Bubbling Under: Twenty One Pilots Take Flight, Jake Miller's 'Lives' Begins
Each Friday, Billboard presents "Bubbling Under," a weekly look at new and noteworthy acts making their way toward Billboard chart success. Up this week: Twenty One Pilots, Jake Miller, Charlie Worsham, RaVaughn.
Twenty One Pilots
After scoring breakout success with fun. over the past year, Fueled By Ramen/Roadrunner is aiming for similar acclaim with alterna-pop duo Twenty One Pilots. The pair (Tyler Joseph and Josh Dun) makes its chart debut as "Holding On to You" enters Alternative Songs at No. 38. The song, led by 30 plays each at WBRU Providence, R.I., and WXXJ Jacksonville, Fla., during the Dec. 24-30 Nielsen BDS tracking week, introduces the act's Jan. 8 album Vessel. Among Twenty One Pilots' touring plans is the Radio 104.5 (WRFF) Winter Jam, with Tegan and Sara, in Philadelphia (Jan. 26).
20-year old unsigned singer/rapper Jake Miller is seeking to translate online interest to an even wider reach. The Florida native, managed by Jason Derulo's manager Frank Harris, has garnered nearly 10 million views on his YouTube channel and is prepping his first solo tour. Booked by Paradigm, the artist's Miller High Life trek launches on Jan. 23 in Minneapolis, with dates lined up through March 9 in Boston. Miller's most recent video, "A Million Lives," has amassed more than 750,000 YouTube views since its Nov. 27 posting.
Mississippi native Charlie Worsham takes his first run at Billboard's Country Airplay chart with his debut single "Could It Be" (Warner Bros. Nashville). The track is receiving early support from KJKE Oklahoma City, Okla. (144 plays through Dec. 30, according to BDS) and WXTU Philadelphia (84). Worsham, booked by agent Henry Glassock at William Morris Endeavor's Nashville office, is currently visiting radio stations to promote the single.
"Better Be Good" continues RaVaughn's multimedia-conquering career. A veteran of stage and TV, RaVaughn (last name: Brown) has recorded demos and background vocals for artists including Celine Dion, Natasha Bedingfield and Jennifer Hudson. RaVaughn's signing with the Ne-Yo-helmed Compound University imprint and subsequent deal with Columbia Records has led to the release of her Wale-assisted track, which is approaching the Mainstream R&B/Hip-Hop airplay chart.
Reporting by Keith Caulfield, Wade Jessen, Rauly Ramirez and Gary Trust of the Billboard charts department.