Each Friday, Billboard presents "Bubbling Under," a weekly look at new and noteworthy acts making their way toward Billboard chart success. Up this week: Mr. Little Jeans, Wild Feathers, Morgan Frazier and A$AP Ferg.
Mr. Little Jeans
With more than 24,000 likes on Facebook and a growing YouTube audience, Los Angeles-based pop starlet Mr. Little Jeans debuts on Uncharted at No. 17 after releasing her new single "Oh Sailor." The artist (nee Monica Birkenes) first rose to popularity thanks largely to her dark, dub-stepped rendition of Arcade Fire's "The Suburbs"; her cover has garnered 2.2 million views to date. After dropping "Oh Sailor" on iTunes on May 3, Mr. Little Jeans is currently at work on her forthcoming debut album.
After a label switch in 2012, the Wild Feathers are ready to fly, as the rock group's "The Ceiling" bullets at No. 28 on the Triple A airplay chart. The Nashville-based band will release its self-titled debut album on Warner Bros. on Aug. 6. Formerly signed to Interscope, the quartet, which has opened for Bob Dylan and Paul Simon, is touring with Ryan Bingham through June.
With spins at 13 of the 129 stations monitored by Nielsen BDS for the Country Airplay chart, Breckenridge, Texas, native Morgan Frazier simmers just below the ranking with "Yellow Brick Road," her debut single for Curb's Sidewalk imprint. Frazier recently won the prestigious John Lennon Songwriting competition and is now making promotional rounds at country radio. She has tour dates booked through November and is working on her first full-length album.
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Following A$AP Rocky's breakout success with "F**kin Problems," A$AP Ferg looks to make a (similar) name for himself with his debut track "Work." The Harlem rapper is a member of Rocky's A$AP Mob collective and signed his own deal with Polo Grounds/RCA in January. The official video for "Work" has drawn 3 million YouTube views, while a clip for the song's as-yet-unreleased remix, featuring A$AP Rocky, Schoolboy Q and Trinidad James, is being completed. A$AP Ferg is currently opening for Juicy J on the latter's Stay Trippy tour.
Reporting by Keith Caulfield, William Gruger, Wade Jessen and Rauly Ramirez of the Billboard charts department.