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RECORD REWIND: PGTC Picks, 6/4 – 6/10/17

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…


ANDREW BELLE – “Down” (iTunes) (Spotify)
Seems like we’ve had a lot of radio singles with the word “down” in their titles recently, so I guess it’s only right to spotlight a digital song that gets “down” with what’s headed up. Of Belle’s set of stand-alone singles during the last year, this is my favorite one so far.


KYLE REYNOLDS – “Friday Saturday Sunday” (iTunes) (Spotify)
So far this year, Nashville singer/songwriter Reynolds has appeared as the featured artist on two solid songs, but it’s his first main-credited single for 2017 that serves future pop perfection for the weekend (as if the title wasn’t a dead giveaway.) It’s pretty catchy!


SMALLPOOLS – “Million Bucks” (iTunes) (Spotify)
After parting ways with RCA, this Los Angeles trio is back to rock the charts with their forthcoming independent EP, The Science Of Letting Go. Though this doesn’t approach “Over & Over” or “Karaoke” for me yet, it fits nicely with their usual aesthetic and sound.


For more great new music, these tunes are worth a listen…
BROADHURST – “Status Quo” (SoundCloud)
Mikey Wax – “Never Letting You Go” (SoundCloud)
Rooney – “Second Chances” (SoundCloud)
Wanderer – “Call Me Crazy (Acoustic)” (SoundCloud)

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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RADIO REPORT: POP! Goes The Picks (January 2015)

Happy New Year to all of the PGTC readers around the world! It’s time once again to search the airwaves and find out if your favorite songs will be lighting up the national charts in 2015. What singles will climb to the top and which ones will hit a stop? Here are some of the singles being serviced in January on the AAA, Alternative, CHR and Hot AC formats in this month’s Radio Report:

CHR (*) and HOT AC (**)

Avicii and RAS
AVICII (featuring RAS) – “The Nights” (January 6) (*)
Label: Island/Republic
It was “The Days” that looked CHR-bound a few months ago, but that was abruptly pulled from the schedule. Maybe the change in time will change up the airwaves this spring. The Swedish DJ/producer’s latest single is already selling well on digital outlets like iTunes with a small amount of airplay thus far. Sure, this song is no “Wake Me Up!”, but hey, what is?

Calvin Harris and Ellie Goulding
CALVIN HARRIS featuring ELLIE GOULDING – “Outside” (January 13) (*)
Label: Columbia
Some say that lightning doesn’t strike twice, but Harris and Goulding are looking to prove that theory wrong. Two years ago, the Scottish DJ/producer and English chanteuse collaborated on “I Need Your Love”, climbing up into the top 5 on CHR radio late in the summer. This second pairing, a top ten single across the globe last year, has big potential here too.

Nicki Minaj and Skylar Grey
NICKI MINAJ featuring SKYLAR GREY – “Bed Of Lies” (January 13) (*)
Label: YMCMB/Republic
Though Urban radio has fully embraced Minaj’s latest era, The Pinkprint, programmers at pop radio haven’t warmed up to the new music. Even “Anaconda”, a big digital hit with an eye-popping music video to boot, missed the top 20 and fell sharply. “Bed” has been another strong streamer, but with CHR’s sleeping on prior releases, the dream is a difficult one.

Tove Lo
TOVE LO – “Talking Body” (January 20) (*)
Label: Island/Republic
If she’s gotta stay high, then this single could be the one to take her back to the top. “Talking” is the follow-up to “Habits (Stay High)”, which spent one week at #1 back in November, while parent album Queen Of The Clouds ascended the sky to #14 on the Billboard 200. Already playing on Hits 1 and other outlets, this “body” is exercising some musical muscle.

Olly Murs and Travie McCoy
OLLY MURS featuring TRAVIE MCCOY – “Wrapped Up” (January 27) (*)
Label: Columbia
This hit collaboration recently wrapped itself around the top 5 on the Singles Chart in the United Kingdom, entering the survey at #3. That region is also where it currently sits on my personal chart. (We’ll know shortly if “Wrapped” matches that high point.) Murs hasn’t been as consistent on this side of the world, but I’m certainly rooting for this to break here.

