Uncharted Territory: Pop-Punkers Assemble The Skyline Debut; Brazilian Bands Hit Big
Uncharted Territory: Pop-Punkers Assemble The Skyline Debut; Brazilian Bands Hit Big

Last time we heard from Brazilian pop-rock heroes Jota Quest was back in late June when the band saw a bump following the release of their video for the track "É Preciso." This week the band has climbed eleven spots to land at No. 38 following the release of another YouTube video. This one, however, is the band's complete, hour-and-five-minute long set at Rock in Rio 4, recorded on September 30 at the Palco Mundo. The video's already notched nearly 3,000 views, while they also gained over 5,000 new Facebook fans and Twitter followers, and saw approximately 6,500 Last.fm plays. Quite solid week, not to mention these guys are also celebrating their 15th anniversary this year.

A slot above Jota Quest are UK-based electro/dubstep band, Modestep, who jumped ten spots this week. The band's been holding strong on Uncharted thanks primarily to their consistently high Last.fm plays--this week alone, they nabbed over 22,000, their latest single (though released a few months back), "Sunlight," continuing to draw listens. That, combined with over 5,000 new Facebook fans, was enough to bump Modestep up to No. 37 this week.

Debuting on Uncharted this week is Assemble The Skyline, who find themselves at a very impressive No. 29. The Hollywood-based band posted their new single, "We're Not Going Down Without A War"-a crunchy, palm-muted cut with dueling vocalists, a quick bass breakdown, and some shred-y licks at the end-to PureVolume on October 1, and over the past week, they've gotten over 7,000 plays on the site overall. It's an impressive debut, and from what it sounds like, these guys have the pop-punk chops to keep them around these parts.

We head back to Brazil for another band making their Uncharted debut: Capital Inicial. The band also just played at Rock in Rio 4, and have seen their Last.fm plays hold steady, this week getting over 22,000. They also gained over 12,000 new Facebook fans, placing them squarely at No. 22 this week. Expect to see more of these guys in the future.

And what do you know, we close out this week another Brazilian act! Singer-songwriter Pitty (who also performed at Rock in Rio 4), held down a hefty 35,000 Last.fm plays this week, while also scoring over 5,000 YouTube plays-enough to bump her from No. 22 to No. 13. Clearly the Uncharted message of the week (and of many other weeks) is simple: Keep your eyes on Brazil.

As for the rest of Uncharted, if you guessed Traphik, DJ Bl3nd, Tyler Ward, Maddi Jane, and Porta made up the Top 5--well, congrats! And bonus points if you guessed them in that ascending order.