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NEW MUSIC FRIDAY: Releases For The Week of March 20, 2020

A lonely Weeknd is ahead.

New Music Friday is a relief after a long and slow week, but we’ll get through these difficult times together with good music from Conan Gray, J Balvin and The Weeknd, as well as singles from Hayley Williams, John Legend, Lauren Jauregui and more. Stay home and stream:

KELSEA BALLERINI – Kelsea (iTunes)
Features: “Homecoming Queen?”, a current top 20 song on the Country radio chart

THE WEEKND – After Hours (iTunes)
Features: “Blinding Lights” and “Heartless”, both currently charting in the top ten on the Top 40 radio chart

Notable albums out this week: Adam Lambert‘s Velvet (iTunes), Conan Gray‘s Kid Krow (iTunes), Delta Rae‘s The Light (iTunes), Elephant Heart‘s Seasons (iTunes), Fleur East‘s Fearless (iTunes), J Balvin‘s Colores (iTunes), Mac Miller‘s Circles (Deluxe) (iTunes)

Notable EPs out this week: Alkaline Trio‘s E.P. (iTunes), Christian Paul‘s Christian Paul (iTunes), Eliza & The Delusionals‘s A State Of Living In An Objective Reality (iTunes), Love Fame Tragedy‘s Five Songs To Briefly Fill The Void (iTunes), Marian Hill‘s Was It Not (iTunes)

New digital singles that you can buy this week include:
“2 Seater”, YBN Nahmir featuring G-Eazy & Offset (iTunes)
“AAA”, Tyde Levi (iTunes)
“Actions”, John Legend (iTunes)
“Always Be Gangsta (Freestyle)”, Kevin Gates (iTunes)
“Anyway”, Sofia Quinn (iTunes)
“Baby Girl”, Bryce Vine featuring Jeremih (iTunes)
“Bad”, Don Diablo featuring Zak Abel (iTunes)
“Be Myself”, Maya Hawke (iTunes)
“Between Us”, DVSN featuring Snoh Aalegra (iTunes)
“Bittersweet”, Hartley (iTunes)
“Boys Ain’t Sh-t (Estos Chicos No Lo Son) (Remix)”, SayGrace featuring Becky G (iTunes)
“Bury Me”, Moontower (iTunes)
“Champion Of The World (Live/NPR’s Tiny Desk)”, Coldplay (iTunes)
“Circles (Acoustic)”, George Alice (iTunes)
“Control”, Armaan Malik (iTunes)
“Do Better”, Jordan Gavet (iTunes)
“Don’t Cry”, ADÉ featuring Trevor Jackson (iTunes)
“Easy On Me”, Rudimental featuring The Martinez Brothers (iTunes)
“Elevator Girl”, Shura featuring Ivy Sole (iTunes)
“Enchanté”, Sachi featuring Naika (iTunes)
“Everything Will Be Okay”, Eli. (iTunes)
“Fair Chance”, Thundercat featuring Ty Dolla $ign & Lil B (iTunes)
“Friday”, Theresa Rex (iTunes)
“Getaway Green”, All Time Low (iTunes)
“Girl”, Sara Hartman (iTunes)
“Hard To Say Goodbye”, Johnny Stimson (iTunes)
“Healing”, Arlissa (iTunes)
“Hello I Am”, Somegirlnamedanna (iTunes)
“Hurting”, Lilly Ahlberg (iTunes)
“I Do (Acoustic)”, Astrid S & Brett Young (iTunes)
“I Got So High That I Saw Jesus”, Noah Cyrus (iTunes)
“I Miss My Mum”, Cavetown (iTunes)
“Intentions (Acoustic)”, Justin Bieber (iTunes)
“Is Everybody Going Crazy?”, Nothing But Thieves (iTunes)
“Lento”, Lauren Jauregui & Tainy (iTunes)
“Let’s Go”, Zayde Wølf (iTunes)
“Lightning”, Rico Nasty (iTunes)
“Long Night”, Audrey Nuna (iTunes)
“Looks Don’t Lie”, Siena Liggins (iTunes)
“Love You More”, Steve Aoki featuring Lay & Will.I.Am (iTunes)
“Loving You Gets Hard”, Alexander 23 (iTunes)
“Make The Most”, Lonr. featuring H.E.R. (iTunes)
“Memento Mori”, Lamb Of God (iTunes)
“Must Be Nice”, Will Jay (iTunes)
“New Kings”, Danity Kane (iTunes)
“Nicknames”, Walk Off The Earth x Gnash (iTunes)
“Nobody But You (Acoustic)”, Blake Shelton & Gwen Stefani (iTunes)
“Not Too Far”, Gawvi (iTunes)
“Obvious”, Chloe Lilac (iTunes)
“OK”, Wallows (iTunes)
“Old Soul”, Bruno Major (iTunes)
“On Your Mind”, Shaun Frank featuring Alicia Moffet (iTunes)
“Paper Moons”, Josef Salvat (iTunes)
“Pedestrian”, Ant Saunders (iTunes)
“Physical”, Dua Lipa featuring Hwa Sa (iTunes)
“Roses/Lotus/Violet/Iris”, Hayley Williams (iTunes)
“Run Di Road”, HoodCelebrityy (iTunes)
“Scars”, Lukas Graham (iTunes)
“Scorpion”, Fredo (iTunes)
“Set Me Free”, Lecrae featuring YK Osiris (iTunes)
“The Buzz”, Pretenders (iTunes)
“The Way That I Love You”, Passenger (iTunes)
“This Shouldn’t Work”, Rhodes (iTunes)
“Throw My Bones”, Deep Purple (iTunes)
“Walk ‘Em Down”, NLE Choppa featuring Roddy Ricch (iTunes)
“Wavez”, Snakehips x Troyboi (iTunes)
“Way Down Low”, Johnny Goth (iTunes)
“What’s The Vibe?”, Jufu (iTunes)
“Who I Am”, Melanie C (iTunes)
“Wrong About You”, DVBBS (iTunes)

