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17 Breakout Artists to Watch in Fall 2016

Here are all the artists, from Dua Lipa to Jordan Fisher, who are about to spin the music world around this autumn faster than the leaves change

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Young M.A.

"OOOUUU" This 24-year-old rising rapper is already owning the summer with her viral single that is embedded with a swagger that only a native Brooklynite possesses. Young M.A. brings a fresh face to the rap game, and is bound to grow thanks to her love for sounds outside the genre like reggae and house.—Bianca Gracie

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Jordan Fisher

Following years of success in Disney Channel land and a star turn in Grease! Live, Jordan Fisher pivoted to pop music with the release of his eponymous debut EP in August. Smart, smooth and with a slew of online supporters already in his pocket, Fisher could make the leap from pre-teen fame to Top 40 success in the next few months.—Jason Lipshutz

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Kiiara is one of the best gems the Midwest has given birth to, and her infectiously dark "Gold" debut proves it. The single was a radio favorite, is certified Gold by the RIAA (ironic right?) and became the 21-year-old's first Top 20 hit on the Billboard Hot 100. Not bad for someone who doesn't even have an album out. But based on tracks like "Feels" and "Intention," Kiiara is going to slay that as well.—Bianca Gracie

Watch the singer discuss her upcoming Fall album in this Fuse First interview:

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This rising trio may hail from Los Angeles, but don't expect sunny synths or bubblegum-sweet lyrics from them. Instead, MUNA details darkly lined stories in their very smart pop tracks. The band released the Loudspeaker EP back in May, which is just a thrilling taste of what to expect from their full-length debut.—Bianca Gracie

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Matt Woods

Not to be confused with the folk country singer, this Matt Woods is a soulful singer-songwriter from Cornwall and getting buzz from his future-soul song “No Use.” Woods sang at an early age as a choirboy and he is proud of his choral past and the fact that he is a classically trained musician. He explains,

I want to write songs as a person, so I want to write them from the perspective of an everyday human being, not as someone that knows music in a way that 99 per cent of the world doesn’t…

Woods is currently signed to Sticky Label. His producer, Jake Gosling, co-wrote Ed Sheeran’s multi-Platinum debut album and has worked with other stars such as One Direction and Paloma Faith. So it’s safe to say the singer is in good hands and we’ll be hearing more of him.—Amissa Pitter

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The Pittsburgh pop star has turned the surprise win of debut single “Hide Away” into the start of a hot streak, with her Chainsmokers team-up “Don’t Let Me Down” becoming a defining song of summer. “Sit Still, Look Pretty,” her latest solo single, is even better, and previews a debut full-length of the same name, out Oct. 7.—Jason Lipshutz

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The newcomers of the rap scene are not just hailing from Chicago, California or Brooklyn anymore. Thanks to Aminé, who hails from Portland, we are introduced to a weirder take on bouncing party music. There's a reason why his Tarantino-referencing "Caroline" single already has 5 million views on Youtube. Once you grab the attention of the trap-loving youth, they'll never let go.—Bianca Gracie

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Once Beyoncé signs you to her Parkwood Entertainment record label, you know you're doing something right. Like Queen Bey, Ingrid reps Houston and it shows in her pounding music that offsets her kooky rap flow. Look out for her new EP and debut album very soon, which is bound to be laced with Southern swag.—Bianca Gracie

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Zara Larsson

“Never Forget You,” Zara Larsson’s collaboration with MNEK, became a surprise smash in the U.S. this summer, but the Swedish singer-songwriter has more than one pensive pop stunner to offer. “Lush Life” was an even bigger hit overseas, and “Ain’t My Fault,” a new single, is set to impact U.S. airwaves soon.—Jason Lipshutz

Watch Zara dive into her "Lush Life" smash with us below:

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Chloe x Halle

This sister duo are also the latest signees to Beyoncé's Parkwood Entertainment, and are bringing mellow and otherworldy vibes to the R&B scene. As seen with debut single "Drop," Chloe x Halle's music hones you in with its fervent yet dreamlike melodies. They released their Sugar Symphony EP in April, and are currently working a debut LP.—Bianca Gracie

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SG Lewis

SG Lewis is a 21-year-old electronic music producer from in Liverpool, UK and is signed to the same label as Disclosure and Jessie Ware: PMR Records. 

His sounds are mainly emotional with an soft electronic R&B vibe, so look forward to the young producer doing more collabos with artists on the same wavelength as Gallant and JC Cooper. His sophomore EP Yours (released on Aug. 19) features New York rapper and producer Bishop Nehru. Look forward to SG Lewis performing at this year’s Made in America festival in Philadelphia. What better way to share your music with the world!—Amissa Pitter

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Rob $tone

Rob $tone hails from San Diego and is injecting rap music with some fun wackiness! Not many can pull off a well-known sample in their first viral smash, but that frightening Kill Bill-referencing whistle in the rapper's "Chill Bill" is what lead to a RCA record deal. So he must be doing something right.—Bianca Gracie

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Astrid S

This Norweigian singer may only be 19, but she has the musical dexterity of someone who's been conquering the pop world for years. Astrid S first publicly displayed her talent in Norway's talent show Pop Idol (she came in fifth place), and released her self-titled debut EP in May. I hope she maintains her beautiful vulnerabilty for her first album.—Bianca Gracie

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Charlotte Day Wilson

Previously part of R&B group the Wayo, Toronto artist Charlotte Day Wilson has recently begun to showcase her viscous delivery and hymn-like arrangements in a solo format. “Work” is a must-listen, and look for more rhythmic tunes to reach the masses soon.—Jason Lipshutz

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Dua Lipa

There must be something magical in the surrounding U.K. waters, because yet another promising pop artist is ready to dominate the U.S. with her unapologetic badass vibes. Dua Lipa is only 21, but her deep, gravelly vocals and remarkable confidence will make fearless peers like Rihanna proud. From her scorching "Hotter Than Hell" single to her latest and cheeky "Blow Your Mind (Mwah)," Dua's forthcoming debut will be a must-listen. Look out for it on Feb. 10, 2017.—Bianca Gracie

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Earlier this year, SBTRKT dropped his latest project Save Yourself. The album features a selection of singers, including Mabel on “I Feel Your Pain" alongside D.R.A.M.

The 20-year-old was bound to become an artist, as she is the youngest daughter of singer Neneh Cherry and producer Cameron McVey. The Spain-bred and Stockholm-raised singer rocks a ‘90s R&B vibe. With only three songs out right now, Mabel has already made a name for herself. Her official video for “Thinking of You” already has 1.2 million views and counting, so there's plenty of potential for the young star.—Amissa Pitter

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Singer Daniel Daley and producer Paul "Nineteen85" Jefferies are behind the mysterious duo who hail from Toronto. The newest signees to Drake's OVO Sound record label maintain their anonymity by focusing everything on the music. Dvsn released their debut album Sept. 5 back in March, which is filled to the brim with romantic yet erotic tunes that are late-night bedroom essentials.—Bianca Gracie

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