Each Friday, Billboard presents "Bubbling Under," a weekly look at new and noteworthy acts making their way toward Billboard chart success. Up this week: Lolo, Andre Mieux, Bush Hawg and Jenny and the Mexicats.
Thanks to a featured vocal turn on Panic! At the Disco's new single "Miss Jackson," 25-year old singer/actress Lolo (given name: Lauren Pritchard) has earned her first Billboard hit. (The Decaydance/Fueled by Ramen track rises 32-24 on Alternative Songs this week.) The Tennessee native, however, isn't technically a stranger to the charts: she was part of the original Broadway cast of "Spring Awakening," which saw its cast album hit the charts in 2007.
Classically-trained pianist, producer and singer/songwriter Andre Mieux opens at No. 37 on Adult R&B (viewable on billboard.biz) with his first charting single, the sensual "Bedroom Lovers" (Mainstream/XLP). It was spun 73 times at the format in the week ending Aug. 4, with WAKB Augusta, Ga. leading the push (12 spins, according to Nielsen BDS). "Lovers" is the lead single from Mieux's third studio album, All I Really Want, which was released July 23.
Southern rock sextet Bush Hawg plants its first single on the Nielsen BDS-driven Country Airplay chart, opening at No. 58 with "Crushin.'" The band formed more than a decade ago in small-town Fairview, Tenn. and released a self-titled EP almost two years ago. They are currently working with producer Michael Knox (Jason Aldean, Trace Adkins, and others) on their first full-length studio album. No release date has been announced.
JENNY & THE MEXICATS
Bubbling just under Latin Pop Songs is Jenny & the Mexicats with "Verde Mas Alla." The multi-instrumental group combines elements of flamenco and folk, integrating horns, upright bass, and a Spanish cajon in their unique sound. Lead singer Jenny Ball met her band mates in Spain after moving there from her native London. The quartet recently relocated to Mexico where they released a self-titled bilingual album.
Reporting by Keith Caulfield, Wade Jessen, Amaya Mendizabal and Rauly Ramirez of the Billboard charts department.