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    These 15 New Music Acts Will Be The Sound Of 2015

    Loads of music industry experts have chosen their favourite new bands and singers who'll be making a splash next year. Listen to them now, and hear them at the top of the charts soon...

    BBC Music have just revealed the longlist for their Sound Of 2015. These artists will soundtrack your year!

    Via bbc.co.uk

    Since 2003, the BBC's done an annual impartial survey of a bunch of British DJs, journalists and bloggers to find the most exciting new musical talent.

    Some of the acts' success stories have been short-lived (The Bravery, anyone?). But other previous winners have become world-famous, like Adele, Jessie J, HAIM and 2014's winner Sam Smith (whose album is probably on your mum's Christmas list).

    Adele, Jessie J, HAIM & Sam Smith

    The BBC is announcing the top 5 next month. If you listen to this lot now, when the winner gets announced you’ll probably already be their biggest fan.

    So, in alphabetical order - because everyone loves an alphabet - here is the Sound Of 2015 longlist:

    1. George The Poet

    Who is he?: George Mpanga, a 23-year-old spoken word artist and social commentator

    From: Neasden, northwest London, UK

    Twitter: @GeorgeThePoet

    For fans of: hip-hop and deep house fused with poetry, politics and hard-hitting storytelling

    This time next year he’ll be: a household name, and an ambassador for British youth

    The 1 song you need to hear: ‘1,2,1,2’

    2. James Bay

    Who is he?: a 24-year-old singer-songwriter and acoustic guitarist who's been on tour with Kodaline & Tom Odell

    From: Hitchin, Herfordshire, UK

    Twitter: @JamesBayMusic

    For fans of: Bob Dylan, Ben Howard, Vance Joy

    This time next year he'll be: really famous, and reaping the rewards of a successful debut album. Probably thinking about conquering America next

    The 1 song you need to hear: 'Let It Go', one of his early tracks which may well come back as a huge single in 2015

    3. Kwabs

    Who is he?: Kwabena Adjepong, a 24-year-old singer with a rich and somewhat haunting voice. He apparently likes soup

    From: Camberwell, South London, UK

    Twitter: @KwabsMusic

    For fans of: Jacob Banks, Maverick Sabre and old soul legends

    This time next year he'll be: a trusted source for sophisticated pop anthems

    The 1 song you need to hear: 'Walk', his big crossing-over-into-the-mainstream moment

    4. Låpsley

    Who is she?: Holly Fletcher - an 18-year-old producer, singer and songwriter signed to XL Recordings

    From: Southport, Merseyside, UK

    Twitter: @MusicLapsley

    For fans of: The xx, Massive Attack, London Grammar

    This time next year she'll be: well-established and full of surprises

    The 1 song you need to hear: 'Falling Short', taken from her forthcoming EP 'Understudy'

    5. Novelist

    Who is he?: a 17-year-old rapper, also known as Kojo Kankam. He's part of grime collective The Square

    From: Lewisham, South London, UK

    Twitter: @novelist

    For fans of: Dizzee Rascal when he was young and cheeky

    This time next year he'll be: the most sought-after British MC, who'll have carved out a unique signature sound and style

    The 1 song you need to hear: 'Shook', from his forthcoming EP with Mumdance

    6. Rae Morris

    Who is she?: a 21-year-old singer-songwriter who's collaborated with Bombay Bicycle Club and Clean Bandit

    From: Blackpool, UK

    Twitter: @raemorrismusic

    For fans of: Kate Bush, Feist, Coldplay

    This time next year she'll be: a bona-fide popstar, with an authentic route to stardom and unquestionable musical talent

    The 1 song you need to hear: 'Under The Shadows', her new single

    7. Raury

    Who is he?: an 18-year-old singer-songwriter and big dreamer

    From: Stone Mountain, Georgia, USA

    Twitter: @Raury

    For fans of: Frank Ocean, Kendrick Lamar, Bon Iver

    This time next year he'll be: a global star, whose signature wide-brimmed hat will have been the height of summer style

    The 1 song you need to hear: 'God's Whisper'

