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On the Verge: George Ezra arrives by way of ‘Budapest’

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In a year when Sam Smith and John Newman have made inroads with American audiences, George Ezra, 21, could be next. Single Budapest, fueled by a propulsive folk melody, already has become an international hit and is No. 34 on USA TODAY’s adult-alternative airplay chart. The single, which has sold more than 30,000 downloads in the USA, according to Nielsen SoundScan, has seen its weekly sales increase for each of the past 12 weeks. OneRepublic frontman Ryan Tedder called Budapest his song of summer, telling Billboard, “It’s effortless to listen to repeatedly and doesn’t sound like anything else.”

 

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