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NEW MUSIC FRIDAY: Releases For The Week of November 2, 2018

Charts like buttah.

It’s Wall or nothing on this week’s release report, as we enter the month of November with plenty of top titles hitting the market. These are the notable digital and physical releases for your entertainment this Friday:

BARBRA STREISAND – Walls (iTunes)
76-year-old Streisand is searching for her third chart-topper of the decade and her twelfth total to extend her lead as the woman with the most #1 albums on the Billboard 200. The set is led by the single “Don’t Lie To Me”. Will politics and pop music make a mighty musical match? Stay tuned.

TAKEOFF The Last Rocket (iTunes)
From the rap trio Migos, the latest solo effort by one of its members should perform well at the major streaming services. Could it debut at #1 on the Billboard 200? With Quavo’s recent solo outing just missing the top, we’ll see what happens.

Notable albums out this week: Action Bronson‘s White Bronco (iTunes), Glades‘s To Love You (iTunes),
Jacob Banks‘s Village (iTunes), Matt Corby‘s Miracle Love (iTunes), Metro Boomin‘s Not All Heroes Wear Capes (iTunes), Pistol Annies‘s Interstate Gospel (iTunes), Poppy‘s Am I A Girl? (iTunes), Swizz Beatz‘s Poison (iTunes), Tenacious D‘s Post-Apocalypto (iTunes), The Prodigy‘s No Tourists (iTunes), VHS Collection‘s Retrofuturism (iTunes)

Notable holiday albums out this week: David Archuleta‘s Winter In The Air (iTunes), Sia‘s Everyday Is Christmas (Deluxe) (iTunes)

Notable EPs out this week: Allie X‘s Super Sunset (iTunes), Des Rocs‘s Let The Vultures In (iTunes), H.E.R.‘s I Used To Know Her – Part 2 (iTunes), Jacob Sartorius‘s Better With You (iTunes), Kris Wu‘s Antares (iTunes), Maisie Peters‘s Dressed Too Nice For A Jacket (iTunes), Pretty Sister‘s Z-Funk Era, Vol. 1 (iTunes), Saint Motel‘s saintmotelevision B-sides (iTunes), WILD‘s Lace & Layers (iTunes), Wolfgang Gartner‘s Medicine (iTunes)

