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BBC Music announces Sound of 2018 longlist

BBC Music’s picks for the Sound of 2018 have been revealed, with a longlist that features the likes of Billie Eilish, Rex Orange County, and Pale Waves.

The list, which has been comprised by music experts and former nominees including Stormzy, features 16 acts who have been tipped for greatness in 2018.

Favourites for the coveted award include US singer Khalid, Pale Waves and Rex Orange County who recently supported BADBADNOTGOOD on their UK tour.

Last year’s list which was topped by Ray BLK featured the likes of Jorja Smith, Tom Grennan and Rag ‘n’ Bone Man.

Check out the list in full below.

Billie Eilish
Jade Bird
Lewis Capaldi
Nilufer Yanya
Pale Waves
Rex Orange County
Sam Fender
Tom Walker
Yxng Bane

Describing the list, BBC Radio 1’s Annie Mac said: “Some acts will be brand new to UK audiences and many have already started to make an impact.

“I can’t wait to be a part of their journey and see what the year ahead has in store for them all.”

BBC’s Sound of was launched in 2003 and has acted as a stepping stone for some of the biggest international artists, with previous winners including Adele (2008), Sam Smith (2014), and Ellie Goulding (2010).