Each Friday, Billboard presents Bubbling Under, a weekly look at new and noteworthy acts making their way toward Billboard chart success. Up this week: Lake Street Dive, Wild Cub and Eric Bellinger
Lake Street Dive
Having formed in 2005 at Boston's New England Conservatory of Music, blues/rock quartet Lake Street Dive makes its Billboard 200 debut with its EP "Fun Machine" (No. 187) after the group appeared on Comedy Central's "The Colbert Report" on Feb. 5. The bow precedes the Feb. 18 release of the band's latest Signature Sounds full-length "Bad Self Portraits" (Feb. 18). The latter set's title cut is gaining airplay, including 15 plays last week at WFUV New York, according to Nielsen BDS.
A few months after signing with Mom + Pop, Wild Cub takes its maiden voyage on a Billboard songs chart with "Thunder Clatter." The track rises 38-35 on Alternative Songs, shortly after the band made its TV debut on NBC's "Late Night With Jimmy Fallon" (Jan. 21). Parent set "Youth" entered Heatseekers Albums at No. 11 earlier this month.
With his debut album "The Rebirth" having arrived on Feb. 11, Los Angeles singer/songwriter Eric Bellinger debuts his breakout track "I Don't Want Her" (Blue Collar) at No. 37 on Rhythmic. The League of Starz-produced track samples Kris Kross' 1992 classic "Jump" and features a guest rap from fellow LA newcomer Problem. Bellinger is no stranger to Billboard charts, having tallied two Rhythmic top 10s as a writer: Chris Brown's "Fine China" and "Love More" last year.
Reporting by Keith Caulfield, Rauly Ramirez and Gary Trust of the Billboard charts department