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New.Music.Live.’s Jessica Picks Our Freshman Class

Posted on February 23rd, 2011

Hey everyone. It is Jessica from the New.Music.Live. team. This weekend, XXL magazine released their anticipated annual freshman list. The list included Big CyHi Da Prince, Yelawolf, Lil B, and Diggy Simmons. Past rappers recognized by the hip-hop magazine include on Wiz Khalifa, Lupe Fiasco, B.o.B. and Kid Cudi which bodes well for this year’s list makers. As much as we love and include rap on New.Music.Live. we will leave the rap star predictions to XXL and RapCity and make a freshman list for the more pop inclined. Check out the NML Freshman list.

Jessie J: This brit pop duchess (not quite queen yet) is an obvious choice based on the impressive credentials she has already built up. She wrote the hit “Party in the U.S.A.” for Miley Cyrus and broke out with her own single “Do It Like A Dude” in November 2010. Plus, she won the Critics Choice Award just last week at the 2011 Brit Awards. Her latest, “Price Tag” is quickly becoming the uplifting soundtrack to driving in your car, shopping for groceries and going for coffee. That song is everywhere!

Natalia Kills: The British Isles is churning out some talented babes this year and Natalia Kills is one of the best among them. When we had her on New.Music.Live. she was a total delight and had a crazy intense stage presence. Natalia also has her own cool video series called Love Kills that plays with her mysterious vibe. It is hard to talk about her without mentioning Gaga but if she stays on this path she may have a group of Monsters of her own. Or maybe it will be Killers? No?

Theophilus London: Okay, I can hear the music-y types in the office, which is everyone, saying, “Wah, wah, Theophilus London is hip-hop,” but I thought I would squeeze in a little bit in since he is still a New.Music.Live. fave. T. London has been spotted a ton on New.Music.Live with his song “Flying Overseas” and in the Maximum Balloon video “Groove Me.” He has ridiculous fashion sense and might I say a lot of sex appeal. Hello!

MNDR: One of my favourites, introduced to me by New.Music.Live. team member Manny last summer, is MNDR. They are straight up cool. Amanda Warner and Pete Wade make up the duo who miraculously manage to incorporate emotional lyrics into electronic songs. Amanda also popped up on the track “Bang, Bang, Bang” by Mark Ronson & The Bussiness Intl which we played on New.Music.Live. back in the day. She called their tour, “like everyone putting their fingers in a light socket together.” Sounds good to me.

James Blake: So this is me being hopeful that his music will be played on New.Music.Live. This U.K.’er plays dreamy, electronic music with a voice that is unexpected from his youthful baby face. His voice is deep and echoey and goes so well with the lo-fi electro sound of the instruments. Also, he was announced as the 2nd place winner for BBC’s Sound of 2011 right behind NML Freshman lister Jessie J.

Have any other suggestions for our freshman list tweet us @nml.


- Jessica
New.Music.Live. Team

@nml

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