past year or so, creating songs for both himself and artists like musician and digital creator Scotty Sire and recent Songland contestant and songwriter CORii. “Say” is another quality release.

DYLAN – “Good Enough” (Spotify)
Previously on the Rewind: First appearance

It was good enough for some Spotify editorial love and it’s also good enough for the weekly Rewind report: 20-year-old Dylan has a winner with the newest cut from her forthcoming EP titled Red, out May 29. I look forward to hearing the last two songs on the set.

JAMIE SCOTT – “Friendly Fire” (Spotify)
Previously on the Rewind: Second appearance

Scott’s awesome music and fantastic songwriting have been a part of my life since 2011, especially the singles off Grafitti6’s Colours album and his 2014 solo outing My Hurricane, along with his various co-writes for other artists. This track is a very pleasant listen.


For more great new music, these songs are worth a listen…
ANSON SEABRA – “Hindenburg Lover”
BEN KESSLER – “Just Wanna Be Your Friend”
KEVIN GARRETT – “It’s Gonna Be Me”
KODALINE – “Saving Grace”
WRABEL – “Somebody New”

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 Ten

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…

SHOFFY featuring SABRINA CARPENTER – “Tricky” (Spotify)
Previously on the Rewind: First appearance / (Carpenter is signed to Hollywood Records)

Though Carpenter has already managed to chart a handful of moderately successful singles on the Top 40 list, you might remember that Shoffy narrowly missed the top 40 last July with “Cool Again”, peaking at #41. Luckily, the cool factor on this track is still high.


For more great new music, these songs are worth a listen…
EMILY VAUGHN – “Get Naked”
JOEL ADAMS – “Someone To Love”
KODALINE – “Sometimes”

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 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…

NIGHTLY – “The Movies” (Spotify)
Previously on the Rewind: First appearance

After several years signed in the Interscope family, this duo from Nashville has been releasing music independently since the fall. If their new song is any indication, they’d be great at providing the soundtrack to some nostalgic films. It’s a cool softer new wave cut.

SHY MARTIN – “Slow” (Spotify)
Previously on the Rewind: Fourth appearance

Talented singer and songwriter Martin returns to the Rewind for her first appearance of the new year, and as the title appropriately suggests to us, she’s taking the tempo down on this release. Luckily, this stripped back and vulnerable ballad is a winner this week.


For more great new music, these songs are worth a listen…
COLONY HOUSE – “Where I’m From”
KODALINE – “Wherever You Are”

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 September 28, 2018

Just a Lil taste of this week.

It’s one of the most exciting chart battles of the year! Three prominent rap titles are set to shake up the top three spots on the album chart. Get ready, because these are the notable digital and physical releases hitting the market today:

LIL WAYNE – Tha Carter V (iTunes)
Seven years after Tha Carter IV arrived and following a series of delays in the past few years, this rapper is back with what’s sure to be one of the biggest streaming debuts of the year so far. Though little is known about the tracklisting, perhaps that mystery will prove to be a key in driving listeners to check out the set. How high will it go? We can only guess.

KANYE WEST – Yandhi (iTunes)
After a performance on Saturday Night Live this coming weekend, this effort should see a good boost on the sales and streaming charts. It comes during a very active year for West musically, who released his own studio album, followed by an album as one half of a new duo and then produced two other albums during the summer months.

LOGIC – Young Sinatra 4 (iTunes)
On any other week, this set probably would’ve debuted at #1. In fact, the rapper’s Bobby Tarantino II mixtape did so earlier this year. This album should still have a solid debut, regardless, becoming his fifth top five entry on the Billboard 200 chart.

Notable albums out this week: Against The Current‘s Past Lives (iTunes), alt-J‘s Reduxer (iTunes), Beartooth‘s Disease (iTunes), Benjamin Ingrosso‘s Identification (iTunes), Cher‘s Dancing Queen (iTunes), Cypress Hill‘s Elephants On Acid (iTunes), Dillon Francis‘s WUT WUT (iTunes), Eves Karydas‘s summerskin (iTunes), Hippo Campus‘s Bambi (iTunes), John Mullaney‘s Kid Gorgeous At Radio City (iTunes), Kevin Gates‘s Luca Brasi 3 (iTunes), Kodaline‘s Politics Of Living (iTunes), Kyan Palmer‘s Burn Mona Lisa (iTunes), Marsha Ambrosius‘s Nyla (iTunes), Nile Rodgers & Chic‘s It’s About Time (iTunes), NONONO‘s Undertones (iTunes), Phil Collins‘s Plays Well With Others (iTunes), Rod Stewart‘s Blood Red Roses (iTunes), Sigala‘s Brighter Days (iTunes), The Knocks‘s New York Narcotic (iTunes), Tom Petty‘s An American Treasure (iTunes), Tyler Shaw‘s Intuition (iTunes), Rick And Morty (Soundtrack) (iTunes)

