2019 Musical Artists Who Will Explode In 2019  

Mick Jacobs
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List Rules Vote up the musicians you expect to hit big in 2019.

A boatload of music comes out each day, making it a challenge to keep up with new artists. So, to help you learn about the big acts of tomorrow, we're running down the musical acts poised to break through in 2019.

From up-and-coming pop singers to Soundcloud rappers, these artists represent the emerging music trends of both today and tomorrow. When festivals begin releasing their lineups for 2019, expect many of these names to appear on the posters. And if you're annoyed waiting for any of 2018's most anticipated music, let a few of these acts fill the void. Whether it's Tierra Whack's left-field arrival on Whack World or Yaeji tearing up the dance club, this group of rising artists offers something for everybody.

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Courtney Hadwin is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Musical Artists Who Will Explode In 2019
Rock
Courtney Ann Hadwin (born July 6, 2004) is a British singer, best known for competing on the ITV's The Voice Kids UK 2017 and the thirteenth season of the NBC competition show America's Got
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2,369 2,467
Billie Eilish is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Musical Artists Who Will Explode In 2019
Art pop, Dark pop, Electropop
Billie Eilish Pirate Baird O'Connell (born December 18, 2001), known professionally as Billie Eilish, is an American singer and songwriter signed to Interscope Records. Her first experience with ...more
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227 239
Dimash Kudaibergen is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Musical Artists Who Will Explode In 2019
Luda Kiselevich added
Dinmukhamed Kanatuly Kudaibergen (born May 24, 1994), also known as Dimash Kudaibergen, is a Kazakh singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist. His parents Kanat Kudaibergenuly Aitbayev and ...more
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427 562
The Struts is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Musical Artists Who Will Explode In 2019
DaichiBisbee added
The Struts are an English rock band from Derby, Derbyshire, England. The band consists of vocalist Luke Spiller, guitarist Adam Slack, bassist Jed Elliott, and drummer Gethin Davies. Formed in ...more
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880 1,334
Bangtan Boys (BTS) is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Musical Artists Who Will Explode In 2019
KellyKang added K-pop, Hip hop, EDM
Bangtan Boys, also known as BTS, is a seven member South Korean boy group formed by Big Hit Entertainment. They debuted on June 13, 2013 with the song "No More Dream". They have won ...more
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197 234
Alec Benjamin is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Musical Artists Who Will Explode In 2019
ninaude933 added Indie, Pop
Alec Benjamin (born May 28, 1994) is an American singer-songwriter from Phoenix, Arizona. He is known for his songs "Paper Crown", "I Built A Friend", "End of the ...more
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749 1,225
Ella Mai is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Musical Artists Who Will Explode In 2019
R&B, Pop
Ella Mai Howell (born November 3, 1994) is an English singer and songwriter. She is signed to DJ Mustard's label 10 Summers Records and has released three extended plays. Her most recent EP, ...more
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1,234 2,089
Juice WRLD is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Musical Artists Who Will Explode In 2019
Jarad Higgins (born December 2, 1998), known professionally as Juice WRLD, is an American rapper, singer, and songwriter from Calumet Park, Illinois. He is primarily known for his breakout hits, ...more
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Grace VanderWaal is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Musical Artists Who Will Explode In 2019
Ron Hinegardner added Pop, Indie pop
Grace Avery VanderWaal (born January 15, 2004) is an American singer-songwriter from Suffern, NY. At age 12, she won the 11th season of the NBC competition show America's Got Talent, singing her ...more
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1,176 2,067
BLACKPINK is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Musical Artists Who Will Explode In 2019
derenatasoy added K-pop, EDM, Hip-hop
Black Pink, stylized as BLACKPINK, is a South Korean girl group formed by YG Entertainment. Consisting of members Jennie, Jisoo, Lisa, and Rosé, the group officially debuted on August 8, ...more
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625 1,082
Normani is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Musical Artists Who Will Explode In 2019
couturekordei added
Normani Kordei Hamilton (born May 31, 1996), recording mononymously as Normani, is an American singer, songwriter and dancer. She is a former member of the girl group Fifth Harmony. In 2017, she ...more
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739 1,318
