Best New Artists of the Year

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10. Lewis Capaldi
> Biggest hit: Someone You Loved
> Most recent album: Divinely Uninspired to a Hellish Extent
> Spotify followers: 1.8 million

The Scottish singer-songwriter made big waves with his song “Someone You Loved,” which hit the top spot on the Hot 100 in November. It also currently has more than 840 million streams on Spotify. The 23-year-old first rose to prominence in Europe before making the jump overseas following the release of his debut album “Divinely Uninspired to a Hellish Extent” in May.

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9. Lil Tecca
> Biggest hit: Ran$om
> Most recent album: We Love You Tecca
> Spotify followers: 1.3 million

Queens-based rapper Lil Tecca turned 17 only days before releasing his debut mixtape, “We Love You Tecca,” in August of this year. The album includes the track “Ran$om,” which shot up the Hot 100, peaking at No. 4. Tecca has had a total of six tracks appear on the chart, all of which reached their peaks in 2019.

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8. Megan Thee Stallion
> Biggest hit: Hot Girl Summer
> Most recent album: Fever
> Spotify followers: 0.6 million

Megan Thee Stallion reached the No. 10 position on the Billboard 200 chart with her debut studio album, “Fever,” this past June. Her mixtape “Tina Snow” peaked at No. 166 just one week prior. Based on the timing of these albums’ successes, it’s fitting that the Houston rapper’s biggest hit to date is titled “Hot Girl Summer.” The single, which features Nicki Minaj and Ty Dolla $ign, sparked a viral “Hot Girl Summer” meme used by fans across numerous social media platforms.

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7. Ava Max
> Biggest hit: Sweet But Psycho
> Most recent album: N/A
> Spotify followers: 0.9 million

Ava Max, the daughter of Albanian immigrants, burned up the charts in 2019 with the hit “Sweet But Psycho” that rose to No. 10 on the Billboard Hot 100 and topped the charts in six countries. The infectious dance number features a video that is a send-up of slasher movies, with a vengeful Max wielding an axe and knife on ex-boyfriends.

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6. Gunna
> Biggest hit: Drip Too Hard (with Lil Baby)
> Most recent album: Drip or Drown 2
> Spotify followers: 1.6 million

Gunna, a 26-year-old rapper from Georgia born Sergio Giavonni Kitchens, posted his most notable success, the collaboration with Lil Baby “Drip Too Hard,” in 2019, which reached No. 4 on the Billboard Hot 100. Also in 2019, Gunna’s album “Drip or Drown 2” climbed to No. 3 on the Billboard 200, and the LP was certified gold by the RIAA earlier this year.