Each Friday, Billboard presents "Bubbling Under," a weekly look at new and noteworthy acts making their way toward Billboard chart success. Up this week: Jayme Dee, Devlin, Jekalyn Carr and Los Cadillacs
Southern California singer/songwriter Jamye Dee's debut Universal Republic single "Tip Toes" logs first-week digital sales of 14,000, according to Nielsen SoundScan. The arrival follows her having amassed more than 15 million views on her official YouTube channel. With her debut album and tour dates with Owl City lined up, Dee is hoping that "Tip Toes" is just a first step in her major label career. "I write about things a 20-year-old girl will go through. I hope it's empowering," she says. "At the same time, I hope people have fun when they listen to it. Is that too corny or too much to ask?"
With Ed Sheeran enjoying stateside success with "The A Team" (up 75-73 on the Billboard Hot 100), the British singer/songwriter is aiding the success of London-based rapper Devlin (who reached No. 22 on Uncharted last year). The latter's "Watchtower," featuring Sheeran (Island), debuts at No. 7 on the Official UK Singles chart and No. 19 on Euro Digital Songs. The track, whose video has garnered 1 million YouTube views, previews Devlin's second album, "A Moving Picture," due Oct. 29.
Teenage gospel singer and church motivational speaker Jekalyn Carr has her sights set on Billboard chart ink, as "Greater Is Coming" simmers just below the Gospel Songs chart threshold. With spins at 30 of the 47 stations that Nielsen BDS monitors for the survey, Carr's track is the lead single from her like-titled album due later this year via Lunjeal Music Group. Carr was featured in the 2011 documentary "Rejoice and Shout," which spotlights Smokey Robinson, Andrae Crouch and Kirk Franklin, among others.
Caracas, Venezuelan duo Los Cadillacs seeks its first entry on Hot Latin Songs, as "Como Yo" (Crossover) gains by 188% to 2.5 million audience impressions, according to BDS. As it blasts 31-4 on Tropical Songs, WSKQ New York leads with 51 plays in the Aug. 20-26 tracking week, while WSPR Springfield, Mass., has played the song the most to date (316 spins). The pair has collaborated with such other Venezuelan acts as Nacho of Chino & Nacho and (previous Bubbling Under honoree) Oscarcito.
Reporting by William Gruger, Wade Jessen, Karinah Santiago and Gary Trust of the Billboard charts department