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PinkPantheress tops BBC Sound Of 2022 poll

By | Published on Thursday 6 January 2022


PinkPantheress has been named the winner of the BBC’s Sound Of 2022 poll. The bedroom producer with songs that average less than two minutes came ahead of Wet Leg, Mimi Webb, Lola Young and Central Cee.

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

The singer and producer, who still keeps her real name under wraps, only began releasing music early last year, after posting snippets of songs to TikTok and finishing the ones that got good responses.

Signing to Parlophone, she scored her first top 40 single with ‘Pain’ – which samples Sweet Female Attitude’s UK garage classic ‘Flowers’ – last summer, and her highest chart position to date with ‘Just For Me’ in August.

In October she released her debut mixtape, ‘To Hell With It’, which reached number 20 on the UK album chart. Featuring ten tracks, it features collaborations with producers including Mura Masa, Adam F and more. Thanks to the brevity of her songwriting, the whole thing clocks in at just over eighteen and a half minutes.

“I just get really tired of singing the same melody again and again,” she says of the conciseness of her tracks. “By the time I’ve finished one melody, I’m like, ‘OK, I can do better’, so then I move on to another one and another one. But every time I write a song, I think it’s going to be three minutes – then I see the length and it’s always, like, one minute! So it’s not something I consciously do but it just ends up being the case. I don’t think it necessarily is a bad thing”.

New music is on the way this year, and she confirms that she is working on a number of collaborations at the moment. So prepare for that to be the official sound of the year ahead.

Now, here’s the Sound Of 2022 top five list in full:
1. PinkPantheress
2. Wet Leg
3. Mimi Webb
4. Lola Young
5. Central Cee

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