New digital singles that you can buy this week include:
“1994”, Alec Benjamin (iTunes)
“A No No”, Mariah Carey (iTunes)
“AF1s”, Chelsea Cutler (iTunes)
“All Is Well”, Jordan Smith featuring Michael W. Smith (iTunes)
“All Out Life”, Slipknot (iTunes)
“Baby”, Clean Bandit featuring Marina & Luis Fonsi (iTunes)
“Back On The Dance Floor”, Mark Knopfler (iTunes)
“Back To Life”, Hailee Steinfeld (iTunes)
“Back When We Were Kids”, Timeflies (iTunes)
“Bad Time”, Sabrina Carpenter (iTunes)
“Before I Go”, Guy Sebastian (iTunes)
“Better Together”, Hayden James featuring Running Touch (iTunes)
“Brighter Day” and “Misty Morning Skies”, State Of Sound (iTunes)
“Changed My Mind”, Samuraii featuring Loote (iTunes)
“Chromatic”, Liv Miraldi (iTunes)
“Crave”, Ruth B (iTunes)
“Cry For Me”, Violet Skies (iTunes)
“Dreamer”, Martin Garrix featuring Mike Yung (iTunes)
“Emoji”, Galantis (iTunes)
“Eyes On The Prize”, John Mellencamp (iTunes)
“Fading”, Alle Farben & ILIRA (iTunes)
“GHOST”, Luke Christopher (iTunes)
“Great For You”, Noelle Scaggs featuring BRÅVES (iTunes)
“Great Unknown (Acoustic)”, Kirsten Arian (iTunes)
“Hold My Girl (Acoustic)”, George Ezra (iTunes)
“Hotel Room”, Blake Rose (iTunes)
“I Found You”, Benny Blanco & Calvin Harris (iTunes)
“I’m A Woman”, Whissell (iTunes)
“Joan Of Arc”, Little Mix (iTunes)
“Know Me”, NAV (iTunes)
“Know You”, SUMif (iTunes)
“Land Of Hope And Dreams (Broadway)”, Bruce Springsteen (iTunes)
“Life In My Bones”, Marc Scibilia (iTunes)
“Little Things”, Lemaitre (iTunes)
“Machine”, Imagine Dragons (iTunes)
“Mark On My Heart”, Olly Murs (iTunes)
“Mountains”, LSD (iTunes)
“No Budget”, Kid Ink featuring Rich The Kid (iTunes)
“Nobody’s Home”, gnash (iTunes)
“Nothing Compares 2 U”, Anna Of The North (iTunes)
“One Shot (Acoustic Room / Remix)”, Mabel (iTunes)
“Party For One”, Carly Rae Jepsen (iTunes)
“Perfect To Me”, Anne-Marie (iTunes)
“Photographs”, Professor Green with Rag’n’Bone Man (iTunes)
“Polaroid (R3HAB Remix)”, Jonas Blue, Liam Payne & Lennon Stella (iTunes)
“P***y Is God”, King Princess (iTunes)
“Sad Still”, Quinn XCII (iTunes)
“Say Something”, Jay Sean (iTunes)
“So Close”, NOTDFelix Jaehn & Captain Cuts featuring Georgia Ku (iTunes)
“Soldier”, James TW (iTunes)
“Something Strange”, Vicetone featuring Haley Reinhart (iTunes)
“Stupid Deep”, Jon Bellion (iTunes)
“Sweet But Psycho (Acoustic)”, Ava Max (iTunes)
“The Greatest Show”, Panic! At The Disco (iTunes)
“The Other Team”, Upsahl (iTunes)
“The Worrying”, Oli Fox (iTunes)
“Theodosia Reprise”, Sara Bareilles (iTunes)
“Waving Through A Window”, Katy Perry (iTunes)
“Way Way”, Cody Simpson (iTunes)
“White Christmas”, Mason Ramsey (iTunes)
“You Belong”, Fly By Midnight (iTunes)
“You Only Live Once”, Isaac Gracie (iTunes)
“Youngblood”, Angus & Julia Stone (iTunes)

Next week: look out for new albums from Imagine Dragons, Kane BrownSteve Aoki and more. For Adam’s personal picks of the week, listen to the PGTC Friday Faves list on Spotify!

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RECORD REWIND: PGTC Picks, 2/5 – 2/11/17

Record Rewind - February 12, 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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JOE HICKS – “Best Clothes” (iTunes) (Spotify)
Hicks is a new name for the Rewind, but I think he’s got a sound that’ll stick around for some time on my radar. The retro-tinged jam is equal parts soulful and soft rock, and seems to be picking up some love on SoundCloud. All in all, “Clothes” dresses up very nicely.


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MARC SCIBILIA – “Summer Clothes” (iTunes) (Spotify)
It’s sure nice to have a bit of “Summer” in the middle of winter. Nashville’s Scibilia is doing pretty well for himself as an independent artist, having reached a million streams on two of his songs that were self-released last year. The acoustic pop track is worth a listen.


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RAINSFORD featuring SWIMSUIT ISSUE – “Sweet Spot” (iTunes) (Spotify)
Five months ago, this Los Angeles performer last appeared on the Rewind with a great single called “Too Close”. Needless to say, I’ll satisfy my “sweet” tooth’s craving with this delight, which should be another blog hit. The tropical influence on this tune is excellent.


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WILD – “Hold Us Together” (iTunes) (Spotify)
It’s been a minute since this Los Angeles trio caught my attention, but I really enjoyed their EP All We’ll Ever Have, especially tracks like “Silver & Gold” and “Where Love Lives”. Their radio-ready sound comes through again, a nice blend of light folk and bright pop.


