New artists prone to be the next big stars


By Lizbeth Trujillo

With new places to visit, people to meet, and foods to try, there is always a perfect opportunity  to get out of your comfort zone and explore new things such as music.  Unfortunately, the radio often lacks creativity, by playing songs like “Can’t Feel my Face” by The Weeknd, “Sugar” by Maroon 5, and “Cheerleader” by OMI nonstop regardless of the radio station you land on. Although we may enjoy rocking out to these popular “songs of the summer” every now and then, they do get a little repetitive, therefore evoking a need for change. Here are some upcoming artists’ music that you should listen in order to aviod the repetition.

HAIM: The 80’s influenced pop rock girl group HAIM consists of three sisters: Alana, Danielle, and Este Haim. The trio formed a band in 2007, but, they did not fully dedicate themselves to it until 2012 when they signed with Polydor Records and released their  first song titled “Forever.” Gaining commercial success, HAIM performed various shows such as the South by Southwest Festival while supporting artists like “Mumford and Sons” and “Florence and the Machine” on tour as well. While performing at live shows, they recorded their first album, “Days Are Gone,” which was released in 2013. The album includes six impressive singles such as  “Falling” which was recently used in John Green’s film “Paper Towns.” Currently, HAIM is  on Taylor Swift’s “1989” world tour and is also working on their second album.

Shawn Mendes: Nowadays social media is the perfect outlet to fame, as proven by 17-year-old Canadian pop/acoustic singer Shawn Mendes. In 2013, the young artist gained popularity by posting six second covers of songs on Vine. It was in the following year, he was discovered and signed with Island Records A&R. Mendes then released his hit single “Life of the Party” and then his debut album “Handwritten” in April 2015. The singer has other big accomplishments, such as being named one of “Time’s Most Influential Teens of 2014,”  and performing as one of Taylor Swift’s opening acts on her “1989” world tour as well.

Halsey: Like Mendes, indie pop singer Ashley Fragngipane, also known as Halsey took advantage of social media as well by posting various song covers on YouTube, and establishing a fanbase early in her career. In 2014, she recorded and posted a song called “Ghost,” on SoundCloud which attracted attention and led to signing a record with Astralwerks, later releasing her first song titled “Room 93.” At only 20, Halsey has already performed for packed crowds on her “American Youth” tour. Her debut album “Badlands” came out last month.

Author: Plaid Press

Granada Hills Charter High School newspaper

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