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Ones To Watch 2015½

With more than half of 2015 behind us, it’s time for the latest Ones To Watch. This feature takes a look at the most blogged artists of the year so far and identifies the names newest to the set—the ones who made their biggest splash in recent months…the ones to keep an eye on. We apply two simple qualifiers: it’s the artist’s first appearance in the data, and they’ve yet to release a full-length LP. More on the science behind the series here.

It’s fun to revisit past features and spot names that went from went from the pages of blogs to the posters of major festivals, along with the sounds they introduced: Sam Smith, Tinashe, Yumi Zouma, Years & Years, Gorgon City, Tove Lo, to name a few.

January 2014: Ones To Watch 2014

August 2014: Ones To Watch 2014 ½ with BBC Radio 6 Music

January 2015: Ones To Watch 2015

And now, August 2015: Ones To Watch 2015 ½

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