Next Up is our outlet to help you discover new & upcoming artists that KIIS is watching! You may or may not know some of these guys, but we think it is worth a listen & a great way to stay current with artists you might know and love!
Some fun new music that you should check out
by KIIS Music Director, Beata (@wildbeata)
WHO: Our Next Up Artist of the Week is the duo of Ian Axel and Chad Vaccarino, collectively A Great Big World!
WHY: Signed by Epic Records in early 2013, A Great Big World has already amassed a remarkable resume. Their song This is The New Year was performed by the cast in an episode of "Glee" and was featured on several other hit television shows, but their single Say Something is what truly cast them to the forefront of pop music culture. The song was featured in the finale of "So You Think You Can Dance" and then went on to be re-recorded with Christina Aguilera on the track. That single jumped up the charts, reaching #1 on iTunes. With a full album set to be released on January 14th, 2014, A Great Big World is poised to have a huge year in 2014.
FUN FACT: A Great Big World will be opening for Maroon 5 in Las Vegas on New Years Eve, no doubt featuring their hit This is The New Year!
SOUNDS LIKE: A modern-day Simon & Garfunkel meets fun.
Meet Ian and Chad of A Great Big World and hear about how they got started, making a powerful music video with Christina Aquilera and their goals for 2014!
Check out A Great Big World in a stripped-down performance of Say Something
Watch an exclusive, intimate performance of the band's hit This is The New Year
Bonus Performance - Rockstar
CONNECT WITH A GREAT BIG WORLD ONLINE
WHO: Our Next Up Artist of the Week is a pop-rock quartet that goes by the name of The 1975!
WHY: The 1975's self-titled debut album hit No. 1 in the UK and now they are bringing their music to The States! Did we mention that they opened for The Rolling Stones in London this summer? We think it is safe to say that these guys are worth a listen!
FUN FACT: The 1975 have been a group since they were 14 and have remained a band with the original members since then!
SOUNDS LIKE: Sigur Rós meets Arctic Monkeys.
Check out Matty and Adam of The 1975 perform "Chocolate" below and tell us what you think!
The fellas slowed it down for fans when they performed the emotional song "Is There Somebody Who Can Watch You." Watch the intimate performance below!
Connect With The 1975 Online!
WHO: Our Next Up Artist of the Week is Zendaya! You may recognize Zendaya from Disney's hit series Shake It Up or most recently Dancing With The Stars!
WHY: Not only is Zendaya's self-titled debut album out now, but Zendaya has also done a book! Between U and Me: How to Rock Your Tween Years with Style and Confidence was released in August 2013 and is yet another reason why Zendaya is a great role model for teens everywhere!
FUN FACT: Back in the day, Zendaya was a back-up dance in a Sears commercial featuring fellow Disney star Selena Gomez!
Each week we like to play a little game with our Next Up artist. This week we played 'Replay or Never Again.' Find out what Zendaya says about Miley's VMA performance in the video below!
Watch the official music video for Zendaya's single "Replay" below and tell us what you think!
CONNECT WITH ZENDAYA ONLINE