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(L-R) Emre Turkmen, Olly Alexander and Mikey Goldsworthy of Years & Years (Mike Massaro/Interscope Records)

New Music to Know: Years & Years on ‘King’, Ariana Grande & Being the Next Big Thing

Years & Years singer Olly Alexander left a burgeoning acting career for music, and considering the success of single ‘King,’ it was a smart decision.

06/18/2015

(Courtesy Epic Records)

New Music to Know: Life of Dillon Set the Sound of Summer with ‘Overload’

With ‘Overload,’ British pop trio Life of Dillon may already have the song of summer 2015. And summer is still a month away.

05/01/2015

(Courtesy of Photo Finish Records)

New Music To Know: MisterWives Leave Their Ego at the Door

MisterWives’ debut LP exhibits the many elements that make up the band’s collective musical personality: a bit of rocksteady reggae, a dash of Broadway balladeering, a splash of EDM and heaping helpings of neon-tinted new wave.

02/19/2015

(Courtesy of Universal Music Group)

New Music to Know: Seinabo Sey Is a Pop Star Who is Wise Beyond Her 24 Years

Swedish singer Seinabo Sey may be just 24 years old, but her music has a level of maturity and introspection not usually offered by songs in rotation on the radio. Where her song ‘Younger’ is right now.

02/06/2015

George Ezra (Courtesy of Columbia Records)

New Music to Know: George Ezra Prepares to Take Over America, with a Little Help from Sam Smith

The English singer, who is already a household name overseas, is gearing up to have a Sam Smith-like year of his own.

01/15/2015

(Courtesy of Something Local)

New Music to Know: Niia Finds Her Voice With a Little Help from James Bond

“Some artists love that power of swooping in and watching the crowd eat out of their hand,” Niia says. “But for me, it’s a little scary and I think I realized we both can play the vulnerability card. Me as the artist, them as the audience.”

11/14/2014

(Courtesy of Interscope Records)

New Music to Know: The Eeries Make a Name For Themselves, With a Little Help From Rock Radio

One can’t help but wonder if the guys of The Eeries purposely tried to make it extremely hard for anyone to discover their band. Or, if it was an accidental business model that has just so happened to pay off.

09/25/2014

(Kevin Winter/Getty Images)

New Music to Know: Shawn Mendes Vines His Way to Pop Stardom

For the emerging teen pop star, music stardom is coming six seconds at a time.

08/14/2014

(Courtesy of Columbia)

New Music To Know: Ella Henderson Is Coming For America

The Brit got her start back in 2012 when she appeared on UK’s The X Factor. She was an early favorite to win with famous backers like Cher, Adele and Leona Lewis tweeting her praises, but she would only end up coming in sixth. But don’t feel sorry for her, she’s got her sights on a much bigger prize: America.

08/07/2014

(John Fletcher/Tyler Kohlhoff/Jean-Baptiste Mondino/Harvest Records/Jamie-James Medina)

New Music To Know: 6 Acts to See At Coachella

At this point, everyone knows who’s headlining Coachella, but what about those acts playing the early hours of the festival?

04/10/2014

(Courtesy RCA Records)

New Music To Know: Betty Who Makes Dance Music You Can Cry To

This dichotomy of pouring her heart out, while you bust a move on the dance floor was a conscious decision early on. “I didn’t want to write songs that would always make you want to slit your wrists in the bathtub,” Who said.

04/04/2014

(Courtesy of Republic Records)

New Music To Know: Jetta Talks Insects, Joy Williams & That Little Google Video

Her song, “Feels Like Coming Home,” was used to soundtrack last year’s “Google Zeitgeist” video, which has been seen over 31 million times on YouTube. And probably induced even more tears. Not a bad way to make your debut.

03/20/2014

(Courtesy of Capitol Music Group)

New Music to Know: Sam Smith Writes Songs for Lonely People

“I’ve never been in a relationship before,” Smith says. ” I wanted to write an album for lonely people, because I don’t think there’s been enough music out there that talks about unrequited love.”

03/13/2014

(Courtesy: Island Def Jam/Mercury Records)

New Music to Know: American Authors Are Having the Best Days of Their Lives

Many have found a connection with the feel good vibes of “Best Day of My Life” where the guys are touching the clouds, howling at the moon and just generally grabbing life by the balls, singing, “No limits just epiphanies.”

02/20/2014

(Pete Voelker for Frenchkiss Records)

Drowners Do it All For Love on Self-Titled Debut

One part jangly guitar riffs à la The Smiths and one part disheveled punk, the Drowners love-filled debut is a testament to the gritty New York reality that’s helped craft perfect pop songs for generations.

