Next Big Thing: Drake's latest find and 2 standout international acts

TORONTO -- The weekly Next Big Thing column highlights what's bubbling under the surface in entertainment with a look at rising stars in the world of music, as well as standout TV shows, movies and web series that would be a shame to overlook.

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This week we're taking a look at three recent songs that are generating major attention online without the help of music videos.

NEW DVSN

Leave it to Drake to keep us all guessing once again.

The chart-topping Toronto rapper is notorious for building a mystery with his own album releases, but many of the young acts he finds, like the Weeknd, spend years shrouded in secrecy.

Enter Dvsn -- pronounced "division" -- the latest project being teased by producers at Drake's OVO Sound record label.

Earlier this week, OVO co-founder Noah (40) Shebib posted an image of Dvsn's logo on Instagram, sparking rumours that the R&B act has been added to their roster.

With a little detective work fans quickly discovered that Dvsn's music credits had been changed on Spotify to credit OVO Sound as the distributor.

That's been enough to get blogs talking about Dvsn's soulful sound in tracks.

Listen to "The Line."

BUZZ-WORTHY BLUES

Across the pond, Lawrence Taylor has perked up the ears of record executives with his smoky blues sound.

The Birmingham, England, singer began as an unsigned artist playing small-town gigs, but all of that changed last year when his track "Bang Bang" became an Internet sensation pushed up the Spotify viral charts across the world.

Now Taylor has a record contract and he's rolling into the South By Southwest music festival later this month to build anticipation for his debut album, expected next year.

You can hear "Bang Bang" on Taylor's debut EP.

Watch him perform the song live on the South By Southwest YouTube page.

MOME'S THE WORD

It began in the concert halls of Paris, but Jeremy Souillart sees his new project Mome going global.

The composer and producer has been generating buzz online with "Aloha," one of the first songs he's released as part of the long-term project that began to take shape last year.

Since then, he's packed his bags and taken Mome -- pronounced "mom" -- to Australia where he's writing and recording tracks from a studio built in his van.

"Aloha" features Australian singer Merryn Jeann and an unruly electronic hook that's as curious as it is catchy.



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