Each Friday, Billboard presents Tomorrow’s Hits, a weekly look at new and noteworthy acts making their way toward Billboard chart success. Up this week: Tove Lo, AJR and Bad Suns
Tove Lo makes her first appearances on Billboard airplay charts as a lead artist, as the hypnotic “Habits (Stay High)” (Republic) enters Rock Airplay (No. 34) and Alternative Songs (No. 36). “It’s hard for me to talk or sing about it without any filter,” the Swedish singer/songwriter says of the breakup that inspired the song (which reached the U.K. top 10 earlier this month). “At first I didn’t want to write something bad. But, when it was all over, being in that state of mind … I need to use that when I write. I can’t not.”
Brother trio AJR is, well, ready to hit the charts, as the group is bubbling under the Pop Songs survey with its catchy, clap-clap-sprinkled “I’m Ready.” (Partial credit to SpongeBob SquarePants, whom the song samples.) The siblings (Adam, Jack and Ryan Met, hence, AJR) will tour with Lindsey Stirling starting June 16 and are currently at work on their debut album, due later this year on Warner Bros.
“Arrest” development: Bad Suns’ shine with “Cardiac Arrest,” which thumps 26-22 on Alternative Songs. The song is from the southern California band’s debut EP, “Transpose,” which bowed at No. 41 on the Billboard 200 and No. 12 on Top Rock Albums in February. Currently on tour supporting Vagrant labelmates the 1975, Bad Suns release their first full-length, “Language & Perspective” (also featuring “Arrest”), June 24.
Reporting by Keith Caulfield, Gary Trust and Emily White of the Billboard charts department