Earlier this month, Billboard and W Hotels kicked off their second annual Next Up: New Artists, New Music concert series in New York City, where Swedish singer-songwriter LÉON wowed fans with her soulful indie-pop sound. While in town, the Stockholm native took time to cruise around Manhattan and check out some of her favorite shops, restaurants, and clubs.
Below, you’ll find an interactive map featuring both LÉON’s picks and a handful of spots selected by Billboard and W Hotels.
Not surprisingly, LÉON made a point of visiting Good Records NYC, where the lifelong music lover perused the racks of vintage vinyl. The store carries everything from soul and jazz to disco and hip-hop—perfect for LÉON’s eclectic tastes.
LÉON also digs fashion, so she naturally stopped by American Two Shot, a super-chic clothing store with an art gallery and coffee bar built in.
“As soon as we get to a city, I need one or two hours alone,” LÉON says in the video, describing her touring habits. “I jump in a cab and go to a store and just pick out pretty clothes.”
Watch the full video of her NYC shopping trip where LÉON grabs copies of Beach Boys and Neil Young classics she can’t live without here:
LÉON was certainly looking sharp when she took the stage at the W New York in Manhattan on August 7. Check out footage from the event including some great backstage interviews with LÉON discussing her creative process and love of playing live here.
“Being selected as one of the Next Up artists means a lot to me,” LÉON says. “Billboard is such a big name for every artist. It’s like a dream to be associated with it.”
Stay tuned for more intimate Next Up: New Artists, New Music performances as the series continues in Las Vegas and Santiago, Chile.