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New Music to Know: Shawn Mendes Vines His Way to Pop Stardom

For the emerging teen pop star, music stardom is coming six seconds at a time.

08/14/2014

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New Music To Know: Ella Henderson Is Coming For America

The Brit got her start back in 2012 when she appeared on UK’s The X Factor. She was an early favorite to win with famous backers like Cher, Adele and Leona Lewis tweeting her praises, but she would only end up coming in sixth. But don’t feel sorry for her, she’s got her sights on a much bigger prize: America.

08/07/2014

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New Music To Know: Jetta Talks Insects, Joy Williams & That Little Google Video

Her song, “Feels Like Coming Home,” was used to soundtrack last year’s “Google Zeitgeist” video, which has been seen over 31 million times on YouTube. And probably induced even more tears. Not a bad way to make your debut.

03/20/2014

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New Music to Know: Sam Smith Writes Songs for Lonely People

“I’ve never been in a relationship before,” Smith says. ” I wanted to write an album for lonely people, because I don’t think there’s been enough music out there that talks about unrequited love.”

03/13/2014

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New Music to Know: American Authors Are Having the Best Days of Their Lives

Many have found a connection with the feel good vibes of “Best Day of My Life” where the guys are touching the clouds, howling at the moon and just generally grabbing life by the balls, singing, “No limits just epiphanies.”

02/20/2014

Jamie, Noah, Graham and Sydney Sierota of Echosmith (Smallz & Raskind)

New Music To Know: Echosmith Aspires Toward Role Model Status

“What we wanted to do with our music is write songs that have messages. I guess at the core of our songs they are pop, but we wanted to embrace the pop song with real and raw music.”

01/10/2014

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New Music To Know: Vance Joy Goes From Lawyer to Folk Singer and Never Looks Back

James Keogh originally intended to become a lawyer, but after earning his degree he decided to become a singer/songwriter named Vance Joy instead.

01/03/2014

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Best of New Music To Know 2013

This year, everyone and their mother was singing along to Lorde’s anti-consumerist anthem “Royals,” but the New Zealand teen wasn’t the only new kid on the block who got us excited.

12/24/2013

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New Music To Know: Kodaline Only Looking To Spread the Positive Vibes

Three and a half years ago, Kodaline decided they would never again write a song that was just for fun. The Irish band wanted to keep things honest and the change seems to be paying off.

10/18/2013

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New Music To Know: Andrew Ripp Lets His Guard Down

“I try to be as honest as I can possibly be when I’m writing a song. I think that’s what the listener wants: total vulnerability from a writer,” he said.

06/07/2013

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