Singer-songwriter-guitarist James Bay recently was awarded the 2015 BRIT Awards’ Critics Choice prize, he’s a nominee for MTV UK’s Brand New for 2015, and his single ‘Hold Back the River’ is gaining major buzz. MTV have named him January’s PUSH artist, so you can brag that you knew about him first!
MTV scouted some amazing artists to watch in 2014…and since then they’ve gone from up-and-comers to household names! We saw Ariana Grande, 5 Seconds of Summer and Sam Smith blow up into international superstardom. Charli XCX, Kiesza, and Royal Blood made grand debuts on the global stage at the 2014 MTV EMA. Zedd took home a Grammy and a VMA. All through December, watch and relive the first time you discovered these MTV PUSH acts!
Even before Echosmith released 2013 debut album Talking Dreams last fall, the Los Angeles-based alt-pop band—composed of Sierota siblings Jamie (vocals/guitar), Sydney (vocals/keyboard), Noah (vocals/bass), and Graham (drums)—had begun ascending by leaps and bounds. Their breakout single ‘Cool Kids’ debuted in the U.S.’s Billboard Top 100, and they can lay claim to being featured on the 2013 and 2014 Vans Warped Tour. Stay tuned all month for exclusives including interviews introducing the band, and more!
Royal Blood mixes anguished vocals, ferocious drumming, and bass that provides intricate detail as well as a rumble of rhythm. Yet this wall of sound emerges from just two men: Mike Kerr howls venomous lyrics while Ben Thatcher drums with the controlled aggression of a young Dave Grohl. Now, hot off the August release of their self-titled debut album, Royal Blood have bagged the title of MTV’s October 2014 PUSH artist—and no doubt more accolades are soon to follow! Stay tuned all month for exclusive performances, interviews and more from this duo to watch.
The duo behind Jungle, J and T (otherwise known as Josh and Tom), are sharp and meticulous West Londoners who have racked up major views on YouTube and spread the word far beyond the music hardcore. You’re going to be hearing a lot more about these guys in the months to come — so to help you get to know them better MTV have named Jungle this month’s PUSH act!
Ariana Grande is just 21, and she’s already a music-biz record-breaker. Her smash hit ‘Problem’, featuring fellow breakout star Iggy Azalea, is the biggest single of 2014 to date—and made her the youngest woman ever to debut a track with more than 400,000 downloads in its first week. Now, with the album’s release sure to vault her even higher toward superstar status, Ariana is in the spotlight as MTV’s PUSH artist for August. All month long, stay tuned for Ariana exclusives including an exclusive audio stream of songs from ‘My Everything’ later this month!
Charli XCX has written and guested on two of the biggest singles of the past two years—Icona Pop’s ‘I Love It’ and Iggy Azalea’s ‘Fancy’—and opened for Ellie Goulding and Paramore on tour. Now she’s headed for superstardom as an artist in her own right. In anticipation of ‘Boom Clap’ becoming an epic hit, MTV have named Charli XCX July 2014’s PUSH artist! Stay tuned all month for exclusive interview footage, live performances and more.
Born in Calgary, Canada, and now based in New York, she’s a trained ballerina, she spent her teenage years in the Royal Canadian Navy and such a keen shot, the Army tried to recruit her as a sniper! And now, as MTV’s PUSH artist for June 2014, she’s on the brink of major music stardom.
After teaming up with dance duo Disclosure, lending his vocals to producer Naughty Boy on the U.K. #1 single ‘La La La’, landing the BRITs Critic Choice Award AND winning the BBC’s Sound of 2014 poll (the first male artist ever to do so!) Sam Smith has completed his debut full-length studio album, ‘In the Lonely Hour’ and is poised to break even more new ground… and that’s why MTV have named him May 2013’s PUSH act!
5 Seconds of Summer are your MTV PUSH act for April! You'll be hearing a LOT more about these guys in the months to come—so to help you get to know them better, check back throughout April for lots of choice exclusives, including an introduction to the band — plus amazing acoustic performances and the chance to get involved!