BBC Sound of 2012 Candidates Leaked


Rumours have begun to circulate online of the ‘long-list’ (a preliminary stage before the shortlist) for the BBC Sound of 2012 poll. Music blog, described by The Guardian as the “wikileaks of pop”, reports that 15 acts have made the list, with the official announcement to be made shortly after midnight tomorrow morning (December 5th).

Previous winners of the “Sound Of” poll include Jessie J in 2011, Adele in 2008, and 50 Cent in 2003, so it is a relatively accurate source of musical opinion. Non-winning nominees who have also gone on to major success include The Vaccines (2011), Florence and the Machine (2009), Kaiser Chiefs (2005) and McFly (2004).

The 15 acts are as follows:

  • A$ap Rocky
  • Azealia Banks
  • Dot Rotten
  • Dry the River
  • Flux Pavilion
  • Frank Ocean
  • Friends
  • Jamie N Commons
  • Lianne La Havas
  • Michael Kiwanuka
  • Niki & the Dove
  • Ren Harvieu
  • Skrillex
  • Spector
  • Stooshie

Of particular note are dubstep artists Flux Pavilion (famous for his song ‘Bass Cannon‘) and Skrillex (known for many remixes in the past year), Azealia Banks (topper of the NME Cool List 2011), and Michael Kiwanuka (who recently supported Adele on tour).


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  1. David (Grillex) Gilani on

    I was gonna say reading down the list… pretty cool to see so many dubstep artists… the UK is at the forefront of the genre for most of the world.

    • Definitely man. I think it will be a big year for the d-step… weird to see the omission of Labrinth though; he’s releasing his debut album next year.

  2. I was a bit sad to see very few “guitar bands” in this list. It seems popular music really is heading down the dubstep / dance route. But with great bands such as Theme Park & Zulu Winter emerging via the blogosphere I really thought they would have made the cut.

    Oh well time to get “skanking”

    • You just contradicted yourself. It’s a leak if it… leaks… before it is officially released. It doesn’t matter if it’s only 4 hours.

      • My point is why not just wait four hours and write an article about the actual list, rather than make a big point about it being a leak

        • Fair point… why not NOT wait four hours, and just post it when I did? Also I’m pretty sure I didn’t “make a big point about it being a leak”, I mentioned in the title and once in the article; I pretty much just gave the list.

  3. Andrew J Ovenden on

    Michael Kiwanuka and Dot Rotten are both superb. MK’s been featured on the Scott Mills show this week, so I wouldn’t be surprised if he, deservingly, made the short list.

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