The Week In Pop: Meet The New Wave Of British Pop Stars

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We at Stereogum have the UK on the brain this week. And while there’s a big difference between “Britpop” and “British pop,” this seems like an appropriate time to point out just how many singers from the motherland have been making waves on these shores. We haven’t quite reached British Invasion levels of saturation; many of these acts are only internet celebrities in the US despite rising-star status in their homeland. It’s actually quite a bit like Britpop in that way — a cultural phenomenon over there, a cult phenomenon over here. Yet more and more, figures like Ed Sheeran and Ellie Goulding are becoming legitimate stars in America, and the likes of Sam Smith and Rita Ora (pictured) have been taking initial steps in that direction. Whether they make it in the States or not, the UK is exporting notable pop stars en masse these days. Let’s have a look at them.


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