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Tomorrow’s Hits: Natalie La Rose, Wash & Josh Dorr

Each Friday, Billboard presents Tomorrow's Hits, a weekly look at new and noteworthy acts making their way toward Billboard chart success.

Each Friday, Billboard presents Tomorrow’s Hits, a weekly look at new and noteworthy acts making their way toward Billboard chart success.

Natalie La Rose
New Republic signee Natalie La Rose nears her first Billboard chart appearance, as the Jeremih-assisted “Somebody” approaches Pop Songs. The debut single from the Amsterdam-born La Rose reworks Whitney Houston’s 1987 Billboard Hot 100 No. 1 “I Wanna Dance With Somebody (Who Loves Me)” – similar to how Jeremih retooled Snap!’s “Rhythm is a Dancer” for his recent top 10 “Don’t Tell ‘Em.”

How did La Rose work her way into the industry? In 2011, while attending an ESPY Awards after party, she walked up to Flo Rida and simply told him that they were going to work together. Won over by her confidence, he invited her for a studio session the next day. She then joined him for several concerts over the next two years. “If you want something, you have to fight for it,” she says. “That’s what I did.”

Early supporters for “Somebody” include CBS Radio’s WBMP New York and KEGY San Diego (more than 200 plays each through Jan. 5, according to Nielsen Music). –Gary Trust (@gthot20)

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Wash
Newly signed to Interscope, Wash scales Mainstream R&B/Hip-Hop (38-36) and Rhythmic Songs (new at No. 39) with his debut single “Can’t Trust Thots,” featuring French Montana. In the track, the Texas native leerily defines the emerging slang term “thot” – an acronym for “that ho over there” – as “a girl that look for bottles as soon as she come in the club.” –Amaya Mendizabal (@Amayayayaya)

Josh Dorr
Wyoming native Josh Dorr claims the Hot Shot Debut on Country Airplay at No. 55 with his co-written debut single, “Save Your Breath” (RCA Nashville). He first self-released the song on his four-song, self-titled EP last May. Dorr’s songwriting path included several co-writes featured on the USA Network series Necessary Roughness, as well as the theme song for the Pursuit Channel’s Open Season. –Wade Jessen