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MP! Sound of 2012


It’s the time of year where all music types start trying to predict who’s going to blow up and take over the world in the next 12 months, and MP! are no exception. With the BBC announcing Michael Kiwanuka as the winner of their Sound Of 2012 and MTV revealing their Brand New list, we thought now was the best time to share our own list of artists we think will be taking it TO THE MAX in 2012.

Oh My!
Oh My! have had a busy 2011 laying the foundation work for what we hope and expect will be an explosive 2012. Their track ‘Dirty Dancer’ is probably our favourite song of lastyear and their cover of ‘Higher’ by The Saturdays (who they supported on tour in December) is pretty stellar too. Of all the girl groups to have been formed recently, Oh My! are probably the coolest, helped in no small part by the fact that they are mentored by hit-choon maker Example. The British public will be queuing up to ride the Oh My! bandwagon this year, and MP! are proud to say we got here first!

Mohombi
Mohombi is absolutely huge around the world and with his stomping club-pop it’s not hard to see why. The first signing to RedOne’s own music label, he’s been carving out a path collaborating with established artists such as Pitbull and Nicole Scherzinger and releasing amazing single after amazing single… just not in the UK. His first worldwide track will be ‘In Your Head’ which samples a famous song by The Cranberries and is utterly infectious. Mohombi’s stardom is about to reach stratospheric levels – are you ready for him?

Lawson
Lawson built up a loyal base of fans by releasing acoustic covers of popular hits, chatting on Twitter and playing as many live shows as they possibly could, including a high-profile support slot on The Wanted tour. Once all the hard work was done, they got signed to major label Polydor and look set to release their first album in the first half of this year. With solid stadium-pop tunes like ‘Red Sky’ and ‘Standing In The Dark’ under their belt, and great covers of ‘Firework’ and ‘Marry The Night’ we reckon Lawson will be inescapable come summertime.

Luminites
Admittedly we don’t know all that much about Luminites other than the fact that we’ve been obsessed with their free download ‘All Dressed Up’ since the minute we first heard it. We get a great vibe from them though, which is why they’ve made it on to our To The Max 2012 list. The individual members are talented musicians as well as singers, which makes them stand out from a lot of other young pop acts, and their sound is a fresh mix of keys, acoustic guitar, beatboxing and singing. We look forward to hearing more!

Little Mix
The first girlband in X Factor history to not only make it to the final, but also WIN the entire thing and MP! favourites since week 4 when they performed Katy Perry’s ‘E.T.’ how could Little Mix fail to be a massive success in 2012? Something about Little Mix has captured the public’s imagination – we can’t wait for Perrie, Jesy, Leigh-Anne and Jade to get their next #1.

Cover Drive
Barbados act Cover Drive already had a Top 10 single in 2011 with the amazing ‘Lick Ya Down’ (it’s a Bajan term that doesn’t mean anything sexy) and having heard their new track ‘Twilight’ it seems obvious to MP! that the four-piece will have no problem finding their way into the upper reaches of the chart with their caribbean flavoured pop in 2012. Amanda, Barry, Jamar and T-Ray hung out with us when we were still teentoday.co.uk this summer and you can watch the video here.

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Promising to bring you the best new acts first – there’s bound to be break-through stars bursting through the pop bubble and into the mainstream all the way through 2012 and who will be letting you know the ones to watch? MP! of course! We’ve got huge things planned for 2012 so stick with us for the best music news, exclusives and ones to watch – FIRST!

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Written by Oliver Meakings

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