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11 Incredible Musicians You'll Be Listening to in 2018

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Music Editor
Updated: 3 January 2018

As 2017 draws to a close, it’s time to look forward to the year ahead and the up-and-coming acts that will be dominating the charts in 2018.

From a Finnish Pop Idol runner-up to a house producer who sings in Korean, there’s something to cater to everyone’s taste in music.

We’ve rounded up the best rising stars that you need to check out now.

Billie Eilish

Billie Eilish wrote her first song when she was just four. Now, at 15 years old she’s being heralded as pop’s brightest new hope after her dreamy ballad ‘Ocean Eyes’, which she uploaded to SoundCloud so her teacher could hear it, became a viral sensation.

Robert Earl Thomas

Robert Earl Thomas, Widowspeak’s guitarist, is branching out on his own with a solo debut album due out in 2018. If the first single, title track ‘ Another Age’, is anything to go by expect mellow and breezy Bruce Springsteen vibes.

L U C A

L U C A is a singer/songwriter from London inspired to make music after listening to Leonard Cohen. He has the soaring falsetto of Anohni sung over the lush melodies of bands like The Antlers. Think Woodkid but folkier. He’s currently recording his debut album, which is slated for release in 2018.

Sigrid

Norwegian singer Sigrid’s debut single ‘Don’t Kill My Vibe’ racked up millions of streams when it was released and made it into the UK charts. The 20-year-old’s catchy anthemic pop will appeal to fans of Lorde and Robyn.

Rex Orange County

Musician Alex O’Connor, who combines soulful RnB with sunshine pop, got his first big break after Tyler, the Creator approached him on SoundCloud asking him to fly to Los Angeles to work on two songs for his album. Since then he’s performed with Skepta and Frank Ocean.

Yaeji

New York producer Yaeji makes hazy, atmospheric house music that also draws on hip-hop and RnB to create something altogether more enigmatic. Her delivery is raw and hushed with lyrics sung in both English and Korean.

Alma

Finnish singer Alma only finished fifth on the country’s version of Pop Idol but has got the last laugh as she’s now poised to become the breakout star of 2018. She’s already amassed millions of streams on Spotify as well as a collaboration, ‘Phases’, with rapper French Montana. Her single ‘Chasing Highs’ cracked the UK top 20 when it was released earlier this year.

Yxng Bane

East London MC Yxng Bane scored a viral hit with his dancehall remix of Ed Sheeran’s ‘Shape of You’, which won the official seal of approval from the singer himself. The rapper also hit the UK top 10 with the track ‘Bestie’, a collaboration with Yungen.

Self Esteem

Slow Club singer Rebecca Taylor has struck out on her own with her solo project Self Esteem. Her first single, ‘Your Wife’, is a glorious dissection of the male-dominated world we live in propelled by off-kilter percussion.

Nilüfer Yanya

West London singer Nilüfer Yanya, who comes from a Turkish, Irish and Bajan family, has a rich, evocative voice that flits between RnB, indie and soul.

Mabel

She’s already had a huge hit with ‘Finders Keepers’ and is now up for the BRIT Awards 2018 Critics’ Choice prize. Everyone’s falling hard for Mabel’s slick RnB. It’s no wonder given her heritage – the singer’s parents are Neneh Cherry and Massive Attack record producer Cameron McVey.