Sound of... (BBC poll)

Sound of... is an annual poll of music critics and industry figures to find the most promising new music talent. It is conducted by the BBC News website, which publishes a top 10 list each January.

Almost 150 critics, editors and broadcasters took part in the most recent survey, "Sound of 2008". It was won by London-based soul singer Adele.

Past polls

Past winners

* [http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/entertainment/music/2573903.stm Sound of 2003] - 50 Cent
* [http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/entertainment/music/3369355.stm Sound of 2004] - Keane
* [http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/entertainment/music/4149005.stm Sound of 2005] - The Bravery
* [http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/entertainment/4514016.stm Sound of 2006] - Corinne Bailey Rae
* [http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/entertainment/6169551.stm Sound of 2007] - Mika
* [http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/entertainment/7163404.stm Sound of 2008] - Adele

Criticism

Some feel the Sound of.. survey, together with other polls, creates a self-fulfilling prophecy. Guardian critic Kitty Empire [http://blogs.guardian.co.uk/music/2007/12/tipping_the_sound_of_2008.html wrote in December 2007] : "Many of us are editors commissioning, and journalists writing, our own ones-to-watch forecasts. In order not to look like idiots, we tend to tip acts with records coming out rather than some lad with a tin whistle we found on MySpace."

External links

* [http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/entertainment/7169307.stm Soul singers top new talent list, BBC News website, 4 January 2008]
* [http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/entertainment/7151422.stm Pundits used in 2008 poll]


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