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: Casey Abrams, Chris Wallace, Hopsin and Half Mile Home
2011 "American Idol" sixth-place finalist Casey Abrams notches his first entry on a Billboard genre airplay chart, as "Get Out" (Concord/CMG) debuts on Adult Contemporary at No. 27. The song is the first single from his self-titled debut album, which opened atop Heatseekers Albums three weeks ago and has sold 10,000 copies, according to Nielsen SoundScan. The set from the 21-year-old Texas-born singer/songwriter/multi-instrumentalist includes appearances by Jamie Cullum and Abrams' "Idol" co-contestant Haley Reinhart.
Former White Tie Affair frontman Chris Wallace is off to a promising start going it alone. The singer's uptempo debut solo single "Remember When" (ThinkSay) is garnering early support from adult pop KZZO Sacramento, Calif. (20 plays in the July 16-22 tracking week, according to Nielsen BDS), and pop WLAN Lancaster, Pa. (15). Said ThinkSay co-founder Ben Singer in the Billboard Top 40 Update (July 12), the song's infectiousness "makes you want to roll down your windows and sing in standstill traffic."
(* Language in video above may not be appropriate for all audiences.) "Ill Mind of Hopsin 5" (Funk Volume) is the fifth installment in socially-conscious rapper Hopsin's "Ill Mind" series, in which the Los Angeles-based rapper expresses frustration with today's jaded youth and disenchantment toward famous, unrelatable rappers. The track bows at No. 17 on R&B/Hip-Hop Digital Songs (20,000 downloads sold, according to SoundScan) after its video hit the front page of the Reddit website and registered 2 million views in its first day. The online buzz likewise helped enable Hopsin's No. 17 debut this week on the Social 50.
Half Mile Home
Akron, Ohio-based all-male quintet Half Mile Home eyes its first national chart ink with "Change My Life" (God Made Millionairze), which simmers just below the Gospel Songs chart, with BDS reporting airplay at 18 of the 45 stations monitored for the ranking. WOAD-AM Jackson, Miss., logged the most spins for the song during the survey's tracking week (31), while WEUP-AM Huntsville, Ala., leads in plays to date (591 through July 22). The group has also recorded R&B material under the name After the Rain.
Reporting by Keith Caulfield, William Gruger, Wade Jessen and Gary Trust of the Billboard charts department