Not every musician you see at the top of the industry was a star from the second they picked up a microphone. In fact, hardly any fit this bill. Everyone has to start somewhere, regardless of the industry they are in, and musicians are no different. Sometimes a little luck is needed to break into the limelight of the music industry and then some luck required to stay there. One way to get a foot on the ladder to stardom is to be noticed by critics around the world and be announced as one of the best breakthrough artists of the year.
In 2017, Rag’n’Bone Man, otherwise known as Rory Charles Graham, from Essex, England, followed in the footsteps of the likes of the Arctic Monkeys, Ed Sheeran, Bastille and Sam Smith in winning the coveted Breakthrough Artist of the Year award at the 2017 Brit Awards. Rag’n’Bone Man fought off the tough challenges from Anne-Marie, Blossoms, Skepta and Stormzy to win the award and it was much deserved.
In 2016, Rag’n’Bone Man released his first hit single “Human” via Columbia Records and it went down a storm, peaking at number one on the Official Singles Charts in Austria, Belgium, Germany and Switzerland; the song peaked at number 18 in the UK Singles Chart. The song has since been used in the official launch trailer for the video game Mass Effect: Andromeda and the theme music to Amazon Prime series Oasis. Expect big things from Rag’n’Bone Man.
Someone else, or should that be a band, that you should look out for are Blondage who are a Danish duo of Esben Andersen and Pernille Smith-Sivertsen. Blondage’s “Stoned” was voted as one of the best new indie pop songs of the year and one that was difficult to follow up on, but they managed it when they released “Boss” later in the year. Blondage’s music has strong song writing and is decorated with unexpected twists and additional details that often catch you by surprise, but when it is all comes together, it sounds amazing. Making up the third part of our trio is Belgian solo artist Max Colombie who is better known as Oscar and the Wolf. He has been producing music since he first released “Orange Sky” in 2013 but hit the big time in April 2014 with his debut album Entity.
Oscar and the Wolf has since toured across Europe, starting in 2015, and to say he was a big hit is the understatement of the decade. Oscar and the Wolf sold out Sportpaleis in Antwerp and Heineken Music Hall in Amsterdam, selling an impressive 27,000 tickets. The following year, he completely sold out in only four minutes when tickets for Ancienne Belgique and Paradiso went on sale. Surely it is only a matter of time before Oscar and the Wolf heads into other parts of Europe and then around the world?