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

Tracklisting:

  • Justin Bieber & BloodPop – Friends
  • CNCO ft. Little Mix – Reggaetón Lento
  • Yungen ft. Yxng Bane – Bestie
  • Miley Cyrus – Younger Now
  • Avicii ft. Sandro Cavazza – Without You

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

Tracklisting:

  • Zayn Malik – Pillowtalk
  • Avicii – Broken Arrows
  • Coldplay ft. Beyoncé – Hymn For the Weekend
  • Sigma – Stay
  • Bryson Tiller – Don’t

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This week’s playlist features five future hit singles by some of the biggest male solo artists of the moment.

Tracklisting:

  • The Weeknd – Can’t Feel My Face
  • Avicii – Waiting For Love
  • Kygo ft. Parson James – Stole The Show
  • Ed Sheeran – Photograph
  • Jeremih ft. Flo Rida – Tonight Belongs To U!

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This week’s future hits playlist features five future hits from some of the world’s top DJs.

Tracklisting:

  • Martin Garrix ft. Usher – Don't Look Down
  • Avicii ft. Chris Martin – Heaven
  • Axwell ^ Ingrosso – On My Way
  • Deorro ft. Chris Brown – Five More Hours
  • Michael Calfan – Treasured Soul

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This week's playlist features five collaborations between male artists, which I think are set to be big hits.

Tracklisting:

  • Waze & Odyssey & R Kelly – Bump & Grind 2014
  • Olly Murs ft. Travie McCoy – Wrapped Up
  • Wilkinson ft. Talay Riley – Dirty Love
  • Avicii ft. Robbie Williams – The Days
  • Freddy Verano ft. Sam Smith – Moments

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This week’s playlist features five future hits by male solo artists.

Tracklisting:

  • Aloe Blacc – The Man
  • Elyar Fox – A Billion Girls
  • Pitbull ft. G.R.L – Wild Wild Love
  • Avicii – Addicted To You
  • Jason Derulo – Stupid Love

The 15th Most Poptastic Single of 2013

Leona Lewis – One More Sleep


That rosette eye may not go so well with her summer wardrobe

Released: 5th November (UK)
Writers: Leona Lewis, Richard Stannard, Iain James, Jez Ashurst, Bradford Ellis
Trivia: This is the first time a Christmas song has ever appeared in my top 25, though I’m not quite sure how Do They Know It’s Christmas by Shirley Clamp missed out on being included in 2004.
Best bits: 1. So I wait… and I wait… but I’ve had as much as I can take
2. One more sleep until it’s Christmas, one more sleeeep
3. 3 more wishes I can barely breathe, if I can make it to Christmas Eve then it’s one more sleep

The 14th Most Poptastic Single of 2013

Justin Timberlake – Mirrors


Could do with more symmetry

Released: 11th February (USA)
Writers: Justin Timberlake, Timothy Mosley, Jerome “J-Roc” Harmon, James Fauntleroy
Trivia: This time last year there were only vague rumours of a JT comeback, and we certainly had no idea it would be happening so soon. Apart from the majestic Mirrors (and the *N Sync reunion), Justin’s comeback has been a bit of a self-indulgent non-event, but it’s great to have a cool, talented and charismatic older male pop star around as a role model for the young pop boys of today.
Best bits: 1. With your hand in my hand and a pocket full of soul, I can tell you there’s no place we couldn’t go
2. I don’t wanna lose you now, I’m looking right at the other half of me
3. It’s like you’re my mirror, my mirror staring back at me

The 13th Most Poptastic Single of 2013

Avicii ft. Aloe Blacc – Wake Me Up


In a parallel world Avicii is a Swedish boyband member

Released: 17th June (Sweden)
Writers: Tim Bergling, Aloe Blacc, Mike Einziger
Trivia: Wake Me Up was the biggest hit to represent my favourite trend of 2013, country-inspired music released by non-country artists. It may surprise you to learn there is a history of country music from Sweden, with artists including Jill Johnson, Cookies ‘N’ Beans and (of course!) Rednex. Who knew that Cotton Eye Joe was 20 years ahead of its time? Someone has even made a Wake Me Up Joe mash-up.
Best bits: 1. Wake me up when it’s all over, when I’m wiser and I’m older, all this time I was finding myself and I didn’t know I was lost
2. Life will pass me by if I don’t open up my eyes, well that’s fine by me
3. I can’t tell where the journey will end, but I know where to start

