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:

  • 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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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.


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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.


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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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The days when SBTV could break a new act seem very distant, even with the resurgence of grime, but they can take credit for launching rapper Yungen, aka CJ Brooks. He first appeared on the channel in 2011, but it wasn’t til 2017 that the 25-year-old South Londoner conquered the UK charts. Until recently he was best known for his feud with Chip (the rapper formerly known as Chipmunk), but now he finally has a hit to his name. After releasing his first album independently in 2014, he was signed up by RCA and has put out a series of singles through the label since last year. His latest single Bestie has been in the top 40 for 10 weeks, currently at its peak position of 13, and has over 12 million YouTube views. A collaboration with singer Yxng Bane, the track has a slow, melodic sound similar to the hip-hop coming out of the US at the moment, but their accents and references keep it distinctly British. While his nemesis Chip is one of the artists tainted by association with the dated London urban scene of the SBTV era, Yungen has benefited from the fact that he wasn’t one of its biggest names. It was nice to read some self-aware, business-savvy comments from him about avoiding being too connected to a certain “phase” or genre of music. It will be interesting to see whether he can use this tactic to build on Bestie’s success, or whether he’ll end up a one hit wonder.


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When you were a kid, did you form a band with your friends? Personally I was a member of innovatively-named duo the Spice Sisters (the twist was… we weren’t actually sisters… and we couldn’t sing). In 2008, four pre-teen girls in Utah formed the group The Blue Aces, and unlike the Spice Sisters, they actually had talent. They started playing gigs and in 2015 they decided to forgo college to pursue a career in music. So far it’s going pretty well. Changing their name to The Aces, they signed to Red Bull Records and have been building a following online, with millions of plays on Spotify. They played their first London gig last week and I went along to check it out. What’s unusual about The Aces is although they’re a girlband with instruments, they actually have the star quality to be a girlband without instruments. They’re very pretty and cool, and lead singer Cristal is a great performer. The only problem is that the band they sound most like is the one they’d already be most compared to: Haim. That means to succeed they’d need a song better than anything Haim has released, and although they have some really nice, catchy tunes, especially Stuck and Physical, they haven’t achieved that yet. If they can find a more distinctive, stronger sound, they have all the other ingredients needed to make it big.


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

Tracklisting:

  • Anne-Marie – Heavy
  • DJ Snake ft. Lauv – A Different Way
  • Kideko ft. Tinie Tempah & Becky G – Dum Dum
  • Kygo ft. Justin Jesso – Stargazing
  • Paloma Faith – Crybaby

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In One Direction’s absence, the title of the world’s biggest boyband undoubtedly belongs to a K-pop act. As BIGBANG are also on hiatus, it’s down to S.M. Entertainment’s Korean-Chinese group EXO, or Big Hit Entertainment’s BTS. When it comes to crossing over to the western music market, BTS are charging ahead. Formed in 2013, the seven-member group has released two albums in Korean and two in Japanese, plus a series of chart-topping EPs. After an impressive 2017, including a Billboard Music Award win and record breaking video views, they released their latest EP Love Yourself: Her last week. It reached the UK album chart top 20 and iTunes chart no.1, and went top 10 in Australia and New Zealand. The lead single DNA got 50 million YouTube views in five days, and was the first song by a K-pop group to enter Spotify’s Global Top 50. The video is colourful, cute and slick, while the track has a Europoppy sound. In a rare deference to western artists, Best of Me from the EP is produced by The Chainsmokers’ Andrew Taggart. In recent years, some Korean stars have caved to pressure to record English tracks and reinterepret their act for the international market, with little effect. The global success of groups like BTS shows it’s unnecessary to sacrifice their identity or pander to western ideals. A European tour would be appreciated, though.


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Last week I started drafting my Stars of 2018 list, mainly so I could note down Billie Eilish, who I think will be all over the ‘ones to watch’ features next year. She’d just turned 14 when she popped onto my radar with Ocean Eyes in early 2016, and now at the grand old age of 15 she’s in the midst of her major label launch. Billie is a typical LA teenager, equal parts cool and precocious. Her middle name is Pirate. She’s from a family of actors and musicians, and her brother Finneas O’Connell, who appeared in the last series of Glee, is her main co-writer. The song that got her signed was the sweet, introspective Ocean Eyes, which she recently performed on The Late, Late Show With James Corden as part of the Apple Music Up Next series. I prefer the poppier follow-up Bellyache, which has a fun video that sets out her distinctive style and personality. Billie is also known for the piano ballad Bored, which was on the 13 Reasons Why soundtrack. She has a thing for oversized outfits, which look a bit silly, but as she wears them in every promo appearance it makes her stand out more than her music would on its own. I find it hard to imagine there’s a big market for her, but so far signs are actually good – she has the unusual combo of industry buzz and real fans. Her upcoming London gig sold out in 20 minutes, and she already has fan videos with large view counts on YouTube.


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

Tracklisting:

  • Niall Horan – Too Much To Ask
  • Craig David – Heartline
  • Jason Derulo – If I’m Lucky
  • Xxxtentacion – Jocelyn Flores
  • Hardy Caprio ft. One Acen – Unsigned

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