DeLong's 'Global' Success

Named an "artist to watch" by Billboard.com in January, EDM act Robert DeLong makes good on that recognition as he debuts on Alternative with "Global Concepts." The track appears on the artist's "Just Movement" (ATG/Glassnote), which reached No. 18 on Dance/Electronic Albums following its Feb. 5 release. Next, DeLong will play the Ultra Music Festival (March 23) and Coachella (April 14 and 21).

Hires' 'Heart' Breaks

Tampa, Fla., singer/songwriter Matt Hires is approaching the Adult Top 40 and Triple A airplay charts with "Restless Heart" (F-Stop/Atlantic), the first single from his EP "Forever," which entered Folk Albums at No. 11 last week. The song has also received exposure through the "Star Craft II" videogame trilogy. Hires is opening for Matchbox 20 during the band's U.S. tour through March.

'X'-cellent Start

Tate Stevens, winner of the second season of Fox's "The X Factor" last year, is poised to appear on the Nielsen BDS-fueled Country Airplay chart with "Power of a Love Song" (Syco/RCA Nashville), which logged spins at 18 of the ranking's 127 reporters during the Feb. 18-24 tracking week. As part of his "X Factor" victory, Stevens starred in a Pepsi ad featuring him performing his "Holler If You're With Me." The spot aired during the Grammy Awards telecast, after which the track dented the Feb. 23 Hot Country Songs chart (No. 50). The Missouri native's self-titled debut album is due April 23.

Hearing 'Crickets'

California-based pop-rap trio Drop City Yacht Club approaches the Rhythmic airplay chart with its Jeremih-assisted "Crickets" (Exit 8/A&M/Octone/Interscope). XHTZ San Diego and KKFR Phoenix led the push last week with 29 and 27 spins, respectively. Formerly known as the Freshmen, rappers Kristo and A. Wolf and producer THX blend genres, describing themselves as a "middle ground between the Beastie Boys and the Beach Boys."