Category Archives: Future Pop

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

Tracklisting:

  • Marshmello ft. Khalid – Silence
  • Avicii ft. Rita Ora – Lonely Together
  • P!nk – What About Us
  • Camila Cabello ft. Young Thug – Havana
  • James Hype ft. Kelli-Leigh – More Than Friends

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If you think Sam Hunt’s lyrics are icky, don’t look up what 21 Savage said about Kylie Jenner. Unfortunately sexism is even less of a barrier to success in the rap scene than it is in country. 24-year-old Shayaa Joseph, aka 21 Savage, is a rapper from Atlanta and former teenage gang member. He was expelled from school for carrying a gun in seventh grade, and nearly died when he was shot six times on his 21st birthday. This experience inspired him to focus on music as a distraction from his gang life, and success came quickly. He released his first homemade mixtape in 2015, and months later was named among XXL’s 2016 Freshman class, an influential list of the hottest rappers for the year ahead. In January this year he signed to Epic Records, and last month released his amusingly-titled debut album Issa Album, which reached no.2 on the Billboard 200. He’s also currently enjoying his biggest hit so far with Bank Account, his first top 20 single on the Billboard Hot 100. The track has been played over 50 million times on Spotify in less than a month. 21 Savage also stars in a new Adidas campaign with fellow up-and-comers Young Thug and Playboi Carti, and has collaborated with Drake, Future, Travis Scott and others.


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The Billboard Hot 100 has been dominated by hip-hop, Ed Sheeran and Justin Bieber this year, but in the midst of all this one country hit managed to break through. Sam Hunt’s objectification anthem Body Like a Back Road has been in the top 10 for seven weeks and counting, and its peak of no.6 is the highest for a country track since Florida Georgia Line’s huge single, Cruise featuring Nelly, in July 2013. It has, of course, achieved much more on the country charts – it’s been no.1 for a record-breaking 26 weeks (so far). All this and bizarrely, the song doesn’t even have a music video. It hasn’t fully been embraced by pop radio, but dodgy lyrics aside, Body Like a Back Road does sound like a crossover hit. It even reminds me of the novelty country sound of acts like Uncle Kracker who managed to crack the UK charts in the 2000s. Sam only signed his record deal with MCA (part of Universal) three years ago, but he’s quickly become one of its biggest artists. Although this is Sam’s first Hot 100 top 10, in the country world he’s known for past hits Take Your TimeHouse PartyLeave the Night On and Break Up in a Small Town, all of which went at least 2x Platinum.


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

Tracklisting:

  • Charli XCX – Boys
  • Kungs ft. Olly Murs & Coely – More Mess
  • Future ft. Nicki Minaj – You da Baddest
  • Skrillex & Poo Bear – Would You Ever
  • Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike vs. David Guetta ft. Kiiara – Complicated

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Last month I introduced Blackpink, the Korean girlband primed to take on 2NE1’s K-pop crown, and now it’s time to meet their male equivalent. In addition to the new girl group, YG Entertainment are also promoting a new boyband to take the reins from their hugely successful act, Big Bang. Most British pop fans won’t know Big Bang, but they have a massive UK fanbase – they even sold out two dates at Wembley Arena in 2012 (and the tickets weren’t cheap!). New foursome Winner were formed on a reality show called WIN: Who Is Next in 2013, and have since had a no.1 album in Korea, which also reached no.2 in Japan. Last week they released a new “single album” (or double a-side, to us 90s kids) featuring summery tunes Island and Love Me Love Me, the latter particular in synch with Western pop trends. My favourite of their tracks is Really Really, from their previous single album, which is their most popular YouTube video and has sold over 1 million copies since its release in April this year. Their style is sweeter than the boyband EXO from rival K-pop label SM Town, but they still have character and individuality within the band, always important for a K-pop group as it makes them more relatable and marketable.


