Adele reigns triumphant at top of UK charts after bumper sales week

6 Dec 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

Looking for the new Adele in the sounds of 2016.

We are a step closer to knowing who might be the new Adele, or Jessie J, James Bay, Haim or Keane with the announcement of the longlist for the BBC Sound of 2016. The list of 15 names will be whittled down to five in early January but already there’s a sense of what we’ll be hearing, and not hearing, in the coming year. The result generally is significant attention followed by significant sales and careers established so you could argue there’s a bit of self-fulfilling prophecy. Meanwhile, last year’s winner, the electro pop duo Years & Years have established themselves in Australia – where they played at Splendour In The Grass – as well as reaching number one on the UK singles and album charts, while the runner-up, singer/songwriter James Bay had the biggest selling album of the year.

The 2016 candidates include at least one famous family connection with Mabel, the daughter of pop/alternative jazz singer Nenah Cherry and noted producer (including Massive Attack) Cameron McVey, and granddaughter of jazz giant Don Cherry, and one eastern European exotic with Kosov-Albanian Dua Lipa already gaining attention. There are also the obligatory internet sensations in teenage folk singer Billie Marten, who began posting videos online six years ago at the age of nine and already has a voice destined to be called angelic, and the slightly older (19) Canadian Alessia Cara who has been signed by the still cool Def Jam label but, even better, has a fan in Taylor Swift. Electro-pop and dance music maker Jack Garratt is one of the early favourites as are South London hip hop crew Section Boyz while the only acts playing something like traditional rock with guitar, Blossoms and Ratboy, not rated highly as likely winners.

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