I must say that this is my favorite artist that emerged this year. The Hawaiian singer first hit the scene being featured on B.o.B.’s hit single ‘Nothin’ On You’, which was a huge hit, as well as being featured on Travie McCoy’s (previously from Gym Class Hero’s) single ‘Billionaire’. Both of these songs were huge hits and seemingly made the radio a happier place. Bruno Mars then became a huge thing, everyone noticing how much talent he had. He came out with an EP album titled ‘It’s Better If You Don’t Understand’; although it was big it never got airplay worldwide.
And though he had other previous songs, he proceeded to come out with his own single ‘Just the Way You Are’, a sweet and snappy love song, intertwining hip-hop and love songs all in one. Then in October he came out with his first album ‘Doo-Wops and Hooligans’. But what may have been his biggest claim to fame was his recent single ‘Grenade’, a song all about the dangerous and likely deathly things he would do for a girl that wouldn’t do the same anymore. If you haven’t heard any of these songs you’ve likely been living in a cave. But if you haven’t, I suggest you go find for yourself how talented this singer really is.
Christina Grimmie (Zeldaxlove64)
I recently found this amazingly talented, beautiful singer on YouTube a little while ago. I started surfing through her videos and found out how truly amazing she is. She’s a 16-year-old girl who sings, plays piano and guitar and writes some of her own songs too. She announces she’s a Christian and her talent comes from God, and that she sings for Him not for fame.
But it seems fame has found her, and for her 390,000+ subscribers, we’re all happy someone noticed her amazing talent. She recently opened for Selena Gomez, on stage for a charity event in LA.
She continues to post songs on YouTube for her fans and she helps promote others trying to let their talents be found as well. With her talents, I think we’ll be seeing her with her own album in the near future.
B.o.B (a.k.a Bobby Ray)
When he first made his claim to fame, everybody glanced him over as ‘just another rapper from ATL’. But he soon proved he’s far more. He writes his own beats, lyrics, and he produces his own jams as well. What got him so famous was likely his slightly T.I. style sounding voice and his creative and innovative lyrics. With his first hit ‘Nothin’ On You’, he immediately became huge. The song was all over everywhere.
He then released his first worldwide album ‘The Adventures of Bobby Ray’.
Shortly after came his second huge hit featuring Hayley Williams of Paramore with ‘Airplanes’. The lyrics hit home to thousands of people and boosted him to his fame with his smooth beats. And who doesn’t love lyrics you can relate too? I think that B.o.B is one of the best rappers of all time.
This little pintsized rapper also found his large following on YouTube. Though he’s only seven years old he’s already been featured on several NYC TV shows and he definitely knows how to serve up his lyrics. His adult cousin writes his raps and shoots Matty’s music videos. Little MattyB covers popular rap songs such as ‘Love the Way You Lie’ by Eminem and ‘Like a G6’ by Far East Movement, except he re-raps them with clean lyrics that are fit for a seven year old.
He has over 23 million views on his videos and over 118,000 subscribers. With how quick this little rappers videos went viral, I think he’ll be big once he grows up. If you haven’t seen him yet, go and check out this adorable little rapper on his YouTube channel.
I can’t really say that Justin Bieber is new talent seeing as his EP album came out in 2009. But he really made his big break this year with his new album My World 2.0 . His album quickly had a world tour thanks to his snappy songs like ‘Baby’ and ‘U Smile’, which have gotten quite a bit of airplay.
He started out as a YouTube sensation from Canada, just posting videos of him singing in his living room or at various talent shows. It wasn’t long before a producer named ‘Scooter’, who immediately signed Justin to Usher’s production company, discovered ‘Biebs’. It took even less time for Justin to become an icon for teenagers across the globe. For his talented singing he preceded to win five AMA awards this year. Not bad for a sixteen year old kid from YouTube.