Uncharted Territory: Drive A Debuts, Nicolas Jaar Jumps
The competition is heating up on Uncharted this week; with few major leaps in the rankings, artists are digging their heels in.
First, DJ BL3ND takes back the lead once again, this time from last week's No. 1 Colette Carr, with a jawdropping 128,000 SoundCloud song streams and 19,000 new Facebook fans during the chart period.
Uncharted welcomes to the ranking Drive A, the power-pop rock outfit whose April 5 album release raked in over 37,000 views of their YouTube channel this week. The LA quartet are on tour in support of the album, "The World in Shambles," through the end of May.
Despite their being in the finalist pool for Billboard and Chevrolet's Battle of the Bands competition, Houston sextet Otenki took a hard fall from No. 18 to No. 39 this week. Their Uncharted residency is far from over, however; as the Billboard Music Awards draw closer and with their new album "Kinetic" on the horizon, Otenki's buzz status is likely to rise again.
Italian dance/electronica duo Bloody Beetroots Death Crew 77 made a huge leap on Uncharted this week, from No. 44 to No. 9. The jump is no doubt thanks to their performance over the weekend at the Coachella Music and Arts Festival in Indio, Calif. The Beetroots racked up over 67,000 SoundCloud and 38,000 Last.fm song plays this week.
Finally, minimalist dance producer Nicolas Jaar makes a triumphant return to this week's chart, with nearly 47,000 Last.fm song plays and more than 35,000 SoundCloud streams. The 21-year-old Brown University student has been featured by sites like Pitchfork, dance music site XLR8R, and the UK's Guardian website.