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Record Labels want the next indie star

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Adele, Lana Del Rey Rivals Mix Erotic Harmony on Albums

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Record companies are on the hunt for women stars. Adele, Taylor Swift, Lana Del Rey and Pink have been outselling many of their male counterparts.

Here are a few names to watch

HAIM
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The three Californian sisters and their drumming buddy in Haim have yet to release an album, but they are already hyped to the heavens -- deservedly so. Just last night it was confirmed that “Days Are Gone” will be out on Polydor on Sept. 30.

Songs on their “Forever” EP have some serious don’t-mess-with-me vibes: “I never wanna see you again/ With the beating of my heart witness/ I say no no no, I’m done.”

The comparisons with Stevie Nicks-style Fleetwood-Mac aren’t just lazy journalism in the year of a new tour by the veterans, who have a 35th-anniversary edition of “Rumours.”

Haim covers the fellow West-Coast-based group’s “Hold Me,” and rather well as it turns out. There are also echoes of Janis Joplin and some splashy guitar that would do Bob Seeger or Tom Petty proud.

AZEALIA BANKS

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Azealia Banks has also yet to release an album but her sets at the Governors Ball in New York and Glastonbury showed that the hit “212” will be far from the best thing on “Broke With Expensive Taste,” due later this year.

EMELI SANDE
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Many people will already know of the new Adele. Her first name is really Adele, though she uses the rest of her name Emeli Sande.

For someone who’s only been going a couple of years, Sande has a lot of poise.

She comes teetering on in her big heels and higher Mohican hair and has the chutzpah to open her shows with maybe her best known song, “Heaven.” Oh, the confidence of a 26-year-old with the world at your feet. She keeps “Next to Me” for an encore.

Those who have missed out on the shows can catch up with the primer “Live at the Albert Hall.” It’s another parallel with Adele, who also did a live recording there.

In a little over a year, the former medical student has played the opening and closing shows of the Olympics, got married and had Britain’s biggest selling record, “Our Version of Events,” which is now available with extra tracks.



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