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RECORD REWIND: PGTC Picks, 9/10 – 9/16/17

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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COURTSHIP. – “Tell Me Tell Me” (Spotify)
This Los Angeles group last appeared on the Rewind in June with “Perfect People”, which was featured in late August in Entercom’s new artist integration program for the Alternative radio format, 7×7. Their newest upload is a catchy catchy piece of retro retro pop.

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KENZIE NIMMO – “Bones” (Spotify)
This is Nimmo’s first single to be featured on the Rewind, though she was a part of an April 2015 post about several contestants in a competition to open iHeartMedia’s annual Festival in Las Vegas. That soft pop sound is a winner for me, as well as that lovely voice.

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MARTIN LUKE BROWN – “Opalite” (Spotify)
This singer’s “Into Yellow”, released in June, was his most recent entry to be spotlighted on the Rewind. The tune recently crossed a million streams on Spotify. As always, Brown sounds great, as he tries to experiment with layered arrangements and bigger sounds.

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For more great new music, these songs are worth a listen…
LEO KALYAN – “Temptation” (SoundCloud)
UNION MOON – “Build A Fire After Dark” (SoundCloud)
VÉRITÉ – “Saint (Tigertown Remix)” (SoundCloud)

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RECORD REWIND: PGTC Picks, 6/11 – 6/17/17

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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MARTIN LUKE BROWN – “Into Yellow” (iTunes) (Spotify)
Brown’s been a favorite on both the blog and my chart for nearly three years, with songs like “Nostalgia” and “Take Out Of Me” still getting a fair amount of listening on my media player of choice. The ethereal pop track proves to be a very special musical moment.

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WHISSELL – “Been Here Before” (iTunes) (Spotify)
Here’s the Nashville performer who, much like her song title, has been here before on several occasions. In fact, the excellent “Legs Crossed” was featured on the Rewind last month. In the evolution of this lovely artist, this and “Legs” deliver some radio potential.

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WYLDER – “Save A Way” (iTunes) (Spotify)
This Washington, D.C.-based quartet looks a little different from when they were last featured on our feed, but their first new song in over a year is a good companion to their summer indie pop anthem “Sunstroke”, released in 2015. This guitar-driven track rules!

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For more great new music, these tunes are worth a listen…
Johnny Stimson – “Honeymoon” (SoundCloud)
Nicholas Roberts – “Before You Go” (SoundCloud)

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

Record Rewind - January 8, 2017

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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DENNY WHITE – “Traces” (Spotify)
After another solid push from Spotify’s set of New Music Friday playlists, this Los Angeles singer/songwriter is certainly feeling the love from the streaming world. I really dig the production on this song, and there’s definitely some replay value. White knows a hit!

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MARTIN LUKE BROWN – “65 Roses” (iTunes) (Spotify)
After releasing “Shadow & Light” a little under two months ago, Brown starts off 2017 on a fantastic note with a deeply personal cut that was inspired by two people affected by cystic fibrosis. Though it’s a very sad experience, a beautiful track came out of that pain.

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For more great new music, these tunes are worth a listen…
AVI ON FIRE – “So Far Away From Me” (SoundCloud)
LONELY BENSON – “Can’t Put You Down” (SoundCloud)

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RECORD REWIND: PGTC Picks, 11/6 – 11/12

Record Rewind - November 13, 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. If you like what you see, let me know what you think!

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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JEREMY THURBER – “Find You In The Dark” (iTunes) (Spotify)
Thurber, a Los Angeles-based singer and songwriter, is a new name for me. However, he seems eager to get some music out there. After the release of his Deliverance EP in August, this is his new song, which should appeal to fans of Jon Bellion and Troye Sivan.

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KATELYN TARVER – “Hate To Tell You” (iTunes) (Spotify)
Tarver’s previous two singles, a cover of Jeremih’s “Planez” and original song “What Do We Know Now”, were featured in Rewind posts during the late summer. Though “Weekend Millionaires” remains her most successful single, her new one has a great sound.

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MARTIN LUKE BROWN – “Shadow & Light” (iTunes) (Spotify)
Once in the major label system, and now doing it on his own, London singer Brown delivers a poignant pop anthem that’s certainly a fitting one, given the political events of last week. Heavy on an acoustic arrangement and gospel influence, it’s a pleasant release.

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PASSPORT TO STOCKHOLM – “Shooting Stars” (iTunes) (Spotify)
This London trio has been on my radar for over a year now, and their last single was a great folk/pop track called “Better Days”. In their latest release, they go for more anthemic indie rock, which isn’t a bad thing. That chorus could be giant when performed live!

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For more great new music, these tunes are worth a listen…
PAPER PILOTS – “Automatic” (SoundCloud)
ROYAL TEETH – “Only You” (SoundCloud)

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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…

SINGLES

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
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.

MUSIC VIDEOS

FRENSHIP
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.

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ADAM’S TOP 100 OF 2015: #40-31

Pop 'til you drop.

Pop ’til you drop.

