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List revealed tomorrow. Who do you predict will be on it?
There don't seem to be as many big October/November first single/TV placement hypes this year - Azaelia Banks, Spector, Skrillex, Michael Kiwanuka, Theme Park maybe, those girl groups that were having songs written for them by people like Example and the La Roux bloke, and all the urban artists I don't know about.
Oh dear. Please don't, though, I like the BBC too much. Go for a long run and punch some inanimate objects.
Must have it completely in the bag
I hadn't even heard OF her until the NME list. And didn't someone say most of her/his songs on Youtube only had a few hundred plays when that was revealed? I still haven't bothered to investigate what this is. Will do, like, tomorrow.
Lana del Rey had a good number of songs up at various times. Banks' 121 has, at time of writing, 507,942 views. Whether she's number one I suppose depends on how long ago the voting was done, as the NME tour announcement in early November was the first time I'd heard of her and presumably the same for most outlets - Pitchfork did a Rising feature, usually the first stopover on proper hype, on her the day before Cool List came out.
That they select relatively unknown artists, and then the music media and its opinionistas umm and ahh in agreement, and then the next week people will be like 'oh yeah, Azealia Banks'. (Not that I've heard her music btw, just using it as an example of the kind of doppler effect these things can have on the music press.)
she's been blowing up before NME even mentioned her
DiS lives in its own world
but my point was less about her specifically, and more about how contests like these become like self-fulling prophecies in the music press, which I think is a pretty fair point.
Anyway, I'm gonna suspend my cynicism (Skrillex and Spector excluded) and check some of these artists out. Good luck to 'em.
and will be here http://www.bbc.co.uk/soundof2012 in case anyone is up late and wants to copy-paste it...
I can't find it though. Just have to wait until A MINUTE PAST MIDNIGHT like all the other normoes.
with the blogosphere these days, it's not so much predicting how big stuff is as, these are going to be what the blogosphere will be promoting...interesting though how many actually become money makers.
I'd like there to be a sound next year though, these last few years have felt to scattergun to actually have a sound.
Will be on it for sure. She's had the same sort of hype as people in previous years
in 2008 she released two of the biggest singles of the decade.
what does the top 20 singles chart have to do with anything? that skrillex dude has been around for over half a decade. but not as skrillex, granted.
it's really not that difficult for an up and coming artist to get in the top 20 anymore, it doesn't mean they've already made it and therefore can't be the 'sound 2012'
Who cares. It's about as relevant as the Grammys or the Brits are, which is to say not at all. BBC does some fantastic music coverage through its stations (and its website reviews as well), but this typifies the utter hype/overkill that makes Radio 1 unlistenable for any longer than the duration a single show. Nevermind that most of the of the artists they are usually middling to dreadful. No doubt it will have an effect on the Beeb's musical agenda for the rest of the year though.
Disco? Prog? Madchester'll probably be everywhere with Stone Roses back
Dry The River
Jamie N Commons
Lianne La Havas
Niki & The Dove
bit late for that surely
It's a bit late for Dot Rotten, Frank Ocean and Dry The River too, but none have charted or released a properly available album.
Dog is Dead
Bands I really wish were on the list, but don't have a snowball's chance of getting on it are:
Rams' Pocket Radio
but Rams Pocket Radio are really bland.
but I just listened to Zola and it's pretty fun.
They seem to be doing pretty well!
if King Krule wasn't on the list
If he'd have been on the 2011 list then it would have been too late.
I like the track thats on the site.
I'm one of the few people here who actually likes M&S, but that's what DTR remind me of. They were everywhere at the festivals last year, got a huge reception the one gig I actually saw. Can definitely see them picking up the same audience as M&S.
Not a huge fan of mumfords, these guys seem a bit more interesting based on the songs ive heard.
