Lake Street Dive (right), which began playing its breezy alt-folk take on ’70s soul nine years ago at Boston’s New England Conservatory of Music, makes its Billboard 200 debut with its EP “Fun Machine” (No. 187) after the group appeared on Comedy Central’s “The Colbert Report” on Feb. 5. The bow precedes the Feb. 18 release of the band’s Signature Sounds full-length, “Bad Self Portraits.” The latter set’s title track is gaining airplay, including 15 spins last week at WFUV New York, according to Nielsen BDS.
A few months after signing with Mom + Pop, Wild Cub takes its maiden voyage on a Billboard songs chart with “Thunder Clatter.” The earnest track rises 38-35 on Alternative, shortly after the band made its TV debut on NBC’s “Late Night With Jimmy Fallon” (Jan. 21). Wild Cub’s debut full-length, “Youth,” entered Heatseekers Albums at No. 11 earlier this month.
Los Angeles singer/songwriter Eric Bellinger debuts his breakout track “I Don’t Want Her” (Blue Collar) — from debut album “The Rebirth,” which arrived Feb. 11-at No. 37 on Rhythmic. The League of Starz-produced track samples Kris Kross’ 1992 classic “Jump” and features a guest rap verse from fellow L.A. newcomer Problem. Bellinger is no stranger to Billboard charts, having tallied two Rhythmic top 10s as a writer last year, with Chris Brown’s “Fine China” and “Love More.”
Reporting by Keith Caulfield, Wade Jessen, Rauly Ramirez and Gary Trust.