Here it is, the annual countdown of the top 100 hits based on my weekly personal charts from the first week of December in 2014 to the last week of November in 2015. It was another great year for both chart veterans and newcomers, novelty hits and timeless ballads, country, pop, rock, and everything in between. We have them all, from “Hello” to “No Good In Goodbye”. Now, it is time to say “hello” to the Top 100 and “goodbye” to the year that was 2015.

In the next ten songs on this year’s Top 100, a former American Idol winner, a young performer who auditioned for Idol and had her big break many years later, two songs from an English performer and the incredibly shrinking group that first made my chart as a quintet and is now a trio. Let’s enter into the top 40 with some added trivia and check out the next ten songs on the list…

Causes
040. CAUSES – “Walk On Water”
Label: RCA (U.K.)
Album: Under Bridges That You Built For Me
Peak: #6 for two weeks

Top 40 Trivia: This quartet, led by Rupert Blackman, has one more song to go on the Top 100. Until we “dance” on over to the section of the chart, we have this miraculous musical moment, a title that’s been a hit on the Hot 100 two times before. In 1972, it was Neil Diamond who took his single to #17, and in 1988, Eddie Money took his song up to #9. That’s a whole lot of walking.

Kelly Clarkson
039. KELLY CLARKSON – “Invincible”
Label: RCA
Album: Piece By Piece
Peak: #7 for three weeks

Top 40 Trivia: Clarkson remains the biggest contestant from any American Idol season to rank on my personal chart. 17 of her singles have hit the top ten on my chart, and 25 of her songs have become top 40 hits, way ahead of the act in second place. In my current chart, the title track from her latest album could extend that top ten total to 18 shortly. Stay tuned to see if that happens!

Martin Luke Brown
038. MARTIN LUKE BROWN – “Take Out Of Me”
Label: Parlophone (U.K.)
Album: Take Out Of Me (EP)
Peak: #8

Top 40 Trivia: So far, in his short career, Brown has managed to place four singles in my top 40 in a year. I’d say that’s a pretty good start, and one that will hopefully lead him to even more success on the national charts in 2016. Though he hasn’t reached #1 yet, there is a Brown singer that has. In May 2010, it was VV Brown that spent four weeks at the top with “Shark In The Water”.

Ed Sheeran
037. ED SHEERAN – “Photograph”
Label: Atlantic
Album: x
Peak: #10 for two weeks

Top 40 Trivia: When Sheeran’s song hit the top ten on the CHR/Pop chart earlier this year, it became the latest title to reach a top ten peak in three different decades. The other “Photograph” songs to do it were by Ringo Starr (#1, 1973) and Nickelback (#3, 2005). Additionally, “Photograph” by Def Leppard managed a #16 peak in 1983. I guess photos are popular in any decade.

Tori Kelly
036. TORI KELLY – “Nobody Love”
Label: Capitol
Album: Unbreakable Smile
Peak: #6 for two weeks

Top 40 Trivia: Eight of the songs in this year’s Top 100 were a part of iHeartMedia’s On The Verge program, which gives radio stations at a given format a song to play for a minimum of 150 spins with special on-air branding. Kelly’s track is one of four from a CHR/Top 40 campaign, like the previously revealed Conrad Sewell and Prince Royce and a higher release by Nate Ruess.

Delta Rae
035. DELTA RAE – “Scared”
Label: Sire
Album: After It All
Peak: #7 for three weeks

Top 40 Trivia: They’ve been touring all over the States this year, but luckily, they get to take a breather over the holidays. This sextet from North Carolina is a fantastic live act, and their albums are certainly quality, including their latest set. In fact, it was in the spring that After became the group’s first album to make the Billboard 200. Here’s hoping that their profile continues to rise.

Scott Helman
034. SCOTT HELMAN – “Bungalow”
Label: Warner Bros. (Canada)
Album: Augusta (EP)
Peak: #8 for two weeks

Top 40 Trivia: 2015 wasn’t the biggest of years for Canadian-born artists on my top 40, but Helman, who lives in Toronto, had a solid debut with a track that just missed hitting the top ten on the Hot AC chart up north. Only Carly Rae Jepsen and Shawn Mendes managed to rank higher on my year-end list. Both “Machine” and “That Sweater” off his EP are now charting in Canada.

Years & Years
033. YEARS & YEARS – “Desire”
Label: Interscope
Album: Communion
Peak: #2 for two weeks

Top 40 Trivia: This single from the English trio was the third to be released from their debut album and their first to break the top 40 in their native United Kingdom. That was in November of 2014. Almost a year later, in September, the song impacted pop radio in the U.S. and unfortunately tanked harder than their previous single, “King”. Can the trio have a proper U.S. hit in 2016?

Parachute
032. PARACHUTE – “Crave”
Label: Vanguard
Album: (single only)
Peak: #4 for two weeks

Top 40 Trivia: “Crave” was co-written by the leader of a former Adam’s Top 40 act. It’s the Gabe Dixon Band, and their one charting song, “Till You’re Gone”, peaked at #35 in the fall of 2008. Dixon, who now releases as a solo artist, is currently based in Nashville. (Another co-writer, Jamie Hartman, just missed making my chart in late 2007 as the lead vocalist of Ben’s Brother.)

