Media Release: HMV’s top tips for 2007

AFTER our success predicting the huge impact that the likes of Corinne Bailey Rae,
The Arctic Monkeys and The Feeling had in 2006, please find below HMV’s guide to the
ones to watch in 2007.

These are either acts that have been bubbling under and could now make it really big
or new artists who could break though for the first time.

HMV’s Gennaro Castaldo comments:

“Whereas 12 months ago there was already a strong vibe around the likes of
Corinne Bailey Rae, The Arctic Monkeys and The Feeling, this time round it may prove
harder to predict with any sense of certainty who will emerge as the big new names
of 2007.

“People are rightly talking about the likes of Patrick Wolf, Enter Shikari, The
View, The Klaxons, Jamie T and, particularly, Mika as ones to watch, and we
certainly have high expectations of them, but one thing 2006 showed us is that the
Internet and social network sites are now playing an increasingly significant role
in throwing up new names and bringing them to the public’s attention in an
unpredictable fashion.

“In the past, it would basically have come down to which record labels had the best
A&R and marketing departments, and were the most effective in signing, launching and
breaking a new band or artist by first touring them and then by using traditional
media to reach a more mainstream audience.”

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Contact: Gennaro Castaldo
Phone: 0207 432 2033