Late lastnight the majority of my Twitter feed was largely about the BBC’s Sound Of 2012 list which named their chosen 15 acts set to make an impact on music next year.
The list is now in its 10th year running with previous winners including Jessie J, Adele, Ellie Goulding, Corinne Bailey Rae and Keane.
Several acts within the urban scene have already made waves this year with US names such as Harlem rapper A$AP Rocky, Azealia Banks and singer Frank Ocean making the cut.
The UK has certainly delivered too with Grime/Hip Hop MC Dot Rotten featuring, Dubstep heavyweight producers Flux Pavilion and Skrillex being named along with the female potty-mouthed trio of Stooshe.
Complied by more than 180 influential UK music heads, lists always throw up controversy and questions as to why certain acts never made the grade. However acts can and always will appear from outside the box regardless of what the tastemakers say. It’s a strong list though all in all.
The rules set to the panel who had a choice of 3 acts were as follows as stated by the BBC, ‘They must not have had a UK top 20 single or album by 13 November 2011 and must not have already been well-known to the UK public, for example by featuring in the final stages of a TV talent show or already being a member of a successful band’.
The Full List –
- A$AP Rocky
- Azealia Banks
- Dot Rotten
- Dry The River
- Flux Pavilion
- Frank Ocean
- Jamie N Commons
- Lianne La Havas
- Michael Kiwanuka
- Niki & The Dove
- Ren Harvieu
Get to know all the acts over at the BBC News website.