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Top 50 breakout artists of 2013

AOL Radio powered by Slacker has harnessed the power of the EQ charts to create a countdown of the new songs from new artists that you loved the most in 2013. Mat Diablo is your host for a look back at the artists that made the biggest impression in 2013 across all genres, featuring appearances from Lorde, HAIM, Rich Homie Quan, Thomas Rhett, Imagine Dragons, Zedd, and more!

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filliperogers December 26 2013 at 8:42 PM

Thank you for letting me comment on a few articles.... Im not on facebook and don't want to be... what can I say? A little freedom is better than none at all I guess. Now I am gonna listen to the new artists.

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elrod.porkmore filliperogers December 26 2013 at 9:55 PM

I don't know why huff post is doing that, I will not join facebook , no way,

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samantha_r_s April 01 2014 at 6:55 PM

I don't think Ariana Grande and Zendaya came out of now where, Ariana was on Nickoloden for a while (made her big break when she was on Victorious, i think an article said) and Zendaya was on Disney channel's Shake it up, before (or while) they were doing music.

A$ap Rocky, I'm not sure where he came from, or Macklemore. (I need to start listening to more of their music lol) But other than those people, I'm not sure where the hell everybody else came from (especially Lorde) or who they even are.

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vaya.mcdonough March 03 2014 at 10:25 PM

Walk off the earth didnt come from no where! they started on youtube doing covers

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kingofswords72 vaya.mcdonough March 06 2014 at 4:16 PM

how do you do a cover on youtube ? I thought covers were a minor band doing the introductory songs for a major band. Doing a cover on youtube seems like a lost cause.

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MortiBelle March 05 2014 at 4:24 PM

Check out my songs please =)

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isaac.melton April 23 2014 at 10:01 PM

Cassadee Pope isn't technically a breakthrough artist. She was originally in Hey Monday. We've heard her before. I only know a few of these anyways. Probably because I actually listen to real music. Most of this is hip hop/electronic trash that is extremely repetitive and takes no talent.

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rnlynx160 March 08 2014 at 12:26 AM

Black Veil Brides have been around since 2006.... that is damned far from new. But at least they are finally getting the recognition they deserve!

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steve rnlynx160 March 27 2014 at 9:42 PM

tbh i think people like BVB will never make it big as the market for rock music has sadly moved on into this dub-step/Rock stuff any how lets be honest your NEVER EVER going to get another rock song that is remembered like the greats such as Run to the hills, Bat out of hell Bohemian rapserdy ( :S sorry for spelling lol) e.c.t and i could go on but not going to

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Lauren April 08 2014 at 3:49 PM

Broadway isn't from nowhere... Ariana was in 13.

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borbust Lauren April 13 2014 at 10:00 PM


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Kc March 27 2014 at 12:47 AM

Halestorm has been around since 2005.....where are you people getting your information???

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steve Kc March 27 2014 at 9:34 PM


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tell.em March 28 2014 at 11:45 PM

Why are Zedd and Baauer on here? Krewella DID basically show up out of nowhere.
And Black Veil Brides were around back when scene kids were still unseen kids.

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fake.sun April 02 2014 at 2:41 PM

there are many of these artist that i don't know but i think they all have a story behind them. Ariana came out from Nicklodeon and "Victorious" made her more famous,the Bastille began making music in 2010 when the lead singer Dan Smith decided to form a band instead of singing alone,the Imagine Dragons started in 2008 and they have many songs before "Demons",they just got more famous in 2012 and then in 2014. then,here we come to the Black Veil Brides. my idols. well,Andy,the lead singer,started writing his own songs and singing (in school) when he was 14,then day by day his passion for music became bigger and in 2006 he and some friends became the band "Biersack" which is Andy's surname,then in 2007 the name changed into "Black Veil Brides" and little by little the members changed too and the band started making EPs,they now have 3 albums and are a very popular alternative rock and metal band.
i don't know about the others but i'm sure they all have a story to tell,Macklemore and Ryan Lewis have many songs before "Trift Shop" for example

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papathevanman fake.sun April 14 2014 at 8:42 PM

Ariana Grande is probably the most talented and admired stars on Nickelodeon, or anywhere. I see her on Victorious and Sam & Cat and the teen nick top ten. She is the best. Talented, cute, and pretty all wrapped into a wonderful package for all to enjoy.

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