Each Friday, Billboard presents Bubbling Under, a weekly look at new and noteworthy acts making their way toward Billboard chart success. Up this week: Broods, Hozier and Kesington Kross
Auckland, New Zealand, brother-sister duo Broods (Caleb and Georgia Nott) close in on the Alternative chart with debut single "Bridges" (Capitol). Ahead of the release of its first full-length album, the pair's debut self-titled EP entered Heatseekers Albums at No. 5 and the Billboard 200 at No. 164 last week. Having collaborated with producer Joel Little, who produced and co-wrote fellow New Zealander Lorde's "Royals," "It's impossible not to be in awe of [Lorde]," Georgia told Billboard in November. "But, we have to build our own identity."
After drawing notice last fall with his video for "Take Me to Church" (1.8 million views and counting), Irish singer/songwriter Hozier (real name: Andrew Hozier-Byrne) is now flirting with a debut on Billboard's Triple A airplay chart. The track boasts support from tastemaker radio station KCRW Los Angeles. Next: the Rubyworks-signed Hozier will make his live U.S. debut on March 10 at the Slipper Room in New York and play SXSW in Austin, Texas, on March 14.
As the landmark first joint signing by Kenny "Babyface" Edmonds and L.A. Reid in 25 years, expectations are running high for R&B newcomer KES (aka, Kesington Kross). His retro-futuristic "Gimme Your Love" (Epic) is taking hold on mainstream R&B/hip-hop airwaves, with KNDA Corpus Christi, Texas, leading with 21 plays in the Nielsen BDS tracking week ending Feb. 23. KES' debut EP Audio Justice was released on Dec. 5 to critical acclaim, eliciting comparisons ranging from Rick James to Phil Collins and Prince.
Reporting by Keith Caulfield, Rauly Ramirez and Gary Trust of the Billboard charts department