UPDATE: Voting is now over! G-Dragon was crowned the Best New Artist as winner of our Fuse Favorite: Fan Edition poll. Watch an exclusive interview as Fuse News caught up with the Korean sensation.
We spend a good portion of our day fighting over all kinds of music. Which pop star will sell out arenas next year? Which rapper will headline their own tour and which will fade into the footnotes of musical history? Which punk band makes us want to punch someone in the head the most? Ya know, the important questions.
We have a sneaking suspicion you'd like to get in on the action. Introducing Fuse Favorite: Fan Edition, a poll pitting your favorite new artists in hip hop, R&B, pop, dance, metal, punk, country and indie against one another. Your votes decide who reigns supreme, so don't give up.
It all goes down in three rounds. In Round 1, vote for your favorite artists in 12 specific genres. Then those winners will face off in broader divisions for Round 2. Finally, in Round 3, you'll narrow it down to an ultimate, fan-voted Fuse Favorite. That overall winner will get bragging rights, universal adoration... and an exclusive feature on Fuse News.
Dance music that people actually dance to: It’s not just for the clubs anymore. Thanks to EDM conquering America, real dance music is enjoying a visible resurgence.
As a trio, Krewella claim they have "triple the passion" of other DJs, which may explain why they're making huge waves with their dubstep/synth-pop marriage. Meanwhile indie drummer-turned-DJ Robert DeLong combines house music with alt-rock—sometimes by using joysticks. Britain's Charli XCX has been taking America by storm (she co-wrote Icona Pop's "I Love It") and anyone who questions whether UK brother duo Disclosure delivered an instant classic with their debut album Settle needs only to see the dance party they kicked up at Lollapalooza. Australian twin sister duo Nervo are prepping a debut album of their own high-energy, fist-pumping music, while New York's MS MR explore the darker, melancholy sounds of dance—and recently had one of their songs on HBO's Game of Thrones.
But which one of these promising newcomers stands above the rest? Vote for your favorite electronic/dance artist of 2013 below.
With artists like Bon Iver and Arcade Fire topping the charts and infiltrating the Grammys in recent years, indie rock has officially ascended the very podium it once opposed. The genre's newest voices promise an even brighter future—on both sides of the Atlantic.
The UK is leading the charge with London singer-songwriter (and recently named Fuse Favorite) Bastille, all-girl punk outfit Savages, genre-blending Manchester lads The 1975 and Scottish electropop rockers Chvrches, who, incidentally, just gave Fuse an inside peak at their tour bus. The Land Down Under is well represented by New Zealand teen singer Lorde. And the U.S. is holding it down with HAIM, a buzz-worthy SoCal sister trio ruling the online music game and rocking major summer festivals like Lollapalooza, all before releasing their debut album this fall.
Indie rock's 2013 class is looking sharp, but there's only room for one at the top: Vote for your favorite indie rock group of 2013 below.
Every few years, a giant pop star emerges. Ladies like Katy Perry, Lady Gaga, Rihanna and Beyonce are running the show right now, but we want to know: Who's next to rule the roost?
Natalia Kills' dark goth-pop reminds us a bit of Gaga, while Ariana Grande channels old-school Mariah Carey on her sugar-pop tracks. You might recognize Tori Kelly from her soulful covers from YouTube and Season 9 of American Idol, while Bonnie McKee's name is familiar as the pop-tastic songwriter behind almost all of Katy Perry's No. 1 hits. In-your-face chanteuse Nikki Williams comes to us all the way from South Africa, while sibling quartet Echosmith got their start in Los Angeles.
All of these pop acts have released songs that are instantly catchy and impossible not to dance to, but you have to pick one: Who is the best up-and-coming pop act of 2013?
Whoever says they don't love a little bit of teen pop is a liar! Whether it's your guilty pleasure or your go-to genre, sometimes you just need some One Direction or The Wanted in your life. But in the fickle world of teens (and their music), the trends are always changing—who's gonna be the next group to take over the teen scene?
Fuse first met the ladies of Fifth Harmony when they were finalists on Season 2 of The X Factor U.S., and they've since shown us how to Harlem Shake, twerk and Dougie. Meanwhile, Little Mix met the world after winning Season 8 of The X Factor U.K.—and they do an impressive goat impression. Nickelodeon served as a launching pad for both Big Time Rush (watch one of their soundchecks) and MKTO (which includes actor Malcolm Kelley, previously best known for playing Walt on Lost). Rounding out the teen pack, 16-year-old songstress Zendaya got her start on the Disney Channel, while Austin Mahone began his career the old-fashioned way: You know, on YouTube.
