Days after naming it's most tagged songs of 2012, popular music id app, Shazam is predicting which artists it expects to make headlines in 2013. Using tags as a leading indicator of fan interest, Shazam analyzed internet hype and other public data alongside its own stats to indicate which acts are trending. Shazam's Predictions For Top Emerging Artists Of 2013:
(descriptions via Shazam)
- French Montana – an American Moroccan rapper, his collaboration with Rick Ross and Lil Wayne, “Pop That”, was one of the breakthrough singles of 2012.
- Bei Maejor – after finding success as a writer and producer with Trey Songz and Justin Bieber, he now looks to break big in 2013 with new solo material.
- Aluna George – comprised of Aluna Francis and George Reid, this London band has been turning heads with their R&B-infused electronic sound.
- Joey Bada$$ - only in the game a year, this young Brooklyn rapper is already gaining attention with his 90’s- style hip-hop.
- Becky G – with Simon Cowell and will.i.am as fans, she already has two strong advocates in the pop world.
- Angel Haze – perhaps the most exciting female rap star since Nicki Minaj, Angel Haze has racked up huge tags on her single, “New York."
- Rhye – this mysterious duo produce startlingly original soul-drenched pop music.
- Tito Lopez – this Mississippi-born rapper has been signed to Capitol and has been gaining notable tagging numbers stateside.
- Baauer – this American producer makes bass-heavy dance music that smashes together the worlds of dubstep and hardcore hip-hop.
- Haim – these three LA sisters sound like a cross between Stevie Nicks and En Vogue.
All of these artists will be releasing albums in 2012.
Shazam's predictions for 2012 included Lana Del Ray, A$AP Rocky and Frank Ocean, all of whom made it to the Billboard Hot 100, with Lana Del Ray’s album “Born to Die” reaching #2 and selling more than 2 million albums worldwide. Another prediction by Shazam last year was newcomer Michael Kiwanuka, who was nominated for a Mercury Prize for his album “Home Again”.