Music Photos of the Year 2012
May 31: Madonna performs on stage during her "MDNA" world tour kickoff in Tel Aviv, Israel.

A look at Madonna's next potential single, the significance of Carly Rae Jepsen's new No. 1 and Billboard's Bubbling Under chart.

Ask Billboard is updated every week. As always, submit your questions about Billboard charts, sales and airplay, as well as general music musings, to Please include your first and last name, as well as your city, state and country, if outside the U.S.


Hi Gary,

Why doesn't Billboard post the Bubbling Under the Hot 100 with other charts?


Alex Kent
Los Angeles, California

Hi Alex,

While Billboard's Hot 100 Bubbling Under chart does not appear on, it is available - along with the R&B/Hip-Hop Songs' Bubbling Under chart - to subscribers at

The charts rank the top 25 titles that have yet to appear on the respective main tallies.

You can, however, check out the Heatseekers Songs chart on The survey spotlights the top songs exclusively by "new or developing acts," as defined here.

We've also recently premiered the "Bubbling Under" artist feature, which now appears each Friday on Each week, we present a look at four up-and-coming acts making their way to Billboard chart success.

Take a look at (and listen to) the most recent edition of "Bubbling Under," which features Olly Murs, Katie Armiger, Tex James and the Parlotones.