Each Friday, Billboard presents Bubbling Under, a weekly look at new and noteworthy acts making their way toward Billboard chart success. Up this week: My Crazy Girlfriend, Propain and Strand of Oaks
My Crazy Girlfriend
My Crazy Girlfriend approaches the Pop Songs radio airplay chart with "Crazy Stupid Love." The hooky track follows the foursome's breakout single, "Go F**k Yourself," which topped Dance Club Songs in February. Signed to Capitol Records, the group's members (Myah Marie, fraternal twin brothers Bennett and Justyn Armstrong and Cosmo) once shared an apartment across the street from the label's famed Hollywood tower, with their sights set (literally) on landing a record deal. Explaining their new single, Marie says with a chuckle, "We're crazy, we're stupid and we love to love."
Houston rapper Propain turns up the heat on R&B/Hip-Hop Airplay with his ode to the booty call, "2 Rounds" (eOne), which opens at No. 50. The steamy cut features buzzy Atlanta rapper Rich Homie Quan (who once lived in Houston) and originates from Propain's critically-acclaimed 2013 mixtape "Ridin' Slab." Propain first garnered national attention in 2011 with his "Dangerous Minds" mixtape, which features such Houston rap A-listers as Bun B, Slim Thug and Chamillionaire.
Strand Of Oaks
Timothy Showalter's one-man band Strand of Oaks is gaining traction below the Adult Alternative Songs chart with "Goshen '97," the first track from his forthcoming debut album for Dead Oceans, "HEAL." For the raw and melodic rock song, the Philadelphia songwriter enlisted J. Mascis of Dinosaur Jr. on guitar. Showalter has previously toured with Tallest Man on Earth, Phosphorescent and Damien Jurado.
Reporting by Rauly Ramirez, Gary Trust and Emily White of the Billboard charts department