American culture has always had a foreign infusion of music with popular artists such as The Beatles, Pink Floyd, Fleetwood Mac, Coldplay and Adele topping the charts. Through Youtube and talent television shows, our country has discovered many new up-and-coming stars from other countries.
Ed Sheeran (England)
Just two years ago, Ed Sheeran was known by very few people in the United States. During the past year, he has made his way onto American radio and TV shows. The 21-year-old singer/songwriter is most known for his songs “The A Team” and “Lego House.” Clever, meaningful lyrics, occasional rapping/beatboxing and his acoustic folk/grime sound make Sheeran a truly unique artist and one worth listening to.
Of Monsters and Men (Iceland)
It is rare for a band from Iceland to become popular in the United States. The six-piece indie folk/pop band Of Monsters and Men have done just that. Their single “Little Talks” reached No. 1 on the US Alternative Songs chart. Of Monsters and Men’s musical style has often been compared to Mumford and Sons.
James Morrison (England)
Similar in style to Sheeran, James Morrison has been a well-known name in the United States for the past six years. Morrison is most known for his single “You Give Me Something.” Morrison has collaborated with many well-known artists such as Jason Mraz and Nelly Furtado. The singer’s cover of Coolio’s “Gangsta’s Paradise” is definitely worth checking out.
Ellie Goulding (England)
Indie pop artist Ellie Goulding is now a household name mainly for her most popular single “Lights.” The song reached No. 2 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart in the United States. Many of Goulding’s songs have been remixed and are most commonly turned into dubstep songs.
Jessie J (England)
Pop star Jessie J is most known for her strong soulful voice that is often confused with Katy Perry. In 2011, Jessie made her first American television debut on Saturday Night Live where she performed her single “Price Tag” with B.o.B.
Florence and the Machine (England)
Indie rock band Florence and the Machine has gained a strong fan base in the U.S. In 2011, the band was nominated for a Grammy Award and also performed on many highly esteemed award shows. The songs “Dog Days Are Over,” “Shake It Out” and “Heavy in Your Arms” have been featured on many American television shows and movies.