Shapersofthe80s has picked one act, almost randomly, from each of these lists published online by enthusiasts who between them have tipped more than 200 entertainers for the year ahead, so don’t say you’ve nothing new to listen to!
Pinglewood — The world’s oldest music blog claims to have been at the bleeding edge “Posting mp3s since 1983” (unlikely since MPEG-1 didn’t appear till 1988, so may be record-holder for digital irony)
♫ Pick: Nicki Minaj
Designer Magazine — Gig promoters and Manchester’s third largest source of indie entertainment news set up five years ago for readers who access the web through low-spec computers at university, work or school
♫ Pick: Brother
Female First — Naomi Havergal’s selection for a “celebrity gossip and lifestyle” magazine website launched 2002 and published by First Active Media Ltd in Wigan, Lancashire
♫ Pick: We Are Enfant Terrible
BBC Sound of 2011 — Part of UK national broadcaster’s website where the Sound of 2011 list “aims to highlight the most promising new music for the year ahead, chosen by 161 UK-based tastemakers”, listed in alphabetical order from Sean Adams of Drowned in Sound to Radio 1 presenter, Reggie Yates
♫ Pick: Jessie J
Music Week’s key signings 2010 — Stuart Clarke’s selection of newish acts snapped up by A&R departments “all of whom will be vying for attention this year” according to 50-year-old UK music industry business magazine
♫ Pick: Creep
Nopaininpop — Religious music label since 2007 adminned at Facebook by Tom King and Thomas Oldham (both ex-Goldsmiths College London) and trading at Greedbag without any credible credentials while their original domain nopaininpop.com appears to be offline (registered by Tobias Jones of Peckham, London). Would you trust your soul to this dodgy bunch of missionaries?
♫ Pick: Forest Swords