The best and brightest new music acts have been voted onto the longlist for the BBC’s Sound of 2013, the annual list compiled by BBC News which highlights the most exciting rising stars for the year ahead.
The list was compiled with votes from 213 influential UK tastemakers, including DJs, critics, broadcasters and bloggers, who were asked to name their three favourite new acts. The top five artists will be revealed, counting down one each day, from New Year’s Eve, with the Sound of 2013 winner announced on Friday 4 January.
Previous winners have included Jessie J, Ellie Goulding and Adele. Last year’s list was topped by North London soul singer, Michael Kiwanuka.
This year’s list of new artists ranges from R&B/electronica duo AlunaGeorge to LA retro pop band HAIM and post-punk band, Savages.
Eighteen-year-old pop act A*M*E has also made the list alongside 20-year-old south Londoner Arlissa - who has already recorded a single with US hip-hop legend Nas - and classically trained soul singer Laura Mvula, from Birmingham.
Synth-pop band Chvrches, from Glasgow, will battle it out for a place in the top five with Dublin 4-piece Kodaline and indie-rock band Palma Violets, whose first single Best Of Friends was named number one in NME’s Best Tracks of 2012.
Tropical-sounding indie band Peace, hailing from Birmingham, and Irish country rock band Little Green Cars are also in the top 15, alongside 22-year-old singer-songwriter Tom Odell.
Native American rapper Angel Haze joins 17-year-old British singer songwriter and producer King Krule on the longlist.
Canadian alt-R&B act The Weeknd – who has been championed by rapper Drake and remixed the likes of Florence and the Machine and Lady Gaga - completes the list.
The Sound of 2013 longlist in alphabetical order:
- Angel Haze
- King Krule
- Laura Mvula
- Little Green Cars
- Palma Violets
- The Weeknd
- Tom Odell
George Ergatoudis, Head of Music for BBC Radio 1 and 1Xtra, says: “The unveiling of the BBC's annual Sound Of… list is one of the highlights of the musical calendar and this year more key tastemakers agreed to take part than ever before, sealing its reputation as the definitive guide to next year's most exciting artists. Of course, not all of them will achieve success, but all are worth checking out. Let the discussion and debate begin.”
Wendy Roby, Singles Editor, Drowned in Sound, says: “It’s easy to be cynical about lists. It’s not easy, however, to make a brilliant racket like AlunaGeorge, The Weeknd and Savages. Finding music is all about gateways, connections, finding your own route through. And I think there’s enough range on this list for everyone to find something to love. Or maybe just something to kick against, until you find an artist you can’t wait to get tattooed on your arm, or whose band t-shirt you’ll want to sleep in.”
The top five acts will be announced simultaneously on the BBC News website and Sound of 2013 website, at bbc.co.uk/soundof2013. Huw Stephens will announce the final three acts, counting down to the winner, live on BBC Radio 1 each morning from Wednesday 2nd January.
Huw says: “This year’s Sound of 2013 longlist is an exciting and vibrant one, which I think bodes well for the year ahead. It’s always a varied list that surprises people, causes debate and speculation about the state of the music scene. For me, it’s an exciting time of year, where we don’t really know what the year will bring with new music, but this helps give people an indication of what might sound good.”
Huw will be presenting a Sound of 2013 Special, featuring music from all of the acts on the list, on Monday night at 10pm on BBC Radio 1. A range of music, video, interviews and biographies from each of the top 15 acts can also be seen on the BBC Sound of 2013 website www.bbc.co.uk/soundof2013.
Twitter users can tweet about the list using the hashtag #soundof2013.
BBC Sound of… was started in 2003 and has a history of predicting the acts who will make it big. Previous years have picked out Florence And The Machine, Klaxons, Plan B, Bloc Party and Yeah Yeah Yeahs.
Notes to editors
Any use of the information in this release must credit 'BBC Sound of 2013'
Profiles of all 15 artists are available at the Sound of 2013 website.
Last year, Michael Kiwanuka was joined in the Sound of 2012 top five by Frank Ocean, Azealia Banks, Skrillex and Niki & The Dove.
The previous winners are: Jessie J (2011), Ellie Goulding (Sound of 2010), Little Boots (Sound of 2009), Adele (Sound of 2008), Mika (Sound of 2007), Corinne Bailey Rae (Sound of 2006), The Bravery (Sound of 2005), Keane (Sound of 2004) and 50 Cent (Sound of 2003).
Other artists in the top five in previous years include Florence And The Machine and La Roux (Sound of 2009), Duffy (Sound of 2008), Klaxons (Sound of 2007), Plan B (Sound of 2006), Bloc Party (Sound of 2005), Franz Ferdinand (Sound of 2004), Yeah Yeah Yeahs and Dizzee Rascal (Sound of 2003).
The list was compiled using recommendations from 213 influential UK taste-makers, who were asked to name their favourite new acts.
The taste-makers included radio DJs and producers, TV presenters and producers, newspaper critics, magazine and website editors and respected bloggers.
All participants were asked to name their favourite three new acts, who could be performers from any country and any musical genre.
They must not have had a UK top 20 single or album by 11 November 2012 and must not already be well-known to the UK public, for example by featuring in the final stages of a UK TV talent show or already being a member of a successful band.
Further details of the taste-makers and how the list was compiled are available on the BBC Sound of 2013 website.
This year’s Sound of 2013 longlist is an exciting and vibrant one, which I think bodes well for the year ahead. It’s always a varied list that surprises people, causes debate and speculation about the state of the music scene."