Each Friday, Billboard presents "Bubbling Under," a weekly look at new and noteworthy acts making their way toward Billboard chart success. Up this week: Emblem3, Dan Croll, L.E.P. Bogus Boys, Tim Timmons.
Emblem3, which finished fourth on Fox's "The X Factor" last year, is approaching the Mainstream Top 40 chart (up 64%, according to Nielsen BDS) with its debut SYCO/Columbia single, "Chloe (You're the One That I Want)." The song has sold 35,000 downloads in its first two weeks, according to Nielsen SoundScan. The trio is touring through the summer, with a performance scheduled for June 7 on ABC's "Good Morning America."
22-year-old British singer/songwriter Dan Croll is nearing his first chart ink with "From Nowhere" (Republic), which surges by 29% in airplay as it nears Alternative. While Croll attended the Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts, he won the national songwriter of the year award from the Musicians Benevolent Fund (and was one of eight students selected to meet with LIPA founder Paul McCartney). Sirius XM's Alt Nation leads in airplay for the song, having played it 801 times through April 30.
L.E.P. Bogus Boys
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Chicago's L.E.P. Bogus Boys are pushing toward their first appearance on R&B/Hip-Hop Airplay with "Commas," featuring Lil Wayne and Mase. The duo -- Count and Moonie -- recently signed with Gee Roberson's new imprint Blueprint, under Interscope, and is working on its major label debut album. The pair has already posted two titles on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs' Bubbling Under chart: "Handle'n My Business," featuring Gucci Mane, which peaked at No. 3 in 2011, and "Kush Leather" (No. 8 last year).
After 15 years as the worship leader at Mariners Church in Irvine, Calif., singer/songwriter Tim Timmons' debut single "Starts With Me" (Reunion/PLG) is gaining traction at Christian radio. The song previews his first album, Cast My Cares, due June 4. The lead track bullets at No. 26 on Christian Songs (up 22% in audience) and simmers just below Christian AC Songs. Timmons is currently performing on the 2013 Rock and Worship Roadshow tour.
Reporting by Keith Caulfield, Wade Jessen, Rauly Ramirez and Gary Trust of the Billboard charts department.