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PinkPantheress Tops BBC’s Sound Of… 2022 Poll

The Bath-born singer bags another accolade.

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PinkPantheress has topped the BBC’s annual ‘Sound Of …’ poll—a metric renowned for spotlighting emerging talent.

Last October, the London-based bedroom pop singer and producer shared her debut full-length project, To Hell With It. Since then, she’s been on a star-bound journey to success, garnering critical acclaim and even a MOBO nomination for Best Newcomer.

Indie duo Wet Leg and singer Mimi Webb ranked second and third in BBC’s poll, meaning PinkPantheress beat out Yard Act, Baby Queen, ENNY, Priya Ragu, Tems, Lola Young and Central Cee for the title.

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“I’m honestly gassed, my dad’s going to be so happy!” PinkPantheress told the BBC after her win. “I had self-belief from the beginning, but when other people start telling you stuff like this, it genuinely keeps you going.”

PinkPantheress turned heads last year thanks to her globally-adored Tik Tok, where she posted her DIY, bedroom-crafted tunes like ‘Just a Waste’ online to immediate fanfare.

The tight 10-track mixtape is little over 18 minutes in length, but the 20-year-old singer laces with syrupy and magnetic beatwork from the likes of Mura Masa, Oscar Scheller and her own production skills. Boasting hit songs like ‘Just for Me’, ‘Break It Off’ and ‘Passion’. PinkPantheress’ meteoric rise to stardom stands as a new template for success for the music business, establishing Tik Tok as the one-stop-shop for new music talent.

“Everything’s on your phone—it almost feels like a virtual game,” she told The Guardian in October. “I can turn my phone off, and then I’m just me a year ago again, in uni doing uni stuff. It doesn’t feel too crazy. It feels good knowing people are listening, but I can turn it off really easily.”

PinkPantheress now joins a long list of historical winners, including Adele, Sam Smith, Years and Years, Celeste, Pa Salieu and Sigrid.


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