Each Friday, Chart Beat presents " Bubbling Under," a weekly look at new and noteworthy acts making their way toward Billboard chart success.
Up this week: Meital, Teengirl Fantasy, Tyler Barham and Oscarcito
Pop singer Meital has been making a stir with her eye-catching (and somewhat controversial) music videos, earning more than 4 million views to her official YouTube channel. Now she has the Billboard charts in her sights as her dance collaboration with Sean Kingston, "On Ya," is percolating under the threshold of the Dance Club/Play Songs chart. The tune, released via Human Loves Human Productions, will be featured on the singer/actress' (who has a recurring role on Showtime's "Weeds") upcoming debut album "I'm In Hate With Love."
Independent electronic dance/pop duo Teengirl Fantasy (Nick Weiss and Logan Takahashi) is on the verge of making its chart debut with the Aug. 21 release of its second full-length album, "Tracer." The set's current single, "EFX" (featuring Kelea), turned heads on SoundCloud last week, accruing 26,000 plays on the group's official page. The True Panther Sounds album will also include guest turns from Panda Bear, Romanthony and Laurel Halo.
Hailing from Caracas, Venezuela, singer Oscarcito is enjoying his first top 10 hit on the Tropical Airplay chart with "Tu Eres Perfecta" (9-8 this issue) and could see the track bow on Latin Songs in the coming weeks. The Crossover Records' song is being played at 20 monitored radio stations according to Nielsen BDS, garnering a total audience of 2.7 million impressions. WVOZ in San Juan, Puerto Rico and WSKQ in New York lead the pack with the most spins, totaling 58 combined in the tracking week ending Aug. 5.
Montana native Tyler Barham makes his chart debut this week as his third EP, "Don't Cage This Heart" (YN Records), takes a bow on Heatseekers Albums at No. 19 and Country Albums at No. 56. Starting with 1,000 sold (according to Nielsen SoundScan), the singer/songwriter gained valuable exposure four years ago as a contestant and finalist on Great American Country's (GAC) "The Next GAC" talent contest.
Reporting by Keith Caulfield, William Gruger, Wade Jessen and Karinah Santiago of the Billboard charts department.