RIXTON – “Hotel Ceiling” (mid-to-late January – TBD) (*)
Label: School Boy/Giant Little Man/Mad Love/Interscope
Last year, the English group went top ten on the CHR chart with “Me And My Broken Heart”, but their momentum came to a halt when followup “Wait On Me” stalled in the 30’s last fall. Despite their debut album being pushed back to March, the group is charging ahead with this cut and could be spinning on the air soon. We’ll see when they check into the chart.

ALTERNATIVE (*) and AAA (**)

Milky Chance
MILKY CHANCE – “Flashed Junk Mind” (January 6) (* + **)
Label: Republic
Clemens Rehbein and Philipp Dausch have stolen more than a few dances recently, but the two German musicians aren’t looking for just one twirl at the top of the charts. They have more on their “Mind”. The second release to be issued from Sadnecessary fits the same folk-driven route as their international winner, but it has not ranked nearly as well overseas.

Brandi Carlile
BRANDI CARLILE – “Wherever Is Your Heart” (January 13) (**)
Label: ATO
After four albums with Columbia Records, including a big breakout with 2007’s The Story, singer and songwriter Carlile joins ATO for her latest offering, The Firewatcher’s Daughter. Having been a consistent presence on the AAA scene for years, including two charted singles from her last album, radio is ready for a new song and this tune does not disappoint.

Vance Joy
VANCE JOY, “Mess Is Mine” (January 13) (*+ **)
Label: F-Stop/Atlantic
The Australian singer/songwriter born James Keogh got swept up in a “Riptide” in the chart waters they call Alternative radio, spending five weeks at the top over the summer. The song is now crossing over to Hot AC and CHR outlets, but in the meantime, his second single jumps onto the format that crowned his top tune. The song is off to a nice start thus far.

SMALLPOOLS – “Karaoke” (January 20) (*)
Label: RCA
It’s been a while since this quartet has been on the charts; you may remember “Dreaming”, a minor entry on Alternative radio during the summer of 2013. After a cancelled single in “Over & Over”, the band will finally be releasing their debut album on February 3. It’s titled LOVETAP! and hopefully “Karaoke” will tap its way to some major adds before the date.

The Avener
THE AVENER – “Fade Out Lines” (January 20) (*)
Label: Republic
Already a huge hit across Europe, including #1 success in Austria and Germany, this track makes its way to the States as part of the upcoming 50 Shades Of Grey film. 27-year-old DJ and producer Tristan Casara is behind the song, which is a reworking of “The Fade Out Line” by Phoebe Killdeer & The Short Straws, first issued in late 2011. “Out” is definitely in.

The Griswolds
THE GRISWOLDS – “If You Wanna Stay” (January 27) (*)
Label: Wind-Up
These four Aussie rockers broke the top 20 last year with their single “Beware The Dog”, and between that and their last release, “Heart Of A Lion”, you’d think they would be opening a zoo. However, that is not the case as their latest single is breaking the trend of animal anthems, but it’s still worth a listen. Look for it to chart at the format in the next few weeks.

Which songs 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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Adam’s Top 100 of 2014: #100-81

The cream of the pop!

The cream of the pop for 2014.

Another year is in the books and it’s time for the annual listing of the 100 biggest songs that ranked among my weekly top 40 chart from December 2013 to November 2014. It was magical year full of MAGIC! and “Magic” and a lovely twelve months of lovable hits from James Blunt and The Fray. We went “home” with A Great Big World and Andy Grammer, spun around in a “dance” with Milky Chance and Walk The Moon and ended up here with all that was awesome in the year we called 2014.

Peak positions listed are as of the last chart included in the year dated November 30, 2014. Those entries marked with a plus sign (+) had not yet reached their peak position as of the date. Ties in points were broken based on peak, number of weeks at peak and number of weeks in the top 40.

With all that in mind, I think it’s time to start the countdown. Ready? Let’s dig in.

Take That
100. TAKE THAT, “These Days” (#7 +)
Writers: Gary Barlow, Mark Owen, Howard Donald, Jamie Norton, Ben Mark / Producer: Greg Kurstin
Label: Polydor (U.K.)

