Playlist: The Biggest New Artists of 2015

Thanks to the magic of hype and excitable music critics, we have a pretty good idea who the artists to keep an eye out for this year. We’ve compiled some of our favourites below; check them out!

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James Bay

Singer-songwriter James Bay has already toured the US with 2014’s breakout star Hozier, and it’s increasingly looking like 2015 will be his year. He came 2nd in the BBC’s Sound of 2015 and his debut album, Chaos and the Calm, is set for release in March. You won’t be able to escape him by the end of the year.

Joey Bada$$

20 year-old Joey Bada-dollardollar has already been making waves in the US, but the release of his album B4.Da.$$ (pronounced ‘Before Da Money’) earlier this month is likely to break him over here too. He’s been compared to Nas too, which is always a good sign.

 Francesco Yates

This big-haired singer-songwriter from Toronto has been mentored by none other than unstoppable hit machine Pharrell Williams. Justin Timberlake is reportedly a big fan of his falsetto-stylings too. With fans like that, how can you fail?


Raury, an 18 year old rapper from Atlanta, claims everyone from Outkast to Phil Collins as influences. Expect big things.

Years & Years

The winners of BBC’s Sound of 2015. Need we say anymore?


This young songwriter from Glasgow is nigh-on impossible to find on Google, but has been generating a lot of hype online with her song Grip.

Mikkey Ekko

The most surprising thing about Mikkey Ekko is that he hasn’t blown up already, having written Rihanna’s 2013 mega-hit Stay. We’d be surprised if he wasn’t a household name by the end of the year.


Slaves’ brand of abrasive punk is going to be 2015’s soundtrack for angry young (and old) men (and women).

Who do you think will be the biggest artists of 2015? Let us know in the comments.