Troye Sivan

5 stars that will continue to rise in 2016

2015 saw local, national, and international musicians dominate the globe, scoop up awards, and reach out to the masses. 2016 is set to be yet another massive year for entertainment. As technology dominates our lives and the world grows smaller, music fans have greater connections with their idols than ever before. This year, said artists are set to deliver more of what you love.

With highly anticipated singles, albums, and tours on the way, 2016 could become one of contemporary music’s most exciting years. We preview the artists set to take hold of 2016.

5. Sheppard

Australian indie-pop ensemble Sheppard has gone from strength to strength over the past few years. The group’s first album, Bombs Away, peaked at number 2 on the ARIA Albums Chart. In addition, their fun, light-hearted single Geronimo was certified five times platinum and was one of the year’s most invigorating tracks. Let Me Down Easy also achieved acclaim for the sibling-based troupe. The group has toured to sell-out crowds in Europe, America, and Australia. In 2016, the band could go in any direction. Next month, the group will head up Summersault Festival 2016 in Caroline Springs.

4. Duke Dumont

Adam George Dyment, better known as Duke Dumont, is one of the most promising and innovative DJs and producers on the scene. Up there with David Guetta and Calvin Harris, the 33-year-old, owner of record label Blasé Boys Club, may even become one of the biggest of new talent in the industry. Singles I Got U and Need U (100%) reached the top of the UK singles charts, with Need U (100%) achieving a Grammy nomination for Best Dance Recording in 2013 and I Got U for the same category last year. In 2015, his latest EP Blasé Boys Club Part 1 delivered hit summer track Ocean Drive. Currently, Duke Dumont is living the dream – touring across the globe from Europe, the USA, and South America.

As technology dominates our lives and the world grows smaller, music fans have greater connections with their idols than ever before.

3. Rudimental

British drum-and-bass group Rudimental have carved a reputation out of both collaborations and their own projects. The group, over the past five years, the group has cleaned up its share of Brit, Mobo and MTV awards. The group’s visionary, inventive sound and performances continue to draw people in. From their first cracking single, Feel the Love, to Not Giving In, Free, and Waiting All Night, it’s hard to ignore this group’s overwhelming prowess. Of course, Ed Sheeran hit Bloodstream refused to leave the airways. For 2016, the group recently announced a gargantuan tour of the UK. Pushing their second album, We the Generation, the tour will officially elevate the group into the spotlight.

2. Troye Sivan

Troye Sivan has become a true Perth success story, unleashing his talents in multiple disciplines. His career kicked off early on, performing at Telethon before starring in X-Men and Spud to rave reviews. He then went to become a YouTube star, gaining traction over a slew of much-talked-about tracks. His vast number of projects puts almost everyone to shame, developing a string of EPs and singles hitting the Billboard charts. Even Time Magazine slotted him into 25 Most Influential Teens of 2014. Last year, Sivan released his second, much-anticipated EP Wild along with debut studio album Blue Neighbourhood. Pop tracks Wild and Youth have since become commercial hits further accentuating his charming, nuanced style. 2016 sees the young man kicking off a nationwide tour before heading back to the US.

1. Taylor Swift

Taylor Swift’s story can be summed up in one phrase: haters gonna hate. The 26-year-old country-pop wonder has become a music and pop-culture goddess, in particular, over the past two years. Amongst her slew of well-deserved awards, albums, singles, and tours, the singer-songwriter has become a staple of contemporary commercial music. Last year was, for all intents and purposes, The Year of T-Swift – following up the release of her album 1989 with a worldwide tour and the prestigious honour of the young woman ever included on Forbes 100 Most Powerful Women list. In 2016, Swift continues on with her 1989 World Tour. Thanks to her stellar professional and personal reputation, this juggernaut is on track to build her name and become queen of commercial music.

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