Tim Peacock

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Photos: Paul Bellaart (Duncan Laurence), Johnathan Weiner (YUNGBLUD), Juliette Abitbol (Polo & Pan), Philip Harris (Jessie Reyez)

As fast-rising stars such as Billie Eilish, Lewis Capaldi and Post Malone have proved over the past 12 months, modern pop music — in its many guises — is in particularly rude health right now. That’s a reason to celebrate in itself, but the really exciting news is that there’s already an array of fresh talent waiting to burst onto the international stage as we enter a brand-new decade. Here, then, are ten musical artists to watch in 2020.

Listen to the best of this year’s newcomers on Apple Music, and scroll down for our 10 essential artists to watch.


Louis Chilton

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It’s never been easier to listen to music while working out. Wireless headphones and online streaming have given exercisers a world of musical possibilities at their fingertips. But what are the best workout songs for an intense gym session?

While everyone has their own personal preference for music that will get their muscles pumping, there are a few qualities that all good workout songs have in common: a great beat, a quick tempo and a catchy, energising hook.

From sugary pop bangers to slick hip-hop hits, we’ve picked what we think are the best workout songs of the last few decades to listen to when hitting the gym. …


Rashad Grove

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Before ‘Black Beatles’ and before Swae Lee hooked up with Kanye West, Lee and Slim Jxmmi were just two brothers operating outside hip-hop’s established guard as the duo Rae Sremmurd. The siblings hailed from Tupelo, Mississippi, but found their footing in the Southern hip-hop haven of Atlanta, where they went viral with their signature melodic rhymes, catchy hooks and leftfield delivery. On their ambitious debut album, SremmLife, the dynamic duo ushered in a new class of hip-hop eccentrics.

Listen to Sremmlife right now.

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Most people heard Rae Sremmurd’s hits before they even knew how to say their name (it’s pronounced “ray shrim-MER”). The brothers had made some noise thanks to their first two singles, ‘No Flex Zone’ and ‘No Type’, both of which appeared on SremmLife when it was released on 6 January 2015. …

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