Next week, the latest albums from 5 Seconds Of Summer, Brian Fallon, Ingrid Andress and Pearl Jam are among the major titles 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 Seven

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…

MOONTOWER – “Rerun” (Spotify)
Previously on the Rewind: Fifth appearance

It’s been nearly a year since this California trio was last featured on the Rewind, an act that earned some solid buzz in 2018 for their first two songs “Leaving You Behind” and “William”. Now, as they start a new era with a big and bold sound, they’re ready for more.


For more great new music, these songs are worth a listen…
DAVE BARNES – “Be Without You”
FERGUS – “Concave”
MARIAN HILL – “Was It Not”
RYANN – “Drive”

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 May 11, 2018

The moment of Puth.

Yes, Mother’s Day is approaching quickly, and while this certainly isn’t the mother of all release weeks, there are still lots of top titles to be enjoyed by both you and your mama. Here are the notable digital and physical releases making moves this Friday:

CHARLIE PUTH – Voicenotes (iTunes)
Featuring “Attention”, “How Long” and the Kehlani-assisted “Done For Me”, Puth’s new album is already packed with radio records, with a number of other cuts likely to hit the charts in the coming months. The performer’s debut album, Nine Track Mind, peaked at #6 in early 2016. Though it’ll be faced with several streaming-led urban releases as competitors, Puth’s effort has the potential to break the top five.

ARCTIC MONKEYS – Tranquility Base Hotel & Casino (iTunes)
No songs from this album were issued prior to its release date, a rarity in the business nowadays, so it’ll be interesting to see how their fans react to it. (Initial critical reviews of the set range from mixed to positive.) The group’s most recent studio album, 2013’s AM, entered at #6 on the Billboard 200; their new set could be headed into the top ten as well.

Notable albums out this week: Beach House‘s 7 (iTunes), Brent Cobb‘s Providence Canyon (iTunes), courtship.‘s Denial In Paradise (iTunes), Marian Hill‘s Unusual (iTunes), Sevendust‘s All I See Is War (iTunes)

Notable EPs out this week: Weathers‘s Kids In The Night, Pt. 2 (iTunes)

