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Remember Neneh Cherry? The Swedish singer who released the massive hit “Buffalo Stance” back in the 80s. Well, one of her daughters is following in her footsteps. Meet Mabel McVey and commit the name to memory. You’ll definitely be hearing plenty from her in the future. Her father is also Massive Attack producer Cameron McVey. So, music is definitely in her blood.

The London-based singer recently released a brand new track, titled “Thinking Of You.” If you love laidback R&B-infused tracks, give it a listen. Her melodic smooth delivery reminds me a bit of Aaliyah. And you know, how much I love Baby Girl.

Check out the music video for “Thinking Of You” below. Like her mom, Mabel has a cool sense of style. I would’ve loved it if she swapped out the hoop earrings for some of Neneh’s signature bamboo ones though :)

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What were you up to when you were fifteen? Probably not being a rising pop star with a couple of club anthems under your belt. British singer Jasmine Thompson has achieved impressive things at such a young age. Her future is certainly a bright one.

In the past, the 15-year-old has teamed up with Robin Schulz, The Six and Felix Jaehn for killer tracks. Her latest collaboration finds her with French producer HUGEL. “Where We Belong” is a disco-tinged club banger primed to do major damage this summer. Watch the recently-released clip below.

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Commit the name Jones to memory because this rising UK artist is going places. I’m absolutely in love with her delicate soulful voice and overall cool laidback vibe.

The 25-year-old teams up with London duo Honne for her latest single “Melt” which will appear on her debut LP, New Skin, out later this year in October. The breezy single finds the London chanteuse singing about that feeling two people get when they start dating- when the infatuation becomes so intense, you meld into one soul. We’ve all been there, right?

If her debut album is anything like her well-received EP, Indulge, released last year, it should be a winner. Give “Melt” a listen below, along with some other tracks off her Soundcloud account. I especially like her stripped-down cover of “How Deep Is Your Love” by Calvin Harris.

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Not to be confused with Danish singer MØ, this M.O (pronounced M point O) is an English female trio. Aside from the sorta annoying name, the group is actually quite fantastic, especially their latest single. Plus, I never met a girl group I didn’t like 😉

Who Do You Think Of?” is a calypso-tinged pop gem. Very catchy and extremely radio friendly. At least over the pond it will be. I’m sorta obsessed with it and think you might as well.

Watch the Charlotte Rutherford-directed music video below.

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Rising Artist Spotlight: Finnish Singer Benjamin

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When it comes to Scandinavian pop stars, Sweden is tops for its uncanny ability to export global sensation after another. Abba, Ace of Base, Robyn, Icona Pop, Tove Lo, Zara Larsson and The Cardigans are just a few that quickly come to mind. Rising artist Benjamin Peltonen, who simply goes by his first name, might just put Finland on the map.

The 19-year-old was an Instagram star before signing with Warner Music Finland. His first EP was released last year and achieved moderate success in his native homeland. His full-length debut album dropped just last month and features the sensational track “Body.” The pop anthem has potential to infiltrate several foreign territories including North America.

Check out the music video below directed by Hannes Honkanen. Benjamin serves up some light Jason Derulo realness.

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Jordan Fisher Debuts ‘All About Us’ Music Video

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Prior to Grease: Live, I never heard of Jordan Fisher. I’m pretty sure most of the viewers (unless you’re a tween girl) hadn’t heard of the 21-year-old actor previously either. With talent oozing out of every pore, I have a strong feeling, the Teen Beach star is here to stay.

Days after Grease: Live, Jordan showed off his pipes on “Counterfeit,” a track he uploaded to Soundcloud. It showed off his vocals quite nicely, especially that sexy falsetto of his. Definitely a promising start.

He’s back with his official debut single and accompanying visual to boot. “All About Us” is a slick and radio friendly number produced by Pop & Oak’s “Oak” Felder- he’s crafted singles for Rihanna and Alessia Cara to name a few. I’m a fan of Jordan’s single, which sounds a little bit like Nick Jonas’ “Jealous.”

“The video is really an introductory piece for me not only as an artist but also my visual direction and an overall sense of my music by stimulating the senses,” Jordan tells VIBE.” The collaborative efforts that were made to create this piece allowed me to simply live in my aesthetic playground for a day. Being able to do that with dancers, choreographers, director and stylist, who all happen to be friends of mine, was a dream.”

Check out the visual below directed by TK McKamy. If Jordan stays on this path, he could legitimately become the next Usher.

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Ever since her showstopping duet with Ellie Goulding at this year’s Grammys, Andra Day and her undeniable talent have started to earn more widespread recognition. Deservedly so, if you ask me. Her soulful jazz voice is truly a revelation.

Though the San Diego native released her inspirational anthem “Rise Up” last year, it’s picking up steam lately. Wisely, she’s debuted two new music videos to propel the empowering ballad even further.

The first cinematic visual is directed by M. Night Shyamalan which features a woman caring for her man who’s paralyzed. The other, dubbed the “Introspective Version” finds Day singing in the woods. Both compliment the track quite nicely.

Shyamalan isn’t the first acclaimed director Day has worked with. The 31-year-old teamed up with Spike Lee for her debut video, “Forever Mine.” Check out all three clips below.

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Yuna is a huge star in her native Malaysia, known for indie folk pop-tinged tracks. I first noticed the 29-year-old singer-songwriter with her killer cover of Nirvana’s “Come As You Are.” She’s about to release her fifth studio album and showing off a brand new sound.

It appears Yuna is transitioning to R&B. The tracks she’s shared off Chapters, out May 20, show off a sexier and more sensual vibe. It’s the most evident on her Usher collaboration, “Crush.” Girlfriend is serving up major Aaliyah vibes. Her voice is like butter.

Check out her Usher duet below, along with “Places To Go” produced by the legendary DJ Premier. Who knew Yuna had such urban swagger. I’m loving her new sound.

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