Top artists to look out for in 2017


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If you’re anything like me, you were probably disappointed with the music that came out in 2016. We heard from some big names like Rihanna, Kanye West, and Drake, but other than that, most of the music sounded pretty unoriginal. Sorry, maybe I’m just getting old.

While 2016 may have let me down, I’m still pretty optimistic about 2017 seeing as artists have already released some singles and albums. Hopefully this new year will be a much better year for music, especially for the people who love it so much. Here are a few artists to look out for this year:

Jojo: It’s pretty safe to call Jojo the comeback kid! Last year, Jojo’s first album in ten years, Mad Love, peaked at No. 6 on the BUS Billboard 200, and it showed us why we all loved Jojo over a decade ago. She’s still touring, but if we’re lucky, Jojo will surprise us with more music in 2017.

Aminé: I’m not entirely sure how I feel about being called a “bad thang,” but it seems like everyone else loved it when Aminé dropped his debut single “Caroline” last year. No, this song is nothing like our beloved “Sweet Caroline,” but it is guaranteed to get people dancing. Aminé has released a few mixtapes, but maybe 2017 will finally bring a full length album.

Kehlani: After appearing on Season 6 of America’s Got Talent with her pop group, Poplyfe, Kehlani has ventured out on her own and released two mixtapes. In fact, her mixtape “You Should Be Here” was nominated for a 2016 Grammy Award for Best Urban Contemporary Album. She just released her debut album, “SweetSexySavage” on Jan. 27, and her first single “CRZY” did not disappoint.

Lecrae: In May 2016, Christian rap artist Lecrae signed with Columbia Records after building quite the career for himself. He just released a new single on Jan. 27 with Ty Dolla Sign called “Blessings.” Maybe this means that we’ll have another Holy Hip-Hop album to enjoy in 2017!

Ed Sheeran: PRAISE THE LORD! Ed Sheeran has finally blessed us with new music after two years of painful silence. The awkwardly attractive British singer dropped two new singles on Jan. 6: “Castle on the Hill” reached No. 6 on the Billboard Hot 100 and “Shape of You” reached the top spot. Ed actually said that “Shape of You” was written with Rihanna in mind. Oh, Ed! You crack me up!

Maroon 5: I’m very nervous about adding this group to the list because they have disappointed me so much in the last 10 years. However, the group’s frontman, Adam Levine, said that the band is working on their new album, and he claims that it will have more of an R&B feel. We have not experienced an R&B-influenced Maroon 5 album since 2007’s It Won’t Be Soon Before Long, which was incredible! I’m just hoping for the best.

Missy Elliott: Remember when the young-ins thought that Missy was a new artist when she appeared on the Super Bowl halftime show with Katy Perry in 2015? If you were one of those people, please let me enlighten you: Miss E had everyone dancing and rapping along to her iconic songs and music videos in the late ‘90s and early 2000s. Even though she continued to produce for other artists, we haven’t had a Missy album since 2005. Well, she the queen is BACK, and she released an incredible single, along with its music video on Jan. 27 titles, “I’m Better.” Yes you are Missy, yes you are.  

John Mayer: On Jan. 20 John Mayer released an EP titled, The Search for Everything: Wave One. The EP has already reached No. 2 on the US Billboard 200, and his lead single “Love on the Weekend” was released back in November. I can’t say that this EP made me super excited; in fact, I was quite bored to be honest, but Wave One means that a wave two should be coming shortly.

New Edition: Ok, so I hope you all watched New Edition’s three part miniseries on BET last week. I’m hoping that this means that New Edition will be giving us at least one more album. I think it would be perfect timing since the miniseries was such a success. I’m sure that many of you may not know who New Edition is, and that really pains me. If you’re a fan of boy bands like One Direction (ew), please make sure that you thank New Edition!