Kehlani is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Musical Artists Who Will Explode In 2019
RhiRhiTv added R&B, Hip hop, Neo soul
Kehlani Ashley Parrish (born April 24, 1995) is an American singer, songwriter and dancer, signed to Atlantic Records. Kehlani is originally from Oakland, California, where she achieved initial ...more
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Ava Max is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Musical Artists Who Will Explode In 2019
CharlieR added
Amanda Ava Koci, known professionally as Ava Max, is an American singer and songwriter. She is best known for her single "Sweet but Psycho", which topped the charts in seventeen ...more
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1,072 2,046
Momoland is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Musical Artists Who Will Explode In 2019
tristiannnn added K-pop
Momoland is a South Korean girl group formed by Dublekick Company. They debuted on November 10, 2016, with the EP Welcome to Momoland. The members are the winners of survival program Finding ...more
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131 182
NF is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Musical Artists Who Will Explode In 2019
nfisamazing added Hip hop, Christian hip hop
Nathan John Feuerstein (born March 30, 1991), known by his stage name NF, is an American rapper, artist and songwriter, who has charted in both the Christian hip hop and mainstream hip hop ...more
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619 1,224
Lil Baby is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Musical Artists Who Will Explode In 2019
KevinGamer098 added Hip hop
Dominique Jones (born December 3, 1994), known professionally as Lil Baby, is an American rapper from Atlanta, Georgia. He is best known for his songs "Freestyle", "Yes ...more
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465 913
Jorja Smith is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Musical Artists Who Will Explode In 2019
UK garage, Soul, Neo soul
Jorja Smith (born June 11, 1997) is an English singer from Walsall, West Midlands. She has independently released numerous singles and one extended play, Project 11 (2016), and is known for her ...more
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Joji is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Musical Artists Who Will Explode In 2019
acapellasrverycool added
George Miller, known by his stage name Joji, is a Japanese-Australian record producer, singer, songwriter, and former YouTube personality who used the channel name TVFilthyFrank. His absurdist ...more
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Hayley Kiyoko is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Musical Artists Who Will Explode In 2019
RhiRhiTv added Synthpop, Pop music, Dance music
Hayley Kiyoko Alcroft, known professionally as Hayley Kiyoko, is an American actress and singer. She is best known for playing Velma Dinkley in Scooby-Doo! The Mystery Begins and Scooby-Doo! ...more
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J.I.D is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Musical Artists Who Will Explode In 2019
The RM added Hip hop
Destin Route (born October 31,1990), better known by his stage name J.I.D, is an American rapper and songwriter from Atlanta, Georgia. He is signed to J. Cole's Dreamville Records. His debut ...more
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169 315
Lizzo is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Musical Artists Who Will Explode In 2019
Brenna Zedan added Hip hop, Alternative hip hop, Pop
Melissa Jefferson (born April 27, 1988), better known by her stage name Lizzo, is an American alternative hip hop artist based in Minneapolis, Minnesota. She is a founding member of indie hip ...more
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Trippie Redd is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Musical Artists Who Will Explode In 2019
harry_main01 added Hip hop
Michael White IV (born June 18, 1999), known professionally as Trippie Redd, is an American rapper and singer. He is best known for his songs "Love Scars", "Dark Knight
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462 997
Lil Skies is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Musical Artists Who Will Explode In 2019
20nihipalisnedicork added Rap, Hip hop
Lil Skies (born August 4, 1998) is a rapper from Pennsylvania who is best known for singles "Signs of Jealousy" and "Change Ya Life." In 2017, he signed a recording contract ...more
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335 710
Jessie Reyez is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Musical Artists Who Will Explode In 2019
Jessie Reyez (born June 12, 1990) is a Canadian singer and songwriter. Her 2016 single "Figures" peaked at number 58 on the Canadian Hot 100 in 2017 and was certified 2× Platinum ...more
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Lil Mosey is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Musical Artists Who Will Explode In 2019
kryptocell added hip-hop/rap
Lathan Moses Echols (born January 25, 2002), known professionally as Lil Mosey, is an American rapper, singer, and songwriter. His most commercially successful song, "Noticed", peaked ...more