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NEW MUSIC FRIDAY: Releases For The Week of October 12, 2018

You Mai proceed.

Reactive R&B and rap titles lead this week’s New Music Friday report, as Q4 continues to bring on the hits. These are the notable digital and physical releases hitting the market today:

ELLA MAI – Ella Mai (iTunes)
Mai has become one of the breakout R&B stars of 2018, with “Boo’d Up” and “Trip” scoring well at Rhythmic and Urban radio, as the former track slows down at the Top 40 format following a minor crossover. With notable playlisting already in effect overseas and solid sales and streaming expected here, the self-titled set should have one of next week’s higher debuts.

QUAVO – Quavo Huncho (iTunes)
From the rap trio Migos, this performer has often appeared as a featured artist on a growing list of big singles, but this release is his first solo studio album. Prominent features include Cardi B, Drake and Travis Scott, so expect streaming stats for the new release to be fairly high.

YOUNG THE GIANT – Mirror Master (iTunes)
Featuring the recent top 20 Alternative song “Simplify” and follow-up single “Superposition”, the fourth studio album for this act will look to break the top 20 on the Billboard 200 chart, much like their last album did two years ago.

Notable albums out this week: Basement‘s Beside Myself (iTunes), Belly‘s Immigrant (iTunes), Jess Glynne‘s Always In Between (iTunes), Jimmie Allen‘s Mercury Lane (iTunes), Kurt Vile‘s Bottle It In (iTunes), Morgan Evans‘s Things That We Drink To (iTunes), Nico Santos‘s Streets Of Gold (iTunes), TobyMac‘s The Elements (iTunes), Tom Morello‘s The Atlas Underground (iTunes)

Notable holiday albums out this week: Eric Clapton‘s Happy Xmas (iTunes), LeAnn Rimes‘s It’s Christmas, Eve (TV Soundtrack) (iTunes), The Monkees‘s Christmas Party (iTunes)

Notable EPs out this week: Ashlee + Evan‘s Ashlee + Evan (iTunes), Kim Cesarion‘s Bleed (iTunes), Nicklas Sahl‘s Planets (iTunes), Youngr‘s Obsession (iTunes)

New digital singles that you can buy this week include:
“11:59” and “Ringing In My Ears”, Chris Ayer (iTunes)
“80’s Baby”, New Kids On The Block / Salt-N-Pepa / Naughty By Nature / Tiffany / Debbie Gibson (iTunes)
“Angels (Kia Love and M-22 Remixes)”, Tom Walker (iTunes)
“Be Somebody (Tyron Hapi Remix)”, Steve Aoki + Nicky Romero featuring Kiiara (iTunes)
“Bells”, The Unlikely Candidates (iTunes)
“Bring Me Love” and “Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas”, John Legend (iTunes)
“Can’t Knock The Hustle”, Weezer (iTunes)
“Come A Little Closer”, Skizzy Mars & Prelow (iTunes)
“Come Together”, SVRCINA (iTunes)
“Consequences (Orchestra)”, Camila Cabello (iTunes)
“Cowboy”, ALMA (iTunes)
“Cycles”, ANNALIA (iTunes)
“Dazed & Confused (Acoustic)”, Ruel featuring Ezinma (iTunes)
“Don’t Look Me Over”, Luke Christopher (iTunes)
“Drunk As Hell”, Lost Kings featuring Jesper Jenset (iTunes)
“Easy”, Great Good Fine OK (iTunes)
“Emotion”, Astrid S (iTunes)
“Expectations”, Lauren Jauregui (iTunes)
“Fashion After All”, Poppy (iTunes)
“Give Me My Name Back”, Meg Mac (iTunes)
“Hold Me Up”, Sam Tinnesz (iTunes)
“Home”, Cheat Codes (iTunes)
“I Wish You Were Here (Acoustic)”, HRVY (iTunes)
“Ice Cold”, Netsky & David Guetta (iTunes)
“If You Were Mine (KC Lights Remix)”, Ocean Park Standoff (iTunes)
“Last Call”, Hudson Thames (iTunes)
“Let Go”, James Hersey featuring Filous (iTunes)
“Light On”, Maggie Rogers (iTunes)
“Lose Us”, Rozzi & Scott Hoying (iTunes)
“Loyal”, Paloma Faith (iTunes)
“Love You Anymore”, Michael Bublé (iTunes)
“Luck Pusher”, FINNEAS (iTunes)
“Medicine (Just Kiddin Remix)”, Robinson (iTunes)
“Mia”, Bad Bunny featuring Drake (iTunes)
“Miss You All The Time”, O.A.R. (iTunes)
“Moves (Wideboys Remix)”, Olly Murs featuring Snoop Dogg (iTunes)
“Nobody Knows You Anymore”, Kevin George (iTunes)
“Not A Damn Thing Changed”, Lukas Graham (iTunes)
“People”, LINES (iTunes)
“People You Love”, Matt Hartke (iTunes)
“Pieces”, Declan J Donovan (iTunes)
“Promises (David Guetta Remix)”, Calvin Harris & Sam Smith (iTunes)
“Recovery”, LP (iTunes)
“Rise & Fall”, Mike Perry featuring Cathrine Lassen (iTunes)
“Rose”, Allan Rayman (iTunes)
“Run That Back”, Sofi De La Torre (iTunes)
“Simple Romance”, Coin (iTunes)
“Table For One”, AWOLNATION featuring Elohim (iTunes)
“Telephone”, The Shadowboxers (iTunes)
“Telling All My Secrets”, Mitchell Tenpenny (iTunes)
“Under Pressure”, Shawn Mendes featuring teddy<3 (iTunes)
“When I’m Ready”, FRANKIE (iTunes)
“Wild And Free”, Kirsten Arian (iTunes)
“Woman Like Me”, Little Mix featuring Nicki Minaj (iTunes)
“Wondering”, M.O & Chip (iTunes)
“Wrapped Around The Axle”, Peter Bjorn & John (iTunes)
“Writer’s Song”, Bibi Bourelly (iTunes)
“Yesterday”, Virginia To Vegas (iTunes)

