Sting's daughter among tips for major new artists

Female talent - including Sting's daughter Coco Sumner - is shining through in a music retailer's tips for the hot new artists of 2010.

The new girls in town come hot on the heels of women who have made a big impact in 2009, with acts such as La Roux, Lady Gaga, Florence and the Machine and Little Boots coming to the fore.

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According to music store HMV's predictions, the breakthrough names to watch out for in 2010 include singer-songwriter Ellie Goulding, and Sumner, who fronts ska-punk band I Blame Coco.

HMV's music manager Melanie Armstrong said: "2010 looks like being another vintage year for new and breakthrough artists.

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"The interest among the media and record-buying public in who will be the next big thing just keeps growing with each year, and many of us already have great expectations of the likes of Ellie Goulding, Delphic and Marina and the Diamonds.

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"It's also really interesting to see that that, once again, female talent is leading the way."

Here are HMV's 10 "next big things" of 2010:

Alex Gardner

Scottish singer-songwriter Gardner has been described as a "male Duffy". The former model has been working with Xenomania producer Brian Higgins, who has successful collaborated with the likes of Girls Aloud to Franz Ferdinand. Gardner's debut album is due out in March.


Formed in 2007, Dublin indie electronic quartet C.O.D.E.S. have been likened to an Irish Coldplay.

In September, their debut album Trees Dream in Algebra was released to acclaim and now they are set to make an impression on the UK charts with a debut single and tour planned for the spring.


Already labelled "the new Friendly Fires", Manchester trio Delphic are strongly tipped to break through in a big way in 2010. Having laid the ground with two singles and show-stealing festival appearances, the indie-electronic outfit release their debut album Acolyte on January 11.

The Drums

New York "Surf Rockers" The Drums are generating the kind of excitement for a new band HMV says it has not seen since the arrival of Arctic Monkeys. Their EP Summertime drew rave reviews and a planned album and tour promise to be one of the talking points of 2010.

Ellie Goulding

The Hereford-based singer-songwriter originally hails from Wales and has already picked up a Brit Award as the Critics' Choice for 2010. Her debut single Under the Sheets premiered on BBC Radio 1 in September, and her debut album is scheduled for the first quarter of 2010.

I Blame Coco

Ska-punk band I Blame Coco have been recording their debut album in Jamaica. Lead singer Coco Sumner is perhaps better known - at the moment - as the daughter of Sting and Trudie Styler.

Jesca Hoop

Born in Southern California to Mormon parents, Hoop grew up singing traditional folk tunes.

In 2007 she toured with Polyphonic Spree, in 2008 with Elbow and in 2009 with Greg Laswell.

Marina and the Diamonds

With Greek-Cypriot roots but born in Wales, Marina Diamandis has been described as Florence and the Machine meets Kate Bush.

The band's musical style ranges from keyboards-based ballads to more up-tempo new wave-style songs with a full band backing. Debut album Family Jewels is scheduled for release in February.

The Soft Pack

Hailing from San Diego but now based in LA, US indie rock band The Soft Pack have supported the likes of Bloc Party and Franz Ferdinand in recent years. They will be touring the UK next year and are releasing a self-titled album in February.

Tinie Tempah

Flying the flag for Hip Hop and Grime, South Londoner Tinie Tempah is tipped to follow in the footsteps of Dizzee Rascal and Tinchy Stryder. He released his debut Hood Economics in 2007 and looks poised to break through in a big way in 2010.

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