Tomorrow's Hits: Alex Newell, The Strumbellas & AudioDamn!
On Fridays, Billboard presents Tomorrow's Hits, a weekly look at new and noteworthy acts making their way toward Billboard chart success.
Alex Newell, who played Unique Adams on Fox's Glee, hits clubs with "This Ain't Over," the first single from the big-voiced singer's EP Power (Feb. 19, Big Beat/Atlantic). The dancefloor banger follows Newell's 2015 features on The Knocks' "Collect My Love" (No. 35 on Billboard + Twitter Emerging Artists) and Blonde's "All Cried Out" (No. 4 on the Official U.K. Singles chart). Newell will support Adam Lambert on tour beginning Feb. 23. –Keith Caulfield (@keith_caulfield)
Toronto alt-rockers The Strumbellas are strutting their stuff in the United States with "Spirits" (Glassnote). The Juno Award winners' first Billboard chart hit zooms 38-25 as the Greatest Gainer on Rock Airplay (2.5 million in audience, up 54 percent, in the week ending Jan. 24, according to Nielsen Music) and 33-29 on Alternative Songs. The song previews the sextet's third album, Hope, due in April. –Kevin Rutherford (@surfwax83)
Germany-based, Austria-bred pop trio AudioDamn! makes American inroads with "Radar," which bubbles under Pop Songs thanks to leading support at Radio Disney (26 plays in the tracking week). The soulful song is from the act's debut self-titled Epic EP, released Jan. 8. The threesome was featured on NBC's Today in November as Elvis Duran's artist of the month. –Gary Trust (@gthot20)