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

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RADIO REPORT: POP! Goes The Picks (April 2017)

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 April in this month’s Radio Report:

BLEACHERS – “Don’t Take The Money” (RCA, April 4 – Alternative)
Album: Everybody Lost Somebody (2017)
Past ALT History: Jack Antonoff’s popular project has stormed the top five on the Alternative chart with two tracks: “I Wanna Get Better” (#1, one week) and “Rollercoaster” (#3). With a strong start over the past few days, I expect this release to join them soon.

COIN – “I Don’t Wanna Dance” (Columbia, April 4 – Alternative)
Album: How Will You Know If You Never Try (2017)
Past ALT History: This Nashville group’s breakout hit, “Talk Too Much”, talked its way up to #8 earlier this year. Despite the slow run of that song, the band now has some momentum ahead of their album release later this month. We’ll see how this tune moves.

HEY VIOLET – “Break My Heart” (Caroline, April 4 – CHR/Top 40)
Album: TBA
Past CHR History: The California group, previously known as Cherri Bomb, reached a peak of #18 earlier this year with “Guys My Age”. Their label, also responsible for Ben Rector’s “Brand New” (#26) from last summer, doesn’t have much pull on the pop side.

MIKE POSNER – “In The Arms Of A Stranger” (Island/Republic, April 4 – CHR/Top 40)
Album: At Night. Alone. (2016)
Past CHR History: Posner has eight top 50 appearances to date, half failing to reach the top 40. However, his 2016 comeback will be remembered as one of the most impressive of the decade, with a remix of “I Took A Pill In Ibiza” spending two weeks at the top.

OLIVIA HOLT – “History” (Hollywood, April 4 – CHR/Top 40)
Album: Olivia (EP) (2016)
Past CHR History: This is Holt’s first track to impact here. Is another classic top 30 brick wall in the works for Hollywood’s latest? Considering the results of other pop acts on their roster, like Jordan Fisher, Sabrina Carpenter and Shawn Hook, it could happen.

JAMES TW – “Ex” (Island/Republic, April 10 – Hot AC)
Album: TBA
Past HAC History: I was really rooting for his ballad “When You Love Someone”, which spent seven weeks atop my personal chart in 2016, when it was at the format. Unfortunately, it wasn’t meant to be, just edging into the top 30. I’m hoping this has a nice run.

