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Top 23 Musicians To Watch In 2014

BanksLast year Haim topped the BBC's Sound of 2013 list and made Shazam's 2013 New Artists to Watch list. This year Banks and Sam Smith make both lists. Both the BBC and Shazam came up with interesting lists of musicians that should be worth checking out if you're not already familiar with them. Since there are overlaps that gives us a list of 23 musicians to watch in 2014.

The BBC "list was compiled using tips from 170 tastemakers, who each named their favourite three emerging artists."

Shazam's list was created by the "Shazam music team [who] selected the following artists by starting with qualitative industry tastemaker selections, which is then ranked using the quantitative data of Shazams of those artists."

BBC Sound of 2014: Longlist


Chance The Rapper

Ella Eyre

George Ezra

FKA Twigs

Chloe Howl




Nick Mulvey

Royal Blood


Say Lou Lou

Luke Sital-Singh

Sam Smith

Shazam: 2014 New Artists to Watch

Action Bronson

August Alsina


Jhené Aiko

Kid Ink

Lucy Hale

Martin Garrix

Rich Homie Quan

Sam Smith

Vance Joy

So who are your top picks for artists to watch in 2014?

Hypebot Senior Contributor Clyde Smith (Twitter/Facebook) is building a writing hub at Flux Research. To suggest topics about music tech, DIY music biz or music marketing for Hypebot, contact: clyde(at)fluxresearch(dot)com.

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