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    EMI

    Working with producers like Rex Kudo and Charlie Handsome certainly helps your chances in music, but production can only show an artist the door. EMI crossed the threshold in 2016. The Seattle singer first caught our attention with "Phantom" back in February, and we were immediately hooked.

    She's followed it up with two strong singles since, "Hit Me" and "Sip It Slow," and has continued to release music with a unique marketing strategy: the next song comes only when her SoundCloud streams reach a certain point. When "Sip It Slow" hits 500,000 (it's currently at 428,000), we'll hear what's next.—Graham