Love it or hate it, “Trap Queen” certainly made waves and, along with his other chart-toppers “679” and “My Way”, made Fetty Wap one of the biggest artists to emerge this year. And he’s been endorsed by some big names, including 50 Cent, who recently stated that Fetty Wap should have been nominated for a Best New Artist Grammy.
Elle King got her break when her song “Playing for Keeps” was featured on TV shows Mad Men and Mob Wives Chicago, but her debut album was only released this year, and includes hit single “Ex’s & Oh’s” which has since been nominated for two Grammy awards. King is the daughter of comedian Rob Schneider and model London King.
Twenty One Pilots
Twenty One Pilots, an indie/hip hop/pop duo from Ohio, have been around for a few years, but have just recently broken out into the mainstream. “Stressed Out” is their first number one single on the Billboard chart and it’s a damn good song too.
Years & Years
“King” is definitely one of the best songs released this year and we can rest easy that Years & Years aren’t a one-hit wonder because their subsequent singles “Shine” and “Eyes Shut” are also amazing.
Alessia Cara began like so many others, posting covers on Youtube, and is currently climbing charts with her first original single “Here”, which is the perfect anthem for those end-of-year parties that you’d rather not go to. Also, her voice is like butter.
Brothers and rap up-and-comers Rae Sremmurd have already had five successful singles from their debut album StremmLife, and have teamed up with genre giants Wiz Khalifa, Big Sean and Nicki Minaj. Their name is based on that of their label EarDrummers, but spelled backwards.
Charlie Puth is responsible for unfortunate Meghan Trainor duet “Marvin Gaye”, but let’s try not to hold that against him. He is most famous for writing and singing Paul Walker tribute “See You Again” with Wiz Khalifa.
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