The latest edition of Music Week is all about shining a light on the biggest and best new talent in 2020.
As well as featuring BRITs Rising Star winner Celeste and rising singer/songwriter Maisie Peters on the cover, we also have a 12-page showcase of 20 new acts set to make their mark on the music industry and beyond over the next year, with Pa Salieu, JC Stewart, Dylan, Deno and Inhaler among the mix.
But on top of that we also asked a host of top names in the music industry – from presidents of record labels to influential broadcasters – which artist or group they're tipping for big things in 2020.
“I’m genuinely excited by two of our own – Ashnikko, she is a true star, totally uncompromising, plus she works so hard! I’m also excited to see Tones & I develop into one of the best and biggest new artists on the planet! I feel very grateful to be involved in both their journeys – two authentic, unconventional female artists with a message – very exciting!”
EVP GLOBAL CATALOGUE RECORDINGS, BMG
“King Calaway – a six member country pop band who have the potential to be BIG!”
SVP COMMERCIAL EUROPE, WARNER MUSIC UK
“Griff – spine-tingling originality and a presence and magnetism that most artists can only dream of.”
“I think Celeste is great. She has an incredible, soulful voice and a sound that’s timeless beyond her years as a young artist just starting off in her career.”
CHIEF GLOBAL MARKETING OFFICER, WARNER RECORDED MUSIC
“I’m really excited for Tones & I. She’s off to a flyer with Dance Monkey but that is just the start. She is breaking the mould and is in for a brilliant 2020!”
PRESIDENT, ISLAND RECORDS
“Easy Life are one of the most truly creative and downright fun bands that I have ever worked with. They’re five proper mates from Leicester, fronted by this completely original and incredibly charismatic front man. The kids have been crying out for an act like this and now they’ve got one; it’s going to happen.”
“Too many to choose from! Celeste is going to take over the world. Duchess is sublime and the real deal. Can’t wait to hear more from Easy Life!”
HEAD OF CONTENT COMMISSIONING, BBC RADIO 6 MUSIC
“Bambara. Not sure they count as new – but they are to me. I said to Lammo that they remind me of The Cramps and Billy Idol and he laughed at me. Which probably means I’m on to something. Or wrong.”
“There is so much great new music breaking through in the UK, 2020 will be a fantastic year for new artists. In particular, I am super excited about Joesef, who has genuine star quality combined with a voice that is instantly memorable. And Alfie Templeman is an exciting talent with a great instinct for a pop tune.”
CHIEF EXECUTIVE, BPI & BRIT AWARDS
“Celeste, because she deservedly won BRITs Rising Star. She has true soul, and has the potential to be a global star.”
VP, VENUE PROGRAMMING, THE O2
"John (Times Two), and also Dry Cleaning."
“While not strictly 'new' in the usual sense, I'm really into the !N_K0L//\\B project which Katia Isakoff and the Women Produce Music group have put together. Great sounds with great equipment, done by great people.”
MANAGING DIRECTOR, UNIVERSAL MUSIC ON DEMAND
“Last year I said Lewis Capaldi, Sam Fender and Dermot Kennedy – so I got a bit lucky with how they all turned out… This year I’ll pick indie-pop singer-songwriter Devon.”
“Eckoes - go and check her out and you'll hear why!”