Norwegian star Sigrid has been crowned BBC Music’s Sound of 2018. The 21-year-old, who only started making music four years ago, was tipped for big things by a panel of 170 music experts.
The win puts her in good company; Adele, Haim and Sam Smith are past recipients of the award.
So who is Sigrid? She’s a quirky small-town girl with two ambitions: to own a cat and to still be making music at the age of 70. She’s certainly made a good start on the latter. Sigrid enjoyed a huge hit last year with her in your face pop tune Don’t Kill My Vibe and rocked Glastonbury.
Other artists to make BBC Music’s Sound of 2018 top five were:
2 Rex Orange County
Don’t be fooled by the name; Rex Orange County is not some daffy Californian dude. He’s an enormously talented former choirboy and Brit School graduate from Surrey, also known as Alex O’Connor. This unassuming 19-year-old produces quirky, genre-crossing music that flirts with pop, rock, soul and jazz. Listen to his heart-on-sleeve lyrics on his latest EP Apricot Princess.
A six-month stint gigging in Africa convinced Manchester’s Diana DeBrito she could make it as an artist. So she returned to the UK, went to uni “for about an hour”, and then threw all her energy into music. The hard work paid off, and DeBrito metamorphosed into the soulful, sassy IAMDDB. Brimming with confidence and swagger, IAMDDB is doing it her way. She’s currently unsigned and says she wants to keep it that way. Check out her single Shade.
Khalid was everywhere last year, topping the charts with his single Young, Dumb and Broke (253 million YT views) and his album American Teen, and lending his trademark drawling vocals to Marshmello’s Silence. Not bad for a teenager fresh out of high school.
This indie pop foursome started 2018 with a bang. As well as making the BBC Music’s Sound of 2018 shortlist,they’ve just dropped a new EP, All The Things I Never Said, and kicked off a European and US tour. Pales Waves met at university in Manchester a couple of years ago, and have since built up a loyal fanbase with their catchy, melodramatic pop. Past hits include My Obsession and There’s A Honey. Lead singer Heather Baron-Gracie’s goth looks remind us of the The Cure’s Robert Smith, but the band’s sound is more upbeat and poppy.