Song of the Week: Madison Beer – Home With You

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Madison Beer first became known as Justin Bieber’s protegée (aka Scooter Braun’s latest signing) back in 2012, and released a cute pop single called Melodies. I featured her in Future Pop at the time, but neither Melodies nor any of her follow-up singles made the charts. Since then she’s parted ways with Scooter, become a social media star with over 10 million Instagram followers, and signed with British management company/label First Access (formerly Turn First). All this, and she’s still only 18. I’m not quite sold on her as a pop star, but I am a fan of Home With You, one of the tracks from her new EP, As She Pleases. It’s a sassy mid-tempo track with a super catchy chorus, written by an impressive selection of British and Scandi talent. Credits include producer Fred Ball and singer-songwriters RAYE and Jin Jin (who played This Must Be Pop Live in 2013).

 

Future Hits: Waste the day and spend the night underneath the sunrise

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

Tracklisting:

  • The Chainsmokers – You Owe Me
  • Lauv – Getting Over You
  • Sean Paul & David Guetta ft. Becky G – Mad Love
  • BlocBoy JB & Drake – Look Alive
  • Khalid & Normani – Love Lies

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Future Stars: Normani (S10/Roc Nation)

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I picked out Lauren Jauregui as the main challenger to Camila Cabello’s post-Fifth Harmony dominance, but Normani Kordei is giving her a run for her money. She released her first solo material last week, and it’s an impressive start – a duet with rising star Khalid from the soundtrack to the new movie Love, Simon. Like Lauren and Camila before her, she’s paving the way for her solo launch with a big name duet. She also gained ‘middle America’ recognition and showcased her performance skills competing on Dancing With The Stars last year. Although she was the last member of the group to release a solo single, she has shared several dance videos, focusing on this strength to differentiate her from her bandmates. She emphasises this again in the video for Love Lies, though it does get a little cringey when she’s going for it and Khalid is just sat casually. Nonetheless, the new video got over a million views in its first day online. Normani is signed to S10 management and Stellar Songs publishing, and has been working with Stargate, Starrah, Tayla Parx and other big names in the pop-R&B lane. It’s rumoured that she also has a deal with Roc Nation, which would explain how she ended up partying with Beyoncé  during Grammy season.

Future Stars: Mae Muller (Unsigned)

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British singer Mae Muller has 189 Twitter followers and is (apparently) unsigned, but I’m featuring her here simply based on an instinct that she’s one to watch. She’s been working on music with producer Two Inch Punch, known for his work with Sam Smith and Rag’n’Bone Man, but don’t lose interest just yet – the results are actually quite intriguing. In the past few months she’s released two singles, Jenny and The Hoodie Song, and an EP called After Hours. Jenny is the standout track for me – a breakup anthem about becoming pals with her two-timing ex’s other girlfriend. The song has an Amy Winehouse or Lily Allen vibe, soulful yet full of personality, and Mae exudes star quality in the video. She’s also signed to Select modelling agency, which should prick up the ears of anyone looking for the next Dua Lipa. She recently appeared in a Burberry campaign with her model boyfriend, Montell Martin. The Hoodie Song was released via AWAL (Kobalt’s label services) but I couldn’t find any details of her current label situation. However, I noted plenty of familiar faces among her few Twitter followers, so if there’s not already a deal on the table, there probably will be soon.

Song of the Week: UØ ft. Lilly Ahlberg – Don’t Talk About It

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I usually try to include a photo of both artists when I’m writing about a collaboration, but in this case it was impossible – I couldn’t find any information about UØ online, let alone a pic. My best guess at their identity is to assume that the two songwriters credited with writing Don’t Talk About It, Tormod Løkling and Henrik Axel Moreborg, are in fact UØ. Interestingly, the pair have one other credit to their names according to Genius.com, and it’s a former Song of the Week: the super-poptastic Raincheck by Hannah Jane Lewis. It certainly makes sense for the two songs to come from the same place – Don’t Talk About It is equally as catchy, energetic and fun as Raincheck, and just like Hannah, Lilly Ahlberg is signed to Polydor via Tileyard’s Hot Hot Recordsimprint (though the mysterious UØ are actually with Warner). 21-year-old Lilly is half Swedish, and grew up in Sweden until she moved to the UK in 2016. She released her debut solo single Bad Boys last month, and it certainly showed promise, but personally I’m hoping future tracks will be more along the lines of Don’t Talk About It.

