17-year-old Lorde (born Ella Yelich-O'Connor) stormed the world in 2013 with her arresting single "Royals." Off her debut EP, The Love Club, the song swelled into an international sensation, dominating the number one spot on Billboard’s Digital Songs chart by September 25, 2013 - seven months after its premiere. The young singer's powerful voice and hypnotizing presence both on and off-camera paved the way for her full-length album, Pure Heroine, released September 30, 2013 via Universal Music New Zealand.
Even without frontwoman Lauren Mayberry’s prominent voice, Chvrches still sound undeniably like themselves on their new single, “Under The Tide.” While the Glasgow trio have been busy touring the world, they released the quietly uplifting song this week that features synth player Martin Doherty on vocals. You can hear it below, as well as on Chvrches’ latest Spotify Sessions here. Another Ones To Watch alumnus, Lorde, also released a new single while on tour this week. “Yellow Flicker Beat” was made for The Hunger Games soundtrack, an eerily stripped back number that fits the dark turn the novel-to-film saga has taken lately. Stream it on Spotify here.
It’s one thing to boast that you knew about an artist “before they were cool,” but it’s infinitely more legitimate when you can say you saw them as an opener before they were a headliner.
Genre: R&B / Singer-Songwriter / Soul
From: London, UK
Sounds Like: Adele, Sade, Amy Winehouse
From: Stockholm, Sweden
Sounds Like: The Joy Formidable, The Cure, Ellie Goulding
Genre: R&B / Soul
From: London, UK
Sounds Like: Corinne Bailey Rae, Jill Scott, Lauryn Hill
Genre: Electronic / R&B
From: Nashville, TN
Sounds Like: Peter Gabriel, The Weeknd, Sting