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Big-voiced London-based singer Arlissa, an avowed Kate Bush fanatic, was signed to London Records before she turned 20. An early version of her song "Hard to Love Somebody" reached rapper Nas, who asked to put his touch on it. Arlissa flew to Los Angeles to watch Nas -- a favorite MC of her ex-boyfriend, the song's subject -- add his rhymes, and the single was released in November 2012. She finished the year by performing her second single, "Sticks and Stones," on a New Year's Eve Top of the Pops celebration and was subsequently long-listed for the BBC's Sound of 2013 poll. Her debut album was prepared for a 2013 release. ~ Andy Kellman