Each Friday, Billboard presents "Bubbling Under," a weekly look at new and noteworthy acts making their way toward Billboard chart success. Up this week: Madeon, Willy Moon, Granger Smith and Bridget Kelly.
Ranked by Billboard.com as one its "21 Under 21" this year, 18-year old French EDM artist Madeon is rising with his single "The City." The song, released through Madeon's own imprint, popcultur, debuts this week on the Dance/Mix Show Airplay chart at No. 24. The song's two official clips on his YouTube channel have earned a combined 1.3 million views. Madeon (aka, Hugo Leclercq) will soon gain enviable U.S. exposure: He'll open for Lady Gaga on her "Born This Way Ball" tour beginning in January.
New Zealand-born, London-based singer/songwriter Willy Moon's song "Yeah Yeah" (UMe) has secured prime placement: usage in Apple's latest iPod Shuffle and nano ad campaign. The coveted spotlight results in Moon's first Billboard chart ink, as the track enters Alternative Digital Songs at No. 25 and Rock Digital Songs at No. 34 with 9,000 downloads sold, according to Nielsen SoundScan. Hits aided by previous iPod commercials include Grouplove's "Tongue Tied," the Ting Tings' "Shut Up and Let Me Go" and Feist's "1234."
Texas Red Dirt artist Granger Smith has his sights set on Country Songs and Country Digital Songs with his self-released single "We Do It in a Field." The track, which sold 5,000 downloads during the SoundScan tracking week, is the lead single from Smith's ninth studio album due early next year. Smith has tour dates booked on the Southwest regional club circuit through the first week of January.
Bridget Kelly may be a new name to radio but plenty of audiences have seen her perform live. The Roc Nation signee has filled in for Alicia Keys on several of Jay-Z's performances of their former Billboard Hot 100 No. 1 "Empire State of Mind," including on NBC's "Saturday Night Live" in 2010. Kelly's "Special Delivery" is approaching the Mainstream R&B/Hip-Hop chart, with WFXA Augusta, Ga., leading all panelists with 35 plays for the song in the Oct. 8-14 tracking week, according to Nielsen BDS.
Reporting by Keith Caulfield, Wade Jessen and Gary Trust of the Billboard charts department.