    8. Shamir

    Who is he?: Shamir Bailey, a 20-year-old singer, rapper, film-maker and comedian

    From: North Las Vegas, Nevada, USA

    Twitter: @ShamirBailey

    For fans of: disco-funk-gospel-house with hip-hop bits

    This time next year he'll be: a role-model for sassy teenagers

    The 1 song you need to hear: 'On The Regular' (which some have described as this year's '212')

    9. Shura

    Who is she?: 23-year-old Aleksandra Denton, a songwriter, singer, producer and video editor, born in Russia

    From: Shepherd's Bush, West London, UK

    Twitter: @weareshura

    For fans of: Cyndi Lauper, Madonna, Jessie Ware

    This time next year she'll be: travelling the world, collaborating with cool people on interesting projects, and selling a LOT of records

    The 1 song you need to hear: 'Touch', the song which first got her noticed - along with a super-cute video that she made herself

    10. Slaves

    Who are they?: Isaac Holman, 23 (drums, vocals) and Laurie Vincent, 21 (guitar)

    From: Tunbridge Wells and Maidstone in Kent, UK

    Twitter: @Slaves

    For fans of: Royal Blood's riffs, Sleaford Mods' urban poetry, and any proper punk from the old days

    This time next year they'll be: plastered on billboards everywhere, wearing suits and eating kebabs

    The 1 song you need to hear: their new single 'The Hunter', which was named Zane Lowe's Hottest Record In The World last month

    11. SOAK

    Who is she?: Bridie Monds-Watson, an 18-year-old singer-songwriter with songs inspired by the ups and downs of teenage life

    From: Derry~Londonderry, Northern Ireland, UK

    Twitter: @Soakofficial

    For fans of: Cat Power, Laura Marling, Lucy Rose

    This time next year she'll be: still telling heartfelt life stories in her songwriting, but her life will be touring the world instead of going to school

    The 1 song you need to hear: 'Be a noBody'

    12. Stormzy

    Who is he?: a 21-year-old MC, and the first person to win the new MOBO Best Grime Act award

    From: Thornton Heath, South London, UK

    Twitter: @Stormzy1

    For fans of: Giggs and fellow Croydon MCs Krept & Konan

    This time next year he'll be: turning down features from A-listers, and rewriting the UK rap rulebook

    The 1 song you need to hear: 'Not That Deep', from his debut EP 'Dreamers Disease'

    13. Sunset Sons

    Who are they?: four surfer-dudes: Rory (vocals, piano), Jed (drums), Rob (guitar) and Pete (bass). We don't know the cat's name

    From: England and Australia, but now living in southwest France

    Twitter: @SunsetSons

    For fans of: Tom Petty, Jack Peñate, Kings Of Leon's facial hair and extreme sports

    This time next year they'll be: still trying to find time to surf and snowboard in between being properly famous

    The 1 song you need to hear: 'Remember', taken from their new EP 'No Bad Days' on Polydor Records

    14. Wolf Alice

    Who are they?: Ellie Rowsell (vocals, guitar), Joff Oddie (guitar), Theo Ellis (bass) and Joel Amey (drums)

    From: North London, UK

    Twitter: @wolfalicemusic

    For fans of: The Joy Formidable, Hole, The Subways

    This time next year they'll be: playing at The O2 Arena… oh wait no, they're already doing that next month

    The 1 song you need to hear: 'Moaning Lisa Smile', from the EP they released earlier this year

    15. Years & Years

    Who are they?: Olly Alexander (vocals, keys), Mikey Goldsworthy (bass) and Emre Turkmen (synth)

    From: London, UK

    Twitter: @yearsandyears

    For fans of: Disclosure, CHVRCHES, Yeasayer

    This time next year they'll be: touring huge clubs, playing epic pop bangers and making the girls swoon

    The 1 song you need to hear: their current single 'Desire'

    You are now enlightened

    You’ve had a little glimpse into the future of music. What do you think?

    Leave a comment below with your favourites, and don’t forget to catch the shortlist announcement on BBC Radio 1 from the 5th-9th January 2015.

    Plus find out more about all the artists and watch videos over at the Sound Of 2015 website.