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Wednesday, 2 January, 2002, 09:04 GMT
Music of 2002: The expert views
BBC News Online asked some of the most influential people in the music industry who the stars of 2002 will be, and what the next year holds in store.

Joe Taylor - editor of music business magazine about new hits, Tip Sheet

The stars

Shakira: Already big in the US, soon to arrive in the UK
"Nerina Pallot is a British singer-songwriter and reminds me of Carly Simon circa 1973, without being too dated. The big single is coming out in March.

"Ruby Amanfu is from Ghana, I think, but was based in Nashville. It's pop but it's really fresh - it it's not like anything else that has happened in the past year or two.

"Shakira is from Columbia and has been big in the Latin world. It's Latin pop, and the first single is a really obvious Ricky Martin-style Latin pop record."

The styles

"Rock music has a lot more to offer. The problem I have with nu-metal is that it seems to be very fake and contrived and manufactured. But the rock music that isn't contrived is horribly uncommercial. I hope something comes through next year that is really commercial without seeming to be contrived by American record labels to fit on MTV."

The industry

"I wouldn't be surprised if record companies really changed in shape next year. There's already been a move away from doing things in-house, particularly A&R.

"People are going to look again at the way artists' contracts are put together and what the relationships between artists and labels should be. At the moment, labels constantly complain that they're not making any money and artists constantly complain that they're being ripped off."

Paul Rees is optimistic about the coming year's rock bands
Paul Rees is optimistic about the coming year's rock bands
Paul Rees - editor of rock magazine Kerrang!

The stars

"A band called A have been around for quite a while but they've got a new album out in March and they're just a really good rock band - they write really catchy songs, really good melodies, they're a good live act, bags of personality.

"If there's one British band that's likely to have an international success, it is the Lostprophets. Look really good, sound really good.

"Then there's Raging Speedhorn, POD, Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, Kill Switch Engage and AFI."

The styles

"I hope next year is more about something as simple as good bands, and people are a bit more open-minded about what they listen to and what they accept, and don't chase just one trend."

A: One of Kerrang!'s top tips
The industry

"Record companies, being sheep as they are, will go around and sign loads and loads of nu-metal and American punk bands. You've got to look to smaller labels - it's out on the fringes where the exciting things happen."

Alex Needham - associate editor of NME magazine

The stars

"The Coral are quite whimsical, but have really good tunes. They've got the Scouse mystic thing going on, they're very young and they're influenced by soul music so they're putting it together in a new way.

The Music: A more traditional indie band
The Music: A more traditional indie band
"The Music are a more traditional indie band but at the same time they've grown up listening to dance music.

"At the other end of the spectrum you've got Ms Dynamite who's in the UK garage and R&B arena. She's been a TV presenter and she's a good singer and a good MC."

The styles

"It will be about young British mavericks next year - that's our buzz phrase. Young people who are just going their own way and moving in their own direction who don't owe anything to the people who have gone immediately before."

James Roberts - A&R editor of industry bible Music Week

Labels will want to emulate the success of bands like Mis-Teeq
Labels will want to emulate the success of bands like Mis-Teeq
The stars

"In the UK, watch out for Ms Dynamite, Laura Muncy, Stanton Warriors, Frou Frou, Ruby Amanfu, Tyler and Vex Red. International acts who are going to be big are Shakira and Nickelback."

The Styles

"Many UK labels will be trying to mimic the success of acts such as Mis-Teeq and Blue by developing acts that are essentially pop but with an R&B edge. Nu-metal will move on from the current straightforward Sum 41-style sound into something a bit more interesting."

The industry

"CD piracy is the primary concern at the moment, much more so than downloading and MP3. The industry will finally wake up to the potential of music on the net and allow monthly subscriptions of music online for the first time.

"It is also a major period of transition for record labels, which are likely to look very different in 12 months to how they do now. Many will shed staff in a refocus on their core competencies of A&R and marketing."

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