Jessie J Voted #1 for ‘Sound of 2011′

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Jessie J, the UK singer-songwriter who recently broke out in the US with her outrageous music video for “Do It Like A Dude,” has topped the BBC’s Sound of 2011 chart. The list highlights the very best up-and-coming artists of the new year, and is compiled from key music critics, broadcasters and bloggers. Until recently, Jessie has developed her art both on stage and behind the scenes, writing hits for megastars like Kylie Minogue and Miley Cyrus. But the music she writes for herself has more edge: ‘attitude-filled urban pop and big soulful ballads.’ Along with all that, she has an insane Aguilera-esque voice and a magnetic personality. Congratulations Jessie, we can’t wait to hear more! Check out the rest of the ‘Sound of 2011′ list here.

Artists in the top five in previous years have included Florence and the Machine and La Roux (Sound of 2009), Adele and Duffy (Sound of 2008), Mika and Klaxons (Sound of 2007), Bloc Party and Kaiser Chiefs (Sound of 2005), Keane and Franz Ferdinand (Sound of 2004) and 50 Cent and Dizzee Rascal (Sound of 2003).

Jessie’s debut album Who You Are will be released this Spring on Universal Republic. She is currently running a contest with Vevo, which will fly a lucky winner to NYC to see Jessie J perform live in the city – youtube.com/vevo.

Mark Ronson Performs with The Business International & Surprise Guest on BBC

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We’ve seen the original-nintendostylee music videos coming from Mark Ronson lately, and we’re all patiently waiting for his September release, Record Collection. Meanwhile, Tuesday night in London, Ronson was promoting the album with new band The Business International. Later in the performance, to the delight of the crowd, he was joined by his infamous collaborator Amy Winehouse. But audiences were let down when Amy only sang one song, for the encore. And when she did, she forgot the words.

Trainwrecks aside, Mark Ronson the producer is working in top form, and the new album features Scissor Sisters’ Jake Shears, Boy George and Q-Tip. So when September rolls around, remember to pick up Record Collection.

GPWW 3/29/10: Erykah Badu

We have your regularly scheduled GPWW programming this week, featuring another fantastic guest who does not need introduction. Ms. Badu stopped by the BBC radio show to chat with Gilles Peterson about her new album New Amerykah Part Two: Return of the Ankh, and much more…

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