Billboard + Twitter Real-Time Charts Picks of the Week: Jamie T & More
This week's Billboard + Twitter Emerging Artists chart picks form an eclectic group of acts who are very different but all stand out as a result of recent music video releases. From an homage video by rapper BJ the Chicago Kid to Jamie T singing in a room full of deteriorating zombies, this week's picks are worth a listen.
Jamie T, "Zombie"
The video release of "Zombie" on Aug. 11 leads to the pop/rock artist's second appearance in this space, following "Don't You Find," which charted at No. 4 on Emerging Artists. The catchy "Zombie" starts at No. 6 on the chart's weekly recap this week. Both tracks, released on Virgin Records, will appear on Jamie T's album Carry On the Grudge, due Sept. 29.
Chet Faker, "Gold"
The music video for "Gold," from Chet Faker's April release Built on Glass, spurred the song to No. 10 on Emerging Artists this week. The clip, released Aug. 12 via YouTube, was directed by Hiro Murai, who has shot videos for artists including David Guetta ("She Wolf," featuring Sia), Childish Gambino ("Sweatpants") and, most recently, Spoon ("Do You").
BJ the Chicago Kid, "Perfect"
Directed by Jerome D, the video for "Perfect," released Aug. 11, helped BJ the Chicago Kid chart at No. 25 on Emerging Artists. The video was released through Motown Records and is an ode to Thim Slick's video "Fabulous" (released Feb. 3), featuring Jeremih. ("Perfect" features even more voluptuous models than those in Thick Slim's female-image stereotype-centered clip.)
Peace, "Lost on Me"
With its video released Aug. 10, "Lost on Me," by English indie rock quartet Peace, charted at No. 32 on Emerging Artists this week. This upbeat clip was released through Sony Music UK on July 30 via YouTube and will be available for purchase Sept. 28 on iTunes. Peace will head out on tour with Bombay Bicycle Club starting Dec. 3.