Another week, another chart full of artists on the rise. Who is blowing up right now you ask?
Well, top on the chart this week is UK-based dub step producer Bar9. While he’s been on the scene for a few years now, and is signed to New State Music, the boost is likely due to the release of his latest tracks. Bar9 dropped Before The Storm in early December, and What You Gonna Do just a few weeks ago, premiering it exclusive on BBC Radio 1. Soundcloud plays are up near 100 % from last month, and his number of Facebook page likes just surpassed 60k. While more than half of his fan base is in his native UK, US numbers are growing, with 15 percent of his fans now across the Atlantic.
Number four on the chart is a singer-songwriter out of Ireland. Still in his early twenties, Gavin James softly belts out thoughtful lyrics over acoustic guitar, and has a sound that brings to mind big names like John Mayer and Ray Lamontagne. The title track of his EP Say Hello has been nominated for the Meteor Choice Awards Song of the Year. James, who still has a relatively small fan base with only about 4000 Facebook page likes and 1,300 Twitter followers, is just starting to catch on. His Facebook talking about numbers were up 200 % this week, and around 30 percent of video views on his official YouTube channel happened in the last month alone.
TEEEL, with an extra e for emphasis, also known as Jim Smith, is an EDM producer from Trenton, New Jersey, who snags the tenth spot on our chart. A self-professed fan of the 80s new wave movement, he employs synths, guitar and a computer to create a music that ranges from dreamy to dark. TEEEL is seeing a boost in online consumption, more than 8000 Soundcloud plays in January brings his total to more 150,000 and his Rdio plays were also up more than 150 % in that same time period.
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Liv Buli is the resident data journalist for music analytics company Next Big Sound. Buli is a graduate of New York University’s Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute and her work has appeared in Newsweek Daily Beast, The New York Times Local East Village, Hypebot and more.