Not that I hold any hope of any grime MCs doing anything but lame pop once they get signed. Tallented dude, produces, MCs, kinda sings, writes a good hook. He's been around for years and years, use to be in OGz with P Money who I kinda expected to be on this list tbh he's prob one of the only grime MCs with some momentum behind him outside the scene, he might have already had a hit though I know I've heard him on radio one quite a bit already. Dot use to be called Young Dot and has a killer free mixtape from '06 ish: http://www.grimepedia.co.uk/wiki/This_Is_The_Beginning
Two Step Non Stop
The Rotten Club News Report (Woo Riddem Freestyle)
Its Over (Ft Wileys Mum)
and spector's hover over description is 'dalston superstars'
but not as good.
a quote from Radio 1's head of music
and a few thoughts from me, here http://drownedinsound.com/news/4144167-sound-of-2012-bbc-announces-the-15-names-for-next-year
...because I haven't heard of much of it (what I have heard not impressed with). So any bands I am interested in, like Islet and King Krule, can carry on with little hype.
Great live this year and 'Under The Bridges' is probably my favourite single.
To be honest Dot Rotten is pretty sick as well.
Michael Kiwanuka tops BBC Sound of 2012
North London soul singer Michael Kiwanuka has been named the winner of the BBC Sound of 2012 list of most promising musical stars for the year ahead.
Kiwanuka is the tenth winner of the annual list, compiled by BBC News with votes from over 180 tastemakers who named their favourite new acts.
Michael’s sound has been described as powerful, acoustic soul, drawing influences from greats such as Bill Withers and John Martyn. Following his introduction to the music scene in 2011 with two well-received E.Ps, a support slot on tour with Adele and a memorable appearance on Later… with Jools Holland, he released his new single ‘Home Again’ on 1 January.
Michael said: “It's very encouraging for some of my music to be noticed and considered as something worth listening to.
“I think it's every musician's dream to have any sort of recognition for their art, something that is so personal. This is something that I don't take for granted.
“I hope I can fulfil some of people's expectations, but most importantly I hope people that enjoy my music feel like they can get something worthwhile from listening to it.”
David Smyth, Chief Rock and Pop critic, London Evening Standard said: “I picked Michael because his music really grabbed me when I first heard him last summer. Paul Butler of The Bees produced his song Tell Me a Tale, giving it a vintage psychedelic soul feel. It was an unusual backdrop for such a rich, warm voice.”
A longlist of the top 15 artists for the BBC Sound of 2012 was published in December and the top five have been revealed live on-air each day this week, by BBC Radio 1 DJ Zane Lowe.
US singer-songwriter and hip-hop artist Frank Ocean is at No.2 followed by Harlem-based rapper Azealia Banks at No.3. Dubstep producer Skrillex took the No.4 spot with Swedish dance duo Niki & The Dove at No.5.
Zane said: “Here are five exciting new artists that are poised to take popular music into new territories. Each one as unique and exciting as the other.”
The BBC Sound of…series has brought the British public’s attention to a number of huge stars over the past 10 years. Last year, Jessie J topped the list. Previous winners include Ellie Goulding, Adele and 50 Cent, back in 2003.
Press the red button to watch exclusive interviews and live performances from the Top 5 artists or visit the BBC Sound of 2012 website http://www.bbc.co.uk/music/soundof/2012/
Twitter users can tweet about the announcement using the hashtag #so2012
Saw his awful band a fair few times, even interviewed one of the guitarists and gave one of their albums a really good review because the website I wrote for's editor asked me to.
Might have to listen to some Skrillex to see if they're as funny.
can summarize all the possible reasons to hate dubstep. what an uninspiring choices.
Is this the first time nobody on the list has had a number one in the year of their Sound Of?
I think the 'taste makers' were a bit screwed in that two of the big players, Sandé and Del Rey had had a top 20 hit just before November and were thus disqualified, but the top 5 haven't had much success between them, chartwise. Obviously Skrillex has made that reported $15 million and Banks had one hit song before her album was postponed several times, but it was a pretty poor list.
Been on a Rhianna track and shit. Guess he hasn't really blown up in the UK though, but how often does US Hip Hop that isn't Flo Rida get big over here?
he's doing pretty well for himself. But I guess in hindsight, Kendrick would have been a better shout.
and I haven't been invited back this year, by the looks of things.
I cannae tell you who I have voted for this time; tho anyone who knows what I've been into this year can probably guess.
Eaux (i EP is really good)
but if you look for a one-hit wonders or a disposable phenomenon for teen-targeted audience is better to forget these tips.