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RECORD REWIND 2020: PGTC Picks, Week One

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…

Previously on the Rewind: Fourth appearance / Nesbitt is signed to Cooking Vinyl (via Sony’s The Orchard)

Just about three years after Aplin’s original version was released, which I didn’t cover on the Rewind at the time, this new take with Nesbitt landed towards the top of the new releases I listened to last week. The latter performer is a good fit and it still sounds fresh.

LAUV – “Changes” (Spotify)
Previously on the Rewind: 21st appearance

With his latest song off the forthcoming album ~How I’m Feeling~, due March 6, Lauv is feeling pretty reflective and vulnerable. A sobering ode to making resolutions and shifting one’s priorities in life, the lyric remains hopeful. It’s a nice tune heading into 2020.


For more great new music, these songs are worth a listen…
HANNAH GRACE – “When I Ruled The World”
THE MOWGLI’S – “Wasting Time”

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RECORD REWIND: PGTC Picks, January 28-February 3, 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…

(Given the Super Bowl this weekend and a larger-than-expected workload, notes will return next week. Go Patriots!)


SASHA SLOAN – “Normal” (Spotify)
Previously on the Rewind: first time featured


THE MOWGLI’S – “Real Good Life” (Spotify)
Previously on the Rewind: first time featured; band was previously signed to Photo Finish Records


VÉRITÉ & PELL – “Bout You” (Spotify)
Previously on the Rewind: “Phase Me Out” (January 2017), “When You’re Gone” (April 2017), “Bout You” (original solo, May 2017) and “Saint” (June 2017) were featured; “Control” (June 2017) was noted


ZAYDE WØLF – “Gladiator” (Spotify)
Previously on the Rewind: “Will I Fall” (June 2016), “Born Ready” (October 2016), “Brave” (July 2017), “The Jungle” (August 2017), “Higher Than High” (October 2017) were featured; no additional noted songs


For more great new music, these songs are worth a listen…
WANDERER – “Driving (1985 Version)” (SoundCloud)

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NEW MUSIC FRIDAY: Releases For The Week of September 30, 2016

Morgan on the move.

Morgan on the move.

Whether you stream your music, or spin some Vinyl, there are plenty of choices on the schedule this week. Here are the notable albums and singles looking to make a few musical memories:

This Mississippi newcomer has been in the top 50 on the Country radio chart for nearly a year, and he could finally reach #1 this week with debut single “I Met A Girl”. The 23-year-old’s first studio album is sale-priced, which may give it a slight advantage. It should be, at the very least, top five on the Country Albums survey.

BON IVER — 22, A Million (iTunes)
The winner of Best New Artist at the Grammy Awards in 2012 returns with their third studio album. It’s likely to generate a nice amount of sales and streams during the week. Their 2011 album debuted at #2 on the Billboard 200, and this one will be aiming for the top.

THE MOWGLI’S — Where’d Your Weekend Go? (iTunes)
The California rockers are back with a new album, featuring the single “Bad Thing”. That song has been streamed over 400,000 times to date. Will this become their first album to break the top 100? Stay tuned!

More albums out this week: Alex & Sierra‘s As Seen On TV (iTunes), BANKS‘s The Altar (iTunes), Bob Weir‘s Blue Mountain (iTunes), Regina Spektor‘s Remember Us To Life (iTunes), Solange‘s A Seat At The Table (iTunes), Van Morrison‘s Keep Me Singing (iTunes), Yellowcard‘s Yellowcard (iTunes)

More EPs out this week: FLETCHER‘s Finding Fletcher (iTunes), Hayley Kiyoko‘s Citrine (iTunes), Matt Simons‘s When The Lights Go Down (iTunes)

