Introducing: The BBC Sound of 2014 Top 5. 5 pop stars set to be massive in 2014!

Just before Christmas, the BBC released a list of musical types that it thinks could be the next big thing in 2014, voted for by experts like your favourite pop blog Maximum Pop!.  We’ll forgive you if you missed it, because there’s always lovely distractions around in December like One Direction advent calendars and stupid amounts of food. Fear not, though – we’re here to tell you all about it.

December’s longlist featured fifteen names but it’s now being narrowed down to the Top 5. Which means it’s time to get to know them:

5. George Ezra

Who: 20-year-old Bristolian singer/songwriter. You’ll like him if you’re into slightly depressing, folky stuff.

4. Sampha

Who: Soulful London geezer who’s worked with SBTRKT and Jessie Ware, and most recently featured on Drake’s new album, ‘Nothing Was The Same’.

3. Banks

Who: Husky-voiced American songstress who started writing songs in 2012 to help her combat depression. Oh, and her first name’s Jillian.

2. Ella Eyre

Who: You might already be familiar with Ella, as she was the vocalist on Rudimental’s hit ‘Waiting All Night’. She’s tipped for big things this year and has already scored a ‘Track of the Day’ with her song ‘Deeper’.

And the winner is….

1. Sam Smith

Who: Sam Smith already won us over with his soulful voice when he collaborated with Naughty Boy on his chart-topper ‘La La La’ last year, as well as providing vocals on BRIT nominees Disclosure’s ‘Latch’.

Having already won the BRITS Critics Choice award and now the Sound of 2014 poll, it looks like Sam will be having a very good year indeed! His new single ‘Money on my Mind’ is released in February, with an album, ‘In the Lonely Hour’ to follow in spring.

Wanna hear more from this year’s Sound of 2014 nominees? Then head over to Spotify – the BBC have kindly created a playlist featuring all 15 longlisted acts so you can warble along to the best new talent.

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