Each Friday, Billboard presents "Bubbling Under," a weekly look at new and noteworthy acts making their way toward Billboard chart success. Up this week: Bastille, Unlikely Candidates, Lennon & Maisy, and J. Peguero
Four acts boast a top 10 hit on both the Official U.K. singles and albums charts this week: P!nk, Bruno Mars, Justin Timberlake and - a name likely unfamiliar to Americans - British rock band Bastille. The act's debut album "Bad Blood" (Virgin) opened at No. 1 in March, powered by its top 10 single "Pompeii." Plans are in the works for an American release of the album, while "Pompeii" is garnering early U.S. radio support, including at alternative WROX Norfolk, Va. (268 plays through April 14, according to Nielsen BDS).
Unlikely Candidates boast a perhaps unlikely start: Cole Male and Kyle Morris were booked on separate accounts of grand theft auto and sent to a Ft .Worth, Texas, juvenile dentition center together. After they became friends, they began focusing on music, eventually rounding out the group with Kevin Goddard, Josiah Maughn and Brenton Carney. Signed to Atlantic, the act is approaching the Alternative Songs chart with the jangly "Follow My Feet." KKDO Sacramento leads all panelists with 52 plays for the song in the April 8-14 tracking week.
Lennon & Maisy
Opening at No. 57, sibling duo Lennon & Maisy appear for the first time on Country Airplay with their cover of the Lumineers' "Ho Hey" (Big Machine). The original version peaked at No. 3 on the Billboard Hot 100 in December. The young sister act joined the cast of ABC's "Nashville" last fall and performed "Ho Hey" on the series' April 3 episode. The single will appear on the show's second soundtrack, due May 7.
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Miami-based rapper J. Peguero hopes to dial up a debut on Mainstream R&B/Hip-Hop with "Callin' " (RedStar). The introspective cut is the second release off of his Tale of Two Cities mixtape, following the Trina-assisted "Turnt Up," which has racked 440,000 YouTube views. Peguero was born in the Dominican Republic and raised in Brooklyn before moving to Miami to begin his music career.
Reporting by Keith Caulfield, Wade Jessen, Rauly Ramirez and Gary Trust of the Billboard charts department.