Notable EPs out this week: AURORA‘s Infections Of A Different Kind – Step 1 (iTunes), Jeremy Zucker‘s summer, (iTunes), Jocelyn Alice‘s Little Devil (iTunes), Lido‘s I O U 1 (iTunes), Zoey Dollaz‘s Who Don’t Like Dollaz 2 (iTunes)

New digital singles that you can buy this week include:
“8 Letters (R3HAB Remix)”, Why Don’t We (iTunes)
“42 (Grown Up Tipsy)”, Brian McKnight (iTunes)
“123”, Jess Glynne (iTunes)
“Africa (RAC Remix)”, Weezer (iTunes)
“Baby Don’t Talk”, LÉON (iTunes)
“Best Years Of My Lives”, “Got My Name Changed Back” and “Interstate Gospel”, Pistol Annies (iTunes)
“Better Me”, SoMo (iTunes)
“Black And Blue”, Savoir Adore (iTunes)
“Burn The Ships”, for KING & COUNTRY (iTunes)
“Cherish You”, Mikky Ekko (iTunes)
“Daybreak”, Cody Simpson & The Tide (iTunes)
“Dear God”, Confetti (iTunes)
“Dear God (Live Acoustic)”, Hunter Hayes (iTunes)
“Diamond Heart”, Alan Walker & Sophia Somajo (iTunes)
“Different Beds”, Matt Nathanson (iTunes)
“Don’t Leave Me Alone (Acoustic)”, David Guetta featuring Anne-Marie (iTunes)
“Don’t Lie To Me”, Barbra Streisand (iTunes)
“Door Swing”, Lil Reek (iTunes)
“Fake Smile”, New Dialogue (iTunes)
“Faking It”, Sasha Sloan (iTunes)
“Fifth Avenue”, Walk Off The Earth (iTunes)
“High Hopes (White Panda Remix)”, Panic! At The Disco (iTunes)
“Higher”, Social House (iTunes)
“Hollering Love”, Dylan Joel (iTunes)
“Honey”, Robyn (iTunes)
“I Want You To Freak”, Rak-Su (iTunes)
“Lay With Me”, Phantoms featuring Vanessa Hudgens (iTunes)
“Leave But Don’t Go”, Violet Days (iTunes)
“Listen Closely”, DVBBS featuring SAFE (iTunes)
“Lost In Japan (Zedd Remix)”, Shawn Mendes (iTunes)
“Love Ain’t Enough”, Jacob Banks (iTunes)
“Love For Me”, Empress Of (iTunes)
“Loving U Blind”, Elle Varner (iTunes)
“Making Christmas”, Pentatonix (iTunes)
“Maybe It Was Me”, Sody (iTunes)
“Moves”, Olly Murs featuring Snoop Dogg (iTunes)
“Not Cool”, More Giraffes (iTunes)
“Oh Hello”, Nico Santos (iTunes)
“One By One”, Rationale (iTunes)
“Outrunning Karma”, Alec Benjamin (iTunes)
“Paradise”, Nicky Romero & Deniz Koyu featuring Walk Off The Earth (iTunes)
“Perfect Strangers”, ARTY (iTunes)
“Pressure”, Muse (iTunes)
“Put It To Bed (Frank Walker/Ryan Riback Remixes)”, JHart (iTunes)
“Sad (Clap Your Hands)” and “Scatterbrain”, Young Rising Sons (iTunes)
“Scars”, TobyMac (iTunes)
“September”, Campsite Dream (iTunes)
“Shallow”, Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper (iTunes)
“Sibling Love”, Luke Christopher (iTunes)
“Slow Slow Disco”, St. Vincent (iTunes)
“Solita”, PRETTYMUCH featuring Rich The Kid (iTunes)
“Strangers Again”, Sophia Scott (iTunes)
“Taki Taki”, DJ Snake featuring Cardi B, Ozuna and Selena Gomez (iTunes)
“Teach You”, Tiffany Young (iTunes)
“The Real Thing”, Kyle Reynolds (iTunes)
“The Weekend”, T.I. featuring Young Thug (iTunes)
“There’s No Way”, Lauv featuring Julia Michaels (iTunes)
“Tied Up”, Major Lazer featuring Mr. Eazi and Raye (iTunes)
“We Won’t Back Down”, Dirtier Blonde featuring Sam Fischer (iTunes)
“We Won’t Move”, Arlissa (iTunes)
“When I Fall In Love”, Michael Bublé (iTunes)
“Where Have You Gone (Anywhere)”, Lucas & Steve (iTunes)
“Vegas”, Cody Fry (iTunes)
“Young Love”, Alex Aiono (iTunes)

Next week: look out for new albums from Eric ChurchSteve Perry, Twenty One Pilots and more. For Adam’s personal picks of the week, listen to the PGTC Friday Faves list on Spotify!

