Each Friday, Billboard presents "Bubbling Under," a weekly look at new and noteworthy acts making their way toward Billboard chart success. Up this week: Gorgon City, Ginny Blackmore, Weston Burt, Adrian Marcel.
Already a top 10 hit on the Official U.K. Dance Singles chart, Gorgon City's "Real," featuring vocalist Yasmin, is now eyeing an American crossover. The duo – producers Foamo (real name: Kye Gibbon) and RackNRuin (Matt Scott) – is scheduled to tour the U.S. in April and May. "Real" hit digital retail in February on Black Butter Records; a major label pickup of the single is in the works.
After penning tracks for acts including Christina Aguilera and Adam Lambert, New Zealand pop singer/songwriter Ginny Blackmore draws her first Billboard chart ink as an artist, as her debut single "Bones" (Epic) enters Adult Pop Songs at No. 40. Blackmore left school at 16 to become a musician, but she didn't quit – she was asked to leave by her principal, who believed she should focus full-time on her career, a move her parents supported. WKRQ Cincinnati led all Adult Pop Songs panelists with 33 plays for "Bones" in the March 18-24 Nielsen BDS tracking week.
Weston Burt is poised to make his first appearance on Country Airplay with "Lucky Sometimes." Originally from Ft. Payne, Ala., Burt shares a hometown with Randy Owen, Teddy Gentry and Jeff Cook, three of the four founding members of Country Music Hall of Fame group Alabama. In fact, he learned to play guitar by listening to Alabama records (the first song he mastered being the band's 1983 hit "Dixieland Delight"). Currently on a national radio tour, Burt is the flagship artist on the recently launched Hit Shop label, distributed by Warner Music Nashville.
Oakland crooner Adrian Marcel is closing in on a Mainstream R&B/Hip-Hop debut as "Waiting" (L7/Universal Republic) rises by 67% in plays. The track is the lead single from his upcoming mixtape "7 Days of Weak," executive produced by Raphael Saadiq and featuring production from J.U.S.T.I.C.E. League and 1500 or Nothing. Marcel's SoundCloud page boasts nearly 84,000 listens.
Reporting by Keith Caulfield, Wade Jessen, Rauly Ramirez and Gary Trust of the Billboard charts department.