Bubbling Under: DJ Cassidy Previews All-Star Album With R. Kelly, Robin Thicke & More
Each Friday, Billboard presents Bubbling Under, a weekly look at new and noteworthy acts making their way toward Billboard chart success. Up this week: DJ Cassidy, Chasin' Crazy and Vado
Veteran New York spinner DJ Cassidy has garnered some A-list friends over the years, and now he's making his maiden Billboard chart ascent, as "Make the World Go Round," featuring R. Kelly, pushes 19-17 on Adult R&B Songs. Meanwhile, his "Calling All Hearts," featuring Robin Thicke (for whom he recently opened on tour) and Jessie J, has hit the Official U.K. Singles chart's top 10 and is building support at U.S. pop radio. Thicke and Jessie J are among the big names, along with Usher, John Legend, Ne-Yo, Mary J. Blige and Nile Rodgers, among others, on DJ Cassidy's forthcoming debut Columbia album, "Paradise Royale."
All-male quintet Chasin' Crazy is being touted as a boy band … that can write, play and sing. Those collective talents shine on "That's How We Do Summertime," the group's debut country single on indie RPM. The Nashville band (Jimmy James Hunter, Forest Miller, Landon Parker, Creigh Riepe and Travis Fincher) recently played the maiden iHeartRadio Country Festival in Austin.
Harlem rapper Vado nears his first airplay chart appearance as "My Bae," featuring Jeremih, approaches Mainstream R&B/Hip-Hop. The smooth cut is Vado's first single as a member of DJ Khaled's We the Best imprint, with which he signed in January 2013 after a stint on Interscope. Vado earlier gained notice via two tracks with Cam'Ron: "Speaking in Tungs" (2010) and "Hey Muma" (No. 84, 2011).
Reporting by Wade Jessen, Rauly Ramirez and Gary Trust of the Billboard charts department