15 Up-And-Coming Artists To Watch In 2019

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Now you can say you knew them first

As the year comes to a close and we reminisce about some of the biggest releases we had playing on repeat, it's nice to think ahead about all the glorious tunes that have yet to come. And 2018 saw plenty of up-and-coming artists make serious moves, dropping projects that definitely caught our eyes (or, ears), making the musical promise of 2019 all the more exciting. Below are 15 artists you're definitely going to want to keep tabs on in the new year, accompanied by their most recent release, so that you can study up and be ready for when they inevitably make it big.

Ama Lou
After a handful of singles were released over the past couple of years, Ama Lou finally blessed us with a short-but-sweet EP this spring. Here's hoping for a full-length release in 2019.

Escort's frontwoman didn't hold back on her debut album, and she's set hopes super-high for everything to follow.

Kweku Collins
This Illinois-bred rapper has been on our radar for quite a bit now, but this year's singles, "Sisko and Kasidy" and "ET," have us dying for whatever bigger project lies ahead.

If you haven't been looking toward the Latin music scene for the latest bops, you've been seriously missing out. It won't be too long before you'll be hearing Rosalía's addictive songs everywhere in the U.S., too.

This Quebecois singer has us caught in a daydream with her hazy vibes and hypnotic French lyrics.

August 08
It's been pretty hard to not be faced with 88rising's stacked roster of talent; August 08 is yet another of its promising artists with whom you'll be obsessed soon enough.

Empress Of
You might recognize her voice from DJDS track "Why Don't You Come On" with Khalid—which, if you do, is all the more reason to dive into her solo tunes.

Massive shout-out to my Spotify Wrapped for introducing me to duendita in the list of songs it thought I'd like... it was so right, because now I can't stop spinning her debut EP, released this year, and hoping that there's so much more coming my way.

Nilüfer Yanya
I can't stress enough how much everyone needs to dig into Yanya's music.

The artist himself refers to his sound as "trap house jazz," and interpret that as you will as his cheeky approach to soul inevitably wins you over.

Queensbridge-bred R&B artist Ilham is easy to fall for after just one track, but, in case you need another reason, she's a music nerd, too. Ilham graduated early from Cornell, where she got her classical music education.

Lexie Liu
Remember what I said earlier about 88rising? It was literally impossible to keep myself from including more than one of its artists on this list, especially after I've had "Nada" on repeat all week.

She's hard at work on her debut project, so you have plenty of time to get yourself emotionally ready for this sure-to-be-stellar release.

Jade Bird
It's no secret that we have a massive musical crush on Jade Bird.

The Regrettes
They first made waves with their debut release back in 2016, but the punky singles they've been releasing throughout the fall have us thinking that whatever comes next is going to kick serious ass.

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Premiering today via NYLON

Small Talks, aka Cayley Spivey, has come a long way since starting a band, then becoming the entire band herself and forging her own fan base from the ground up. On her recent album A Conversation Between Us, she began to unpack any lingering baggage with one particular song: "Teeth." Today, she premieres the accompanying music video exclusively via NYLON.

"'Teeth' is about my personal battle with letting go of the past," Spivey tells NYLON, admitting that it's easily her favorite song off of A Conversation Between Us.

Watch the video for "Teeth" below.

Small Talks - Teeth (Official Music Video) - YouTube

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Must have been pretty awkward

Taylor Swift and Sophie Turner were guests on the U.K.'s The Graham Norton Show together, which must have been awkward for Turner's husband, Joe Jonas, seeing as he also happens to be Swift's ex. I wonder if his name came up?

The interview doesn't come out until Friday night, but promotional photos show the two sharing a couch. Swift is making an appearance to perform her new single, "ME!" while Turner is promoting her new film, X- Men: Dark Phoenix. But it seems necessary for the two to be asked about Jonas.

Swift was just on the Ellen DeGeneres Show earlier this month, where she brought up the fact that she felt bad for putting Jonas "on blast" on DeGeneres' show back in 2008 by telling the audience that he broke up with her in a record-setting short phone call. But, according to Swift, she and Jonas are chill now, since it happened pretty long ago, which means she's probably already hung out with Turner and maybe even gossiped about him with her.

