Uncharted Territory: Amy Winehouse's Godchild, Dionne Bromfield, Makes Big Debut; T. Mills Cracks The Top 10
The Michael Jackson effect has made its way over to Uncharted Territory this week: Following the untimely death of Amy Winehouse last Saturday, the soul singer's godchild Dionne Bromfield debuted at No. 7 this week. The numbers are quite staggering, as the Bromfield-who's got a sound quite similar to Winehouse's, if only infused with a bit more hip-hop influence-saw a massive increase in Wikipedia views (about 1,800 last week, this week nearly 40,000), and a significant bump in her MySpace points, netting nearly 6,000 this week. Of course the question now is whether interest in Bromfield will drop next week as Winehouse's death becomes less newsworthy, or will this week be the bump that Bromfield needs.
Speaking of the fickle interests, last week we saw YouTube comedian Dave Days jump to No. 9 thanks to his cover of Chris Bown's "Next To You," which features Justin Bieber. This week, however, was not as kind to Dave Days, who fell to No. 24, his YouTube points going from 40,500 last week to around 19,000 this week. That's not to write Dave Days off as out for the count, but his up-and-down chart performances show just how important, but sporadic, YouTube plays are. Dave Days booms and busts with the site, and as such, he needs to be providing a constant stream of material if he hopes to remain among the Uncharted.
But Dave Days isn't our only returning character from last week. Rapper T. Mills, who had one of last week's biggest jumps, landing at No. 15 thanks to a new song, "Fuck EM (With My Vans On)," cracked the Top 10 after previewing his new album, "Leaving Home," on SoundCloud.
Swedish electro-poppers Little Dragon made this week's biggest leap, going from No. 49 to No. 25. The band released their third album, "Ritual Dream" on July 26, and saw a huge increase in their Last.fm plays this week, notching just over 70,000. The band has received plenty of good press as well-you can check them out in this week's issue of Billboard-and with a distinct style ripe with earworm hooks, there's a good chance you'll see them around next week as well.
Finally, this week's big re-entry is producer/DJ, Porter Robinson, who finds himself back on the charts after releasing a remix of Lady Gaga's "Edge Of Glory" to his SoundCloud. With just 12,000 plays last week, Robinson's remix helped him notch 27,000 this week, enough to place him squarely at No. 26.
Elsewhere, DJ Bl3nd and Traphik held onto their spots at No. 1 and No. 2 respectively, while Colette Carr (No. 3), Your Favorite Enemis (No. 4), and Tyler Ward (No. 5) played musical chairs with last week's Top 5.
To discover new music and get a head start on following the careers of these emerging artists, find the rest of this week's chart on Bilboard.com or in Billboard Magazine, and check in with Uncharted Territory every week for more.