Bubbling Under: Magic!, Milla J, Grizfolk

'Rude' Awakening for Magic!

Canadian reggae/pop quartet Magic! is crossing to U.S. mainstream and adult top 40 radio with its debut RCA single, the sunny, summery "Rude." The song has scored success in the group's home country, as well as in Australia and New Zealand. The band is handled by Pitbull's management, Latium Entertainment, and landed a key feature on labelmate Shakira's "Cut Me Deep," from her recent self-titled album. Magic! also boasts a track on "One Love, One Rhythm: The 2014 FIFA World Cup Official Album," due May 13.

Meet Mila J -- Again

In 1991, an adolescent Mila J appeared in the video for Prince's last No. 1 on Billboard's Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart, "Diamonds and Pearls." Today, her very adult "Smoke, Drink, Break-Up" (Motown/Capitol) bows at No. 46 on R&B/Hip-Hop Airplay. She honed her chops as part of Chris Stoke's T.U.G. entertainment group as a dancer and as a member of '90s R&B trio Gyrl, which included her sister Miyoko. Their youngest sister is budding star Jhene Aiko, who is No. 2 on R&B/Hip-Hop Airplay with "The Worst."

Grizfolk Grows

Grizfolk is a mix of both sounds -- folk, rock, pop -- and origins, with Swedish producers Fredrik Eriksson and Sebastian Fritze and American songwriter Adam Roth forming the group. The trio's first Capitol EP, "From the Spark," debuted at No. 15 on the Heatseekers Albums chart dated March 15, while breezy debut single "The Struggle" is building at triple A. Grizfolk has opened for labelmate Bastille, the current leading act on the Hot Rock Songs chart.


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