Introduucing…King Deco!

by Bradley Stern

First things first: King Deco is, in fact, a Queen. (The “King” part of her name represents her “quest for strength and sustainability in a male-oriented world,” just as a little FYI.) From the moment I first heard “One” (it’s a lucky debut single title, for sure), I knew Jordan-bred, NYC-based singer-songwriter could be the… Read the full article

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‘Just Like You': Rising R&B Princess Liz Takes Us Back To Y2K

by Bradley Stern

It’s time to get familiar with LA-based R&B-pop princess on the rise, Liz. Liz hails from Diplo‘s Mad Decent label — home of Bauuer, Zebra Katz, Crookers, Rusko and dozens of other dancehall, moombahton and techno acts. That’s a little shocking to hear, because unlike the off-the-walls, twerk-filled Block Party insanity that the label tends to… Read the full article

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Introduucing…Salt Ashes!

by Bradley Stern

Meet Salt Ashes, an über-promising 22-year-old UK dark synth-pop princess. (I know — already sold, right?) While she’s been slowly building up in the background for a few years now, Mizz Ashes’ is officially stepping out with her debut single “Somebody,” released on January 14 on Radikal Records. Imagine, if you will, if Kylie Minogue… Read the full article

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Premiere: Mereki, “Blue Lake (WMNSTUDIES Remix)”

by Bradley Stern

Meet Mereki. After lending her airy vocals to Goldroom‘s four-to-the-floor disco jam “Only You Can Show Me” last spring, the rising Australian singer-songwriter premiered her debut solo single: “Blue Lake,” a dreamy ode to long distance love that glitters with a kind of hazy summer nostalgia, produced by one of alternative pop’s most reliably amazing… Read the full article

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Introduucing…XOV!

by Bradley Stern

Meet XOV, a Swedish pop star on the rise. To really get into his music, you need to know his past. (And yes, that is a direct contrast with the classic Spice Girls pearl of wisdom: “If you want my future, forget my past.”) XOV grew up in Tensta, a ghetto considered to be the… Read the full article

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Introduucing…Sophia Black!

by Bradley Stern

As New Year’s Day creeps closer still, what better time than now to look to the future of pop? Meet Sophia Black, a LA-based singer-songwriter. If you were “Ooh La La”-ing along with Britney in 2013, you might already recognize Sophia’s name from the Smurfs 2 soundtrack, where she was featured with a perky, fresh… Read the full article

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Introduucing…Miriam Bryant!

by Bradley Stern

Meet 22-year-old Swedish songbird, Miriam Bryant. Perhaps you already know her from “Push Play,” which was given a thumping electronic makeover by Zedd and featured on the deluxe edition of his album, Clarity. Or, if you found yourself in Europe last year, you already know Miriam from her song “Finders Keepers,” which had massive success… Read the full article

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Required Listening: John Newman, “Losing Sleep”

by Bradley Stern

Meet John Newman. Maybe you already know him: He supplied the vocals on Rudimental‘s #1 2012 smash, “Feel The Love.” Or, perhaps you’re already acquainted because of his #1 debut single “Love Me Again.” Or! Maybe you just know him because of his debut album Tribute, which was released back in October in the UK… Read the full article

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Introduucing…Chelsea Lankes!

by Bradley Stern

With all the pop titans releasing their records and singles all at once during Q4, it’s easy to lose sight of the many amazing up-and-coming acts coming down the road at the moment. Meet Chelsea Lankes, a Nashville-based singer-songwriter. She’s got a new song out called “Ghost,” and I’ve had it on solid loop for… Read the full article

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Introduucing…BROODS!

by Bradley Stern

Meet New Zealand duo, BROODS. I know — so hot, right? But #ItGetsBetter: The music’s seriously good, too. “Bridges” is a song produced by Joel Little, who also helmed a little album called Pure Heroine by a certain 17-year-old fellow kiwi named Lorde. As a result, the production is similar to Lorde’s downtempo, ambient alt-pop style… Read the full article

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