Birdy, 15: 'I kind of feel like a pop star'
11 November 2011 Last updated at 12:01 GMT
The number of new music acts breaking through to the big time has over the past two years dropped by more than 30%.
But 15-year-old singer Birdy is releasing her first album this week and hopes to perform in front of a stadium audience one day.
She launched her career at just 12 by winning Open Mic UK and now balances her music career with schoolwork.
She told the BBC's David Sillito that her cover version of Skinny Love attracted more than six million hits on YouTube.