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News January 8, 2020

Pitchfork, NME & Pandora list their Aussies watch in 2020

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Pitchfork, NME & Pandora list their Aussies watch in 2020
Rising stars Banoffee & Mallrat

If 2019 was anything to go by, Aussie acts are set to have a huge impact on the global music scene this year, and several Australians have been listed by international platforms and publications as essential artists to watch in 2020.

Here are some of the home-grown heroes being tipped for a big 2020:

Tame Impala

In a whopping list including Lana Del Rey, Grimes, Adele and Frank Ocean, Pitchfork has listed Tame Impala’s forthcoming album on a list of The 39 Most Anticipated Albums of 2020.

The Kevin Parker-led project will release a fourth studio album The Slow Rush on February 14, with Pitchfork writers hailing the fact that fans are “finally getting a follow-up to 2015’s Currents.

The latest single ahead of the album was released just today (Wednesday, January 8).


Over at British music publication NME, Aussie avant-pop artist Banoffee is being tipped for a big 2020.

She’s made their list called The NME 100: Essential New Artists for 2020, and Banoffee is set to release her debut album Look At Us Now Dad.

“We can confirm it’s excellent – full of wonky pop tunes stuffed full of fizzing hooks,” says NME.


Pandora and SiriusXM have teamed up to list their Artists To Watch In 2020, with two Aussies making the list.

Mallrat is described as an “indie-pop sensation” on the list, and is being tipped to make a bigger splash internationally this year after opening for the likes of Maggie Rogers and Post Malone in 2019.

“Take into account her uber-catchy upbeat tracks that showcase her affinity for the 90s that undoubtedly put you in a good mood and have you bobbing your head and singing along only shows her mainstream success here in the states is imminent.”

Tones And I

This one seems a bit less of an inspired choice and more of a given, but few would be against Tones And I making further inroads overseas after a breakout 2019.

She’s also made Pandora and SiriusXM’s list for 2020.

“…her smash single “Dance Monkey” hit #1 on our Predictions Chart and Shazam, is certified 3x platinum in Australia and let’s just say, she puts on an amazing live show.”

Stay tuned to TMN as we’ll soon look into our crystal ball to produce our own Ones To Watch List of promising Aussies for 2020.

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