Sam SmithAt the start of every year the ‘BBC Sound of’-marks an important orientation for hot new acts in pop music. Artists who we should definitely have on our list over the next twelve months. Now the BBC announced the short list of 2014 and its led by singer SAM SMITH. He’s most famous for his collaborations with DISCLOSURE and NAUGHTY BOY. The debut album by the man with the distinctive voice, In A Lonely Hour, is set for a release on May 26.

Second place in the shortlist goes to 19-year old ELLA EYRE, followed by BANKS on 3, former SBTRKT-collaborator SAMPHA on 4 and songwriter GEORGE EZRA on number 5. Other acts in the longlist of the BBC include such well-known names like SAY LOU LOU, FKA TWIGS and CHANCE THE RAPPER. And if you’re interested in how the number one sounds – here’s the latest single from SAM SMITH, Money On My Mind.