WEST LONDON trio WSTRN have placed fifth on BBC Music’s Sound of 2016 shortlist.
The group, comprised of Haile, Louis Rei and Akelle Charles, burst onto the music scene last year with their infectious debut, In2.
In2, which charted in November and peaked at No.4, has spent two months in the top 20 and is currently at No.14.
The BBC Sound Of list was started in 2003, with the aim to showcase the most exciting and innovative rising stars. The list has been running annually ever since, giving a glimpse into the future of music and predicting some of the biggest acts in the world.
“Artists from any musical genre and any country are eligible, whether or not they’re signed. They cannot have been the lead artist on a UK top 20 single or album by 30th October 2015,” a spokesman said.
The acts that appear in the Sound Of list are all hand-picked by a panel of impartial experts from the music industry. The pundits do not pick from a predetermined list, but nominate acts who they are personally most excited about.
Previous winners have included Sam Smith, Adele, Ellie Goulding, HAIM and Years & Years.
This year’s Longlist was published on November 30 and featured the Top 15 most voted for acts.