BBC Sound Of 2014

Every year, the BBC presents a list of artists who won’t necessarily be the best artists of the next year but who, the network predicts, will be the most successful, the most listened-to. As predictors go, their track record isn’t bad. HAIM won last year; Adele and Jessie J have won previous years. And this year’s just-unveiled list features plenty of artists who should be familiar to Stereogum readers — Chance The Rapper, FKA twigs, Kelela, Sampha, Sam Smith, Chlöe Howl — as well as plenty of others who I’ve never heard of. Below, check out the list, as well as the BBC’s video that quickly introduces all of the artists.

This year’s longlist:

BANKS
Chance The Rapper
Chlöe Howl
Ella Eyre
FKA twigs
George Ezra
Jungle
Kelela
Luke Sital-Singh
MNEK
Nick Mulvey
Royal Blood
Sam Smith
Sampha
Say Lou Lou
(via BBC)

The BBC will announce a winner 1/10.

Comments (5)
  1. I remember BANKS’ press handlers used to feed me her stuff last year. She’s basically a female Weeknd.

    Chance the Rapper has, as of today, been getting big props with the year-end love. SPIN put him at #2 on their 50 Best Albums. Madonna appears to be clawing at wanting to work with him as well, as she was snapped with him at his show.

  2. Excellent list to check out over the holidays. SPIN, Paste, and Mojo all have lists out now, can’t wait to break down this year’s music as well.

    • Conspicuous by its absence is Stereogum’s coverage of the other publications’ Best of 2013 lists. Those were always great comment sections. Maybe they’re not going to do it this year because they’re competitors to their brand?

  3. I think it will be between chance and sam smith. MAYBE THEY’LL COLLABORATE!

  4. Sam Smith’s got this on lock. He’ll do some cool features and his own work will be fire.

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