01/31/2014

(Courtesy Republic Records)

New Music To Know: John Newman Takes on Soul Music

All the best soul songs are about love: from falling into it to losing it and everything in between. And it’s that Motown sound in particular that John Newman takes inspiration from on his debut album, ‘Tribute.’

01/24/2014

Gem Club (Tonje Thilesen)

New Music To Know: Gem Club Finds Inspiration in Love, Death & Porn on Latest Album ‘In Roses’

With his latest album “In Roses,” Christopher Barnes—who records under the moniker Gem Club—deals with fantasy and reality to make something hauntingly beautiful.

01/23/2014

(Andrew DeSantis)

New Music To Know: Painted Palms Take the Information Superhighway All the Way Back to the ’60s

Many would say the Internet has had a negative effect on the way people communicate with one another, but Reese Donohue and Christopher Prudhomme of the band Painted Palms aren’t those people.

01/17/2014

Jamie, Noah, Graham and Sydney Sierota of Echosmith (Smallz & Raskind)

New Music To Know: Echosmith Aspires Toward Role Model Status

“What we wanted to do with our music is write songs that have messages. I guess at the core of our songs they are pop, but we wanted to embrace the pop song with real and raw music.”

01/10/2014

(Courtesy of Atlantic Records)

New Music To Know: Vance Joy Goes From Lawyer to Folk Singer and Never Looks Back

James Keogh originally intended to become a lawyer, but after earning his degree he decided to become a singer/songwriter named Vance Joy instead.

01/03/2014

(Courtesy of Interscope, Columbia, Atlantic, Def Jam, RCA)

Best of New Music To Know 2013

This year, everyone and their mother was singing along to Lorde’s anti-consumerist anthem “Royals,” but the New Zealand teen wasn’t the only new kid on the block who got us excited.

12/24/2013

(Courtesy Beggars Music)

New Music to Know: Drake Collaborator Sampha Brings His British Soul Across the Pond

When Drake debuted the song “Too Much” live on ‘Late Night with Jimmy Fallon,’ the performance also served as a showcase for the emerging British alt-R&B artist who played alongside the rapper.

12/13/2013

(Photo by Dario Calmese)

New Music to Know: Rocket & the Ghost Aim for Pure Rock Gold on Debut EP

“Five people that get along who want to be there and want to play music together and be in the same room together, that’s a feat within itself. A band of brothers. It’s working for us so far,” Brian Kesley said.

11/14/2013

(Courtesy of Alex Shahmiri)

New Music To Know: James Bay Bares His Soul on Bluesy Debut

James Bay started writing songs when he was just a teenager, all of which were based on his own life. Now at 22, he’s still writing about himself, but admits it’s gotten harder over the years to lay it all on the line.

11/08/2013

(Courtesy of Eddie Chacon)

New Music To Know: In the Valley Below Make Moody Pop Inspired by Power Ballads & Phil Collins

In the Valley Below members Angela Gail and Jeffrey Jacob both want to make music they like listening to. And what they both like listening to is power ballads and Phil Collins.

11/07/2013

(Courtesy of Decca Records)

New Music to Know: Dan Croll Proves The Beatles Aren’t the Only Good Thing Out of Liverpool

Croll grew up and still lives in Liverpool, home to a little band called the Beatles. And as one might expect, it’s a hard act to follow, but it doesn’t weigh on Croll. It just makes him work harder.

11/04/2013

(Kaitlin Christy)

New Music To Know: Kitten Puts Its Own Charli XCX-Approved Spin on the ’80s

Chloe Chaidez, the frontwoman for the L.A. band, grew up listening to punk rock and classic rock but when it came to her own direction she went in her own synth-heavy direction. Just don’t call them an Eighties band.

11/01/2013

(Josh Shinner/ RCA Records)

New Music To Know: Kodaline Only Looking To Spread the Positive Vibes

Three and a half years ago, Kodaline decided they would never again write a song that was just for fun. The Irish band wanted to keep things honest and the change seems to be paying off.

10/18/2013

(Courtesy of Columbia Records)

London Grammar Brings The Sound Of Young Britain To America

Back in their home country of England, London Grammar is already a sensation, but as they make their way across the States for the first time, they hope to win over the American public.

10/10/2013

(Tom Beard)

New Music To Know: Haim Spread The Sisterly Love With Debut, ‘Days Are Gone’

Though HAIM shy away from calling themselves role models, they hope they encourage some other little girls to go out and rock. Preferably sisters.

09/20/2013

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