Bubbling Under: American Authors Pen 'Life' Story
Each Friday, Billboard presents "Bubbling Under," a weekly look at new and noteworthy acts making their way toward Billboard chart success. Up this week: American Authors, Lucius, Javier Rosas and Bryan Popin
American Authors ascend to the Adult Pop Songs airplay chart's top 15 (17-15) and debut on the adult alternative Triple A tally at No. 27 with "Best Day of My Life" (Island Def Jam). The song was originally worked to alternative, but radio interest soared at the aforementioned formats following its exposure in a Lowe's TV ad. The track from the Brooklyn-based band, which formed at Boston's Berklee College of Music in 2006, is also building familiarity via its placement in the trailer for the new Vince Vaughn movie "Delivery Man."
A feature on NPR's "All Things Considered" benefits indie-pop band Lucius. After the Nov. 10 airing, the quintet's first full-length set Wildewoman (Mom + Pop) zooms 40-7 on Heatseekers Albums with a 47% gain, according to Nielsen SoundScan. The group, fronted by singers Holly Laessig and Jess Wolfe, was recently named best indie band in New York by the Village Voice.
21-year-old Javier Rosas simmers just under Regional Mexican Songs with his single "En La Sierra Y En La Ciudad" (Promonorte). The song from the Sinaloa, Mexico, artist has garnered 3 million YouTube views, with a third of the sum stemming from its official music video. The track sports a 27% increase at radio this week to 1.1 million audience impressions, with KBUE Los Angeles leading in spins (51), according to Nielsen BDS.
Singer/songwriter/pianist Bryan Popin pushes toward the Gospel Songs chart with his first single, "I Can Make It" (eOne), which features hip-hop performer Byron "Mr. Talkbox" Chambers. Popin, a native of Middletown, N.J., has co-written songs for 'N Sync and Chaka Khan, among others. The new track is the lead single from Popin's first full-length release, "You Can Make It," which debuted at No. 16 on Gospel Albums two weeks ago.
Reporting by Keith Caulfield, Wade Jessen, Amaya Mendizabal and Gary Trust of the Billboard charts department