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For more great new music, these tunes are worth a listen…
Adam Friedman – “Signals” (SoundCloud)
Benji Lewis – “Drift” (SoundCloud)
FRND – “Substitute” (SoundCloud)
LEVV – “Collateral Damage” (SoundCloud)
Lukr – “Astronaut” (SoundCloud)

Want to be featured on this weekly wrap-up? Submit your music to afsoybel@hotmail.com and I’ll check it out. Thanks!

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RECORD REWIND: PGTC Picks, 9/4 – 9/10

Record Rewind - September 11, 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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ACT AS IF – “Taking It Slow”
This Los Angeles quartet has been around for several years now, last releasing an album in 2014 with Steady. Two songs off their forthcoming EP, due on Friday, were uploaded on SoundCloud during the week. They have an indie pop winner with this release.

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CAPPA – “Next Ex” (iTunes) (Spotify)
If you’re hungry for a delicious pop record, look no further than this Nashville singer’s Queen Of Hearts EP next week. Seriously, if you don’t know Carla Cappa yet, you’ve got some catching up to do. Her songs are polished perfection, and this is no exception.

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HIDININ – “Something Better”
Daniel Kadawatha and Sebastian Forslund make up this Swedish duo, and though the act is a new name for me, the two guys got a good amount of SoundCloud and Spotify support for their prior single, “Free But Hollow”. It’s pure pop with a positive message.

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JORDAN GABLE – “Didn’t Mean It” (iTunes) (Spotify)
Nashville’s Gable has been on our radar since earlier this year, when he was releasing catchy tunes like “Fool Of Me” and “Want U Anyway”. So, here’s one more to add to the list. He knows his sound, and he does it very well. I’m looking forward to more music.

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OFELIA K – “Another World” (iTunes) (Spotify)
Chaos Cave has to be one of the best EP titles so far this year, but beyond the name of that release, this Los Angeles singer has an extremely consistent track record of singles, some of which appear in this set of five tracks. Dig into that intriguing sound of hers.

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ROYAL TEETH – “Kids Conspire”
After a year or so with Elektra Records, which resulted in no major releases, the band from the Bayou State is back with a new EP titled Amateurs. The independent set is due on November 18. You’ll find these “Kids” running around the radio dial next month.

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VAN WILLIAM featuring FIRST AID KIT – “Revolution” (iTunes) (Spotify)
William leads the band WATERS, and while they continue on their next record, he’s crafting some great music as a solo act. A few months back, he released “Fourth Of July”. Now, he’s collaborating with the Swedish sister duo on a lovely folk single for the fall.

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WANDERER – “Call Me Crazy” (iTunes) (Spotify)
Tempe, AZ may be singer Adam Simons’s hometown, but he’s been finding a home in the blogosphere too. With 30,000 plays on SoundCloud and 200,000 on Spotify, his slick pop and new wave sound is spreading around. This might be his catchiest tune yet.

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For more new music, these tunes are worth a listen…
PUBLIC – “Perfect” (SoundCloud)
SCAVENGER HUNT – “Sweet Talk” (SoundCloud)
WILD – “American Love” (SoundCloud)

Want to be featured on this weekly wrap-up? Submit your music to afsoybel@hotmail.com and I’ll check it out. Thanks!

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RECORD REWIND: PGTC Picks, 7/3 – 7/9

Record Rewind - July 10, 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 world of SoundCloud and my Indie Summer Mix on Spotify, these records stuck out as my favorite independent tunes of the week…

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BRIGHT LIGHT BRIGHT LIGHT featuring ELTON JOHN – “Symmetry Of Two Hearts” (iTunes) (Spotify)
Next week marks the release of Rod Thomas’s latest album, Choreography, and based on the instant grat tracks so far, I think I’ll be enjoying it thoroughly. If you need a dose of 1987 in 2016, his intelligent and unabashedly bold pop melodies are a great treat.

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ELLE WATSON – “Phantom” (iTunes) (Spotify)
Watson last appeared on the blogs a couple of months ago; that’s when “Losing Any Sleep” debuted, a track that’s now achieved a massive 550,000+ streams on Spotify. Tapping into an ethereal R&B-flavored world, the haunting results are worth a few plays.