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The Vault In Our Stars: Radio Flips For The Feels

Between the book, the movie and the music, The Fault In Our Stars is one of the hottest things to shine in the national spotlight this year. Unsurprisingly, hardcover and paperbook versions of the 2012 novel soared back into the top ten on several leading sites as the film just opened to a $48 million weekend at the box office. (That total now stands at $66 million domestically.) A soundtrack, released on Atlantic Records several weeks before the picture hit, debuted in the top ten and is now looking at a solid jump into the top 5 on next week’s Billboard 200 as it passes 100,000 copies sold.

If you need a cure for the feels, I’m afraid it’s not coming anytime soon as these tunes invade your local station playlists. All I can say is to have a tissue at the ready, you might need it. Here’s all you need to know about where you can find the stars and their vault on our charts:


BIRDY – “Tee Shirt”
Format: Hot AC radio

One cut on a major motion picture soundtrack is pretty exciting for anyone, but having three songs break the tracklisting is absolutely outstanding. At only 18 years old, it’s a huge achievement for this singer, who also saw her album Fire Within debut in the top 30 on the Billboard 200 chart recently. Thus far, “Not About Angels” is the biggest of them when strictly looking at purchases, but its “Shirt” that’s been selected as a single and was formally serviced late this week. With a bright and light arrangement, it seemingly has more potential than “Skinny Love”, a Gold single despite two failed radio pushes.

Charli XCX

CHARLI XCX – “Boom Clap”
Format: CHR radio / Adds Date: June 17

2014 has been a wonderful year for this English singer: she’s on the hook and middle 8 of the #1 song in the U.S., “Fancy” by Iggy Azalea, and now she’s all over the top ten on iTunes with this great song. Capturing a musical blend of artists like Aimee Mann and Sophie B. Hawkins, “Boom” recently debuted at #62 on the Hot 100 and will likely enter the top 40 within the next few weeks or so. With so much attention pointed her way, there’s no doubt that this single will continue to sell the soundtrack through the summer and prepare her for an even bigger audience for a new studio album, due this fall.

Ed Sheeran

ED SHEERAN – “All Of The Stars”
Format: Hot AC radio (?)

With a new album out on June 23 and several digital singles making it onto iTunes in the next few days, “Stars” likely won’t see a formal radio release. However, it is worth noting that SiriusXM’s The Pulse has spun the song several times in the last few days. (The station currently doesn’t have “Sing” in rotation as its too poppy for their overall feel.) It was one of the top sellers from the set until it became an exclusive when you purchase the full album, but with millions of views on YouTube and millions more people hearing it as the ending theme of the film in theaters, there’s definitely still a strong appeal for it.


KODALINE – “All I Want”
Format: AAA and Hot AC radio

From their RCA Records release In A Perfect World, “Want” has been at radio for some time now after the band played on an episode of American Idol this past spring. However, its inclusion on this multi-act album has boosted its sales back into the 100’s on iTunes as the single maintains its snail’s pace gains inside the Hot AC top 40. Not so perfect, huh? Couple that with the fact that its the five minute album version on here (rather than the radio edit just under four minutes) and you’re going to find that this might dive off the radar in a few weeks. No one said the luck of the Irish comes through every time.

Of course, there are plenty of other songs in the collection that haven’t been mentioned in this post. Is there one you think is worthy of being a single down the line should the set’s brisk sales continue? You can let me know what you think about these records on the range by commenting below or click the “Get Social!” tab to find PGTC on social media.

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CMJ PREVIEW: Ten Acts On My List To See

Start spreading the news… yes, if you haven’t heard already, I’ll be attending my first CMJ Music Marathon this year in New York City. I’m very excited for the conference and can’t wait to see (and maybe even meet) some emerging artists and bands as well as some Adam’s Top 40 favorites. There’s a few of them in the mix! In the meantime, take a look at these ten acts I definitely want to check out before the week is over.

