Tomorrow's Hits: Alex & Sierra, Dean Alexander & The Eeries
Each Friday, Billboard presents Tomorrow's Hits, a weekly look at new and noteworthy acts making their way toward Billboard chart success.
Alex & Sierra
After winning the third (and final) season of the U.S. version of Fox's The X Factor in December, Alex & Sierra near the Adult Pop Songs/Adult Top 40 chart with their debut Columbia single, the melodic folk/pop "Scarecrow." The musical (and romantically-involved) pair -- Floridians Alex Kinsey and Sierra Deaton -- play tour dates with Colbie Caillat and Train through September and will release their debut album, It's About Us, on Oct. 7.
Singer/songwriter/guitarist Dean Alexander's debut single "Live a Little" launches at No. 53 on the Nielsen BDS-driven Country Airplay chart. Alexander's first big break in the industry was a publishing deal with the late Barbara Orbison (Roy Orbison's widow). Citing Dwight Yoakam and Chris Isaak as influences, Alexander is signed to Warner Music Nashville's Elektra Nashville imprint. Under Parallel Entertainment management, he's working on his first full-length album.
'90s-flavored "Cool Kid" (Interscope) by Los Angeles' the Eeries is bubbling under Alternative Songs, with its "wish I was a cool kid" refrain a catchy (and lyricaly pointed) sing-along for anti-social climbers. KROQ Los Angeles added the track following a tweet of endorsement by former My Chemical Romance frontman Gerard Way. Courtney Love, the soon-to-be mother-in-law of Eeries vocalist/guitarist Isaiah Silva (fiancé of Frances Bean Cobain), also shouted the band out on Twitter.
Reporting by Wade Jessen, Gary Trust and Emily White of the Billboard charts department