Follow Billboard. All rights reserved. If albums had something of a soft landing on the pop landscape in , then songs more than picked up the headline-grabbing slack. The Man and Sam Hunt did so domestically. And even with all this, it was still a year where the very best singles might not have been the very biggest. Lady Gaga, "The Cure". Following her rootsy, personal Joanne LP, "The Cure" comes across like Gaga's concession to radio's now waning love affair with trop-pop. Even so, the track is unmistakable Stefani Germanotta, from the smoky coo on the verses hello, jazz chanteuse Gaga to the full-throated, mountain-top-tickling bellow that announces the chorus. The Killers, "The Man". In , we welcomed back synth-rock veterans The Killers with open arms.
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Which musicians will become breakout stars in ? Predicting what artists will explode in the next year has always been a perilous game, but it's gotten even more challenging for would-be tastemakers as the definition of "success" continues to mutate along with listening habits and record industry trends. Certain status symbols and professional achievements -- getting a major label deal, scoring a spot on a hot playlist, or landing a song placement on a hip TV show -- sound essential to some but insignificant to others.
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Skip to Content. Check out the rising artists we're tapping to make major moves in Predicting breakout artists isn't an exact science.
Choosing the best new artists in any given year is never as simple as it sounds. Maybe the musicians in question have been sneaking around under our noses for a couple years, gaining traction in their local scenes before landing on the main stage. Maybe a few artists we already know and love convened to produce something entirely new. Or maybe, as the title suggests, they really were brand new, emerging to recalibrate our musical compass with good old youthful innovation. The 20 most exciting artists we discovered in fit all of these criteria in one way or another, but the one thing they had in common was their abrupt impact on our music consciousness.