BBC Sound of 2017 longlist has been released.
‘Sound of..’ is an annual poll taken by industry figures in hope to find the most promising new musical talent for the upcoming year. Compiled by a panel of 170 international DJs, music critics and writers that were asked to name their top three favourite new artists from any genre.
Previous winners include Adele and Sam Smith who have gone on to become global megastars with Adele obtaining a total of eight Brit awards and ten US Grammy awards and Sam Smith with three Brit awards and four Grammy Awards.
2017’s longlist includes: socially-conscious indie pop artist Declan McKenna, bluesy soul artist Rag N Bone Man, West London’s MC AJ Tracey, singer songwriter Tom Grennan and rock band The Amazons.
Celebrating Grime’s move into mainstream, due to Skepta winning this year’s Mercury prize, it’s no wonder why Urban acts such as newcomers Ray BLK and Nadia Rose dominate the longlist and are predicted for success.
International artist Maggie Rogers who made the annual list, became known after a stunned video of Pharrell Williams watching her perform went viral.
Sound of 2017 longlist:
- AJ Tracey
- Anderson .Paak
- Declan McKenna
- Jorja Smith
- Maggie Rogers
- Nadia Rose
- Rag N Bone Man
- Ray BLK
- Stefflon Don
- The Amazons
- The Japanese House
- Tom Grennan
Radio 1 DJ Mistajam said: “From the driving rock of The Amazons to Dave’s 18-year-old inner city street tales. The list shows the breadth and quality of what we can all expect next year.”
Head of Music, BBC Radio 1 and 1Xtra, Chris Brice said: “The BBC Music Sound Of panel, always the broadest and most objective list of new music tastemakers assembled each year – which now includes international voices too – has delivered yet another exciting and diverse list of new and emerging talent to look out for next year.”
The Sound of poll however has been criticised for creating a self fulfilling prophecy, Guardian critic Kitty Empire wrote: “Many of us are editors commissioning, and journalists writing, our own ones-to-watch forecasts. In order not to look like idiots, we tend to tip acts with records coming out rather than some lad with a tin whistle we found on MySpace”.
The top five acts will be announced by BBC Radio 1 DJ’s Huw Stephens and MistaJam live on Clara Amfo’s show from the 2nd of January. The winner of Sound of 2017 will be revealed on the 6th of January.
Words By Amy Codd