099. SHEPPARD, “Hold My Tongue” (#1 for two weeks – 2013)
Writers: Jay Bovino, Amy Sheppard, George Sheppard / Producer: Stuart Stuart
Label: Republic

098. NICKELBACK, “What Are You Waiting For?” (#20)
Writers: Chad Kroeger, Ryan Peake, Jacob Kasher, Gordon “Gordini” Sran / Producers: C. Kroeger, Peake, Mike Kroeger, Daniel Adair, Chris Baseford, Brian Howes, Jason “JVP” van Poederooyen, Sran
Label: Republic

Big Data and Joywave
097. BIG DATA featuring JOYWAVE, “Dangerous” (#23 for four weeks)
Writer: Daniel Armbruster, Alan Wilkis / Producer: Wilkis
Label: Wilcassettes/Crush Music/Warner Bros.

096. PASSENGER, “Let Her Go” (#1 for twelve weeks – 2013)
Writers: Mike Rosenberg / Producer: Rosenberg, Chris Vallejo
Label: Nettwerk/Warner Bros.

James Blunt
095. JAMES BLUNT, “When I Find Love Again” (#12 +)
Writers: Steve Mac, Benjamin Levin, Ammar Malik, Daniel Omelio, Ross Golan, Charlotte Aitchison / Producer: Mac, Levin, Robopop
Label: Atlantic

Olly Murs and Travie McCoy
094. OLLY MURS featuring TRAVIE MCCOY, “Wrapped Up” (#9 +)
Writers: Olly Murs, Travie McCoy, Steve Robson, Claude Kelly / Producer: Robson
Label: Columbia

Michael Jackson and Justin Timberlake
093. MICHAEL JACKSON & JUSTIN TIMBERLAKE, “Love Never Felt So Good” (#18 for two weeks)
Writers: Michael Jackson, Paul Anka / Producers: Jackson, Timbaland, Justin Timberlake, Jerome “J-Roc” Harmon
Label: Epic


092. SHEPPARD, “Geronimo” (#19 for two weeks)
Writers: Jay Bovino, Amy Sheppard, George Sheppard / Producer: Stuart Stuart
Label: Republic

Lilly Wood & The Prick and Robin Schulz
091. LILLY WOOD & THE PRICK and ROBIN SCHULZ, “Prayer In C” (#14 +)
Writers: Benjamin Cotto, Nili Hadida / Producers: Pierre Guimard, Robin Schulz
Label: Big Beat/Atlantic

090. SMALLPOOLS, “Over & Over” (#17 for two weeks)
Writers/Producers: Sean Scanlon, Mike Kamerman, Joe Intile, Beau Kuther, Benjamin Berger, Ryan McMahon
Label: RCA

The Madden Brothers
089. THE MADDEN BROTHERS, “We Are Done” (#14)
Writers: Eric Valentine, Benji Madden, Joel Madden / Producer: Valentine
Label: Capitol

Cobra Starship and Icona Pop
088. COBRA STARSHIP featuring ICONA POP, “Never Been In Love” (#18 for two weeks)
Writers/Producers: Norman Cook, Camille Yarbrough, Eric Frederic, John Ryan
Label: Fueled By Ramen

087. COLDPLAY, “Atlas” (#1 for three weeks – 2013)
Writers: Guy Berryman, Jonny Buckland, Will Champion, Chris Martin / Producer: Berryman, Buckland, Champion, Martin, Daniel Green, Rik Simpson
Label: Republic

Imagine Dragons
086. IMAGINE DRAGONS, “On Top Of The World” (#4 for two weeks – 2013)
Writers/Producers: Ben McKee, Dan Platzman, Dan Reynolds, Wayne Sermon, Alexander Grant
Label: KIDinaKORNER/Interscope

Jess Glynne
085. JESS GLYNNE, “Right Here” (#19 for two weeks)
Writers: Jessica Glynne, Janee Bennett, Kye Gibbon, Matthew Robson-Scott / Producer: Gorgon City
Label: Atlantic

Eden XO
084. EDEN XO, “Too Cool To Dance” (#6 for two weeks +)
Writers/Producers: Jessica Malakouti, Fransisca Hall, Ron Fair, Frederick Falke
Label: Virgin/Capitol

Sara Bareilles
083. SARA BAREILLES, “I Choose You” (#18)
Writers: Sara Bareilles, Jason Blynn, Pete Harper / Producer: Mark Endert
Label: Epic

082. KEANE, “Higher Than The Sun” (#7 for three weeks – 2013)
Writers: Tim Rice-Oxley, Tom Chaplin, Richard Hughes, Jesse Quin / Producer: Dan Grech-Marguerat
Label: Cherrytree/Interscope

James Blunt
081. JAMES BLUNT, “Heart To Heart” (#14)
Writers: James Blunt, Daniel Parker, Daniel Omelio / Producers: Martin Terefe, Robopop
Label: Atlantic

Check back tomorrow for 80-61 on the year-end chart and let me know what you’re liking so far below!

