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Indie music is the new black

With hits like “Royals” and “Radioactive” streaming through radio airwaves during Summer 2013, it's no wonder chart-topping artists Lorde and Imagine Dragons led the Billboard Music Awards with 12 nominations each.

Lorde performs in New York during her North American tour
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Lorde, the 17-year-old songstress from New Zealand, according to Billboard, broke into the music scene with her 2013 EP “The Love Club.” From her EP came the single “Royals,” which was number one on the Billboard charts for nine weeks. With her commercial success, Lorde toured North America during the month of March, beginning in Austin, Texas, and ending in Oakland, Calif.

Another band sharing the indie music success in 2013 was Imagine Dragons. The “It’s Time” band, according to Billboard, broke the record, in February, for having their song “Radioactive” on the Hot 100 charts for 77 weeks.

The record had been previously taken by Jason Mraz, with his hit “I’m Yours” in 2008-2009. The band toured during Feb. and March 2014, which began in Boise, Idaho, and ended in Denver, Colo. The band mixed it up when hip-hop singer Kendrick Lamar joined the group in a remix of “Radioactive” on Saturday Night Live in February.

Other indie acts which have spent time at number one on the Billboard Hot 100 have been Macklemore and Ryan Lewis, with their hit “Thrift Shop,” fun. with their 2012 hit “We are Young” ft. Janelle Monáe, and Gotye and Kimbra’s “Somebody That I Used to Know.”

One such veteran of the indie scene, Jack White, will begin touring this summer to promote new album “Lazaretto,” and his only stop in Texas being Lubbock, Texas. Tickets went on sale Friday at 10 a.m., and sold out within hours.

Acts such as these are paving the way for other artists with the indie sound to breakout into the Billboard charts, to have the next “Royals” of 2014.

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