Each Friday, Billboard presents "Bubbling Under," a weekly look at new and noteworthy acts making their way toward Billboard chart success. Up this week: Passenger, A Great Big World, Dakota Bradley and Chrystian
All the Little Lights (Black Crow/Nettwerk), the third album from British folk-rocker Passenger (aka, Mike Rosenberg), reached No. 7 on Heatseekers Albums and No. 8 on Folk Albums earlier this year. Since, the set's single "Let Her Go" has blasted to worldwide success, hitting No. 1 on 14 international charts. Adult top 40 KLLC San Francisco is helping bring the song, whose video boasts 31 million YouTube views, to U.S. audiences (14 plays in the May 6-12 Nielsen BDS tracking week). Passenger, who's received praise from fellow Brit Ed Sheeran, will tour the U.S. from mid-July through early September.
A Great Big World
After A Great Big World wrote "This Is the New Year" a few years ago, the act knew it wanted to get the anthem placed on Fox's "Glee." Fast-forward to 2013 and that's just what happened, as the then-unsigned singer/songwriter duo's tune aired on the show in January. By April, the pair had signed to Epic. Now, its version of the song is bubbling under Mainstream Top 40 with plays at 32 reporters.
Dakota Bradley's debut single comes with a ready-made pedigree. Rising just below the Country Airplay chart, "Somethin' Like Somethin' " (Streamsound) was written by accomplished tunesmiths Josh Kear, Mark Irwin and Shane McAnally and co-produced by Tim McGraw and McGraw's longtime producer Byron Gallimore. While making radio rounds this spring, the 18-year-old Bradley played a sold-out show at Gramercy Theatre in New York. "Somethin'" was released digitally May 14.
Columbus, Ohio, native Chrystian is making moves at rhythmic with "Go" (NZ Beeza), featuring Lil Twist. KGZG Spokane, Wash., is championing the track, having played it 22 times last week. Chrystian got his first taste of a national audience as a performer on the "Wild Out Wednesday" segment of BET's "106 & Park." The video for "Go" has accumulated 2 million views on YouTube since its April 17 premiere.
Reporting by Keith Caulfield, Wade Jessen, Rauly Ramirez and Gary Trust of the Billboard charts department.