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:

  • Little Mix ft. Machine Gun Kelly – No More Sad Songs
  • Just Us – Cloudbusting
  • Bruno Mars – That’s What I Like
  • Calvin Harris ft. Frank Ocean & Migos – Slide
  • Jason Derulo ft. Nicki Minaj & Ty Dolla $ign – Swalla

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I’m always excited about any new Scandipop artist with a major label deal and an international launch, but they do have a lot to live up to. Perhaps unfairly, I want them to prove they deserve the opportunity, because many great Scandi acts never get it – even those who are established in their home country. Norwegian 20-year-old Sigrid Raabe is one of those plucked from (near) obscurity to represent Scandipop on the global stage. As a teenager she released a few singles in Norway, and with the help of top Norwegian management company MADE, signed to Island last year. Her first international single Don’t Kill My Vibe, a quirky pop tune which mixes thoughtful verses with a fierce chorus, arrived in February to acclaim from indie blogs and pop geeks. Thanks to Spotify’s continued loyalty to Scandinavian acts, it already has nearly 9 million streams. The newly-released video shows a fun, youthful persona that softens her model-ish looks, giving her at least some chance of appealing to a mainstream audience. I’m still not entirely sure she won’t be the next Grace Mitchell or Tove Styrke, fading back into (near) obscurity when the label realises they overestimated the crossover potential for pop acts of this breed, but I’ll happily put that concern aside for now and invest some hope in Sigrid.


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It’s a shame not to have any music to review in this post, but by the time I send the next Future Pop, Harry Styles will already be a successful solo artist with a no.1 hit under his belt. His debut single Sign of the Times is released on Friday and he’ll perform it on Saturday Night Live a week later. Harry’s solo stardom has always been so certain that I would have featured him here the week I first saw his X Factor audition, or the week What Makes You Beautiful was released, if Future Pop had existed at the time. The only seed of doubt comes from the astronomical expectations, which he could never fulfil. But once he’s had a wobble (the “difficult second album,” perhaps), I believe he’ll get back on track and enjoy a long career. It’s natural to compare the 1D solo ventures to Take That, and wonder who is the Gary or Robbie, but I think Harry might actually be the Beyoncé. It took her a while to get into her stride as a solo artist after Destiny’s Child, and Kelly even had the upper hand for a brief moment, but it seems crazy now that her future was ever in doubt. I think that’s how we’ll see Harry in years to come. He certainly doesn’t have the talent of Beyoncé, but he has the star quality that even some of the biggest artists of today lack, and a special place in the hearts of millions of girls, creating a loyalty that is extremely hard to break. Take That are still selling albums, despite stealing the UK’s money and becoming totally unlistenable, after all!


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

Tracklisting:

  • Ariana Grande ft. Future – Everyday
  • Stormzy – Big For Your Boots
  • Digital Farm Animals ft. Hailee Steinfeld – Digital Love
  • Rag’n’Bone Man – Skin
  • Train – Play That Song

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Paris Jackson, 18-year-old daughter of Michael Jackson, hasn’t signed a record deal or even confirmed she’s planning on pursuing a music career. Nonetheless, she’s already got more chance of succeeding than most artists who have been trying for years. Although she describes herself as an actress and model, she recently gave her first in-depth interview, and tellingly chose Rolling Stone rather than a fashion magazine. She’s known for her love of rock music, having gone through goth and emo phases (unfortunately her taste hasn’t improved since – she was recently spotted at a James Arthur gig), and tweets about writing songs. Her short, bleached hair and outspoken attitude have gained comparisons to Miley, and she’d certainly make an interesting addition to the current crop of pop girls. So far, she’s got herself a big manager and just announced her first acting role, in musical TV show Star. It may not be a singing role, but it’s another sign that music’s on her mind.


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Ansel Elgort is following in the footsteps of Hailee Steinfeld, hoping to translate his success as an actor into a pop career. He’s best known for his lead role in The Fault in Our Stars, a film based on a book with a cult following. However, it’s no Twilight or Harry Potter, and as such he’s no Robert Pattinson or Daniel Radcliffe, so it’s hard to know how dedicated his fans are. Celebrity status aside, he’s an interesting prospect as a new young male pop star, with a very different sound and persona to Bieber, Mendes and Jonas. Ansel’s first foray into music was as a DJ under the name Ansolo. Now he’s a singer too, signed to Island and releasing vocal pop music under his own name, but it still has an electronic sound. In the video for new single Thief he seems keen to let us know that a) he’s an actor and b) he’s not a sellout. His unusual voice takes a while to get used to (it would better suit rock music than electro-pop), and his over-emoting is equally uneasy viewing. Noting that the video was directed by his brother and stars his girlfriend, I wonder if this is a vanity project, only being allowed because of his famous name, or if Island has a strategy in mind to break a pop star who doesn’t rely on being likeable.


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

Tracklisting:

  • Martin Garrix & Dua Lipa – Scared To Be Lonely
  • James Blunt – Love Me Better
  • Major Lazer ft. PARTYNEXTDOOR & Nicki Minaj – Run Up
  • Julia Michaels – Issues
  • Zara Larsson ft. Ty Dolla $ign – So Good

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Stefflon Don was one of the three artists (along with AJ Tracey and Tom Grennan) on the BBC Sound of 2017 longlist that I wasn’t already familiar with. After a quick look, that won’t be changing with AJ or Tom, but Stefflon Don definitely deserves some attention. 25-year-old Stefanie Allen may be a London-based female rapper, but don’t compare her to Nadia Rose and Lady Leshurr – her dancehall-inspired sound, proudly curvaceous look and provocative lyrics place her firmly in the tradition of international artists like Nicki Minaj and Lil Kim. She first became known for gender-flip covers of tracks by acts ranging from Rae Sremmurd to Section Boyz, and more recently she’s collaborated not only with British rappers Lethal Bizzle and Giggs, but also with US star Jeremih. She sings as well as raps, which could help her cross over with more commercial tracks later on, as Nicki did with Super Bass and Starships. She recently signed a publishing deal with Sony ATV (widely mis-reported as a record deal), and released an EP called Real Ting, featuring her single of the same name.


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Yebba is the artist name of Abbey Smith, a talented 22-year-old singer from Arkansas, who is rising to fame thanks to collaborations and shoutouts from big stars. Her controlled, smooth and powerful vocals make her a singer’s singer, like Tori Kelly and Andra Day, so it makes sense that artists like Ed Sheeran and Meghan Trainor are getting behind her. She also performed with Chance the Rapper on SNL, and features on the new A Tribe Called Quest album. Her duet with Clark Beckham from American Idol is by far the most popular video on his channel, with over half a million views. However, it’s now her solo original song My Mind which is making her name, thanks to her impressive performance for Sofar Sounds. Only released one month ago, the song has already been covered by British pop star Anne-Marie. She’s now working on new material with writers including Diane Warren, but there’s no news yet on a record deal.


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

Tracklisting:

  • Migos ft. Lil Uzi Vert – Bad and Boujee
  • Tinie Tempah ft. Tinashe – Text From Your Ex
  • The Chainsmokers – Paris
  • Noah Cyrus ft. Labrinth – Make Me (Cry)
  • AJR – Weak

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