On Our Radar: Melissa Bel, Matt Simons, Tough Love, and more


With a fresh wave of new music coming out of the United Kingdom, the United States, and even Canada this week, here’s a sampling of the best the countries are offering right now. Find some new artists, new tracks, and even new music videos to add to your favorites playlist.

Melissa Bel – ‘Dirty Word’

United Kingdom

For fans of Little Mix, Emeli Sandé, and Katy Perry, meet Melissa Bel. A Toronto-born pop artist, Melissa is breaking into the U.K. music scene with her album ‘In the Light’, due out 4 November.

Follow Melissa on Twitter and Facebook.

Matt Simons – ‘Lose Control’

United States

Following the release of his EP ‘When the Lights Go Down’, Matt Simons’ latest single is ‘Lose Control’. Fans in the U.S. can see ‘Lose Control’ and other songs off the EP performed live as Matt tours alongside Gavin James next month.

Follow Matt on Twitter and Facebook.

Tough Love ft. Karen Harding – ‘Like I Can’

United Kingdom

Tough Love’s ‘Like I Can’ was their official summer single, and now the music video is here to carry the song well into autumn. The duo will be announcing tour dates in the U.S. soon.

Follow Tough Love on Twitter and Facebook.

Bishat – ‘Told Me’

United Kingdom

Swedish singer Bishat single ‘Told Me’ speaks out about societal expectations on women. She says, “I wrote this song as I really took a step back and looked at my life and decided what I’m doing from here on out is whatever truly makes me happy and nothing can compare to the feeling of empowerment it instilled in me.”

Follow Bishat on Twitter and Facebook.

Tom Prior – ‘Don’t Worry’

United Kingdom

‘Don’t Worry’ is the debut single off of Tom Prior’s forthcoming EP ‘The Sunday Scene’, due out 9 November. The EP will have three unique versions—studio set, unplugged, and lock-in sessions featuring up-and-coming artists.

Follow Tom on Twitter and Facebook.

Yo Preston – ‘Closer vs. Fast Car’

United Kingdom

You might recognize Yo Preston from his YouTube hit ‘Love Yourself vs. Fuck Yourself’, which was inspired by Justin Bieber’s hit and has over 18 million views. This new song is a mashup of the Chainsmoker’s ‘Closer’ and Tracy Chapman’s ‘Fast Car’.

Follow Yo Preston on Twitter and Facebook.

Liz Loughrey – ‘Rise Up!’


A positivity movement, ‘Rise Up!’ is Toronto-based artist Liz Loughrey’s message to “take less and give a little more.” Liz has even created school workshops, encouraging students to make a positive impact in their community.

Follow Liz on Twitter and Facebook.

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