If I were a betting woman, I’d bet on these artists to kick some serious ass in the music arena next year.
James Bay: The Folk-Pop Wonder
The gist: James Bay makes beautifully crafted folk songs with pop appeal. Throw in impressive vocals, a phenomenal fashion sense and a whole lotta soul, and you’ve got the ingredients for next year’s breakout star.
Standout song: “Let It Go"
For those who like: Ed Sheeran. Soft, guitar strumming. A killer hat.
Years & Years: The Electro-Pop Pulverizers
The gist: This wise-beyond-their-years, London trio have already generated a number of dreamy, euphoric masterpieces. Their music is in a word, hypnotic – I dare you not to get pulled in!
Standout song: "Take Shelter"
For those who like: Jungles. Colorful smoke. Making out.
Tove Lo: The Provocative Pop Queen
The gist: Sweden powerhouse Tove Lo is in-it-to-freaking-win-it in the new year. With the debut of her raw, gritty & intoxicating album, Queen Of The Clouds, this future pop star is ready to reign.
Standout song: "Moments"
For those who like: Kesha’s "Tik Tok” video. Clubs. A catchy tune.
Misterwives: The Indie-Pop Annihilators
The gist: The only contender I’ve seen live in concert, Misterwives are a group of crazy-talented, quirky singers and musicians. Their energy shimmers and shines through their songs. Hop on their whimsical bandwagon for a guaranteed good time.
Standout song: “Reflections"
For those who like: High school. Dancing. Emoji’s.
Kygo: The Take-Me-To-The-Tropics Producer
The gist: Norway’s Kygo is making moves fast over here in the states and around the globe. His sultry, summer-friendly sound is the epitome of originality. Check him out and stay extra warm this winter.
Standout song: "Firestone” f/ Conrad
For those who like: Palm trees. Poolside cocktails. Sunlight.
Jon Bellion: The Hip-Hop Troubadour
The gist: It may sound cliche but I’ve honestly not heard anything like the gems created by Jon Bellion. His music is distinguished – towering high above what’s out there right now. Do yourself a favor and absorb your ears in his artistic awesomeness.
Standout song: “Human"
For those who like: Originality. Abstract art. Swagger.