We’ve all had those moments when you open your media player and don’t feel like listening to anything in your library. While there is a continuous stream of new music available every day, it can be nightmarish to try and figure out which artists are worth listening to. Fortunately we’ve made it easy for you and waded through all the mediocrity to bring you the best new musicians of 2019. Get listening right now and you’ll quickly be as obsessed as we are with these new kids on the block!
Modern Flamenco: Rosalía
Rosalía’s musical style can best be described as modern flamenco, but singing is only one of her many talents. Not only is she a gifted performer, but she also composes, produces, and arranges music and plays keyboard and bass. Having already won a few Latin-music awards following the release of her debut album in 2017, it was Rosalía’s 2018 release “El Mal Querer” which really saw her reach new, global heights on the party scene.
Rap: Megan Thee Stallion
Megan Thee Stallion debuted on the Billboard’s Hot 100 in 2018 with her mega-hit ‘Big Ole Freak’ from her second EP entitled “Tina Snow”. The college student and rapper’s first EP was released in 2017, but she isn’t letting her full-time studies get in the way of pursuing musical stardom. In March of this year, Megan Thee Stallion was described by Jade Gomez of Rolling Stone as being “unapologetic about defining what femininity means to a new generation of women” – a manifesto we are hoping includes a love for horse betting.
Indie: Beach Bunny
Lili Trifilio is the woman behind the Chicago-based indie-pop project Beach Bunny, who is joined by Matt Henkels and Jonathan Alvardo for live performances. Perhaps best described as the perfect cross between alt-pop and sad-girl music, Beach Bunny is wonderfully reminiscent of dreamy beach music from the late 90s and early 2000s. Since the single “Prom Queen” debuted at the end of 2018, Beach Bunny has been steadily gaining momentum and is certainly an act to watch.
Born George Miller, R&B/soul musician Joji transformed from YouTube sensation-comedian Filthy Frank into a musical performer seemingly overnight. Joji has a distinctive R&B sound set apart from the rest owing to its grungy sound and unusual music videos. His 2018 album “BALLADS 1” reached the top of the Billboard R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart and according to this record label; Joji – who is part Japanese – is the first Asian-born artist to have done so. Currently touring all over the world, Joji released a new single, Sanctuary, in June and the video already has almost 30 million views on YouTube.
Folk-Pop: Maggie Rogers
Following a viral moment in 2017 thanks to Pharrell Williams and her own song ‘Alaska’, Maggie Rogers has released numerous singles – including Alaska – and her major-label debut album was released in January. The album entitled “Heard it In a Past Life” has received high praise from critics and fans alike and she’s already performing at premium music festivals such as Coachella, Lollapalooza, and Bonnaroo.