Bubbling Under: Cole Plante Grows On Dance Club Songs
Each Friday, Billboard presents Bubbling Under, a weekly look at new and noteworthy acts making their way toward Billboard chart success. Up this week: Cole Plante, Elizabeth Chan, 2 Pistols and Katherine Alexander
17-year-old DJ/producer Cole Plante jumps into the Dance Club Songs top 10 (13-8) with his debut hit, "Lie to Me." The cut is a collaboration with Myon & Shane 54 and features Koko Laroo. The teenager, who played Lollapalooza this year at 16, signed with Hollywood Records last year and is scheduled to play OMFG! NYE in San Diego on Dec. 30-31. His next single, "Here We Go Now," featuring Perry Farrell, is due in mid-January.
As featured yesterday, formerly a media executive, Elizabeth Chan decided instead to pursue music full-time. The result: her first chart appearance, as "Fa La La" (Merry Bright) enters Adult Contemporary at No. 17. With a Christmas-related work ethic to rival St. Nick, Chan has penned "hundreds of Christmas songs," she estimates. Regarding her career switch, Chan says, "The only vehicle I had was a leap of faith. But, the support I've received has been astounding. I'm grateful and humbled."
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Florida rapper 2 Pistols aims to return to the Mainstream R&B/Hip-Hop chart with "Know That," featuring French Montana. He first appeared on the list in 2008 with "She Got It" (featuring T-Pain and Tay Dizm), which peaked at No. 6. That single's success led to a No. 10 peak on Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums the same year for "Death Before Dishonor," his debut set on Republic. His new independent single appears on his mixtape "Comin Back Hard."
Katherine Alexander lands the Hot Shot Debut on Latin Airplay (No. 35) with her first charted single, "Put It in a Kiss" (Gold Voice). The Spanglish track is an adaptation of Irving Berlin's classic "Puttin' On the Ritz," with added tropical flare. An opera-trained vocalist who recently graduated from the New World School of Arts in her hometown of Miami, Alexander is enjoying her greatest support from the city's WCMQ (42 plays last week, according to Nielsen BDS).
Reporting by Keith Caulfield, Amaya Mendizabal, Rauly Ramirez and Gary Trust of the Billboard charts department