Each Friday, Billboard presents "Bubbling Under," a weekly look at new and noteworthy acts making their way toward Billboard chart success.
Up this week: Colton Dixon, Lucy Rose, Kristy Lee Cook and Bex.
Making a splash with a No. 1 debut on Christian Digital Songs this week is 2012 "American Idol" finalist Colton Dixon, who arrives with his first chart entry: "Never Gone." The cut sold 22,000 downloads in its first week according to Nielsen SoundScan. Dixon, who announced his signing with Sparrow/EMI CMG in September, is currently at work recording his debut album. The singer is also gaining radio play with another new single, "You Are," which is gaining attention from Christian stations.
English singer-songwriter Lucy Rose is capturing attention once again as her debut album, "Like I Used To" (Columbia), bowed on the Official U.K. Albums Chart at No. 13 last week. Her minimalist style of folk music first visited the charts in March, when buzz earned by her single "Middle of the Bed," drove her onto the Uncharted tally. This week, she makes the ranking once again, reentering at No. 14 as nears the Oct. 21 launch of her U.K. solo tour.
Kristy Lee Cook
Kristy Lee Cook anticipates a second entry on Hot Country Songs with "Airborne Ranger Infantry" (Broken Bow), which simmers just below the chart threshold with airplay at 37 of the 126 stations monitored by Nielsen BDS for the chart. The 2008 "American Idol" finalist's first single, "15 Minutes of Shame," peaked at No. 28 during an 18-week chart run four years ago. No release date has been announced for her upcoming album, for which she co-wrote nine of the tracks.
Enrolled in dance classes at age 2 and performing in local theater at 6 (even donning a beard as "Tevye" in an all-girls staging of "Fiddler on the Roof"), Bex is playing to bigger audiences with "Life of the Party" (Sybasonic). The uptempo dance track is approaching the Mainstream Top 40 chart with its strongest support from Sirius XM's 20 on 20 channel, which played it 49 times in the Sept. 24-30 tracking week, according to Nielsen BDS.
Reporting by Keith Caulfield, William Gruger, Wade Jessen and Gary Trust of the Billboard charts department