Musicians 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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Billie Eilish is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Musical Artists Who Will Explode In 2019
Billie Eilish

Young talent Billie Eilish is full of surprises. Her pop tracks start innocently enough in the verses, eventually delving into grittier productions and more sinister vocals in the chorus. 

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Hayley Kiyoko is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Musical Artists Who Will Explode In 2019
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Kehlani is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Musical Artists Who Will Explode In 2019
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Juice WRLD is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Musical Artists Who Will Explode In 2019
Juice WRLD

Soundcloud rapper Juice WRLD landed high on the Billboard 200 with his debut, Goodbye & Good Riddance. Drenched in Auto-Tune, Juice WRLD discloses his sorrows in a style combining hip-hop and emo sensibilities.

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Momoland is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Musical Artists Who Will Explode In 2019
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MOMOLAND is the best Kpop girlgroup ever babe <3

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Ella Mai is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Musical Artists Who Will Explode In 2019
Ella Mai

Despite a 2017 release, Mai's single "Boo'd Up" emerged as a contender for 2018's song of the summer. Who knows what other surprises the R&B singer has in store.

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Greta Van Fleet is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Musical Artists Who Will Explode In 2019
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The most up and coming rock band of 2018. Greta Van Fleet has already been compared to rock n' roll legends like Robert Plant. 

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Kali Uchis is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Musical Artists Who Will Explode In 2019
Kali Uchis

Already a known presence in the music industry, Kali Uchis made her mark with Isolation, an eclectic collection of funk, reggaeton, bossa nova, and other genres. Expect her to keep getting bigger.

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Stefflon Don is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Musical Artists Who Will Explode In 2019
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A talented British MC, Stefflon Don's popularity has been increasing since her inclusion in the 2018 XXL Freshman class and her new songs and has appeared in songs with Luis Fonsi.

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BlocBoy JB is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Musical Artists Who Will Explode In 2019
BlocBoy JB

An emerging name in the Memphis rap scene, BlocBoy JB found viral success through "Look Alive," a collaboration with Drake. Even if you're not familiar with his music, you might know the BlocBoy dance.

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Lil baby is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Musical Artists Who Will Explode In 2019
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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 Indeed" and "My Dawg", the latter two peaking at number 6 and 71 respectively on the Billboard Hot 100 chart.

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Jorja Smith is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Musical Artists Who Will Explode In 2019
Jorja Smith

Jorja Smith's husky voice appears on a Drake album, the Black Panther soundtrack, and one of the best dance tracks of 2017. Her debut, "February 3rd," even garnered her a Mercury Prize nomination.

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LOONA is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Musical Artists Who Will Explode In 2019
LOOΠΔ

Two years of singles and subunits all lead to the mysterious K-pop group LOOΠΔ's highly anticipated 2018 debut as a 12-member act. Even more enticing than their multi-layered music: the conspiracy theories behind them.

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Joji is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Musical Artists Who Will Explode In 2019
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Former YouTuber and now R&B singer Joji is set to have new music coming near the end of 2018. His career as a singer has been exploding with his In Tongues release and his features on the 88rising album "Head In The Clouds". He has also been featuring in songs with Trippie Redd, Blocboy JB, Rich Brian and Baauer.

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Scarlxrd is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Musical Artists Who Will Explode In 2019
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British rapper Scarlxrd is an emerging artist. He is known to incorporate elements of heavy metal and hip hop together in an extraordinary way. After his breakout single "Heart Attack", Scarlxrd has been making new music and is on the brink of stardom.

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cupcakKe is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Musical Artists Who Will Explode In 2019
cupcakKe

Queen Elizabitch and Ms. Marilyn Monhoe herself, rapping sensation cupcakKe already exists as a star on digital music outlets and Twitter. Her raunchy and wry sense of humor bursts forth in her music, perfect for going out at night.

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King Princess is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Musical Artists Who Will Explode In 2019
King Princess

King Princess's hit single "1950", which references the novel that inspired the movie Carol, established the multi-instrumentalist as a new voice for deliberate and assured pop anthems.

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J.I.D is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Musical Artists Who Will Explode In 2019
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A rapidly emerging mc out of Atlanta, J.I.D first found mainstream success with his album The Never Story, and has more recently taken full advantage of being named a 2018 xxl freshman. His mind bending rhyme schemes, unique delivery, and intricate lyricism suggest the possibility of a breakout in 2019. 

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NIKI is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Musical Artists Who Will Explode In 2019
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R&B singer NIKI has been making waves with her talented voice. She has released her debut album "Zephyr" and has appeared on the 88rising collective album "Head In The Clouds".

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Zhavia is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Musical Artists Who Will Explode In 2019
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Talented singer Zhavia blew minds away with her amazing performances on "The Four". She has appeared on the Deadpool 2 soundtrack with popular rappers French Montana, Lil Pump and electronic artist Diplo.

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Clairo is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Musical Artists Who Will Explode In 2019
Clairo

Though her work exudes a dreamy, detached quality, Clairo knows what she's doing. Her soft, restrained electro-pop lingers long after you listen, as with any good pop song.

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Steve Lacy is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Musical Artists Who Will Explode In 2019
Steve Lacy

Before being able to drink legally, guitarist Steve Lacy has become one of the industry's most sought talents. When not producing for Kendrick Lamar or Ravyn Lenae, Lacy lends his talents to the LA-based band The Internet.

