10 New Artists You Need to Know: July 2017

BTS, Missio, Jonas Blue, Kacy Hill, Jacquees and more

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Phil Knott3/10

Jonas Blue

Sounds Like: A sunset pool scene somewhere fashionable and expensive

For Fans of: Cheat Codes, Matoma, Zara Larsson

Why You Should Pay Attention: Jonas Blue's dance-world stature and chart success across western Europe and Australia is hard to overstate. His breakout hit, a 2015 balearic-beats rework of Tracy Chapman's "Fast Car," hit Number Two on the pop charts in his native U.K., where it also went double platinum. It also hit Number One in Australia, where it went quadruple platinum. Not only did that track blow through summer of 2016 as a sunshine-house anthem, but it earned him a nomination for the MTV Europe Music Awards and two Brit Awards nominations.

Some of his follow-ups have already yielded monster success. "Mama," featuring William Singe, is the latest, with Top Ten chart slots in eight major countries and an eye-popping 102 million views on YouTube since it was uploaded last month.

He Says: "Around 11 or 12, I started producing and my early influences of dance music came purely from watching a TV program about Ibiza [Club Reps]. It used to show a really bad side of Ibiza – it was not the greatest of programs – but there would be elements of that program where the soundtrack would be amazing. It would pan to DJs like Carl Cox, David Morales and even David Guetta in the early days, and I wanted to be a part of that. I was so hooked just by watching."

Hear for Yourself: "Mama," featuring Sydney-based singer William Singe, goes full-on pop-R&B with a chirping, four-on-the-floor backbone, pitch-perfect for summer radio. 

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