You know all that bleak music you ended up listening to last year? The stupid pop singles that trickled into your ears because you couldn’t be bothered to walk three feet and switch off the radio? Well, here’s some good news: you don’t have to listen to it anymore. Your quest starts right here, with five great artists who will (probably) be massive over the next few months. Get them into your life and you’ll never have to sit through OMI’s Cheerleader ever again.
Amy Winehouse, Gaga and Rihanna: there’s a whole load of analogue-spotting to be done with Colombian star-in-waiting Kali Uchis. But there’s also some beguiling songs beyond her kitsch ’60s aesthetic.
For fans of: Amy Winehouse and Lana Del Ray.
Straight outta Brampton, Ontario, Alessia Caracciolo made waves last year with a tune called Here about how much she hates parties. Buzzkill? Not according to 33 million YouTube viewers. She’s a relatable, feel-good popstar with buckets of talent and charm.
For fans of: Taylor Swift and Lorde.
D’Anthony Carlos from Washington DC is looking set to own hip-hop in 2016. And After That: We Didn’t Talk, his debut album from November 2015, showcased his head-over-heels flow and mix of new-school woozy bass and old-school patter.
For fans of: Outkast and Kendrick Lamar.
After touring as a vocalist with Rudimental, Essex-born Anne-Marie Nicholson (main picture) is making eyes at the charts as a solo act. She’s also a three-time world champion in shotokan karate. Go on, we dare you to tell her that her cheeky new single Boy sounds a lot like Lily Allen.
For fans of: Lily Allen and Gwen Stefani.
Her big tune All Hands on Deck has 26 million views on YouTube, but we reckon 2016 will be the year that Tinashe becomes a household name. She’s got the voice and the look, so expect forthcoming album Joyride to be massive.
For fans of: Beyoncé and Aaliyah.