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Highlights from Adam’s Top 40: November 17, 2013

"Best" chart on the web, would you agree?

“Best” chart on the web, would you agree?

40. Smallpools – Over & Over
39. Taylor Henderson – Borrow My Heart
38. Erik Hassle – Talk About It | HIGHEST DEBUT

35. Kelly Clarkson – Underneath The Tree (40)
31. HAIM – The Wire (36)
30. Gary Barlow – Let Me Go (37) | BIGGEST MOVER
21. Bastille – Of The Night (26)

10. Imagine Dragons – On Top Of The World (06) | PEAK: #04
09. Passenger – Holes (07) | PEAK: #01 for five weeks
08. Keane – Higher Than The Sun (10) | PEAK: #08
07. Emeli Sandé – My Kind Of Love (08) | PEAK: #07
06. Coldplay – Atlas (04) | PEAK: #01 for three weeks
05. The 1975 – Girls (09) | PEAK: #05
04. Sheppard – Hold My Tongue (01) | PEAK: #01 for two weeks
03. Passenger – The Wrong Direction (05) | PEAK: #03
02. New Politics – Harlem (03) | PEAK: #02
01. American Authors – Best Day Of My Life (02) | PEAK: #01 for one week | NEW #1

Top 10 Next In Line:
1. Basic Vacation – I Believe (2)
2. Colbie Caillat – Hold On (9)
3. Lily Allen – Hard Out Here (-)
4. Gavin DeGraw – Make A Move (6)
5. Hedley – Anything (10)
6. Cher – I Hope You Find It (8)
7. John Newman – Losing Sleep (-)
8. Kodaline – Love Like This (-)
9. Sam York – The Script (-)
10. Christina Perri – Human (-)

In The Mix:
Andrew Ripp – Falling For The Beat
Avril Lavigne featuring Chad Kroeger – Let Me Go
Backstreet Boys – Show ‘Em (What You’re Made Of)
Britney Spears – Perfume
Cub Sport – Paradise
Dominique Pruitt – To Win Your Love (new)
Emblem3 – 3,000 Miles
Honor By August – Already Yours
Keane – Won’t Be Broken
Michael Bublé – You Make Me Feel So Young
Pink – Are We All We Are?
The Griswolds – Heart Of A Lion
twenty one pilots – House Of Gold
tyDi featuring Carmen Keigans – Live This Lie (new)
Tyson Ritter – Air
Vance Joy – Riptide
Young The Giant – It’s About Time

Chart Notes:

  • Displacing Sheppard at #1 after two weeks at the top is the quartet originally from Boston, now based in Brooklyn. American Authors are having a pretty great day with “Best Day Of My Life”, up 2-1, becoming the band’s first number one single on my survey. They’re currently on tour with Misterwives and The Royal Concept as they play up the East Coast this week.
  • Taking a leap from 37-30 is the Biggest Mover on the countdown, “Let Me Go” by Take That vocalist and X Factor U.K. judge Gary Barlow. Last time around, the quintet got as high as #18 in the fall of 2011 with “When We Were Young”. His first solo album in 14 years, Since I Saw You Last, is out next week.
  • This week’s Highest Debut is in at #38 by an act who I wasn’t sure would ever make my chart again. Back in 2010, “Hurtful” by a then 21-year-old Erik Hassle went as high as #8 and then he fell off my radar… until a few weeks ago. The now 25-year-old’s second single to make my top 40, “Talk About It”, was recently issued digitally on his new U.S. home, RCA Records.
  • 20-year-old Taylor Henderson becomes the first ever X Factor Australia act to rank in my top 40; his debut single, “Borrow My Heart”, debuts at #39. His self-titled album, featuring “Borrow” and ten cover songs as performed on the show, is released in Australia on November 29.
  • Finally, this week’s #40 debut belongs to newcomers Smallpools with “Over & Over”. Based in New Jersey, they made a minor dent on the Alternative chart earlier this year with “Dreaming”. This followup to it goes to radio in January.

See my full chart on the M4BCC message board.

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