Tomorrow's Hits: Bahamas, Kyla La Grange & Olivia Lane
Each Friday, Billboard presents Tomorrow's Hits, a weekly look at new and noteworthy acts making their way toward Billboard chart success.
A synch in a commercial starring James Franco for Verizon's Droid Turbo has spurred interest in Bahamas' "All the Time" (Brushfire/Republic). The track from the act, aka singer/songwriter Afie Jurvanen (a native of chillier Canada, not the Bahamas) marks its first entry on Hot Rock Songs (No. 19). It's from Bahamas' third studio album, Bahamas Is Afie, which debuted at No. 6 on Folk Albums in September. –Emily White (@emwhitenoise)
Kyla La Grange
After reaching No. 13 on the Billboard + Twitter Emerging Artists chart in June, Kyla La Grange's "Cut Your Teeth" (Ultra) is building at adult top 40 radio. With 41 spins, the ethereal dance/pop track was the fifth-most-played song on SiriusXM's The Pulse in the week ending Nov. 16, according to Nielsen BDS. "It's in hyper-rotation – we want people to hear it," says SiriusXM director of music programming Jim Ryan.
Geronimo, SiriusXM's director of dance music programming, first exposed the song on two of the satcaster's dance channels (Chill and BPM), which led Ryan to believe in its potential to cross to adult audiences. (Chill and BPM have played the Kygo remix, while the Pulse is playing the more measured original version.) The airplay has, in turn, led Ultra to reinvigorate its promotion of the song. "They were thinking of moving on, but we said 'Not so fast …,' " Ryan recalls. "It got back on their radar real quickly. I love anytime we follow our ears and labels notice and respond to that." –Gary Trust (@gthot20)
Singer/songwriter/guitarist Olivia Lane nears her first national chart ink, as her debut single, the plucky "Steal Me Away" (Big Spark), bubbles under Country Airplay. The Houston native, who has drawn comparisons to Sara Evans and Jennifer Nettles, now resides in Nashville, where she hosts Diva Jam, a live music series at songwriter venues throughout Music City. "Steal" is from Lane's EP Love Thing. –Wade Jessen