Uncharted Territory: Diggy Simmons Returns, The Knocks Feel 'Sunshine'
Rapper and reality TV star Daniel "Diggy" Simmons emerges on Uncharted at No. 12, gaining the highest re-entry of the week. Son of hip hop legend "Rev Run" Simmons, the buzz surrounding Diggy's collaboration with pre-teen hip hop boy band Mindless Behavior helped him gain 37,000 Twitter followers and 38,000 Wikipedia views, respectively.
The video for the song "Mrs. Right" has gained 464,000 views since its June 29 debut.
Watch "Mrs. Right" by Mindless Behavior ft. Diggy Simmons:
With blogs like "All Things Go" and "Boom Boom Chic" gushing over their summer anthem "Sunshine," electronic music duo The Knocks--consisting of Ben "B-Roc" Ruttner and James "JPatt" Patterson--debuts at No. 24. Since its debut two weeks ago, the upbeat song has accumulated nearly 30,000 SoundCloud plays. The duo has also been performing sets on the blazing hot music site Turntable.fm, which allows users to DJ for a crowd of would-be fans.
Watch the Knocks' video for "Sunshine":
Uncharted ranks artists - those who have not charted previously with Billboard - using a formula blending weekly additions of friends / fans / followers across the world's leading social networking sites (MySpace, Twitter, Facebook), as well as weekly artist page views and weekly song plays on influential music outlets (YouTube, Last.FM, SoundCloud).
This week in tweets: Brazilian rock band Pitty (37-25) showed the second highest Twitter boost in followers--after Diggy--with 18,000 added. Next in line, Brazilian pop rock band Jota Quest (8,400), rapper and actor Childish Gambino (2,800), and YouTube stars Maddi Jane (2,600) and Dave Days (2,200) also showed large following gains this week.
Former Google employee-turned-NYC-based rapper/songwriter Hoodie Allen makes a tremendous jump from No. 29 to No. 7, breaking into the top 10 with a gain of 83,000 SoundCloud plays. Though no new music is out, his latest album "Leap Year" is due out this summer. The most recent track on his SoundCloud page-"NYC Is Killing Me" featuring Jamie XX-dates back to four months ago, but since its March debut, it has accumulated nearly 20,000 plays.
As for the rest of the top ten, DJ BL3ND (No. 1), Traphik (No. 2), Girl Talk (No. 3), Tyler Ward (No. 5) and Maddi Jane (No. 6) hold their respective places while Colette Carr (7-4), Your Favorite Enemies (10-9), and Dave Days (13-10) mix up the order.
To discover new music and get a head start on following the careers of these emerging artists, find the rest of this week's chart on Billboard.com or in Billboard magazine, and check in with Uncharted Territory every week for more.