New digital singles that you can buy this week include:
“Alien (Acoustic)”, Sabrina Carpenter & Jonas Blue (iTunes)
“Anywhere”, Mustard x Nick Jonas (iTunes)
“Apology”, Ne-Yo (iTunes)
“Audio”, LSD (Labrinth/Sia/Diplo) (iTunes)
“Back To You”, Selena Gomez (iTunes)
“Bad Decision”, Chromeo (iTunes)
“Can’t Dance” and “Let You Be Right”, Meghan Trainor (iTunes) (iTunes)
“Casanova”, Rayland Baxter (iTunes)
“Clout”, Ty Dolla $ign featuring 21 Savage (iTunes)
“Dirty Mind”, Stanaj featuring Ty Dolla $ign (iTunes)
“Down To The River”, Welshly Arms (iTunes)
“Drew Barrymore”, Bryce Vine featuring Wale (iTunes)
“Drumline”, Lo (iTunes)
“Empress”, Snow Patrol (iTunes)
“Girls”, Rita Ora, Cardi B, Bebe Rexha & Charli XCX (iTunes)
“Go Deep”, Gorgon City featuring Kamille & Ghosted (iTunes)
“I’m Not A Saint”, Billy Raffoul (iTunes)
“If You’re Over Me”, Years & Years (iTunes)
“Ikuyo”, KYLE featuring 2 Chainz & Sophia Black (iTunes)
“It’s Enough”, Lenny Kravitz (iTunes)
“Lately”, Wet (iTunes)
“Mad Mad World”, Bonnie McKee (iTunes)
“Messy”, Kiiara (iTunes)
“Movement”, Oliver Tree (iTunes)
“New Light”, John Mayer (iTunes)
“Ohio”, Andrew McMahon In The Wilderness (iTunes)
“On Again”, Honors & Molly Kate Kestner (iTunes)
“One Time”, Kid Ink (iTunes)
“Quarter Past Midnight”, Bastille (iTunes)
“Remember Me”, Ina Wroldsen (iTunes)
“Rising Up”, Matt Gresham (iTunes)
“Rocket Girl”, Lemaitre featuring Betty Who (iTunes)
“Samurai Cop (Oh Joy Begin)”, Dave Matthews Band (iTunes)
“Shift”, Sam Bluer (iTunes)
“Sirens”, Shor (iTunes)
“Slide”, James Bay (iTunes)
“Stay Open”, Diplo featuring (iTunes)
“Strangers Again”, Against The Current (iTunes)
“Sugarcoat”, Jaira Burns (iTunes)
“Sunglasses”, Hopium (iTunes)
“Team”, Noah Cyrus & MAX (iTunes)
“These Are My Friends”, Lovelytheband (iTunes)
“Turn (Ayokay Remix)”, The Wombats featuring Dagny (iTunes)
“Twice”, Christina Aguilera (iTunes)
“Undone”, Greta Isaac (iTunes)
“Up With It”, Jacob Sartorius (iTunes)
“Used To The Darkness”, Des Rocs (iTunes)
“Venom”, Aaron Taos (iTunes)
“When We Were Young”, Lost Kings featuring Norma Jean Martine (iTunes)
“Worst Of You”, Maisie Peters (iTunes)
“Younger”, A Great Big World (iTunes)

Next week: look out for new albums from the BTS, James Bay and more. For Adam’s personal picks of the week, listen to the PGTC Friday Faves list on Spotify!

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Kings Of The Hill: Touring The Top 40 Terrain

Chill with the Hills.

Chill with the Hills.

After some massive gains all week long at the CHR/Top 40 format, the Philadelphia duo Marian Hill, consisting of Jeremy Lloyd and Samantha Gongol, soars into the top 40 with the song “Down”. You’ve probably heard it in the latest Apple commercial. When the spot first began to air, the track shot into the top five on iTunes, and it continues to sit in the top ten as of the published time. I think it’ll stick around, even if it was initially released nearly a year ago. (Don’t we all just to want to dance on walls and cars while a song like that plays?)

As the latest Hill act collects their first top 40 single, let’s take a look back at some of the other musical mounds to reach the king of the hill, a dune full of ditties that we call the pop chart:

(All chart data is taken from the CHR/Pop listing published by trade magazine Radio & Records, which ran from 1973 to 2009.)

Toronto’s Hill was on Canada’s national charts by the mid-70’s, but it wasn’t until 1977 that “Sometimes When We Touch” touched U.S. radio, reaching #2 on the CHR list in February 1978. By September 1987, he returned to the top ten with a surprise hit: “Can’t We Try”, a #8 duet with Vonda Shepard. “Never Thought (That I Could Love)” (#36, February 1988) marked his last chart song.

She made her debut on the Country chart in 1993 with “Wild One”, but it wasn’t until 1998 that she crossed to the CHR survey with a catchy track called “This Kiss”. It peaked at #12 in October 1998. In April 2000, she achieved her only top ten single at the format with “Breathe”, a #8 hit. “The Way You Love Me” (#19, January 2001) and “There You’ll Be” (#22, June 2001) also had good runs.

This Hill was 17 when her first (and only) top 40 hit, “Remember Me This Way”, was featured on the soundtrack to Casper. Well, a friendly ghost couldn’t quite help her get a friendly reaction at CHR radio, and the song stalled at #36 in July 1995. A second entry, “For The Love Of You”, did even worse, topping out at #48 nearly a year later. She would find some larger success on the AC chart.

After rising to #1 in June 1996 with “Killing Me Softly”, as a part of the Fugees, Hill reached the top 50 two times on her own. Just as her cover of “Can’t Take My Eyes Off You” peaked at #46 in September 1998, single “Doo Wop (That Thing)” entered and began a slow climb to #29 by January 1999. The two singles were featured on her chart-topping album The Miseducation Of Lauryn Hill.

