‘Ones To Watch’: Listen to music from 12 up-and-coming artists you need to know about in 2022
It’s a new year, and SiriusXM wants to make sure you know who’s gonna be big in 2022. Check out 12 artists you need to know for 2022, including Mae Muller, Morgan Wade, 42 Dugg, Fred More…, and more again in the SXM App Exclusive To monitor playlist, hosted by your favorite SiriusXM hosts. Listen to the entire playlist on the SXM app now and learn more about each artist featured below.
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Rapper Dion Marquise Hayes – better known as 42 Dugg – has already collaborated with Lil Baby on two tracks, “Grace” and “We Paid”. Co-signed with Lil Baby’s 4 Pockets Full and Yo Gotti’s Collective Music Group, 42 Dugg’s newest mixtape Free Dem Boyz (released May 2021) reached #8 on the Billboard 200 and features guest appearances from Roddy Ricch, Future, Lil Durk and more.
“Just a boy with a ukulele” BoyWithUke has over 3.1 million followers on TikTok – despite never showing his face. The anonymous artist released the full album Fever dreams in 2021 with tracks like “Two Moons” racking up millions of streams, followed by the three-track EP Faded, which included his most successful song to date, “Toxic”. BoyWithUke’s faceless, DIY approach to music has clearly resonated on social media.
Meli’s first Emmy hit song, “I Am Woman,” successfully went from viral success on TikTok to a spot on the Billboard Hot 100. In an interview, Meli told Billboard, “[The song] came from a dream and I started saying these mantras to myself every morning.” The uplifting chorus – which includes lyrics like “I’m a woman, I’m not afraid of anything, I’m sexy, I’m divine, I’m unbeatable, I’m creative” – has been used in over 200,000 TikTok videos to date. Meli now has a label deal with Disruptor/Arista.
British singer-songwriter Fred Again.. (full name Fred John Philip Gibson) was mentored by none other than ambient music pioneer Brian Eno. He started behind the scenes, producing hit records for other artists before releasing his first solo track “Kyle (I Found You)” in November 2019. Following this success, Fred created his Real life series during lockdown in 2020, which includes an EP and two full albums.
Member of SiriusXM future five for 2022, Hits 1 (Ch.2) provided a platform for two of Muller’s American premieres by doing his first-ever American radio interview and being the first outlet to play one of his songs, a collaboration with NEIKED and Polo G called “Best Days”. Soon after, Muller was appointed Hits 1 to watch artist. Upon the release of his first EP, nobody else, not even youthe North London singer-songwriter has sold out a headlining tour and performed at some of the UK’s biggest and most prestigious festivals.
Also a member of SiriusXM Future Five for 2022, MARZZ’s single “Countless Times” was recognized by The Heat (Ch.46) as a future fire Track. Born Laria McCormick, MARZZ started garnering fans with her R&B freestyles and Instagram covers – one of those fans being Timbaland. Legendary producer contacted Marzz to record a handful of tracks, some of which were on her debut EP love letters.
One from last year Motorway discoveries on The Highway (Ch. 56), Wade has been performing live since he was 19. With raw, honest lyrics and a unique voice, his songs deeply connect with fans and caught the attention of Sadler Vaden, Jason Isbell’s guitarist. Vaden produced Wade’s debut album, Recklesswhich debuted in March 2021 with lead single “Don’t Cry”.
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With over 1.1 million followers on TikTok, PinkPantheress is a stage name chosen after the entertainer’s favorite movie. “Plzzz I didn’t expect it to go this far,” she wrote in a TikTok video caption of her name choice. Born in England, she was studying in London when she posted several songs on TikTok – including “Break It Off”, which was included in more than 43,000 videos – and landed a deal with Parlophone and Elektra Records. PinkPantheress’ first mixtape, toh shit with thatwas released in October 2021.
A american idol alum, Remi Wolf’s debut studio album Juno was released in October 2021 following the success of two EPs (the album title comes from the French bulldog she is allergic to but still adopted). Graduated in 2018 from USC Thornton School of Music, NPR described Wolf’s sound as “pop music filled haphazardly to the margins with distorted guitars, sharp, vulgar barbs that could double as Cardi B outings, and whimsical, chaotic beats.”
Country music singer-songwriter Spencer Crandall turned to a career in music when his dreams of being a professional footballer were shattered by injuries. After organically growing a fanbase on YouTube, Crandall released his first full-length album. Wild region in December 2020 with the first romantic single “My Person”. Her most recent YouTube project, a series of vlogs titled Road to the stadiumrefers to the name of his fan club Stadium Gang with the aim of playing in “a stadium full of fans who feel like family”.
A metalcore band from Florida, Wage War is made up of British vocalist Briton Bond, lead guitarist Seth Blake, rhythm guitarist and clean vocalist Cody Quistad, bassist Chris Gaylord and drummer Stephen Kluesener. After releasing his fourth studio album maniacal in October 2021, the group is expected to support I Prevail alongside Dream State in 2022.
British indie duo consisting of Rhian Teasdale and Hester Chambers, Wet Leg burst onto the scene in June 2021 with their debut single “Chaise Longue”. Their self-titled debut album is set for release in April 2022. They performed a special cover of Madonna’s “Material Girl” exclusively for SiriusXMU Sessions.
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