Each Friday, Billboard presents "Bubbling Under," a weekly look at new and noteworthy acts making their way toward Billboard chart success.
Up this week: Paloma Faith, Cazzette, City Harbor and the Rock Mob
In the vein of such sassy female British pop singer/songwriters as Duffy and the late Amy Winehouse comes Paloma Faith and her breakout American single "Picking Up the Pieces." The song reached No. 7 on the Official U.K. Singles chart in June and accompanied her joining "The Voice UK" as a mentor. Also in June, Faith signed to Epic Records in the United States, with the label's CEO L.A. Reid praising her as the "epitome of soul." "Pieces" jumps 41-34 on Dance Club Songs while bubbling under Adult Top 40.
Swedish EDM production duo Cazzette made its Billboard chart debut last week, stepping onto Dance/Mix Show Airplay at No. 23 with "Beam Me Up (Kill-Mode)." This week, the At Night release rises to No. 21. The pair (Alexander Bjorklund and Sebastien Furrer) has heated up courtesy of its remixes for the likes of David Guetta and Swedish House Mafia. Now, Cazzette is steaming ahead on its own with 18,000 followers to its official SoundCloud account and 43,000 likes on Facebook.
With spins at 11 of the 97 stations monitored by Nielsen BDS for the Christian Songs chart, rookie duo City Harbor gains traction just below the tally's threshold with "Somebody Tell Them," the twosome's first single. Floridian Josh Varnadore and New York native Molly Reed finish a string of dates on Francesca Battistelli's "Hundred More Years" tour on Nov. 4 before releasing their debut album on Sparrow/EMI CMG next year.
The Rock Mob
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Washington, D.C.'s the Rock Mob is no longer just sitting and watching, as the chorus of its "Say Nun" suggests; it's approaching the Mainstream R&B/Hip-Hop chart. The duo (Str8 Drop and Maserati Black) enlisted producer Sonny Digital and Atlanta hard-hitters Future and Rocko to assist on the single, released on the pair's Slaughter House/Roundtable label. KNDA Corpus Christi, Texas, is leading the push on the song with 65 spins in the Oct. 22-28 tracking week, according to BDS.
Reporting by Keith Caulfield, Wade Jessen, Rauly Ramirez and Gary Trust of the Billboard charts department.