 

Future Hits: I’ll change the world, save all the trees and birds

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

Tracklisting:

  • Marshmello ft. Anne-Marie – FRIENDS
  • James Bay – Wild Love
  • Calvin Harris ft. PARTYNEXTDOOR – Nuh Ready Nuh Ready
  • Noah Cyrus & MØ – We Are…
  • Kendrick Lamar ft. SZA – All The Stars

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Future Stars: MIST (Sickmade/Warner Bros)

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The British urban music scene is booming at the moment thanks to the resurgence of grime, but as usual, it’s predominantly centred on London. However, there is at least one exception – Brummie rapper MIST, aka 24-year-old Rhys Sylvester. His style is quite different to the relatable, cheeky vibe of some of the emerging London rappers like Ramz and Dave. Instead, he goes for a flashy, macho look, and has become known for filming videos in glamorous locations. However, in interviews he speaks about the tough experiences he went through growing up, including time spent in jail – perhaps explaining why he’s so keen to enjoy the spoils of success today. His collaborations with East London producer Steel Banglez put them both on the map in 2017, while 2018 has already seen them achieve their first top 40 hit with Game Changer. On Friday, MIST released his latest “project” (apparently this is the new name for something between an EP and an album) and the tracks piled into the UK Spotify chart. Diamond in the Dirt features appearances from British artists Jessie Ware, Not3s and MoStack, among others.

Future Stars: Baby Ariel (Atlantic)

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Ariel Martin is Baby Ariel, one of the biggest stars on Musical.ly. She became famous for her impeccable miming, expressive performance and creative video editing skills – everything a Musical.ly user aims to achieve. However, unlike other Musical.ly stars such as Max and Harvey, she didn’t make her name as a singer. Nonetheless, becoming a pop artist was a branding opportunity too good to miss – like Disney releasing action figures of new movie characters, or the Kardashians releasing their own make-up lines, of course Baby Ariel would release music. And her songs are certainly a carefully calculated extension of her brand. The sassy 17-year-old’s first two singles were called Aww and Perf, the musical equivalent of a Claire’s pencil case. The video for Aww features her Musical.ly pals, plus cute animals, balloons, disco balls, and many other GIF-able moments. The lyrics are filled with quotable lines like “play ‘kiss marry kill’ ‘bout the people we know,” perfect for acting out in short clips on Musical.ly. The only thing lacking is a melody, but that’s OK – this song wasn’t really made for listening to in full, anyway.

Song of the Week: Pale Waves – The Tide

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I wasn’t totally convinced by Pale Waves when I wrote about them a few weeks ago, but it only took one listen to their new single The Tide to win me over. If they are the female-fronted version of The 1975, then this is their The Sound. The jolly tune even reminds me of Alphabeat at their indie-pop peak. It was originally shared on Soundcloud as a demo back in 2015, and re-emerged a few days ago as the first release since Pale Waves came fifth in the BBC Sound of 2018 poll. The Tide had to fight off some strong contenders for the title of Song of the Week. Last week’s New Music Friday was one of the best yet, with not just the usual faves like Churches and Tove Styrke, but many little-known artists coming up with poptastic treats. You can hear my highlights at the top of my Top of the Poptastic 2018 playlist.

Future Hits: It might cost your whole bank account to book me

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

Tracklisting:

  • The Weekend & Kendrick Lamar – Pray For Me
  • Why Don’t We – Trust Fund Baby
  • Steel Banglez ft. Yungen, MoStack, Mr Eazi & Not3s – Bad
  • B Young – Jumanji
  • Bazzi – Mine

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