ABRAMS ARRIVES ON AC
2011 "American Idol" sixth-place finalist Casey Abrams notches his first entry on a Billboard genre airplay chart, as "Get Out" (Concord/CMG) debuts on Adult Contemporary at No. 27. The song is the first single from his self-titled debut, which opened atop Heatseekers Albums three weeks ago and has sold 10,000 copies, according to Nielsen SoundScan.
WALLACE GOES SOLO
Former White Tie Affair frontman Chris Wallace is off to a promising start going it alone. The singer's uptempo debut solo single, "Remember When" (ThinkSay), is garnering early support from adult top 40 KZZO-FM Sacramento, Calif. (20 plays in the July 16-22 tracking week, according to Nielsen BDS) and mainstream top 40 WLAN-FM Lancaster, Pa. (15). ThinkSay co-founder Ben Singer says that the song's infectiousness "makes you want to roll down your windows and sing in standstill traffic."
"Ill Mind of Hopsin 5" (Funk Volume) is the fifth installment in socially conscious rapper Hopsin's "Ill Mind" series, in which the Los Angeles-based rapper expresses frustration with today's jaded youth and disenchantment toward famous, unrelatable rappers. The track bows at No. 17 on R&B/Hip-Hop Digital Songs (20,000 downloads sold, according to Nielsen SoundScan) after its video hit the front page of the Reddit website and registered 2 million views in its first day.
'HEART' WARMING AT GOSPEL
Akron, Ohio-based all-male quintet Half Mile Home eyes its first national chart ink with "Change My Heart" (God Made Millionairze), which simmers just below the Gospel Songs chart, with Nielsen BDS reporting airplay at 18 of the 45 stations monitored for the chart. WOAD-AM Jackson, Miss., logged the most spins for the song during the survey's tracking week (31), while WEUP-AM Huntsville, Ala., leads in plays to date (591 through July 22). The group has also recorded R&B material under the name After the Rain.