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Jack Garratt wins the BBC Sound of 2016 poll!

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Well this has come as no surprise! Jack Garratt has won the BBC Sound of 2016 poll – one of pop’s most accurate predictors of who’s to become huge over the coming year.

I love Jack Garratt, so I’m quite pleased to see him top the poll. Overall it seems that 2016 will see a resurgence in soul-pop.

Oh and just a brag… I featured Jack back in February 2014!

2015’s Random List

As has become tradition, here’s this year’s Random List. A collection of music highlights that have caught my attention in the last year. I spend the whole year featuring new and edgy stuff, so it’s nice to put up the last post of the year as a little fun. For previous years, head here.

Most Underrated Talent Of The Year

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Kwabs has been a dilemma in 2015. He’s so good, so talented, and the songs are so on-point. But he’s still not tapping the mainstream the way he deserves to be. Maybe it’ll change in the next twelve months.

Most Random Act To Pick Up Recognition In Sweden

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Just before the world was introduced to MNEK’s work with Zara Larsson (one of pop’s biggest successes in 2015 in my view), Sweden took an unexpected liking to MNEK’s ‘The Rhythm’ to the point where the track picked up Gold sales. Which is nice since it hardly made impact in the UK. And let’s face it, Sweden knows good pop.

Most Played On My iTunes

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Dua Lipa. Emerging from the same team behind Lana Del Rey only less of the weirdness. This is a fresh slice of pop.

Best Pop Banger That No One Will Hear

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Lucas Nord’s work is already well noted through this record with Tove Lo, but this track that was released in November took me by surprise. It’s just SO GOOD.

Hottest Fans At A Gig

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HONNE are a staple on this blog. This year I managed to catch them live and not only was the gig sold out but it was packed with Abercrombie model look-a-likes. Fancy yourselves a hot boyfriend / girlfriend? Catch HONNE live…

Scandi Country Of The Year To Pull It’s Act Together

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Norway. What with Aurora (and that John Lewis advert), Astrid S and Loveless all making impact this year in some shape or form, Norway’s shown that it’s the country to watch in 2016.

Biggest Turnaround Moment

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Justin Bieber… Where did that come from? Seriously- everyone seems to be on Justin’s side this year with the release of ‘Purpose’ and the random pop gems that are contained within that record. Just goes to show that kid stars can make good as they grow.

Act Who Owned 2015

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Years & Years, as predicted in last year’s Random List. More importantly though, these kids have shown that you can have a lead singer be out, gay and comfortable with himself and have no one care.

Act Who Will Own 2016

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Jack Garratt. No one’s even pretending that Jack won’t take over the next twelve months. It’s great though; he’s showing off a new style of dark soul-pop that’s touching people in a way I wouldn’t have expected.

Jack Garratt wins the Brits Critics’ Choice Award

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So this is a big deal; previous winners have included…

  • 2008       Adele
  • 2009       Florence & The Machine
  • 2010       Ellie Goulding
  • 2011       Jessie J
  • 2012       Emeli Sandé
  • 2013       Tom Odell
  • 2014       Sam Smith
  • 2015       James Bay

It’s no surprise though… Jack Garratt looks set to be 2016’s breakout star.

MTV Brand New 2016 shortlist announced

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MTV Brand New 2016 shortlist:

  • Anne-Marie 
  • Blossoms
  • Bonkaz
  • Jack Garratt
  • Nimmo
  • Ratboy
  • Rationale 
  • Sigala
  • SG Lewis
  • WSTRN

After two months of battling it out to find the winner, MTV Brand New 2016 with Emporio Armani Diamonds, will host two showcase gigs early next year before the winner is announced.

Until then, you can catch playlists for each of the artists in the lead up to the January shows on MTV TRAX.

Listen: Jack Garratt ‘Chemical’

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Jack Garratt’s upcoming ‘Synesthesiac’ EP is released on 13th April through Island Records. He’s also released tickets for a second night at London’s Village Underground for May, alongside a full UK headline tour.