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Oh boy oh boy have we got something special for you!
Introducing - Jacob Banks - with some fresh new vocals that are a treat for our ears!

‘KIDS ON THE CORNER’ is Jacob's latest single, taken from his forthcoming EP ‘The Monologue’, which is out on December 10th (not long now!)

Some of you may have heard Jacob's musings across youtube in the past year. He has reared his talented head in the  ‘Are You In’ Adidas competition in 2011, coming first and winning some prized studio mentoring time with the one and only Plan B.

Following that success , Jacob went on to win the Birmingham stint of the MOBO Unsung competition. He consequently featured on the MOBO tour, alongside big names such as  2012 newcomers Clement Marfo & The Frontline, and that Scottish beauty, Yasmin.

Now comes the shocking news - Jacob only taught himself to play the guitar - TWELVE MONTHS AGO! That's right, you heard us right. This Birmingham boy is an absolute genius, and one to keep your eyes on for the future.

His line: “I’m Jacob Banks and I sing songs. I find new ways to tell old stories” - fantastic that's just what is needed right now! Jacob gives us something fresh and exciting, to round off an amazing year of music.

Listen to Jacobs newest track - Kids on the Corner: HERE.

what's going on with the 2012 mobo award nominations

The nominations are in for the 2012 MOBO Awards and we have to say we've been left feeling a little bit confused.

Of course the usual names are in the running - Plan B, Professor Green, Wiley, Wretch 32 etc - but there are also some other questionable nominations that we're having difficulties getting our heads around.

For example Rizzle Kicks being nominated in the Best Male category, an award that is for a male solo artist. Correct us if we're wrong but the last time we check there were two guys in Rizzle Kicks making them a band and unable to be nominated for Best Male.

Moving on with have X Factor graduate Rebecca Ferguson nominated for not one but two awards including Best Female. As an artist who has really gone rather unnoticed within the music industry she seems like a very strange choice considering plenty of other very successful acts have been missed off the nominations list.

Elsewhere we have another X Factor contestant, Misha B, up for Best Newcomer. She's up against the likes of Rita Ora, Jessie Ware and Rudimental and once again we don't really see how she fits in with the rest of the names.

Call us cynical if you will but it feels like the MOBOs have lost their edge slightly this year opting for crowd pleasers and little known pop stars over big selling credible artists. They might as well quit and leave those types of awards to The Brits.

The full list of nominations looks like this...

Best Female

Emeli Sande
Jessie J
Jessie Ware
Rebecca Ferguson
Rita Ora

Best Male

Ed Sheeran
Plan B
Professor Green
Rizzle Kicks

Best Newcomer

Conor Maynard
Jessie Ware
Lianne La Havas
Misha B
Rita Ora

Best R&B/Soul Act

Emeli Sande
Maverick Sabre
Rebecca Ferguson

Best Hip-Hop/Grime Act

Plan B
Professor Green
Wretch 32

Best Video

Emeli Sande - 'My Kind Of Love'
JLS - 'Do You Feel What I Feel'
Plan B - 'iLL Manors'
Rita Ora Ft Tinie Tempah - 'RIP'
Rizzle Kicks - 'Mama Do The Hump'

Best Song

Ed Sheeran - 'Lego House'
Emeli Sande - 'Next To Me'
Labrinth Ft Tinie Tempah - 'Earthquake'
Michael Kiwanuka - 'I'll Get Along
Plan B - 'iLL Manors'

Best Album

Ed Sheeran - '+'
Emeli Sande - 'Our Version Of Events'
Labrinth - 'Electronic Earth'
Plan B - 'iLL Manors'
Rita Ora - 'Ora'

Best International Act

Azealia Banks
Frank Ocean
Jay-Z & Kanye West
Nicki Minaj
Rick Ross

Best Reggae Act

Damian Marley
Mr Vegas
Sean Paul

Best Jazz Act

Ayanna Witter-Johnson
Femi Temowo
Roller Trio
Zara Mcfarlane
Zoe Rahman

Best African Act

Amadou & Mariam
Cabo Snoop
Camp Mulla
Fally Ipupa
Fatoumata Diawara
P Square
Spoek Mathambo
The Very Best

Best Gospel Act

El Mafrex
Rachel Kerr
V9 Collective