Martin Luke Brown
031. MARTIN LUKE BROWN – “Nostalgia”
Label: Parlophone (U.K.)
Album: (single only)
Peak: #7 for four weeks

Top 40 Trivia: A few of the acts that made this year’s Top 100 countdown were featured in the Introducing rotation slot on the weekly playlist compiled by the heads of BBC Radio 1. This slot, which a song holds for just a week, enables a new artist to receive seven spins across several different shows. Brown’s great song was played in October 2014 and led to his current record contract.

Tomorrow, we’ll reveal #’s 30 through 21, so check back then! You can always follow and listen to the Top 100 reveal on Spotify.

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ADAM’S TOP 100 OF 2015: #80-61

Pop 'til you drop.

Pop ’til you drop.

Here it is, the annual countdown of the top 100 hits based on my weekly personal charts from the first week of December in 2014 to the last week of November in 2015. It was another great year for both chart veterans and newcomers, novelty hits and timeless ballads, country, pop, rock, and everything in between. We have them all, from “Hello” to “No Good In Goodbye”. Now, it is time to say “hello” to the Top 100 and “goodbye” to the year that was 2015.

In the next 20 songs on the countdown, our entries include a controversial Country crossover, a trio named after a male who isn’t actually in the group, the first single from a musical to hit my chart in four years, a Best New Artist nominee and a song title that I will get to experience for the first time on March 1, 2017. Age is just a number, by the way, but it’s a countdown; we have plenty of numbers to go. Let’s get back to counting backwards, from #80 down to #61:

Songs with a + denote chart peaks as of the top 40 dated November 29, 2015
Ties broken by: 1) chart peak (and) 2) number of weeks to reach peak points

Modest Mouse
080. MODEST MOUSE – “Lampshades On Fire”
Label: Epic
Album: Strangers To Ourselves
Peak: #18

Shawn Mendes
079. SHAWN MENDES – “Something Big”
Label: Island/Republic
Album: Handwritten
Peak: #14

Eden XO
078. EDEN XO – “Too Cool To Dance”
Label: Capitol
Album: (single only)
Peak: #6 for two weeks [2014 CY]

Andrew McMahon In The Wilderness
077. ANDREW MCMAHON IN THE WILDERNESS – “Cecilia And The Satellite”
Label: Vanguard
Album: Andrew McMahon In The Wilderness
Peak: #3 for three weeks [2014 CY]

Sara Bareilles
076. SARA BAREILLES – “She Used To Be Mine”
Label: Epic
Album: What’s Inside: Songs From Waitress
Peak: #10 for three weeks+

Life Of Dillon
075. LIFE OF DILLON – “Dreams”
Label: Epic
Album: Prologue (EP)
Peak: #15

Train
074. TRAIN – “Bulletproof Picasso”
Label: Columbia
Album: Bulletproof Picasso
Peak: #15

Martin Luke Brown
073. MARTIN LUKE BROWN – “Scars On Scars”
Label: Parlophone (U.K.)
Album: (single only)
Peak: #16 for two weeks

BANNERS
072. BANNERS – “Shine A Light”
Label: Island/Republic
Album: (single only)
Peak: #5 for two weeks+

Bleachers
071. BLEACHERS – “Rollercoaster”
Label: RCA
Album: Strange Desire
Peak: #3 for two weeks [2014 CY]

BØRNS
070. BØRNS – “Electric Love”
Label: Interscope
Album: Dopamine
Peak: #16 for three weeks

The Avener
069. THE AVENER – “Fade Out Lines”
Label: Republic
Album: The Wanderings Of The Avener
Peak: #15 for two weeks

Tori Kelly
068. TORI KELLY – “Should’ve Been Us”
Label: Capitol
Album: Unbreakable Smile
Peak: #13

Little Big Town
067. LITTLE BIG TOWN – “Girl Crush”
Label: Capitol Nashville/Interscope
Album: Pain Killer
Peak: #14 for three weeks

Passenger
066. PASSENGER – “27”
Label: Nettwerk
Album: Whispers
Peak: #10 for two weeks

Taylor Swift
065. TAYLOR SWIFT – “Bad Blood”
Label: Big Machine/Republic
Album: 1989
Peak: #12

Rob Thomas
064. ROB THOMAS – “Trust You”
Label: Atlantic
Album: The Great Unknown
Peak: #12

Olly Murs and Demi Lovato
063. OLLY MURS featuring DEMI LOVATO – “Up”
Label: Columbia
Album: Never Been Better
Peak: #12 for two weeks

Clean Bandit and Jess Glynne
062. CLEAN BANDIT featuring JESS GLYNNE – “Real Love”
Label: Atlantic
Album: New Eyes
Peak: #12 for two weeks

Ellie Goulding
061. ELLIE GOULDING – “On My Mind”
Label: Cherrytree/Interscope
Album: Delirium
Peak: #2+

Tomorrow, we’ll reveal #’s 60 through 41, so check back then! You can always follow and listen to the Top 100 reveal on Spotify.

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