Tomorrow's Hits: Jukebox the Ghost, Knox Hamilton & Tre Buggs
Each Friday, Billboard presents Tomorrow's Hits, a weekly look at new and noteworthy acts making their way toward Billboard chart success.
Jukebox the Ghost
Together for more than a decade, Washington, D.C., trio Jukebox the Ghost is rising with what could be its first Adult Alternative Songs hit, the hooky "The Great Unknown" (Yep Roc). The group's Ben Thornewill co-wrote the piano-driven romp (which wears the influences of Ben Folds, with whom the band has toured) with Greg Holden, who co-wrote Phillip Phillips' smash "Home." More recently, the band toured with fellow piano-pop connoisseurs A Great Big World. –Gary Trust
Terming itself a "humble indie-dance-rock band," Little Rock, Ark., quartet Knox Hamilton is rising with its catchy single "Work It Out." Up by 60 percent in plays, the track is approaching the Alternative Songs airplay chart, led by 41 spins on Sirius XM's Alt Nation, making it the channel's ninth-most-played song, in the week ending Aug. 17, according to Nielsen BDS. The quartet signed with Prospect Park Records in July. –Keith Caulfield
Currently on the road supporting Keyshia Cole, 16-year-old newcomer Tre Buggs (real first name: Holton) is bubbling under the Mainstream R&B/Hip-Hop airplay chart with his debut single "Clap Dat." The Houston singer and dancer (and lyricist since age 10) also premiered the song's video on Vevo on Aug. 18. Buggs is working on his debut album, Monsters Under My Bed, for independent Diamond Style Records. –Amaya Mendizabal