Jake Bugg Takes ‘Two’
Jake Bugg is aiming to duplicate his notable U.K. success in the United States. The 18-year-old Nottingham, England-born singer/songwriter blends stark folk and rollicking rockabilly on his self-titled debut set, which bowed atop the Official U.K. Albums chart on Nov. 3. Ahead of his proper U.S. debut, Bugg’s “Two Fingers EP,” released stateside in October, has found support from triple A radio, with WRLT Nashville playing the title track 226 times through Jan. 20, according to Nielsen BDS.
‘Another One’ For Atlanta
The hotbed of urban talent that is Atlanta churns out “Another One,” Slice 9’s debut single featuring Future, which opens at No. 40 on Mainstream R&B/Hip-Hop. The rapper, 18, recently signed with Future’s Freebandz imprint on Epic after forging a relationship with the chart-topping artist through Atlanta’s Coalition DJs. He also connected with T.I. and his Grand Hustle cohorts B.o.B and Young Dro, who are featured on the remix to his breakout hit.
‘Wings’ Over America
Little Mix is about to take flight with debut single “Wings.” The British female vocal quartet took shape on the 2011 U.K. edition of “The X Factor” and heads to U.S. shores in March. While the Syco/Columbia act’s former U.K. No. 1 single won’t be issued to radio and retail until February, its video has been a consistent top 15 seller at iTunes since its December release.
Bada$$ Makes Good
There’s nothing like seeing your name attached to a No. 1 album. This week, rapper Joey Bada$$ lays claim to a guest turn on A$AP Rocky’s chart-topping “Long.Live.A$AP” (he’s featured on “1 Train”). The 18-year-old Brooklyn native drew notice for his mixtape “1999” and singles “Waves” and “Enter the Void.” Signed to Green Label Sound, Bada$$ also recently released the track “Unorthodox,” produced by DJ Premier.
Reporting by Keith Caulfield, William Gruger, Rauly Ramirez and Gary Trust.