10 Of The Hottest Up & Coming Stars You Need To Keep Your Eyes On In 2018

15 December 2017, 16:24 | Updated: 16 December 2017, 00:11

These guys are gonna be making some serious waves in the next 12 months!

2017 was an epic year for new music. The likes of Stefflon Don, Mabel and James Hype scored huge chart hits with their breakthrough singles and even joined us on stage at London's O2 for the #CapitalJBB.

What will 2018 have in store for us though? Well there are already plenty of hugely talented artists lining up to become the next big thing and here are 10 of our top picks...

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1. Dave

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He's already featured on a track with Drake and released one of 2017's most exciting EPs in the shape of 'Game Over', so we're expecting Dave to hit some serious heights in 2018.

His single 'No Words' feat Mostack looks as though it could be his big breakthrough moment, so watch this space!


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ALMA is no newcomer to the music industry having appeared on Finland's talent show 'Idols' back in 2013 as a 17 year old, where she finished fifth.

Her single 'Chasing Highs' saw her burst into the UK charts earlier in 2017 and her latest appearance on Charli XCX's infectiously catchy single 'Out Of My Head' will only help her reach new audiences. 2018 looks like it's gonna be ALMA's year!


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Simon Cowell put this awesome five-piece together recently and they went on to perform on the X Factor UK final as a special guest, but 2018 is looking like the year when they really make their mark on the industry.

'No More' burst straight into the charts and with a feature from much-loved rapper French Montana on there too, you're gonna want to keep an eye out for these lads.

4. Rak-Su

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Well we all know about these guys because they absolutely nailed their live set at the Jingle Bell Ball just one week after being crowned X Factor 2017 champions.

With plenty more music coming in 2018, Rak-Su are here to stay and we're SO HERE FOR IT!

5. Jessie Reyez

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Jessie Reyez has been making waves in the music scene for a little while now and 2018 is about to be even bigger for the Colombian-Canadian star.

Having been one of the featured vocalists on Calvin Harris' smash hit album 'Funk Wav Bounces Vol. 1' in 2017, we've got a big feeling that 2018 is gonna be even more momumental for this rising star!

6. Jorja Smith

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As the BRITs Critics Choice Award winner for 2018, Jorja Smith is already one of the year's most eciting prospects. Another artists who received a big co-sign from Drake, we love Jorja's smooth vocals and can't wait to see what she's got in sotr for us over the next 12 months.

With a highly anticipated debut album rumoured to be dropping in 2018, we can only see success in Jorja's future tbh.

7. Sigrid

When you've managed to get one of your songs featured on classic computer game 'The Sims' you know you've made it - so meet Sigrid. The Norweigan singer's track 'Don't Kill My Vibe' feature don 'The Sims 4: Parenthood' and that is only the beginning.

Sigrid also has a track on the soundtrack to huge superhero film 'Justice League', so with plenty more music on the way in 2018, prepare to fall in love with this 21-year-old singer/songwriter.

8. Mr Eazi

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If you know 'Leg Over' then you'll be well aware of what a star Mr Eazi already is - Camila Cabello is a big fan of the song too, so if those two ever get into the studio together it will sure be a moment of magic.

Mr Eazi has also featured on tracks with Raye and Yungen in 2017 and he even nabbed a MOBO Award nomination for Best African Act, so keep your ears peeled for more from ya boy Eazi!

9. NF

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Rapper NF aka Nathan Feuerstein has been hugely successful in his American homeland, with his latest album 'Perception' hitting the number one spot.

His big single 'Let You Down' is beginning to make some noise over here in the UK and with a rap flow that's as mindblowing as this, we'll be hearing a lot more from him over the next 12 months.

10. Yxng Bane

We all know Yxng Bane as the voice of that insanely catchy hook on Yungen's hit song 'Bestie', but he's got banger after banger of his own too! 'Fine Wine' with Kojo Funds and the brilliant 'Rihanna' are just a taster of what this East Londoner is capable of and he's about to take over.

With a new feature on Sigma's tune 'Forever' alongside Tinie Tempah and Migos rapper Quavo, Yxng Bane is about to soundtrack our 2018 and we're deffo not complaining.

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Whilst you're here, check out one of our fave moments of 2017 - Ed Sheeran closing the #CapitalJBB with this magical version of 'Shape Of You...