Teen Vogue Chats “Sugar” With Francesco Yates

Watch Francesco Yates Perform an Acoustic Version of “Sugar,” One of the Biggest New Songs of the Year

It’ll get you lifted and feeling so gifted.

While every city has its musical scene, it’s undeniable that something is in the water in Canada. Maybe it’s all that fresh mountain air. Or the fact that everyone is so gosh darn polite. But between Justin Beiber, the Weeknd, Shawn Mendes, and — of course, the patron saint of the 6ix — Drake, a lot of really great music is happening just north of the border.

Now, get ready to add another name to that list of great Canadian exports: Francesco Yates. “I feel like, just as the west coast rock and roll sound had its time, Toronto is getting its time. It’s really cool, opportune time for the young people like myself to come up,” says the 20-year-old singer, who grew up in the same hometown as Abel Tesafaye, a.k.a. the Weeknd. (The two didn’t know each other, but a lot of Francesco’s friends were friends with the R&B singer. “It’s a small world,” Francesco says.)

You’ve probably heard Francesco on “Sugar,” a remix he and Robin Schulz made. It samples the 2003 Baby Bash and Frankie J. hit “Suga Suga,” but features new verses and a bigger beat drop than the chill original. Teen Vogue caught up with Francesco to talk about both the song and its inspiration, as well as his EP and what’s up next for him. Plus, he has some intel on what Drake himself has been working on. Man, being from Canada really has its perks.

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Honey I’m Home Acoustic Performance

If you don’t trust Pharrell Williams‘ insistence that Francesco Yates is a superstar in the making, kindly allow the 20-year-old to prove he’s worth the endorsement.

Above, PopCrush proudly premieres an acoustic version of Yates’ “Honey, I’m Home,” a beautifully subdued track that features conversely soaring vocals. The song’s one of six from the Canadian singer’s soul-pop EP, which was released in September and features Williams as a producer, and showcases Yates talent for bounding from full voice to falsetto at the drop of a hat.

Sound a bit familiar? There’s a good chance you heard Yates’ voice featured on Robin Schulz’s “Sugar,” a reinterpretation of Baby Bash’s 2003 “Suga Suga,” this summer. “Sugar” hit the No. 1 spot on iTunes dance charts in 11 countries.

And Yates’ audience keeps growing. He’s opened for Jess Glynne, and on Sunday night (November 24), performed “Sugar” and “Nobody Like You” on the American Music Awards’ red carpet between sets by Alessia Cara and Shawn Mendes. True to form, his showing was emotional but buoyant, and Yates said in a statement that he hopes to always deliver a sense of lightness.

“For me, music should be about something that’s positive,” he said. “It’s a vibe. You need to feel good when you hear it and when you play it. I want people to feel good when they listen to every one of my songs.”

Check out the PopCrush premiere of Yates’ acoustic “Honey I’m Home” above, and be sure to look out for him on tour with Carly Rae Jepsen in April and May 2016!

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Alessia Cara & Francesco Yates: 25 best Canadian musicians 25 and under

There’s something incredibly exciting about the future of Canadian music.

Alongside meteoric Billboard chart toppers like the Weeknd, Shawn Mendes and Justin Bieber, there’s the enormous buzz and critical acclaim catapulting 19-year-old Alessia Cara into the world, ready to dominate with her debut full-length album, Know It All, which hits stores this Friday.

Alessia Cara, the Weeknd, Kira Isabella, more: 25 best Canadian musicians 25 and under

There’s so much talent in this country and it’s such a thrill to see so many young people making names for themselves while creating incredible music.

Several weeks ago, we asked for your input in helping choose the 25 best young Canadian musicians 25 years and under. Through your suggestions and our own research (read: obsession with all things music and Canadian), we’re profiling 25 artists who offer us a glimpse of the future and a brilliant snapshot — and playlist — of our country right now. Click through the gallery above to check it out.

Spotify Canada Predicts Music’s Stars Of 2015

By crunching numbers to see who’s trending among its Canadian users, talking to record labels, and exercising a little old-school editorial judgment, they came up with a list of 16 promising homegrown acts.

They’re being dubbed Spotify Canada’s first-ever “Spotlight” artists, and they’re poised to make waves across the country and around the globe.

In years past, Spotify’s Spotlight predictors have helped catapult the careers of artists like Lorde, Hozier and FKA Twigs and introduced their music to a global audience.

Among this year’s list, 21 Entertainment’s own Francesco Yates and Alessia Cara are both featured. Listen to “Better To Be Loved” by Francesco Yates and “Here” by Alessia Cara below.