Each Friday, Billboard presents "Bubbling Under," a weekly look at new and noteworthy acts making their way toward Billboard chart success. Up this week: Skye Stevens, Youngblood Hawke, Jason Cassidy and Avery*Sunshine
After reaching No. 20 on Dance Club Songs in June, Skye Stevens' "Takes All Night" (Rock Society) is approaching Mainstream Top 40. Sirius XM's 20 on 20 has played the pop/dance track the most (345 detections through Aug. 22, according to Nielsen BDS), followed by KVLY McAllen, Texas (203), and WXXX Burlington, Vt. (162). The Boston-born singer of Armenian heritage (who began dancing competitively at age 10) has previously gained exposure as part the international touring company for the Broadway production "Miss Saigon."
Its name inspired by Herman Wouk's like-titled novel first published 50 years ago, Youngblood Hawke jumps 32-28 on Alternative with "We Come Running," while the five-piece act's debut self-titled Universal Republic EP arrives at No. 3 on Heatseekers Albums (3,000 sold, according to Nielsen SoundScan). KROQ Los Angeles has championed "Running" with an Alternative panel-best 140 plays through Aug. 22, according to BDS. For the week of Aug. 14-20, the ebullient song was iTunes' free Single of the Week.
Neo-traditionalist singer Jason Cassidy eyes his first Billboard chart appearance with "Ride of Your Life," which percolates just below the Hot Country Songs threshold with spins at 12 of the 126 stations monitored by BDS for the chart. The track is the lead single from Cassidy's second album, My Redemption (A-Blake). The Texas-based artist has dates booked through December on the Southwestern Red Dirt dancehall/club circuit.
Singer/songwriter/pianist Avery*Sunshine continues pushing toward the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart with "Ugly Part of Me" (BigShine), which has already dented the Adult R&B tally. WVAZ Chicago leads with 531 plays through Aug. 22, according to BDS. The Chester, Pa., native served as lead keyboardist for Tyler Perry's stage play "Meet the Browns" in 2005. In 2007, Jennifer Holiday recruited Sunshine as choral director for the theatrical production of "Dreamgirls," staged during that year's National Black Arts Festival in Atlanta.
Reporting by Keith Caulfield, Wade Jessen, Karinah Santiago and Gary Trust of the Billboard charts department