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2018 has been a year full of great songs and new amazing breakout artists. Let's list down 10 of the youngest, most chart-topping, award-winning and most sought-after female singers that shined the brightest this past year.
10 Best Young Female Singers of 2018
- Ariana Grande
- Camila Cabello
- Dua Lipa
- Billie Eilish
- Ella Mai
- Alessia Cara
- Tori Kelly
1. Ariana Grande
Full Name: Ariana Grande-Butera
Born: June 26, 1993
From: Boca Raton, Florida, U.S./New York City, New York, U.S.
Instagram: 146M followers (arianagrande)
Twitter: 61.1M followers (@ArianaGrande)
YouTube: 33M subscribers (Ariana Grande)
Genre: Pop / R&B
2018 Hits: "No Tears Left to Cry," "God is a Woman," "Breathin'," "Thank You, Next."
Ariana Grande is undeniably one of the biggest artists, if not the biggest, of 2018. Hit after hit, Ariana had totally dominated the charts with her fourth album "Sweetener" that was released 17th of August 2018. This album debuted at number one on US Billboard 200 and also topped numerous international album charts all over the globe. "Sweetener" also won Ariana's very first Grammy Award for "Best Pop Vocal Album" on top of her other major musical awards.
If that wasn't enough treat for 2018, Ariana decided to release the title track for her fifth album "Thank You, Next" that became Ariana's first number-one single on the US Billboard Hot 100 and also broke the record for the most plays in a single day by a female artist on Spotify. The song's iconic music video now has 328 million views on YouTube.
She totally had us in 2018 and wasn't planning on stopping soon as she released her fifth album this 2019 and hits us bop after bop after bop.
It’s kind of about bringing light to a situation or to someone’s life or somebody else who brings light to your life or, sweetening the situation.
— Ariana Grande on her album "Sweetener" (The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon)
2. Camila Cabello
Full Name: Karla Camila Cabello Estrabao
Born: March 3, 1997
From: Cojímar, Habana del Este, Cuba/Miami, Florida
Instagram: 31.2M followers (camila_cabello)
Twitter: 7.99M followers (@Camila_Cabello)
YouTube: 9.8M subscribers (Camila Cabello)
Label: Epic / Syco
Genre: Pop / R&B
2018 Hits: "Never Be the Same", "Sangria Wine", "Consequences", "Havana (released 2017)"
After leaving the girl group Fifth Harmony back in 2016, Camila Cabello became one of the most sought after solo female artist of her generation. She released her very first solo album "Camila" (originally-titled The Hurting. The Healing. The Loving.) on the 12th of January 2018. This album landed straight to the number one spot on the US Billboard 200. "Havana," the promotional single for the album which eventually became the official lead single, was released back in 2017. This particular track featuring Young Thug has become one of the biggest hits of not just 2017 but 2018 and won several awards: Radio Disney Music Awards "Song of the Year", MTV Video Music Awards "Video of the Year", Teen Choice Awards "Choice Song: Female Artist", American Music Awards "Collaboration of the Year", "Video of the Year" and "Favorite Pop/Rock Song"; and MTV Europe Music Awards "Best Song Won and Best Video".
At her young age, Camila continues to prove us that she deserves the spot as one of the best solo female artists of today. She creates songs that are not just total bangers but also reflect her identity as a musician and individual. She's not shying away from her roots and experiences and continues to feature them through her music and that alone is already enough proof that this girl is going to stay at the top for a very long time.
I decided to call it by my name, because this is where this chapter in my life ended. it started with somebody else’s story, it ended with me finding my way back to myself.
