Uncharted Territory: DJ BL3ND Still On Top, Childish Gambino and Zaz Debut
Another week, another Uncharted ranking. A decent handful of newbies and several surprise shuffles make this week's chart one worth discussing.
It's no surprise that DJ BL3ND and Traphik continue their strangleholds on the top two positions; with BL3ND's 130,000 SoundCloud streams and Traphik's nearly 329,000 YouTube channel views, it's unlikely anything will be moving them anywhere soon, save a pricetag on their music.
Hot on their heels, however, is singer-songwriter Tyler Ward. The Colorado dreamboat and former Air Force Academy football player racked up 7,000 new Facebook fans in addition to hundreds of thousands of YouTube video plays for covers of songs like Katy Perry's "ET" and and Wiz Khalifa's "Black and Yellow." He's been climbing slowly but surely on Uncharted for eleven straight weeks. Ward recently hosted a live uStream session, during which he answered fans' questions asked through Twitter.
And of course, what would Uncharted be without a little star power? Childish Gambino, the rapper name of comedian and "Community" star Donald Glover, breezes through the rankings to debut this week at No. 6, with over 88,000 Last.fm song plays and 57,000 SoundCloud streams, it's clear that his recently (and freely) released EP, simply titled "EP," has won over many a fan.
Finally, a European invasion of the ranking seems to have taken place this week, with debuts from London disco/electro-pop duo Monarchy, Brighton dubstepper (and aptly named) High Rankin, French jazz/soul singer Zaz, and Irish electronic quintet God is an Astronaut. Is change a-brewing on Uncharted?
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 Billboard.com or in Billboard Magazine, and check in with Uncharted Territory every week for more.