Entries tagged with: BBC Sound Of

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Shamir
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The BBC have released the list of artists they and their panel think "highlights 15 of the best and brightest new acts for the coming year." (2014's recipient was Sam Smith.) In addition to including Brooklynite Shamir (who also made NME's end-of-2014 list), it looks like this:

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by Andrew Sacher

Sam Smith

Congratulations on being the Sound of 2014! How does it feel?

It feels incredible. I'm so involved in the charts, I love pop music and I love female pop artists. With this award, Florence and the Machine, Ellie Goulding and Adele have all been on it, which is incredible. Even to be a part of it is amazing.

What was the first song you learned the words to?

It was Aretha Franklin's Say A Little Prayer. Cameron Diaz sings it, really badly, in My Best Friend's Wedding. Great film. I love Julia Roberts.

There's a diva quality to your voice - is that sort of music the inspiration?

It's all I listened to. I actually didn't listen to male vocalists until about two years ago. I just listened to Whitney Houston, Chaka Khan. Massive voices. [BBC]

Congratulations to Sam Smith for topping the BBC's Sound of 2014 list! The 2-5 spots went to Ella Eyre, Banks, Sampha, and George Ezra, respectively, and Sam also beat out Chance the Rapper, FKA twigs, Chloe Howl and others. Sam first gained widespread attention when he contributed his vocals to Disclosure's "Latch" and he's since begun releasing some impressive solo material which will culminate in his debut album, In the Lonely Hour, due out on May 26 via Capitol Records.

As discussed, Sam is going on a North American tour soon which hits NYC on March 24 at Webster Hall. Tickets for that show are on sale now. All dates are listed below.

In related news, another group of Disclosure collaborators, London Grammar, will be in NYC much sooner for two sold-out shows next week at Baby's All Right (1/15) and The Box (1/16). They've also since announced that they'll perform on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon on January 13.

London Grammar's shows wrap up the day before Disclosure begin their sold-out three-night Terminal 5 (1/17-1/19) run (DJ afterparties at various venues included). Considering Sam Smith and Jessie Ware made unannounced appearances at Disclosure's last NYC show, it doesn't seem like a coincidence that London Grammar are here the same week.

All Sam Smith dates are listed, along with some streams, below...

Continue reading "Sam Smith tops BBC's 'Sound of 2014' list; London Grammar playing 'Fallon' before Disclosure's T5 shows"

Chance the Rapper at Lollapalooza 2013 (more by James Richards IV)
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The BBC Sound of 2014 Longlist is in and includes Banks, Chance the Rapper, FKA twigs, Jungle, Kelela, MNEK, Sam Smith, Sampha, Say Lou Lou (formerly Saint Lou Lou), Chloe Howl and more. You might think some of these artists (like Chance the Rapper) already had their breakout year, but the requirements to be nominated are:

The successful acts cannot already be well-known to the UK public, for example through featuring in the final stages of a TV talent show 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 4 November 2013 - but guest vocalists are eligible.

The winner will be announced on January 10. Last year's winner was Haim.

Full 2014 longlist, along with a BBC video with clips of all of them, below...

Continue reading "BBC longlists 'Sound of 2014' (Chance the Rapper, FKA twigs, Sam Smith, Sampha, Chloe Howl & more)"

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Chichester-born musician Tom Odell caught the songwriting bug early - he's been penning original material since the age of 13. Now 22, Odell has built up a sizeable fanbase, making his TV debut in 2012 on Later... with Jools Holland.

As one of the three artists contending for the Brit Awards' Critics' Choice Category for 2013, it's clear that Odell is already making the right moves in front of the tastemakers that matter. Signed to Columbia, he's drawn attractive comparisons to the late Jeff Buckley; but his man-at-piano posture is also evocative of Chris Martin shorn of Coldplay's rousing roar.

Odell's material to date has veered from strikingly stripped-back troubadour tales to songs that are more work-in-progress than finished product. But given this is a man who signed a deal after just four gigs, a little room for growth is to be expected - as is a considerable blossoming of his popularity. - [BBC]

Tom Odell was on the "longlist" for the BBC's Sound of 2013 Poll (which was won by HAIM). He didn't make the shortlist, but he did just win the Critics' Choice Award from the Brit Awards. He's the first male artist to win this award, which has been previously given to Adele, Emeli Sandé and Jessie J. Writing songs since age 13, Odell released his debut EP, Another Love, last year and you can stream some of it below. Fans of anthemic piano pop (Coldplay, Keane, Ed Harcourt) will want to check this out.

You can check Odell out live too, as he's heading to North America for a few shows next week, including on in NYC at Pianos on January 24 with opener St Claire. Tickets are on sale now. All tour dates, plus a few videos, are listed below.

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Haim (with Palma Violets) on the cover of this week's NME
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Los Angeles sisterly trio Haim have topped the BBC's Sound of 2013 poll, beating out competition like AlunaGeorge (#2), Angel Haze (#3), Laura Mvula (#4) and CHVRCHES (#5), not to mention The Weeknd, Savages, Palma Violets and others. Previous BBC Sound Of poll winners include Michael Kiwanuka (2012), Little Boots (2009), Mika (2007), The Bravery (2005) and 50 Cent (2003). You can watch a half-hour BBC special that features the top 5 acts from the poll below.

Meanwhile, Haim, who played a headlining Brooklyn show in December, have a few tour dates opening for Mumford & Sons, including two shows at Camden, NJ's Susquehanna Bank Center on February 16 and 17 (both are sold-out), and their second of two Barclays Center shows (2/12) (also sold out). Dates are listed below, along with that video.

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Savages @ BVCMJ 2012 (more by Dominick Mastrangelo)
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The 15-name nominee "longlist" is up for the BBC's "Sound of 2013" poll that includes The Weeknd, Savages, HAIM, King Krule, Palma Violets, AlunaGeorge and Angel Haze. Full list is below. If you're wondering how The Weeknd, who have sold out Terminal 5 here in NYC, can be up for something like this, here's some of the criteria:

They must not have had a UK top 20 single or album by 11 November 2012.

They can be from any musical genre and any country.

They must not already be famous i.e. generally known by the UK public, (e.g. member of a hit band going solo, or soap star). They must not have got through to the quarter, semi or final rounds of UK reality shows such as X Factor in the last 3 years (i.e. 2010 onwards).

They must not have featured in the BBC Sound of list previously (See an alphabetical list of previous nominees here)

"New" means new to the general public. They may have been around for a while if you believe they are ready to step up to the next level of quality & recognition.

The nomination/voting panel is made up of " newspaper and magazine editors and critics, producers and presenters from music radio and televison, website editors and bloggers" if you were wondering. Last year's winner was Michael Kiwanuka.

You can catch nominees HAIM at Music Hall of Williamsburg on Saturday (12/15, sold out) and Palma Violets will be in NYC next month.

Continue reading "BBC lists the 'Sound of 2013' (The Weeknd, HAIM, Savages, Palma Violets, and Angel Haze included)"