If you’re tired of reading 2014 recaps, we’re here to help: let’s talk about 2015! With a new year on its way, let’s take a look at the exciting new things ahead of us! In music, we have lots of possible albums to look forward to (we’re looking at you, Rihanna, Kendrick Lamar and Frank Ocean), but there are also a bunch of new(ish) artists that are bound to become huge successes in the coming months.
Take a look at our list below and see who we have pegged as 2015’s biggest breakout artists! Who else are you excited to hear from? Share with us now @Much!
Some of you may have heard Ryn Weaver’s single OctaHate this year, a bubbling pop number that explodes with a pounding chorus. If you think it’s catchy, it’s because the track was created by some impressive stars: Charli XCX, Passion Pit front man Michael Angelakos and producers Benny Blanco and Cashmere Cat. With so many talented players in her corner already, Weaver is bound to make some big moves in 2015.
Meet Kanye’s latest signee. Former model Kacy Hill (you may recognize her from American Apparel ads) recently signed to Kanye West’s G.O.O.D. Music label on the strength of her song Experience, a minimalist pop song that combines the charming melodies of Ryn Weaver (so if you liked the song above, huzzah another song for you!) with the brooding electronic soundscapes of Banks or FKA Twigs. Expect lots of G.O.O.D. things from this up-and-comer next year!
This year was a great start for British singer-songwriter George Ezra. With the release of his debut full-length, Wanted On Voyage, Ezra found his first successful hit in Budapest, a sweet little guitar jam that highlights Ezra’s deep voice that can be likened to Philip Philips or Mumford & Sons. Ezra finished in fifth place for the BBC Sound of 2014, but something tells us he’s going to continue rising in the ranks in the coming year.
Mark Ronson is by no means a new artist; in fact, he’s a pretty recognizable name in music already. But we think next year will be the year where the famous producer (he has worked with Amy Winehouse and Adele) really breaks out and owns the spotlight with the release of his new album, Uptown Special. His latest single Uptown Funk featuring Bruno Mars has already become a huge hit on the charts and that’s not all: his upcoming album promises appearances by Stevie Wonder, Mystikal, Tame Impala’s Kevin Parker and Miike Snow’s Andrew Wyatt.
Mourn is a Barcelona-based band of teenagers who have taken their garage-rock influences and distilled it into their own brooding jams about zombies and boys who are assholes. It’s definitely a healthy dose of youthful ambition, musical precision and badass attitude that you need to hear to believe.
Remember the guy who sang on Rihanna’s hit single, Stay? Yeah, you totally do. Well it’s been over a year since Ekko made it big with the coveted duet, but come January, we will finally get the debut full-length album from him. The highly-anticipated album, called Time, will reportedly feature some heavy-hitters including Benny Blanco, Ryan Tedder, TV on the Radio’s Dave Sitek and Clams Casino. That list alone has us drooling all over this rising star. Need further proof? Just check out his new single, Smile, and you’ll absolutely understand our obsession.
We’ve spent most of 2014 falling madly in love with Shawn Mendes, but we think even bigger and better things are coming for this Canadian hearttrob. With a performance confirmed for next year’s JUNO Awards, we just know that next year is just going to continue treating Mendes like the pop prince he is meant to become.
If you’re looking for some fun dance songs, allow Shamir to be the new soundtrack to your nights out (or nights in, indoor dance parties are more fun anyway). Just check out On The Regular for a great example of Shamir’s awesomeness: a cowbell and synth track that is insanely catchy, complete with Shamir’s confident half-singing, half-rapping.