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RECORD REWIND: PGTC Picks, May 27 – June 2, 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 independe2nt songs of the week…

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EMILY WARREN – “Paranoid” (Spotify)
Previously on the Rewind: Two previous appearances, most recently “Something To Hold On To” (July 2017)
Notes: We try not to let the pop paranoia sink in, though we suspect this song is a winner. Warren’s solo releases continue to shine!

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LAUV – “Enemies” (Spotify)
Previously on the Rewind: Ten previous appearances, most recently “Bracelet” (May 2018)
Notes: You know, we haven’t seen Lauv on the Rewind in… oh, a week! With his playlist era completed, this new tune is a highlight.

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LIV MIRALDI – “Dilemma” (Spotify)
Previously on the Rewind: First appearance
Notes: Miraldi’s great remake of this massive single from 2002 takes a modern-day R&B classic and turns it into a sugary pop rush.

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PRETTY SISTER featuring WHITE GOLD – “Tension” (Spotify)
Previously on the Rewind: Two previous appearances, most recently “Thirsty” (November 2016) / First appearance
Notes: No sibling rivalry here! Zak Waters’s first cut in over a year is, by far, the filthiest and funkiest jam in the bunch this Sunday.

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R3HAB x QUINN LEWIS – “How You’ve Been” (Spotify)
Previously on the Rewind: First appearance / Four previous appearances, most recently “Weekend Luv” (April 2018)
Notes: When PGTC favorite Lewis teams up with one of the hottest DJs/producers around, you know it’s going to be one giant bop!

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For more great new music, these songs are worth a listen…
ALLIE X – “Focus”
BETTY WHO – “All Things”
CHELSEA CUTLER – “Someone Else”
FLY BY MIDNIGHT – “All The Feels”
NICHOLAS ROBERTS – “Growing Up”
REYNA – “Baby Forget It”
VINCINT – “Remember Me”

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RECORD REWIND: PGTC Picks, May 20-26, 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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CHELSEA CUTLER – “Water On The Bridge” (Spotify)
Previously on the Rewind: Three previous appearances, most recently “The Reason” (May 2018)
Notes: Long time no see! Cutler appeared here with “The Reason” last Sunday. Now, she slows the pace a taste with this lush ballad.

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EMILY BURNS – “Cheat” (Spotify)
Previously on the Rewind: One previous appearance, “Girlfriend At The Time” (March 2018)
Notes: Ahead of Seven Scenes From The Same Summer, out on July 20, Burns releases one of the catchiest pop singles of the week.

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LAUV – “Bracelet” (Spotify)
Previously on the Rewind: Nine previous appearances, most recently “Chasing Fire” (April 2018)
Notes: This piece of pop jewelry is one of four Lauv tracks to admire over the next couple of weeks, and they’ll all glitter effortlessly.

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SPAZZ CARDIGAN – “Medicine” (Spotify)
Previously on the Rewind: One previous appearance, “Episode” (March 2018)
Notes: Nashville performer Cardigan might need a lighter article of clothing; his in-your-face pop bops continue to deliver the heat!

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For more great new music, these songs are worth a listen…
JC STEWART – “Medicine”

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RECORD REWIND: PGTC Picks, March 25-31, 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…

Due to the holiday weekend, commentary will return next week. Happy Passover and Easter!

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BRASKO – “TMYLM” (Spotify)
Previously on the Rewind: Two previous appearances, “Static” (December 2017) being the most recent feature

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EMILY VAUGHN – “Room Service” (Spotify)
Previously on the Rewind: One previous appearance, no features

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LAUV – “Chasing Fire” (Spotify)
Previously on the Rewind: Eight previous appearances, “Getting Over You” (February 2018) being the most recent feature

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For more great new music, these songs are worth a listen…
DENNY WHITE – “Carried Away”
KYLE REYNOLDS featuring KIRSTEN ARIAN – “I Do”
MICHL – “Better With You”

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RECORD REWIND: PGTC Picks, February 11-17, 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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BEN HOBBS – “Two Pieces” (Spotify)
Previously on the Rewind: four previous appearances, “Shame” (February 2017) being the most recent feature
Notes: Hobbs has been pretty consistent with the quality of his music, and it’s great to have him back with his first new track of the year. It’s notably different from his prior song, which was decidedly more pop/rock, though this jam will definitely get you moving.

