17 Male Artists To Watch For In 2017

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Below are 17 extremely talented men that TheConcertGator believes will prosper and beyond in their careers in 2017. If you haven’t already, check them out and learn a little about each of them below!

#17. Jahkoy

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Jahkoy is a R&B singer and rapper signed to Def Jam Recordings. After releasing a mixtape and touring as the support act for Tinashe, he is expected to release his debut full length album in 2017. He also is one of the support acts on Kehlani’s sold out headlining “SweetSexySavage” Tour.

#16. Mike Posner

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The multi talented singer-songwriter’s career started booming years ago with hit singles, “Cooler Than Me”, “Please Don’t Go”, and writing hit singles for Justin Bieber, Maroon 5, and more. Fresh off of a huge 2016 with the massive hit single “I Took A Pill in Ibiza”, his second studio album, and opening for Demi Lovato and Nick Jonas – Posner continues his buzz into 2017. He released a duo album with rising star Blackbear under the name “Mansionz”. He also released a book of poetry entitled, “Teardrops and Ballons”. He will also tour through 2017. It will be interesting to see what else Posner has up his sleeve for the year.

#15. Stanaj

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Before releasing his own music, the singer-songwriter blew up on social media with attention from Kim Kardashian, Chris Brown, and more. He has since released two EPs and is gearing up to release his debut full length album this year. He is also on JoJo’s sold out Mad Love Tour covering 57 dates across North America. Expect to see Stanaj all over this year!

#14. SoMo

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SoMo became a YouTube sensation posting soulful covers of popular R&B hits and throwbacks on YouTube. Quickly building a dedicated fan base, he released his debut album and hit single “Ride” which recently went double platinum in 2017. He also released his sophomore album, “The Answers” and will begin his eighth headlining tour this Spring traveling to 36 cities across America.

#13. NAV

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Nav began to get the streets buzzing after Kylie Jenner promoting his track, “Myself” via Snapchat. He was featured on Travis Scott’s track, “Biebs In The Track” which received a gold certification without any radio support. In February 2017, he released his highly anticipated self titled mixtape “Nav”, which charted at #4 in Canada and #24 in the U.S. He also released a single with XO label partner The Weeknd. Expect to hear a lot more from Nav in 2017 including his next project, “Perfect Timing” – a joint project with Metro Boomin’.

#12. Migos

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They been on all of our radars for the past few years with their mixtapes, debut album, catchy raps, and head bopping tunes. The trap trio sky rocketed to the top of the charts in early 2017 with “Bad and Boujee”, making it their first #1 single on Billboard’s Hot 100 ever. Their sophomore album “Culture” was released in January 2017 which also topped the album charts reaching #1 and received rave reviews from critics including XXL, Pitchfork, and AllMusic. Expect to see and hear a lot more from the Migos in 2017 including music + headlining shows!

#11. Kygo

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Norwegian DJ, producer, songwriter, and musician Kygo has received large amounts of international success throughout the years, but in 2017 he plans to take that to the next level! Kygo will release his sophomore album this year which features it’s accompanying first single, “It Ain’t Me” featuring Selena Gomez that is tearing up the charts worldwide currently. Expect to hear him from the clubs to the radios. Kygo plans on taking over in 2017!

#10. Spenser Ludwig

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Spencer Ludwig is a sing-songwriter that also plays the trumpet and makes music that will make you dance! The soulful and funky musician is a former member of Capital Cities, but left the group to peruse solo projects. With a range of talents under his belt he plans on taking 2017 by storm. He just wrapped up touring with BeBe Rexha and will release his full length debut album this year.

#9. Zayn

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The former One Direction member released his debut album, “Mind of Mind” in 2016 which featured his smash hit “Pillowtalk”. While he may not be your typical rising star he still is just getting started on the solo end of things. He recently released a new single, “Still Got Time” featuring PartyNextDoor, the first single off his upcoming sophomore album. Expect a new album and potentially his first solo tour in 2017.

#8. Harry Styles

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Another former One Direction member, one with a highly anticipated solo debut under way. It’s typically hit or miss when it comes to groups dismembering and going solo. With Styles always being a fan favorite of the group it’s exciting to see what he’s been cooking up. He recently announced that his first solo single, “Sign Of The Times” will be released April 7th. Not to mention we should expect a full length solo album sometime in 2017. If you liked One Direction or not it’s perfectly okay to be curious and anxious to hear what Style’s solo work will be like.

