Last year we were pretty spot-on with our predictions about who to keep an eye on in 2011: Wiz Khalifa’s currently brushing shoulders (and SAG cards) with Snoop Dogg, Tinie Tempah reminded us why Brit club music is seriously the best and Warpaint continues to score us some major indie cred. So now that it’s 2012, let’s take a look at who we’ll be watching out for this year. Let’s take a closer look at Frank Ocean, Walk The Moon, Lana Del Rey, Dev, A$AP Rocky, Wallpaper., Avicii, Electric Guest, Kendrick Lamar, fun. and Alabama Shakes.
Frank Ocean: You probably already have a Frank Ocean jam on your iPod. If you don’t, you definitely have a Frank Ocean-assisted jam on your iPod. The R&B New Orleans native (and probably the most gentle member of Odd Future) has already been in the studio with Beyoncé, Kanye West and Jay-Z (together!), and that was before he was even signed.
Walk The Moon: It’s a common belief that there are literally zero people on the planet that don’t love Walk The Moon’s “Anna Sun.” The Cincinnati indie rockers combine synth-heavy hooks with happy harmonies to create what are sure to be some of 2012’s most repeat-worthy songs. Plus, how can you hate on a keytar cameo?
Lana Del Rey: New York native Lizzie Grant — you probably know her as Lana Del Rey — took the internet by storm with her 2011 song “Video Games.” She also managed to create an entirely new music genre while she was at it: “Hollywood sadcore.” With her striking visuals and modern take on romantic nostalgia, say hello to everyone’s new favorite indie crush.
Dev: California-based pop singer Dev is about to tear up 2012 like a G6. No, literally — her song “Booty Bounce” that was sampled in Far East Movement’s inescapable car jam “Like A G6″ is what launched it to No. 1 in the United States, and the recent new mom is just getting started. Dev released her debut album The Night The Sun Came Up at the end of 2011.
A$AP Rocky: After hits like “Purple Swag” and “Peso” got Harlem rapper Rakim Mayer’s name circulating around the hip hop elite, it was his 2011 mixtape “LiveLoveA$AP” that made him a standout. After hitting the road with Drake this past fall, we’re looking to hear much more from A$AP in 2012.
+ Check out our entire list of 2012 Artists To Watch after the jump, as well as tons of videos, performances and interviews from the bands.
+ A$AP ROCKY, “Peso”
+ fun., “We Are Young”
+ fun., “All The Pretty Girls”
+ fun., “Walking The Dog (Live)”
+ Alabama Shakes, “You Ain’t Alone”
+ Alabama Shakes On MTV Hive’s First Take
+ Walk The Moon, “Anna Sun”
+ Walk The Moon, “Anna Sun (Live)”
+ WALLPAPER., “F****** Best Song Everrr”
+ WALLPAPER., “#STUPiDFACEDD”
+ Electric Guest, “This Head I Hold”