Bubbling Under: Frank Turner Turns Heads
Each Friday, Billboard presents "Bubbling Under," a weekly look at new and noteworthy acts making their way toward Billboard chart success. Up this week: Frank Turner, Dustin Tavella, Drake White and Viajero
British rocker Frank Turner is approaching his first airplay chart ink, as the rollicking "Recovery" (Xtra Mile/Polydor/Interscope) gains below Alternative Songs and Triple A. The track previews his fifth studio album, "Tape Deck Heart," due April 23. Between March 9-16, Turner squeezed in 10 sets at South by Southwest in Austin, Texas, prompting him to humorously list on his official website "die in a heap" as his March 17 activity. He survived to begin a European tour on April 17.
Pennsylvania's Dustin Tavella has emerged from the YouTube talent pool with "Everybody Knows (Douchebag)" (Film and Music). The track's profile (more than 315,000 YouTube views since its Feb. 27 posting) snowballed after Selena Gomez posted a video of her and friends dancing to it (190,000 views to date). The assist helped spur a 135% sales spike to 2,000 downloads sold, according to Nielsen SoundScan, for Tavella's song last week. He's currently recording his debut album.
Drake White gains traction just beneath the Country Airplay chart with "Simple Life," his first single for MCA Nashville. The Hokes Bluff, Ala., native is already in demand on the club/theatre circuit with his animated, down-home approach. With dates booked through October, he brings his Front Porch Picking Series to the House of Blues in Los Angeles on April 5. "Life" will be available for digital purchase three days later.
Based in Miami, Nicaraguan-born Viajero is making his Billboard chart debut with "Se Que Te Vas" (PCM), which rises 38-36 on Tropical Airplay. The pop-leaning song, which he says was inspired by Miami's natural beauty, counts WEMG-AM Philadelphia among its early supporters, with 31 first-week spins detected by Nielsen BDS during the March 11-17 tracking week. Viajero recorded his forthcoming debut album "El Viaje" with producer Jaime Ciero (Alejandra Guzman, Luis Fonsi).
Reporting by William Gruger, Wade Jessen, Amaya Mendizabal and Gary Trust of the Billboard charts department.