New digital-only singles that you can buy this week include:
“A.I.”, OneRepublic featuring Peter Gabriel (iTunes)
“All We Know”, The Chainsmokers featuring Phoebe Ryan (iTunes)
“Ballin'”, Bibi Bourelly (iTunes)
“Body Moves”, DNCE (iTunes)
“Bright Side”, Icona Pop (iTunes)
“Cool”, Daya (iTunes)
“False Alarm”, The Weeknd (iTunes)
“G.D.M.M.L. GRLS”, Tyler Glenn (iTunes)
“Hold On To Our Love”, Tom Chaplin (iTunes)
“Love$ick”, Mura Masa featuring A$AP Rocky (iTunes)
“Music”, JoJo (iTunes)
“On What You’re On”, Busted (iTunes)
“Papernote”, Tigertown (iTunes)
“Party Like A Russian”, Robbie Williams (iTunes)
“Play That Song”, Train (iTunes)
“Smile”, Gorgon City featuring Elderbrook (iTunes)
“Something”, gnash (iTunes)
“Star Of The Show”, Thomas Rhett (iTunes)
“Sweet Relief”, Kimbra (iTunes)
“The Runners”, The Naked And Famous (iTunes)
“This Town”, Niall Horan (iTunes)
“To Her Door”, Empire Of The Sun (iTunes)
“Tragedy”, Norah Jones (iTunes)
“Trust Nobody”, Cashmere Cat featuring Selena Gomez and Tory Lanez (iTunes)
“Vowels”, Capital Cities (iTunes)
“Would I Lie To You?”, David Guetta x Chris Willis x Cedric Gervais (iTunes)
“You’re Mine”, Phantogram (iTunes)

We’ll see you next week for new releases from Green Day, OneRepublicPhantogram and more.

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RADIO REPORT: POP! Goes The Picks (January 2014)

If you follow the radio charts like I do, you’ll want to be on top of only the freshest music being serviced across the nation. So, I’m bringing back an early PGTC feature with a bit of a revamp. With this monthly series, I’ll be highlighting some great tracks at a few different radio formats that will be fighting for airspace over the next few months. So, what are we waiting for? Let the battles begin.

Jason Derulo and 2 Chainz
JASON DERULO featuring 2 CHAINZ“Talk Dirty” (January 7)
Label: Beluga Heights/Warner Bros.
After the questionable release of the slower “Marry Me”, which ultimately lost the singer and his label some momentum here in the U.S., Derulo’s returned with the international hit, a #1 in Australia, the U.K. and many others. The jazzy R&B banger should be his biggest hit of this era so long as it is promoted correctly.

Naughty Boy and Sam Smith

NAUGHTY BOY featuring SAM SMITH“La La La” (January 7)
Label: Capitol
Though both are newcomers to the Stateside market, “La” did superb numbers internationally, giving the producer his biggest single to date and introducing Smith to a wider audience (and a solo U.S. deal also at Capitol.) The early adds on it look promising, and there will certainly be a pressure to break the song here.

Christina Perri

CHRISTINA PERRI“Human” (January 21)
Label: Atlantic/Roadrunner
Already at #5 on my personal chart, this is a surefire smash from Perri, her biggest hit yet on my top 40 and one of the great ballads out right now. Its genuine vocal and beautiful build are lovely, and the lyric set is sincere and well-crafted. “Human” is the first single from sophomore album Head Or Heart, due March 11.


Ready, set, "Go".

GROUPLOVE“Shark Attack” (January 14)
Label: Atlantic/Canvasback
“Ways To Go” did some damage on Alternative radio, going as high as #2, and this followup is already climbing into the top 30 on my personal chart. If a moderate rise is in order, the eccentric and fun “Shark” will be peaking around the start of summer begins. Just when you thought it was safe to go back in the water…

So far Gone.

HAIM“Forever” (January 21)
Label: Columbia
Currently garnering some minor airplay with “The Wire” at the AAA format, the critically acclaimed sisters out of Los Angeles will be back on U.S. radio with this one, which originally went to a lowly #75 in the U.K. early in 2013. The rock meets 80’s pop track lays down a funky vibe; it’s downright fun retro realness.

Max Frost

MAX FROST“White Lies” (January 21)
Label: Atlantic/Roadrunner
Frost is one of the newest signings to Atlantic, a native of Austin, TX. Garnering top rankings on site The Hype Machine, the performer released an EP, Low High Low, back in October. The song is currently being featured in an ad for Beats By Dre. “White” is an infectious dream pop sound bound for big action, and that’s no lie.


