Song of the Week: Bea Miller – repercussions

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Bea Miller is an example of a trend I’m going to call “girl cried wolf.” One of the reasons I think we’re lacking in breakthrough pop artists at the moment is the current strategy of releasing new tracks incessantly, hoping that one sticks. The tactic worked for Dua Lipa, who finally had a proper ‘moment’ with her seventh single, New Rules, but for other artists it makes each new song seem increasingly inconsequential. This approach might please the superfans, but how are the rest of us meant to know when to pay attention? Bea Miller has been releasing singles and EPs since 2014, and her second album is due at the end of this year. Her songs have always been listenable, and she showed promise even back in 2012 when she appeared on The X Factor US at just 13 years old. Now, she’s finally released a track with hit potential, and no-one seems to have noticed. repercussions has a current sound, plus uplifting lyrics, sweet vocals, and a strong, catchy chorus. My first impression was that it sounded like Julia Michaels, and funnily enough it actually was co-written by Julia, along with regular collaborator Justin Tranter, producer Jesse Shatkin, and Bea herself.

Future Hits: Daylight shines on an undisclosed location

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My weekly playlist features five tracks I predict will be future hit singles in the UK.

Tracklisting:

  • Rita Ora – Anywhere
  • Naughty Boy ft. Joe Jonas – One Chance To Dance
  • Liam Payne – Bedroom Floor
  • NF – Let You Down
  • Niall Horan – On The Loose

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Future Stars: Carly Pearce (Big Machine)

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Carly Pearce is the latest female act from Big Machine, the label that launched Taylor Swift, but I don’t think anyone will be calling her the next Taylor. The 27-year-old has a softer style, halfway between country and singer-songwriter pop (think Christina Perri or Sara Bareilles). Born in Kentucky, she moved to Tennessee aged 16 to become a performer at Dollywood, eventually ending up in Nashville at 19. After featuring on Wasn’t That Drunk by country group the Josh Abbott Band she started working with busbee, a pop/country producer responsible for hits by 5SOS, P!nk and Maren Morris. They created the single Every Little Thing which got her signed to Big Machine, and has recently become a top 10 hit on the US Country Radio Airplay chart, making Carly one of only a handful of female artists to achieve this in 2017. It has also reached the US Hot 100, and it topped the US country chart on iTunes upon the release of her debut album, also called Every Little Thing, earlier this month.

Future Stars: Lil Pump (Warner Bros)

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The trend for rappers calling themselves ‘Lil’ truly never ends. Lil Yachty and Lil Uzi Vert brought it back over the past year, and now we have another success story in Lil Pump (not to be confused with emo rapper Lil Peep). Lil Pump is the pseudonym of 17-year-old Gazzy Garcia from Miami, a high school dropout recognisable by his pink braids, also known by his nickname, Jetskii. His music grew a large following on Soundcloud, while he went viral on social media with ridiculous videos like this. Last week, he debuted at no.3 on the Billboard 200 with his self-titled album, which features Rick Ross, Gucci Mane and 2 Chainz. He achieved this mainly thanks to streaming – 38k of his 46k “equivalent album units” were made up of streams. Meanwhile, his biggest single Gucci Gang rises up the Hot 100 to a new peak of no.32. The short, repetitive and foul-mouthed track also just entered the UK top 100 on Spotify. In total, it has been played nearly 50 million times in under two months.

Song of the Week: E^ST – Life Goes On

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Not only has Australia launched some big international acts over the past few years, but they also have an abundance of local stars making great pop that the rest of the world hasn’t heard about (yet). Female singer E^ST (aka Mel Bester) can be filed next to Montaigne and Jess Kent in that category, both of whom have been featured here before. Although E^ST has a strong Aussie accent on new single Life Goes On, the track has a blissful electro-pop sound that you might guess was Scandinavian. In fact, the production is the work of a Brit – Jim Eliot. Jim’s credits include Kylie’s All The Lovers and Ellie Goulding’s Anything Could Happen, and it certainly has the same unusual combination of subtlety and anthemic-ness that those tracks share. I hope there is more to come from this collaboration! E^ST is signed to Parlophone and played her first UK gig a few weeks ago – sadly I didn’t hear of her til a few days later, so I’m hoping she’ll be back soon.

