The BBC Sound Of 2015 longlist has been revealed. The list is compiled by 139 “influential tastemakers” who cast three votes for “their top three favourite new acts from any musical genre.”
This year, 139 music industry experts helped select the nominees. According to the rules, the acts should not already be well-known to the UK public – through featuring in the final stages of a TV talent show, for example, or having already been a member of a successful band.
They must also not have been the lead artist on a UK top 20 single or album before 27 October 2014 – though guest vocalists are eligible.
DJ Huw Stephens will announce the top five acts, counting down to the winner, live on BBC’s Radio 1 breakfast show each morning from 5 January.
Previous winners have included Sam Smith, Haim, Adele and 50 Cent.
George Ergatoudis (Head of BBC’s Music, BBC Radio 1 and 1Xtra), said:
“If you want to embark on a journey into the future of music, BBC Music’s ‘Sound Of 2015’ is a brilliant starting point.With around 140 of the UK’s key tastemakers taking part, the longlist is wide ranging, including grime artists, singer-songwriters, an electro-pop band, a garage punk duo and a poet amongst others. It’s a list full of talent and promise and I very much look forward to seeing how each artist’s story unfolds over the coming year.”