— Camila Cabello on her album "Camila" (Instagram)
3. Dua Lipa
Full Name: Dua Lipa
Born: August 22, 1995
From: London, England/Kosovo
Instagram: 27.1M followers (dualipa)
Twitter: 2.95M followers (@DUALIPA)
YouTube: 10M subscribers (Dua Lipa)
Label: Warner Bros. / Vertigo
Genre: Dance-pop / pop / synth-pop / R&B dream pop
2018 Hits: "IDGAF", "One Kiss" (with Calvin Harris), "Electricity" (with Silk City), "Swan Song"
Dua Lipa released her first studio album "Dua Lipa" in 2017, which contains chart-topping songs like the popular track "New Rules" which gained number one spots on numerous charts worldwide. This album together with her collaborations such as "One Kiss" with Calvin Harris and "Electricity" with Silk City has nailed Dua's name on the list of 2018's top charting and award-winning artists. She has won several awards like the Brit Award for "British Breakthrough Act", "British Female Solo Artist 2018" and "British Single of the Year 2019" for her song " One Kiss" with Calvin Harris. She was also chosen to sing one of the tracks for the action film "Alita: Battle Angel" called "Swan Song."
She is set to release her second studio album in 2019 and would surely serve us with more dance-worthy and top-charting tracks that would get us through the year.
I want people to see a piece of me. I want people to have an insight into everything that’s happened over the last few years while I was writing the album and actually really get to know me. I want people to know that they’re not alone in all this and that we all go through the same fucking shit. That’s the main goal.
— Dua Lipa on her album "Dua Lipa" (Digital Spy)
4. Billie Eilish
Full Name: Billie Eilish Pirate Baird O'Connell
Born: December 18, 2001
From: Los Angeles, California, United States
Instagram: 13.8M followers (wherearetheavocados)
Twitter: 1.19M followers (@billieeilish)
YouTube: 18.2M subscribers (Billie Eilish)
Label: Darkroom / Interscope
Genre: Pop / Electropop
2018 Hits: "Lovely", "You Should See Me in a Crown", "When the Party's Over", "Come Out and Play"
There is no denying that Billie Eilish is one of the fastest rising stars of today. Billie definitely has come a long way, from the 14-year-old teen who first released her song "Ocean Eyes", which she has written and produced with her brother, on SoundCloud, to releasing her debut EP under a huge record label at age 15 that topped the US Billboard Charts for Alternative Albums. She definitely became one of the artists to watch out for and we were not disappointed. Billie has served us great music ever since.
Billie's first studio album "When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go?" is set to drop March of 2019. It contains songs that are already making waves this year like "Wish You Were Gay", "You Should See Me in a Crown", "When the Party's Over" and "Bury a Friend" which music video already has 75 million views after just a month. It requires such a great amount of talent to create music like Billie's and it is so impressive how much success she is having at a very young age which I believe can be credited to her artistry, musical ability, style and her great sense of individuality.
You know how, when you like…if you walk down the road, and a stranger, some person walks by you and smiles at you, which is like, apparently supposed to be like what people are supposed to do I guess. Everybody smiles at everybody, so if you don’t smile back, you’re kinda considered impolite or like rude, but it’s what?! You didn’t ask me if I wanted to smile. You know, like I can’t just be like this all the time.
— Billie Eilish on why she named her album "Don't Smile at Me" (P3 Star Hänger)
Full Name: Anne-Marie Rose Nicholson
Born: April 7, 1991
From: East Tilbury, Essex, England
Instagram: 3.9M followers (annemarie)
Twitter: 512K followers (@AnneMarie)
YouTube: 5M subscribers (Anne-Marie)
Label: Asylum / Warner / Warner Bros.
Genre: Pop / grime / R&B
2018 Hits: "FRIENDS" (with Marshmello), "2002", "Rewrite the Stars" (with James Arthur)
Hailing from England, this talented lady has officially made it big internationally with her total bops that dominated the airwaves these past years. Anne-Marie already has amazing tracks on her belt even before 2018 but who wouldn't have heard of "FRIENDS" which is her collaboration with Marshmello? It is an absolute banger that made us all dance all year round. Followed by "2002" that became one of the anthems of the 90's kids for her on-point references of 2000's music. She is undoubtedly making her spot in the list for best break-out artists of this year. She even won 2018's MTV Video Music Awards Japan for "Best New: International" and "Video of The Year" and was nominated for a bunch of musical awards all over the globe and already bagged Remarkable Women Awards 2019's "Artist of the Year Award."