Of course, you can always count on some “Hill” hits to extend your Top 40 excursion: “The Fool On The Hill”, “The Hills”, etc., but I’m sure these Hill acts are more than enough to get you started.

So, where will Marian Hill‘s “Down” peak at the format? Only time will tell. However, I’ll be telling you all over our social feeds…

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NEW MUSIC FRIDAY: Releases For The Week of June 24, 2016

"Ain't" beating Drake, but still a strong competitor.

“Ain’t” beating Drake… or will it?

Worried about the “Brexit” situation overseas? Well, regardless of the result, we’ll “Remain” giving you the top new releases every week. On with the show! Here are this week’s new albums and singles:

  • THE AVETT BROTHERS — True Sadness (iTunes)
    • In one of the lighter weeks of 2016 thus far, the North Carolina foursome is looking to score the highest new entry on next week’s list. “Ain’t No Man” is currently in the runner-up spot on the Triple A chart, while it’s approaching the top 30 on Alternative radio. A top five entry is pretty much a given, but just how high will it land? Stay tuned.
  • BROODS — Conscious (iTunes)
    • The New Zealand sibling duo is back with their second album and a new single, “Free”, which is this close to reaching a new career peak for them on the Alternative chart. Their last album cracked the top 50 two years ago, and this one is a likely top 30 contender (if not greater.)
  • More albums out this week: Cash Cash‘s Blood, Sweat & 3 Years (iTunes), Hot Hot Heat‘s Hot Hot Heat (iTunes), Marian Hill‘s ACT ONE (iTunes), Mindless Behavior‘s #officialMBmusic (iTunes), Riff Raff‘s Peach Panther (iTunes)
  • More EPs out this week: Brandyn Burnette‘s State I’m In (iTunes), Hailey Knox‘s A Little Awkward (iTunes)

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

  • “11 Blocks”, Wrabel (iTunes)
  • “Closer”, Ferras (iTunes)
  • “Deserve Better”, Jump Smokers featuring Austin Mahone (iTunes)
  • “Everybody We Know Does”, Chase Rice (iTunes)
  • “Ghostbusters (I’m Not Afraid)”, Fall Out Boy featuring Missy Elliott (iTunes)
  • “Gods”, Maxwell (iTunes)
  • “Got Your Number”, Serena Ryder (iTunes)
  • “Light Me Up”, Ingrid Michaelson (iTunes)
  • “Lost 2.0”, HØØNCH (iTunes)
  • “Make It Up”, Shura (iTunes)
  • “Oasis”, Jasmine Thompson (iTunes)
  • “Rivals”, Usher featuring Future (iTunes)
  • “Six Feet Under”, Billie Eilish (iTunes)
  • “Social”, Cardboard Kids (iTunes)
  • “Sucker For Pain”, Lil Wayne, Wiz Khalifa & Imagine Dragons with Logic & Ty Dolla $ign featuring X Ambassadors (iTunes)
  • “The Story”, LeAnn Rimes (iTunes)
  • “There’s A Girl”, Trent Harmon (iTunes)
  • “Where It All Goes”, Lostboycrow (iTunes)
  • “Wild”, Troye Sivan featuring Alessia Cara (iTunes)

We’ll see you next week for new releases from American Authors, Blink-182, Maxwell and more.

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RADIO REPORT: POP! Goes The Picks (May 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 May in this month’s Radio Report:

Ingrid Michaelson
INGRID MICHAELSON – “Hell No” (May 2) (Hot AC)
Label: Cabin 24/RED
If you use the app Snapchat, you’ll probably love the music video for Michaelson’s latest track, which features her having some fun with the many filters on the service. “No” is already on many radio stations in large markets, so expect a nice first week of adds. It’s the first single to be taken from It Doesn’t Have To Make Sense, but what does make sense is that it will be released later this year.

Marian Hill
MARIAN HILL – “I Want You” (May 2 / 3) (Triple A / Alternative)
Label: Photo Finish/Republic
This Philadelphia duo of Jeremy Lloyd and Samantha Gongol first released music together in 2013, but it wasn’t until late last year that they first made the Alternative top 40 with “One Time”. It stalled in the 30’s, and fell off after the Christmas freeze. Now, they soldier on with this single, taken from their album ACT ONE. The June 24 release date should give this enough time to get started.

