Bubbling Under: John Newman's Euro Hit 'Love Me Again' Soars Stateside
Each Friday, Billboard presents "Bubbling Under," a weekly look at new and noteworthy acts making their way toward Billboard chart success. Up this week: John Newman, Leah Turner, PartyNextDoor and Alam A
Following such recent imported hits like Labrinth's "Beneath Your Beautiful" and Passenger's "Let Her Go," which scaled charts in multiple countries before crashing U.S. shores, John Newman's "Love Me Again" (Republic) is building below Pop Songs. The song received play on 26 chart reporters last week, spurring a 128% increase in spins, according to Nielsen BDS. The British native's track has reached the top 10 in 15 countries and topped the Official U.K. Singles chart in July. His debut digital EP "Love Me Again" arrives in the U.S. on Oct. 15.
California-raised singer/songwriter Leah Turner's debut single "Take the Keys" gains traction just below the Country Airplay chart. She honed her music skills while attending UC Santa Barbara, where she met Kenny Loggins. He encouraged her to move to Los Angeles, where she worked with renowned studio vets David Foster and Humberto Gatica before her pursuits ultimately led her to Nashville. Signed to Columbia, Turner is working on her major-label debut album.
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PartyNextDoor, the first signee on Drake's OVO Sound imprint, makes his first Billboard chart appearance, as "Over Here," featuring Drake (Warner Bros.), debuts at No. 35 on Mainstream R&B/Hip-Hop. The cut reached 2.1 million listeners last week. Before linking with Drake, the Toronto-based singer was making EDM-infused R&B under his real name Jahron Braithwaite. His "PartyNextDoor" mixtape has sold 4,000 copies since its July 1 release, according to Nielsen SoundScan, despite its free availability online.
Entering Tropical Songs at No. 40, "Enamorado" (RDM) marks the first charted single for Bachata singer Alam A. A 15% bump in airplay pushes the song onto the chart with plays at seven stations. Born in the Dominican Republic, the singer grew up stateside and began his musical career as a DJ at age 15. He's teamed up with friend, and former member of Aventura, Lenny Santos, for the production of his album "It's Me (Soy Yo)," due early next year.
Reporting by Wade Jessen, Amaya Mendizabal, Rauly Ramirez and Gary Trust of the Billboard charts department.