2015 was a great year for music. “Uptown Funk” was number 1 for 14 straight weeks, and we said “Hello” to Adele after almost a 5 year hiatus. But who’s going to dominate the music scene in 2016? Here are my top picks for ones to watch in 2016.
Those who have watched Troye Sivan grow since his early YouTube days will be proud to know that he’s finally starting to gain the recognition that he deserves. The week of December 26th, Sivan’s new album Blue Neighbourhood charted at #7. Sivan will be touring all over the US through March of 2016. He’s already won some pretty big awards in the past, like a Teen Choice Award with his YouTube BFF Tyler Oakley. He’s been endorsed by Taylor Swift and John Green and, with his album gaining traction, I’m sure that Troye will do big things in 2016.
Hailing from Canada, 19 year old Alessia Cara is signed to Def Jam Records (the same record company that brought you Kanye West and Justin Bieber). Her relatable song “Here” was an internet sensation and MTV called it “a song for everyone who secretly hates parties.” Rolling Stone even voted it one of the best songs of 2015. She’s supported by both the queen (Taylor Swift) AND the king (Jimmy Fallon). Not only was Alessia’s album Know-it-All a hit, but her very first single “Here” reached #10 in the United States. With 2015 being her first year signed to a label, I know that each year after this will be even better for Alessia.
Mr. B and the Tribal Hoose
Picture: Acacia Evans, Big City Thoughts
Mr. B always puts on a great show, and this year’s performances were no exception. Every show provides something different and fun for the audience to hold onto. The unique combo of rap music with a horns section makes you want to let loose, and their stage presence as a band is undeniable. Mr. B has his own rap app, which is going to change the way that the world looks at freestyling. Before he was 20, he’d toured with Bone Thugs n Harmony and was featured on the Today Show for his Wendy’s rap video, which has since racked up over 1 million views on YouTube. In the fall, he was one of seven selected to participate in a songwriting bootcamp, where him and the other students wrote and recorded songs to be considered for placement in television advertisements. Although every year seems like a big year for Mr. B, I have a feeling that 2016 is going to be the biggest one yet.
JoJo made her comeback this year, and I’ve been waiting for it. Since signing with her new label, Atlantic Records, Jo’s been one busy girl — performing at SXSW, concert dates, and new music galore. Days ago, she released her second EP in the past few months titled #LoveJo2. With all these new songs and JoJo’s way of not letting the man get her down, we’re sure to see (and hear) a lot more of her in the coming months. JoJo never disappoints, so I’m sure that she’ll continue to come back swinging.
Photo: Acacia Evans, Big City Thoughts
You might have heard of Cimorelli already. They have 3.5 million subscribers on YouTube and have won and been nominated for Teen Choice Awards and have performed their song “Made in America” on Good Morning America. Since relocating to Nashville, Tennessee, the sisters are ready for a new chapter — including even more original songs in 2016! Their fans (the CimFam) are as faithful as ever and are always more than ready for whatever the girls are bringing to the table next. After their mixtape Hearts on Fire, both myself and the fans are excited for new music in 2016. Let’s just call 2016 “The Year of Cimorelli.”
Maren Morris is winning over country-loving hearts everywhere and it’s not a surprise. This year alone, she’s been top 10 on iTunes and has opened for CMA Male Vocalist of the Year Chris Stapleton. Her song “My Church” is about the out-of-this-world feeling of driving around and listening to music and driving around. It’s been gaining support by outlets such as Bose, Vevo, and Spotify, who she performed live sessions for. With the world getting increasingly more excited about her music, I’m sure that we’ll see Maren Morris at the CMAs next year.
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Article by Kaitlyn Midgett