Those international hits keep making their way to the U.S. to plenty of love, and the trend is likely to stay around through the new year. The latest CHR radio stats put smashes from Lilly Wood & The Prick / Robin Schulz, Milky Chance and Vance Joy just below the top 40, while acts like Sheppard and ZHU are gearing up for impact dates in the next few weeks. What’s up next from across the pond? Here are four singles that could make the U.S. their next home in the coming months:
FRITZ KALKBRENNER – “Back Home”
Origin: Berlin, Germany
The Kalkbrenners like to keep it all in the family, at least when it comes to their work. Both Fritz and his older brother Paul are in the music business producing dance records and performing. From the recent album Ways Over Water, currently in the charts in Austria, Germany and Switzerland, among other countries, the music video for this release recently reached 1 million views on YouTube and is still charting nicely in a few European territories. With a huge following on Facebook, it is hard to believe that a U.S. label hasn’t partnered with him (he’s based on a German indie group, Suol.) This song is smooth.
LUKAS GRAHAM – “Mama Said”
Origin: Copenhagen, Denmark
Named after their lead singer, the quartet has accumulated a number of top ten songs in their home country in the past few years, with “Mama” becoming their third and latest #1. It also hit the top ten in Norway, their first song to do so. Currently recording for their second full-length album, the followup to their 4x Platinum self-titled debut, it’s clear that the boys are hot over there. However, they have yet to see anything make it to the U.S. market. Given the remake of Annie coming this December to theaters and the melodically close chorus to “It’s The Hard Knock Life”, maybe something could be brewing.
SELAH SUE – “Alone”
Origin: Leefdaal, Belgium
She’s all of 25, but she certainly has a look that goes back decades further than that. Beginning to make music by her teens, Sue made her debut on the national charts with a track called “Ragamuffin”. It went top 20 on surveys in both Belgium and France in 2010. By the following year, two of her songs managed to crack the top 2 in her home country: a solo entry titled “This World” and a feature on a charity single, “Zanna”. So, with her return and an album in the works, her core audience is already embracing “Alone” and it sounds to me like a U.S. crossover (CHR/Hot AC) single in the making. Hope it happens!
TIME SQUARE featuring XAVIER RUDD – “Follow The Sun”
Origin: Brescia, Italy / Torquay, Victoria, Australia
Here is another one of those album cuts plucked from out of nowhere and mixed into something totally cool. Originally on the 36-year-old Rudd’s album Spirit Bird, which went to #2 on the Australian charts last year, the song did nothing, but did the catch the attention of the mysterious Italian act behind the remix of it. “Sun” has been shining its rays with a clip that is now over 1.3 million views on YouTube and it is currently in the top 40 in Italy. With a prominent harmonica line and that effortlessly breezy sound of summertime, it should continue to build in Europe and brighten our airwaves in the new year.
Which of these four songs will make it to the U.S. first and do the best here? Let me know! Comment below or click on the “Get Social!” tab above to find PGTC on Facebook and Twitter.