FAST TRACKED The new mu­sic stars get­ting an A-list leg-up

There’s a few new names on the mu­sic scene. Their USP? They’re all cham­pi­oned by even big­ger stars. But can you re­ally trust those celebrity an­gels? The ver­dict’s in

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Head cheer­leader Kanye West. What’s the story? Hill was part of a per­for­mance troupe on his Yeezus tour. Kanye heard one of her tracks and signed her. The fact she’s a for­mer Amer­i­can Ap­parel model has noth­ing to do with it, OK? Sounds like? Woozy pop songs about love, sex­u­al­ity and wom­an­hood. Life’s small shit, then. Her look… A bit Fifth El­e­ment: a blunt red bob and porce­lain skin. Ran­dom fact She’s ob­sessed with Harry Styles. Lis­ten… Her al­bum Like A Woman is out now. Kacy tours this au­tumn.


Head cheer­leader The 1975. What’s the story? Matt Healy from The 1975 was in­tro­duced to one-woman band Amber Bain through a friend and helped get her signed to the same la­bel, Dirty Hit, then took her on tour. Nice chap. Sounds like? Her an­drog­y­nous vo­cals meant, for a while, peo­ple thought she was The 1975 in dis­guise. Head f**k. Her look… Heavy Kurt Cobain in­flu­ences, down to the prom­i­nent roots and Bre­ton tops. Ran­dom fact Her name is in­spired by a hol­i­day home she vis­ited in Devon. Lis­ten… To her EP, Saw You In A Dream.


Head cheer­leader Bey­oncé. What’s the story? Teen YouTube sen­sa­tions whose Bey­oncé cov­ers caught the eye of Queen Bey her­self – and landed them a con­tract with her la­bel. Sounds like? R’n’B meets jazz meets pop, with a help­ing of Sasha Fierces­tyle sass. Their look... Twins. But they’re ac­tu­ally sis­ters with nearly two years be­tween them. They wear Ivy Park a lot, of course. Ran­dom fact Michelle Obama is a huge fan. Lis­ten… To their mix tape, The Two Of Us. World dom­i­na­tion awaits.


Head cheer­leader Drake. What’s the story? 18-year-old rap­per gets his track Wanna Know remixed on Drizzy’s ra­dio show. Hys­te­ria en­sues. (Dave’s ver­sion got 12 mil­lion views.) Sounds like? Emo-grime. Dave raps about love, panic at­tacks and his mum. Stan­dard. His look… A man who knows what he likes: a nicely fit­ting jumper or T-shirt and a pair of jeans, with a knee rip. Ran­dom fact He’s a mu­si­cal all­rounder, play­ing Grade 7 pi­ano. Lis­ten… To his lat­est track 100Ms. Dave will be on tour later this year.


Head cheer­leader Phar­rell Wil­liams. What’s the story? Phar­rell men­tored mu­sic stu­dents at New York Univer­sity last sum­mer. A video of his amaze­ment at Mag­gie’s song, Alaska, went vi­ral. Sounds like? A folk-dance hybrid. She grew up play­ing the banjo, but dis­cov­ered house mu­sic dur­ing a gap year in Europe. Her look… The mil­len­nial ver­sion of Joni Mitchell. Ran­dom fact She has synaes­the­sia, a con­di­tion where the senses are mud­dled, mean­ing she hears colours. Who knew? Lis­ten… To her lat­est song, Split Stones.

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