RUTH B – “Superficial Love” (Columbia, April 10 – Hot AC)
Album: Safe Haven (2017)
Past HAC History: From Vine star to radio star, the Canadian singer and songwriter’s “Lost Boy” got found in the top ten, peaking at #6 last year. There’s been an unusually long amount of time between the two singles at Hot AC. How will it affect the chart run?

SIGRID – “Don’t Kill My Vibe” (Island/Republic, April 11 – CHR/Top 40)
Album: TBA
Past CHR History: This Norwegian performer is headed to U.S. radio for the first time, and her debut single is already a sales and streaming hit in her home country. We’ll see if the newcomer can match the heights of a-ha and their #1 from 1985, “Take On Me”.

TINASHE – “Flame” (RCA, April 11 – CHR/Top 40)
Album: TBA
Past CHR History: While not yet a prominent name on the CHR airwaves, this performer has achieved some success at the format in the last few years, including the #20 hit “2 On” in 2014. Plus, who doesn’t love an artist promoting her new song on a fire truck?

LANY – “ILYSB” (Interscope, April 17 – Hot AC)
Album: Make Out (EP) (2015)
Past HAC History: If you’re a happenin’ hipster in the SoundCloud universe, you’re probably wondering why a track from 2014 is headed to radio. Honestly, I am too, but it’s nice to see this California trio is finally getting their first shot at some notable airplay.

THE 1975 – “A Change Of Heart” (Interscope, April 18 – Alternative)
Album: I like it when you sleep, for you are so beautiful yet so unaware of it (2016)
Past ALT History: The four guys from Manchester must’ve been pretty frustrated seeing song after song of theirs miss the top ten at the format, so they did something about it. “Somebody Else”, their fifth top 40 single here, took its time and reached a #3 peak.

YOUNGR – “Out Of My System” (Island/Republic, April 25 – Alternative)
Album: TBA
Past ALT History: What happens when the kid of Kid Creole takes on the playground we call Alternative radio? Format newcomer Dario Darnell is out to prove that his single is a wonderful thing, baby. This song’s been around for a year, but it still sounds fresh.

Which of these new songs would you like to see on the charts later this year? Let me know!

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RECORD REWIND: Thirty Top Tunes From 2016

Record Rewind - January 1, 2017

Happy New Year from PGTC! It’s Sunday afternoon, which means it’s time for the Record Rewind, highlighting the top new tracks that you might’ve missed during the work week. If it’s on the site, it’s something that you need to check out!

This week, it’s a Record Rewind special, presenting thirty of the top tracks to make my Spotify playlists throughout 2016. So many great new artists put their music online this year, while those established in the blog world continued to create massive tunes. You will find a Spotify playlist below of all thirty songs, plus twelve highlighted throughout the post. By the way, several hundred songs made these lists during the year, so don’t feel bad if yours isn’t below. It was hard! 2017 is a new year, so give it your best shot.

Check out our Spotify profile page for the Indie Winter Mix (2015/2016), Indie Spring Mix, Indie Summer Mix and Indie Fall Mix for all the action from this year.

(Acts that have been signed since appearing on the lists have been noted below. Positions indicate chronological order, not rank.)


Enjoy all the great music!

1. ADAM FRIEDMAN, “Pretty Things”
Added to Indie Winter Mix: January 29, 2016
Label: Gold Rush

2. MACKENZIE THOMS, “Do Me All Again”
Added to Indie Winter Mix: January 29, 2016
Label: Independent

Thoms could sing the phone book and I would probably stream it a few dozen times, but this R&B-flavored tune really hit the spot.

3. CAPE CUB – “Closer”
Added to Indie Winter Mix: February 9, 2016
Label: Independent

4. RUELLE, “I Get To Love You”
Added to Indie Winter Mix: February 12, 2016
Label: Independent

5. WYLDER, “Swells”
Added to Indie Winter Mix: February 16, 2016
Label: Independent

6. BRYCE FOX, “Burn Fast”
Added to Indie Winter Mix: February 21, 2016
Label: Independent

Fox has a super 2017 ahead, as “Horns” continues to react from airplay in the Denver area. “Burn” is still my favorite of his singles.

