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Singer/songwriter Jon Bellion makes contemporary pop that mixes R&B, hip-hop, and indie rock influences.  Born on Long Island, New York, Bellion grew up focusing on his love of basketball.  However, in his junior year of high school, his love of music came to a forefront thank to such influences as Timbaland, Pharrell Williams, J Dilla, and Eminem when he began to write songs on his broher’s keyboard.  After high school, Bellion enrolled in a music program at Long Island’s Five Towns College, where he became involved in the vibrant local music scene.

After graduating, Bellion continued to pursue his performance career, eventually garnering wider attention thanks to his song “The Monster”, which was included on Eminem’s 2013 album, “Marshal Mathers LP 2”.  The track which featured a duet between Eminem and Rihanna, topped the charts in 12 countries including topping the Billboard 200 in the United States.  Also in 2013, Bellion released his debut mixtape, “Translation Through Speakers”, In 2014, Bellion released his second mixtape, “The Seperation”, which featured the single, “Ungrateful Eyes”.

Bellion also released his first debut album, “The Definition”, in 2014 and the album was highly praised, both for Bellion’s catchy mixture of hip-hop infused indie-pop and R&B.  Since the album’s release, he has also released three followup singles in 2015, “Woke The F*ck Up”, “Woodstock (Psychedelic Fiction)”, and “All Time Low”.

He is definitely an artist worth keeping an eye out because he will probably be dropping a second album sometime soon.  Check out some of his biggest hits below to see why he’s beginning to turn heads.

Sources: Info: Billboard.com – Videos: YouTube – Jon Bellion – Picture: Google Images

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Urban Cone is a Swedish Indie pop band from out of Stockholm, Sweden that formed in 2010.  The band consists of Emil Gustafsson (vocals, bass), Rasmus Flyckt (vocals, keyboard), Magnus Fulko (drums), Tim Formgren (guitar), and Jacob William Sjoberg (keyboard).  The group formed while all of the members were in high school.  The band’s debut album, “Our Youth” was released on May 8, 2013 in the United States and was produced and recorded in Flyckt’s living room.

The group found initial success in late 2010 when their self-released debut single “Urban Photography” found much popularity through online music blogs.  In fall 2012, the band released their debut EP “Our Youth” and the single off the EP “Urban Photography” reached No. 2 on Hype Machine.  The EP was well received by both the public and critics alike, with Earmilk.com notably writing: “The EP exemplifies what Urban Cone is at its finest, staying true to their roots and presenting honest, gritty, dance/pop”.  Following the release of “Our Youth EP”, Urban Cone made their first tour into the US in January 2013.  They performed in New York, Brooklyn, Los Angeles, and San Francisco.

On May 8, 2013, the band released their debut album “Our Youth”.  The album, as I said before, was well liked and received across the indie pop scene.  With a strange mixture of upbeat sounds and, at times, rather somber lyrics, it caught many, including myself, off guard, which is probably why the songs stand out from among the sea of sound-alike indie pop.

On May 12, 2015, the band released their second album “Poloroid Memories”.  This album seems to show that Urban Cone has mastered the art of making happy sounding, uplifting pop, that mixes in lyrics about heartbreak, lost love, and other real-life hardships that are usually absent from indie pop music in general.  This album, like the band’s predecessor has too been highly regarded among fans and critics.

This group is only two albums in and they already seem to have perfected deceptive indie pop that seems like its taking you on a fun and happy ride, when really your being thrust into life and the hardships that it can bring.  I love this group and their unique sound and feel like more people need to know about them.  Check out some of the band’s biggest hits below and be sure to pick up “Our Youth” or “Poloroid Memories” if you can.

 

Sources: Info: Wikipedia – Videos: YouTube – Urban Cone – Picture: Google Images