Uncharted Territory: Tyler Ward and Porta Climb, Big Sean Graduates
Surprise, surprise: Long Beach's up-and-still-coming rapper Traphik rounds out yet another week, his sixth, as the reigning king of Uncharted, Billboard's newest chart for emerging artists. The ranking features independent, never-before-charted musicians who are breaking new ground in the world of digital engagement.
In the sixth week of Uncharted, Traphik continues to attract digital attention, bringing in a whopping 1.2 million YouTube views this week alone, as well as a boatload of new Facebook fans (over 3,880) and Twitter followers (over 1,400).
Back in the No. 2 spot this week is Jamie Lynn Noon, the sweet-voiced singer/songwriter from the Bay area whose recent EP "Angels Spoke" raked in over 271,000 MySpace song plays during the charting period. The 22-year-old's debut album "A Moment to Break" was mastered by Grammy Award-winning engineer Brian Gardner (past credits include No Doubt, Christina Aguilera, and Avril Lavigne).
Former football star-turned-songwriter Tyler Ward is slowly climbing the upper rungs of the chart, moving into the no. 5 slot this chart week, thanks to over 6,000 Last.fm plays and nearly 7,300 new Facebook fans. Ward, who has performed in the past with acts like the Jonas Brothers and Gavin DeGraw, also ranks at no. 27 on Billboard's Social 50 chart for his online engagement.
New to the chart this week is Perfectly November, the four-piece alt/power-pop outfit from Los Angeles fronted by Hunter Scott MacLeod. Assembled via Craigslist, the band draws from modern influences like Breaking Benjamin and Red Jumpsuit Apparatus and channels forerunners like Paramore with its charged female vocals. Perfectly November plans to release their debut album in March.
The Barcelona native rapper Porta climbed from no. 16 to no. 10 this week. With a staggering 2.3 million Facebook fans, Porta has been gaining recognition from fans all over the world.
Finally, Uncharted bids a fond farewell to hip-hop artist Big Sean, who graduated to land at no. 75 on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart this week. As the Kanye West protege's debut album release draws near, his track "My Last," featuring Chris Brown, is the first of a number of star-studded collaborations to come.
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.