While all of these teen acts have graduated to higher-profile gigs, you can only vote for one: Who's the best up-and-coming teen pop act of 2013?
Who says you have to sing in English to make it in America? Shakira and Psy are two shining examples of cultivating a rabid following abroad before topping charts in the West. There’s a cosmos of international superstars that we think have budding potential to make it big here.
South Korean badass CL, the quadrilingual rapper of K-pop phenom 2NE1, caught our eye during the girl group’s U.S. arena tour and proved her solo appeal by unleashing her debut single in May. Plus, look out for her labelmate G-Dragon, of K-pop boy wonders Big Bang, who also stopped in America for four arena shows, dropping a new LP this month reportedly featuring Diplo, Missy Elliot and Baauer. In Japan, there’s harajuku-model-turned-singer Kyary Pamyu Pamyu, who translates her millions of YouTube views of wacky, Lisa Frank-esque music videos into hit singles and a world tour that hit L.A. & New York last April. Moving west, Bollywood actress Priyanka Chopra has recruited hitmakers RedOne and will.i.am for her forthcoming U.S. album—and she showed Fuse how to dance like she does with Pitbull in her video for "Exotic." Mexican pop princess Belinda also nabbed Mr. 305 for her latest LP Catarsis, featuring tracks in Spanish and English. Repping Africa, Nigeria’s D’Banj of Kanye West's G.O.O.D. Music label scored a Top 10 hit in the UK plus a feature on the Cruel Summer compilation.
All have major breakout potential, but we’re looking to you to help predict the next international star: Which one of these barrier-breaking artists is the best up-and-coming international artist in 2013?
The past few years have seen a resurgence in creative hip hop as bellwethers like Drake and Kanye have shown that it's okay to be different, unique, experimental. The rappers on this list are all diverse from each other, but bonded by a need to innovate.
Noted bodyslammer, retirement home performer and healthy food rejector Action Bronson, and respect-requesting clothing designer Joey Bada$$ both rep Golden Era New York hip hop, while A$AP Ferg, last seen responding to Kendrick Lamar's "Control" verse, remains the Trap Lord. Anti-rap star Angel Haze has been destroying gender stereotypes in hip hop, discussing "sad discord" in female-fronted hip hop, while porn- and skateboard-loving ScHoolboy Q, who, according to him, had a better album than TDE labelmate Kendrick Lamar, have been one of the most prolific in recent years. Finally, there's Atlanta's Rich Homie Quan, whose three 2012 mixtapes have established him alongside Future and Young Scooter as Atlanta hip hop torchbearers.
Only one can take the crown. Who do you think is running hip hop? Vote below.
In hip hop, there are those who lead and those who follow. Those who lead tend to be relegated, at first at least, to the underground; so unique is their sound and style that most people don't know what to make of them before embracing them wholeheartedly. The rappers in this category are all creating their own lanes against the hip hop mainstream.
Atlanta trio Migos had a viral smash with "Versace," even getting Drake to appear on a remix, while openly gay New York rapper/producer Le1f is destroying any notion about who is ALLOWED to rap. Dizzy Wright and Logic both earned spots on XXL's coveted Freshman Class list, while crowd-packing Chance the Rapper's Acid Rap became one of the most talked-about mixtapes of the year (even if it was a self-described "comeback mixtape"). Then there's NYC trio Flatbush Zombies, a group so weird and experimental as to defy any categorization.
All are breaking ground, but which underground hip hop act deserves the win? Vote now!
With the ascent of bedroom crooners like Miguel and the Weeknd, R&B has yet again hit a creative resurgence. But who's next to reign?
Former TG4 and RichGirl singer Sevyn Streeter has written songs for Chris Brown, Alicia Keys and Kelly Rowland alongside her solo material. Elijah Blake and Bridget Kelly both benefit from their Roc Nation signings, with the former guesting on tracks by Rick Ross and J. Cole and the latter getting a Frank Ocean-written song with "Thinking About Forever." Cuban-American singer/rapper Kat Dahlia has already released three acclaimed singles and is prepping for her debut album, My Garden. Elsewhere, Jhené Aiko has long been the go-to female singer for your favorite rap song, but she's ready for her close-up with the release of her long-awaited debut, Souled Out, (which is, as she told us, "98% finished"). Speaking of long-awaited debuts, Love and Hip Hop: Atlanta star K. Michelle just released Rebellious Soul after numerous mixtapes, debuting at No. 2 on the Billboard 200 album chart.
