Andy Grammer is getting "Up" in the world of Billboard charts.
The 27-year-old singer/songwriter, christened a Billboard Artist to Watch in January, this week becomes the first solo male to send a career-opening single into the Nielsen BDS-based Adult Pop Songs chart's top five this year, as "Keep Your Head Up" pokes 6-5. One men arrived with a top five title on his first try last year: 2009 "American Idol" champion Kris Allen ("Live Like We're Dying," No. 3). (Runner-up Adam Lambert reached No. 2 with his first chart entry, "Whataya Want From Me," after the RCA Music Group abandoned promoting "For Your Entertainment" early on).
"Keep" concurrently bullets at No. 18 on Adult Contemporary and bows at No. 39 on Pop Songs.
Grammer's self-titled debut album opened at No. 1 on the SoundScan-based Heatseekers Albums chart four weeks ago.
(All charts will be refreshed Thursday (July 21) on billboard.com).
Grammer stopped by Billboard's New York headquarters yesterday (July 18) to chat about his breakout chart hit, whose innovative video includes an appearance by "The Office" actor, and his friend, Rainn Wilson.
Grammer also played an acoustic version of the song that has grown into his first multi-format hit, as well as the S-Curve label's highest-charting effort on Adult Pop Songs.
"I started my whole career street-performing," said the Los Angeles-based Grammer, who grew up in Chester, N.Y. "I would set up my guitar case on my mom's TV dinner table, head out on the street and just go for it. I did that for about two-and-a-half years.
"One day, I hadn't sold any CDs. I went home and wrote a little song called 'Keep Your Head Up,' 'cause I was a little bit bummed.
"I sat at my piano and wrote a little jingle that has changed my life."