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GIRL FRIEND – “Hello Stranger”
This Manchester band has been a regular on my SoundCloud feed for about a year now, crafting great singles like “Tragic On The Dancefloor” and “Waste My Time”. Their latest gem, mixed by Louis La Roche, should be no stranger to your new music playlist.

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GRAHAM COLTON with EMILY HEARN – “Where You Wanna Go” (iTunes) (Spotify)
Colton’s had two big top five singles on my personal chart, including the #1 hit “Best Days” in 2008, so I’m always happy to find a new song from him. Collaborating with Hearn, their catchy folk/pop record is great for any road trip playlist this summer or fall.

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MYZICA – “Love & Desire” (iTunes) (Spotify)
The Nashville duo, consisting of Isaaca Byrd and Micah Tawlks, strikes again with a delicious bright pop record. It’s the first taste of their forthcoming album, due in September. Driven by synth and drums, “Love” effortlessly captures a youthful 80’s memory.

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SAM TINNESZ featuring MAGIC MANSIONS – “Doesn’t Get Better Than This”
Tinnesz has been busy with two different projects in the last year, one being WΛVE & ROME and the other under his given name. In either case, many of his songs have been on TV recently, so expect this potent punch of rock realness in your living room soon.

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VINYL THIEF – “Letting Me Off Easy” (iTunes) (Spotify)
The Touch EP from this Nashville quartet was finally released on Friday. They’ve served up some hot cuts from the set in the last few weeks, and the last track from it, a dark fusion of electronic and indie rock, is among my favorites. It easily gets my approval.

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X&Y – “Footprints”
Last summer, I found this U.K.-based trio’s song “Rocket Science” on SoundCloud, but this may be their best single to date. Both their writing and production have unleashed a fresh energy and bigger sound for this track. Dig into it (your ears, not your toes.)


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For more new music, we suggest…
ALLIE X – “All The Rage” (iTunes) (Spotify)
APOLLO LTD – “Goodbye” (SoundCloud)
WILD – “Where Love Lives” (iTunes) (Spotify)

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RECORD REWIND: PGTC Picks, 6/26 – 7/2

Record Rewind - July 3, 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…

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BEACH TIGER – “Companion” (iTunes) (Spotify)
You may have heard this song in the mix of your favorite New Music Friday playlist. I’ve enjoyed their two prior singles, and it’s a good thing to say that they’re 3-for-3 for me now. The South Carolina band has mastered a great indie rock mentality that works.

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CAPPA – “Mad About U” (iTunes) (Spotify)
Attention pop girls: please clear the way for Carla Cappa. The Nashville performer delivers again with her new song, a saucy R&B flavored track with nice production. Her hot jam is a winner for the summer; call it another feather in her cap-pa. (I tried, really.)

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HANNAH GRACE – “Mustang” (iTunes) (Spotify)
Grace has been on my radar for a number of years now, and I’ve enjoyed songs like “Keep Your Love” and “Meant To Be Kind”. It looks like she’s about to add to my favorites, with a new EP due on July 15. Fusing 70’s rock with current pop, Grace shines again.

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KID RUNNER – “Give Me Something To Love” (iTunes) (Spotify)
If there’s one song this week that could be a big record at Alternative radio several months from now, it’s this excellent tune from the upcoming EP Body Language, due August 12. The Ohio band continues to get streaming love, and is poised for more success.

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RAINSFORD – “S.I.D. (Sunshine In December)”
Last year, Rainey Qualley had a pair of tracks issued to Country stations on a small label, including “Me And Johnny Cash”, which was spun on a number of outlets. Returning with a project under this new name, she flourishes with an edgy pop sound and lyric.

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VOKES featuring NEVVE – “Backroad” (iTunes) (Spotify)
He’s four singles into his new project, and it’s pretty clear that Los Angeles musician Mike Harris has a strong electronic soul vibe that’s hitting thousands of ears around the world. His latest track should continue to, ahem, drive up support in the coming days.

