Following a year in which pop groups like One Direction, the Wanted and fun. made notable leaps to stardom, the summer of 2013 promises to raise the profile of a new batch of radio-friendly collectives. Three up-and-coming groups — Little Mix, Emblem3 and Fifth Harmony — have particularly caught our attention, and all promise big things in the months ahead; but which new pop group will become inescapable this summer?
Vote now in the poll below to tell us which pop group has the best chance to become the Next Big Thing this summer:
On Tuesday (May 28), U.K. “X Factor” champs Little Mix will release its debut album “DNA” in the U.S., and then make its debut stateside television performance on “Good Morning America” on June 7. Jesy, Perrie, Jade and Leigh-Anne are already overseas stars — “DNA” debuted at No. 3 on the U.K. album chart upon its overseas release last November — and with punchy pop tunes like “Wings” and the Missy Elliott-assisted “How Ya Doin’?,” Little Mix are primed to impact a larger U.S. audience.
Meanwhile, male trio Emblem3 will follow up a successful stint on the U.S. version of “The X Factor” with an album due out in mid-summer that features collaborations with fun.’s Jack Antonoff and 1D songwriters Carl Falk and Rami Yacoub. The pop-rock group will also join Selena Gomez as an opening act on her lengthy tour, beginning on Aug. 14 in Vancouver.
Finally, Fifth Harmony is readying a debut album of its own: another U.S. “X Factor” alum, the Epic Records artist is apparently “really far along” with its first full-length, due out later this year. The five-piece girl group worked with superstar producer Julian Bonetta on the debut, and hopes to release a proper single shortly.
Need another listen of the three rising artists? Check out Little Mix, Emblem3 and Fifth Harmony in action before you cast your vote: