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Ones to Watch: 10 best new music acts in 2013

By and Lewis Corner
As 2012 draws to a close, it's time to look at the enormous selection of brand new acts who are shaping up for big things next year.

Last year's Digital Spy ones to watch list included the likes of Emeli Sandé, Lana Del Rey, Stooshe, Conor Maynard and Azealia Banks; all of which have gone on to have a hugely successful 12 months.

We've listed our ten favourite up 'n' comers that we predict will find success in 2013 below:

Gabrielle Aplin
Gabrielle Aplin
Sound: Folk-pop singer-songwriter
About: 20-year-old Gabrielle was eventually signed to Parlophone after self-releasing three EPs to considerable fanfare for an unsigned act. She's currently fronting the John Lewis Christmas advert with her cover of 'The Power of Love', which topped the charts earlier this month. Her debut album English Rain is out early next year, headed up by lead single 'Please Don't Say You Love Me'. In short, she's the female Ed Sheeran.
She told us: "It's been an insane year, but everything's been growing nice and steadily. For people who have discovered me through the advert, I'm excited for them to hear more."
Tracks to download: 'Home', 'The Power of Love', 'Please Don't Say You Love Me'

Listen to 'Please Don't Say You Love Me' below:



Angel Haze at MTV Brand New 2013 launch
Angel Haze
Sound: Rap, hip-hop
About: The Native American has been billed as a rival to Azealia Banks, although their music is in fact very different. She appeared seemingly out of nowhere in mid 2011, but her slick rhymes over minimal production caught the attention of critics on her 'Reservation' EP in July this year.
She told us: "The support I've had so far has been really humbling. I try not to pay too much attention to it, it's what I've worked for so it's nice to reap the benefits. The album should be out in May. I like to write about what I know, which right now is nowhere near anything sexual."
Tracks to download: 'New York', 'Werkin' Girls', 'Love of my Life'

Listen to 'Love of my Life' below:



Kodaline
Kodaline
Sound: Cinematic folk-pop
About: The Dublin-based quartet have seen their star rise faster than they expected over the last few months, after their online buzz track 'All I Want' was picked up by Radio 1 and used during a trailer for Grey's Anatomy. Fortunately, the song's big, folky sound and catchy chorus isn't just a one off, which fans will discover when they release their 'High Hopes EP' and debut album next year.
They told us: "We're Irish, we're not allowed to turn free drinks down."
Tracks to download: 'All I Want', 'All My Friends'

Listen to 'All I Want' below:



A*M*E
A*M*E
Sound: Electropop
About: 18-year-old Sierra Leone-born A*M*E signed to Gary Barlow's Future Records label late last year. Since then, she's put out buzz tracks 'Ride Or Die' and 'Find A Boy' as well as proper single 'Play The Game Boy', all of which fall somewhere within the space of urban-electro-dance-pop. She's also a huge fan of K-pop and '90s dance and calls Barlow 'Uncle G'.
She told us: "I think [the album is] about 90% there, but like every artist I'm going to keep writing until it's done. We've got enough good tracks to make the album but I want them all to be incredible tracks, so I'm going to keep working with producers as much as possible."
Tracks to download: 'Find A Boy', 'Play The Game Boy'

Listen to 'Play The Game Boy' below:



K Koke
K Koke
Sound: Rap, grime
About: Kevin 'K Koke' Georgiou has made little secret of the fact that he was wrongly imprisoned for seven months last year. After releasing a series of mixtapes he was signed to Roc Nation by Jay-Z himself. His current single, the stadium hip-hop blasting 'Turn Back', features Maverick Sabre and his upcoming album includes guest spots from Rita Ora and Emeli Sandé.
He told us: "There's a lot of talk, but I'm more or less ready, so we'll just have to let the music do the talking!"
Tracks to download: 'Turn Back', 'Roc The Life'

Listen to 'Turn Back' below:



Bastille
Bastille
Sound: indie, electronic, guitar
About: If you've downloaded either of the band's mixtapes, you'll know by now that Bastille can put their stamp on virtually any classic hit. However, the band will be proving their worth with their own cuts come March when they release their debut album Bad Blood. Expect soaring vocals over gigantic choruses full of melancholic strings, glitchy electronics and echoed beats.
They said: "This whole thing started as a bedroom project that didn't have any particular sound or direction - I wanted it to be a real mish-mash of sounds and I think it's something we've managed to retain."
Tracks to download: 'Bad Blood', 'Icarus'



MS MR
MS MR
Sound: Alt-pop
About: This New York duo count Jay-Z among their fans, and it's easy to hear why the rapper is all-too-willing to support them. Ghostly harmonies and floaty synths can be heard throughout their songs, resulting in some of music's most exciting up 'n' coming witch-pop. We can expect more of the same from their debut album, which is due out in May.
They said: "Max and I are into collage and mixed-media, and I think we put our personalities into the tracks and they all sound like MS MR. People will be surprised that it's not all one thing, and that we have more pop songs, moody ballads and some country."
Tracks to download: 'Dark Doo-Wop', 'Bones'



Singer-songwriter Daley.
Daley
Sound: Soul/pop
About: Having toured the open mic circuit with fellow pop warbler Jessie J, Daley managed to bag the services of his pal for his major label debut single 'Remember Me'. The star's mix of soulful tones, refreshed with modern quirks is a good indication of what we can expect from him throughout 2013, as he launches on both sides of the Atlantic.
He said: "My album is going to be a mix of American R&B stuff, with real British influences. I've been calling it future throwback soul."
Tracks to download: 'Remember Me', 'Alone Together'



AlunaGeorge
AlunaGeorge
Sound: Alt-soul/garage
About: Consisting of Aluna Francis and George Reid, AlunaGeorge's recent Brit Awards Critics' Choice shortlist mention is a clear sign they're set for big things. The duo's mix of wobbly synths and light garage beats has been described as the latest genre-bending music trend "popstep". They were also the online favourites throughout 2012, having tallied up the most mentions on the blogosphere.
Tracks to download: 'Your Drums, Your Love', 'You Know You Like It'



M.O girlband
M.O
Sound: Urban pop
About: If you like your girl groups more hard-lined than cutesy, look no further. Pop trio M.O debuted earlier this year (yes, that is Frankee from Mini Viva) with their R&B bounce-off 'Wait Your Turn'. It places them somewhere between the musical sensibilities of TLC and the sassiness of Mis-Teeq, and heralds a refreshing and updated stance on the UK's urban pop scene.
They said: "We're all so excited for 2013 and really grateful for the support we've had over the past few months. The reaction to 'Wait Your Turn' has been so much more than we ever imagined at this point. We're still in the studio and will be getting back in after Christmas again. Next year Is hopefully going to be our year - we're ready to work even harder - that's our M.O!"
Tracks to download: 'Wait Your Turn'



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