Female singers from the United Kingdom are making their way into the mainstream R&B scene. Check out the top five ladies to get acquainted with.
The wealth of access to new genres and artists is unparalleled - 2017 has been a big year for music and even a bigger year for culture. The recent emergence of powerhouse female vocalists from the U.K. throughout the year has hosted various experimentalists unafraid of conforming to traditional R&B. The U.K. music scene has a long-standing history, dating back to before Sade’s “Smooth Operator,” and growing past Craig David in the early 2000s.
European influences tend to hit the U.S. market a little later, even Nielsen Music has noticed a shift in the genres that are being listened to this year. According to the mid-year report released back in June, R&B and Hip-Hop are now responsible for 25.1% of music consumption in the U.S., taking the reigning crown from Rock Music who only claims 23% of the nation.
While streaming has altered the traditional music business model, and where social media has become an integral part of an artists career, R&B/Hip-Hop has become more popular on Spotify and Apple Music than Rock and Pop combined. The rise in R&B could simply correlate to the quality and quantity of music coming from talent across the world. It’s the domination of artists straying away from the genre’s norms and offering a unique and soulful musical experience - fused with grime, indie, and electronica - that saw the genre leap forward this year.
Below, we've sourced the top five female acts reigning from the U.K. Get familiar with them now before we have to say "told ya so."