Earlier this summer we told you Kiesza's "Hideaway" was poised to become the song of the summer, and we weren't lying! The Canadian singer-songwriter's '90s dance jam has been floating around Top 40 radio for a while now, and her video for the single was even nominated for the Best Choreography VMA! Her dance moves dazzled viewers on Letterman, and her upcoming debut full-length is on our list of the most anticipated Fall albums. Basically, everything is on the up and up for Kiesza, and we can't wait to join her for the ride.
If you're an aspiring musician, there's nothing like having Drake remix one of your songs. Really! Tinashe received special treatment from Drizzy with her now-hit "2 On," placing the R&B crooner in the spotlight. Earlier this summer she lent vocals to DJ Mustard's track "Tinashe Checks In," and later this year will release her debut full-length featuring a-list collaborators Blood Orange's Dev Hynes, Mike Will and Ryan Hemsworth. Haven't heard of her? That's all about to change.
Along with Sam Smith and Ed Sheeran, this Irish singer-songwriter is one of the new sad boys of pop packing a bone-tingling voice. Already a chart-topping star in his native Ireland, Hozier is slowly overtaking the American public as his first single "Take Me to Church" climbs the Hot 100 while his (other excellent) tracks "Work Song" and "From Eden" rise on the Hot Rock Songs chart. Expect Hozier's full brilliance to be realized when his eponymous debut LP drops on October 7.
Perfume Genius is the project of singer-songwriter Mike Hadreas, a Seattle-based musician who has built quite the cult following in his native indie circles. Intelligent heartache and heartbreak are his forte—his songs build you up and rip you down within the blink of an eye. Too Bright, Hadreas' third album, is poised to be his break into mega-fame, equal parts Kate Bush and Bright Eyes. "Queen" is his first single, the queer anthem we've all been waiting for. Listen below!
Like Tinashe, iLoveMakonnen has a lot to owe to Drake. The up-and-coming rapper/producer landed on everyone's hip hop radar when Drizzy laid down some verses over his track "Club Goin Up On A Tuesday." Makonnen told Fuse, "I was very surprised and just caught off guard. It was just unbelievable, mind-blowing." He's not one to rest on easy success, however. The 25-year-old musician has recorded multiple albums and is currently working on a new EP featuring Trinidad James. Good stuff!
In August we shared "Repine," Pianos Become The Teeth's latest single. The guys proved to be something of chameleons: This track is surprisingly clean, unlike the messy screamo of their earlier repertoire. Genre, it appears, isn't of much concern to the band—it's creativity and reinvention that wins out at the end of the day. "Repine" will appear on the group's third full-length, Keep You, which drops October 28 via the famed emo label Epitaph Records. Pianos will hit the road with Circa Survive and Touche Amore around the same time. It'll only get bigger and better from here!
Teenage singer Becky G hit bubblegum pop gold with her ultra-catchy "Shower" single, a Top 20 hit. With Dr. Luke and Cody Simpson working on her debut album and touring slots with Jason Derulo and Demi Lovato this fall, Becky's here whether you like it or not.
In May, Los Angeles DJ/producer Deorro announced he would take a break from DJing to focus on music making—and it's paying off. The 23-year-old's new trancey single "Five Hours (Don't Hold Me Back)" was already a hit around Europe, and it just recently hit No. 1 on Billboard's Dance Airplay chart. With less time spent on DJing, Deorro (real name Erick Orrosquieta) says more music is coming quickly, making him the EDM dude to listen up for this fall.
The German alt-rock duo's breakout single "Stolen Dance" was a huge hit across Europe, going No. 1 in France, Austria, Belgium and Switzerland and charting high in the UK and Germany. Their U.S. invasion is already underway as their bouncy track rises up the Hot 100 (No. 65 this week) and Alternative Songs (No. 2) charts. Milky Chance's Sadnecessary album drops in mid-October with even more folky, rock-pop tracks similar to their breakout hit.
Ahh, to be bold and melodic. It's no easy feat, but it's one Sleepwave is dedicated to accomplishing. The new band features Underoath frontman Spencer Chamberlin and bud Stephen Bowman leaving the soaring screamo of their past for something more dulcet. Think late-Deftones or an aggressive version of The Almost. This might be the first, but it certainly won't be the last time you hear from these guys. Check out "Through the Looking Glass" below!
Kindness is the musical pseudonym of UK singer Adam Bainbridge. His 2012 debut World, You Need a Change of Mind intrigued critics with its hard-to-pin-down sound that dabbles in lo-fi electronica with healthy doses of R&B. Upcoming album Otherness (out October 14) is looking to be an even more eclectic affair with Robyn and Dev Hynes joining as collaborators, while his new single "This Is Not About Us" shows a groovier side of Kindness.
Like Adele, Emeli Sande and other British songbirds before, Ella's got big-time pipes that fit perfectly on fast-paced, soulful numbers like her debut single "Ghost," a No. 1 in her native UK. But at age 18, the British babe is almost a decade younger than Adele and Sande, showing how much potential she has for becoming an even greater vocalist and artist. She's worked with super-producers like Ryan Tedder, Steve Mac (One Direction, Kelly Clarkson) and TMS (Sande, Little Mix), so look out for her as a pop's new soul sister.
After garnering an international following with the girl groups Girls' Generation and f(x), SM Entertainment unveiled their first female outfit in five years with the cutesy-yet-kinda-quirky quartet Red Velvet. In spite of the ultra-competitive K-pop scene that's typically cold to new groups, the girls' cheery anthem "Happiness" was a hit in Korea and the second-most viewed K-pop video around the world last month. People are definitely intrigued by these girls and their label would be crazy to not follow up with an even bigger single before the year closes.