Bubbling Under: The Mowgli's, Cab Ride to Radio With New Singles
Each Friday, Billboard presents "Bubbling Under," a weekly look at new and noteworthy acts making their way toward Billboard chart success. Up this week: the Mowgli's, the Cab, Chase Rice and Jeyro.
The Mowgli's peppy single "San Francisco" (IDJMG) grants the Southern California band its first entry on a Billboard chart, as the cut arrives at No. 36 on Alternative Songs. The group, which cites influences ranging from Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeros to Johnny Cash, is enjoying support in (where else?) San Francisco, where the cut received 28 plays last week on KITS, according to Nielsen BDS.
While pop/rock band the Cab has been bouncing around Billboard album charts for the past few years, a major airplay hit has eluded the Las Vegas act. It looks, however, like the Republic quartet is on the verge on a breakthrough, thanks to its current single "Endlessly." The track is mere spins from debuting on the Pop Songs chart. Its video stars 2010 Academy Award nominee Hailee Steinfeld.
Chase Rice's route to country music success? Starting on a TV reality show. Now, he's co-written a No. 1 smash. Rice was the runner-up on 2010's "Survivor: Nicaragua" on CBS before finding his way to Nashville. This week, the singer/songwriter sits atop the Country Songs chart for a fifth week as a co-writer of Florida Georgia Line's "Cruise." He's also gaining steam with his own song, "How She Rolls" (Artist Revolution), which is bubbling under the Country Airplay tally.
The trend of reviving popular English songs from decades past by Latin tropical acts continues with bachata newcomer Omar Camacho, better known as Jeyro. (Leslie Grace took her version of the Shirelles' "Will U Still Love Me Tomorrow" to No. 1 on Tropical Songs in October.) The young New Yorker's debut single "Say You, Say Me" (Lavid) samples Lionel Richie's 1985-86 No. 1 Billboard Hot 100 hit of the same name and debuts at No. 34 on Tropical Songs. Jeyro's career sprung from his piano prowess, studio experience and limited touring in the Northeast.
Reporting by Keith Caulfield and Rauly Ramirez of the Billboard charts department.