The Next Big Thing: My Top 10 of 2012

Usually I begin each January by alphabetically reviewing all of the acts predicted to be big in the year ahead. However, since I covered so many up-and-coming artists last year, I’ve already written loads about most of the acts in contention for 2012 success. Therefore I’ve decided instead to compile a top 10 of the artists I think are most likely to be huge stars by the end of the year, with links to my previous posts… and it doesn’t look much like the BBC Sound of 2012 list!

1. Little Mix

The X Factor girlgroup are exactly what pop was looking for, and after their great work on Cher Lloyd’s album I have confidence in SyCo to let Little Mix fulfil their amazing potential. Read more.

2. Bastille

Bastille led indie-pop’s return to greatness in 2011 and now he’s got his major label deal in place, I’m certain he will be one of the biggest successes of 2012. Read more.

3. Rita Ora

After almost three years in development, Rita Ora is finally ready to take her place as the British Rihanna. Her first step is featuring on the brilliant new single by DJ Fresh. Read more.

4. Azealia Banks

Azealia’s already had a viral hit with 212 and she’s quickly being immersed into the mainstream music scene, collaborating (quite bizarrely) with the Scissor Sisters. Read more.

5. Jake Bugg

Nottingham teenager Jake Bugg is straight out of the ’60s and I predict he’ll be a big mums/teens crossover act (see Adele, Ed Sheeran) in 2012. Read more.

6. Angel

Sirach Charles aka Angel could be the Craig David of the 2010s. He’s already had success as a songwriter and is making his name on the urban scene. Read more.

7. Mohombi

Swedish-Moroccan Mohombi had hits all over the world in 2011, and this year his sights are set on UK success. His super-catchy single In My Head could easily make it happen. Read more.

8. EJ

There isn’t much known about Edwina Johnson aka EJ so far, but the sneak peek I’ve had at her next single makes me think she could be huge in 2012. Read more.

9. iFFY the Bad Man

Do You is a mega-hit in waiting and I will not stop saying it until people listen! Bruno Mars needs to watch out for iFFY. Read more.

10. Ariana Grande

With Miley, Demi and Selena growing into proper adult pop stars now it’s time for the next generation of teen-pop princesses and I think Ariana is our best hope. Read more.

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