British musical imports mean big business these days with acts like Ellie Goulding, One Direction and now Oscar-winning singer Adele. So we look, as always, to the future and with British music seemingly on the rise now here in the U.S., we take a look into five (and a special bonus) acts that could potential have massive success here on mainstream radio if their cards.
Matt Cardle, the winner of the seventh season of The X Factor in 2010, released his debut album in fall of 2011 and peaked at number 2 on the UK Albums chart. The debut single, “When We Collide,” hit number 1 on the UK Singles chart and his follow-up single, “Run For Your Life,” hit number 6. The debut album, Letters, went Platinum in the United Kingdom and led to the release of his second album, The Fire, in 2012.
Cheryl Cole claimed the British spotlight in 2002 when she, along with four other girls, won the UK reality TV show Popstars: The Rivals and formed a girl group named Girls Aloud. Over the course of five studio albums, two greatest hits and 23 singles (20 of them all consecutively hitting the top 10 on the UK Singles chart), Girls Aloud reigned as the biggest British girl group officially selling over 4.3 million singles. Solo, Cheryl has had great success with three solo albums (the first of which has sold over a million copies) and three number 1 singles on the UK Singles chart as well as being shortly featured on the first season of the U.S. version of The X-Factor before being replaced by Nicole Scherzinger.
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Chip, formerly known as Chipmunk, is a British rapper that has recently signed with T.I.’s Grand Hustle label stateside. He’s currently working on a third studio album under the label, but before the change he released two previous albums in the UK to major acclaim. The first album, which achieved platinum sales, featured the number 1 single “Oopsy Daisy” and top 3 single “Until You Were Gone.” His second album which featured the single “Champion” with Chris Brown hit the top 10 and wasn’t as successful but received positive reviews from critics.
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Vincent Turner, known under the stage name Frankmusik, is known widely for his uptempo electropop. Not a majorly successful artist in the UK with his two albums reaching number’s 13 and 178 on the UK Album chart, his hits have a quite massive following among many pop fans online. His singles “Better Off As 2” and “Confusion Girl” are arguably the biggest hits but he has chanced working with better known artists like his collaboration with Far East Movement on the single “Do It In The AM.” Frankmusik is currently working on new music and will likely release a third album in 2013.
VIDEO: “Better Off As 2”
Una Healy, Rochelle Humes, Mollie King, Frankie Sandford and Venessa White, known collectively as The Saturdays, are the stars of the E! Network’s reality show “Chasing The Saturdays.” They recently released a single and an EP in the U.S., but before that, the group formed in 2007. Since then in the UK, the group have released three albums and are currently working on a fourth for release in both the UK and US. The Saturdays have a platinum album as well as 10 top 10 singles on the British Singles chart.
Bonus: Boyband JLS were the runners-up of the fifth season of The X-Factor in 2008. Following their appearance on the show, JLS have gone on to release 4 studio albums (1 reaching 4x Platinum status, another reaching 2x Platinum status and a 3’rd reaching Platinum), 5 number 1 singles and 10 top 10 singles. They are currently working on their fifth studio album and have released an EP in the U.S.
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