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CARLIE HANSON – “Us” (Spotify)
Previously on the Rewind: two previous appearances, “Only One” (November 2017) being the most recent feature
Notes: Hanson has quickly become one of my favorite newcomers of the past six months, having delivered bops on bops with “Why Did You Lie?” last summer and “Only” noted above. Blame it all on Drake, or the catchiness of this song: it’s bound to be a huge hit.

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HUMAN NATURAL – “Fantasy” (Spotify)
Previously on the Rewind: first appearance
Notes: The duo of Hannah Winkler and Brian Robert Jones have a sensational sound with their first single to make my column. An energetic ride into the world of glitch pop and electronic music awaits your ears, but please, braid your hair before this tune begins.

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LAUV – “Getting Over You” (Spotify)
Previously on the Rewind: seven previous appearances, “Paris In The Rain” (November 2017) being the most recent feature
Notes: Singer and songwriter Ari Leff’s latest release to make the report bears a title that’s the exact opposite of how I feel about his catalog so far. The accessible pop single has a relatable message, and should be another winner with casual and hardcore fans alike.

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For more great new music, these songs are worth a listen…
CHELSEA CUTLER – “Out Of Focus”
FLY BY MIDNIGHT – “Just Say It”
LOSTBOYCROW – “Church With No Ceiling”
PHANGS – “Good Now”
THE BEACH – “Our Favourite Song”
TIPLING ROCK – “TMSN”
TRENT DABBS – “Matter Of Time”

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RECORD REWIND: PGTC Picks, 11/12 – 11/18/17

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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AARON TAOS featuring SHANE STOKES – “Alone” (Spotify)
I’ve been a fan of Taos’s tracks for just over two years now, with his tunes being featured on the Rewind and PGTC Spotify playlists. This year alone, my favorite releases from him include “Not Over Yet” and “Off My Mind”. His diverse musical palette shines again.

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ALY & AJ – “Promises” (Spotify)
With the release of their EP Ten Years this past Friday, the duo of sisters Alyson and Amanda Joy Michalka continue to impress the pop world with their comeback (which will hopefully include a full-length set next year!) This song is my favorite, a super retro bop.

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CHELSEA LANKES – “Matches” (Spotify)
You know that I support all my Nashville kings and queens, and that includes Lankes, though it’s been a moment since her last new music dropped. Back in the spring of 2016, I really enjoyed her self-titled EP. Her latest edgy pop winner is quite an addictive song!

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LAUV – “Paris In The Rain” (Spotify)
Pop keeps pouring down on us this week with the latest tune from Ari Leff’s ongoing playlist project titled I met you when I was 18. This one isn’t as instant as some of his past songs, a few of which have now been on the radio, but there’s a nice 70’s R&B influence.

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For more great new music, these songs are worth a listen…
AIRPLANE MAN – “New Supplier” (SoundCloud)
BROADHURST – “Open Wide” (SoundCloud)
GHOST MACHINES – “We Bring The Fire” (SoundCloud)
JAMES DROLL – “Jacket Weather” (SoundCloud)
THE BEACH – “U.R. Beautiful” (SoundCloud)
VOKES – “Easy To Hate” (SoundCloud)

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RADIO ACTIVE — A Weekly Chart CHRonicle (October 8, 2017)

Welcome to Radio Active, a Sunday evening report from POP! Goes The Charts that gets to the chart of the matter: all the highlights from the CHR/Top 40 chart, as published by Mediabase 24/7 and Mediabase Research. As we begin this week’s radio update, the 17 top 40 singles that Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers (and Petty solo) pushed onto the chart between 1979 and 1996 are on our minds and playlists around the world. We’ll miss him so. Now, here’s what’s happening in Top 40 Land:

GET “DOWN” TONIGHT: Another slow burner makes its way to the top of the pop chart, as Liam Payne climbs 2-1 with “Strip That Down”, featuring rapper Quavo. It’s now in its 20th week on the chart, which, again, is not a record, but adds to a trend that’s worrying me. Then again, elongated runs to the top could just be a phase. We’ll see. As for Payne, it’s his first solo #1 on this chart, a peak that his former group, One Direction, never actually hit at the format. The follow-up single, titled “Bedroom Floor”, is due at digital retailers on October 20, and should impact sometime soon after that. Remember, kids, it’s all about Payne and pleasure.