DISTURBED – “The Sound Of Silence” (May 3) (CHR/Top 40)
Label: Warner Bros.
A few weeks ago, I highlighted “Sound” and many of the other chart-topping Active Rock crossovers since 2000. Record Store Day brought us a 12″ picture disc of the single, which I may have purchased a copy of. This is the closest the four men have come to pop success in their long career, and it’s performing in the few markets that have been playing it (and their label wants you to know it!)

Sofia Carson
SOFIA CARSON – “Love Is The Name” (May 3) (CHR/Top 40)
Label: Hollywood/Republic
Nothing says “song of the summer” like a looped sample of Opus’s 1986 hit “Live Is Life”… at least that’s what Carson and her team are hoping. The Austrian act’s only U.S. entry topped out at #36 on the Radio & Records pop listing, but it was a much bigger hit in Europe. Carson was previously featured on the soundtrack to Descendants, which entered at #1 on the Billboard 200 list last year.

COLDPLAY – “Up&Up” (May 9 / 10) (Triple A / Alternative)
Label: Parlophone/Atlantic
While “Hymn For The Weekend” continues to climb at Hot AC radio, “Up&Up” is scheduled to head to these two formats. For that single release, nearly three minutes of the track were shaved off the version found on A Head Full Of Dreams. Until “Adventure Of A Lifetime” hit the top spot earlier in 2016, the guys had been without a #1 at the format since 2011. Can they make it two in a row?

BAHARI – “Dancing On The Sun” (May 10) (CHR/Top 40)
Label: Interscope
This California trio’s song has already been on my chart for a month now, and it’s looking to heat up the pop airwaves later in May. The group consists of members Natalia Panzarella, Ruby Carr and Sidney Sartini, and all three ladies met in California with a little help from the production duo Rock Mafia. They’re currently on an extensive radio tour (dubbed the Bahari Safari) at the moment.

KIIARA – “Gold” (May 10) (CHR/Top 40)
Label: Atlantic
“Gold” has been a huge hit on the blogs since its release last year. On Spotify, it’s accumulated nearly 84 million streams, which is a pretty large number for the little airplay it’s gained so far. The question is, will the online buzz translate into a pop radio hit for the summer? It’s hard to tell at this point, but there are several early believers spinning it. We’ll see if she, indeed, goes for the “Gold”.

COBI – “Darker Than Dawn” (May 16) (Triple A)
Label: 300 Entertainment
Formerly of Gentlemen Hall, Cobi had a couple of SoundCloud songs that I enjoyed about a year ago called “Walking Through The Fire” and “First Snow”. (Both were credited to Cobi Mike at the time.) Since then, he’s signed with 300 Entertainment, and while it appears he won’t have the next “Trap Queen” on his hands, it’s certainly great to see that he’ll be getting another shot at some play.

BØRNS – “American Money” (May 17) (Alternative)
Label: Interscope
24-year-old Garrett Borns has a solid following and solid sales to date… so, why has a top ten single at the format eluded him? It is a little surprising that “Electric Love” stalled in the teens, given all the co-signs and acclaim. “10,000 Emerald Pools” never made a big splash when it charted late in 2015 and earlier this year. They say that third time is the charm, so let’s hope it’s on the “Money”.

St. Lucia
ST. LUCIA – “Help Me Run Away” (May 17) (Alternative)
Label: Columbia
South African musician Jean-Philip Grobler’s act is back for a second taste of the Alternative chart with a new song from Matter. It follows “Dancing On Glass”, which slowly hit top 30 at the format (but should’ve done way better!) The band performed “Help” on Jimmy Kimmel Live a month ago, and tour dates/steady summer festival dates should help the song grow at both radio and retail.

Zayn Malik
ZAYN – “Like I Would” (May 17) (CHR/Top 40)
Label: RCA
“Pillowtalk” is at the top of the CHR radio listing for the second week, but Malik’s record label is wasting no time in getting his next single out there and on the air. “Like” is featured on the deluxe edition of Mind Of Mine, a peculiar move, even if it was available as an instant grat song prior to the album’s release. It’s sure to be another notable radio hit for the 23-year-old singer from Bradford.

X Ambassadors
X AMBASSADORS featuring JAMIE N COMMONS – “Low Life” (May 24) (Alternative)
Label: KIDinaKORNER/Interscope
After an 11-week #1 in “Renegades” last year and a recent #3 in “Unsteady”, the Ithaca quartet is aiming high with “Low”. The track features Commons, who has previously worked with the band, and had a Triple A hit in 2013 with “Rumble And Sway”. Both of the previous singles continue to get substantial recurrent play, and that may become an issue during the “Life” of this one. Stay tuned!

May is an unpredictable month when it comes to A-list releases… so, expect a few surprises along the way!

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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