By Staff

Sam Smith is well on his way to having a 2014 ofLordely proportions.

One might even argue that he’s already ahead of last year’s Rookie of the Year, since Lorde’s anti-consumerist anthem “Royals” didn’t drop until August, while Smith has already nabbed the No. 2 slot on the Billboard 200 with his debut, In The Lonely Hour. Not to mention, that with first weeks sales of 166,000, he currently has the highest selling debut album by a UK male artist in Soundscan’s 23-year history.

Smith new album is filled with unrequited love songs perfect for anyone experiencing a bit of summertime sadness. Of course, we can only imagine the man who spurned Smith’s advances is kicking himself right now, while we reap all the benefits.

Related: Best of New Music To Know 2013

But Smith isn’t the only new artist in the past seven months that has honored with the title ofNew Music To Know. And certainly not the only one we think is truly in it for the long haul.

Already this year, The Cadillac Three gave us a look at “The South” we thought only existed in Lynyrd Skynyrd songs, while Tove Lo has got us wondering if binging on Twinkies — rather than a pint of Ben & Jerry’s — is the best way to get over a bad breakup.

Former pizza delivery guy, Naughty Boy can’t stop us from singing “la la la” right along with Sam Smith. (Yep, that guy again.) Ex-convict, Domenic Palermo of the Philly band Nothing has us pondering our existence with his band’s beautiful shoegaze. And Shamir combines the honest songwriting of Taylor Swift with the theatrics of Lana Del Rey to make something that sounds far wiser than his 19 years.

Get to know the six new artists we believe you won’t be able to stop listening to for the rest of 2014 here. 


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