Each Friday, Billboard presents 'Bubbling Under,' a weekly look at new and noteworthy acts making their way toward Billboard chart success. Up this week: Vice, Basic Vacation, the Cadillac Three and Jabo
Basic Vacation may have a leisure-themed name, but the pop/rock trio is working hard on making its debut Billboard chart appearance. The trio is gaining at alternative radio with its sing-a-long single "I Believe" (Capitol), which is receiving support from such stations as KITS San Francisco and KKDO Sacramento, Calif. The tune is also featured on the new album Now 48, which debuts on the Billboard 200 at No. 3 this week, as a "Now What's Next!" track.
DJ Vice nears the Mainstream Top 40 and Dance/Mix Show Airplay charts with "World Is Our Playground," featuring Mike Taylor (Flight Club). KFRH Las Vegas is championing the song, with 46 plays in the Nov. 11-17 Nielsen BDS tracking week, along with KREV San Francisco (41 plays) and KSXY Santa Rosa, Calif. (19). In 1998, radio helped launch Vice's career, as he began spinning records on rhythmic KPWR in his hometown of Los Angeles. "It really tightened up my skills," he says of the experience. "It was always live. There was no going back and fixing things."
The Cadillac Three
Southern rock/country trio the Cadillac Three gains traction below Country Airplay with "The South," the threesome's first single for Big Machine, for whom it's working on its debut album. The song features Florida Georgia Line, Dierks Bentley and Mike Eli (the latter of the Eli Young Band). The Cadillac Three's Jaren Johnston co-wrote Keith Urban's "You Gonna Fly," as well as songs recorded by Dierks Bentley, Kenny Chesney and Tim McGraw.
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Jabo's "What I'm About" is fast approaching the Mainstream R&B/Hip-Hop chart. Assisted by rap veterans Slim Thug and Jadakiss, the 26-year-old newcomer adroitly details life in his hometown of Birmingham, Ala. The Alabama State University graduate takes an altruistic view on the song, which features such lines as, "I'm 'bout money, helping my neighbor." His independent album "Anatomy of a Street Genius" features appearances by Yo Gotti and Doe B.
Reporting by Keith Caulfield, Wade Jessen, Rauly Ramirez and Gary Trust of the Billboard charts department