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CHUCK’S PICKS

5 THE BEST NEW ARTISTS NOW!

1. The Hip-Hop Hitmakers

MACKLEMORE & RYAN LEWIS

The ceiling can’t hold the Seattle duo of rapper Macklemore and producer Ryan Lewis, who have bum-rushed the pop charts with two consecutive No. 1 singles: “Thrift Shop” and “Can’t Hold Us.” But there’s much more to them than ubiquitous party songs, as evidenced by the depth and range of their self-released debut, The Heist.

KEY TRACKS

The aforementioned cuts, “Same Love”

2. The Teen Troubadour

JAKE BUGG

It’s hard to believe that this English lad is the same age as Justin Bieber (19). He inhabits his self-titled debut with an old soul possessed by Buddy Holly, the Beatles and Bob Dylan.

KEY TRACKS

“Lightning Bolt,” “Two Fingers,” “Note to Self”

3. The Neo-Soul Diva

LAURA MVULA

Part Nina Simone, part Jill Scott, part Björk, this classically trained Brit takes lush, layered arrangements and orchestrations to celestial heights on Sing to the Moon.

KEY TRACKS

“Green Garden,” “She,” “Father, Father”

4. The Indie Folkies

THE LONE BELLOW

This alt-folk trio may have Brooklyn hipster cred, but their Americana-rooted sound takes you to the heartland – even veering into backwoods gospel – on their eponymous debut.

KEY TRACKS

“Tree to Grow,” “Bleeding Out,” “Teach Me to Know”

5. The Country Rebel

KACEY MUSGRAVES

On Same Trailer Different Park, she bucks Nashville conventions. Bonus points for cowriting “Mama’s Broken Heart” by Miranda Lambert.

KEY TRACKS

“Merry Go ‘Round,” “Follow Your Arrow,” “Blowin’ Smoke”

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