The British Are Coming…To Teens’ iPods

Adele, Jessie J., Ellie Goulding, and One Direction are not only some of the top artists who’ve taken off in past few years, but they’re also British. The U.S. music scene is filled with artists from the UK who’ve crossed the pond and are shaping American culture. Yes, the U.S. has always appreciated British music from The Beatles to The Rolling Stones (who are celebrating their 50th anniversary this year!), but there’s major momentum again where UK artists are making it in America, taking over the charts, and young fans in particular are eagerly embracing them. Millennials are increasingly interested in music discovery and they're turning to England to find out what's next.

So with that in mind, here are 10 British artists who will soon become household names — some even are already! — among teens and twentysomethings:

Rita OraRita Ora - Imagine a young, Eastern European hybrid of Rihanna and Jessie J. That's Rita Ora, who's known for her impressive style as much as her pop, dance, and R&B sounds.

Conor Maynard is often described as the British Justin Bieber; he got his start on YouTube, blends R&B, hip-hop, and pop, and is a teen heartthrob with fans best known as Mayniacs. However, Conor is paving his own way with original sounds and the support of top artists like Ne-Yo and Frank Ocean.

Ed Sheeran is a folk and acoustic artist who’s already made it in the U.S. with sold out shows and an album that hit number one on iTunes when it first debuted. You can expect to hear his name even more in the coming months, especially as he'll be opening for Taylor Swift on her next tour.

Emeli Sandé is a Scottish soul and R&B singer whose voice is a little like Beyonce, Rihanna, and Alicia Keys, but she's a powerhouse in her own right. You may recognize her from her performances at the Opening…

 
 

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