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The Best New Female Artists 

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List Rules Female artists in any genre who have released no more than two feature-length albums.

Rising female stars represent a diverse range of voices in the current music industry. From country to rap to pop, new female singers are impressing both critics and fans with their quality, engaging music. You can also find female DJs and girl rappers here. If you're looking for some up-and-coming female artists to watch, browse this list. How do these musicians compare to the best new male artists?

Some of these musicians will surprise you with how much they've achieved at such a young age. Some female singers are under 25 or still in their teenage years! The 20-year-old Zara Larson, for example, has been big in Sweden since winning a talent competition in 2008. She's just now making her debut in the United States, launching her into international fame. Other female artists to watch include Dua Lipa, SZA, Halsey, and Alessia Cara. New female rappers, like CL, Bhad Bhabie, and Kodie Shane, are also featured on this list. Young actresses who are making music are also on here, like Hailee Steinfeld and Bella Thorne. 

Out of all of these talented young singers, which one is the best? Vote up your favorites to the top. Did we miss any? Feel free to add them at the bottom of the list.

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Halsey is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best New Female Artists
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Camila Cabello is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best New Female Artists
Genre: Pop, Latin; Nationality: Cuba
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Billie Eilish is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best New Female Artists
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Alessia Cara is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best New Female Artists
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Grace VanderWaal is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best New Female Artists
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Dua Lipa is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best New Female Artists
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Cardi B is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best New Female Artists
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Lizzo is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best New Female Artists
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Bebe Rexha is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best New Female Artists
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SZA is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best New Female Artists
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Zendaya is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best New Female Artists
harry_main01 added Genre: Children's music, Pop rock; Nationality: United States of America

Albums: Zendaya, Replay (Remixes), Replay, Beat of My Drum, Watch Me, + more

Labels: Hollywood Records, Walt Disney Records

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Kehlani is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best New Female Artists
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Hailee Steinfeld is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best New Female Artists
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Zara Larsson is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best New Female Artists
Genre: Pop music, Soul music; Nationality: Sweden

Albums: Introducing, Uncover, She's Not Me, Allow Me To Reintroduce Myself

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Normani is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best New Female Artists
couturekordei added Genre: R&B, Pop; Nationality: United States of America

Labels: Keep Cool, RCA

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Melanie Martinez is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best New Female Artists
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Albums: Too Close (The Voice Performance), Seven Nation Army (The Voice Performance), Crazy

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Lorde is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best New Female Artists
blurrybaby21 added Genre: Indie pop, Electronica; Nationality: New Zealand

Albums: Pure Heroine, The Love Club EP, Royals / White Noise: Live from the BRITs, Tennis Court EP, Tennis Court, + more

Labels: Lava Records, Universal Music Group, Republic Records

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Anne-Marie is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best New Female Artists
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Julia Michaels is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best New Female Artists
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BLACKPINK is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best New Female Artists
Yağmur Ateş added Genre: K-pop, EDM, Hip-hop; Nationality: South Korea

Labels: YG Entertainment

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Ava Max is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best New Female Artists
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Iggy Azalea is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best New Female Artists
Genre: Hip hop; Nationality: Australia

Albums: Work, Glory, Change Your Life EP, iTunes Festival: London 2013, Bounce, + more

Labels: Mercury, The Island Def Jam Music Group, Interscope Records, Grand Hustle Records

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Sabrina Carpenter is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best New Female Artists
Genre: Pop; Nationality: United States of America

Albums: Can't Blame a Girl for Trying

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Courtney Hadwin is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best New Female Artists
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Daya is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best New Female Artists