Her sound and amazing vocals are totally astonishing. She is now in the middle of her headlining tour and would surely serve us more of her amazing music in the years to come.
I just feel like that’s what I did on the album. I’m not a shy person anyway, I speak my mind a lot and I am not… I don’t hold anything in, I am honest with people and open. And I’ve just felt that’s what I’ve been like on this album, so it kinda makes sense.
— Anne-Marie on her album "Speak Your Mind" (Luvpop)
6. Ella Mai
Full Name: Ella Mai Howell
Born: November 3, 1994
From: London, England/New York City
Instagram: 2.6M followers (ellamai)
Twitter: 407K followers (@ellamai)
YouTube: 2.2M subscribers (Ella Mai)
Label: 10 Summers / Interscope
Genre: R&B / hip hop / pop
2018 Hits: "Boo'd Up", "Trip"
Follow up to the release of her single "Boo'd Up" back in 2017, Ella Mai dropped the music video on April of 2018. The song reached a bigger audience and started to get popular on social media and became a hit nightclub song. This track gave her two 2019 Grammy nominations and won "Best R&B Song". She also won Soul Train Music Awards "Best Song of the Year" and "The Ashford & Simpson Songwriter's Award" for "Boo'd Up" and "Best R&B/Soul Female Artist" all in the same year.
Ella Mai is continually proving us that R&B is still alive and thriving.
My initial inspiration for “Boo’d Up” was literally what the words are. It was just like being infatuated with someone, being in the room when there’s 50 people and only that one person matters. Just being boo’d up, really.
— Ella Main on her the inspiration of her hit song "Boo'd Up" (Genius)
(stylized as H.E.R.)
Full Name: Gabriella "Gabi" Wilson
Born: June 27, 1997
From: Vallejo, California, U.S.
Instagram: 1.9M followers (hermusicofficial)
Twitter: 209K followers (@HERMusicx)
YouTube: 814K subscribers (H.E.R.)
2018 Hits: "Best Part" (released 2017), "This Way"(with Khalid), "Could've Been" (featuring Bryson Tiller)
Another name is slowly making its way to the mainstream spotlight. Gabi Wilson is one talented young lady that was a child musical prodigy. She first rose to fame after joining Radio Disney’s Next Big Thing in 2009 and was signed to a record label when she was only 14. A few years later, Gabi re-emerged and introduced herself as H.E.R as she released her debut EP, "H.E.R. Vol. 1". This was followed by "H.E.R. Volume 2", and "H.E.R. Volume 2, The B Sides." These EP's was then made into a compilation album that has won Gabi the Grammy Awards for "Best R&B Album." She also won "Best R&B Performance" for her collaboration with Daniel Caesar, "Best Part"
The R&B community has another artist to support and be proud of these coming years because this young artist has just begun. H.E.R. is a name we will be hearing more soon.
The mystery is a metaphor for who I am, or who I was at the time of creating the project... I feel like oftentimes we don't like to be open as people about our emotions or things that we are going through. At the time [of recording], I was very closed off except for when I was writing or when I was in the studio...I feel like this is the era of the anti-star. I really just wanted it to be about the music, and get away from, 'Who is she with?' and 'What is she wearing?'
— H.E.R. on the secrecy of her identity (Los Angeles Times, NPR)
8. Alessia Cara
Full Name: Alessia Caracciolo
Born: July 11, 1996
From: Brampton, Ontario, Canada
Instagram: 2.7M followers (alessiasmusic)
Twitter: 1.31M followers (@alessiacara)
YouTube: 3M subscribers (Alessia Cara)
Label: EP Entertainment / Def Jam
Genre: Alternative / R&B / soul / pop / R&B / Indie pop
2018 Hits: "Growing Pains", "Trust My Lonely", "Not Today"
From the shy girl who was singing in her bedroom and posting her videos on YouTube, to releasing her own album and being one of the youngest and most promising artists of today, Alessia Cara has truly come a long way. She already has 17 awards from numerous award-giving bodies worldwide including the Grammy Awards "Best New Artist", iHeartRadio Music Awards "Best New Artist Dance Song of the Year" for "Stay" (with Zedd) and MTV Europe Music Awards "Best World Stage" in 2018.
