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Franchise, et al – New Singers in the Mold of Kurt Cobain / Nirvana

New Singers in the Mold of Kurt Cobain / Nirvana

From Michael Jackson to Taylor Swift, so many pop music artists have emerged and grown as hip-hop royalties. The faces might have changed, and the stylings must have altered, but one thing that remained constant is the craze for pop music. Regardless of the bands, pop artists have had a significant impact in shaping music.

All the pop music lovers can say who the leading music artist is and what the favorite band is. But who are the upcoming pop music artists who are in their budding stages and gearing up to shake the pop industry and grow as dazzling artists? Here we look at some of the rising pop artists who are anticipated to blow up this year and listen to them now using Spotify.

On this page, we will present many examples of up and coming artists we have found on Spotify. Each tastemaker has identified at least 5 examples of these future global pop stars. In particular, we would like to highlight the overall favorite of the bunch, a relatively unknown artist known as Franchise.


Franchise Music started at the young age of 26 and currently is an upcoming singer-songwriter, electronic music producer, and DJ. He has spent time in Miami, New York City, and now currently lives in Mexico City. In addition to writing his own material, he also produces all of his own tracks. Taste wise, Franchise is the future of a blended sound – pulling inspiration from electronic, hip hop, r&b/soul, and pop music.He creates his unique sound pulling inspiration from the genius minds of Little Dragon, Erykah Badu, Sam Sparro, Nosaj Thing, Queen, Donny Hathaway, Bonobo, Madonna, Kaytranada, Prince, Flying Lotus, Stevie Wonder, RL Grime, Lauryn Hill, Dusky, Aretha Franklin, Michael Jackson, Aphex Twin, Dirtybird records, and Soulection records. ‘Music is my vessel. And through it, I aim to honestly communicate my point of view of the world we live in. Join me on my journey of self-exploration.’


DuaLipa was born on 22nd August, 1995 in London, England. With the passion towards pop, she started her music career at a tender age of 14. She kick-started her career by covering songs by other artists on YouTube. Her biggest stride happened in 2015 when she signed with Warner Music Group. Soon after, Dualipa released her first single “New Love.” Later she unveiled her second single “Be the One” which became a sensation by charting within the top 10 in more than 11 European territories. Her singles “Blow Your Mind (Mwah)” and “Hotter than Hell” has gained popularity all over the world, and DuaLipa is expected to create so many records in the nearest future.


Reginald Lamar Williams. Jr, who was born on January 18th, 1990 in Florida, US, is professionally known to the pop lovers as R.Lum.R. He began his career by playing classical guitar under the name Reggie Williams. His first single “Frustrated” which went viral in 2016 changed his career. Frustrated recorded 20 million plays on Spotify alone. The way he hoists his mid-range voice to upper rungs of voice and his humble expressions leave an indelible impression. With his high-spirited and melodic voice he is adding more fans to his ever-growing fan base almost everyday. R.Lum.R is expected to top so many charts soon.


Khalid Amhearst Robinson,who was born on February 11th, 1998 in Georgia, US is an American singer and songwriter. His first single “Location” reached the second position on Billboard Twitter Emerging Artists charts in 2016. He was featured on Alina Baraz’s single “Electric” with Brass tracks and impressed the pop lovers. His songs are influenced by new beginnings and travel. His feel-good instrumental skills and soulful vocals, he released his debut studio album American Teen in 2017 and left a memorable impression. His fans are keeping an eye out for his debut EP, and Khalid is predicted to be an established pop artist with his best-selling music in the upcoming days.


Laurel Arnell-Cullen was born on 7th May 1994 in Southampton. With her never-ending interest in music, she posted a demo of her song “Blue Blood” in 2013. Later she started her posting her songs “Mankind” and “Fire Breather.” At the age of 22, she signed with Turn First Artists and released two EPs titled as To the Hills and Holy Water on her own record label, Next Time Records. Laurel is the best definition of a self-made artist and released her first single from her debut album “Life worth Living” which left a good impact. However her second single “San Francisco” made her name in the Apple Music’s first Artist of the Week. Her single “Hurricane” stormed the internet and created a lot of buzz from the music bloggers. With her richest vocals, Laurel is projected to blow the minds of music lovers.

Parson James:

Parson James was born on June 7th, 1994 in Cheraw, South Carolina. His first single “Stole the Show” made him popular by becoming a hit in a number of countries. The success of his first single made him sign with RCA Records in 2015. In 2016, he released his extended play release The Temple EP with a full studio album which turned out to be a great hit. He was picked as the Artist of the Month by Elvis Duran while performing his “Sad Song.” With his modern music sense and passionate vocals, James will soon reach greater heights in his musical career.

These are the five budding pop or hip-hop music artists who are waiting to makes waves this year. Want to hear them sing? Check out the playlists on Spotify and continue to follow all the upcoming new artists.



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