Each Friday, Billboard presents "Bubbling Under," a weekly look at new and noteworthy acts making their way toward Billboard chart success. Up this week: Churchill, Caro Emerald, Austin Webb and Jarvis.
After reaching No. 8 on the Triple A airplay chart two weeks ago with the jangly "Change," Churchill is prepping to release its debut full-length album, due this spring on A&M/Octone/Interscope. Last week, iTunes featured the band's breakout song as its free single of the week. The spotlight helped prompt a 37% sales gain for the act's EP of the same name, according to Nielsen SoundScan; the set jumps 30-9 on Heatseekers Albums. Next up for Churchill is its first headlining tour, which launches on Jan. 15 in St. Louis.
After scoring European success, Dutch singer Caro Emerald's "Back It Up" (Grandmono) is earning support at U.S. adult top 40 radio. KWYE Fresno, Calif., leads with 154 plays for the song through Jan. 6, according to Nielsen BDS. The track originally appeared on Emerald's debut album 'Deleted Scenes From the Cutting Room Floor,' which reached No. 4 on the Official U.K. Albums chart in 2011. Emerald will play industry showcases in Los Angeles on Jan. 22 and New York on Jan. 24.
With airplay at 15 of the 126 stations monitored by BDS for the Country Airplay chart, Greenville, S.C., native Austin Webb's "It's All Good" simmers just beneath the ranking. Webb is signed to producer Byron Gallimore's (Tim McGraw, Sugarland, Faith Hill) recently-launched Streamsound label, with a full-length album due later this year. The singer/songwriter cites influences as diverse as Kris Kristofferson, Otis Redding and Bill Withers.
Tulsa, Oklahoma's Jarvis is approaching Mainstream R&B/Hip-Hop with "Make a Little Room" (Capitol). Though just 22 years old, the crooner (last name: Shaffer) is no rookie to the music business. A short stint at So So Def produced the single "Radio," which reached No. 82 on Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs in 2004, followed by a stretch at Disturbing Tha Peace. WBFA Columbus, Ga., is championing "Room," having played it 35 times in the Dec. 31-Jan. 6 BDS tracking week.
Reporting by Keith Caulfield, Wade Jessen, Rauly Ramirez and Gary Trust of the Billboard charts department.