Each Friday, Billboard presents "Bubbling Under," a weekly look at new and noteworthy acts making their way toward Billboard chart success. Up this week: Kathy Griffin, Benjamin Gibbard, Joanna Smith and the Gaslamp Killer.
Two-time Emmy Award-winning comedian/actress Kathy Griffin has her sights set on the upper reaches of Billboard's Dance/Club Play Songs chart, as her Donut Run-released single "I'll Say It," which doubles as the theme song to her Bravo talk show, "Kathy," struts onto the tally at No. 44. Written by Emmy- and Grammy Award-winner Adam Schlesinger (Fountains of Wayne), the song was remixed for dance floors after, according to Griffin, her friend (and on-stage collaborator) Gloria Estefan told her, "Baby, you need a dance mix for the gays!"
Benjamin Gibbard, lead singer for Death Cab for Cutie and the Postal Service (and formerly married to actress/singer Zooey Deschanel), steps out on his own, as "Teardrop Windows" (Barsuk) becomes his first solo entry on the Triple A chart at No. 27. (Death Cab for Cutie has notched seven top 10s, including three No. 1s, on the list.) The song previews his first solo album, "Former Lives," due Oct. 16. The track is receiving strongest support from Sirius XM's The Spectrum, which played it 49 times in the Sept. 17-23 tracking week, according to Nielsen BDS.
Georgia native Joanna Smith, who scored two modest Country Songs entries while on Columbia in 2010 and 2011, offers her debut RCA Nashville single, "We Can't Be Friends." The song, produced by long-time Kenny Chesney collaborator Buddy Cannon (and considered by Chesney to record), is approaching Country Songs with airplay on 39 reporters (up 91% in detections), according to BDS.
The Gaslamp Killer
The Gaslamp Killer's debut album, "Breakthrough" (Brainfeeder), bows at No. 23 on Dance/Electronic Albums. Brainfeeder is an independent Los Angeles-based record label founded by Flying Lotus, an eclectic DJ whose blend of jazz-infused electronic hip-hop can be stylistically traced to his great-aunt, late jazz musician Alice Coltrane. The Gaslamp Killer (born William Benjamin Bensussen) celebrated the set's release with a party thrown in conjunction with the Red Bull Music Academy in Los Angeles.
Reporting by Keith Caulfield, William Gruger, Silvio Pietroluongo and Gary Trust of the Billboard charts department.