Buzz Meter

Buzz Meter
AlunaGeorge
After turning heads with their irresistible EP on Tri Angle, this London-based R&B/pop duo signed to Island and are prepping an album for early 2013. Which feels way too far away.

Polaris > Mercury
The Brits may have come up with the concept, but Canadians definitely put up the stronger list of nominees in 2012.

Kilo Kish
Azealia Banks and Kreayshawn are blowing it, so make room for this young Brooklyn-based, Odd Future-approved MC, who is, like, a quadruple threat (model, painter, fashion designer).

Cruel Summer (pictured)
Kanye's comp missed titular release plan, but worse, the music missed the mark in matching the hype. Though R. Kelly's "To the World" is utterly fantastic.

Smoke & Jackal
Just because you play bass in Kings of Leon doesn't mean anyone will care about your side-project.