There are many U.S artists that have cracked the U.K and have become household staples across the country. However, there a few U.S artists who I personally believe the U.K should know a lot more about.
Tinashe has found mediocre chart success in the U.K with her feature on the Top 5 Snakehips hit ‘All My Friends’ and the Top 50 Kid Ink assisted song ‘Body Language’. However, she’s never had that big hit. Her R&B/pop influenced sound is reminiscent of Janet Jackson, and her stage performances arguably equal that of Jackson. Tinashe has released independent mixtapes, a debut album and is set to release her sophomore album ‘Joyride’ later this year. The album is supported by the super-fun single ‘Superlove’ which is assisted by arguably the best video of this year.
Dawn Richard also known as D∆WN
Dawn Richard formerly of the band Danity Kane and the P-Diddy fronted ‘Diddy Dirty Money’ is one of my favourite artists… ever. Dawn is independent but you would never guess it through her mind blowing visuals and incredible sound. Her sound is genre-bending, mind-boggling, fist-bumping good music. I went to watch one of Dawn’s concerts recently at XOYO in London and I cannot begin to tell you how incredible it was. I honestly believe she should be a global star from the quality of music she creates to her innovative stage performances. Watch the mind blowing video to her song ‘Titans’ below.
Diana Gordon previously Wynter Gordon
Diana Gordon used to work under the name of Wynter Gordon which many will know from the hit song ‘Dirty Talk’ and the Flo Rida collaboration ‘Sugar’. However, last year Gordon decided she’d release music under her birth name and with that came a rebirth of the artist. This past year she’s penned songs for Beyoncé’s globally successful album ‘Lemonade’ and with that came attention, which she capitalised on by releasing two songs ‘The Legend Of’ and ‘Woman’. Oozing with confidence Gordon is one to watch in the coming months. Listen to her two new songs below.
What do these three incredible women have in common? Black girl magic. What is that you ask? It’s the soul, the drive, the innovation, the beauty, the brains, the versatility, the grind. It’s all those things and more. I think the U.K needs a bit more of that in this coming year.
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