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For The "It" Girl's Playlist: 3 Artists to Watch in 2013

Sunday, December 30, 2012
2012 was filled with powerful ladies: Gabby Douglas, Lena Dunham and Katniss Everdeen, to name a few. It was also a great year for female musicians, with Lana Del Rey's debut, a slew of amazing singles from Florence + The Machine, Ellie Goulding's "Halcyon" album and, of course, Carly Rae Jepsen's ubiquitous "Call Me Maybe."

There were three acts who not only made an impact on my musical universe this year, but also have the makings to become full-fledged favorites of my fellow "It" Girls in 2013.

EDM "It" Girls to Watch: Rebecca & Fiona
"We definitely want to inspire girls to produce. You don't just want to be the girls singing on someone else's house music. It's more fun to be in control."

Swedish DJs Rebecca Scheja and Fiona Fitzpatrick are not music newbies. The house duo have reigned over Sweden's club scene since 2010, and spent a large portion of 2011 touring with EDM greats Tiësto and Kaskade. Their first album "I Love You, Man" dropped in the U.S. this summer, and the tracks "We Are Girls" and "Dance" helped push them toward recognition when they were featured during "Gossip Girl" this fall. Rebecca and Fiona brilliantly blend the infectious dance beats we expect from the genre with meditative vocals.

Songs you should download immediatelyDanceGiliapHard

What's next: I would love to hear more collaborations (their vocals on Kaskade's "Turn It Down" made the song one of my favorites last year), and the ladies also recently shared they are already working on a new album. 

Indie Pop Superstar on the Rise: Foxes
"There's an anthemic side of the music. I'm a massive fan of when music has a moment where you can completely let go and it feels really big and exciting."

I have "Gossip Girl" to thank for a lot of music discoveries. One of my favorite findings has been Foxes, also known as Louisa Rose Allen. Immediately after hearing "Youth" on the show, I wanted more. This year, she released two EPs, "Youth" and "Warrior," comprising tracks which showcase her passionate, powerful voice.

Songs you should download immediatelyYouth, Home, Clarity

What's next: The British songstress is now finalizing her first full-length album, which I cannot wait to get my hands on. If her EPs are any indication, I expect emotional, whimsical tracks that are as catchy as they are beautiful.

Girl Group Poised for International Pop Perfection: The Saturdays
"We’ve got five completely different people, five different personalities and, hopefully, we can bring something new to the table."

Like boy bands, girl groups are making a comeback. But out of the handful who come to mind, I find The Saturdays to be the most addictive. I discovered them a couple of years ago, but really fell in love thanks to their dance-infused third album "On Your Radar," which became one of my favorite records of the past year. Now, the girls — Una Healy, Rochelle Humes, Mollie King, Frankie Sandford and Vanessa White — are prepping to take the U.S. by storm.

Songs you should download immediatelyWhat About Us, Move On U, All Fired Up

What's next: In addition to readying their fourth studio album, The Saturdays will be invading our televisions. E! will broadcast a reality series starting in January called "Chasing The Saturdays," chronicling  their journey to establishing themselves in the U.S. It should make for a fun way to get to know the girls!
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