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26-year-old Matthew Tyler Musto has released three albums as blackbear, but only now is he experiencing his first hit… or two. The rapper/singer had a slow-burner with IDFC, his 2014 single which eventually peaked at no.19 in the Billboard R&B chart last November, and is still hanging around today. His current single Do Re Mi has gone one better, reaching the R&B chart top 10, and entering the overall US singles chart, the Billboard Hot 100. Although he is classified as an R&B artist, blackbear’s history as a teenage rock band frontman shows through in the quirky, alternative vibe of Do Re Mi, which reminds me of Melanie Martinez’s cute/dark sound and aesthetic. The track will be pitched to pop radio stations on 22nd August, so its rise is likely to continue as it reaches a wider audience over the next month. This might be the first time pop fans are hearing of blackbear, but his sound might seem familiar. His biggest achievement is co-writing Boyfriend for Justin Bieber, and you can definitely hear the similarity in his own music. He has also collaborated with several Future Pop featured acts, such as Phoebe Ryan and Olivia O’Brien, and released an album in March as part of the duo Mansionz with his regular songwriting partner Mike Posner.


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

Tracklisting:

  • Snakehips ft. Anne-Marie & Joey Bada$$ – Either Way
  • OneRepublic ft. Seeb – Rich Love
  • J Balvin & Willy William – Mi Gente
  • Enrique Iglesias ft. Sean Paul & Matt Terry – Súbeme La Radio
  • Demi Lovato – Sorry Not Sorry

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Continuing the Portland theme, it’s probably not the first American city you’d expect to launch a new hip-hop star, but it has provided us with Adam Aminé Daniel, better known as Aminé. The 23-year-old rapper/singer might not be twee but he could definitely be described as quirky. My first instinct on hearing his debut single Caroline last year was that its groovy synth production and sense of humour reminded me of Outkast, and it turned out they were a major inspiration. In fact, the name Caroline is taken from their song Roses (remember, the girl who thinks her poo doesn’t smell?). The song became a huge hit for Aminé, as it went 3x Platinum in the US and just missed the top 10 of the Billboard Hot 100. It has over 180 million views on YouTube, and I’m sure Aminé’s entertaining performance and chemistry with his crew in the self-directed video had a lot to do with that. Since then he’s collaborated with labelmates Kehlani and Offset from Migos and appeared as his usual smiley self in Charli XCX’s Boys video (look out for Portugal. The Man’s John Gourley in there too). This week he released his debut album Good for You, and the latest single Wedding Crashers is currently trending on Spotify worldwide. Aminé is a unique, distinctive artist who fits in with the hip-hop scene of 2017, but also brings a fresh take which I think will appeal to a much wider audience just like his idols, Outkast.


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Back in March I went to see the brilliant Jens Lekman in Portland, Oregon, and my music-loving Uber driver played me a track by his favourite local band. This could have been awkward, but I was actually impressed. The catchy song, which interpolates Please Mr. Postman, was Feel It Still by Portugal. The Man, and five months later it’s their breakthrough hit. Portugal. The Man have been together 13 years but I’m featuring them here because they’re poised to become much better known. They formed in Alaska, moved to Portland for music opportunities, and were embraced by the city that’s known for everything quirky and twee. They toured regularly, released music independently, and played festivals like Bonnaroo and Lollapalooza. In 2010 they signed to Atlantic and mixed up their indie-pop sound by working with producers such as Danger Mouse and The Beastie Boys’ Mike D. New album Woodstock was released last month, preceded by Feel It Still in March (on the very day of that Jens Lekman gig, in fact – my driver was clearly into New Music Friday). So far it’s been no.1 on the Billboard Adult Alternative and Alternative Songs charts, and is currently moving up the Hot 100, while entering the top 20 on US iTunes. It has 43 million Soundcloud plays, almost double their next biggest song, which has been out four years. It will be pushed to US mainstream radio from tomorrow, and I think it could easily be 2017’s Pumped Up Kicks or Young Folks.


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

Tracklisting:

  • Louis Tomlinson ft. Bebe Rexha & Digital Farm Animals – Back To You
  • Pretty Much – Would You Mind
  • Post Malone – Congratulations
  • Portugal. The Man – Feel It Still
  • Khalid – Young Dumb & Broke

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