Bubbling Under: Joe Bachman, SomeKindaWonderful, Nico & Vinz

Country Radio Gives Bachman a 'Look'

Singer-songwriter Joe Bachman gains traction just beneath Billboard's Country Airplay chart with "Lookatchu," a banjo-led uptempo track released on indie label Rock Ridge and written by top-shelf tunesmiths Josh Kear, Ed Hill and David Frasier. The Philadelphia-born Bachman is already a seasoned live performer, having worked roughly 200 shows per year for the past decade. He's currently in the studio working on his second full-length album, following his self-released "One" in 2012.

SomeKindaWonderful Hits 'Reverse'

Kicking off with a stuttered drum beat that recalls The Ronettes' "Be My Baby," SomeKindaWonderful's debut single, "Reverse," was born by chance. In January 2013, singer Jordy Towers was visiting family in Olmstead Falls, Ohio, when he met guitarist Matt Gibson and drummer Ben Schigel at a bar. The trio quickly meshed, headed to Gibson and Schigel's studio and created the song in a few hours. "Reverse" approaches the Alternative chart ahead of the band's full-length debut on Downtown Records, due this summer.

'Wrong' Moves in the Right Direction

After scoring in Europe with its single "Am I Wrong," Norwegian pop duo Nico & Vinz (formerly known as Envy) are breaking stateside. The song, filled with subtle West African musical touches (the band members have Ghanaian and Ivorian roots), bullets at No. 37 on the Adult Top 40 chart dated April 12 and is building at mainstream top 40 radio. Nico & Vinz -- aka Nico Sereba and Vincent Dery -- signed a global deal with Warner Bros. last year.

-Keith Caulfield, Wade Jessen and Gary Trust


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