The BBC’s wide-reaching annual poll has reported its first findings.
Each year, the BBC surveys over 140 music writers, radio presenters, industry bigwigs and assorted interested parties to plot which artists are expected to break through in the next year. The placing-to-success correlation is normally fairly reliable, with Adele and Sam Smith scoring the top spot in recent years. London electro-pop cherubs Years & Years were last year’s winners, beating out Stormzy and Novelist.
The fifteen-name longlist for this year’s poll has been released. There aren’t too many FACT-friendly names on this years list (recent nominees have included Kelela, FKA Twigs and Chance the Rapper) but readers will be pleased to see the inclusion of J Hus and Section Boyz. The Stratford rapper (interviewed by FACT earlier this year) and South London collective have both had a huge 2015, spearheading a new wave of young British rap acts.
Other nominees include multi-instrumentalist Mura Masa, Canadian singer-songwriter Alessia Cara, Stockport band Blossoms and London hip-hop act Loyle Carner. See the full longlist below.