Bubbling Under: Birds Of Tokyo Take Flight
Each Friday, Billboard presents Bubbling Under, a weekly look at new and noteworthy acts making their way toward Billboard chart success. Up this week: Birds of Tokyo, Anthony Lewis and Viennie V
Birds Of Tokyo
Already a breakout hit in the band's native Australia, Birds of Tokyo's atmospheric "Lanterns" (Republic) bullets at No. 29 on Adult Alternative Songs and No. 37 on Alternative Songs. Last year, the song earned the honor of 2013's most-played song on commercial radio Down Under (according to Aircheck). The group is now visiting and performing at U.S. radio stations, notably throwing in fun curveball covers (like Survivor's "Eye of the Tiger").
Anthony Lewis wasn't yet born when Soul for Real's "Candy Rain" topped the Mainstream R&B/Hip-Hop airplay chart in 1995, but that didn't stop the 17-year-old from remaking the classic, which opens at No. 38. With an assist from featured labelmate Billy Bang, "Rain," the 10th-most-played song last week on Sirius XM's the Heat, according to Nielsen BDS, marks the first chart hit for entertainment company the Chemists, which former Interscope executive Garnett March launched last year.
Pop singer/songwriter Viennie V draws her first Billboard chart ink, as "How Could You" (Aurora) enters Adult Contemporary at No. 30. With 250,000 YouTube views since its December posting, the melodic ballad continues her viral buzz, with her official YouTube channel boasting more than 4.5 million clicks. The Los Angeles-based songstress also grew her following by performing on Verizon's 2012 Asian Pacific American Heritage Month (APAHM) Tour, which celebrates entertainers of such descent each May.
Reporting by Keith Caulfield, Rauly Ramirez and Gary Trust of the Billboard charts department