The Hottest Independent Artists In The World: Adeline, Brye, Matilda Mann, Mnelia and Rozei

With around 40,000 tracks uploaded to Spotify daily – and 500 hours of video uploaded to YouTube every minute – how can those working in the global music business hope to discover the most promising emerging artists in the world?

One option, of course, is to turn to the robots. Instrumental, a long-term partner of MBW, uses proprietary algorithms combined with human intelligence to comb streaming services and discover around 5,000 new commercially interesting artists a week whose popularity is starting to spike.

A small percentage of the 800,000 artists Instrumental tracks are tagged as ‘hot’ by their algorithm and are subsequently monitored day-by-day on Instrumental’s platform. They are also recommended to Instrumental’s partners, which include all three major labels and companies like Corite, Live Nation, Image Sound and Paradigm.

Now, every week, MBW will highlight five of the most promising prospects within Instrumental’s new ‘hot’ artists from around the globe.

Here are the indie acts you need to know this week…


Adeline is an indie soul artist from the USA.

Originally lead singer of the nu-disco band ‘Escort’ from New York, and perhaps also known to play the bass in Cee Lo Green’s touring band, Adeline has now launched her solo career.

She became ‘Hot’ on the Instrumental TalentAI last week after her direct Spotify followers increased by 28% in just seven days.

Her most recent release Middle currently has over 215k playlist followers.


Brye is a 16-year-old indie pop artist from the USA.

Her most recent release LEMONS (released March 20th 2020) went viral on TikTok and has since amassed over 600k Spotify streams.

Since she became ‘Hot’ on Instrumental’s TalentAI, she has been added to a further seven playlists and her popularity score had gone up by 5 points.

Her direct Spotify followers have increased by over 19k in the last 2 months.

Matilda Mann

Matilda is a singer/songwriter from West London.

She first became a ‘Hot’ artist on Instrumental’s TalentAI in December last year, and has since become ‘Hot’ again for the last 28 days following her recent EP If That Makes Sense.

This EP now has over 764k Spotify streams.

Over the last 28 days her direct Spotify followers have increased by 40%.

Tracks from her recent EP currently feature on Spotify editorial playlists including The Stress Buster (478k followers) and Easy (368 followers).


Mnelia is an R&B artist from North West London who first became ‘Hot’ on Instrumental’s TalentAI on February 11th 2020.

Since then Mnelia’s direct Spotify followers have increased by 134%.

Since becoming a ‘Hot’ artist, her playlist following on Spotify has also increased by 140%, leading to a current total of 1.7 million.

Her most recent track Say Yeah has accumulated 1.4 million streams and is featured on editorial Spotify playlists including The Pop List (670k followers) and This Is How We Do (615k followers).


Rozei is a rap artist from Pennsylvania.

Rozei was first labelled ‘Hot’ on Instrumental’s TalentAI in December last year, and has also had a ‘Hot’ streak on Instrumental’s TalentAI for 28 days.

His most recent release Ooo La La (released February 7th 2020) has accumulated 7.7 million streams on Spotify and currently has over 519k playlist followers.

Since Rozei was first picked up as ‘Hot’, his direct Spotify followers have gone up by 275%.

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