Emerging Picks of the Week: Nathaniel, Kehlani & Angel Olson

Billboard+ Twitter Emerging Picks of the Week: Kehlani, Nathaniel & Angel Olsen

Billboard+ Twitter Emerging Picks of the Week: Kehlani, Nathaniel & Angel Olsen

Heading into the weekend, Billboard offers another triple-play of tracks to check out that all debuted on the Billboard + Twitter Emerging Artists chart for the week ending Nov. 2. Be sure to give them a listen, and check back next week for a new set of selections.

"Live Louder," Nathaniel
When Mariah Carey selects you to open for her, you've got to have something special. R&B/pop rising star Nathaniel, currently opening for Carey on the Australian leg of her The Elusive Chanteuse Show, delivers with "Live Louder," a sparkling, energetic track that asks listeners to "Get up and dance like you dance when there's no one around" and "sing a song the way you sing when you're in the shower." Seemingly influenced by Daft Punk's "Get Lucky" and its '70s sound revival, Nathaniel croons and coos in falsetto above a disco groove accented by trumpets and a bass line eerily similar to the Jacksons' "Shake  Your Body (Down to the Ground)." Listeners caught on to the message and approved of the track, granting it a No. 12 debut on this week's Emerging Artists chart, following its release on Sept. 5.

"Till the Morning," Kehlani
R&B songstress Kehlani Parrish returns with "Till the Morning," a smooth track that finds the singer questioning her relationship after realizing her lover only seeks her affection "till the morning." Over the beat courtesy of rising producer Jahaan Sweet, Kehlani turns out a vulnerable vocal reminiscent of Keyshia Cole, flowing between winces of wounded pain and flashes of scorned fury with considerable ease. While Kehlani's paramour may have desired merely a brief encounter, listeners stuck with the singer. Since debuting the track on Oct. 27 via Soundcloud, "Morning" has collected nearly 190,000 plays. That enthusiasm translated onto Twitter, where activity surrounding the song generated a No. 11 debut this week on Emerging Artists.


"May as Well," Angel Olsen
A refreshing break from heavily-produced songs, Angel Olsen's folky "May as Well" sports a simple guitar riff and Olsen's tender vocal. Pauses and quivers in the St. Louis' native's voice are proudly displayed as she revisits a dampened relationship, wondering, "I've tried my best to keep you smiling love / Maybe it's been all in vain / But I would try a million times, my dear / Tell me would you do the same?" Twitter users appreciated the critically-favored track, triggering a No. 31 debut on the Emerging Artists chart. To date, the song has gathered nearly 20,000 plays on Soundcloud since reaching the service on Oct. 24. "May as Well" is on the deluxe edition of Olsen's latest effort, Burn Your Fire for No Witness (Jagjaguwar), due Nov. 18.


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