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BRITS RISING STARS REVEALED
11/28/23

The shortlist for the 2024 BRITs Rising Star has been revealed with Caity Baser, The Last Dinner Party and Sekou in the running. All three are signed to Universal U.K.

Baser, a 21-year-old singer and songwriter from Southampton on the U.K.’s south coast, is signed to EMI. Her first singles include “Friendly Sex,” “X&Y” and “Pretty Boys,” which hit #26 on the U.K.’s Official Singles Chart earlier this year. She’s tipped as a Gen Z role model for self-confidence, honesty and female empowerment. This year, Baser played the Reading & Leeds festival. In March, she’s set to embark on her biggest tour, including a show at London’s 5k-capacity Eventim Apollo and release her 14-track mixtape, Still Learning. Management is Dakota Hoven at Chosen Music.

The Last Dinner Party are a five-piece band who make “guitar-heavy leftfield indie-rock dramas.” Signed to Island, they had a breakthrough in July with “Nothing Matters,” which hit #16 on the U.K. singles chart. James Ford, who has worked with Arctic Monkeys, Depeche Mode and Haim, produced the track. Since then, the band has released more singles, including “Sinner” and “My Lady of Mercy,” and played a summer of festivals in the U.K. and Europe. Their debut album, Prelude to Ecstasy, will arrive in February. Management is Tara Richardson at Q Prime.

Sekou, a 19-year-old who hails from Leicester in the East Midlands, gained recognition after posting soulful covers online. That led to him being discovered by Nick Raphael and Christian Tattersfield’s company, NWS Music, and he later signed with Island/Republic. Sekou’s music is described as “a blend of classic soul and contemporary pop” with inspiration from Whitney Houston, Stevie Wonder and Beyoncé. His breakout single, “Better Man,” arrived in May and has tallied over 4m plays on Spotify. He’s since released “Forgiving Myself” and his debut EP, Out of Mind. Management is Raphael and Tattersfield.

The winner will be announced on 12/7.