NOTE: A full list of panels and showcases is available on the CMJ website. Please be aware some times may change and that not all events have been updated, so be sure to check back for more updates.

On the Holiday Road to stardom.

Vacation, all we ever wanted.


I wrote about this trio last week in anticipation for their performance at CMJ. Chris Greatti, Jon Paul and Mike Montalbano are signed to a relatively new label, Atom Factory Music, which will be working in conjunction with Capitol’s radio department to break their single, “I Believe”, at Alternative radio into early next year. A likely pop crossover should follow.

Performing at: Bowery Ballroom (Wednesday night)

Who's that girl.

Who’s that girl.


Remember this viral marriage proposal of a few weeks ago? Who’s pop anthem “Somebody Loves You” was featured in it, and 10 million views later, Who is the most recent signee of RCA Records, who rereleased her EP The Movement and put her on a small radio tour recently. The 22-year-old looks forward to releasing a full-length album next year under her new label.

Performing at: Pianos (Wednesday night) and Westway (Friday night)

The Birch is back.

The Birch is back.


I was a fan of Birch’s 2009 single “Nothing But A Miracle” and enjoyed the song’s parent album, Bible Belt. You might also remember her song “Valentino”, which was promoted in conjunction with the 2010 film Valentine’s Day. Fusing jazz and soul music, her album was a critical success, and she returns with Speak A Little Louder, her second release for S Curve Records.

Performing at: Gramercy Theater (Wednesday night)

Caught in the "Sun".

They’re Hall the rage around here.


I covered these Boston boys back in January as they released “Sail Into The Sun”. You may recognize it as the song featured in a Target campaign this past Spring and it picked up some airplay at Alternative radio. A handful of their songs have been considered for my chart, but “Sun” was the first to hit the top 40. Their bright pop sound is awesome and translates well live.

Performing at: The Studio at Webster Hall (Friday night)

"High Hopes" for a solid performance.

“High Hopes” for a solid performance.


Out of Dublin, Ireland, this four-man band was first known as 21 Demands before changing their name. Although they’ve done particularly well in their native country with singles like “High Hopes” and achieved some additional success in Europe, they have yet to find a following in the United States. Perhaps this will change after a few showcases in the next week or so.

Performing at: Bowery Ballroom (Wednesday night) and Santos Party House (Thursday night)

Yes, yes, yes.

Yes, yes, yes.


Time to whistle while you work your first single, am I right? The two man, one woman group from Sweden is getting pumped for a U.S. performance, which is sure to include their current single on the Alternative chart, “Pumpin’ Blood”. It stands in the top 30 at the moment. Their label, Warner Bros. Records, is also prepping a pop crossover for the song later this month.

Performing at: Mercury Lounge (Tuesday night)

Orbiting the musical planets.

Orbiting the musical planets.


This quartet is yet another PGTC Profile act with their post coming in July; it was just a few weeks before the radio servicing of their single “Say The Words”, which just missed the top 30 on the AAA survey last month. It’s now declining in spins, but still in the top 50. Featuring band member Mitch Allan, formerly of the rock band SR-71, I’m really liking their sound so far.

Performing at: Arlene’s Grocery and Rockwood Music Hall – Stage 1 (Saturday night)

Everybody's flocking to them.

An “Easy” decision to make.


These guys are the reason I found out about CMJ in the first place. They first got my attention back in late April, then I took a few listens to their self-titled EP and I’ve been loving them since. The sextet has charted two consecutive top ten singles on my top 40: “Let Me Down Easy” (#10) and now “Hold My Tongue” (#8 and climbing). I can’t wait to finally see them live!

Performing at: The Studio at Webster Hall (Tuesday night)Pianos (Friday afternoon), Sullivan Hall (Friday night) and The Delancey (Saturday afternoon)

"Heart" of the chart.

In the “Heart” of the city.


I guess I have a thing for those Australian acts, don’t I? I did a small bit on these guys when “Heart Of A Lion” went to Alternative radio back in August, although it never actually did any damage. They recently uploaded a video for their second single, “Mississippi”, which originates from the same EP as “Lion”. Sorry, there’s no colored powder party in this one.

Performing at: Pianos (Tuesday night), Pianos (Wednesday night), Santos Party House (Thursday night) and The Delancey (Saturday afternoon)

Traveling across the "Miles".

Traveling across the “Miles”.


You know her well for hits like “A Thousand Miles” and “Ordinary Day”, the latter going to #1 on my chart in the fall of 2002. An album, Be Not Nobody, was certified Platinum that year. Carlton’s major label career declined quickly after her debut era, but she’s been releasing independently for several years now. Now, she takes to stage to play the hits and more.