7. KYKO – “Native”
Added to Indie Winter Mix: February 28, 2016
Label: LAB (U.K.)

8. YOUNGR – “Out Of My System”
Added to Indie Spring Mix: April 23, 2016
Label: Independent (now signed to Island/Republic)

Dario Darnell’s father might be Kid Creole, but this kid has a major radio hit in the making with this absolute jam. It’s a killer track.

9. SODY / MARTIN LUKE BROWN – “Wasted Youth”
Added to Indie Spring Mix: May 13, 2016
Label: Independent

I’ve enjoyed Brown’s music for some years now. Put him in a collaboration with a promising newcomer, and you’ve got one hot hit.

10. CAPPA, “I’m Good”
Added to Indie Spring Mix: May 14, 2016
Label: Independent

11. JOHN SPLITHOFF – “Sing To You”
Added to Indie Spring Mix: May 20, 2016
Label: Independent

Splithoff recently surpassed five million streams with his fabulous feel-good track, and you’ll feel good about his new material too.

12. TIPLING ROCK – “Low Tide Love”
Added to Indie Summer Mix: May 27, 2016
Label: Independent

Four Boston college kids mixed pop and psychedelic music to create one monster Spotify Viral anthem for those hot summer days.

13. BILLIE EILISH, “Six Feet Under”
Added to Indie Summer Mix: June 24, 2016
Label: Drup Music (now signed to Darkroom/Interscope)

14. OFELIA K, “I Love My Lawyer”
Added to Indie Summer Mix: June 26, 2016
Label: South By Sea

15. KID RUNNER – “Give Me Something To Love”
Added to Indie Summer Mix: July 2, 2016
Label: Independent

This Ohio group actually made me “Love” their EP from earlier this year. Also, Alternative radio gatekeepers, make this song a hit!

16. CODY FRY – “Go”
Added to Indie Summer Mix: July 22, 2016
Label: Independent

17. STEFAN ALEXANDER – “Skeleton”
Added to Indie Summer Mix: July 22, 2016
Label: Independent

18. SLOW SUGAR, “Hypnotic Love”
Added to Indie Summer Mix: August 6, 2016
Label: Independent

19. DAVIS, “Get Mine”
Added to Indie Summer Mix: August 7, 2016
Label: Proxy

20. EZA, “Alive”
Added to Indie Summer Mix: August 12, 2016
Label: Independent

Sensual and unconventional: it’s a small taste of the EP Dead Reckoning, and this glorious gem from Ellery Bonham is impressive.

21. PHANGS, “Cul De Sac”
Added to Indie Summer Mix: August 24, 2016
Label: Independent

22. GOLDEN COAST, “Recess”
Added to Indie Summer Mix: August 26, 2016
Label: Independent

23. BEN HOBBS, “Animals”
Added to Indie Summer Mix: August 31, 2016
Label: Independent

In a zoo full of musical madness, this song escaped from its cage and into my ears this summer. Hobbs has a great catalog of music.

24. JORDAN GABLE, “Didn’t Mean It”
Added to Indie Fall Mix: September 9, 2016
Label: Independent

25. WANDERER, “Call Me Crazy”
Added to Indie Fall Mix: September 9, 2016
Label: Independent

26. MULLALLY, “Wonderful”
Added to Indie Fall Mix: September 20, 2016
Label: Black Diamond Music

There’s an exciting buzz around singer Connor Mullally, and I’m sure 2017 will be more, well, wonderful for him in plenty of ways.

27. RAINSFORD, “Too Close”
Added to Indie Fall Mix: September 23, 2016
Label: Independent

28. WHISSELL, “Pain Of Love”
Added to Indie Fall Mix: September 29, 2016
Label: FourForty Artist Group

From her upcoming EP, Nashville singer Lauren Whistle delivered with this inspired cut. I’m excited for the release in a few weeks.

29. LAUV, “The Story Never Ends (Piano Version)”
Added to Indie Fall Mix: October 20, 2016
Label: Independent

30. MATT WOODS, “If You Forget Me”
Added to Indie Fall Mix: December 2, 2016
Label: Guernsey House

I’ve been a follower of Woods’s music for several years, and this ballad from his recent EP just has me feeling a lot. I love his voice.

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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