So whose sweet, dulcet sounds will reign supreme? Vote for the best R&B singer now.
Thanks to Adele, soul music is back in a big way. And there’s no shortage of jaw-dropping voices on both sides of the Atlantic.
In the UK, there's the folk-meets-soul songcraft of our Lollapalloza fave Lianne La Havas, the jazz-inflected styling of Laura Mvula and Disclosure collaborator and Miguel remixer Jessie Ware's stunningly sophisticated, assured take on the genre. Back in the States, young singers like New Orleans' Luke James (who's written for Bieber, Britney and Breezy) and Brooklyn's Stacy Barthe (who's collaborated with Frank Ocean and Rick Ross) are making names for themselves, as is Washington’s self-described "hippie with soul" Allen Stone.
They're all incredible in their own way, but you gotta help us decide: Which one of these talented voices is the best up-and-coming soul artist in 2013?
They're the DNA of American music: Folk and country were the sounds that birthed blues, R&B and, later, rock n' roll. Without them… well, you get the picture. Decades later, both genres continue to thrive as new artists pick up the guitar to mimic the legends, while adding a stylistic touch all their own. And like all things American, the sound has spread across the globe.
Leading the pack in 2013 are UK singer-songwriter Jake Bugg (who gave Fuse an exclusive acoustic performance at Coachella), Swedish folk duo First Aid Kit (who stopped by to talk at Austin City Limits) and English folk/punk troubadour Frank Turner (who we caught up with at Bonnaroo), but the U.S. is delivering its fair share of new talent, too. There's Texan songstress and The Voice winner Danielle Bradbery, former Hey Monday lead singer and The Voice champ Cassadee Pope and Nashville Star competitor/Miranda Lambert collaborator Kacey Musgraves, who is updating the time-honored country genre with a decidedly 21st century flavor.
But who's the best? Help Fuse pick the hottest new country/folk artist in 2013.
Punk’s not dead, or so people say. The genre has been through the ringer over the past few years, but has emerged recently with promising up-and-coming bands full of potential across a wide spectrum of sounds.
Letlive. are Los Angeles’ self-proclaimed “soul punx” rock stars, a band whose frontman, Jason Butler, willingly and consciously sacrifices his safety during live shows to express his passion the only way he knows how. (Just check out our dispatch from their Warped Tour set.) On the opposite end from letlive.’s versatile, unpredictable nature are fellow California natives Emily’s Army. The recent Rise Records signees are perhaps best known for their affiliation with Green Day – drummer Joey Armstrong is the son of Billie Joe. The band is a refreshing example of the impact simple pop-punk can have on young music listeners. The Wonder Years are pop-punk’s current poster-boys, the flag-bearers of the “new wave” of bands that have been recharging the scene since 2009. And while The Wonder Years have moved up from basements to Warped Tour’s main stage, The Story So Far haven’t been far behind. For The Foxes have shown us they know how to write addicting catchy tunes – check out “The Revolution” – while Touché Amoré bring a force of old-school, hardcore-tinged punk to the table.
With these six groups representing so much of what punk has to offer, who do you think is the best up-and-coming punk band of 2013?
Truly hard rock—the kind that amps you up and rattles your brain—might not dominate the charts in 2013, but it's hardly extinct. As fans of metal and hard rock know, there are plenty of up-and-coming bands keeping the real spirit of rock alive.
For instance, there's Deap Vally, two L.A. women specializing in garage rock riffs with a touch of Sunset Strip scuzz. And Deafheaven, the San Francisco metal band whose Sunbather is a contender for Metal Album of the Year. Hollywood's Black Veil Brides and Michigan's We Came as Romans are dominating this year’s metalcore scene at Warped Tour (check out our photos from BVB's festival set), while L.A.'s female duo-fronted Butcher Babies put a thrash spin on metalcore. Then there’s Sweden’s Ghost B.C., the make-up- and robe-clad band gathering a sizable fanbase thanks to their visually stunning live show—and cameos from a disguised Dave Grohl.
But of all these promising artists, which one is the best up-and-coming hard rock/metal band of 2013?