Every musician has dreamed about what it would be like to hit the big time – the tour bus, the stadium shows, the screaming fans, making money hand over fist (though in 2016 this last one should probably be dialled down to “being able to earn a semi-respectable living”).
Only a small number of artists ever get the opportunity to achieve this kind of success, and signing a major label deal really is no guarantee of anything. You have to deliver an album that takes you to that next level. Most fail. Some buy themselves a second opportunity. But every now and then an artist comes along that takes their shot at immortality and absolutely crushes it. Here are 12 of the best major label debuts.