He made … Her music draws on country, soul, gospel and Americana, resulting in a warm, rootsy sound. Thyla will make their first trek over to the states for SXSW 2019. The instrumental “Smooth Operator” is a slinky opener, evolving from a cool and collected bluesy strut to an anxious punk freakout. Hot on the heels of his illustrious and mysterious debut album Pony (out now on Sub Pop), Peck first caught our attention thanks to his look, act and secret identity (we still don’t know who he is, exactly), but his music secured the hold. South London four-piece Another Sky have a sound that just can’t be taught. Twelve singles from 2018 remained in the top 10 for several weeks at the beginning of the year, while "Before You Go" by Lewis Capaldi, "Own It" by Stormzy featuring Ed Sheeran and Burna Boy, "River" by Ellie Goulding and "Roxanne" by Arizona Zervas were all released in 2019 but did not reach their peak until 2020. —Lizzie Manno, Athena, the striking debut album from singer/songwriter, producer and violinist Sudan Archives, doesn’t fit squarely into the trends of 2019. Lewis Capaldi had the best-selling single of the year with "Someone You Loved". In a current musical climate ruled by increased musical accessibility from streaming and in a world where so many people struggle with mental health, Miss Universe is a post-genre attempt at self-care that feels needed. They had first topped the chart in 2018 with another parody single based on "We Built This City", raising money for the food charity Trussell Trust. Five of the ten acts have previously shared their music via the BBC Music Introducing Uploader and gone on to be supported by their local and national BBC Radio shows. Her roots as an avant-garde violinist and appreciation for ethnomusicology frequently surface on her first full-length album, which merges minimal electronic beats with breathy R&B, windy psychedelia and dynamic strings. One-hundred and six singles were in the top ten this year. —Ellen Johnson, Changes were constantly gusting through the winds of country music this year, it seemed, and one of the most welcome breezes was the arrival of British “country-soul” singer Yola Carter, who goes simply by “Yola.” Carter was raised on a diet of Dolly Parton and The Byrds, but when she started crafting her own country sound, it benefited from a heavy dose of R&B-infused soul. Renowned for their frenetic, sweat drenched live shows, and with a wildly captivating frontman in Henry Camamile, Sea Girls firmly established themselves as the band to see throughout the 2018 festival season. A popular and influential British rock group2. Andrew Lloyd-Webber - £820 million. Disq was formed by two Wisconsin teens, Isaac deBroux-Slone (vocals, guitar) and Raina Bock (bass, backing vocals), who self-released and self-recorded a mini LP, Disq I, in 2016, but their recent Saddle Creek single, “Communication” (backed with “Parallel”) is their debut label release and more representative of their current sound. Their guitar work is equally emotionally piercing—ranging from twinkling echoes to grunge-pop earworms, Queen of Jeans nail the art of catchy pop subtlety. —Steven Edelstone, Few artists have garnered as much swift buzz as 20-year-old Norwegian singer/songwriter Marie Ulven (aka Girl in Red). The top 100 2019 lists the 100 most popular hits in the UK singles music charts in 2019. —Lizzie Manno, Philadelphia four-piece Empath aren’t your everyday noise-pop band. The band's singer/pianist Chris Martin, guitarist Jonny Buckland, bassist Guy…, The Clash were a punk rock band from London, England, United Kingdom, active from 1976 to 1985. AJ Tracey, Billie Eilish, Lewis Capaldi and Troye Sivan were among the many artists who achieved their first top 10 single in 2019. Devora’s lyrics seek to regain the territory that’s been taken from her, whether it’s social, political or emotional. Listen to our Best New Artists of 2019 playlist on Spotify right here. The LP comprises vast, acerbic voids that fashion the bile of Ashworth’s personal turbulence into a balm for listeners experiencing similar woes. Then add a framework of palatial, lush guitars and a dash of moody post-punk for good measure, and you have all the bearings of a band worth obsessing over. “I have no idea what black midi sounds like,” I wrote, adding “But here’s what I do know: This is one of the best albums I’ve ever heard.” That hasn’t changed after six months and another 50 front-to-back listens. Connect your Spotify account to your Last.fm account and scrobble everything you listen to, from any Spotify app on any device or platform. Indoor Pets are both a throwback and firmly rooted in the present. Following her 2017 self-titled EP and 2018 Sink EP, Cincinnati-born Sudan Archives has emerged as one of R&B’s true modern boundary pushers. Audiences have been moved to tears by Silhouette, a song about realising her love for someone will never be returned. This is taken at my new house when I first got signed. Frontman Grian Chatten and his bandmates share a love of literature and poetry (the Beats, James Joyce, Patrick Kavanagh, etc. But they do have quite the shiny rack of singles, and hundreds of thousands of internet-bred fans (over 1 million on Spotify, to be exact) who have latched onto their vivid, emotional rock sound. They will perform at SXSW and New York City’s New Colossus Festival in March. Much of Cheap Queen plays out as a lovely, longing suite of dimly-lit torch songs played out in the restless hours—Straus is stoned, alone and checking her phone to ward off the ghost of solitude. —Max Freedman, Let’s get one thing straight (or gay, just keep reading the sentence): “Queer” is not a genre. West London sextet Sports Team have only been around for a couple of years, but they have a lot to hang their hats on and big potential for the future. With frontman Haydn Park-Pattersonheir at the helm via brooding, anthemic lead vocals, The Ninth Wave’s synth-driven dark wave reaches profound peaks of ecstasy, especially on recent singles like “Half Pure,” “Love You Till the End” and “Sometimes the Silence is Sweeter.” After releasing EPs like 2017’s Reformation and 2018’s Never Crave Attention, The Ninth Wave should have a special 2019, particularly if their latest release, “Half Pure” is anything to go by. In February 1964, four young lads from a port town called Liverpool flew to America from the U.K. to perform their happy-go-lucky pop songs, and America was never the same. But anyone who spends any amount of time wallowing or chilling with her Rostam-produced full-length record will become attached to her lush vocals and angsty, vulnerable pop perfectly suited for a night-out comedown. He won a scholarship to the Brit School – but became disillusioned by the institution, saying “I don’t believe you can teach someone to be creative”. Her second album, El Mal Querer, earned her five nominations at the Latin Grammys, where the sultry, atmospheric single Malamente picked up best alternative song and best urban track. Paste tipped 15 British artists poised for success in 2019 and beyond. I and 2018’s Home Demo(ns) Vol. From R&B and noise-pop to indie rock and rap, here are the 20 rising artists that blew us away in 2019, as voted on by the Paste staff. His recent Ark EP as well as singles like “Easy Money,” “Edison” and “Confirmation” feature nimble production, reverb-laden guitars, spellbinding synths and rich vocals.  Since 2014, the singles chart has been based on both sales and streaming, with the ratio altered in 2017 to 150:1 streams and only three singles by the same artist eligible for the chart.