Performing at: Highline Ballroom (Tuesday night)

Who else will make my schedule? A little Sisqo belting out “Thong Song” on Thursday night? Maybe the pop sounds of Sweden’s Like Swimming on Friday? I’ll be sure to recap all my adventures here on POP! Goes The Charts as the week goes on. See you in New York City!

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TURN IT UP TUESDAY: What’s New In Stores This Week (October 8)

Bangin' out the hits.

Bangin’ out the hits.

It’s back to the normal Tuesday schedule this week. We’ve got a lot of ground to cover, so let’s get straight to it! Here are all the releases you need to know about for October 8:

  • She’s twerkin’ for a livin’ and she has this week’s most hyped-up album release by far. It’s Bangerz by Miley Cyrus, featuring the hits “We Can’t Stop” and “Wrecking Ball”. She’s caused just a little bit of controversy this era, and you know what? That will sell it. Look for it to be #1 on the Billboard 200 next week. (iTunes)
  • With their fourth studio album, rockers Panic! At The Disco remark that they’re Too Weird to Live, Too Rare to Die! The set is led off by “Miss Jackson”, featuring Lolo, a current top 20 single on the Alternative chart. (iTunes)
  • Also ranking high on the rock surveys is Cage The Elephant, the quintet who returns with album Melophobia, featuring the single “Come A Little Closer”. By the way, melophobia is a fear of music, but don’t be afraid to buy this. (iTunes)
  • Rapper Pusha T, one half of duo The Clipse, makes his solo debut with My Name Is My Name. The album features collaborations with Chris Brown, Kelly Rowland and Rick Ross, among others. (iTunes)
  • If you’re going to be at CMJ in New York City like I will be next week, you may get a chance to see these guys at one of their showcases. Irish rockers Kodaline make their debut with In A Perfect World, which features singles like “All I Want” and “Love Like This”. (iTunes)
  • “Never Never” doubt these guys when it comes to some hard-rocking music. That current Active Rock hit from Korn can found on their new album, The Paradigm Shift. (iTunes)
  • Soul singer Lyfe Jennings goes Lucid on his latest album, which features the recent Urban AC hit, “Boomerang”. (iTunes)
  • Singer-songwriter Amos Lee returns with his first album since 2011, Mountains of Sorrow, Rivers of Song. His last release debuted at #1; this will definitely not do the same. “The Man Who Wants You” is the first single from it, currently receiving AAA airplay. (iTunes)
  • In the world of Country music, check out The Voice winner Cassadee Pope‘s Frame By Frame (iTunes), “Sunny And 75” singer Joe Nichols‘s Crickets (iTunes) and superstar Kenny Rogers‘s You Can’t Make Old Friends (iTunes). The Pope release will likely make the largest bow, led by a well-performing Country single, “Wasting All These Tears”.
  • …and it’s October, so where would we be without a few early Christmas releases! (Really, guys?) Out this week are Country singer Gretchen Wilson‘s Christmas In My Heart (iTunes) and a 32-song compilation, Now Christmas (iTunes).
  • Other albums out this week include Alter Bridge‘s Fortress (iTunes), Lissie‘s Back To Forever (iTunes), Mayday Parade‘s Monsters In The Closet (iTunes), New Found Glory‘s Kill It Live (iTunes), Of Montreal‘s Lousy with Sylvianbriar (iTunes), Prince Royce‘s Soy El Mismo (iTunes), Sleigh Bells‘s Bitter Rivals (iTunes), St. Lucia‘s When The Night (iTunes), Vertical Horizon‘s Echoes From The Underground (iTunes) and V.V. Brown‘s Samson & Delilah (iTunes).

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

  • “Change Your Life (EP)”, a six-song release from rapper Iggy Azalea. (iTunes)
  • “Gone (EP)”, from newcomers Halo Circus and former American Idol contestant Alison Iraheta. (iTunes)
  • “Good Time”, the new single from socialite Paris Hilton and featuring Lil Wayne. (iTunes)
  • “Heartbreaker”, the first of ten Music Mondays tracks from Justin Bieber. (iTunes)
  • “High Rise (EP)”, a five-song EP from the Stone Temple Pilots and Linkin Park vocalist Chester Bennington. (iTunes)
  • “Timber”, a collaboration between rapper Pitbull and glitter aficionado Ke$ha. (iTunes)

You can look forward to albums next week from Gavin DeGraw, Paul McCartney, Pearl Jam and more! A full preview is coming in seven.

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