Jessie Ware
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An A-to-Z (literally!) of the most exciting new artists releasing albums this year — in every genre from rap and indie rock to country and K-pop. And give all these rising acts a listen with our Spotify playlist at the end.

ALUNAGEORGE The U.K. boy-girl duo’s electro beats and stuttering slinky-sweet vocals feel like a ’90s flashback and the future at the same time, in the best way. Key track: “Your Drums Your Love”

ATLAS GENIUS The Australian brothers deliver dance rock with smart melodic swagger. February’s When It Was Now brims with Phoenix-y hooks. Key track: “Trojans”

BEACH FOSSILS These lo-fi Brooklyn darlings create the hazy, reverb-soaked pop that used to come out on obscure cassette tapes. Clash the Truth, out Feb. 19, should find them upping the ante (and the fidelity). Key track: “Careless”

BECKY G When pop Svengali Dr. Luke saw a video of L.A. native Rebecca Gomez, now 15, freestyling over Jay and Kanye’s “Otis,” he immediately signed her to his new label. Key track: “Problem”

FAMILY OF THE YEAR The coed fivesome make the kind of prettily cinematic indie folk that prime-time TV-drama montage dreams are made of. Key track: “Hero”

FRENCH MONTANA This Bronx hustler’s street-approved mixtapes made him a rap-blog favorite; now he’s ready to take it wide on his major-label debut, Excuse My French, due in March. Key track: “Pop That”

GIRLS’ GENERATION Sugar-rush pop from a nine-girl group already huge in Asia. Their I Got a Boy, out now, makes putting up with months of “Gangnam Style” seem worth it. Key track: “I Got a Boy”

HAIM Three SoCal sisters mash up their middle-school dance playlists on the Forever EP, infusing sunbaked keys-and-guitar buzz with R&B strut. Key track: “Go Slow”

ANGEL HAZE You might’ve heard about her Twitter beef with Azealia Banks or her feminist twist on Eminem’s “Cleanin’ Out My Closet,” but you’ll remember her for her beatboxed samples and spitfire storytelling. Key track: “New York”

LOCAL NATIVES After opening for Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeros and earning comparisons to Grizzly Bear, these Angelenos are indie rock’s next great hope. Key track: “Breakers”

AUSTIN MAHONE His YouTube covers have earned the 16-year-old legions of “Mahomies”; a spot on Taylor Swift’s ’13 tour should yield more tween screams. Key track: “Say Something”

OLLY MURS The U.K. X Factor runner-up’s affection for fedoras and blue-eyed R&B might make him the Brit-import answer to Bruno Mars. Key track: “Dance With Me Tonight”

KACEY MUSGRAVES Her melancholy “Merry Go ‘Round” has won her fans in country circles and beyond. Plus, she co-wrote “Undermine,” one of the best original songs on ABC’s Nashville; look for a debut album this spring. Key track: “Merry Go ‘Round”

JESSIE WARE Hailed as the next Adele, she has Ms. Adkins’ pristine pipes but finds inspiration in after-hours trip-hop and bedroom synth parties. Devotion, one of last year’s best imports, is out Stateside in April. Key track: “110%”

ZEDD On Clarity, this precocious EDM giant—he’s only 23—delivers the dance-floor goods that bring A-listers (Gaga, Bieber, the Black Eyed Peas) to his door for remixes and production. Key track: “Fall Into the Sky,” featuring Ellie Goulding

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