So who is poised to make the jump in 2017? Glad you asked.
As down-tempo electronic acts like James Blake and Chet Faker begin to cross into the mainstream, there are a few that could surpass their success. London-based act Sampha has made waves behind the scenes, collaborating with the likes of Kanye West, Drake, Solange, and others. With a debut album aptly titled Process set to drop on February 3, he۪s about to slay you with a new batch of soulful grooves. He's on the Coachella bill this year and will likely be at a number of other festivals. Expect his clout to grow as his music gives people all sorts of feels.
This cool-chick sister trio from the LA Valley shot to upper levels of success with the chill indie rock vibes of their Fleetwood Mac-style debut Days Are Gone. But it's been more than three years since that record dropped and people have been hungry for what's next. A tour opening for Taylor Swift sidelined them from finishing their album in a more timely fashion, but now it sounds like the record will come to us by summer at the latest. The Fleetwood Mac vibe comes through even deeper on "Nothing's Wrong," and the sisters have only sharpened their live performance chops in the time since. They could be selling out arenas by the end of 2017 if things fall their way.
The latest Atlanta rapper to make it big, the Slaughter King is ready to breakthrough in a big way. He got a nod in the Donald Glover TV show Atlanta, as he was one of many artists from the area whose music was used. His collab mixtape with Metro Boomin called Savage Mode reached platinum last year and he's had studio time with the other ATL superstar, Future recently. Then, the next rung on the fugeo ladder, guesting with the 6 God himself. This past Fall he got his first official taste of the big leagues when he got the mainstream seal of approval and had guest cypher۪s on Drake۪s Sneakin۪. For good measure he added a headline-making beef when he and Tyga traded words over comments he made about Kylie Jenner. All the chips seem to be falling Savage۪s way so keep an eye out for him to continue to drop major heat in 2017.
This New Zealand pop singer was ahead of her time when she dropped the inescapable "Royals" in the middle of 2013. Her entire full-length debut Pure Heroine was incredible top to bottom and she seemed poised for superstardom. Now set to release her new record in the coming year, she's already appearing near the top of festival bills like Coachella and Governor۪s Ball. She's mature beyond her 20 years of age and already has the teen girl demographic conquered. Her music should translate well to an older generation of fans, which could make her jump from nice-sized outdoor arenas to stadiums and beyond. The success came so fast to her at the start that her live show wasn't on par, now it's at an equal level of her success. That means big things.
Portland might be the last place you'd expect a breakthrough rapper to hail from, and yet the 22 year old Amine cracked the Billboard Hot 100 with his hit "Caroline," which featured on nearly every hip-hop playlist your friends put together in 2016. He signed a deal with Republic Records early in 2016 (who have a piece of Drake, Lil Wayne, Kid Cudi, and Tyga). A Tonight Show appearance in November gave him a major late-night platform before wrapping up the year. Big things are no doubt on deck and he's sure to grow his stature with performances slated at music festivals like BUKU in New Orleans this year.