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WILD – “Silver & Gold” (iTunes) (Spotify)
Christmas in July? Not quite. Save the snow and tinsel for a later date, but do unwrap this gift from the Los Angeles trio. The last year has given the band a blog and streaming breakout, with “Back To You” and “Vagabond” leading the pack. Look out for more.

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YOUNG SUMMER – “Alright” (iTunes) (Spotify)
The summer is very young indeed, but this summery sound will get you feeling young again. D.C.-based singer Bobbie Allen has a great return single that dives into the pop pool of 80’s goodness. Don’t towel off just yet; you’ll want to ride this wave for a while.

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For more new music, we suggest…
GYPSY & THE CAT – “Life” (iTunes) (Spotify)
NATIVE PEOPLE – “Call Me” (iTunes) (Spotify)

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SINGLE PREMIERE: Jessie J featuring Big Sean and Dizzee Rascal – “Wild” (+ Lyrics)

Young, "Wild" and free.

Young, “Wild” and free.

It’s not about the money, money, money… but it is about the new single. British singer Jessie J, best known for songs like “Domino” and “Price Tag” and her judging role the U.K. version of The Voice, is back with a new single, the first from her forthcoming second album. The song, “Wild”, features rapper Big Sean and Dizzee Rascal for a more urban flavor. It also sounds a bit like “Run The World (Girls)” by Beyoncé. Will the change in direction help her or hurt her on the charts? We’ll see in the next few weeks. Check out the song and lyrics below. Enjoy!

Watch the premiere of “Wild”. / Download “Wild” on iTunes.

(P.S. If anybody wants to help me out on Dizzee’s rap, that would be helpful…)

“WILD”

[Verse 1]
If I go hard let me tell you that it’s worth it
Play the right cards, I ain’t afraid to work it
Brush them right off when they say I don’t deserve it
Hands on my heart, you keep my fire burning

[Bridge]
Oh it feels so crazy when you scream my name
Love it when you rock me over every day
When I think about it I could go insane
And we are as beautiful, I’m blown away

[Chorus x2]
If this is a dream, won’t open my eyes
Am I asleep? No I’m alive
I just can’t believe that this is my life
In my fantasy, we’re running wild

[Verse 2]
When it gets rough and the rain starts pouring
I turn up the heat ’cause the drama ain’t important
Let ’em all talk-talk, I’mma just ignore it
Hands on my heart, you keep me moving forward

Oh it feels so crazy when you scream my name

[Rap – Big Sean]
B I G Sean don, OK
Today I woke up feeling like the mayor
Spent about an hour looking in the mirror
As I should, as much as I been through
It’s a wonder I look this damn good
Probably make it out any situation
That you try to put me into
If I swim with the piranhas guaranteed
That I’mma probably have a fish dinner
Met a young girl with a sexy shape
But like Jessie J, that we escapade where it’s extra shade
She make me wanna give and not take like collection plates
Wow, all the awards, brawls, call, wall to wall was all a mirage
And I could lose it all tonight
Just to show the world I could do it twice, live my life

[Chorus x2]
If this is a dream, won’t open my eyes
Am I asleep? No I’m alive
I just can’t believe that this is my life
In my fantasy, we’re running wild

[Rap – Dizzee Rascal]
… double the dollar
On my jetsettin’ rhythm, more hits than a white collar
But I can’t be buffed, flow tight like Bob Marley’s locks (I can’t be dropped)
I’m at the peak and I can’t be touched, I’m wil n’ out
… I can’t be stopped
Pull up the gnarly …
Opposite of calmly, I bet I get the party hard, I can’t be bluffed
Ten years plus runnin’ the game, you brothers just come in the game
But now I’m coming again, to get the people goin, …insane
100,000 people going bonkers when I’m out in the rain
Women on shoulders, … shouting my name
I’m willing to reign, why would I complain?
I thought I was the boy in the corner
But I’m in the penthouse and your boy is a baller
I believe in

[Chorus x2]
If this is a dream, won’t open my eyes
Am I asleep? No I’m alive
I just can’t believe that this is my life
In my fantasy, we’re running wild

Wild wild w-whoa (x4)

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