Future Hits: I was listening to this song, it goes like…

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My weekly playlist features five tracks I predict will be future hit singles in the UK.

Tracklisting:

  • Lil Uzi Vert – The Way Life Goes
  • Charlie Puth – How Long
  • Maroon 5 ft. Julia Michaels – Help Me Out
  • Lauv – Easy Love
  • Sam Smith – Pray

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Future Stars: Superorganism (Domino Records)

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Last week I attended the BBC Introducing Amplify conference in London, and one of the panels featured Annie Mac and her producer discussing how they choose music for their show. They tipped a band I’d only vaguely heard of, so I made a note to check them out, and soon I was reading every article I could find about the unusual story of Superorganism. The band’s eight members hail from all over the world, and now live in a house together in London. Although their first single Something For Your M.I.N.D. was released in January, they were only in the same room together for the first time this summer, weeks before their debut London gig. Lead singer Orono is a 17-year-old girl from Japan (via Maine), who Kiwi band members Emily and Harry met when they played a Japanese gig. They knew the rest of the group through an online music forum. This fits their early-Internet DIY aesthetic, including a website straight out of the 90s, and songs that made me think of Bran Van 3000 and The Avalanches. They’ve been hyped by Beats 1, Noisey and NME, while famous fans include Frank Ocean and Ezra Koenig.

Future Stars: Sabrina Claudio (Atlantic/APG)

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Sabrina Claudio is a 21-year-old singer from Miami who could be a great pop star, though she’s a little busy being cool at the moment. She began posting YouTube covers while at school, and moved to LA in 2013 to pursue music. Developed by RedOne’s 2101 Records, she started out with a youthful and poppy sound. In 2014 she started a new channel, which is now branded with the Warner Music ‘W’ logo, so I assume that’s when Atlantic/APG signed her… though still to this day she hasn’t announced it. Even her brand new mixtape About Time is credited to SC Entertainment, as though it was self-released. This year she’s become known for the singles Unravel Me and Belong To You. Both were produced by Stint, who’s worked with pop girls like Zara, Demi and Carly, but sadly the results are not poptastic. Her sound is slick and sultry, but I could barely pay attention through a whole song. Nonetheless, millions of people have listened to them on Spotify and YouTube, and her talent and beauty will undoubtedly unsure we’ll hear much more of her in the future.

Song of the Week: Rhys – Too Good To Be True

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Great pop music can come from anywhere in the world, but sometimes a new song comes along just to remind us that no-one does it better than the Swedes. Rhys is a young female singer who was born in the US, but has lived in Sweden since she was 10. Signed to Warner Music, she had a breakthrough hit this summer with the track Last Dance. It was a promising start with a current sound, but it’s her new single Too Good To Be True that really impressed me. Co-written and produced by former Cheiron member Jörgen Elofsson, it has a really fun, joyous feel and a soaring sound, with uplifting lyrics on a relatable theme I haven’t heard in song before. As someone who would prefer all films to have a happy beginning, middle and ending, the sentiment definitely appeals to me. I can see Rhys becoming the next Agnes, and she’ll be a strong contender if she pops up in Melodifestivalen 2018.

Future Hits: If you really love me, make an album about me

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My weekly playlist features five tracks I predict will be future hit singles in the UK.

Tracklisting:

  • J Balvin & Willy William ft. Beyoncé – Mi Gente
  • Disciples – Jealousy
  • Alma ft. French Montana – Phases
  • Big Shaq – Man’s Not Hot
  • Yxng Bane – Rihanna

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