Bubbling Under: AMAs Help Introduce The Ceremonies
Each Friday, Billboard presents Bubbling Under, a weekly look at new and noteworthy acts making their way toward Billboard chart success. Up this week: the Ceremonies, Lily Kershaw, Lindsay Ell and SoMo.
The Ceremonies got a big introduction at the Nov. 24 American Music Awards, where the sibling trio scored a presenting slot. The act is also percolating at alternative radio with its single "Land of Gathering" (Atom Factory), which is garnering play from such outlets as WWCD Columbus, Ohio, and Sirius XM's Alt Nation. An upcoming debut full-length album from the group follows its self-titled EP, which dropped in October.
After making her chart debut last month when her debut release "Midnight in the Garden" bowed at No. 22 on Folk Albums, Lily Kershaw works toward her first airplay chart hit with "As It Seems" (Nettwerk), which gains below Adult Alternative Songs. The track gained notable exposure through its usage in CBS' "Criminal Minds" last year. With its sad but hopeful lyrics, "People wrote to me saying, 'This is the song I want [played] at my funeral,'" Kershaw says. "It was unsettling at first, but it felt good that to know that my song connects with people."
Calgary, Alberta, native Lindsay Ell has been opening for the Band Perry on tour this fall in preparation for her debut single, "Trippin' on Us," which percolates below Country Airplay. Discovered and mentored as a teen by Randy Bachman (Bachman Turner Overdrive, the Guess Who), Ell is readying her debut album for Stoney Creek. She released two sets independently: "Alone" (2009) and "Consider This" (2006).
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Having reached No. 10 on R&B Digital Songs (Nov. 2) on its way to 131,000 downloads sold, according to Nielsen SoundScan, SoMo's "Ride" is headed toward the Rhythmic Songs airplay chart. KXHT Lafayette, La., leads with 26 spins in the Nov. 18-24 Nielsen BDS tracking week. The recent Republic signee has built an impressive following on YouTube by posting a weekly cover or original song every "SoMo Sunday"; his channel boasts 53 million views via more than 100 videos.
Reporting by Keith Caulfield, Wade Jessen, Rauly Ramirez and Gary Trust of the Billboard charts department