The ever-evolving world of music can be hard to keep up with. Of course, everyone’s in the know about even the smallest details pertaining to music’s superstars (when Beyoncé decides to go to a basketball game or Selena Gomez decides to wear boots instead of sneakers), but what about the future It girls who arrive on the scene each year? That’s where our music-loving expertise comes in.
Like in years past, we’ve made it our mission to tirelessly search high and low for the freshest It girls that the music industry has to offer. Consider this your one-stop music shop for 2017, as we show you where to download their music, see them live, and watch their music videos. We’re confident in saying these seven stylish musicians will soon be everywhere, so get them on your radar now and take pleasure in saying “told ya” to your friends when they do, in fact, blow up. Ready to give your playlist a major upgrade?
Grab your headphones and discover 2017’s freshest faces in music below!
At just 18, Grace Mitchell already possesses cool-girl confidence in spades. Her ’70s rocker vibes and unique, experimental pop sound feels so fresh in 2017. The Portland native was signed to Republic Records in 2013, and the buzz has been getting louder and louder since then. Be sure to catch her playing Coachella next month.
Watch Mitchell’s “NoLo” video below.
From the first note you hear Bishop Briggs’s strong, slightly smoky voice sing, you’ll be hooked. Her catchy beats have elicited millions of YouTube views, and it’s only a matter of time before she’s a household name. Catch the London-born and Los Angeles–based It girl at Coachella along with the rest of the in-the-know festival attendees next month. If you can’t make it there, she’s touring North America through summer.
Watch Briggs’s “River” video below.
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Fun fact: Maggie Rogers’s career took off last year when a video of Pharrell critiquing her in a master class at NYU last year went viral. He described the singer-songwriter’s folksy pop sound at “singular.” The Maryland native released a new EP last month, and much of her upcoming tour is already sold out.
Watch Rogers’s “Alaska” video below.
St. Beauty creates the kind of music that just makes you feel cool listening to it. With a fresh, chill sound, Atlanta-bred Isis Valentino and Alex Belle are part of Janelle Monáe’s collective, and their track “Borders” was just featured on HBO’s Insecure. Add to all that the fact that the duo has style in spades, and you’ve got the It-girl title secured.
Listen to St. Beauty’s “Borders” below.
“Cool-country girl” is a thing, and Nikki Lane is undoubtedly a new contender to lead the pack. The Nashville-based artist has a fresh take on the Americana sound. She’s also a fashion girl with her own vintage shop, High Class Hillbilly. Twenty-seventeen is already proving to be a big year for Lane. She released her new album (Highway Queen) last month and embarked on a worldwide tour just this week.
Watch Lane’s “Jackpot” video below.
Already big in the UK, 21-year-old Dua Lipa has a catchy “dark pop” sound that earned her a spot on the prestigious long list for BBC’s Sound of 2016. The London-based artist just released her first studio album and also embarked on a mini world tour.
Watch Lipa’s “Be the One” video below.
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Brooklyn-based Vérité (aka Kelsey Byrne) has an ethereal indie pop sound and a perfectly complementary NYC cool-girl look. Her following has continued to grow since she released her first EP in 2014, with her debut album set for release this spring. She’ll be touring the U.S. throughout April, so don’t miss your chance to see her in action.
Watch Vérité’s “Phase Me Out” video below.
What musicians are on your radar right now? Tell us in the comments below!