The breakthrough artist this year is crooner Lewis Capaldi. Most importantly, he broke with a power balled, just a piano and a vocal. His track is sitting at #14 on the U.S. top 40 charts, but it’s also a worldwide smash. The song has been on Singapore’s Top 10 music charts since July 2019. He will make his debut Singapore appearance and will perform at the 1,000 capacity Capitol Theatre on Jan 11, 2020.
The MTV VMA’s was centered around Taylor Swift. Not surprised MTV gave her LGBTQ+ anthem “You Need to Calm Down” video of the year. Other winners include Ariana Grande, Billie Eilish, and Jonas Brothers. Full list below….
Video Of The Year
Taylor Swift – “You Need to Calm Down” – Republic Records
ARTIST OF THE YEAR
Ariana Grande – Republic Records
The Los Angeles-based Aussie Blake Rose releases the track Heavy Shit. He is brand new to the scene and started experimenting with programs like GarageBand and Pro Tools before taking a leap into songwriting. He’s managed by Best Friends Music who also reps Billie Eilish. Give it a listen.
Streams: 15 million Spotify streams, SoundCloud (140k)
Blogs: Ones To Watch, CULTR.
Playlists: Apple’s “Best of The Week”
Artists with new single releases on Spotify’s New Music Friday include Taylor Swift, 5SOS, and BROCKHAMPTOM. Others include Charlie Puth, The 1975, Lizzo, Lana Del Rey, Mura Masa, G-Eazy, Bea Miller, Yung Gravy, and Tainy. The standout track is Torn by Ava Max.
With a bunch of late summer releases it’s easy to over look emerging artists that lack big promo budgets. With that, look out for 20-year-old singer-songwriter Aaron Carpenter. The Louisiana native released a new single Next via Capitol Records. He wrote the song with The Roommates (Jon Bellion) and Mozella (Miley Cyrus, Jonas Brothers, One Direction). His first release Attitude has clocked over a million Spotify streams and BBC Radio 1 named it as one of the April’s Best New Pop tracks. Managed by Lighthouse Management + Media, Aaron got a boost through instagram where he has a million followers – probably a huge factor in his signing with Capitol. In interview with Paper, Carpenter says, “I didn’t take it seriously until I was about 15, 16. I love entertaining people in any way possible, and I have an insane passion with music. I didn’t know how to go about doing it—I could play instruments and I could sing, but I didn’t know how to go about it. My platform came along and it’s like, “Oh, might as well start doing what I like instead of just posting photos of myself online.” It’s a blessing.”