Each Friday, Billboard presents “Bubbling Under,” a weekly look at new and noteworthy acts making their way toward Billboard chart success. Up this week: Madison Beer, American Young, Paradise Fears, TeeFLii.
Fourteen-year-old Long Island native Madison Beer is the latest breakout signee of Scooter Braun, manager of Justin Bieber, among others. Her first single “Melodies” (Island Def Jam) sold 9,000 downloads in its opening week, according to Nielsen SoundScan, while the song’s official video has already drawn 1.6 million global YouTube views. Bieber is using his star power to help aid Beer’s profile, Tweeting about her as he did with Carly Rae Jepsen last year. He also appears in the clip for “Melodies.”
American Young debuts at No. 60 on the Nielsen BDS-fueled Country Airplay list with “Love Is War,” the twosome’s first single. Signed to Curb and working on their debut album, Kristy Osmunson and Jon Stone previously pursued country music careers individually; the fiddle-playing Osmunson was a founding member of female duo Bomshel (the pair charted seven songs on Country Airplay in 2006-10), while Stone co-wrote and -produced Lee Brice’s chart-topping “A Woman Like You” and co-wrote Rascal Flatts’ “Me and My Gang.”
Almost two years after first appearing on Uncharted, South Dakota sextet Paradise Fears sent its self-released “Battle Scars” to No. 7 on Heatseekers Albums in July. Now the band offers the stand-alone ballad “Who You Are,” more folk-leaning in sound than the act’s usual pop/punk fare. “If there’s one thing in life that I’ve learned so far,” Sam Miller reassures in the track, “it’s that we’re all a little stronger than we think we are.”
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South Central Los Angeles’ TeeFLii posts his first airplay chart appearance as “This D” (Epic) opens at No. 38 on Rhythmic. The DJ Mustard-produced track has been championed by hometown KPWR, which has played it nearly 800 times. As a teen, TeeFLii was known more for his dancing; he was featured in David LaChapelle’s 2005 krumping documentary “Rize” and made an appearance in 2007’s “Stomp the Yard.”
Reporting by William Gruger, Wade Jessen, Rauly Ramirez and Gary Trust of the Billboard charts department.