She is currently promoting her second studio album called "The Pains of Growing" which reached number 1 on the US iTunes Pop Chart less than two hours after its release. She is set to give us more of the authentic Alessia Cara vibe which always has been honest, youthful and mature all at the same time.
I wanted to make the album title feel like it’s a story. Like a storybook. And I thought calling it The Pains of Growing sounds like you’re about to read a book about someone or about something. It’s just a full cohesive thing. And I’ve always really been drawn to albums that just feel like one big body of work and one big story. It would just be more impactful and sound more like a story, honestly.
— Alessia Cara on her album "The Pains of Growing" (Genius)
9. Tori Kelly
Full Name: Victoria Loren Kelly
Born: December 14, 1992
From: Wildomar, California, United States
Instagram: 3.1M followers (torikelly)
Twitter: 1.3M followers (@torikelly)
YouTube: 2.6M subscribers (Tori Kelly)
Label: Capitol / Geffen
Genre: Pop / acoustic / R&B / gospel
2018 Hits: "Never Alone"(featuring Kirk Franklin), "Help Us to Love" (featuring The HamilTones)
Tori Kelly is what we can call an OG YouTube singer. She started her career by sharing her videos online and eventually creating her first EP in 2012. After signing to Capitol Records, she released her first studio album in 2015 called "Unbreakable Smile". She was nominated "Best New Artist" at the 2016 Grammy Awards. But it was her second album "Hiding Place" that finally won her some Grammy's. She won the Grammy Awards "Best Gospel Album" together with "Best Gospel Performance/Song" for her song "Never Alone" in 2019.
She was always been inspirational and is known to have a lovely voice but her latest songs show us how she expresses her love for God and faith through her music. It is so beautiful to see an artist like Tori giving so much love and inspiration to her fans and sharing her heart and beliefs to other people.
That always stuck with me: this idea of God being a place of safety, a place where you can hide from all the crazy things that this world can throw at us. I want people to feel uplifted and encouraged when they listen. I want them to know that, no matter what they’re going through, there’s a God who loves them so much and so unconditionally, and there’s always a reason to feel hope, even when you’re in a dark place. That’s what I really believe in, and I want everyone out there to hear my heart.
— Teri Kelly on her album "Hiding Place" (Capitol Record)
Full Name: Ashley Nicolette Frangipane
Born: September 29, 1994
From: Edison, New Jersey, United States
Instagram: 11.7M followers (iamhalsey)
Twitter: 10.2 followers (@halsey)
YouTube: 5.2M subscribers (Halsey)
Label: Astralwerks / Capitol / Virgin EMI
Genre: Electropop / synth-pop / indie pop
2018 Hits: "Without Me", "Eastside" (with Benny Blanco and Khalid)
Halsey is also another artist who started out from social media. She rose to fame when she started sharing her singing videos on YouTube and Tumblr. Now, she has millions of followers and has created some popular hit songs these past years. In 2018, her track "Without Me" has landed number one on various music charts including "US Billboard Hot 100", "US Billboard Mainstream Top 40" and "US Billboard Dance/Mix Show Airplay"
Halsey, as well as these girls in this list, have proven us that age is not a hindrance to strive and be the best you can be. They have worked really hard to achieve their dreams and they don't just deserve 2018 but also the years to come.
For me, hopeless fountain kingdom is a story about two people who want to be in love so badly they’re willing to change themselves for their love and in doing so they let the real versions of themselves die, so it’s a Romeo and Juliet story.
— Halsey on her album "Hopeless Fountain Kingdom" (iHeart Radio)
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