Belgian singer and songwriter Paul Van Haver, AKA Stromae, rose to fame in 2009 while working as a trainee at the NRJ Radio Station in Brussels. His music manager, Vincent Verbelen, was impressed with Stromae's music, encouraging and even airing his music on the radio station. Establishing his music within hip-hop, house, and electronic genres, Stromae has built an incredible reputation with French flare, even collaborating with Kanye West in a remix of "Alors on Danse."
Forget about Psy and make room for CL. Korean rapper Chaelin Lee has been taking the rap industry by storm, not only breaking down the racial barrier but also empowering women to pursue a career that they're passionate about. She released her first solo track in 2013 and since then, has teamed up with Justin Bieber's manager, Scooter Braun. She's even been collaborating with artists such Diplo and Skrillex. Needless to say, this girl is fierce.
Psychedelic Brazilian rock band, Boogarins, formed in 2013 and since then have released two albums, the latest one being Manual in 2015. The band encompasses sounds that '60s tropicalia vibe that was extremely popular in Brazil and still is today! Formed by two teenage friends, Fernando Almeida and Benke Ferraz, the pair has evolved from performing in their parents' basement to signing with Other Music Recording Co.
Malaysian singer and songwriter Yunalis Mat Zara'ai, AKA Yuna, has caught the attention of many when she began singing and writing songs at the age of 14. Her international breakthrough occurred when she signed with Fader Label in 2011. Since then, she's released numerous tracks, including her hit single "Live Your Life," produced by Grammy-Award winning producer and singer Pharrell Williams. She describes her singing style as a mix between Mary Poppins and Coldplay.
5. Manila Killa
Electronic music has definitely been amped up since Manila Killa entered the scene. Hailing from Manila, Philippines, the 22-year-old music producer started out as a self-taught Ableton user, eventually turning it into his career and performing at various music festivals around the world. Based in Washington D.C. now, he's performed at Firefly Music Festival, UpNorth Music and Arts Festival, and Hard Summer. His music focuses on being downtempo, relaxing and melodic.
6. Yemi Alade
Talk about a goddess! Nigerian afro-pop singer, Yemi Alade, gained prominence after winning the 2009 Peak Talent Show in Nigeria. She has released a bunch of tracks including two albums, most recently being Mama Africa (The Diary of an African-American Woman). She blends traditional African music with slices of pop as well, resulting in an eccentric and colorful musical texture.