Bubbling Under: Celeste Buckingham Begins 'Run'
Each Friday, Billboard presents Bubbling Under, a weekly look at new and noteworthy acts making their way toward Billboard chart success. Up this week: Celeste Buckingham, RAC, Que and Signature
Eighteen-year-old singer Celeste Buckingham is poised to make her airplay chart debut with "Run Run Run." The big-voiced artist, who previously competed on the Czech version of "American Idol," is receiving early support from Radio Disney. The Mr. 305-signed act's introductory single was the outlet's No. 23 most-played song of the Dec. 30-Jan. 5 Nielsen BDS tracking week with 30 plays.
RAC makes moves toward the Alternative airplay chart with the catchy, dance-leaning "Let Go," featuring Kele and MNDR (Interscope). SiriusXM's Alt Nation leads with 532 plays for the track through Jan. 5. Formerly the "Remix Artists Collective," known for more than 200 remixes since its 2007 inception, RAC is now the solo project of André Allen Anjos. The act reached No. 9 on Heatseekers Albums in October with "Let Go" parent EP "Don't Talk To."
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Recent Atlantic Records signee Que approaches the Mainstream R&B/Hip-Hop airplay chart with his breakout single "O.G. Bobby Johnson." The cut, released on the Forbes label, was named in honor of the character of the same name in the 1992 urban film "South Central"; coincidentally, the track's producer is also named Bobby Johnson. WJMH Greensboro, N.C., has led the song's push with more than 250 plays to date and 53 spins in the Dec. 30-Jan. 5 tracking week, more than any other station on both counts.
Sister trio Signature – Bonnie Lett, Michelle Lett and Kristie Lett-Robinson – gains traction with "Bigger Than All," which simmers beneath the Gospel Airplay chart with spins at 19 of the tally's reporters. Previously known as the Lett Sisters, Signature hails from Birmingham, Ala., where the act's members grew up singing at the Greater Grace Community Church, where their father, Charlie Lett, is the pastor. The Birmingham-released single is the lead track from the threesome's upcoming second album.
Reporting by Keith Caulfield, Wade Jessen, Rauly Ramirez and Gary Trust of the Billboard charts department