Premiere: Mereki, "Blue Lake (WMNSTUDIES Remix)"

Meet Mereki. After lending her airy vocals to Goldroom's four-to-the-floor disco jam "Only You Can Show Me" last spring, the rising Australian singer-songwriter premiered her debut solo single: "Blue Lake," a dreamy ode to long distance love that glitters with a kind of hazy summer nostalgia,…


Introduucing...XOV!

Meet XOV, a Swedish pop star on the rise. To really get into his music, you need to know his past. (And yes, that is a direct contrast with the classic Spice Girls pearl of wisdom: "If you want my future, forget my past.") XOV grew up in Tensta, a ghetto considered to be the most unsafe…


Introduucing...Sophia Black!

As New Year's Day creeps closer still, what better time than now to look to the future of pop? Meet Sophia Black, a LA-based singer-songwriter. If you were "Ooh La La"-ing along with Britney in 2013, you might already recognize Sophia's name from the Smurfs 2 soundtrack, where she was featured…


Introduucing...Miriam Bryant!

Meet 22-year-old Swedish songbird, Miriam Bryant. Perhaps you already know her from "Push Play," which was given a thumping electronic makeover by Zedd and featured on the deluxe edition of his album, Clarity. Or, if you found yourself in Europe last year, you already know Miriam from her song…


Required Listening: John Newman, "Losing Sleep"

Meet John Newman. Maybe you already know him: He supplied the vocals on Rudimental's #1 2012 smash, "Feel The Love." Or, perhaps you're already acquainted because of his #1 debut single "Love Me Again." Or! Maybe you just know him because of his debut album Tribute, which was released back in…


Introduucing...Chelsea Lankes!

With all the pop titans releasing their records and singles all at once during Q4, it's easy to lose sight of the many amazing up-and-coming acts coming down the road at the moment. Meet Chelsea Lankes, a Nashville-based singer-songwriter. She's got a new song out called "Ghost," and I've had it…


Introduucing...BROODS!

Meet New Zealand duo, BROODS. I know — so hot, right? But #ItGetsBetter: The music's seriously good, too. "Bridges" is a song produced by Joel Little, who also helmed a little album called Pure Heroine by a certain 17-year-old fellow kiwi named Lorde. As a result, the production is similar to…


Introduucing: Manou, "Sadie"

Meet Manou, a 16-year-old half English, half German singer-songwriter. There's not a whole lot of information out there about her at the moment (perhaps because she's 16), except that she lives in Germany and heads over to London to perform small shows at clubs — which are chaperoned by her…


Zendaya, "Replay": Disney's Newest Pop Princess Arrives With An Amazing Debut Single

The newest torchbearer in the Disney pop princess lineage has arrived: Ladies and gentlemen, meet Zendaya. For the above tweenage crowd, here's the deal in brief: Zendaya is the star of a Disney series called Shake It Up alongside fellow up-and-comer, Bella Thorne. (You might remember Bella…


Follow Me Releases Debut Single, "Somethin' Bout You"

Meet Follow Me, the newest addition to the HeavyRoc Music roster. After putting their fantastic, summery spin on Alison Valentine's "Peanut Butter," the electronic production duo (known individually as Joe Spagna and Anthony Vertullo) signed to the steadily growing NYC indie label, home to acts…


Introduucing...Paige & Palermo!

Jennifer Paige, singer of the ubiquitous (and, over a decade later, still highly listenable) "Crush," has returned. Not that she's gone anywhere, really: The Atlanta-bred singer-songstress has been churning out singles and studio albums (including a Christmas album!) ever since her 1998…


The Stunning Debut of Betty Who

There are myriad pop stars who have floated along the blogosphere in the past five years, inciting a brief panic of overexcitement and hyperbolic praise (I've certainly been a culprit once or twice), only to spiral downward—a result of unmet expectations and subpar follow-ups—and eventually fade…