#7. Chance The Rapper

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Chance The Rapper may have already experienced loads of commercial success in 2016, but 2017 is setting itself up to be an even better year for the rapper. He started the year off three Grammy wins – Best Rap Album, Best Rap Performance, and Best New Artist. The incredible and genuinely talented rapper also announced a 41-date North American headlining arena tour that is expected to sell out. We could potentially expect new music in 2017. Chance has just began his domination. To top it all off he donated $1,000,000 to Chicago Public Schools to help offset the lack of government funding provided. Inspirational and humble.

#6. 6LACK

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The Interscope signed singer-songwriter-rapper released his debut album, “Free 6lack” at the end of 2016 and is starting off 2017 just right. Follow his first headlining sold out tour in early 2017 he will join The Weeknd on his upcoming Spring arena tour. The buzz behind 6LACK is solid and at large, we can expect more new music throughout 2017 and much more from him to come.

#5. Cheat Codes

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The EDM trio that went viral with their epic renditions of pass hits touched to Cheat Code perfection “Let Me Hold You (Turn Me On) and “Sex”.They took 2016 by storm and plan to do the same in 2017. They DJ, produce, sing, and write. Impressive, right? After signing to 300 Entertainment in September 2016, they started 2017 just right by releasing “No Promises” with Demi Lovato. The catchy pop tune is expected to take over airwaves and we will be hearing the trio all over in no time. Expect to hear a full length album from the boys in 2017 and more festivals, tours, and appearances nation wide. It’ll be exciting to see what they do next!

#4. Khalid

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The 19 year old singer-songwriter released his debut album, “American Teen” in March 2017 which went Top 10 on Billboard’s 200 Chart. The impressive debut has lead his single, “Location” to reach a top 40 peak as of now and a performance on Jimmy Fallon backed by The Roots. His much buzzed about debut is no surprise considering the singer-songwriter has a range of talents and his music shines along with his talents. In early 2017, he went on a 21 city tour in America that sold out in every city. His buzz is going strong and expected to continue throughout the year. Up next on his busy schedule is touring with Travis Scott through the Spring.

#3. Gucci Mane

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The trap legend has already proved himself to be one of Hip-Hop’s greatest, but after a major comeback in 2016 he is expected to keep the momentum going in 2017. While it would take paragraphs to list all his previous accomplishments, it’s exciting to talk about all the great projects he has coming up in 2017. He will release his third album in a years time, “Droptopwop” which is expected to include the viral single, “Make Love” featuring Nicki Minaj. Gucci will go on his first ever tour in his entire career beginning this Wednesday! He will also be a published author in September 2017 with “The Autobiography of Gucci Mane”, a highly anticipated memoir. If that isn’t enough he is expected to drop a movie and will be tying the knot with longtime girlfriend Keyshia Ka’oir. 2017 is looking to be yet another winning year for Gucci!

#2. Rae Sremmurd

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The Sremmurd brothers have had non stop success since their first album dropped in 2015 and their momentum continued into 2016 with their first #1 single, “Black Beatles” featuring Gucci Mane. Many consider the epic track responsible for bringing Hip-Hop back to the mainstream charts. They have another hit under their belt in 2017 with Top 40 track, “Swang”. In April they announced that they’re working on their third album, “SremmLife3” which will be released in 2017. Not only that, but the brothers also are working on solo projects for 2017 releases and will tour with The Weeknd this Spring. We couldn’t get enough of them the past two years and can’t wait for their success to transition into 2017 and beyond! They’re just getting started.

#1. Belly

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Regardless if you’ve heard of Belly or not yet, you will. The XO, Roc Nation signed rapper has released many mixtapes over the years including the epic, “Up For Days”, “Another Day in Paradise”, and most recently “Inzombia”. The mixtapes have generated exceptional feedback from the streets and his fans. His mixtapes lined him up for touring gigs with Juicy J and The Weeknd in 2017. He is expected to release his highly anticipated sophomore album in 2017 and to continue to keep the streets buzzing. His impressive bars, lyricism, and flow even scored him a 2017 iHeartRadio Award nomination. He recently stated on his Instagram that he is currently working on his best music yet. If you’ve listened to his phenomenal projects you would understand exactly why he is #1 on TheConcertGator’s 17 Male Artist to Watch in 2017 list. Stay tuned, Belly is just getting started and you’ll be seeing a lot more from him in 2017.
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