10 great new artists to know in 2014. These are recording artists that are on the verge of breaking into the pop mainstream. Get to know these hot rising performers.
1. Chloe Howl
With a series of 3 EPs, Chloe Howl received acclaim for her frank words delivered over electropop beats. She has been compared to both Lily Allen and Icona Pop. The 18 year old was recently signed to a recording contract with Columbia Records and her debut solo album is expected later this year.
Watch "Paper Heart"
Banks is the stage name of 25 year old singer-songwriter Jillian Banks. She says that she turned to music as a teenager to combat depression. She released two EPs in 2013 and supported the Weeknd on a concert tour. Banks lists Fiona Apple and Lauryn Hill as major influences on her dark, soulful style.
Watch "Warm Water"
3. Sam Smith
21 year old British singer-songwriter Sam Smith first gained prominence when he appeared as guest vocalist on the pop breakthrough hit "Latch" by electronic dance music duo Disclosure in 2012. This past year he was featured vocalist on the #1 pop hit "La La La" by Naughty Boy. His debut album In the Lonely Hour is scheduled for a May 2014 release.
Watch "Nirvana (Acoustic)"
Drowners are a New York based rock band who play music influenced by Britpop. They are named after the debut single "Drowners" by the UK band Suede. The group are signed to a recording contract by Birthday Records, a label owned by former Kaiser Chiefs drummer Nick Hodgson. Fans of new wave and garage rock will find a lot to like in Drowners.
Watch "Luv, Hold Me Down"
5. Ella Eyre
19 year old British singer-songwriter Ella Eyre has already been to the top of the pop singles chart in the UK. She contributed vocals to Rudimental's 2013 #1 hit single "Waiting All Night." Her deep, husky vocals are inspired by classic Motown. Ella Eyre is signed as a recording artist to Virgin / EMI who released her debut single "Deeper" in December 2013.
6. Chance the Rapper
Chicago based Chance the Rapper says he is on, "a mission to disrupt the hierarchy of hip hop." He broke into national R&B charts last spring with the critically acclaimed mixtape Acid Rap. Chance the Rapper made his first appearance on pop charts by contributing featured raps to Justin Bieber's final Music Mondays single "Confident."
Watch "Everybody's Something"
The voice of Louisa Rose Allen, aka Foxes, is familiar to US pop fans. She was the guest vocalist on Zedd's breakthrough pop hit "Clarity" and also appears on the song "Just One Yesterday" on the Fall Out Boy album Save Rock and Roll. Foxes steps out front when her debut album is released in March.
8. Betty Who
22 year old Australian singer-songwriter Jessica Anne Newham, aka Betty Who, was educated in music in the US first at the Interlochen Center Of the Arts and then Berklee College Of Music. At the latter she met producer Peter Thomas who has helped her develop her own pop style. Last year's debut EP The Movement helped Betty Who obtain a recording contract with RCA last fall. A debut full-length album is expected later this year.
Watch "Somebody Loves You"
NoNoNo are a Swedish trio consisting of singer Stina Wappling and the production duo of Astma and Rockwell. Stina Wappling believes her education in psychology has impacted her songwriting for the group. The single "Pumpin Blood" is percussion heavy with an anthemic pop-rock hook. The trio are at work on their debut album.
Watch "Pumpin Blood"
10. Danny Avila
18 year old Spanish DJ Danny Avila became one of the youngest resident DJs ever on the island of Ibiza in 2012. He is part of a wave of teenage talents emerging in the electronic dance music community. Danny Avila performed live at the 2013 Ultra Music Festival. He has been identifed by both MTV and Billboard as a talent to watch.