We can only hope that they get the chance to spill some tea on television.

Screenshot via YouTube, Photo Courtesy of HBO

"That's! His! Auntie!"

Leslie Jones has rewatched the Game of Thrones finale with a beer in hand, Seth Meyers at her side, and a full camera crew ready to take in all her glorious reactions. Spoilers ahead, but, if you haven't watched last week's episode already, that's kind of on you at this point.

When Jon Snow started to make out with Daenerys, also known as his aunt, only to stab her through the chest moments later, it was emotional whiplash for everyone watching. And, Jones' reactions—both from her first and second viewing—sum it all perfectly.

"That's! His! Auntie! [gagging noises]," Jones says before making an aside about calling the police if her uncle ever tried to do the same. But then the knife goes in, and Jones screams. "Did you see that?!" Jones asks, "Yeah bitch, that's a knife in you." Meyers points out the funniest part of all: "Why are you so upset about someone kissing their aunt but totally fine with someone killing their aunt?" Jones replies, "Because that bitch needed to go," and, well, same.

Other highlights from the comedians' rewatch include comparing Dany's victory speech to a bad improv gig, predicting that their dogs would have less of a reaction to their deaths than Drogon did to his mother's, and more.

Watch all of Jones' reactions from this Late Night clip below.

Game of Jones: Leslie Jones and Seth Watch Game of Thrones' Series Finale

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These lyrics are a lot

Robbie Tripp, aka Curvy Wife Guy, is back with a music video, titled "Chubby Sexy," starring his wife and a trio of models. In it, Tripp raps about his bold choice to find women with an average body size attractive.

The video begins with a series of statements laid over some pool water: "Curves are the new high fashion," "Chubby is the new sexy," "We Out Here." Tripp posits that these queens deserve an anthem, which they do. What they do not deserve is this Cursed Song. As he lists all the names he knows to call them by (thick, thicc, and BBW), one model (who I really, really hope was paid well) squirts some lotion down her cleavage, and Tripp begins dancing.

"My girl chubby sexy/ Call her bonita gordita," Tripp states in his chorus, before going on to compare "big booty meat" to the peach emoji. Another thing he mentions is that his wife can't find a belt that fits her waist, and that's why he calls her James and the Giant Peach. He then tries to dab. Here are some of the other Cursed highlights from his, uh, verses:

Got those Khaleesi curves/ Knows how to dragon slay
She like a dude that's woke/ We like a girl that's weighty
Some say a chubby girl that's risky/ But they ain't met a curvy girl that's frisky
Imma dunk that donk like I'm Andrew Wiggins.
Thick like an Amazon/ Built like Big Ben.

Tripp says one thing in the video that I couldn't agree more with: "She don't need a man." No, she does not. Please run. If you must, watch the entire video, below. Or send it to your nemesis!

Robbie Tripp - Chubby Sexy (Official Music Video)

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See the promo here

It was bound to happen. The Kadashians and Jenners have committed themselves to letting the cameras roll on their lives, for better or for worse. So if you thought that the Jordyn Woods and Tristan Thompson cheating scandal was off limits, you thought wrong. The trailer for Sunday's episode of Keeping Up with the Kardashians was just released, and it involves the famous family working through the fallout of what happened when Woods went to a party at Thompson's house.

The teaser includes the infamous clip of Khloé Kardashian screaming "LIAAAARRRRRR." It's still not explicitly clear who prompted that strong response. She could be responding to Thompson, who clearly isn't always honest. Or she could be reacting to Woods account of the events on Red Table Talk. But the most revealing moment comes when we see Kylie Jenner—who was Woods' best friend before all of this happened—react for the first time.

In a heart-to-heart conversation, momager Kris Jenner says, "For you and Jordyn, it's like a divorce." Kylie only offers this in response: "She fucked up." Based on Woods' version of events—which I'm inclined to believeThompson is the one who fucked up. Still, I'm hoping for some kind of reconciliation between the two longtime friends. Perhaps we'll have to wait until next season for that.

Check out the promo video below.