Uncharted Territory: Diyar Pala Holds Strong, Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs Debut
Traphik and DJ BL3ND keep making it look easy. With all the hype and online activity buzzing around their mixes and videos, the two Southern Californians reign supreme on Uncharted, BL3ND at No. 1 and Traphik close behind. The former reeled in a staggering 138,000 SoundCloud song plays this week, while the latter continues to dominate YouTube with nearly 300,000 views.
Diyar Pala has been holding strong on Uncharted for awhile now. The Turkish R&B singer, based in London, has been a constant charter and holds his ground at No. 8 this week. Pala's style integrates modern R&B with traditional Turkish and arabesque melodies to create a contemporary hybrid that has gained him over 290,000 fans on Facebook.
Twelve-year-old wunderkind Maddi Jane is keeping her foot in the door, too--the singer holds onto her No. 7 slot with over 90,000 YouTube channel views during the chart week.
Childish Gambino, the hip hop moniker of comedian and "Community" actor Donald Glover, slipped a couple rankings from No. 6 last week, to come in at No. 10. Still, with the buzz surrounding his latest free EP, "EP," it's likely Uncharted will be bidding adieu to this new 'Bino if he ever starts monetizing future releases.
New to Uncharted this week is Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs, the moniker of Oxford native Orlando Higginbottom. The electronic dance musician, who was lauded as one of the top 100 acts at this year's South by Southwest music festival by Spinner.com, racked up over 13,000 SoundCloud song plays this week. T.E.E.D. will be touring Europe throughout the summer.
Finally, some news last week, which went unsaid but is certainly worth the mention: Uncharted says goodbye and good luck to Big K.R.I.T., the Mississippi rapper whose recent single "Country Sh*t" debuted last week at No. 93 on Billboard's R&B/Hip-Hop Songs ranking. And it's climbing: this week, the song came in at No. 76.
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.