At only 16 years old, singer-songwriter Shawn Mendes saw his debut single ‘Life of the Party’ vault to number one on iTunes within an hour. The single sold more than 100,000 copies in its first day and making Shawn, then 15, the youngest artist ever to crack Billboard’s Top 25 with a debut single—all without any radio play! Now with his first international single ‘Something Big’, and his debut album ‘Handwritten’ releasing in April, Shawn is sure to see his star rise even faster and higher. That’s why he’s MTV’s PUSH act for this month! All throughout April, check out exclusive live performances and get to know this up-and-coming sensation.
With their ‘Y & Y EP’ and the single ‘King’ just out, Years & Years are poised to get even more attention from critics and fans. MTV have named them March’s PUSH act and all month long be giving them attention! Stay tuned to watch a profile of the band and get to know Olly, Emre, and Mikey. Plus, check out live performances of ‘King’, ‘Desire’, and ‘Take Shelter’ from MTV UK’s Brand New for 2015 show!
With his strong baritone voice layered over synths and beats, Kwabs’ style is definitely unique and compelling. His first full-length album is coming soon and we’re guessing his intent is to become a major musical force. That’s why he’s MTV’s PUSH act for February 2015!
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.