Bubbling Under: Chainsmokers Get Their Shot With '#Selfie'
Each Friday, Billboard presents Bubbling Under, a weekly look at new and noteworthy acts making their way toward Billboard chart success. Up this week: the Chainsmokers, Snootie Wild and Sam Hunt
Andrew Taggart and Alex Pall, aka the Chainsmokers, debut on Hot Dance/Electronic Songs at No. 19 with "#Selfie" (Dim Mak). With uncredited vocals by Alexis Killacam, the track bows with 9,000 downloads sold (up 250%), according to Nielsen SoundScan, and has passed 1 million YouTube views since its Jan. 29 posting. The "#Selfie" video features actual selfies from Steve Aoki, Snoop Dogg and David Hasselhoff, among others. Pop radio is already interested: KHKS Dallas played "#Selfie" 19 times last week, according to Nielsen BDS.
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After weeks of steady increases, Snootie Wild's "Yayo" debuts at No. 50 on R&B/Hip-Hop Airplay and No. 40 on Mainstream R&B/Hip-Hop, marking his first two airplay chart appearances. The Memphis, Tenn., native's breakout hit won over hometown station KXHT, which first played the song on July 2, 2013, and has spun it the most (approximately 500 times to date) of any BDS-monitored station. Snootie signed to fellow Memphis rapper Yo Gotti's Cocaine Muzik Group (under Epic) in October.
Singer/songwriter Sam Hunt's debut single "Raised On It" (MCA Nashville) simmers beneath the Country Airplay chart, but music was Hunt's second career choice. He was a star football player at Middle Tennessee State University and the University of Alabama at Birmingham. Although he signed with the NFL's Kansas City Chiefs, he ultimately found success as a songwriter, co-penning Kenny Chesney's "Come Over," Billy Currington's "We Are Tonight" and Keith Urban's new "Cop Car." Hunt is on tour with David Nail and Chase Rice.
Reporting by Wade Jessen, Gordon Murray and Rauly Ramirez of the Billboard charts department