My next two tips for 2013 are: Charli XCX and Gabrielle Aplin. Before I talk about them separately, I just like to say that despite the fact they look very similar in the above picture, they are definitely two different women.
Having already been the cover-star for magazines such as V and Notion, Charli XCX is primed to become a major popstar in 2013. Born in raised in Hertfordshire (looks like I’m no longer the best person from this part of the world), Charli XCX started her musical career in the underground rave circuit. I know people who saw her back then (supporting Daisy Dares You – another legend in this town) and I’ve been told she was ‘quite something’, performing songs about dinosaur sex. Anyway, those songs are gone and have been replaced by her unique ‘gloom-pop’ sound. She has released three singles thus far, Stay Away (tune), Nuclear Seasons (tune) and You’re The One (amazing intro into a tune), and is set to release her next single You (Ha Ha Ha) in February. It’s this single that could give her a break though: a song that is poppy enough for the radio but interesting enough to differentiate herself from her contemporaries (it sounds nothing like a Marina & The Diamonds single, who she is often compared to). If she could get any better she cites The Spice Girls and Britney Spears as two of her inspirations, and has stated that her album (due later this year), is going to be a pop album. Although I’m not her to go all Carly Rae Jepsen on us, Charli XCX could definitely be the new Princess of Pop for the Tumblr generation.
For Fans Of: Marina and The Diamonds, Grimes, Sky Ferreira
You’ve probably heard of Gabrielle Aplin, but nonetheless she is someone whose success should continue on in 2013. Her version of The Power Of Love was featured on the John Lewis Christmas adverts (the one with the snowman), and as a result, went to number one late last year. Prior to this however, she has released three EP’s, supported acts such as Gotye and Charlie Simpson, as well as completing six headline tours. It’s no surprise therefore that this work ethic, as well as the music itself, has given her the ‘female Ed Sheeran’ label. You’re probably thinking ‘well what’s the music like?’ and it’s very good. The Power Of Love is not indicative of her sound at all; although it’s very good, next single Please Don’t Say You Love Me is ‘where it’s at’. The track, which has already been featured on Made In Chelsea, is a musical equivalent of a spring day: light, breezy and just what you need after a long winter. It’s more similar to Ed Sheeran’s music than The Power Of Love, but still sounds like a Gabrielle Aplin track rather than an Ed Sheeran cover. She could be on to a winner when this track is released, along with the album in April.
For Fans Of: Ed Sheeran, Birdy, Eliza Doolittle