Having scored her first Billboard Hot 100 top 10 last week as a writer on Demi Lovato’s “Heart Attack,” Nikki Williams this week earns her first top 10 as an artist, as “Glowing” (Island Def Jam) rises 12-10 on the Dance Club Songs chart, and is also close to debuting on Mainstream Top 40. “I write a lot of songs, and they aren’t always going to be for my [forthcoming] record,” Williams recently told Billboard.com. “I’m happy to share.”
Bright Light Bright Light Shines
In the past year, Bright Light Bright Light, aka pop singer/songwriter Rod Thomas, has released his album “Make Me Believe in Hope” (Blue Team/Aztec), opened for Scissor Sisters and found a fan in Elton John (who “loves” his music). Now, the artist is prepping the June 3 release of his single “Moves.” He’s also scored co-writing and vocal credits on the new Slow Knights album, “Cosmos” (produced by Scissor Sisters’ Del Marquis).
Second-generation country singer Krystal Keith simmers just below the Country Airplay chart with “Daddy Dance With Me,” her first solo single. Keith is the daughter of format star Toby Keith, with whom she shared billing on “Mockingbird,” which flew to No. 27 eight years ago. The younger Keith also places her first entry, a self-titled EP, on Top Country Albums (No. 53). She’s not only signed to her father’s Show Dog-Universal label, but he also co-produced her four-song set and co-wrote three of its tracks. Her full-length debut album, “Whiskey and Lace,” is expected this year.
New Island Def Jam signee August Alsina looks to make his first chart appearance with “I Luv This Sh*t,” which is nearing the Mainstream R&B/Hip-Hop tally. The Trinidad James-assisted track will be featured on the New Orleans crooner’s debut album, due later this year. The song’s video has racked 1.1 million YouTube views since its Valentine’s Day posting.