The South's gonna do it again.

BOY & BEAR“Southern Sun” (January 14)
Label: Nettwerk
I first wrote about this song in November and now, we’re just weeks away from the song actually going for adds. With Nettwerk’s recent successes, especially on AAA radio with male-led singles by Family Of The Year and Passenger, I have a feeling this record will be an easy sell. It’s already a big winner on my chart.

The Mowgli's

THE MOWGLI’S“Say It, Just Say It” (January 14)
Label: Photo Finish / Island Def Jam
The eight-piece band out of California are best known for “San Francisco”, which just missed the top ten on Alternative last year. A followup, “The Great Divide”, underperformed, but this next single from Waiting For The Dawn has already seen a lot of play on SiriusXM’s Hits 1. Let’s see if terrestrial radio will “say” anything.

Graham Colton

GRAHAM COLTON“Hands Untied” (January 21)
Label: United For Opportunity
He’s a talented guy and he’s responsible for two big hits on my chart — the #1 “Best Days” in 2008 and the #5 “Pacific Coast Eyes” in 2011. “Hands” is the first release from Colton’s Lonely Ones, due on that same date, which was funded by a Kickstarter campaign. He may be the underdog in this race, but this is a quality song.

Which track(s) 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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RADIO REPORT: What’s Hitting The Airwaves This Month (December 2012)

Every month, dozens of singles are sent to radio and are put up for adds, meaning that stations can choose to put them in rotation and they’ll be reported to airplay services like BDS and Mediabase/Media Monitors. Not every new single gets an adds date, but many do. I’ll be shifting through everything from my music sources and highlighting some of the top songs being sent to their respective formats. Here’s what’s hitting the airwaves in December 2012:

All that glitters is "Gold".

All that glitters is “Gold”.

CHR (Contemporary Hit Radio)
CHR, like all the formats I’m about to highlight, doesn’t take in many new singles in the month of December given the increase in holiday music airplay and year-end freeze effect, when station playlists are affected by year-end broadcasts, giving newer songs less of a chance of gaining airplay and giving the top hits much more room for spins. However, on the week of December 4, two established artists and one newcomer take their chances with new releases.

Capitol Records is banking on Britt Nicole to become the next Christian crossover success story. Her first mainstream release, “Gold”, packs a positive message into a three-minute tune, proclaiming “from the inside-out it shows/you’re worth more than gold.” Other solo females to make successful leaps to the national Pop surveys include Amy Grant (best known for her 1991 Hot 100 #1 “Baby Baby”) and Stacie Orrico (who scored a pair of hits, including a CHR top ten from 2003, “(There’s Gotta Be) More To Life”.) “Gold” will most likely be a slow-burner as the label attempts to get her on smaller market stations before charging forward with major markets.

Now that her first single “Your Body” is long gone from the airwaves, Christina Aguilera and RCA Records are putting out a second single from Lotus, “Just A Fool”, which features fellow The Voice judge and Country crooner Blake Shelton. It’s quite a change from her dance material of late as the two trade off vocals in a smooth power ballad. It’s easy enough to compare this to last year’s token Country crossover duet, “Don’t You Wanna Stay” by Jason Aldean and Kelly Clarkson, so expect similar results after the holiday freeze, maybe a tad less in the peak position department because (a) Aguilera is taking a break from the show after this season finishes, thus, less national television coverage (b) her album is underperforming, and (c) at the moment, this isn’t actively being promoted to Country radio, where the Aldean/Clarkson duet quickly hit #1.

Finally, on Epic Records, the new Ciara record, “Got Me Good”, will be making its way to the mainstream airwaves soon. It’ll be an uphill battle for the R&B singer as she attempts to score her first CHR hit in nearly four years, never mind that the last one, “Love, Sex, Magic”, relied heavily on a feature from Justin Timberlake and still only topped out at #13. Her last solo hit, “Like A Boy”, went as high as #17 in CHR airplay in 2007. Sonically, it’s 80’s-freestyle inspired with a provocative lyric, which is too mature for the Justin Bieber/One Direction crowd, but who knows if others will latch onto it first.

