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This American dance-pop trio gained popularity last year when they sampled the '90s Salt-N-Pepa track “Let’s Talk About Sex, Baby” for their collab track with Kriss Kross Amsterdam, “Sex.” The formerly independent act recently signed with 300 Entertainment, the label that also counts among its talents on-the-rise stars Fetty Wap and Young Thug—a move that spells bigger things to come from the trio.
The Australian DJ-producer has long been big in his home country, but it was only last year with the release of “Never Be Like You” when the rest of the world really sat up and took notice. Now with two 2017 Grammy noms under his belt (Best Dance Recording for “Never Be Like You” and Best Dance/Electronic Album for Skin), expect this electro maestro to keep dishing out poignant digital ditties that will have you feeling the feels even as you get buzzed on all that bass.
You were all over “Perfect Strangers” and “By Your Side” last year, and we don’t blame you—the British dance-pop DJ-producer balances electronic beats with classical instrumentation to make not just your bodies bounce, but your hearts soar. With just three singles to his name so far, Jonas Blue was the best-selling British singles artist of 2016—even beating out ZAYN for the title!
The marshmallow-masked DJ has risen in the ranks in the EDM scene, all while keeping his identity a secret. First gaining attention with his remixes of tracks by Zedd and Jack Ü in 2015, he shot to greater fame with the infectiously playful, trap-influenced “Alone” in 2016. Give it a listen and see if that shit don’t make you dance.
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The former Fifth Harmony gal left the group in December 2016 to pursue a solo career. Back-and-forth drama with the group’s remaining four members notwithstanding, expect Camila to easily find her place as a solo star, with the success of “I Know What You Did Last Summer” with Shawn Mendes and “Bad Things” with Machine Gun Kelly helping her carve out a name for herself sans Fifth Harmony.
We’re calling it: Dua Lipa will be huge. The 21-year-old British-Albanian singer has that darkly sexy, intriguing look, that bold, in-your-face attitude, and that deep, soulful voice all going for her. Way ahead of the release of her debut album this year, she has already won pop fans over with 2016 singles such as “Hotter Than Hell” and “Blow Your Mind (Mwah).”
Noah followed in dad Billy Ray and big sister Miley’s footsteps by stepping onto the music scene in 2016 with her debut single, “Make Me (Cry)” featuring British singer Labrinth. While there are similarities between Miley’s and Noah’s vocals, expect this 17-year-old pop upstart to step out of her sister’s shadow and be her own star.
At just 17 years old at the time, the Swedish pop princess sashayed sassily into the charts with her debut single “Lush Life” in 2015. Since then, she’s had a modest string of hits, has collaborated with music heavyweights, and has earned a nomination for Best New Artist at the 2016 MTV Video Music Awards. With a new album out this year, Zara’s poised to dish more pop anthems tailor-made for feisty femmes.
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The 21-year-old’s 2015 breakout hit “Gold” introduced to us a singular new sound that seemed to offer a peek into the pop music of the future: dark, glitchy, minimalist rhythms that sound fit for a party yet carry an air of alienation. While Kiiara has a debut EP out, Low Kii Savage, we’ve yet to see a full-length album from her, which gives us even more to look forward to.
Ever since their song “3 Strikes” made it to the “Glosses by Kylie Jenner” promo video in 2016, buzz has been building around this mysterious trio made up of producers Felix Snow and David “Campa” Singer-Vine—also the producers behind Kiiara’s “Gold”—and a faceless, heavily-Autotuned vocalist who only goes by the name “Lisa.” While rumored singer Kylie Jenner has denied she’s “Lisa,” the speculations have done the group more good than harm, getting their glitched-filled melodies out to more listeners.
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JP Cooper made listeners’ ears perk up when he lent his vocals to Jonas Blue’s “Perfect Strangers,” and he reeled them in even further when he released his soulfully sung solo effort “September Song” a few month later. His upcoming track “Birthday” is set to appear on the Fifty Shades Darker soundtrack alongside releases by big names such as Taylor Swift, ZAYN, Nick Jonas, Nicki Minaj, John Legend, Sia, Tove Lo, and Halsey, so things are obvs looking up for this newcomer!
Swedish singer-songwriter LÉON should be on your playlists ASAP because she gives voice to all the secret hurts you harbor in a relationship—and does so with grace and beauty. Proof: “Tired of Talking” is about getting fed up with the lies your BF feeds you; “Think About You” is about longing to give a dying relationship another try, “Liar” is about the grief of being passed over for another woman. LÉON is set to release her debut album this year, and you should be all over it once she does.
How many music students can claim to bring an industry giant near tears in amazement? That’s exactly what Maggie Rogers did last year when she played her song “Alaska” for Pharrell at a masterclass for music students at New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts, where the producer-musician served as a mentor. Since her moment with Pharrell went viral, Maggie has signed a deal with Capitol Records, racked up millions of streams on YouTube and Spotify, and is all set to release her EP early this year.
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Anderson .Paak makes hip-hop music like nothing you’ve ever heard before: made smoother with R&B, made fuller with soul, fortified with funk, and finished off with masterful production. He has wowed no less than legendary hip-hop producer Dr. Dre, to whose Aftermath Entertainment record label he is now signed along with hip-hop heavyweights Eminem and Kendrick Lamar.
D.R.A.M.—whose moniker stands for “Does. Real. Ass. Music.”—doesn’t just give us the promised real-ass music, he offers it up in happy melodies and throws in R&B, reggae, and Latin influences for more good vibes. Besides snagging a 2017 Grammy nom for Best Rap/Sung Performance for “Broccoli” with Lil Yachty, D.R.A.M. has earned no less than the queen’s approval: Beyoncé 'grammed herself going nuts to his song “Cha Cha.”
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If you were all over “You & Me” in 2016—that reggae-flavored breakup anthem which manages to sound chirpy despite its downer subject matter—there’s more where that came from. Marc E. Bassy also shines in the soothing “Morning,” the '90s R&B-channeling “Lock It Up” with Kehlani, and the seductive “Some Kind of Drug” with G-Eazy. Long story short—this guy ain’t no one-hit wonder.
You might’ve heard her soaring pipes on Jonas Blue’s “By Your Side,” but this rising 18-year-old singer-songwriter has so much more to offer than just guest vocals. Her fusion of sexy R&B and edgy electro has earned her a fan in Ellie Goulding and a collaborator in Charli XCX. In fact, Charli co-wrote and directed the music video for “I, U, Us,” an empowering breakup anthem with a chorus that’ll be stuck in your head for days: “I... You... Us… Never, never, never again!”