Every year, some artists really do stand out as having absolutely taken the world by storm by lighting it up with their singles, albums, tours or concerts, and 2019 sure hasn’t been short of them.
Here are the 10 artists who have killed it in 2019 and are set for even bigger things in 2020.
1. Lewis Capaldi
Lewis Capaldi has exploded onto the scene in 2019, releasing a number of hits that have already won him a massive fan base that was aided by his public spats with Oasis legend Noel Gallagher.
As a result, Capaldi has grabbed all the headlines by turning up to festivals and concerts in comedic fashion to take the mick out of his celebrity critic, including a t-shirt with Noel’s face on it and a Chewbacca mask, taking it all well in his stride and absolutely killing it with his live music which has seen his popularity sky-rocket as a result.
2. Billie Eilish
After releasing her first official album this year, ‘When we all fall asleep where do we go?’ Billie Eilish is the name on everyone’s lips.
Her number one single ‘bad guy’ tore up the charts and was subject to mass social media attention including an extensive amount of memes that Billie herself was a huge fan of.
Add to that a song on this year’s FIFA, her dark pop offers something new and refreshing that everyone can enjoy and appreciate.
The next rapping sensation, Blueface has set 2019 a-light with his first official album that’s gained mass popularity, including hits like ‘Thotiana’.
Add to this a spate of follow-up hit singles such as ‘Bleed It’, Blueface is known for his verses intentionally remaining out of sync with his beats, offering a unique and refreshing sound to the rap genre of the kind that’s got everyone talking.
4. Cardi B
Having already exploded onto the scene between 2016 and 2018, Cardi B has kicked it up a notch in 2019 with more collaborations and hit new singles like ‘Press’ and ‘Please me’.
She’s currently staking a claim to be the sassiest and most bad-ass female rapper in the game, smashing a number of concerts that have won her a loyal following of thousands worldwide.
Normani is another artist whose popularity has spiked in 2019, releasing hit new single, ‘dancing with a stranger’ that’s achieved over 420 million plays on Spotify, achieving over 17 million monthly listeners.
6. Sam Fender
Sam Fender has released a spate of singles in the last few years that has seen his popularity gradually increase, gathering significant pace in 2019 with hits such as ‘hypersonic missiles’.
He’s put himself on the map as the next indie sensation with a voice as powerful and moving as any, winning Brits Critics Choice Award.
7. Alec Benjamin
Alec Benjamin’s first album ‘Narrated For You’ has gained major traction in 2019 with hits like ‘let me down slowly’ being played on repeat by fans.
A number of other singles released this year have put Alec firmly on the map, rounding off a killer year for the new and upcoming artist.
8. Ariana Grande
Ariana Grande’s ‘Thank u, next’ is a contender for album of the year after completely blowing up the internet and setting the tone for another year where Ariana has taken the music industry by storm.
9. Lil Nas X
After recently releasing an EP that includes red-hot hit ‘old town road’ that’s stormed the charts, Lil Nas X has already gained a major following, on the verge of breaching 50 million monthly listeners on Spotify.
10. Ella Mai
Her first album ‘Ella Mai’, released in late 2018, has gained major traction in 2019 alongside new hit single ‘Put it all on me’ that’s seen the artist’s popularity skyrocket, making her one to watch going into 2020.