He's coined a lot of hits.

He’s coined a lot of hits.

The only song going to Rhythm radio this month, on December 4, is “My Life” by 50 Cent featuring Adam Levine from Maroon 5 and Eminem, from Interscope Records. It’s the third attempt at launching a single from 50’s upcoming fifth studio album, Street King Immortal, due out in 2013. He’s obviously been struggling on the charts as of late, and perhaps he’ll benefit from the two additional artists on his single, but I wouldn’t bet any money on it.

Nothing but "Love".

Nothing but “Love”.

Alternative and Adult Album Alternative (AAA)
Three songs are going for adds on Alternative radio for the first week of December, all by relative unknown bands at least at this point. From Los Angeles, The Mowgli’s, on Photo Finish/Island, are california dreamin’ about their first big hit, “San Francisco”. With some advertisement placement, this one could do some major damage. It’s a rocking tune with an outstanding horn section that will definitely appeal to the Alternative crowd if the song is worked right.

From Columbia Records, The Neighbourhood puts forth their appropriately-titled “Sweater Weather”. It’s off an EP entitled I’m Sorry…, which is available now. It’s a part rap/part sung concoction with a nice dark flavor to it. Considering that the weather is going to be cold for a while, this one should fit in for a few months to come.

Lastly, there’s the duo who call themselves Twenty|one|pilots on Fueled By Ramen, who have already built up a big social following. “Holding On To You” is sort of reminiscent of an MGMT record with addition of some rap breaks, but it all fits together pretty well. The video is already over 200,000 hits on YouTube is just over two weeks, so expect the large fan presence to play a role in how well this song does.

The big Alternative release in December is, however, the follow-up to a #1 single: “I Will Wait”. Glassnote Records’s Mumford & Sons are back with their second single from Babel, the song “Lover Of The Light”. It goes for adds on December 18. It’s one of my favorites from the album and will for sure be another hit for the band. Question is, how much of a chopping will it get for play? The album version clocks in at five minutes and fourteen seconds. We’ll see.

Two other releases are going to AAA radio on December 4: Alpha Rev returns on Kirtland Records with “Sing Loud”. You may remember them when they were featured on VH1’s You Oughta Know breakout artist series back in 2010 with songs like “New Morning”. The other is from Fiction Family, the quartet spearheaded by singer Jon Foreman from Switchfoot and guitarist Sean Watkins from Nickel Creek. “Up Against The Wall” is the first single from Fiction Family Reunion, out in late January on Rock Ridge.

The Brice is right.

The Brice is right.

Lee Brice is coming off two consecutive number-one singles at Country radio: “A Woman Like You” and “Hard To Love”. His latest on Curb Records, “I Drive Your Truck”, is a poignant ballad where the protagonist tries to relive the memories of a lost one. This should have no problem becoming his third chart-topper in a row. A video, featuring Brice’s brother, will be premiering soon. It goes for adds on December 3.

Two additional songs go for adds on December 17. LeAnn Rimes, scandals and stories behind her, returns with “Borrowed”, also on Curb. Rimes hasn’t had a top ten hit on the Country chart since 2005, even before her times in the tabloids, so it’s hard to imagine that this will provide any sort of a comeback for her. However, the song is simply-arranged and is pretty enough for what it is. It’s a subtle reintroduction to radio for her, which is probably just what she needs.

Also out on radio is “American Beautiful” by The Henningsens on Arista, an ill-timed single by the band considering the titles “American Heart” and “American Beauty” are also on the survey at the moment. A few of their songs have been big hits for The Band Perry, and this one could do what “Love Don’t Live Here” did for Lady Antebellum: took a long time to get going for a debut single, but look where they are now.

That’s it for this month’s Radio Report. There are already big plans for January, so stay tuned for an update in a few weeks.

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