Best New Artists of the Year

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20. Social House
> Biggest hit: Boyfriend
> Most recent album: Everything Changed… (EP)
> Spotify followers: 95,000

Los Angeles-based by way of Pittsburgh, the duo Social House — consisting of Michael “Mikey” Foster and Charles “Scootie” Anderson — have worked as a production team for artists such as Ariana Grande and Jennifer Lopez for years. They stepped into the spotlight this year as performers, however, with the release of their debut EP, “Everything Changed…” Their single “Boyfriend” — a collaboration with Grande — peaked at No. 8 on the Hot 100 in August and has garnered more than 240 million streams on Spotify.

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19. Jimmie Allen
> Biggest hit: Best Shot
> Most recent album: Mercury Lane
> Spotify followers: 44,000

The early part of the life of country singer Jimmie Allen sounds like a country song. The African-American singer from Delaware overcame homelessness and worked various jobs to keep himself afloat until he finally got his break in country music. Allen, 33, has toured with Toby Keith and performed at the Grand Ole Opry. Following on his self-titled debut EP, Allen released the album “Mercury Lane,” named after the street he grew up on, a mixture of danceable and introspective songs, including “American Heartbreaker,” “Make Me Want To,” and “Best Shot.”

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18. Saweetie
> Biggest hit: My Type
> Most recent album: Icy
> Spotify followers: 0.5 million

The rapper from Santa Clara, California, born Diamonté Harper, built her following online by singing rhymes over Khia’s hit “My Neck, My Back,” which developed into the song “ICY GRL.” The song’s video went viral, was viewed millions of times, and helped Saweetie get a deal with Warner Bros. That song was part of her first EP, “High Maintenance,” which rose to No. 32 on Billboard’s R&B/Hip-Hop chart. In July of 2019, Saweetie entered the Billboard Hot 100 for the first time with the single “My Type” from her second album “Icy.”

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17. Summer Walker
> Biggest hit: Playing Games
> Most recent album: Over It
> Spotify followers: 0.7 million

Summer Walker has been successful since releasing her debut album in 2018. The 23-year-old Atlanta-based R&B artist followed that up with another LP in 2019 titled “Over It.” The two versions of the record’s lead single, “Playing Games” — there is an extended version featuring additional vocals from singer Bryson Tiller — have amassed more than 77 million streams on Spotify.

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16. NLE Choppa
> Biggest hit: Shotta Flow
> Most recent album: Cottonwood (EP)
> Spotify followers: 0.6 million

NLE Choppa (born Bryson Lashun Potts) is a 17-year-old rapper-songwriter based in Memphis, Tennessee whose influences include rappers NBA Youngboy, Meek Mill, and Lil Wayne. NLE Choppa — NLE stands for “No Love Entertainment” — had a breakout single in 2019 titled “Shotta Flow” that went to No.1 on the Billboard Bubbling Under R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart and was certified Platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America. The song rose to No. 36 in July on the Billboard Hot 100.