Tuesday 17th January 2017 Deezer, one of the world’s leading global music streaming platforms, today announced a brand-new initiative which sees it supporting upcoming music artists launch their careers. Named Deezer Next, the definitive list of twelve artists, three of which will be supported at a global level, will also give music fans the inside track on who to listen out for across a range of genres in 2017.

Featuring an eclectic mix of talented brand new artists, including Rag’n’Bone Man and Lady Leshurr, who are already making waves on the global music scene, this innovative programme will also champion relative newcomers such as Anne-Marie, Barns Courtney, Jay Prince, Maggie Rogers, Pumarosa, Raye, Ray Blk, The Academic, The Amazons and Tom Misch, who combined make up the 12 selected artists from UK& Ireland. Rag’n’ Bone Man and Anne-Marie have also been chosen as two out of three acts who be supported at a global level by the Deezer Next programme.

This newly created programme, aimed at identifying and championing emerging talent, will see the music streaming service work directly with the artists, record labels and managers to cultivate and develop their profile. Outside of the UK & Ireland, Deezer will also be selecting artists in a number of countries including the US, France, Latin America and Germany to take part in the programme and will help develop their profile through playlisting and through the creation of individual content and campaigns with editorial and marketing support across all channels, including video, podcast, social and/or interactive. To further demonstrate Deezer’s commitment, music from one of the global priority artists will feature in an upcoming Deezer TV advertising campaign.

Sulinna Ong, Vice President, Artist Marketing, Deezer said: “One of the biggest challenges in the music industry is developing and breaking new artists but, as streaming is becoming the preferred choice for music fans, we now have an exciting and meaningful way of introducing and developing emerging artists on a global scale. Deezer is committed to supporting emerging artists and being an important part of the journey in developing artist careers.”

“It’s so amazing and such a lovely start to the year to be considered as one of the top 3 global emerging artists by Deezer”, said Anne-Marie. This is echoed by Rag’n’Bone Man who commented, “Cheers Deezer for making me one of your Global Priorities. Pretty massive!”



English singer and songwriter Anne-Marie has featured on four top charting singles, including Clean Bandit’s number one record ‘Rockabye’. Pop focused, her work collaborates with highly acclaimed artists including Dizzee Rascal, Gorgan City and Magnetic Man. Her latest single ALARM is out now. A new single will be released in February.

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Barns Courtney

A British singer/songwriter who has opened the stage for artists such as Ed Sheeran and Tom Odell. Barns Courtney’s Blues Rock sounds received a heavy boost in 2015 when his song “Fire” appeared on the soundtrack to the Bradley Cooper vehicle Burnt. His HANDS EP is out May 27th.

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Jay Prince

Jay Prince is a Hip Hop recording artist and music producer from East London. His style of music has been described as a chilled and mellow nostalgic vibe, with influences of 90’s US Hip Hop, Jay brings a combination of complex poetic lyrics and flow to his music. Prince has already supported some very impressive acts such as Major Lazer, Ghostface Killah, Snakehips and Jess Glynne. Prince’s latest mixtape Smile Good is out now.

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Lady Leshurr

English rapper and singer best known for her “Queen’s Speech” series of songs and videos. Lady Leshurr initially gained fame through her critically-acclaimed mixtapes, winning Best Female at the 2011 Official Mixtape awards. Her brand-new UK tour which kicks off at the end of February.

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Maggie Rogers

First known for her 2016 viral hit “Alaska,” American singer/songwriter Maggie Rogers combines folk, dance, and R&B into a powerfully emotional sound. Pharrell Williams is a huge fan of her work, and Maggie has a big US tour schedule for 2017 coming up throughout January and February. Her EP ‘Now That The Light Is Fading’ will be released in February of this year, and she has just released her new single ‘On + Off’ this week.

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Pumarosa are known for their amazing, euphoric live performances. Having already toured the world with various artists, 2017 is looking very bright for this five-piece band.

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Hailing from South London and writing songs since the age of 10, Raye’s second EP is out now following the success of her first EP release. Raye’s subtle take on warm, electronic-infused R&B is one that instantly captivates her listeners, carefully drawing inspiration from a finely tuned set of musical eras, genres, and artists.

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Rag’n’Bone Man

Rag’n’Bone Man is the Brits critics’ choice award-winner, whose cavernous voice rumbles over samples from old blues and soul records. He has already been a massive success across Europe, and has topped the charts in Austria, Belgium, Germany, Hungary, Slovakia and Switzerland.

Rag’n’Bone Man has a big UK tour taking place throughout March and April of this year, following the release of his LP ‘Human’ on February 10th.

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Ray Blk

Ray Blk is a true product of what South London has to offer the urban soul and R&B scene. Collaborating with the likes of Wretch 32 and Stormzy, 2017 is set to be an exciting year for Ray Blk.

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The Academic

One of Ireland’s hottest musical prospects, The Academic have already supported bands like The Pixies and have already managed to tour Ireland, Europe and the UK.

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The Amazons

After winning a slot on the Introducing Stage at Reading and Leeds in 2015, the band have had great support from radio shows such as Zane Lowe’s Next Hype to Jo Goods’ Shock of the New on XFM. Performing at various festivals such as Live At Leeds, Barn on The Farm, Dot To Dot and Bushstock, it’s been nothing but upwards for the foursome.

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Tom Misch

21-year-old Tom Misch had a great US and European tour last year, with this year set to be even better with already being added to the lineup for The Secret Garden Party 2017. Misch’s most recently released EP entitled ‘Reverie’ is out now.

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