Finish Ticket and Justin Bieber enter the top ten, pushing out Andrew Ripp and Lianne La Havas. Not far below, Ellie Goulding scores her second big debut of the year with Delirium track “Something In The Way You Move,” which enters at #13. Tinashé and Dagny make big moves and approach the top twenty. Additional debuts include Kenzie Nimmo, Olly Murs, and Carrie Underwood.

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As the music industry wakes up from its holiday slumber and begins the new year, attention shifts to developing new artists whose careers are beginning to build. Below are forty hand-picked artists of varying genres and current levels of success. Some are completely independent, while others have already topped charts. Regardless, all of them show potential to be even bigger names, particularly in America, in the coming year. Listen to the artists through this SoundCloud playlist, and check back later in the year to see how these predictions turned out. Continue reading “Class Of 2015: 40 promising artists to watch this year”