The combination of Payne’s “Down” and Niall Horan‘s “Slow Hands”, which drops 1-2 after two weeks on top, now marks the first time in pop radio history that two soloists, formerly of the same band, have replaced one another at #1. Sure, there have been charts when a current member of a group replaces the act at #1, or even a former member replacing his bandmates at the top, but this kind occurrence is a new one for the record books. No other members of the group appear in the top 40 this week, so this streak won’t hit three in a row, but it’s certainly a very cool moment.

GOTTI HOLD ON US: Yo Gotti‘s recent chart-topper on the Urban radio survey, the Nicki Minaj-assisted “Rake It Up”, debuts at #48 on this week’s CHR/Top 40 list. The rapper’s “Down In The DM”, another giant Rhythmic and Urban hit, just missed the top 50 at the format last year, though he did appear in a featured role on Meghan Trainor‘s “Better”, which got to #25 last October. A nine-track effort featuring the song, Gotti Made-It, a collaboration with producer/songwriter Mike WiLL Made-It, peaked at #85 on the Billboard 200 earlier this year.

As “Rake” currently stands at #2 and #3 on the Rhythmic and Urban charts, respectively, we note that three of the top ten tracks on the former survey, and seven on the latter, haven’t reached the top 50 on the CHR/Top 40 chart. There are two songs in common in this situation: “Love Galore” by SZA featuring Travis Scott, and “LOYALTY.” by Kendrick Lamar featuring Rihanna. Will this change in the next few weeks? I suppose it’s a possibility, especially for “Love”, which is bulleted. Check back to see what happens!

LOOKIN’ “GOOD”, YOU TWO: One of this week’s other top 50 entries is a new collaboration titled “Good Old Days”, performed by Macklemore featuring Kesha. Before it impacts on Tuesday, it lands at #49 on this week’s CHR/Top 40 list. It’s the second hit to reach the top 50 from the rapper’s recent top five album, Gemini, with the Skylar Grey-assisted “Glorious” appearing at #21. (It hasn’t been pulled yet, but it has been losing some ground at the format over the last few days.) Kesha is up a notch to #12 this week with “Praying”, which can’t quite find a spot in the top ten, though it is at #10 on the current Hot AC chart.

Two other debuts make the top 50 this week, both of which impacted last Tuesday: “A Different Way” (#49) by DJ Snake featuring Lauv and “Silence” (#50) by Marshmello featuring Khalid. Of course, both featured singers have additional singles on the chart: Lauv has a nice 48-44 move with “I Like Me Better”, while Khalid climbs 10-9 on Logic‘s “1-800-273-8255” and 43-36 with “Young Dumb & Broke”, both of which are sporting impressive gains over last weekend. It sure is a great time to be them! You can expect to see “Different” and “Silence” reach the top 40 in the next couple of weeks, possibly as soon as next week, as a number of chart songs are on the way down.

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RECORD REWIND: PGTC Picks, 10/1 – 10/7/17

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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LAUV – “Easy Love” (Spotify)
As he goes for pop radio domination with “I Like Me Better” and “A Different Way”, a collaboration with DJ Snake, the talented guy is keeping busy with yet another quality single. (It’s not a hot Sigala remix!) The retro-tinged rhythmic release will get you bopping.

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WHISSELL – “Wild Animal” (Spotify)
You could say that I’m wild about this Nashville performer’s catalog, having covered so many of her releases over the last two years. In the zoo we call SoundCloud, it’s refreshing to have fantastic vocalist in the mix with her bluesy rocker of a single. It’s a great one.

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For more great new music, these songs are worth a listen…
BIYO – “Fantasies” (SoundCloud)
COLYER – “Enough” (SoundCloud)

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