Each Friday, Billboard presents "Bubbling Under," a weekly look at new and noteworthy acts making their way toward Billboard chart success. Up this week: Saints of Valory, Midnight Red, Sebastian Mikael and Dani Martin
SAINTS OF VALORY
A year ago, Saints of Valory competed in Billboard's Battle of the Bands competition. Fast-forward to this week and the quartet logs its first entry on a songs chart, as "Neon Eyes" (Atlantic) debuts on Triple A at No. 27. The song appears on the quartet's EP "Possibilities," which bowed on Heatseekers Albums at No. 21 in July. The band shot the video for "Eyes" at "an otherworldly location on the salt flats and sand dunes of Utah," lead vocalist/bassist Gavin Jasper says. "We wanted a young and adventurous feel, [to] capture the emotion of the song."
Following in the footsteps of British boy band One Direction, American vocal group Midnight Red is popping with its single "Take Me Home." (Unlike One Direction, Midnight Red doesn't shy away from choreographed dance moves.) The quintet is signed to Capitol through RedOne's 2101 imprint and has garnered leading radio support from Sirius XM's 20 on 20 channel. The song's party-by-the-river video has collected 1.7 million YouTube views.
Sebastian Mikael posts his first title on Mainstream R&B/Hip-Hop, as "Last Night," featuring Wale (Capitol), debuts at No. 37. The song samples Al B. Sure!'s "Nite and Day" (a three-week No. 1 on Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs in 1988). Mikael began his career in his native Sweden as De-Lor (French for "gold") before moving to the U.S. to study music in 2008. While at the Berklee College of Music in Boston, he released his "J'Adore" mixtape, which caught the ears of industry executives.
Dani Martin arrives on Latin Pop Airplay at No. 39 with "Cero" (Sony Music Latin), marking his first visit to a U.S. Billboard chart. Martin rose to fame as the vocalist for Spanish pop/rock group El Canto Del Loco and enjoyed success abroad with his first solo set, "Pequeño," in 2010. "Cero," which Martin co-wrote with Luis Fernando Ochoa (Shakira, Alejandra Guzman), appears on his self-titled album (due Sept. 17).
Reporting by Keith Caulfield, Amaya Mendizabal, Rauly Ramirez and Gary Trust of the Billboard charts department.