Tomorrow's Hits: FKA twigs, Sonus & Andrea McClurkin-Mellini
Each Friday, Billboard presents Tomorrow's Hits, a weekly look at new and noteworthy acts making their way toward Billboard chart success.
Rising U.K. electronic/R&B act FKA twigs (real name Tahliah Barnett) debuts on the Billboard + Twitter Emerging Artists chart with “Pendulum” at No. 5. Produced and co-written by Paul Epworth (Adele’s 21, Coldplay’s Ghost Stories), the atmospheric track is from FKA twigs’ first full-length album, LP1, which is due Aug. 12 and also boasts production from Dev Hynes (Sky Ferreira, Solange).
Following an opening act stint on the South American leg of One Direction’s current stadium tour, sibling pop trio Sonus (Alex, Andrew and Marcelo Michelli) grows just under Latin Pop Airplay with “Me Gustas Asi.” The Sony Music Latin track — which evokes One Direction and references AC/DC -- is also available in an English version (“She Likes It Like That”).
Andrea McClurkin-Mellini’s debut solo single “God Can” gains traction just below the Gospel Airplay chart threshold, but the artist is already a seasoned minister of music. She’s the sister of Gospel veteran Pastor Donnie McClurkin, with whom she’s performed and toured. McClurkin-Mellini joined her siblings on The McClurkin Project’s two albums, leading up to her own debut solo set, Higher, released this past June on Camdon.
Reporting by William Gruger, Wade Jessen and Amaya Mendizabal of the Billboard charts department