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Ravyn Lenae is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Musical Artists Who Will Explode In 2019
Ravyn Lenae

One of Chicago's most talked-about acts, Ravyn Lenae combines her left-of-center vocal ticks with groovy funk and R&B. Her partnership with The Internet's Steve Lacy resulted in Crush, a standout EP of 2018.

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Let's Eat Grandma is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Musical Artists Who Will Explode In 2019
Let's Eat Grandma

A pop duo in the general sense, Let's Eat Grandma morphs the genre to suit their needs - a result of growing up in the Digital Age. The color pink never slapped so hard.

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Jessie Reyez is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Musical Artists Who Will Explode In 2019
Jessie Reyez

Canadian Jessie Reyez considers herself a "violent soul" singer, a unique genre that's earned her a few accolades. Without an album to her name, Reyez took home Breakthrough Artist of the Year at the 2018 Juno Awards.

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Smino is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Musical Artists Who Will Explode In 2019
Smino

Smino channels his knack for rapping and singing into funky and subtle tracks which are easy to sink into and a delight to dissect during a closer listen.

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Snail Mail is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Musical Artists Who Will Explode In 2019
Snail Mail

Snail Mail's debut Lush won over practically every music outlet for its expertly curated sound and themes. No wonder Pitchfork calls her "a leader in the next generation of indie rock."

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Superorganism is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Musical Artists Who Will Explode In 2019
Superorganism

The result of jam sessions going global, indie-pop group Superorganism boasts members from Japan, New Zealand, and South Korea. 

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Rico Nasty is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Musical Artists Who Will Explode In 2019
Rico Nasty

Rico Nasty holds nothing back, rapping over productions fit for a mosh pit - or at least heavy enough to incite one. 

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Rina Sawayama is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Musical Artists Who Will Explode In 2019
Rina Sawayama

London-based pop act Rina Sawayama utilizes '90s sounds - from R&B elements to sweeping boy band productions - to create her own style of music. 

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Amber Mark is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Musical Artists Who Will Explode In 2019
Amber Mark

Though she specializes in soul, Amber Mark just as easily dips into dance, funk, and bossa nova. A definite talent to watch.

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Cautious Clay is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Musical Artists Who Will Explode In 2019
Cautious Clay

Cleveland's Cautious Clay possesses a warm but sturdy timbre to his voice, which melds perfectly with the James Blake-esque soundscapes he sings over. 

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City Girls is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Musical Artists Who Will Explode In 2019
City Girls

Busting out of the 305, rap duo City Girls provided an excellent summer playlist with Period, a confident and confrontational ode to their excellence. Just leave it at that - period.

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THE WITHERS is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list Musical Artists Who Will Explode In 2019
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THE WITHERS are a 5-piece indie rock band from Los Angeles, CA. THE WITHERS have a diverse sound that incorporates elements of soul, 60's girl groups, garage, funk, and psychedelia. With catchy hooks, luscious and complex harmonies, and undeniable dance grooves THE WITHERS are an exciting live force. They have played with countless acts including FIDLAR, Together Pangea, The Strawberry Alarm Clock, Prima Donna, and LA Font. THE WITHERS are currently mixing their debut album “THE WITHERS IN 3-D” with Griffin Rodriguez(Neutral Milk Hotel, Beirut, Modest Mouse, Akron Family) which should be out the beginning of 2019. 

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Yaeji is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list Musical Artists Who Will Explode In 2019
Yaeji

Rapping in English and Korean over house and hip-hop beats, Yaeji creates an atmosphere all her own. One of her most impressive achievements: a glitchy, lo-fi cover of "Passionfruit" by Drake.

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Valee is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list Musical Artists Who Will Explode In 2019
Valee

GOOD Music's Valee has a slight lilt to his voice that forces the listener to examine his lyrics. The quality makes Valee sound like he's on to a secret - and based on his recent rise, that may be the case.

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Rosalía is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list Musical Artists Who Will Explode In 2019
Rosalía

Spanish singer Rosalía takes flamenco music and hitches it to the sounds of today. With her lofty voice and prominent handclaps, Rosalía's single "Malamente" draws listeners in and refuses to release them.

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Tierra Whack is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list Musical Artists Who Will Explode In 2019
Tierra Whack

With only 15 songs that total up to just as many minutes, singer and rapper Tierra Whack launched herself into stardom on Whack World. The accompanying music video offers something you've never seen or heard before.

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O.C.D. is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list Musical Artists Who Will Explode In 2019
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O.C.D. or Obsessive Compulsive Disorder is the alias of Los Angeles based musician Mark Taylor. His music can be described as experimental electronic music with elements of techno, psychedelic rock, dub, Krautrock, ambient music, noise, and black metal. He is currently working on a collaboration with Madlib and finishing up a new album. 

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Morgan Saint is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list Musical Artists Who Will Explode In 2019
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Yxng Bane is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list Musical Artists Who Will Explode In 2019
Yxng Bane

If you want a bit of dancehall in your hip-hop, start with Yxng Bane. A famous cover marked his ascent into fame, but his track "Rihanna" solidified it.

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The Withers is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list Musical Artists Who Will Explode In 2019
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BbyMutha is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list Musical Artists Who Will Explode In 2019
BbyMutha

BbyMutha wants you to think twice about what a mother looks like. Armed with immense confidence and a filthy flow, she's poised to release her debut LP in 2018.