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It's January and, along with resolutions to give up smoking and/or eating, the debris of Christmas and all the other palaver that comes with the start of the year, lists of who might make the next 12 months their own come thick and fast. So we think it's only fair that we chip in with Red Bull's tips for the top in the world of music.

Hurts (pictured) are two gents from Manchester, who favour the sharp-dressed and sensible haircut approach, and up until, er, now seemingly only existed in black and white. Having done their apprenticeships at the indie coalface, Theo and Adam went all stylish to create the Hurts manifesto. Their single Wonderful Life should be flooding your consciousness as we speak, and a love developing almost instantly.

Welsh-born Ellie already has the weight of expectation on her shoulders, but for good reason. You don't become the most hotly-tipped act of the year ahead without any effort. And, having won the BBC Sound Of 2010 poll, alongside a Brit for Best Emerging Talent, she follows in the footsteps of Adele, Duffy, Little Boots and Florence & The Machine, who have all in their own ways gone on to greater things. Discover for yourself when her album Lights debuts in March

They look a bit like a less cheerful Joy Division, and had their early singles released on the legendary R&S dance label. But for those who fancy a bit of White Lies with their Friendly Fires, you could do no worse than get into Delphic. The Manchester trio are the latest in a long and amazing lineage of bands that have eyes on both the dancefloor and the more introspective moments. Their album Acolyte sees a band with the future in their hands, it’s just now up to them what they plan to do with it.


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