Bubbling Under: Fun. Side Project Bleachers Rise At Alternative
Each Friday, Billboard presents Bubbling Under, a weekly look at new and noteworthy acts making their way toward Billboard chart success. Up this week: Bleachers, Clean Bandit and Joshua Scott Jones
Fun.'s Jack Antonoff flies onto the Alternative Songs chart with new side project Bleachers, as the anthemic "I Wanna Get Better" bows at No. 33. Antonoff wrote the song while on the road with fun. and recorded it in Sweden, Malaysia, New Zealand and New York. A full-length Bleachers album is due on RCA this spring. Antonoff (aka, boyfriend of "Girls" star Lena Dunham) recently wrote on Bleachers' website that he didn't mean for his new act to be a secret, but he "didn't want anything to speak for it besides the music itself."
One of Europe's biggest recent hits is on the prowl stateside, as Clean Bandit's "Rather Be," featuring Jess Glynne, jumps 23-18 on Hot Dance/Electronic Songs. The song, which recalls early '90s pop/dance club-thumpers by the likes of Cathy Dennis and Crystal Waters, topped the Official U.K. Singles chart for four weeks beginning with the Feb. 8 tally, while its video has drawn 18 million worldwide YouTube views since its December posting. Roadrunner is now preparing to promote the track to U.S. top 40 radio.
Joshua Scott Jones
Launching a solo career following a stint as half the duo Steel Magnolia (which is reportedly on hiatus), Joshua Scott Jones gains below the Country Airplay chart with the self-released "Honk (If You're Tonky)." The party track is the lead single from his debut solo album "The Healing," expected later this year. Alongside Meghan Linsey in Steel Magnolia, Jones charted four songs on Country Airplay, including the duo's "Keep On Lovin' You," which peaked at No. 4 in 2010.
Reporting by Keith Caulfield, Wade Jessen and Gary Trust of the Billboard charts department