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: Vicci Martinez, Cheyenne Jackson, Miss Willie Brown and the FiNATTiCZ
Pop singer/songwriter Vicci Martinez continues to translate exposure on NBC's "The Voice," on which she placed third last season, to radio airplay, as "Come Along" is approaching the Adult Pop Songs chart. The song, featuring her "Voice" coach Cee Lo Green, is receiving its strongest early support from KWYE Fresno, Calif. (75 plays in the July 2-8 tracking week, according to Nielsen BDS), and KCIX Boise, Idaho (65). The single ushers in Martinez's debut Universal Republic full-length "Vicci," which bowed at No. 10 on Heatseeekers Albums two weeks ago.
Familiar to fans of Broadway and TV's "Glee" and "30 Rock," actor/singer Cheyenne Jackson is prepping the release of his first EP of original music, due next month. The red-hot Sia - a friend of Jackson's - is a collaborator on the set, which will be released via Hickory Records. Two singles and videos from the effort have already been released - "Drive" and "Before You" - with the latter clip featuring "Saturday Night Live" alum Rachel Dratch.
Miss Willie Brown
Rookie duo Miss Willie Brown is aiming for its first national chart ink with maiden single "You're All That Matters to Me," which simmers just beneath Country Songs. With airplay at 10 of the 131 stations monitored by BDS for the chart, the female twosome's song was produced by studio wizard Nathan Chapman ( Taylor Swift, Shania Twain). Signed to A&M/Octone, the pair is being worked to country radio by the independent Rodeowave label. The song's accompanying video clip debuted July 6 on CMT Pure.
(*Language in video above not appropriate for all audiences.) Staying true to West Coast hip-hop pioneers NWA, the FiNATTiCZ proudly represent pure gangster rap and party music for the 'hood. The group (also known for its flair for facial tattoos) hailing from the east side of Los Angeles arrives with eOne debut single "Don't Drop That Thun Thun!," which is nearing the R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart. Rhythmic powerhouse KPWR Los Angeles is helping the quartet (Killa F, Jayarah the Truth, EZ the Great and Nyce) break nationally, having played the track 669 times through July 11, according to BDS.
Reporting by Keith Caulfield, Wade Jessen, Karinah Santiago and Gary Trust of the Billboard charts department