10 Female Pop Artists You Need To Be Listening To Right Now
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This English-born singer has been owning this summer's international festival circuit, having released her extremely danceable debut eponymous album in June. Dua Lipa is soul, sass and substance. Check out the charting tunes “Be the One” and “New Rules.”
After breaking through in 2014 with “I Love It” and “Fancy” and making waves with mega-hits “Break the Rules” and “Boom Clap,” Charli returned back in March with the brand-new EP Number 1 Angel. The EP was awesomely experimental, with her self-directed video for standalone single “Boys” making a hilarious gender-flipping impression.
Swedish singer-songwriter Tove Lo first entered our consciousness through the Hippie Sabotage remix of her 2014 track “Habits (Stay High)” and we soon came to love her raw, confessional style. Tove Lo uses her music to broadcast an important message on feminism; the Lady Wood album certainly doesn't shy away from the controversial.
Melding pop music with experimental sounds is Jillian Banks' specialty – not to mention her dramatic stage presence. Her most recent album The Altar has much in common with her breakthrough album Goddess, with motifs of heartache and internal struggle.
22-year-old Ashley Frangipane AKA Halsey burst onto the scene back in 2014, after gaining attention on Tumblr. She also dated indie band The 1975's Matt Healy. Now the singer-songwriter is selling out arena tours with her unique voice. This year's single “Not Afraid Anymore” features on the soundtrack of the film Fifty Shades Darker.
The Danish electro-pop singer has made a name for herself with her powerful energy and DGAF attitude. We love her anthemic hits “Pilgrim” and “Maiden,” go-to tracks for dancey vibes.
Self-describing her sound as “wonky funk,” British singer-songwriter Nao's style is certainly unique, with signature pop, R&B and soul elements. Her 2016 record “For All We Know” exemplifies this perfectly.
Rising star Maggie Rogers can proudly say that she has brought Pharrell to tears – as a student singing “Alaska” during an NYU class. It didn't take long for her to go viral with her folk, electronic, pop style, releasing the EP Now That the Light is Fading on Capitol Records.
Billie Eilish is only 15 years old and already gaining a lot of attention for her debut project Don't Smile at Me – an impressive body of work which explores coming-of-age-feelings in a truly enchanting way. Songs like the whispery “idontwannabeyouanymore” and the gritty “COPYCAT” demonstrate her wide musical range. Definitely one to watch.
Anna of the North
Anna of the North featured on Tyler the Creator's most recent album Flower Boy, singing alongside Frank Ocean on “911/Mr. Lonely” as well as his single “Boredom.” She released her debut project Lovers this May and is delighting us with her soft electro-pop sound.
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