Tomorrow's Hits: In the Valley Below, Michael Ray & OMI
Each Friday, Billboard presents Tomorrow's Hits, a weekly look at new and noteworthy acts making their way toward Billboard chart success.
In the Valley Below
In the Valley Below rises to a new high on Alternative Songs (No. 22) with "Peaches" (Capitol), a mix of synth-driven pop and darker folk. First released in September 2013, preceding the duo's first full-length, 2014's The Belt, "Peaches" has enjoyed a slow but sweet ripening: of its 64,000 downloads sold to date, according to Nielsen Music, 52 percent have been sold since the beginning of 2015.
The male-female twosome of Angela Gail and Jeffrey Jacob share lead vocals. After making its network debut on CBS' The Late Show With David Letterman (performing "Peaches") in August 2013, the Los Angeles-based pair more recently performed the track on TBS' Conan, in February. –Emily White (@emwhitenoise)
Michael Ray bullets at No. 23 on Country Airplay with his first hit, "Kiss You in the Morning." The Florida native made an earlier impression with TV audiences as the winner of The CW's 2012 reality competition The Next. He's since been honing his live skills and working on his debut album for Warner Bros., due later this year. Ray recently supported Sam Hunt on tour and made his Grand Ole Opry debut (April 24). –Keith Caulfield (@keith_caulfield)
After winning over crowds worldwide, OMI's "Cheerleader" (Ultra) is drawing applause from American audiences. San Francisco pop stations KMVQ and KYLD are leading the way, with the song among each outlet's 20 most-played titles in the week ending April 19. Sales are also swelling, as the cut enters Pop Digital Songs at No. 38 with a 34 percent surge to 12,000 sold. It leads the Reggae Digital Songs chart for a fourth week after hitting the top 10 in more than 15 countries.
Just as Robin Schulz revived Mr. Probz's "Waves" via a remix, fellow German DJ Felix Jaehn's reworking of OMI's track, first released in 2012, has spurred its Stateside start. –Gary Trust (@gthot20)