Artists to Watch | November 2018

By: Eva and SophieWed, 10/31/2018
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From viral sensations to promising up-and-comers, 2018 is producing an incredible crop of new artists that remind us why we listen to music at all. Here are some of our favorites so far. 






  • This 14-member boyband of rappers, producers, vocalists, and designers recently signed a $15 million record deal with RCA after releasing their Saturation trilogy independently in 2017.
  • Their latest album, Iridescence, debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200.
  • With their genre-defying sounds, diversity, and number of members, they challenge the idea of a traditional boy band.

On repeat: “J’OUVERT”

Ari Lennox

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  • The first female signee to J. Cole’s Dreamville Records, the D.C. native started out uploading covers to YouTube and original songs to SoundCloud.
  • Her first project, Pho, which was released in 2016, gained a major following and hit No. 20 on Billboard’s Top R&B Albums chart.

On repeat: “Whipped Cream”

Bryce Vine

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  • The LA-based singer first established a fanbase when he auditioned for and found success on The Glee Project, making it to the top 12.
  • His single, "Drew Barrymore", a catchy R&B-infused pop track hit the charts this year and gained attention from artists like Taylor Swift, who included the song on her Apple Music favorites playlist.

On repeat: “Drew Barrymore”



  • Although only 20-years-old, this bedroom pop artist has already opened for Tyler, The Creator, performed at Lollapalooza, and signed a 12-song deal with Fader magazine’s label.
  • She first gained attention with her song “Pretty Girl,” which she wrote and recorded in two hours and filmed on a home video. She was inspired by the DIY attitude of many of today's artists such as Brockhampton.

On repeat: “Pretty Girl”

Samm Henshaw

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  • Since his debut EP The Sound Experiment in 2016, this Nigerian-born, London-based artist has toured with Chance the Rapper and James Bay.
  • He started playing drums at the age of four but also plays guitar, piano, the harmonica, and sings.
  • On repeat: “Broke”

Donna Missal

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  • Hailing from New Jersey, this rising star first developed an interest in singing when her father ran a makeshift recording studio in their home and recorded the family making Christmas albums for her grandparents.
  • She has already performed at several major music festivals including Riot Fest and Bumbershoot.
  • Zane Lowe from Beats 1 Radio premiered her first single before she was a signed to a major label.

On repeat: “Keep Lying”

Nikki Jean

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  • She first gained popularity in 2008 when she was featured on Lupe Fiasco’s single “Hip-Hop Saved My Life.” Since then, she’s toured with Kanye West, Rihanna, and N.E.R.D., and released a solo album and two EPs.
  • Although primarily an R&B artist, she has worked with over 30 major songwriters like Carly Simon, Bob Dylan, and Carole King.

On repeat: “Pink Lemonade”

Sheck Wes

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  • This 20-year old rapper from Harlem  signed to both Travis Scott’s and Kanye West’s record labels.
  • He first started making music at the age of 11 when he was in a rap group called the MillYorkers with his friends.
  • His breakout track, “Mo Bamba,” which has peaked at No. 24 on the Billboard 100, was written in about 20 minutes and recorded in one take.

On repeat: “Mo Bamba”


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