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Alt-Pop Rising: 15 Songs You Need to Hear Right Now

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Give these up-and-comers a deserving chance. 

This week was massive for the world of pop music, as two of the genre's leading ladies, Lady Gaga and Katy Perry, both reasserted themselves as the top players. Fresh off her Super Bowl spectacle, Gaga announced she'd be appearing on RuPaul's Drag Race Season 9 and dropped her campy "John Wayne" video, and Perry made a triumphant return with her reggae-disco single, "Chained to the Rhythm."

As we're constantly inundated with news from the biggest names, it's too easy to forget the underdogs who're delivering equally strong singles each week. Today, we challenge you to take a break from revisiting Joanne (or Gaga's greater political discography) and leave some room in your KP-dominated playlists to give these 15 up-and-comers a deserving chance. From Sigrid to Phoebe Ryan, this is alt-pop rising.

"Don't Kill My Vibe" by Sigrid

"Medicine Man" by Charlotte OC

"No Sleep" by SNOW CULTURE

"Don't Complicate It" by Ea Kaya

"Little Too Much" by Emma Lauran

"Run" by Mio

"Good Life" by SOULE

"Dark Side" by Phoebe Ryan

"Love Longtime" by Mavi Phoenix

"Honeymoon Phase" by Tysm

"Searching" by Liv Dawson

"Daddy" by Rotana

"Keep Running" by Tei Shi

"Tightrope" by LPX

"Fade to Love" by FOURS

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