BBS SOUND OFF 2011 list revealed
Fifteen of music’s most exciting rising stars have been named on the longlist for the BBC’s Sound of 2011
The list is compiled using recommendations from more than 160 influential UK critical tastemakers (as DJs and producers, TV presenters and producers, newspaper critics, magazine and website editors and respected bloggers) who were asked to name their favourite new acts.Last year, Ellie Goulding was joined in the Sound of 2010 top five by Marina and the Diamonds, Delphic, Hurts and The Drums.
The previous winners are: 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).
Artists in the top five in previous years include Florence and the Machine and La Roux (Sound of 2009), Duffy and the Ting Tings (Sound of 2008), Klaxons (Sound of 2007), Bloc Party (Sound of 2005), Franz Ferdinand (Sound of 2004) and Dizzee Rascal (Sound of 2003).
They must not have had a UK top 20 single or album by 14 November 2010 and must not already be famous, for example by featuring in the final stages of a TV talent show or being a member of a successful band.
The top five will be revealed in the week commencing 3 January.