The 12th Most Poptastic Single of 2013

Cher Lloyd ft. T.I. – I Wish


Her logo doubles as a maze

Released: 2nd September (USA)
Writers: Shellback, Savan Kotecha, Ilya, OZGO, Clifford Harris
Trivia: I Wish was clearly inspired by the single of the same name by Skee Lo, and he and Cher performed a mash-up of the two songs on Late Night With Jimmy Fallon in November. You can watch the performance here (skip to 37:20).
Best bits: 1. I wish I was taaaalllll
2. I wish I was tall, I wish I was fast, wish I could shop with a bag full of cash, cos if I want you I gotta have that
3. And now I’m at home, I’m all alone, ’bout to pick up the telephone, got to call my genie so he knows

The 11th Most Poptastic Single of 2013

Avicii – Hey Brother


He should get some advice from Jessie J on that green skin

Released: 28th October (Sweden)
Writers: Avicii, Ash Pournouri, Salem Al Fakir, Vincent Pontare
Trivia: If you read Avicii’s album sleeve or Wikipedia pages you’ll see a lot of mentions of Ash Pournouri, who seems to be the brains behind the Swedish DJ’s massive commercial crossover success. Ash is Avicii’s manager and has a co-writer credit on all his album tracks, as well as executive producer credit on the album itself. Check out his official bio for more info on how he discovered and developed Avicii, though its less than humble tone makes me loath to praise him too much.
Best bits: 1. What if I’m far from hoooome? Oh brother I will hear you call. What if I loooose it all? Oh sister I will help you out!
2. Oh if the sky comes falling down, for you there’s nothing in this world I wouldn’t do
3. Hey brother, there’s an endless road to rediscover, hey sister, do you still believe in love I wonder?


I’ve set myself a challenge to analyse the highest new entry to the UK singles chart top 10 each week. This week it’s a song that represents my favourite music trend of 2013…

#8 – Avicii – Hey Brother

I’ve been citing electro-country as one of my favourite genres since I discovered a brilliant Taylor Swift remix back in 2009. The contrast of country’s classic, earthy feel with the futuristic nature of electronic music creates an original sound which, when done well, appeals to both traditional and forward-thinking audiences. This year electro-country went mainstream when Swedish dance producer Avicii took influence from country music for his huge hit, Wake Me Up. Since then there have been many more examples, such as my new fave Timber (the 2013 answer to Cotton Eye Joe). As Wake Me Up was Avicii’s biggest hit yet, Hey Brother was an obvious choice as the next release from his album, True.

While Wake Me Up’s vocals were provided by soul singer Aloe Blacc (who has no more ties to country music than Avicii), Hey Brother features Dan Tyminski, a bluegrass artist who has achieved crossover success before. He won a Grammy for his recording of Man of Constant Sorrow from the film O Brother, Where Art Thou?. The collaboration resulted in a very odd live performance, but on record it works. The fact that Avicii, as one of the biggest EDM artists, had the ambition to break out of his own genre and incorporate one so different has definitely earned him my respect. And the choice of country – a genre that was already on the verge of going mainstream outside of the US, but just needed that extra push – was particularly wise. Following on from last week’s Calvin/Alesso/Hurts no.1, this is another release which proves those who think dance music is an unintelligent genre fundamentally wrong.

Come back next Monday to read my thoughts on the highest new entry in the top 10. Could it be Jason Derulo, Pharrell Williams, Awolnation, James Arthur or someone else entirely? Tweet me your predictions now!


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This week’s Future Hits playlist features five dance tracks which have been building up buzz for months before finally being released.

Tracklisting:

  • Storm Queen – Look Right Through
  • Martin Garrix – Animals
  • Avicii – Hey Brother
  • Breach ft. Andreya Triana – Everything You Never Had (We Had It All)
  • Chris Malinchak – If U Got It