Best New Artists of the Year

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15. Dean Lewis
> Biggest hit: Be Alright
> Most recent album: A Place We Knew
> Spotify followers: 0.9 million

Dean Lewis is an adult contemporary Australian singer-songwriter, who broke through in Australia with the song “Waves” in 2016. His first success outside of Australia was the single “Be Alright,” which rose to No. 23 on the Billboard Hot 100 in March. That song is on Lewis’ debut album “A Place We Knew,” which peaked at No. 31 on the Billboard 200 in March and topped Billboard’s Emerging Artists chart that same month.

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14. SHAED
> Biggest hit: Trampoline
> Most recent album: Melt (EP)
> Spotify followers:

SHAED is an electropop trio (singer Chelsea Lee and producers of Max and Spencer Ernst) that topped the Billboard Emerging Artists chart in September when the group’s single “Trampoline” reached No.1 on the Billboard Alternative Songs chart and No. 13 on the Billboard Hot 100 in 2019.

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13. Blanco Brown
> Biggest hit: The Git Up
> Most recent album: Honeysuckle & Lightning Bugs
> Spotify followers: 65,000

Blanco Brown’s “The Git Up” topped Billboard’s Hot Country Songs chart, latching on to the country-rap trend. The Georgia native leveraged the song’s presence on video-sharing platforms YouTube and TikTok to build an audience for the song, which rose to No. 14 on the Billboard Hot 100. Brown, who has collaborated with Pitbull and Fergie, released his debut album, “Honeysuckle & Lightning Bugs,” in October.

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12. Polo G
> Biggest hit: Pop Out (ft. Lil Tjay)
> Most recent album: Die a Legend
> Spotify followers: 0.6 million

Chicago rapper Polo G has only sent one single to the Hot 100 charts thus far –“Pop Out” nearly broke into the top 10, peaking at No. 11 in June of this year. The song features fellow newbie Lil Tjay, whose own song “F.N” hit No. 56 on the chart this year. “Pop Out” currently has more than 163 million views on YouTube, and the artist’s video for his single “Finer Things” has over 81 million views. Polo G is currently signed to Columbia Records.

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11. City Girls
> Biggest hit: Act Up
> Most recent album: Girl Code
> Spotify followers: 0.6 million

Flippant rap group City Girls hail from Miami, where they’ve built a dedicated following. The duo of Yung Miami and JT had a solid hit with “Act Up,” which peaked at No. 26 on the Hot 100 this June and has been certified Platinum by the RIAA. The group have also collaborated with pop stars Drake and Cardi B.